A few weeks ago I helped out with a screen printing workshop for Oasis Skateboard Factory that Free Skates sponsored and was put on by The Bait Shop.

I couldn’t think of a better way to spend three days then helping the kids of the alternative school OSF learn how to come up with a design/concept that incorporated all three entities. As well they learned how to prep burn and washout screens. Then they got to apply this all by printing their own tees to be sold at the end of year BBQ. All funds raised from the tees go towards more projects for the kids.

A few tees are still available at The Bait Shop Skate Shop.

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I used to skate to Illmatic pretty tough when it first came out. It had a big influence on me. So when I heard Fashawn talking about redoing it as homage to Nas, I couldn’t wait!

Fashawn has to be one of my favorite artists right now. The 22yr old is only one album deep but has a stack of mixtapes and the maturity of a vet. Growing up in Fresno he’s seen and dealt with his far share and hasn’t let it keep him bitter. He’s a pretty real and straight up guy who’s smart and conscious of what he’s doing and his surroundings but at the same time a little grimy because of the path he’s walked. Helping shape him and his sound into what you hear today. Fashawn is one of a couple newer cats that’s out right now killing it!

On his new mixtape he’s paying tribute to one his favorite and most influential MC’s(if not the greatest!?) NaS.

Here’s the album art and a link to download the tape for free, courtesy of XXl Mag & Orisue Clothing.

Click here to download

Fashawn – Memory Lane

Here’s some of the photos from the night. Viktor shot last years show and we were lucky enough to have him come through again and take some great shots of the evening. What more can I say!? Great space, amazing people and beautiful art. As seen in these photos. For an art show/fundraiser this was truly off the wall and couldn’t ask for much more. Thanks for coming out!

All photos courtesy of Viktor Cahoj

I can’t thank everyone enough that came out and supported this years Disposable Show and made it an amazing success! Over $5000 dollars raised for Free Skates in less than 6 hours!! The gallery was slammed all night. The people and vibe was just as positive if not more so than last year. With people stepping in and lending a hand last-minute, along with a lot of the artist being in attendance to talk with everyone about their work/piece. Really helping make it what it was.

I was lucky enough to meet Steve and Lisa from Well and Good at last years event. From then till now they’ve continued to do the amazing projects, as well open 52 McCaul. They started putting on one great show after another and from that moment on I knew I wanted to have the show there. Not sure if it was going to happen or not I got an email about coming in and talking about the space and a date. Something else fell through and I was able to get the exact date I wanted.(Lisa and my mother met at last years show and I was told that she was one of the main reasons for me getting the space) If things couldn’t get better! Alan Wood would be showing in the back half of the gallery. I know he was stoked as well and with the show kinda acting as a closing party for him he sold a bunch more pieces. Working out for everyone.

Here are the single pictures of the decks if you couldn’t make it out or wanted to take another look. Pictures of the party to follow tomorrow, with the video early next week. Thanks again and can’t wait for next years show! A lot more in store for that one.
Doublenaut

Smolik

Tami Noa Levy

Winnie Truong

3AM Design

Janice Kun

Derrick Hodgson

Jordan Murphy

The Bait Shop

Soy

Adrian Forrow

Karyn Valino

Trevor Bowman

Trevor Bowman

Che Kothari – Front

Che Kothari – Back

Hugo Arias

Hayden Menzies

Lizzie Renaud

Dan Springer

Dan Springer – Laser Engraved Decks and 3D Letterpress Print from the decks

Christie Shinn

Alan Wood

Skam

Spazz

Nicholas Di Genova

Oasis Skateboard Factory

Stu Playdead

Jenny Boulger

Jeff Dywelska

Sean Fagan

Nathan Jurevicius

Momar

Eric Queral

JDerry

Wes Loates

Juliana Neufeld

Tracy Horner

Tracy Horner

Skam

All photos courtesy of Viktor Cahoj

This project, believe it or not has been a long time coming! Brad and the TLG crew have been doing skate events for some time now. When we were asked to be a part of the Ridin’ For Riches skate comp last summer we said yeah. Everything went off swimmingly and from there we started talking about the project at hand. After many a parties thrown by them with us as a sponsor and helping spread the word of the gents. We got down to talking about a collaboration. What started out as a completely different project with another artist attached about 9 months ago has made its way here! With Bowman doing a few changes to the concept and delivering some super high-end caricatures of The Gents(TLG) and the Freedom Fighter comrades as Guerillas gorillas holding down the fort. Bowman being Bowman, yet again turned out a pretty amazing piece of art. (Click Deck to Enlarge)

After Bowman had already banged this out I knew I wanted to do stickers and maybe a banner. With this in mind I made a quick email and a few days later we met up for a cup of coffee at Cinnamon Girls. A great little sweets and coffee shop in the west end. Where Bowman has some of his pieces hanging as well. After what seems to be my best meal of the day(a coffee) and good conversation. We exchanged envelopes yet again, and the result was some more art for a shiny new banner that debuted at this years Disposable show and some stickers to coincide with the project at hand.

Trevor Bowman & the banner

I can’t thank everyone enough that came through and made this years Disposable Show another success! We haven’t posted earlier because we’ve been contacting all the winners of the raffle and the highest bidders of the decks.

Right now it’s looking like $5000 dollars was raised on Saturday!! That’s right! Some people were lucky enough to make out with an original from an artist they just happen to come across. Others picked up some work by their favorite artist(s).  It was nice seeing some of the artists in the show picking up decks from some of the other artists involved.

All and all I couldn’t ask for much more. All the artists were brilliant! and killed/went above and beyond!

All the single & party pictures from the event to come shortly. For now here’s a picture of me laying out the show. (This is about as much of me as you’ll see posted here, haha)

Karyn Valino “Triangular” (Laser Cut Fabric & Hand Sewn)        &     Dan Springer “Skulls”

I know I said I wasn’t going to post another one, but it had to happen. Dan Springer is currently working on his laser etched letterpress 3D prints. You did read that right! See a little preview of what’s to come.

You’ll have to come to the reception this Saturday, May 8th between 7pm to midnight to see the final result. Trust me when I say it’ll be worth it!