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  • 1. 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: IFC 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: MOHAWK OPTIONS Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT DTC 130# PC WHITE SM WHITE NOTES: THIS PAGE ON IFC AND,APPROVALS THERFORE PRINTED ON ZINE COVER APPROVALS STOCKPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 2. “Fat Free” image by Mr. Bingo 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 Project : 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70 LB TEXT WHITE BERRYLICIOUS NOTES: NOTES:APPROVALS ANGELO APPROVALS COLLETTIPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 3. volume 1 - spring 2009 “you can almost learn anything in 10 years. you can become a doctor in 12. how long does it take to master skateboarding? longer than a lifetime.” - anthony pappalardo This book embodies the spirit of a community – the unending, creative journey of exploration that begins on a board and goes everywhere else. parlour is a mix of sport and art and dedication and guts. It is of, by, and for all those who understand what that means – together, and in their own ways. photographers writers Jon Bradford Kevin Craft Douglass Clark Frank Ingle Kevin Craft Chris Nieratko Matt Daughters Neftalie Williams Peter Graham Dave Hoang illustrators Ben Karpinski Mr. Bingo Brendan Klien Douglass Clark Nick Lavecchia Matt Jones Raymond Molinar Dennis McNett Andres Mora Jeff Proctor Rhino Si Scott Jeremy Weiss cover artist Mr. BingO Mr. Bingo is a human man trapped in the body of a boy. He lives and works in East London, UK. As a job, Mr. Bingo draws things to help to try and make the world look prettier for all your little eyes. When he’s not making pictures, it’s likely you’ll find Mr. Bingo working on his other passion - music. With help from his two cats, Master Sock-Rah-Teez and Harrison ‘Scratch’ Phord he is working on his debut album ‘Bohemian Raps Today’ which is penciled in for a winter release on his own label Deaf Jam. Earlier this year, Mr. Bingo invented a new urban subculture called ‘Beatbusking’, which although it has it’s roots in Shoreditch, has reportedly already been spotted as far away as The Isle Of Wight. learn more www.converseskateboarding.com www.mr-bingo.org.uk © 2008 Converse Inc. All rights reserved. 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70 LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70 LB TEXT BERRYLICIOUS BERRYLICIOUS NOTES: NOTES:APPROVALS APPROVALS RAIBYN CABILINGPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 4. “i don’t know. i just have always wanted to live back in that time – like the ’70 s. people are always like ‘are you kidding me? those years sucked!’ but i thought the stuff was cool : the cars and photos and fake grapes.” photo - dave hoang 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70 LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT BERRYLICIOUS WHITE NOTES: NOTES:APPROVALS APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 5. R A Y M O N D MOLINAR there’s something in the mind of those who dedicate themselves to riding a skateboard that lends favorably to the creation of art. Maybe it’s because of their world view. Where some see decrepit schoolyards skaters see a beautiful array of obstacles used to express his or her self. This reordering of the world breaks the mind out of the proverbial box many fervently attempt to look outside of. This point of view is not only fundamental to skateboarding, but is a prerequisite for creating art. We can experience this restructuring of reality through the lens of Raymond Molinar. For the last few years Raymond has grown fond of the immediate gratification and warm analog feel of instant still-image cameras. His fondness borders on obsession, “I have, like, six of those,” he tells me, pointing at an old camera in an antique shop in Long Beach, CA. Pointing to another he says, “I have two of these but I’m trying to get different models.” Frequenting antique stores is the latest fascination to grip Raymond. I ask him why. “I don’t know. I just have always wanted to live back in that time – like the ’70s. I thought the stuff was cool: The cars and photos and fake grapes.” Good friend and roommate Dave Hoang offers more insight on Raymond’s passion for antiques, “I think it reminds him of the house that he grew up in. I think his folks gave him his taste.” The product of an El Salvadorian and an Alpine Texan, Raymond grew up in Riverside, CA — the heart of the Inland Empire. A supportive family gave Raymond the tools and freedom to not only become an accomplished skateboarder, but also a proficient musician and prolific photographer. Back from the antique store Raymond rummages through hundreds of pictures. The images are simple yet interesting and seem saturated with stories. He has an eye for taking good pictures, but Raymond’s intent isn’t to be some great, artistic photographer. When asked what drives him to take pictures he remarks, “I want to capture moments to remember when I get older. Just, like, friends and family, you know. For a while I was shooting sick, abstract stuff, and stuff that looks cool which is always nice, but I’m more interested in my friends and family.” words - kevin craft † photo - jeremy weiss 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT WHITE Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70 LB TEXT BERRYLICIOUS NOTES: NOTES:APPROVALS APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 6. photo - ben karpinski 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70 LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT BERRYLICIOUS WHITE NOTES: NOTES: THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLYAPPROVALS APPROVALS PRINTED ON WHITE PAPERPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 7. 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT WHITE WHITE NOTES: NOTES:APPROVALS APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 8. 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT WHITE WHITE NOTES: NOTES:APPROVALS APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 9. 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT WHITE WHITE NOTES: NOTES:APPROVALS APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 10. 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT WHITE WHITE NOTES: NOTES:APPROVALS APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 11. raymondmolinar.blogspot.com 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT WHITE WHITE NOTES: NOTES:APPROVALS APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 12. PEOPLE’S SKATEBO iNG ARD STY LES ARE WiN — DOWS TO THE iR PERSO NAL iTY. TH i S BECOMES APP nT AS I ARE TALK TO AND WATCH AnTHO nY P AL ARDo APP in Hi S NEW FURNiTURE STUDi . O Photo - Kevin Craft 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: full page varnish Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT WHITE WHITE NOTES: NOTES: FULL-PAGE Clear GlossAPPROVALS APPROVALS Foil on THIS PAGEPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 13. H is nonchalant skating style translates to the way he talks doesn’t make me depressed about becoming old. He’s an 85-year-old and navigates his space. His let-it-happen smoothness might man and still has his stuff together, he can build anything, and he’s just seem contrary to the craziness of New York City, but his is a psyched on life. It’s pretty cool. Just any engineering, or building, or any nonchalance you must have to not go postal from all the type of carpentry – he’s pretty in sync with all of that stuff.” things that could bother you in the Big Apple. If you don’t have some level of disconnect then you’re not going to make it. Anthony even resides on his grandfather’s old stomping grounds. “My grandfather grew up right in Williamsburg [an area in Brooklyn], How do you disconnect from the craziness? Stay connected with the right next to where I live now,” says Anthony. “I took him there just a things you love – for Anthony that’s skateboarding and carpentry. He’s couple of weeks ago and he was just saying how different it was. When been able to carve himself (no pun intended) a safe haven in a newly he was there, there were all farms and stuff.” The farms have made acquired basement studio. You would never realize the space was way for residences, shops and the ever present bars. With the hipster, there if someone didn’t tell you. “That’s the great thing about New party scene in full effect in Williamsburg now, it can be easy to find the York. We could just be in fucking, like, Syria outside or something and aforementioned disconnect at the bottom of a glass of whiskey, an you could just go down into an apartment and just never know what is all too common trap for artists and skaters alike. Being in an industry in there,” Anthony mentions as he walks me around the Bushwick, notoriously fond of happy hour only adds fuel to the fire. More than a Brooklyn studio. He seems ecstatic to have a space completely few professional and amateur skaters have awakened from the party devoted to his craft of furniture making. “It’s been three weeks in here. to see their lives spiraling out of control – and some never wake at all. We’ve spent 10 full days on trying to get it set up. It’s pretty wild.” “All skateboarders are definitely creative beings,” Anthony reminds me. The first thing I notice when entering the unassuming basement-turned- “There’s no argument to be said about that. That’s something that is studio is how awesome it looks, with every imaginable tool and instrument there in every skateboarder. I always say that you can learn anything of wood manipulation you could imagine. Piles of stained wood line a within 10 years, you can be a doctor in 12. But how long does it take to wall, a table saw sits in waiting, a multitude of measuring instruments master skateboarding? It takes longer than a lifetime and some people and odd looking tools adorn the other walls. There’s a calming energy never get it. You know, technically you could learn anything in a couple in the studio, probably due to hours of Zen-like concentration and years, but not skateboarding. It’s a lifelong path. But when you’re contemplation on creating wooden works of art. not skating, you need to put that energy into something else. That’s why I think you see certain skateboarders go a certain route or path, It might seem odd to some – I mean, why furniture? But really it’s pretty because that energy is so great or misdirected.” obvious. A professional skateboarder is someone who artistically manipulates wood; I suppose it makes sense that he would take Today Anthony avoids the party for the most part. “I haven’t had a drink wood manipulation to whole new level. Yet even if Anthony didn’t in 10 months,” he tells me. He fortunately channels his energy through skate, there still might be a good chance he would have become a skateboarding and building furniture. “It’s just a release for when you carpenter. A huge source of inspiration comes from the handiness get all this shit built up in your head. It’s, like, you have all these ideas and craftsmanship of his grandfather. Pappalardo becomes visibly and stuff. Some people have to write it out, some people have to talk it excited when talking about him, “He was an electrician, but he could out, some people have to do yoga, or play baseball or something. I like build a house with his hands if he needed to.” A lot of the tools in to skateboard and make stuff.” Anthony’s shop were inherited from his grandfather. “He’s probably my biggest inspiration I would say,” he continues. “He’s the one guy that PHOTOS - JOHN BRADFORD WORDS - KEVIN CRAFT 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: full page varnish 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT WHITE WHITE NOTES: FULL-PAGE Clear GlossAPPROVALS Foil on THIS PAGE APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 14. 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: full page varnish Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70 LB TEXT WHITE BUBBLEGUM NOTES: FULL-PAGE Clear GlossAPPROVALS APPROVALS Foil on THIS PAGEPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 15. An old saying goes, “We plan, and God laughs.” God must have been laughing his ass off when we were planning to meet and interview Sammy Baca. Twice I bought flights, booked hotels, got ready to shred with Sammy in Vegas and maybe shoot a few craps games while I was at it, only to get the phone call, “Dude, Sammy bailed to somewhere in Oregon.” OK. Cancel the flight and hotel. It’s cool, he has a court date coming up and he has to be home for that; I’ll catch him then. Buy another flight, book another hotel and get ready to go. The day before I leave Dave Hoang calls, “Dude, sucks but Sammy bailed again.” Baca has no phone or email and trying to get in touch with him is like trying to locate Sasquatch. Like Sasquatch, the only proof I have of his existence are stories from other people. It must be something in the Las Vegas water that breeds humans who abandon convention and embrace societal disobedience. Some of the most insane skateboarders, who seem to have little regard for their lives or their liver, hail from Sin City. I can name names but simply adding Sammy to the list tips the scales heavily in favor of the notion that Vegas nurtures a certain rebelliousness. Whenever Sammy’s name is mentioned around his friends or acquaintances someone usually blurts out some crazy experience they had with him. The stories at times may seem like tales of recklessness, but are really accounts of living at full speed. Sammy lives moment to moment; allergic to mediocrity, he constantly pushes his limits. Actually, he has no limits; he flies headfirst into all things, just going without thinking about consequences. These feats of daring usually result in spectacular crashes; but sometimes he pulls off the impossible – this is a useful approach for a skateboarder. Sammy is a skateboarding mad man; equally annihilating street and transition with the same recklessness he approaches all aspects of his life. Do yourself a favor and watch his part in the new Death Wish video and witness some top-notch stunt wood handling. Of course there would be a lot more coverage of his skills if anyone was ever able to find him. Photos by Brendan Klien Words by Kevin Craft Art by Matt Jones 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70 LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70 LB TEXT BUBBLEGUM BUBBLEGUMAPPROVALS APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 16. 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70 LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70 LB TEXT BUBBLEGUM BUBBLEGUMAPPROVALS APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 17. 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70 LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT BUBBLEGUM WHITE NOTES: NOTES:APPROVALS APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 18. photo - rhino 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT WHITE WHITE NOTES: NOTES:APPROVALS APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 19. Professional skateboarding has some of the most interesting individuals in any culture I’ve experienced. As a writer, I’d love to ascribe some flowery words in an attempt to describe this certain something about skateboarders, but it would be an exercise in futility. It’s like trying to slap a “hello my name is” sticker on the sky – not only would it not stick, it would look ugly. Or, as Ethan says, “To name it would be to name the universe. It is large and otherwise unknown to man or myself.” Ethan Fowler contributes generously to the mosaic of interesting personalities. His “incredibly immense brain” doesn’t work like the majority of humans.’ He’s painfully individualistic and confidently walks an unbeaten path. This is not to say the man isn’t brave, but his individualism isn’t the product of courage but more an incessant nagging, pulling him to go a different direction. This became apparent when we went skating at a spot in Downtown L.A. It was a metal ledge with an added degree of difficulty because the ground was cracked and gravelly and there were two large metal poles, about five feet tall, sticking out of either side. You had to thread the needle if you wanted to grind the thing. We were taking turns doing manuals and grinding the ledge when Ethan comes from left field and busts a kickflip over one of the poles. It was funny how obvious his line seemed after he’d taken it yet, before he arrived, I hadn’t noticed it. I suppose that’s what geniuses do – they point out the obvious, revealing the inevitable brilliance of the moment. Ethan will be the first to let you know that he’s a genius. When asked what he’d be doing if he weren’t riding a skateboard he says, “I would be in school enlarging my already immense mind.” I’ve been watching him skate for over a decade and I have come to the conclusion that, yes, he is a genius. If you ride a skateboard you cannot help but respect this man’s contribution to the art of roller boarding. He’s blessed us with some memorably stylish performances and continues to slaughter the streets with reckless and stylish abandon. Now 20 years into the art of skating, he’s still going strong. What keeps him going? “I skateboard because it fulfills in me some desire that is otherwise left unchecked,” he dictates in a medieval-sounding voice. He continues, “Skateboarding has been to me one of those things that I come back to no matter what the obstacle. It permeates my mind like a serrated razor and cuts through the scope of life as if a burst of blood.” His choice of Old English vernacular gives me flashes of a time when men slayed dragons and fought each other in metal suits. Ethan would have definitely been a knight if he lived in medieval times – if not a knight then a wizard: I can see him now: casting spells on unsuspecting lasses, sacking villages with his magic. In modern times Ethan’s wizardry is not only expressed on his skateboard, but in his music. Like skateboarding, music occupies an intimate place in Ethan, “I enjoy making music.” He adds, “The thing that keeps me continuing to make music is the hollow in my soul that will never be filled.” Music isn’t just a hobby for Ethan, he takes it very seriously. He is a hellacious guitar shredder and heads the rock band Green and Wood. I went to his rehearsal space in Downtown L.A. to watch him get all shreddy on the axe and was blown away by the music. It bordered on heavy metal but was more just straight, unrelenting rock – and it sounded good. The music is reminiscent of the rock which gloriously flowed from groundbreaking bands in the ’70s, an era Ethan is greatly fond of. His long hair, beard, slightly flared at the bottom pants and t-shirt harkens to that age of VW buses and peace symbols. A friend and fellow skateboarder commented that, “Going to Ethan’s house is like stepping into a time machine to 1970.” The skateboard world is bearing witness to Ethan’s ’70s aesthetic in his new board company Bummer High. An evil twist on the “Free Love” era, Bummer High bursts on the scene with a ’70s hippy-meets- heavy metal flavor. To hear Ethan talk about his new venture sounds confusing and cryptic, “Bummer High is the child of my mind. It is the thing and it is not the thing that I wish it to be. It exists within and without me, without my creating it. One could say that it has created me. It is an embrace and at the same time the iron fist of love.” Sometimes geniuses can be hard to understand, but they always sound really cool. words - kevin craft photos - dave hoang 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70 LB TEXT WHITE BERRYLICIOUS NOTES: NOTES:APPROVALS APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 20. photo - ben karpinski 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70 LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70 LB TEXT BERRYLICIOUS BERRYLICIOUS NOTES: NOTES:APPROVALS APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
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  • 22. While wrapping-up this first issue of Parlour we received a phone straw hats and ridiculous t-shirts become works of art. These Middle call notifying us that a new ambassador was joining Ethan, Anthony, America outposts are Nick’s muse, inspiring him to seek out the Raymond and Sammy. The incredibly talented, young-Arizonian most interesting t-shirts even when not in the middle of nowhere. skater, Nick Trapasso would be added to an already stacked team “I don’t know where I got it from,” Nick says talking about his taste, representing skateboarding’s elite. With only a week to go before “probably from too much Arizona heat.” shipping the issue, we decided that we had to have Nick in the pages of Parlour’s maiden issue. In an era where skateboarders take their flares and styles so seriously Nick’s strange obsession with weird clothes reflects the most important So I called Nick planning to talk about skateboarding and life, but aspect of skateboarding… fun. “Some people think they can wear just before the call I received a bunch of photos of Nick from Dave fancy clothes and not skate anymore,” Nick mentions illustrating Hoang. The interesting thing about these photos was Nick’s wardrobe. that his style isn’t all about form but also function. It’s a philosophy Nick Trapasso has the strangest collection of t-shirts I’ve ever seen. that might see him move into a career of designing clothes in the On a path paved by numerous skateboard adventures, Nick has found future. “Hell yeah! I’d be down,” he responds enthusiastically when himself in a slew of gas stations located in the middle of nowhere. asked if he’d be into designing some shirts of his own. Perhaps one day we’ll be buying Trapasso designed shirts in those forlorn gas To Nick these aren’t just gas stations but beautiful museums of stations. In the meantime enjoy some of Nick’s favorite tees modeled Americana: strange bastions where ugly sunglasses, $1 sandals, by the man himself. 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: spot varnish 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 802.864.7123 Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: POP-TONES 70LB TEXT WHITE WHITE NOTES: Spot Clear Gloss Foil on NOTES:APPROVALS THIS PAGE APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
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  • 25. At a recent Sa-Ra show, Taz Arnold addressed the crowd saying, “You are the architect of your own destiny.” This is the philosophy that has allowed Sa-Ra to come together and create something popular music has yet to hear. Like a post-modern funk-jazz fusion, Sa-Ra has come trumpeting the arrival of a new age of musical- spiritual realism. Now, if they could just get the masses to listen. It wasn’t your typical beginning to an interview. One of the Sa-Ra creative partners, Taz Arnold, led me into the house where every imaginable instrument lay strewn about the modest flat. I met Taz a couple years previous at a photo shoot and the one thing I could say about him is that he’s a fashion victim. And I mean that in the nicest possible way. I guess he’s more of a fashion maven or specialist. Think of the most famous names in high-end fashion from America to Europe and he’s got the limited- edition, exclusive version of it. So when he showed up to the door in his boxers and t-shirt, I was a little taken aback. The luminous Shafiq, another member of the Sa-Ra trio, emerged from the depth of the kitchen weaving through a museum of keyboards also adorned in boxers. The only dude that was half-dressed was Om’Mas who was busy making deals, talking and typing like a Tasmanian devil on his P.D.A. As soon as I entered the Sa-Ra domain, I heard interesting rhythms emanating from everywhere. Shafiq sat his big self down near the kitchen and busied himself behind a keyboard and started tweaking the saturating beat. Taz slid behind a keyboard and started to sprinkle some warm keys over the thumping percussions. Om’Mas handed me a guitar and asked, “Can you play?” before moseying over to the drums to display the skills he attained by training with some of the jazz world’s greatest drummers. Before I knew it, we were engaged in a jam session. I’m not shabby on the guitar – I practice daily and take it pretty seriously, 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 POP-TONES 65LB COVER 802.864.7123 POP-TONES 65LB COVER Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: WHITE Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: WHITE NOTES: NOTES:APPROVALS APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 26. so having the ability to jam with these guys was pretty amazing. This is what Sa-Ra is all about: being open and building with their peers. They attribute their success to their community. “You only see us dealing with people like ourselves,” Om’Mas would later admit. “One of the reasons we have been catapulted into this position is because of our peer group.” Sa-Ra’s peers are some of the most influential names in music and each member has a very impressive resume. In early 2000 they were signed to a major label. Although that was the first time the group as a whole had been signed to a major, the individual members all have label experience. Shafiq has worked with virtually everyone in the hip-hop world, and has credit on a number of ground- breaking albums. Taz grew up in South Central LA; he was signed as a youngster and has contributed to some of the most classic albums to emerge from the region. Om’Mas was raised around legendary artists, his father was a jazz artist and some of the most legendary jazz musicians, many whom Om’Mas considered his “uncles,” helped mold him as a young musician. As a teenager, Om’Mas was one of the youngest sound engineers working in New York City. He worked with everyone including some of the most popular mainstream artists. Each member of Sa-Ra brings immense experience and talent, and belongs to an exclusive sect of artists. During the past few years, Sa-Ra has been through the perils of label bureaucracy and has found it difficult for label heads to share their vision. Their music is so far ahead of its time that some of the label suits probably just don’t get it. But the artists do and many have used Sa-Ra to add flavor to their projects. Lately Sa-Ra has collaborated with the hottest names in music and they are highly sought- after producers. This is just the beginning for the psychedelic Sa-Ra. They are not afraid to be different and, like other pioneers of music, their unique persona is symptom of their genius. Taz agrees, “People think that we are from way leftfield and we are underground but what group that changed music wasn’t coming from way out. The influential people who pioneered new sounds weren’t afraid to be different and do what they wanted despite of critics and the status quo. We are bringing something that people haven’t heard before.” 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 POP-TONES 65LB COVER 802.864.7123 POP-TONES 65LB COVER Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: WHITE Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: WHITE NOTES: NOTES:APPROVALS APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
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  • 28. sid abruzzi the Godfather Sitting With the Don Sid, for those who don’t know who you are, what exactly is your skate guys around and they just handed us tons of the wheel to test out. role in East Coast skateboarding history? Before that we went down to Florida in the wintertime in Jacksonville, We were one of the first guys. We were the first to bring skateboarding where the standard wheel that most of us rode were made. We used inland from the beaches. We lived right on the coast in Newport, Rhode to buy hundreds of those wheels before precision bearing wheels came Island. We went from metal wheels to the transition period, and in 1971 around. You used to have to drop the ball bearings in yourself on the axles I opened up Water Bros Surf and Skate shop. The only boards we when you sold a kid a complete and you’re all wrecked and stoned and could actually buy were completes. We were in it from clay wheels you dropped one ball bearing and the whole wheel would fall apart – in on – when everything began to be sold separately. We were selling the front of a mom. You’d be a longhaired freak and be like, “I need to get undrilled decks back when you had to drill them yourself using that out of here.” It was funny. That was pretty much a daily experience. stupid frame to line up the holes. For actual skateboarding, we were Eventually they sold the right to those wheels and it all got moved out the first guys to go into Boston and Providence. Usually we’d go into to California. Next to their old building was a warehouse full of the the cities on a Sunday because the towns were shut down on Sunday. precision bearing wheels and their patches, posters, everything and None of the stores were open so we could go into the parking lots and these kids from across the Bay broke into the place like 20 years ago, eight-story garages, hit up all the banks, skate the city hospital – that whatever the statute of limitations for prosecution is, and they brought later became a hot spot. We brought all of that up from Newport. I don’t me so much shit. want to get all “we did it before them” because we were at the same time but in a parallel universe of sorts. We were right there with the first What is “The Pit” and what happens there? wave of ramps and skateboard parks. My best friend was a legendary The Pit is the Rock & Roll Mecca of this town. It was an original dirt pioneer in surf and skateboarding advancement. This guy had the first floor cellar in the ’70s with punk rock posters everywhere. After every cutout rails on a skateboard; he also put the first p-tex on a snowboard. skate session we’d go back and party in the basement. We were the first ones to bring a quarterpipe to the tradeshows. I have been in it since day one and haven’t stopped. We were skating all weekend actually. “We were one of the first Wasn’t your shop the first to sell wheels with precision bearings? We were the first shop to have them, there’s no doubt about it. We were guys. We were the first number one. I still have all the shit right here. These kids broke into TO BRING SKATEBOARDING this old warehouse in Cranston, Rhode Island. They had this mad-dog scientific old guy that formulated the wheels with the first precision INLAND FROM THE BEACHES.” bearing. The guys came down to our place because we were the only Isn’t it in your mom’s basement? Yeah, but my mom has been in a home for a while so now it’s in my basement! When my dad died, we cemented the floor with him under it. Really? No, I’m just kidding. It’s like the perfect skate-surf bar in my basement now. My band Big World got back together over the past five years and it’s like a constant Hollywood jam session down there. A couple amps, nice drum set, PAs – it’s the older guys Rock & Roll set up. I got like 500 skate decks on the ceilings and walls. It’s really tight. I got bones from Africa, a warthog skull, elephant hip bones, all this stuff. Before they clamped down on bringing bones back I brought a ton in like five trips. What is your fondest memory of skateboarding? When I used to be able to drive down to the shop on the beach when we had the vert ramp there. It was nine foot, 16 inches wide, and the parking lot was completely no rules. It was at the end of Newport Beach, but it was a separate parking lot on a private beach and my landlords were cool. You had all the crazy dudes sitting on the seawall partying. We ran great contests; that was the most fun. The late ’80s were the good’ ole days for me. Having a ramp on the beach with platforms overlooking the ocean with all the heavies and all the guys just showing For more of Sid go to Waterbros.net up to skate and party. That’s the time I miss the most. That was a pretty For more of Chris Nieratko go to Chrisnieratko.com good scene. 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  • 29. KCDC Every town has that skate shop.You know the one – it’s the epicenter of your town’s skate scene. A skateboarder’s veritable home away from home where you can meet with your friends, kick it and watch the latest videos, BROOKLYN, NY get tips from local shredders and see your favorite pros. There’s always some old bench or flatbar you can drag to the street to session, it’s the place where games of SKATE last all day. For Brooklyn, New York this shop is undoubtedly KCDC. words - kevin craft art - dennis mcnett SPOT VARNISH 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: SPOT VARNISH Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 POP-TONES 65LB COVER 802.864.7123 POP-TONES 65LB COVER Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: WHITE Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: WHITE NOTES: THE SPOT Clear Gloss Foil NOTES: spot Clear Gloss Foil onAPPROVALS on THIS PAGE APPROVALS THIS PAGEPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 30. Not only is Amy Gunther prettier than your local skateshop owner, but she might be more dedicated to skateboarding too. The model/actress has had an intimate relationship with skateboard culture “When the towers fell,” Amy recalls, “that was another crossroad for since childhood. “A lot of my friends were skateboarders, and it was such us because we didn’t know if we needed to open a skate shop when a family feeling and such a true, loyal type of deal. Where I grew up our city was in a dire state. We went back to the drawing board.” there weren’t a lot of kids, so all of us that were into it kind of bound together and I just really loved that feeling.” This same type of communal After reassessing why they wanted to have a skate shop in the first feel and sense of belonging is something she wanted to recreate at KCDC. place, Amy and Nevett decided that the best thing to do for the She understands the importance of having a place where people feel city was to go forward with their vision, “We felt to open a small welcome. “I was put into situations that weren’t necessarily the best – my business now as New Yorkers is what we should do. We should try family wasn’t the best and modeling was tough, so to be able to go our best to bring more business to the city and show that stuff is back to my friends and have a home and feeling of security was really still going on, and we are strong. We really kind of played off of nice. I really wanted to do something to give kids that sort of outlet that. It really gave us some fire to open the store and do our best.” if they didn’t feel comfortable being at home.” KCDC skate shop is the nucleus of the Brooklyn and New York Amy first tried her hand at skate shop ownership in the suburbs of New York. City skate scenes. They have a beautiful indoor mini ramp for She remembers it being a good learning experience. “It was a little easier those terrible East Coast winters, are constantly having events to make mistakes there and learn from your mistakes in the suburbs. and they continuously give back to the community. People like Kids in the city are a bit more sophisticated.” After that experience, Nevett and Amy are the silent fuel that keeps our culture’s engine Amy partnered with Nevett Steele and decided to sign a lease for the running. Support your local skate shop! first KCDC shop on August 28, 2001. Two weeks later all hell broke loose. KCDC Partner Nevett Steele’s Favorite Shoes Nevett Steele is just as passionate about skateboarding as his KCDC partner Amy Gunther and, when it comes to skate shoes, being a skate shop owner makes him a connoisseur on what works and what’s wack. Here he talks about his favorite skate shoe of all time: My favorite skate shoe of all time is the Converse Fast Break from the ’80s. It had nice padding around the ankles, but it wasn’t gnarly-puffy. The back of the shoe was cut down where your Achilles tendon was, so you could move your foot like in lo-tops. The toe of the shoe was tapered, not rounded, which was different from a lot of the other shoes. You could feel your tricks and feel your ollie. Kickflips were just coming in and that shoe was perfect for that, you could feel it. There wasn’t too much junk in the shoe, it wasn’t too techy. The heel was wide but it wasn’t bulky, it was wide but flared at the bottom. If you were about to roll your ankle it would squish and stop before it totally rolled. The beautiful thing is that it had a court sole, man! At the time, other skate shoe companies were coming out with their basketball style skate shoes, but most had ridiculously hard soles that you could never break in. By the time you broke them in, you had a hole in them and you were done. The Fast Breaks had nice, soft leather and court soles. I don’t mean to blow smoke up Converse’s butt, honestly, those Fast Breaks were the best skate shoes ever. I found them at the mall and bought every size ten that they had. photos - kevin craft FULL PAGE VARNISH SPOT VARNISH 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 POP-TONES 65LB COVER 802.864.7123 POP-TONES 65LB COVER Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: WHITE Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: WHITE NOTES: FULL-PAGE Clear Gloss NOTES: spot Clear Gloss Foil onAPPROVALS Foil on THIS PAGE APPROVALS THIS PAGEPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 31. Jeremy Henderson A Legend is Born Catching up with Jeremy We are a nation obsessed with fame. Amongst the madness of the You completed part of that scene circle, but you also helped push “hot now-bye later” pop up, over-produced consumer culture we street skating in the ’80s. Tell us a little about the scene back then. live in, very few people rise above the hype to become legends. I used to go back and forth to the states when I was younger. My dad Jeremy Henderson is a man who has earned that title. was stationed all over, so I would gather up some skateboarding from everywhere. Naturally the progression was the same when I became pro. Many pro skateboarders can claim they influenced skateboarding We would go back and forth to the coasts and we’d all learn together. through various stages, however very few can claim they helped usher in new eras many times over. Even fewer accomplished it You skated with some of the original street innovators back then consistently by effortlessly integrating into skate scenes on both as well, right? the East and West coasts. Now add in the ability to inject organic I did. We skated with all the crew in Venice and Santa Monica during growth trans-continentally, and be so humble as to never care the early street days. Skating was really moving hard toward the street if you go down in the skate history books. Well that adds up to in leaps and bounds. legendary skate Godfather Jeremy Henderson. I was still traveling constantly. All the guys from California used to We caught up with the 46-year-old skateboarder and artist to grab come stay with me and sleep on my floor in the Village. My house was a glimpse into his global influence. one of the original couch surfing spots. Everyone stayed with me. It seems like with each generation you were in the midst of it all? Well back then we just ushered in everyone else and kept skating as the Hey brother, how is everything going down in Newport? new kids came up. All the West Coast guys loved coming to New York Jeremy Henderson: Things are great. I just went skating the other day. and we had it on lock. It was fun just hitting the city and making it ours. There was a bank I saw and I stopped everything (laughing). I laugh now because I still have the same love for skateboarding. I totally Is that what helped birth the brands you helped build? parked illegally on the highway and left the dog in the car, everything. That was a natural progression. We just had the illest kids in and around All the while I’m getting mentally prepared for dealing with “the man.” the city. Everyone contributed – we all came to the table together then. We pressed our own boards and cut the shapes, and it was a family. “Ok officer, I realize I left my car running on the side of the road, and I’m not supposed to be trespassing. Yes, I’m 46. Yes, it seemed like and We had one of the best teams ever. We were terrorizing the contest circuit. still is a good idea for me to be skating here (laughing).” We won all of our divisions all the time. Kids were losing their minds when we came through. You mentioned you were working on a lot of new art lately? I have been. I like to use alot of metaphors, and the objects of metaphors. It all laid the groundwork for the takeover. I like to paint on doors and represent the doors of perception, and I It did. All of the young NY skaters knew their history. The next batch always paint on skateboards amongst other things because it’s always of young-street skaters were under our wings and we released them on been a part of my life. the world. I was talking to a veteran skater from England about doing your So you feel like your place in history was locked down by seeing the interview and he said he’s know you since he was a kid. I didn’t new squad at the time? know you were connected to the London skate scene. I do. Accolades and credit never mattered to me. I just wanted to do my I belonged to the London scene since the ’70s. In ’78 we skated for the part and be the best skateboarder I could be. Personally one of the best leaders of the United Arab Emirates; they built us 14-foot half pipe. accolades I ever received is one witnessed by the world, but its meaning We went all around the world. was only known by a chosen few. My manager also managed a famous rock band. They didn’t know how Skateboarding is a part of us all and the best always have a little something to place skateboarding then, so we basically were young rock stars. extra. That crew took up the torch. Things happened but the brand we They sent us to Paris, Amsterdam, etc. That’s what we did every weekend. helped to build is back in the city where it belongs. 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  • 33. “ My manager also managed a famous rock band. They didn’t know how to place skateboarding then, so we basically were young rock stars.” 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 POP-TONES 65LB COVER 802.864.7123 POP-TONES 65LB COVER Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: WHITE Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: WHITEAPPROVALS APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
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  • 35. For young children, every moment is magic and they are awed by what adults perceive as mundane. Their young eyes have yet to succumb to the repetition and burden of a “responsible life,” as adults replace the whimsical with the practical. It was a longing to reconnect with the imagination that created Savoir Adore. Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro were college students. Paul was studying the business side of music, and Deidre spent her time learning music journalism. Both were singer/songwriters who did most of their composing on acoustic guitars. Though at different colleges within the same university they both gravitated toward the same club. “We met at probably the cheesiest club ever: The Songwrit- ers and Performers Society,” says Deidre. At the time they both were at creative crossroads, “We wanted to step out of our shells as singer/songwriters,” remembers Paul. We were both traditional singer/songwriters talking about life and our experiences with love, and we both kind of hit a wall at the same time, a point where we wanted to grow and break out of the box.” So they boarded a train to upstate New York to spend three days at Paul’s parent’s house with one rule: no acoustic guitars. On the train ride they came up with seven song titles and a fantastical story which was the muse for their first EP The Adventures of Mr. Pumpernickel and the Girl with Animals in Her Throat. “Over the next three days we recorded and wrote the entire thing,” Paul says. “We still weren’t an official band; we just did it for fun.” The whimsical EP is a twisted love story that takes place in a wooded forest filled with mystical creatures. Each song follows one point of the story to the next and a map of the forest where the story takes place accompanies the CD. Bear in mind this isn’t your grandma’s fairy tale. This fantasy has suicide, jealous nymphs, and a girl with animals in her throat. The result of this exercise in unbridled imagining is a project with a consistent concept but relentlessly, yet refreshingly, varied music. “There’s a definitive flavor or emotional feel to our music,” says Paul “but there isn’t something that one can point out and say, ‘oh that’s the Savoir Adore riff or dance beat’.” “We are constantly changing,” adds Deidre. “Our music is largely thematic. The most consistent sounds in our music are the blending of our voices, but we are constantly visiting a number of genres. No genre is safe.” The EP was originally only intended for themselves, friends and family. “We never anticipated this but slowly it started meaning more and more – people really dug it,” says Paul. The inventive EP caught the attention of a New York-based indie music label. “The label urged us to keep playing,” says Deidre. “They heard the EP. They gave us the motivation to keep doing what we are doing. They’ve supported us from the beginning.” With support from the label they decided to name themselves Savoir Adore, which roughly translates to “Know Love,” and a band was born. Both Diedre and Paul come from musical homes. Diedre’s mother is a church organist and a choir director and naturally she was in the church choir at a young age. Her father created synthesizer music and facilitated synth demonstrations and workshops as the technology blossomed in the ’80s. She has fond memories of spending time in the basement at their home studio in Long Island, NY. Paul also grew up with a home studio. His father is a legend in synthesizer and jazz fusion, most recognized for crafting a theme song for a popular ’80s television show. “It’s an uncontrollable reaction to everything going on,” says Paul. “If I have a bad day or a good day everyday growing up I would always just sit at the piano for ten minutes and just make sounds.” This continues with Savoir Adore. “It’s a reaction to everything that’s going on in our lives. All of our writing is done in the studio as we’re recording. Deidre will write a melody to the song as we’re recording.” This approach makes the music an honest representation of the moment. As Savoir Adore moves through their mystical world of music, Paul quips on what effects he hopes the music will have on people. “If I could conjure spells with my music I would conjure the ability for the music to make people fall in love.” Savoir Adore indeed. FULL PAGE VARNISH 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 POP-TONES 65LB COVER 802.864.7123 POP-TONES 65LB COVER Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: WHITE Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: WHITE NOTES: FULL-PAGE Clear GlossAPPROVALS Foil on THIS PAGE APPROVALSPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
  • 36. East Coast icons Jersey’s own QUIM CARDONA RODNEY TORRES: THE REAL KING OF QUEENS You had the greatest instructional video on how to do a slappie. For the younger kids who don’t know, tell me a bit about your brother How are the ladies treating you? weather is warm here in NYC, you can cruise all around the city, see all the hottest women, I need to know if you were acting or not? Because that shit was funny as hell. Mike Cardona who passed away, another great skater to come out of Jersey. The ladies LOVE them some EL TORO! and party all through the night. The city literally never sleeps. That was a funny idea to teach people how to do slappies. It’s not the craziest thing to do, There’s not a day I don’t think of my bro. He will be missed. Nobody could 360 flip like but it’s universal. I had to film a trick tip for my team’s website. I happened to just find Mike. I’m talking over a tall picnic table, no joke. Skater for life, Bredren of Jah... What’s the worst thing about skateboarding on the East Coast? Tell us your most memorable skateboard traveling moment. fresh-painted curbs and a fresh-paved parking lot. It was a perfect lesson. Thanks to the The winter. It’s hard to motivate yourself to go out in below freezing temperatures; but I’ve had so many memorable traveling moments in my skateboarding life that I honestly editors for pushing it out there. Aside from skateboarding I know you work some other jobs, tell me about those. if you really want to skate, you’ll do what you have to do and deal with it. can’t even remember one right now. It’s all a blur... I built movie sets for a horror flick. It took place in an abandoned mental asylum in I’m very proud to have you on our shop’s team and I know you are as proud Jersey. Last month I did the behind the scenes work for another film. A family of people A unique thing about being a skater from the East Coast is you have to brave these Has skateboarding in NY changed much since you started? of New Jersey as I am. What is so great about Jersey? who have children who skate, who work with their hearts to make a difference contacted brutal winters. I’ve heard some pretty major stories about your dedication during It’s grown a lot over the years and is more accepted in the mainstream. The spots are ruff, obscure, hard to find, but there’s a lot to offer. Saturday morning I’ll pick me to be a part of a special event. I stay busy. the winters. Give us a good, die-hard winter skateboard story: up some ackee ’n saltfish and fried dumplings, maybe go visit where my dad has worked for Yeah man, I used to lay plywood on snow and launch over snowmen. Just kidding. It’s Why is it better? 40 years as a doctor. Cruise to get some Brazilian churrascaria and an acai smoothie and We’re both Portuguese, have you ever spent any time over there skating? true that the winters out here are brutal. We’ve missioned out in the snow to go skate a set Well, because of how big skateboarding has gotten over the years, it’s now more accepted. drive to different towns in search for new spots to skate. If we have material to fix up a spot Yeah. My pops is from Villa Real and, when I went there in 2003, I found a skate park. of stairs in 10 degree weather. But really there are no words – you have to experience it I’m cooler now then I was when I started. Also a lot of people are able to do more within we’ll do it. That’s the best part of Jersey. It’s the Barcelona that no one skated. Come on Chris, we got to make it there someday. for yourself. their local communities for the kids. More skateparks, events, shops and companies are coming up everywhere. For more of Quim go to www.myspace.com/q_links and quimtime.blogspot.com What’s the best thing about skateboarding on the East Coast? For more of Chris Nieratko go to www.chrisnieratko.com The best thing about skating on the East Coast is pretty much everything. When the Thanks Rodney. Go easy on the ladies. You know it. words - chris nieratko photo - matt daughters words - kevin craft photo - andres mora SPOT VARNISH 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: 431 Pine Street Date 12.11.08 Client CONS Scale 1:1 Contact Info: Colors: Other: Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 Burlington, Vermont USA 05401 Scott Rivers - 802.859.2121 802.864.7123 POP-TONES 65LB COVER 802.864.7123 POP-TONES 65LB COVER Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: WHITE Project CONS ZINE srivers@fusemarketing.com Paper: WHITE NOTES: THE SPOT spot ClearAPPROVALS APPROVALS Gloss Foil on THIS PAGEPlese Initial only Plese Initial onlyif content is correct if content is correct
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