FIRST CLASS FOOLS

We Like To Skateboard, And Start Trouble

Stoked & Broke: DIY OR DIE

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Boy oh boy where the fuck do I begin? 

Well, let's start it off with Trash Talk playing at the Bottom Lounge. They had Antwon play beforehand and it was sick, cool rhymes and catchy beats. If you haven't checked him out you're fucking slipping. Trash Talk came out in full force and bodies started flying off the stage. It was a rad time, thanks to Jason for finding my glasses that were kicked off my face. You da real MVP.

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I spent the next day or so working on different colors for the shirts we have. We found out that it's easier to print colors on black tshirts if you have a white base on the bottom. So I took a few of our shirts and played around with different color ways. It turned out looking rad! Like those old school concert flyers you'd see for Led Zeppelin or some shit. Anyway, if you buy a shirt from the store, I'll try and send ya something cool.

Saturday I left for Kansas City with Laura and her boyfriend, Brian, to meet our friends Scott, Rich, Izzi, and Kyle. We went bar hopping the first night in, and I went out sporting my hot dog suit. Almost got into a fight in front of a food truck after bumping into a dudes girlfriend. I apologized to her and he was running his mouth acting like he's fucking Tony Tuff guy. So I called him a dork when he turned his back, and he didn't like that at all.

"You got a fucking problem?! Say that to my face!"

"You're a fucking dork, dude." 

Maybe that hurt the guys feelings. Maybe he realized he was overreacting. Or maybe he didn't want to get punched in the face by someone wearing a hot dog suit. But he walked away with his head down.

I have no idea who these people are

I have no idea who these people are

The morning after me and Kyle went to a skatepark down the street, and met up with Hunter, a local skateboarder who is super laid back and has a pretty smooth style of skating. We went to a couple street spots and fucked around, then decided to meet up at the DIY spot.  

Check out that foot

Check out that foot

How he rode away is beyond me

How he rode away is beyond me

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Now, this place is pretty fucking amazing. What started off as a barrier spot, quickly turned into a huge park built on an abandoned lot. From manual pads on the street, to a concrete park built on top of shitty asphalt. This place had a lot of hard work behind it, and the locals were all hyped on the news that the city will let them stay for at least another 5 years. 

They unvieled an official sign for the park, and everyone showed up dressed in costume to skateboard and party. As the sun went down, floodlights went on to keep the session going. Bummer, Drugs & Attics, and Chasm provided loud music while people skated, and kept warm by a bonfire.

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Manny pad built on the side of the street

Manny pad built on the side of the street

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"Fuck yeah you guys. Skateboarding rules!" 

"Fuck yeah you guys. Skateboarding rules!" 

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"Billy Mays here!" 

"Billy Mays here!" 

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It was rad seeing young kids hyped to be apart of something so fun and one of a kind. Having a place like that around can not only give kids something to skate, but it also shows them the value of working hard for something you love.  

Thanks to everyone who I met this weekend, thanks again to Jason for saving my glasses, thanks to Hunter for the new shoes (so hyped on them), Brian and Laura for the spot in the car, and Izzi and Kyle for the hospitality. 

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"Instead of waiting for someone to build a park, they're taking their destinies into their own hands, and making it happen themselves. I think that's the American spirit, whole heartedly."  -Phelps