“A yo you don’t gotta bring all that siren and shit, you just come like silent and shit.”
NW Jersey got its first snowfall today and it’s suppose to be a badass winter this year. If your a snowboarder you are probably trying to stop yourself from riding down the wet grass in your front lawn because you can’t wait for the season to start. Nows the time when we start breaking out our favorite shred films and getting stoked for winter. My favorite shred film of all time has to be “91 Words For Snow”. This film by David Benedek wasn’t even a major release, It was a 16mm free give away in 2005, I got it in a magazine. This film relays the creativity and diversity of the sport. The culture, back country riders, jibbers and the ever emerging urban shred scene. More importantly, it covers the bond and spirituality of snowboarding, the endless fun that can be had just doing dumb little tricks and ripping around with your buds. The soundtrack features artists such as Cut Copy, Zoot Woman, Grandaddy, Noise for Pretend and The Go Team DJ Sepalot’s digital “Highway to Hell” makes your want to do robot dances while your floating on powder. Big budget commercial movies and rails sessions filled with the latest mainstream hip hop joints are taking over most films, this may be one of the last low budget art focused films you may see for a while. Here are some of the best parts.
HighWay to Hell Scene
The Go Team – LadyFlash
If you want a copy.
Steven and Kathryn have been in a relationship for over 2 years now and also live together. Their place features a spacious furnished living area, a small kitchenette, and a full sized bed fit for two. Sounds like a typical scenario except Steven and Kathryn don’t live in exactly what you would call a “normal space”. Because, along with hundreds of others, the couple are part of a secret community living in the dark and dirty underground flood tunnels below the famous strip of Las Vegas. It is estimated that over 700 people populate the underground community. There are around 350 miles of flood channels running under Las Vegas. Most inhabitants are in the area under the city’s strip.
To gather a steady income many of the inhabitants rely on something called “credit hustling”, which is prowling the casinos searching the fruit machines for money or credits left by drunken gamblers. Steven moved into the tunnels two years ago after he lost his hotel front-desk job due to a heroin problem he claims he kicked in January. He now works the same hotels credit-hustling, and his life retains other similarities with the one he left behind. He says: “We work our way down the strip. The most I’ve ever found is 997 dollars on one machine. I’ve found about $500 a few times. But normally $20 or so is enough to call it a night.”
Despite the risks from disease, highly venomous spiders and flooding washing them away, many of the tunnel people have put together elaborate camps with furniture, ornaments and shelves filled with belongings. Not only do the tunnels provide shelter, but they provide a cool temperature during the blistering heat. The cops don’t ever bother them, and it’s usually quiet and peaceful from the obnoxious streets of Vegas. Some of the people that live in the tunnels were forced there do to the recession and tough job market, but for the most part everyone in the tunnels have been driven there by drug addiction.
The fact of the matter is that these tunnels are not built to house thousands of people, or any at all. The tunnels were built to act as flood channels to harbor the rain fall. It doesn’t rain much in Nevada but when it does the tunnels can fill very quickly. There have been 20 drownings in the last 20 years and a lot of those were people who were living in the tunnels. So when the rain falls and the tunnels start filling up it’s very apparent its not “home”, it’s a dirty underground flood channel beneath the bright lights of Las Vegas.
Bobby Neel Adams is an artist/photographer who was born in North Carolina, and now resides in the City That Never Sleeps, NYC. After graduating from Goddard College in Vermont, he packed up his things and headed for the West Coast, where he worked and lived in San Francisco for the next eighteen years.
Much of Adams work related to the transformation of the human body over time and in different situations. In the late 1980s, he began to use a technique called “photo-surgery”, a process in which the photos were manually altered, defaced, or were used in some type of collage. Adams remains a dinosaur in the art world, still using film, and staying free and clear of photoshop and other computer generated programs. His work should act as inspiration to anyone who is a fan of the old methods of photography, pre computer soft wear age.
Community service and innovative design are usually not spoken in the same sentence. Canstruction is an annual event in hopes to put a change to that. The design event is held in cities all around North America, Australia and across the world. Over an 8-12 week period, teams of engineers, architects and students band together to create fascinating and amazing sculptures out of thousands of cans of food. The event not only showcases creativity and innovation amongst other things, but after the exhibits all the food is donated to local food pantries and shelters. Created in 1992 by the Society of Design Administration, Canstruction has collected over ten million pounds of food. More than 130 local competitions are expected to be held in the 2009/2010 season. The structures built are true showcases of engineering and design. The competition let’s designers portray their creativity to thousands of viewers. The artists are able to create low-waste, ecologically friendly art, which is sponsored by contributions from local associations in every city as well as visitors making additional donations. So when you get done with painstaking hours putting together your Sour Patch Kid’s sculpture, you can crack open one of the cans of baked beans and chill out.
I don’t know where I would want to wake up, and that brings me to tears…
Fifty People, One Question is a simple project with surprising results. The masterminds behind the Crush & Lovely and Deltree studios go to a place, ask fifty people the same question and film their responses.
The project started in New Orleans, LA and received such a warm response that they decided to do it again in New York City. They then started traveling to more cities and asking new questions, always just trying to capture a little slice of humanity. Whatever happens … happens. The first video I saw in this series was the “If you could wake up anywhere, at anytime, where would it be?” question in London. I was floored when I realized that many of the people did not have a clue as to where they would like to wake up. One simple question, and it seemed like everyone had trouble with it when they were put on the spot. It got me to thinking, what about me? I was even more puzzled when I realized I was one of those people who didn’t know the answer to the question. I realized that most people have a hard time with a question like this because they get so caught up in the daily grind, dreaming of something better becomes something you no longer do. Check out this video and think to yourself, “Where do YOU want to wake up?”
If your going to write a sign to bitch or try to get a point across, be funny and creative like these guys. In other cases it’s funny to be a straight up asshole, either one is effective in making us laugh.
Everyone loves a good photobomb. If you say you don’t, you’re lying, or you’re a complete loser with no sense of humor. There is nothing better then getting a drink at the bar, with your eyes half closed from the half bottle of Jack that your working on polishing off when you see a group of girls gear up with “kissy” face. You know they are perking up their boobs and popping out their hips for that perfect bar shot when it dawns on you that to ruin this photo would be pretty funny later on when they are going through their pictures. Well it just so happens that us normal everyday people are not alone. Celebrities also love to drop in uninvited on the photos of randoms. It looks like Michael Cera is the leader and pro celebrity photo bomber of this pack, which is kind of funny because in everything else he does he is just the shy awkward guy.
I love this last one with Cera. Seriously, where is he hanging out where there is some kid in an American Eagle polo playing with exotic parrots?
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