Archive for May, 2010

Machotaildrop….a “Fantastical and farcical journey”

Winners of Fuel TV’s million dollar short film contest, Corey Adams and Alex Craig have created a satirical indictment of our logo-laden, consumerist culture which is equal parts comedy and fable, and 100% just plain weird.

Take the 1971 Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, set it at the enigmatic headquarters of the world’s most famous skateboard conglomerate, imbue it with the off-kilter humour of Wes Anderson and the fantastical surrealism of Terry Gilliam and Michel Gondry, and you have Machotaildrop.

Walter Rhum dreams of escaping his boring, small town existence and becoming a professional skateboarder. He sends a golden highlight reel to the world-famous Machotaildrop skateboard company and is chosen to come to their headquarters, a remote country estate with a half-pipe sitting on a lake, to study under its eccentric leader, The Baron, and ride alongside his idol, Blair Stanley. At first, everything seems normal for Walter. He has his own room, is fed roast goose in bed, provided with a custom wardrobe and groomed for stardom. His bashful personality is a hit, launching his new signature skateboard to massive sales.

Fecal face blog has done an interview with Corey Adams the writer and director of Machotaildrop. Check it out and learn a little more about the making of.


Andy Wright Gets Deep

Our dear friend and talented lens genie Andy Wright sat down with TWS and told his story of snow, riding, shooting and the love of it all.

Like what you hear? Come hear more at the High Cascade Photo workshop 2010!


Terry Richardson: The Best Definition Of Vulgar

The man has skills, one of which is to make even the most reserved model unleash her inner licentious in front of the camera. So it only makes sense that he has teamed up with Pirelli for their 2010 Calendar. The man has shot everyone from the US president to the jackasses of the century, whats next for terry?

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NEMO FIRST FRIDAY!!! “Undertow:Testing The Waters”

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NemoHQ Presents: Undertow: Testing The Waters
Artwork by Undertow

Portland, Ore – May 18, 2010 – NemoHQ is proud to present the work of local artists, Undertow in “Testing The Waters,” curated by NEMO opening Friday, June 4, 2010 6-10 pm. The show will run through Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at NemoHQ – 1875 SE Belmont Street in Portland, OR.

“Testing The Waters” is the debut art show for three best friends and former college classmates who share the same passion for art, design, and ground beef tacos. Since moving to Portland a little over two years ago, all three artists have collaborated to create an art collective that serves as a creative outlet for their graphic style and subject matter. That art collective became Undertow: three aquatic-based creatures that are visual representations of each artist’s personalities and interests. The art and design in “Testing The Waters” features not only the experiences, inspirations, and commentary of the artists, but also a collaboration with the Jordan Brand to give back to a local charity. 100% of the proceeds for select pieces will be matched by the Jordan Brand and donated to St. Mary’s Boys Home.

Artist Statement:
About Toyhippo: Undertow’s only freshwater creature is Toyhippo. The art surrounding Toyhippo is mostly drawn from life experiences and encounters. His expression reveals his quirky, silly, and sometimes perplexed personality. Although colorful and friendly, he also tends to get rather handsy after a couple long islands, especially in the company of lady wildebeests.

About Ohb:
Ohb is Undertow’s deepest lurking and most mysterious creature. His art is centered around not only his secretive nature, but includes a fusion with other inspirational and iconic land creatures (humans). Ohb can be a little too intense at times, but everyone seems to get along with him fine as long as he washes his tentacles after emitting ink. He does have a bit of a temper. We are helping him work on that.

About Whalington:
Finally, Undertow’s rarest creature is Whalington. The subject of Whalington’s art is his scarce and endangered condition, which often displays threats to his well-being, as he is the only one left of his kind. Though he appears aloof, he is merely a sensitive chap who just needs a little encouragement. Frankly, we could all do without his passive aggressiveness. Don’t mention the overbite as confidence is already an issue here.


“Black Holes and Invisible Forces Bending Time Through Particle Deformations Creating Infinite Freedom in the Garden on the Moon” Try saying that 5 times fast.

Comune has officially made a video…you don’t even have to watch it to know the title is freaking awesome!

“Black Holes and Invisible Forces Bending Time Through Particle Deformations Creating Infinite Freedom in the Garden on the Moon”

Corey Smith & Ryan Scardigli “Burn the Witch”
1st Teaser Edit

Description:
COMUNE’s “Black Holes and Invisible Forces Bending Time Through Particle Deformation Creating Infinite Freedom in the Garden On The Moon” is part of a ongoing, collaborative avant-garde snowboarding film that highlights multiple video edits featuring COMUNE snow team, aggregates and associates.

Contributing artists towards the project include: Corey Smith, Liz Davis, Jason Lee Parry, Andrew Kuykendall, Ryan Scardigli, Hunter Longe, Kevin Castanheira and Shelby Menzel. The film is part of COMUNE’s ongoing DROP CITY creative platform, which launched last month. Inspired by the early 1960’s artist commune in Colorado and the brainchild of COMUNE’s Art Director, Corey Smith, DROP CITY was introduced to attract like-minded contributors to the COMUNE artist community.
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The NEW Michael Cogliantry!

He has done it! Officially made his website a-new. His work always has amazing personality and a sense of fun; to give us a hint of the fun his shoots really are he give us as much behind the scenes action as he can! His new site is not only easy to navigate but its set up in blog format so we get a fresh update as soon as he can show us! Michael, we will continue to enjoy your amazing website.

Here’s a job he did for bell with Studio Nemo. See I told you…fun!

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Bell One Step Behind the Scenes Video from Michael Cogliantry on Vimeo.


Join US for 180 South

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The awesomeness is flying in today!

Watch the 180 South teaser here!

Chris Malloy’s 180º South made its world premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Fest, and now the boys are taking the show on the road. Starting this Saturday in San Diego, please join us for any of the upcoming premieres and stick around for some Q&A with the Malloys and Jeff Johnson… plus a musical performance by special guest Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse. Tickets and showtimes at woodshed.com.


Mark Warren Jacques & Seth Neefus’ Traveling Art Show

8Yesterday evening i received a wonderful surprise….a Mr Seth Neefus, he was making his rounds promoting his new traveling art exhibit Free Life Center. Which launches this Wednesday – May 26th – 8PM at the Holocene – 1001 SE Morrison – Portland, OR – 97214. Entry is $5 – All proceeds benefit Free Life Center’s west coast tour.

For just 5 bones you are sure to be entertained with enchanting musical performances by Inside VoicesE.B. Harris & the Afterlife RevivalPioneerTasche de la RochaWeaver, & The Old Friend Band. I’m sure I will see you there!

Heres some more info on the tour and exhibit:

Hello Friends,
The time has finally come for us to hit the road with Free Life Center. Its an exciting time. We have almost three months of
exhibitions planned, that will take us from Vancouver B.C to San Diego with stops all along the way. Its sure to be an amazing journey.
And so it is with complete joy that we invite you and all your friends to the Free Life Center launch party. This magic send off will include the unveiling of the Free Life Center structure, exhibited for the first time in its fully realized form, complete with art, video, color, sound, and love.
The night also marks the release of Free Life Journal – Entry two -Building, a new publication documenting the construction of the structure. Produced in collaboration with the independent publishing house Container Corps.


MASH SF at Project Space

One of the most entertaining, fun and laid back clients I have ever had the opportunity to work with is hands down Globe Bicycles. The brains behind the brand are not only actually avid bicyclists but they are intelligent, stylish, friendly and just all around cool people! One of the brains on two wheels is Garrett Chow, who is part of a group of like minded gas haters who call themselves MASH. They will be at Arkitip’s Project Space in LA this weekend….check it out!

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22 May 2010 – 6 June 2010

The sport of cycling is one for all. The professional sport of cycling is one for a select few. By invite only, you have to prove your worth on the roads to share with the PRO peloton. The Tour of California, the premier stage race in the USA, attracts the highest level of riders from that PRO peloton. And then there is us.

We are an enthusiastic group of cyclists who have come from various endeavors to focus and share our passion for riding bikes. Not to be told where, with whom, or what we can ride, we enjoy the challenges associated with doing what we feel. Crashing the course of the 2009 Tour of California was such a challenge. 9 Days, 700 Miles, one gear ratio at a time.

The show presented along Arkitip and Incase is a summation of the time we spent on our bikes. Artifacts and documentation of the events and effort put into such a pleasurable feat are on display to show a glimpse of what it is like to challenge yourself and the machines we ride.

Please join us for…

Revisit MASH Tour of California

Video presentation, photography installations, award ceremony and much more.

22 May 2010 – 6 June 2010

Opening reception
Saturday 22 May 2010
18:00 – 22:00 PST

Project Space
603 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90036
+1 323 938 8818 Telephone

Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 – 19:00 PST


The Anguish of Chernobyl By Jim Krantz

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“The Anguish of Chernobyl”, a look at Jim Krantz’s documentary project in the “Forbidden Zone” and the village” inhabitants occupying the forgotten and overlooked world they survive in.

A stunningly beautiful essay by Photographer Jim Krantz. For those of you unfamiliar with the Chernobyl disaster, it was what is considered one of the worlds worst nuclear power plant accidents. Back in 1986, there was a reactor meltdown and the power plant caught fire which sent a plume of nuclear smoke over large parts of Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe as well as the Soviet Union. 60% of the fall out landed in Belarus. As you can imagine this caused a major evacuation and deterioration of the civilization. Chernobyl Ukraine is now considered one of the most radioactive places on the planet.

Although the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and certain limited areas remain off limits, the majority of affected areas are now considered safe for settlement and economic activity, however due to the fear of exposure those areas remain nearly desolate.

Vice also did an awesomely entertaining piece in The Vice Guide to Travel on the radioactive land of Chernobyl…watch it below.


Insane Jail Sentence For Street Artist “poster boy”

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Poster Boy is a New York City based street artist. By using a razor, Poster Boy slices up advertisements in the subway system to create completely original works of art. Due to the illegal nature of his work, Poster Boy remains anonymous. Well, anonymous until the recent events involving the young artist being sentenced to nearly a year in prison! Read more on the scorned judge who passed this rediculious verdict! Come on! I cant believe its a crime to make harmless art and have some fun with our surroundings by reconstructing the visual stimulants that are constantly forced upon us!


High Cascade Photo Workshop

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Its that time of year again! When the sun starts to peak out, the rain slows and the snow starts to disappear….well most of the snow. Those of us who live in the great state of Oregon are lucky enough to have the glacier. That’s right, Timberline‘s own summer snowy play zone!

To make the summers up there even more amazing, there is High Cascade Snowboard Camp. A camp strategically nestled in a tiny mountain town a mere 10 min from the glacier; created for the active souls who just don’t want to stop riding even when its 73 and sunny. Every year they collaborate with Snowboard Photo Legend and founder of Nemo, Trevor Graves to form the most amazingly fun and educational snowboard photography class EVER!

This year anyone who comes to the photo camp will be schooled by the photo genius of Mr Andy Wright, Sir Tim Zimmerman, the lovely Christy Chaloux and the tiny wonder Kari Rowe! I have it on good authority that the people behind the class are on a mission to bring in some amazing guest speakers this year…snow photogs from around the world who are at the top of their game. You will leave this class with not only a better knowledge of your camera, and a new mind for business but a whole new network of contacts and riders to kick start your career.

Come join us August 5-10th and learn all your brain will let you about snowboard photography and how to kick a**!!!

See you this summer!!!


Yann Gross Documents The First East African Skatepark

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Kampala area & the first East African skatepark constructed by local youngsters in Uganda.

Check out more from Yann Gross here and watch this video!

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For Your Viewing Pleasure

Our good pal, snowboarder of the vintage age and fellow creative Dave Seoane, stars in a video or two on this site! Peruse the rest of the the videos for more glimpses of Dave and a few other familiar faces.

So hilarious.