Tuesday, August 20, 2013

260: Back with that Business

I've been extremely busy traveling/filming/skating/living and have simply not had time to update, so this is going to be one giant update, get ready.

Firstly, after 700 miles, 70GB of footage, and 4 cities I am finally back from my NC tour. It was a great reminder of how to be hospitable, from wild Ashevillians floor space to the closest of homies couches, my friends really took care of me this trip and I couldn't be more grateful, thanks guys.

Here are some photos from the festivities:

First stop in Asheville to meet up with Dustin Hinson and crew:

Phil Gripper was randomly in town with his band Modern Primitives and they blew the roof of that mother fucker:

After the show I convinced the guys to head back to the very random very hospitable girls house in Asheville, whos name I simply cannot remember, and play this unplugged jam:

Then it was off to Boone for a little hiking about mountain blading:

After a few days there and a terrible day hungover on the couch, I made my way to Raleigh, had a solo camp in the woods, visited the Museum of Art and ate a bagel:

Then I arrived in Charlotte to be greeted by good homie Phil Gripper only to see his band play one more time and get a couple hammers with him:

After that, I was finally back home.

My coming home was a bit somber finding out I'd need to find a new place to live rather suddenly, but I've luckily found a spot and shouldn't be too slowed down by it, however, it might cause a bit of a lapse in updates so bare with me for the next month or so...like always.

Also, in the midst of everything, I've had quick edit 23 on deck since the Rock Thriller comp at Revert, and I finally had some time to finish it. We found a couple more different ways to use the pole jam at our local foundation spot, check it out:

As some of you may have already seen, Arsenio Patterson made an edit to drop with local skate company OSO's website/sale launch.

If you haven't been to the OSO website yet, you should jet over and check it out. Phil Gripper and Brett Coppedge have dedicated a lot of time and energy to get this thing off the ground and, so far, its been a really impressive, very genuine, grass roots boot company made by some dudes that just genuinely love to blade.

A lot of rollerbalders, myself included, will bitch and moan about the 'current state of the industry' online and to each other but when the clock pulls a 360, very few of us have actually done anything positive for our 'beloved industry' we so callously critique, for that reason, I have nothing but love and respect for Phil and Brett and I'm really pulling for OSO in the long run. Admittedly, they (Phil and Brett) and the riders have been good homies of mine for a while, so I am definitely biased in my support but regardless of our affiliation, you have respect the shear amount of courage and dedication it took to dive in head first and create a boot company from nothing, good show guys and I hope wish you all the success.

All that and Arsenio definitely makes them thangs look good. /soapbox

Arsenio Patterson - OSO Boots - 2013 from Ideas For Lions on Vimeo.

And I think that about finishes up everything I have for the blog right now.

As far as filming for the video, I'm pretty much done with the exception of people's sections which, believe it or not, is actually the bulk of the video. A couple more trips to Charlotte and a few more local clips with the homies and we'll be in good shape.

Anywho, be sure to make it to the A-town Stomp this weekend, the Starnes' always do it right, and I hear rumors that the Brian Starnes will be in attendance, which I'm super juiced about and if you aren't, then you damn sure should be.

And stay tuned, I'm due to film another quick edit and I'm thinking it shouldn't take me a month this time to edit it!

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