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OCTOBER 22, 2011

For the 20 year anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog game from Sega, ASA entertainment teamed up with the makers of Sonic and Sega to put on a vert contest in Venice Beach, CA. The concept was to bring together skateboarders from three different age ranges to compete in Sonic Generations of Skate.


First Place: Tony Hawk (first generation), Andy Macdonald (second generation), Mitchie Brusco (third generation)

Second Place: Kevin Staab (first generation), Sandro Dias (second generation), Paul-Luc Ronchetti (third generation)

Third Place: Steve Caballero (first generation), Pierre Luc Gagnon (second generation), Elliot Sloan (third generation)

Fourth Place: Sergie Ventura (first generation), Lincoln Ueda (second generation), Adam Taylor (third generation)

The disciplines by which the teams would be judged included High Air, Best Trick, Individual, and Doubles.  The doubles ended up turning into triples a few times and it was epic.

There were a ton of highlights throughout the day including Sandro Dias landing the first 900 in Venice Beach History.  It was a bit surreal to see this level of skateboarding just paces away from where skateboarding cut its teeth on the unforgiving proving grounds of the now defunct concrete stage known simply as The Pit.

Speaking only in terms of skateboarding, the historical merit was undeniable, and as far as disciplines go this group of skaters are the top elite of modern-day vert skating. While the vert session was going off, the session in the pool at the Venice Skatepark adjacent was heated as well.

This was not a contest with a huge prize purse, yet it didn’t stop the skaters from pushing their own limits. Mitchie Brusco landed his first ever kickflip varial 540 during the best trick contest and everyone went nuts. Elliot Sloan added to the madness with a 720 tailgrab.  Sergie Ventura threw up a 50/50 body varial to switch 50/50 to fakie.  Tony Hawk pleased the crowd with his signature ollie 540 and a kickflip McTwist.  During the doubles/triples section Mitchie, Tony and Andy went for synchronized 720’s and almost pulled it.

It was another great day in Venice Beach skateboarding history. It’s kind of crazy to think that Sonic the Hedgehog by Sega is 20 years old and is still as exciting to kids today as it was for us kids 20 years ago. Props to ASA and Sega for throwing a great event. For more information on Sonic Generations of Skate visit



1. Chris Miller
2. Steve Caballero
3. Lance Mountain
4. Tony Hawk
5. Eric Nash

1. Pedro Barros
2. Rune Glifberg
3. Andy Macdonald
4. Nolan Munroe
5. Alex Perelson

If you missed the action you can find complete event coverage at Also, visit for tons of video highlights as well as heats on demand, which will be available for Masters and Pros finals.


We did a mini “Get to Know” with Vernon Courtland Johnson, creator of some of the most popular and coveted graphics from Powell-Peralta and skateboarding in general. If you’re lost, then just look at the pictures. Classic doesn’t even describe them. Forged in our memories forever, we can now see these icons transcend the generations as we get ready for a new revolution of rippers. Stay tuned for updates from the Bones Brigade Chronicles.

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How important is art to you?
-“Art is a game worth playing. It keeps me inspired. Life seems flat, nondescript without it.”

What makes deck graphics different from other artwork?
-“Commercial art aims to inspire others. Personal art aims to inspire myself.”

What was your favorite graphic?
-“I have no favorites, I like inspired work.”

What’s it like seeing your images assent to the ranks of cultural icons?
-“Most icons will breed when dropped on the floor of investigation and truth. Drop mine and see.”

Why do you think people connected with your art like they did?
-“Mystic symbols, well crafted and marketed.”

What’s the best thing about working with Powell-Peralta?
-“Generating new ideas and sharing my process with other artists.”


Stronghold Society’s Walt Pourier & Wounded Knee Skateboards, Jim “Murf” Murphy (ALVA team skate legend) are gonna setup to inspire @LNI… Lakota Nations Invitational, December 15th-17th…. gonna rock with hundreds of Native Youth with the South Dakota Gear UP program, Stacy Phelps and crew you rock!! Thanks for allowing us to inspire and instill hope through the Live Life Call To Actions Campaigns we are creating! Introductions to the plan of action @ LNI… It’s all about this generations youth movements! Its ON!

A CALLING – The stronghold is a place where a community regroups, a place to stand your ground and together face all of lifes challenges… to ride out the coming storm. Lakotas have a word, “SKAN” interpreted as “something that moves”. Spiritual vitality, the force of life itself, something each of us and all of life possess within. It is believed the black birds fly to warn of the approaching storm, of hard times to come… but it is not to create fear, its is to build compassion, togetherness and hope amongst the people, for once the storm passes, we get renewal… a clearer view from within, this is our Stronghold Society call to action.

Vision of the StrongHold Society – A Live Life Call to Action

A.  To inspire confidence and well-being within youth through the means of the arts and creative movements of today for the charitable and educational purpose of benefiting youth of all ages and races;

B.  To encourage Native American youth to find hope and ambition to live a healthy life in mind, body and spirit;

C.  To create and sustain an art resource studio and skateboarding park on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD to provide Native youth an outlet for their creativity through resources collected and/or developed by Stronghold Society.

Alot of plans on the move for 2011 and beyond… Multiple Poster Campaigns, Wounded Knee 4-Directions Skatepark planning and Skate Events to support, support of the Kimimila Gathering “Age of the Daughters”, Projects with the Nakota Dogs Movement, new support product from SKAN life. movement… etc.
Big year ahead…. appreciate all your support, because of you… we can do the things we do, for others.

Check out  Lakota Nations Invitational at

PUNK: Attitude

Starring: Jello Biafra, Chryssie Hynde, Jim Jarmusch, David Johansen, Mick Jones, Wayne Kramer, Glen Matlock,Legs McNeil, Thurston Moore, Tommy Ramone, Henry Rollins, Captain Sensible, Paul  Simonon, Siouxsie Sioux.

Don Letts’ Out of Print Landmark Punk Documentary
To Be Reissued On DVD
January 11, 2011 via Shout! Factory

The 2-Disc Set Features Two Hours of Bonus Materials

Los Angeles, CA – In the mid-1970s, a revolution was ignited on the streets of New York and London. Almost overnight, punk shattered the status quo and continued to impact all future generations of youth culture. On January 11, 2010, Shout! Factory will release the long out-of-print documentary PUNK: Attitude.

Directed by Don Letts, the film and its extensive bonus features, chronicle the origin of punk music and its socio-cultural and musical impact through interviews with key figures such as Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, Jello Biafra, Chrissie Hynde and more. A must-have for fans of punk music, documentary aficionados and DVD collectors, the two-disc set of PUNK: Attitude is priced for everyone to own at $19.93.

With a cast of historic and modern figures in popular culture, the documentary ventures beyond the hype and explores the way punk music redefined popular music and fashion while legitimizing an independent, do-it-yourself attitude that inspired an entire generation of musicians, filmmakers, poets, photographers, fashion designers and graphic artists.

“With hindsight we are able to recognize it as part of an ongoing movement of counterculture,” says filmmaker Don Letts adding, “It is in that spirit that I made this film, not as a nostalgic look back, but rather a way to move forward. After all, if it happened before, it can happen again.”

PUNK: Attitude was officially released April 25, 2005 at the Tribeca Film Festival and later aired to critical acclaim on IFC. The DVD-set has long been out of print.
•    Where Are They Now?
•    Artist Bios
•    Punk Family Tree

•    Henry Rollins Interview
•    Dave Goodman Feature
•    California Screamin’ “Behind The Masque”
•    Fanzines
•    Fashion
•    Women In Punk
•    Record Companies
•    U.K. Vs. The U.S.
•    The Attitude/Spirit Of Punk
•    Punk On Culture And The Arts
•    Punk Evolution
•    The Gigs/Performance
•    The Punk Sound
•    U.S. Post Punk Documentary
•    L.A. Punk (Short Film By Dick Rude


Stacy, Rodney, CAB, Tony, MIke, Lance and Tommy will be working on a Bones Brigade Documentary starting in February 2011.

On Monday, November 29th at Los Angeles International Airport, seven individuals that have had an extreme influence on skateboarding sat down to discuss work on a documentary of their experience. They met at the Encounter restaurant in the middle of the airport to begin work on this monumental film.

Stacy wrote, “Those skaters known as the Bones Brigade are now old enough to take a look back.  At a time in the 80’s when many people were mourning the second death of skateboarding, the Bones Brigade through passion, drive, creativity and a surprising sense of teamwork redefined the sport for their time and the future”.

Documentary filmmaker, Stacy Peralta in a new film with Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Mike McGill, Rodney Mullen, Tommy Guerrero and others will investigate the history, the team and the men to determine what is the legacy of the Bones Brigade. “Five years ago the guys got together and told me they wanted to do this. They believed they had a significant story others would want to know about.  So now we’re going to see.”

Simultaneously, a Powell-Peralta coffee table book is in the works. It will include the Bones Brigade, but also other things you knew and didn’t know about Powell-Peralta.


The Billabong X Bob Marley Collection

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 November, 2010 : – – Hossegor — Billabong is proud to announce The Billabong x Bob Marley Collection, a collaboration with the House of Marley. Why did we collaborate with the House of Marley? Because we believe in Bob Marley’s vision of “one world, one love.”

Bob Marley is a musical prophet, whose words and vision forever changed the world. His image evokes a rich legacy and emotional connection that transcend generation, ethnicity, gender and geopgraphy. His voice touches, inpsires and moves. He is a phenomenon merging myth, man, musical genius, social awareness, and cultural relevance into a way of life embraced universally.

Billabong is committed to the development of earth-friendly, innovative products that adhere to the Marley family’s core values: Equality, authenticity, and sustainability. Or as Bob might put it: “Make way for the positive day.”

Consisting of boardshorts, tee shirts, tank tops, and selected accessories, the line reflects the energy, passion and fun that infused Marley’s life. The Billabong x Bob Marley Collection is using premium recycled and organic materials : organic cotton, PET

“I love it! The collection is cool and conscious,” said Ziggy Marley, when asked about his feeling on the environmental sensitivity Billabong has taken care to use in The Billabong x Bob Marley Collection.

“Working with the Marley family to interpret their vision of their father on to our garments has been inspiring,” notes Billabong US Design Director Rob McCarty. “Cedella and Ziggy have provided great insight to make this collaboration a success.”

The Billabong x Bob Marley Collection will be available by mid December in selected specialty stores and Billabong Stores accross Europe.


It’s that time of year again… can you believe it? This holidays, they’re letting YOU decide what’s on sale… purchase one of our bundles and simply tell them which CDs or LPs you want in our PayPal shopping cart.

These bundles are dirt cheap and make perfect stocking stuffers… and what’s more, they also have FREE shipping in the US on ALL items at the ROIR store! So go on, get grandma that GG Allin “Hated in the Nation” LP she always wanted and you know she deserves


-photo courtesy of skateandannoy

No concrete, No Cash.  Maybe not that extreme but the The Tony Hawk Foundation announced August 5th that skateparks applying for grants with a budget of $50,000 or more must be built out of concrete in order to help create a longer lasting influence of skateboarding around the country. Advances in concrete pouring and skatepark building has decreased the cost of building concrete parks consistently over the last two years and in a considerable amount of instances become less expensive than using steel-framed modular pieces to build a park.  If the latter is the desired route of the park hopeful skaters may still apply for grants, however if their budget is under $50,000 they must prove that they’ve had concrete estimates done and that it is out of their price range.  While concrete may seem more costly in the short term it is the long term plans that show more cost effectiveness.  Maintenance costs for modular parks over a couple years proves to be much more costly than maintaining a concrete park.  One would hope that a park would be around forever and to have it close due to a lack of upkeep is a crime.

There have been many concrete parks that have closed for reasons beyond maintenance, but the Tony Hawk Foundation is right in that it is much harder to just permanently erase a concrete park. Take the Turf skatepark in Wisconsin for example.  Opened in 1978 it was one of the largest indoor concrete parks in its area only to be filled up with gravel and covered by a twelve inch slab of concrete.  Fast forward to today and the Turf is finding new life.   A storage facility was built over it but then sold a couple months ago to the state of Wisconsin in order to make room for a new parking lot.  After breaking through the concrete and digging down eight feet into the gravel the working crew had to stop and reassess what they were dealing with.  Avid skate fans with retro Turf Member cards in hand flocked back to their spot with shovels, pick axes, and wheel barrows to start unearthing their favorite shred spot.  Check out the photos of their excavation and find out how you can SAVE THE TURF! – JESS BRAAM


Looking to have a little actions sports fun with the family this weekend?  Check out what Downtown Disney’s got going on.  Tony Hawk never fails to give a great show and not to mention all of the other rad attractions there to please the senses.  Give it a look and bring the family out for a day of entertainment. – JESS BRAAM

Action Sports Weekend at Downtown Disney District
TAVIK Teams Up on the July 23-25 Event

COSTA MESA, Calif. (July 20, 2010) – TAVIK kicks off the summer by teaming up with the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim on its Action Sports Weekend, from Friday, July 23 to Sunday, July 25.  For the first time in its history, Downtown Disney® will host the action sports community in a collaborative event featuring performances by top skate and BMX athletes.  As a part of the event, TAVIK will showcase live skate demonstrations and live art performances.

Alongside TAVIK, leading action sports companies including Quiksilver, DC Shoes, The Board Factory and Coppertone have planned activities to light up the big weekend.  On Saturday, July 24 at 6 p.m. a special skateboarding exhibition will showcase Tony and friends in ‘Quiksilver Presents The Tony Hawk Skate Jam’.  This event will showcase top skateboarders in a ‘jam’ format and BMX athletes will exhibit on a giant vert ramp located smack in the middle of the Downtown Disney District main plaza.  In support of the event, several renowned athletes, such as Lincoln Ueda, Josh Stafford, Jesse Fritsch, Kevin Staab, Lyn-Z Adams-Hawkins and bmx rider Tom Stober, will accompany Quiksilver team rider Tony Hawk in this unique event.

“The energy of Action Sports Weekend will be sensational and we are looking forward to showcasing our action sports retail partners,” says Jean Nicassio, Manager of Downtown Disney Initiatives.
Starting Friday morning, guests may enter to win a Stand Up Paddle Board at the TAVIK Kiosk, as well as participate in a “Spin the Wheel” contest for a chance to win a variety of prizes such as tees, hats, posters, magazines, and more.

Admission to all Action Sports Weekend events is free. Downtown Disney District is located at 1580 Disneyland Drive, within walking distance of Disneyland Resort hotels and theme parks.  To learn more about TAVIK, please visit
About TAVIK:
TAVIK is an iconic Southern California lifestyle brand that exploded out of a fusion of surf and street.  TAVIK differentiates itself with loud, ‘out there’ designs that scream to individuals and empower them to define themselves.  Its distinct style coupled with clean, contemporary lines produces a brand that goes beyond trends and fosters originality.  TAVIK is more than apparel- it is a radical lifestyle movement in itself.  Led by people who pump up the volume every chance they get, TAVIK advocates a dynamic lifestyle colored by energy, music and motion. .  Meet TAVIK- fabricating visions since day one.

About the Downtown Disney District:
About Downtown Disney®: A lush garden oasis during the day and an energizing entertainment district at night, Downtown Disney® is the high-energy place for Southern California locals. Guests can experience a great variety of shopping, dining and entertainment. Downtown Disney® is located next to the Disney theme parks at 1580 S Disneyland Dr. Anaheim, CA 92802-2294.


Tony Hawk throwing out a casual McTwist on the newly renovated vert ramp at Skatehalle.

Check out Tony Hawk and the Birdhouse team as they put on a secret demo at Skatehalle-Berlin. The first section of the video features Derek Burdette, Riley Hawk, David Loy and Aaron “Jaws” Homoki rockin a street course.  Afterwards Hawk accompanied by Alan Young, Kevin Staab, Renton Millar, and Jurgen Horrwarth hit the newly renovated vert ramp.  It’s some great skating at a dope venue.  Nice job to our friends in Berlin.  Skatehalle looks rad!  Check out more photos (courtesy of Adam Sello), clips and the video below. – JESS BRAAM


Hawk again throwing it down with a Treflip.

David Loy Wallie.

Killer Doubles photo of Tony Hawk doing a frontside air over Alan Young as he hits a super stylish crail slide.