Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

-- wes lang --

wes lang has been busy at work. check him out ---HERE--- he's got some cool shirts for sale too.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

-lee ralph-

black sabbath wrote -fairy's wear boots" about skinheads. lee ralph is no fairy or a skinhead.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

stylish old glen friedman photo......

i'm sure most of us have seen but worth seeing again.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

..welcome home...

just found this photo on my desktop.. covered by another photo. coming home from portland a few years ago... this was out in vallejo. i know the photo is shit... but god damn it has some amazing content. it's a caption contest contestant for sure.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

...good advice.

kristofferson lyrics are some of the best

Friday, May 4, 2012

r.i.p. MCA

adam yuach...dies at 47.
about 14 years ago i went on a skate trip to austraila. It was my first time there, and i was really stoked to get to go. it was longer trip. i think about month. It was me and ethan fowler, ed templeton, tobin yelland and some other folks. we had our normal skate demo's we were doing but we also got linked up with this big music tour....i guess you could say it was kind of like the warp tour, but way less corny and more about the music. Sonic youth,beastie boys, beck, rancid, and jaw breaker are the bands that come to mind. It was pretty fucking cool cause our demo's were pretty flexible so when we weren't skating we could go watch the bands.... and like right on stage as close as any non band member could get. watching sonic youth play a set was unbelievable. the energy between thurston and kim and the constant guitar changes and just how their sound rang through these giant speakers was really something. I'm not a fan of really huge shows, but it is amazing to watch thousands of people move to a band and be hypnotized by their sound. There was many a chills down the spine watching these bands so closely. So we were the "skaters" on the tour. Not so VIP as the bands. Which was more than fine, and the way it should of been. I remember seeing kim gordon getting in the elevator and i was so nervous to get in there with her... as we walked up i heard her say "here comes the skaters"..... not in a judgemental way but just as like... oh here they come. So day after day we would bump into the bands at breakfast, in the elevator, or in the shuttle to the show. Beck told me he knew mark gonzales and that their parents were friends at one time. Yes random but really rad. This was in the beginning of his popularity and he was way humble and i remember heart broken missing a girlfriend. So it was these little interactions that would happen that would be so abstract in one of my normal days, but on this tour we all started to get used to each other. Make no mistake non of these people would really remember me.... aside from Blake from jawbreaker because i skated 5 miles to see him play a small show at a club that had nothing to do with the festival. "this song goes out to max, the only person in the room that probably gets what it is about" yea... more chills. then he strummed heavy into -condition oakland-. Hence 4Q conditioning. Condition Oakland. Oakland conditioning. So one of the last nights of the trip, were in the elevator and mike d. from the beastie boys looked at us "the skaters" and said..... "hey were having a party on the top floor. you'll should come on up"..... fuck ok. twist my arm. there was a pecking order on this trip and we were right near the bottom. So i personally was stoked. And let me say...Beastie Boy's in 7-8th grade was a big part of what i listened to. So i've always had a special place for those guys. But now "come to our party" I was trippin a bit. Cocaine? strippers? midgets? hot tub?...... none of the above. we rolled in and it kind of had the record needle scratch feeling.... but not totally. So then Adam Yuach say's "you guys wanna beer?" and that broke that ice. Things loosened up, the music got turned up, more folks show up, and it was fun! but chill. So here is my beastie boys story.... I'm out on the balcony on the top floor, and i'm taking it all. Deep breath...i'm in Australia, it's late night, warm, cold beer in my hand, oh yea... and I'm just hanging out with the beastie boys and all these other band people. So I'm on the balcony and mike-d hands me a bottle and says... " you think you could throw that bottle over that road and into that field?" we're on like the 20th floor of this hotel, there is parking lot under us and a wide two lane road and then the field. I give him my pattened shrug "i dunno" combo and reach for the bottle....i look around, get a comfortable grip on the bottle and let it rip. You could hear that flying bottle noise whoot whoot whoot whistling...and it looked promising, good height, nice distance. I'm thinking "i fucking got this" and then blam/smash right in the fucking street about 6 feet shy of the field. Dude kind of looked at me cray then, kind of like... good job shit head, now you're getting kicked out. But i read it wrong and he laughed and then i nervously laughed and then all those beastie boys grabbed bottles and started chucking them... once someone made it to the field it was on. we all had to do it. trust me the street was littered with broken glass by the time we got them to the field. Amazing night to say the least. My take on that situation was... they were famous as fuck at the time... on that trip, i'd seen them coming in out of multiple fancy restaurants and buying nice things... but i think at that moment, with some dirt skaters on their penthouse balcony they just reverted to being beastie boys. Who knows.... but Adam Yuach where ever you are now..thanks for that and thanks for being an inspiration. -max schaaf-

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Motorcycle swept away by Japanese tsunami reaches Canada Harley-Davidson that journeyed 4,000 miles and found washed up on Canadian island is identified by its owner

..this is completely nutso!! if it's on a million other blogs...i'm sorry. ------------------------------------------------------------------
It must have been a wild ride. A Harley-Davidson motorcycle lost in last year's tsunami has washed up on a Canadian island about 4,000 miles away, according to Japanese media reports. The rusted bike was found in a large white container where its owner, Ikuo Yokoyama, had kept it. He was located through the number plate number, Fuji TV reported on Wednesday. "This is unmistakably mine. It's miraculous," Yokoyama told Nippon TV when shown photos of the motorcycle. Yokoyama lost three members of his family in the March 2011 tsunami, and is now living in temporary housing in Miyagi prefecture state. The motorcycle is among the first items lost in the tsunami to reach the west coast of North America. In March, an Alaskan man found a football and later a volleyball from Japan; their owners were located last week using names that had been inscribed on the balls. Canadian Peter Mark, who found the bike and its container, told Fuji that he "couldn't believe that something like that would make it across the Pacific." The report said he found it on 18 April on Graham Island, off the coast of British Columbia. The motorcycle had a lot of corrosion and a lot of rust, said Mark. When he saw the Japanese number plate, Mark wondered if it might have drifted from Japan after the tsunami, and contacted a local TV station. The Fuji report said the motorcycle would be shipped back to Japan, and that the shop that sold it to Yokoyama would help with paperwork and storage. Debris from the tsunami initially gathered in the ocean off Japan's north-eastern coast and has since spread out across the Pacific. In February, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said currents would carry much of the debris to the coasts of Alaska, Canada, Washington and Oregon between March 2013 and 2014, though they correctly predicted that some of it could arrive this year. Last month, a US Coastguard cutter fired on and sank a fishing boat in the Gulf of Alaska that had drifted from Japan after the disaster. Authorities had deemed the ship a hazard to shipping and to the coastline.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012