Month: August, 2009

SMILE ON YOUR BROTHER

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con·trib·utor
noun
1. A person who gives to a charity or cause: benefactor, benefactress, donator, donor, giver. See give/take/reciprocity.

2. A person who supports or champions an activity, cause, or institution, for example: backer, benefactor, friend, patron, sponsor, supporter. Informal angel.

3. A person instrumental in the growth of something, especially in its early stages: builder, creator, developer, pioneer.

About Contributor:

The idea behind Contributor is pretty simple: skateboards for all. Although this seems like a very generous statement, it’s something that we truly believe is possible and within all of our reach.

Today, there are approximately 1.6 million kids living in poverty across Canada. The negative effects of poverty are very significant and limiting for those who are affected by it on a daily basis, but are especially difficult for youth. For these youth things that we take for granted – let’s say, the simple action of going out to play with friends on a skateboard – seem unattainable. Without access to a positive support through a group of peers and healthy alternatives to focus on, these kids can lose their way.

By working with non-profit organizations across Canada, who are dedicated to youth at risk and children in lower-income neighborhoods, we hope to encourage successful outcomes through the addition of skateboarding as a positive reinforcement.

There is so much to be said about how skateboarding can improve lives and build friendships between people who would’ve otherwise been strangers; heck that’s why this organization exists!

Contributor allows all of us to come together and give a new generation of kids that same opportunity.

Using original shaped skate decks as canvas’, artists across the world will put in their two cents in order to be a Contributor of this traveling art show. The “Smile On Your Brother” show, conceived by Mike Giles and Annie Lam and co-curated by Bob Kronbauer of Club Mumble, serves as a fundraiser for the 1.6 million kids living in poverty in Canada. The 50 custom decks, which are to be auctioned off, will raise money into providing 100 skateboards to kids, in hope of giving them some positive encouragement.

Contributing artists include Andrew Pommier, Andy Jenkins, Bob Kronbauer, Parra, Chinatown Soccer Club, Chris Pastras, Cody Hudson, and so on. To see full list of artists check: http://www.wearecontributors.com/index.php?/ongoing/events/

…So there’s a little bit of whats going down with the show. It’ll be at the Calgary Livestock Sept. 4th, from 8-11pm.
Don’t sleep on this! The show promises great art, great people, and it’s helping out an even greater cause…How can you lose?!?
See you ALL there.

C.

GET LEARN’D (part1)

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So for those of you out there who skate and are over 20ish you may know who Jamal Williams is. If you’re under that age and just appreciate good skateboarding then I suggest you get familiar with the name above. The dude’s OG as fuck!
Thangs & Thangs caught up with the Boston native earlier this month and got a few words out of him regarding his company, Hopps Skateboards, growing up in one of the best eras in skateboarding, going pro, art, etc. (There’s a lot there…)

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I could go on a rant and spew out a bunch of facts on the guy, but I’ll let the interview do the magic
Check out his site and get vibed.

C.

p.s. If you want more, there’s also another interview over at 48BLOCKS.

Dunny 2009 Series Trading Party

I’m sure most of you already got the Facebook invite to the 2009 Dunny series pre-release party at the shop on Sept.9th but in case you didn’t this is just another reminder for you all to drop by the shop from 6:00pm-8:00pm to get your trade on and win some prizes.  See you all then!!

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Interview With LIVESTOCK

Hey all be sure to check the exclusive interview with Garry Bone of Live Stock over at Hollars and Dollars and find out a little about how Live Stock got started and where its going.

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!SALE!

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Hey all, so it’s almost back to school time and that means sales, so were going to be running one from the 21st to the 31st of August. Come down and blow some cash

C.

ROCKTHEBELLS

So after work the other day, we headed over to Mills and lurked our way in to check out the last bit of Rock The Bells. Even though it looked like it was going to shit water on the show, good vibes persevered and everything went on without a hitch.
The clouds made for some pretty rad colors, so I snapped a few photos and got a pretty awesome video…

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…hatemenow…

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…Goodstee…

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…WOW(peep my new background dancer)…