I’ve been in Sydney all week and a lot of this time has been spent hanging out with my 8 year old nephew, Alvin J. At the moment he’s right into these skate movies from the 80s – the Bones Brigade series. Created by the legendary (in skate circles, at least) Powell-Peralta, these films feature an all star skater lineup – Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill & Lance Mountain.
I haven’t really watched skate movies since I was a teenager trying to mooch in on my brother and his mates, but watching these movies now is hilarious – great skating, brilliant soundtrack, silly acting & plotlines but it’s all so much more laid back and less commercial than the skate movies (and games) out there today.
I recently watched the Ramones documentary ‘End of the Century’ and it’s brilliant. The band has had more lives than I realised – from their early days as awkward angsty Queens boys playing at CBGBs they went on to record 5 albums, toured relentlessly around the world for over 20 years, made THAT rock & roll high school movie & then their last album was produced by the infamous nutty producer, Phil Spector.
I got the 2009 calendar free with a copy of Grafik mag and love it – it’s like my version of the ‘me wall’ that American professionals have in their offices (you know, they have these walls with snapshots of themselves with famous or admired people they’ve met).
Mine is the Crispin Finn wall calendar of travel, concerts, parties and other good times – if I look at it and realise there isn’t anything coming up or I haven’t put anything on it for awhile, it’s a reminder to myself to get out there and enjoy life. It’s the first thing friends look at when they see my bedroom, it’s such a great starting point for conversation if a new friend comes over to the flat and sees something up there they like too.