Skateboarding has had a long and lusty love affair with art. If you want to get hippy with it, skateboarding can be construed as analogous to a type of performance art where the skateboarder is the artist, the skateboard is the tool, and the streets are the canvas. All abstract mumbo jumbo aside, skateboarding and art just go together. We celebrate board graphics, have a deep respect for filmers and photographers, and basically can’t function without music. And, many skateboarders are accomplished artists, filmmakers, musicians, graphics designers, illustrators, chefs, and more. Skateboarding and art are so closely aligned culturally that they have essentially morphed into two distinct subcultures of a larger, broader lifestyle. The OuterSpace Project is Greg Mike‘s full embodiment of this concept.
Check out the trailer to see just a glimpse of the action that will be going down!
Registration is now open. Sign up in person at Ambush Board Co.
March Radness Skate Contest
March 15, 2014 at Kennesaw Skatepark
Check in at 10:00 am/Contest starts at 11:00 am
Street Contest and Pool Jam
$15 Entry Fee per Division (includes free contest tee shirt)
$250 Cash for 1st Place/Tons of Prizes for 2nd and 3rd Place
Street Contest Info:
-64 skaters max. Register in advance at Ambush Board Co.
-Jam session format for prelims and semifinals. Four skaters per jam. Jams are 4 minutes in length. Top skater moves on to the next round.
-Individual skate for finals. Each finalist will get two 1-minute runs (alternating between skaters).
Pool Jam Info:
-32 skaters max. Register in advance at Ambush Board Co.
-Prelims and semifinals feature four skaters per jam. Each skater gets two 45-second runs (alternating between skaters). Top skater moves on to the next round.
-Finals pits top two skaters going head to head for 10 minutes (alternating between skaters).
This month marks Stormy‘s tenth year at Ambush. Throughout that time, Ambush and Stormy have grown together, evolved together and become synonymous with one another. So, how do you reward that kind of extended passion and loyalty? Forget the golden watch, its all about skateboarding, baby.
Introducing the Stormy Pruett/10 Years Deep limited edition deck. The board features pop art style graphics by Austin Fehn and a heartfelt tribute by myself and Jeremiah Babb shrink-wrapped inside. The board is available in-store only.
Beyond Ambush, Stormy is a dedicated husband and father, a caring friend to all, and is on the Mount Rushmore of Atlanta skateboarding. Thank you Stormy for all you are. Thank you for all you have given skateboarding. Thank you for your commitment and passion. And, thank you for all you have devoted to me and Ambush.
We have had a lot of great years together…but nowhere near enough. Here’s to ten more.
As you may have noticed, Spring is here. The weather is getting nicer, the days are getting longer, and there is pollen on EVERYTHING. I hate pollen.
It’s been making it quite difficult to get motivated to go out and skate, by the time I get out my allergies start to act up. Which sucks, cause it’s getting to be perfect skating weather now, and school is almost out.
Lee brought up a good point earlier, that this is the second best time of the year to skate only because of the pollen. Besides that, the weather is amazing and the days are getting longer.
Granted that not too much skating has been going on for me, we’ve been keeping up with our band, Space Orphan.
We played a show last Friday at the ARTS AGAINST HIERARCHY DIY art show at The Arts Exchange, downtown. It was quite an interesting experience, the Arts Exchange is this super run down, old building tucked away behind some trees off of I-20 East. It was a benefit art show with all proceeds going towards the building of the Atlanta Social Center, with free admission. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when we arrived there. It was a cool vibe, definitely not what I expected though. We hung out for about an hour, checked out some local art, and watched our new friend Josh Loner play an acoustic set in the main hallway for about 20 minutes. The guy has some interesting subject matter in his songs, and he was really nice too. He had a powerful voice, that dude could wail!
Once he finished, we set up and got to work.
We played in the hallway, quite a cramped little space for the three of us, as you can see below.
It was a bit difficult to hear ourselves since the sounds would all reverberate throughout the hallway, we were so close together that the drums and amps would kind of just blend.
It was a fun experience though, definitely glad we got a chance to come play. It’s always fun to get out and play for people, especially for friends and family, and potential new fans!
We’re looking forward to playing more shows and hopefully recording soon. As summer approaches, we’ll have more time to worry about getting out to skate and play music more. I’m excited for sure. We may have some videos posted soon, stay tuned.
Keep an eye out for news, things are only gonna get better from here.
*All photos by John E. Ramspott, here’s a link to the rest of the photos from that night, enjoy!
Speaking of skateboarding, we just got copies of Austyn Unlimited to give out with every Habitat board purchased at the shop. Personally, I can say that this was my favorite video part that was put out in 2012. Granted, Austyn Gilette is my favorite skateboarder, but with good reason. The guy has such good style and an amazing trick selection, it doesn’t get much better than that. If I were you, I’d come grab one of these Habitat boards and get a free copy of Austyn Unlimited with it. You won’t regret it. Here’s the video on youtube:
Yeah, it’s cool and all to watch it online, but it’s so much nicer to have the actual copy of the dvd. So come get one! We’ll be up here all day, every day!
Sorry for such a short post, I’ll have some more interesting stuff to talk about soon. I’ll leave you guys with some more music, enjoy this performance from DIIV on KEXP. Later!
Big Boi performing in Ybor City was sick! ATL reppin’. I don’t remember to much after that one. Overall, it was a short but awesome first Tampa Pro experience. I cant wait till next year! Now its back to normal life. My brain is still kinda fried so that’s it for now.
What I am getting at is Space Orphan can wail. If you missed them play this weekend, you blew it. But, judging by the set they played last Saturday, you’ll be able to catch the trio soon.
If you want to pigeon hole the band, Space Orphan is a three-piece indie group with a slight tendency to veer into singer/songwriter’s lane or go off the overpass into a deep, stoner rock ravine. They don’t have a bass player, so Ruben (vocals/guitar) and Vince (guitar/vocals) switch from back and forth from rhythm to lead throughout their songs. Their bass-less sound also makes for some interesting time keeping from Tyler (drums/vocals) without taking texture away from their music. Basically, if Deer Tick knocked up Hawkwind, their illegitimate baby would be Space Orphan.
I was enjoying the show too much to film the whole thing, so I only filmed this one tune. It’s pretty damn good though. Check it for yourself.
Don’t sleep on these guys. Keep your ear to the streets and see them next time they play. I know I’ll be there.
Enjoy these pics from the night:
The emphasis of the new Ambush Premium Apparel line was to make a statement as well. We wanted to break away from the usual centered corpo logo hit and branch out into more cutting edge designs. We added some edgier pieces like the Roll One tee, paid homage to our resident skateboarding legend with the Stormy Knows tee, and made an attempt at quality cut and sew with the Echo 3/4 sleeve henley.
But, my favorite segment of the new line is the artist series. We enlisted talented local artists to create designs that displayed their skills. Each shirt has a unique feel based on the style of the artist. Charles Chatov of Only You Tattoo, B-Mac of Danger Press, and Stewart Hohman of Oh Man Illustrations all came up with their own creations. And, Damian Bradley of JackOfArtTrades.com, the winner of our 15th Anniversary T-Shirt Design contest, showcased his talents with his “Soviet” graphic.
Hopefully, you are as pumped on the new line as we are. Check it below:
For those of you that don’t know, Josh Butler was shot in the abdomen during a robbery last year. He has made a full recovery, but his medical bills are devastating. And although Josh would never ask for our help, we know how truly deserving and thankful for the help he would be.
The Josh Butler Benefit Game of Skate raised over $2,000 for the Josh Butler Medical Fund. And, it was a super good time. Special thanks to all of you that came out to support. Your participation went a long way towards helping Josh get his life back to normal.
Beginner Division Results
1st Place: Davonti Simmons
2nd Place: Austin Hester
3rd Place: Adrian Mendoza
4th Place: Alex Rodriguez
Intermediate Division Results
1st Place: Jairo Ruiz
2nd Place: Richie Weathersby
3rd Place: Tyler Turner
4th Place: Matt Conrod
Advanced Division Results
1st Pace: Dustin Hart
2nd Place: Michael Jarrin
3rd Place: Victor Gonzales
4th Place: Cole Keetes
Extra special thanks to all of the event sponsors: Adidas, Alien Workshop, Altamont, Ambig, Anti-Hero, Baker, Chocolate, Circa, Cliche, Converse, Creature, DC, Deathwish, DGK, Element, Emerica, Enjoi, Fallen, Foundation, Girl, Go Pro, Habitat, Independent, Krooked, LRG, Lowcard, Organika, Plan B, Real, Shake Junt, Skull Candy, Slave, Spitfire, Stance, Thunder, Toy Machine, Vans, Zero
Let’s not forget that this was the official weekend of Halloween. So you know some weird s#!t was going down. The Spot: Sampson street. Never fails. Buddin had his first Sampson street experience. He definitely seemed like he enjoyed it.
Sunday was a dreadful day. With the sucky weather and Zeke‘s smelly ass socks stinking the whole house up. Everyone just kinda hung out played some COD and slept to recover from the previous night. That’s it for now here some pictures to enjoy.
Starting the day off with the man! Stormy!!!
Yoder filming the action, Josh watching the action, and Jeremy judging the action!
Ambig rep Ernesto came out for the support!
Catnip blew it today
Zeke smells like poop
Layin’ out the advanced rules.
Dustin Hart Nollie inward heelflippin’
Dustin Hart winning first in advanced! Good job, Dustin!
When the vans arrived it was Neen Williams, Boo Johnson, Keelan Dadd, Spencer Hamilton, Kevin Romar, Pat Rumney, and Nick Tucker. It didn’t take long for the kids to start a line and the team began writing their name over and over and over again.
After everyone got their collectable ebay items to sell when they are over the hill, the team just chilled with crowd for a few hours. Some dudes killed the ramps, some shredded the mic. If you didn’t make it you are probably going to regret it for the rest of your life, but good thing Max got it all on film for you.