February 25, 2010
Last fall saw the tragic demise of Outline in Kensington market. Just a few months before that Bombshelter at Queen and Spadina disappeared. At about that same time I ventured to Outline to buy some paint and tragically they were in the middle of taking things down. Well the silver lining of this fruitless venture happened when one of the former proprietors of Outline mentioned that Bombshelter recently reopened. I was worried they had closed their doors permanently this past summer but I’m guessing it was for renovations. I’m glad Bombshelter is back in operation and can’t wait to pass by tomorrow.
I always worry about external pressure like officer friendly and the law enforcement communities zealous nature for assisting in dismantling counter cultural establishments.
February 25, 2010
FF skateboards and Free Skates will be looking for volunteers to help out this year. If you have some spare time and are interested we would be honored to have you. In the same vernacular Free Skates may be looking for folks in the fall of this year to help in creating a diverse board of directors in helping with our evolving mandate. If your interested and have experience please get in touch.
February 21, 2010
A BIG update regarding FreeSkates first official fund-raising event. We are happy to tell you that this year the Disposable Art Show will be held at 52 McCaul on May 8th with the folks at Well and Good. I couldn’t be happier with the choice of venue and I would also like to thank them very much for considering us.
February 13, 2010
As a fledgling non-profit we’re on a steep learning curve and our mandate will constantly be progressing. We’re hoping that the folks in our community will help in defining who we are as an organization and how what we do will be anything less than valuable. I think that part of a good first few steps forward will be to give a little more clarity as to the inspiration behind Free Skates, or rather, what skating meant to us. In return and the reason for this project is that we’re hoping the kids receiving these decks benefit the same way we did and even better.
As cliche as is sounds, skateboarding saved my life. Helping shape who I am and given me so much. So I thought what better way to give back then literally give back. I’ve had this idea for some time now and started talking more and more about it with like minded people and from those talks stemmed Free Skates.
Growing up I noticed a lot or kids around me were a product of their environment. I never felt like I was, always looking for a venue to express myself. Luckily skateboarding gave that to me. So when everyone was going off to rob & steal I was able to say “I’m gonna go skate, get at me” Skating gave me an out and showed me anything is possible.
What I fell in love with about skating was that fact that I didn’t need a team to pass the ball to. It was all you! Full express of ones self with no judgement, and any old parking lot would do. I remember the first time I landed a kick flip, it was over! The feeling was indescribable. Skating breeds confidence to help you truly be and express ones self.
From this I wanted to help spread skateboarding to those who would normally not have the ability or resources to skate and perhaps help others have an out as I did.
In the 1980’s, while skyrocketing in popularity among youth culture in north America and internationally, skateboarding found itself postured with subversive and counter cultural movements like punk rock. My experience with skateboarding is how I came to identify with the punk/hardcore movements of the late 80’s and early 90’s. To me, the images/icons (Lance Mountain, Christian Hosoi, Steve Steadham, among countless others) of skateboarding were just as important as the sport itself and the misfit culture that surrounded skating fit hand in glove with music used in videos through out the years. Watching Tony Hawk skate to Youth Brigade’s “Did You Wanna Die?” (Bones Brigade “video show”) was a defining moment for me and I’m sure that I am not the first to say (I hope) that these videos changed my life. I still proudly carry that punk ideology 20 years later.
Dear Scott Pommier well…. unauthorized use of photo?
In the future the plan will be to post more and keep you posted with what we’re up to. We just hope you keep checking and please if you have questions get in touch. We want to know what we’re doing wrong or right.
February 5, 2010
This handsome print for sale at OMG posters was created by artist Justin Marquis and is a reaction to a broadcast made by 700 club alum, JC’s right hand man, and over all class act televangelist Pat Robertson. In this segment Mr.Robertson has again put in another lucrative bid to become the next in line for resurrection by presenting us with the sober reality of contemporary Haiti. It features Pat sternly expressing his concern for the shady business deal Haitian’s brokered with Beelzebub some 219 years prior to the catastrophic and devastating events of Jan 12 2010. Of course this lucrative contract made with el Diablo to thwart off the french colonial powers from Haitian shores as well as any further potential yolking was (according to Robertson) the cost and retribution .
of course, as history affirms, it worked….well…. not so much for Haitian’s
This is an interesting piece and its only 20 bucks (shipped) U.S. The proceeds from this print are going to benefit doctors without boarders
Here is Pat speaking in tongues
February 1, 2010
all work no play gives me a case of the Monday’s
No skateboarding until your done your homework!