Motto: Bitmap Buttas
New Feature (that will only happen once)! We’re calling it “Look Who Stopped By!”
Hi, Chris Roberts. Why did you come to Girl today?
To drop off Walking Dead episodes to you…and to get free stuff.
What’s your favorite free stuff to get?
Boards, shirts and pants.
Do you believe in zombies?
I would like to see the apocalypse.
Would you survive?
Of course I would. Anyone who wants to survive the apocalypse I’m your man. Actually I doubt it. I’d be the first one to go…to turn.
Are you skating this weekend?
Yeah. I go to Stoner everyday, not on the weekends though. That’s horrible idea.
Ever gotten stoned at Stoner?
Of course he does.
Favorite obstacle there.
The ledges, even though they don’t slide.
Thanks for stopping by.
Been a slow week we know, well kind of. Exciting stuff next week, we promise.
McCrank breaks it down, part by part, for SBC.
Desillusion Magazine has a trailer to their larger forthcoming Koston piece.
And if a short film on The Champ isn’t enough, how about a rap song? Thanks for the link Jesson.
Don’t forget those mamas and baby mamas this Sunday.
New Stevie Perez video for the Camby now live at Lakai.com.
Set you’re Memorial Day Weekend off with a Girl and Chocolate demo at the Vans Park. Fun fact: the May 24th is Robbie McKinley’s birthday. Make it special.
Justin Eldridge’ s Pretty Sweet Full Length Part Re-Edit, presented by our pals at ValSurf.
Tomorrow Stevie Perez will be introducing Lakai’s new Camby shoe via radical skating. Here’s a tickle.
Roberts, MJ, wigs, a vintage automobile, teenage thugs from a mysterious era, Evan Hecox and 10 fucking years of Monster Children. How could you go wrong?
Here’s how Smyth described, via text, the Trunk Boyz’ reaction to recently turning pro. “Elijah was so smiley, Raven was straight blushing and I think Stevie was fighting back the tears.” Amazing.
Ray Ray just put up some of his classics of Malto.
Funny because it’s true…kind of.
This Wednesday, in conjunction with our friends at ValSurf, we’ll be hosting Justin Eldridge’s Pretty Sweet Full Part Re-Edit.
Congratulations to Elijah, Raven and Stevie on taking the pro plunge. We love you guys and you make us proud!
Our guy, and Girl’s longest standing employee, Andy Jenkins talks Tom Waits and BMX over at Green Label.
“It’s like 3rd world, but you got 4G.”—Raven on Puerto Rico
The Brunner Twins, Pierce and Chris, on the Crail Couch.
More Royal rippage at the Berrics, featuring more of the twins nonetheless. As if you needed more.
Reports of a smashing first day for the dudes in Puerto Rico. Bowl rides, street moves, and a midnight swim. So remember if you’re on the island go check ‘em out.
Eric promises a Chomp 2 in this Kingpin interview! He better warm up the GG costume.
The Cheeks teams up with Creepy and FTC for some T-Shirt biz.
Our good friend Matt Schnurr is building a new site for you guys to battle on. Check it out.
Sebo and his friend Tom Bender set out to make a fun little part filmed entirely in Portland. Check it out.
This week’s (and probably next’s) Guest Front Page Poster photos reflect Justin Eldridge’s recently tapped into artistic side. Who knew you had it in you Eldy? Keep ‘em coming. Next stop, poetry slam!
If you’re in the greater Tampa area tomorrow check out The SPOT’s Spring Roll with special guests Guy Mariano, Raven Tershy, Stevie Perez and Miles Silvas.
Long time supporter of The Art Dump, THIS Gallery is closing. Come by tonight to the final show featuring 150 artists. I gotta imagine that Hershel is one of them since he’s suggesting that I post this. Click below for details.
And if you missed this yesterday (we doubt it) here it is today.
Drunk bike rides for eight, sex in the toilet and quitting roommates. It’s all in there in Smyth’s Keepin’ It Real episode 3.
Mini Top 5 (trad.)
Daniel Espinoza’s Top 5 things about going pro
1. Do I get a raise?
2. I can force my friends to ride boards with my name on them
3. I can finally tell chicks I’m a pro skater
4. I’ve been thinking about getting braces
5. There’s really no difference, same shit
“I like to get Taco Bell after 10pm.”—Daniel Espinoza on why he doesn’t like Europe
Jer’s new Royal Trucks ad is out the blouse.
Guy’s last moves in regs.
The Cheeks goes Bang Bang.
At this point you’re well aware of the Royal United Nations on the Berrics. Well, here’s Yoon’s view of the proceedings.
Royal United Nations on The Berrics.
Vincent Alvarez for Royal.
And keep with the regal theme, there will be a Royal United Nations going live on The Berrics tomorrow.
The Cheeks and Geoff go gramming at The Berrics.
Things are going 20% off right now in the Pretty Sweet Shop.
Smyth hasn’t watch a live TV show since the advent of Tivo, so don’t be getting bent out of shape if he gets off schedule on his Keepin’ It Real duties. Here’s episode 2.
“Commenters are talking shit on my Mandarin. I need to redo the whole thing in Mandarin.”—Jerry Hsu concerning his We Shred It, You Said It, We Read It
You either live in Puerto Rico or you need to get to Puerto Rico this May for the Trunk Boyz in PR tour. It’s gonna be killer. Cory Kennedy, Elijah Berle, Sean Malto, Kenny Anderson, Raven Tershy and Stevie Perez.
Fourstar on the floor at Active Ride Shop in LBC photo recap.
The Gav, Lance and P-Rod talk all things Koston on the Krome.
Reminder to get your ass down to Active in Long Beach tomorrow for these fools (Brophy, BA, Koston, Guy, Ishod, Carroll, Howard, Shane, Malto and Bledsoe) at the Fourstar signing.
Royal Trucks rider Wes Kremer fires a quality line over at Thrasher.
Someone get this guy a board.
Come to the Fourstar Signing at Active in Long Beach on Saturday April 13th @ 4:00 PM and you could win one of 4 complete Signature Collections like the Mariano Collection shown below. Active Long Beach, 7585 Carson Blvd, Long Beach CA 90808.
Espinoza’s got an interesting mouth. Check it out on his Free Lunch.
After a five year hiatus (though you could have just as easily thought the show had been canceled) Smyth is back to Keepin’ It Real with the new season of Real World Portland. Trust us, it’s better than watching it.
In other MTV news, our friends, Maximum Hedrum, and their video/our intro for the song “Synthesize” needs your vote to get some airplay. Do the right thing and cast your ballot.
Our friend Shane hooked up a little Derby edit with The Trunks. Probably filmed in 15 minutes.
Ever want to freak that little round button on your phone. We got you on that.
Q: I don’t care what anyone says, Chomp On This is the single greatest skate video ever made. No other video makes me smile, laugh, and generally happier than any random 10-minute segment from Chomp. That being said, where is the love for it? The Chomp On Disc never materialized (rumors of Pac-Man lawsuits have been floating around for years), no anniversary celebrations when it turned ten, no outtakes ever popped up online, nothing. What gives?
A: Thank you Tom for the love. Chomp on Disc got postponed due to Blu-Ray rights. We are totally bro’s with Pac-Man. Got him some Jager shot’s and he was cool with everything. We want to save the party for our 20th like a fine wine we get better with age. Carroll can we get some shirts please?—Atiba
Send your questions here.
“I think we’re too young for that quote.”—Stevie Perez
Koston and Mo work the flats.
This is Smyth. Meza is crouched over in a schoolyard at the bottom of some stairs videotaping some kids right now. So he asked if I could post for him.
Live Fast Mag did an insightful interview with Guy Mariano. Peep game, Gamoe drops jewels on you.
Come see Eric Koston, Guy Mariano, Ishod Wair, Mike Carroll, Andrew Brophy, Rick Howard and Shane O’Neill this Saturday at Active in Long Beach.
This guy wins.
Kenny and Mike’s (PRODUCT) RED boards are now shipping to skate shops. It’s a real easy way to make a difference.
Hershel’s Greatest Miss #been too long to count. But it’s definitely a miss.
Koston talks 20 years of Girl with CCS.
If you want to hang in the coolest of shades, we suggest you click here.
“I hate watching myself freestyle.”—Cory Kennedy
Tired and broke off from the Tampa contest, Sean Malto thought he was meeting us at the Skatelab to do a short interview, but we had a little April Fools surprise set up for him instead. Thanks to the kids and Todd!
“I was right by Little Weezy!”—Rudy about if he ever made it into the contest at the Skatepark of Tampa or if he just partied in the parking lot all weekend
Our 48 minute Unused Footage Edit from Pretty Sweet is now available on iTunes. Here’s just a taste.
Our main flow squeeze, Aidan Campbell goes straight to the world wide web with Skateboarder Mag.
Clip of the Day. DQM x Girl Skateboards “Everyday” Collection featuring Mike Carroll & Lee Smith.
Clip of the Day. The boys pass the time by passing the cam. Featuring Cory Kennedy, Eric Koston, Stevie Perez, Kenny Anderson, Elijah Berle, Logan Lara, Daniel Castillo, Guy Mariano, Mikemo Capaldi and Evan Berle.
Carroll takes us thru 20 Years of Girl art show at The Bricks in Tampa. But Mike, next time film this kind of thing earlier in the night.
Hella Koston parts at Thrasher.
Girl’s 20. The S.P.O.T.’s 20. Today’s the 20th! Insane, right? Tomorrow night though, our friends at The S.P.O.T. and, by extension, The Bricks are hosting an art show showcasing Girl’s 20 years in the biz.
If you ever wanted to prove that Guy is better than Shaun White well then here’s your chance.
MJ’s Lost & Lakai’d. Marc Johnson’s Pretty Sweet B-sides make for some Grade-A enjoyment and a great way to show you his new colorways for The Marc.
Check out the new Chocolate product update.
After a recent trip to India Malto and Sebo hopped over to Thailand and demo’d it up with some locals.
Brick Harbor with the Gino Pretty Sweet remix.
This week’s Guest Front Page Poster is Steady Feddy, aka @the_italian_one
Remember Tour Diary is tomorrow.
And only if you can’t make it to the Tour Diary, check this out.
Does this make any sense to you?
Isn’t it about time that you rewatched Feds’ Warm & Easy video? AKA the Trunkboyz wild on Central America.
The new Crail Cruisers now available in Small (7.4” x 29.3”), Medium (8” x 31”) and Large (9.25” x 32”). Let Rickk, Alex and Stevie show you how they work.
“We’re putting rims on the bandwagon, son.”—MJ
Mini Top 5 (trad.)
Atiba’s Top 5 pointers for beating pro skaters at a game of SKATE:
1. Pressure flips
2. I’m not worried about going super slow…
3. …or having bad style
4. Catch ‘em on a hangover
5. Play Eldridge
Trunk Boyz, Gabba and Goats are all up at GirlSkateboards.com.
The Cheeks takes Billy’s Benji.
The Italian One in Spanish.
This week’s Guest Front Page Poster are shots from this Saturday’s Tour Diary show.
Mini Top 5 (trad.)
Sam Muller’s Top 5 Sunday family dinner* guests:
1. Sam Newman
3. Marquis Preston
4. Nakel and Sage
5. Invited Carroll but he never showed up
*Every Sunday night the Muller family and a guest, or ten, have dinner at Amalfi with his parents picking up the tab. As of this writing, I have yet to be invited.
To celebrate the release of their Spring/Summer ’13 product, Fourstar will be hosting Tour Diary, a show featuring photos from Eric Anthony, Sam Smyth and Ben Colen. Click on the flier below for the particulars.
Mike, Rickk and Bird talk Tampa. They been there!
Fourstar site has been updated with Spring 13 and all things Florida.
This week’s Guest Front Page Poster is Beauty and the Beast alum Chris “T-Bone” Grosso. He also worked on Epicly Later’d with O’Dell and is a pretty good person to call if you’re in NY and Koston wants oysters.
Hershel’s wife Sarah is now a Girl employee, so…
Mini Top 5 (trad.)
Hershel’s Top 5 things about working with your wife:
1. Carpool buddy
2. Can borrow money for snacks and not feel bad about never paying her back
3. More girls in our boys club at Girl
4. Now it’s really the family business
5. Who wouldn’t want her around all the time? She rules!
Girl heavy flow rider Aidan Campbell is featured in this week’s Tuesday 25 over at Skateboarder Magazine.
Sorry for the lack of post last week, but the streets was calling.
Raven can string ‘em together like no other.
Complex put together this list here, and who are we to argue with it?
And if that didn’t satiate your need to pit your favorite companies against one another, then there’s always this.
This time it’s Carroll, Rickk and Koston on some mid-’00s demoing. Good shit, whoever you are.
If you like Feds, the Steady Cam shots in Pretty Sweet and can read French, then you’ll love this.
Royal Trucks rider Mauro Caruso just put out a part on Kingpin’s site. Peep this Italian’s fast action attack!
We love this type of shit. Don’t know who the Tennyson Corporation is but thanks for the remix. We think you’ll like it too. Thanks Zack for the link.
It ain’t no Slice of Life but it will do, I guess.
“When’s April 1st.”—Hershel
Cory Kennedy front feebles his little heart out on the Royal IVs.
From: Joseph Hughes,
Q: In Pretty Sweet, during the “Dudes in Suits” skit there is one skater I don’t recognize. Is there a guest skater cruising with the dudes?
A: That is our friend and part time Girl employee Aaron Acord. We were short on camera batteries so he brought us some. We had an extra suit, just his size, so he was thrown in the mix.—Aaron
Send your questions here.
“It’s not an energy drink, it’s a lifestyle drink.”—Hershel about Kombucha
The new Rick Howard commercial for the new Rick Howard Shoe on the new Lakai.com.
Also, you can now purchase product directly on Lakai.com.
From: Howard Broom,
Q: At the beginning of Raven’s part in Pretty Sweet he does an ollie from a curb cut to 50 another curb on an old Ron Whaley, board that looks even more haggard than Vincent’s setups. Was Raven using his first setup to break in his part, sort of like a good luck charm?
A: No it wasn’t my first board. My friend and I were ’90s skaters for Halloween one year and Ron Whaley hooked us up with old boards. We got the whole set up, huge Ben Davis pants cut into shants, duct tap half cabs, XXXL polo tees, and tiny wheels. It was so fun skating like we were in the ’90s we just ran it for a couple weeks. I still have the board and skate it all the time.—Raven
Send your questions here.
Big happy birthday shout out to Scott Johnston and Max Schaaf.
The new Lakai.com is now live. Direct to customer sales, Miles Silvas commercial for The Griffin, a new commercial for The Howard, extensive Archives, new team pages, and lots more.
Tomorrow Lakai.com will be getting a major overhaul. A new video part, commercial and finally an answer to the question “Where can I get those.” So be there.
The Pretty Sweet Lost & Filmed Re-edit Contest WINNER! First of all, just wanted to say thanks to all those who participated. We’ve never had some many entries, and so many quality entries. We wish we could have showed them all. But look them up on the ‘Tube. They’re out there. And glad you guys had fun. So with out further a doo doo here’s a our winner is Skate Head and his mash up with our Lonely Island brothers. What can we say? We like comedy. That shit’s funny.
Hope you enjoy your prize Skate Head!
The Pretty Sweet Lost & Filmed Re-edit Contest! Cesar Cervantes has definitely taken a Film Studies course or 20. We’re calling it tomorrow. Here’s what you’re playing for.
We’re loving Gary Williams’ Theoretically Sweet.
Europe’s Monster Skateboard Magazine made a culled a nice collection of Keenan videos for all to see.
The Pretty Sweet Lost & Filmed Re-edit Contest! Because of the volume of entries we’re gonna have to call the winner on Friday. But until then enjoy Matt Ballard’s ode to the #hashtag. There’s too many to watch. Clever edits, humor and most importantly, not just the skating simply cut to a song. Read post from 1/30/13 full details. Send us your entries in the form of a YouTube or Vimeo link here. We’ll call the winner on Thursday the 14th. Here’s what you’re playing for.
The Pretty Sweet Lost & Filmed Re-edit Contest! Today we have Brandon Gable’s Hot Chocolate the Sequel. Clever edits, humor and most importantly, not just the skating simply cut to a song. Read post from 1/30/13 full details. Send us your entries in the form of a YouTube or Vimeo link here. We’ll call the winner on Thursday the 14th. Here’s what you’re playing for.
And Ray Markham puts the nail in the SOTY controversy.
The Pretty Sweet Lost & Filmed Re-edit Contest! Being sitting on this one for a while. Trenton Tarpits was the first one to get it right. And right it is. Clever edits, humor and most importantly, not just the skating simply cut to a song. Read post from 1/30/13 full details. Send us your entries in the form of a YouTube or Vimeo link here. We’ll call the winner on Thursday the 14th. Here’s what you’re playing for.
And since we’re coming to a close on this this week we’ll be running two a day since we received so many good ones. Like this one from Eric Eckert.
Gav, where’s that Mini Top 5?
We’ll see ya Monday! Oh, by the way, Spike named this.
The Pretty Sweet Lost & Filmed Re-edit Contest! Manny Valdes boils it down to just the Trunk Boyz on the run. Clever edits, humor and most importantly, not just the skating simply cut to a song. Read post from 1/30/13 full details. Send us your entries in the form of a YouTube or Vimeo link here. We’ll call the winner on Thursday the 14th. Here’s what you’re playing for.
You like shredding? You like product tosses? You like raffles? You like best trick contests? Then on March 2nd CCS’ Lurkathon has got you covered. Click the flier to the park nearest you.
Where in the fuck is The Gav?
The Pretty Sweet Lost & Filmed Re-edit Contest! Christian Pozos goes dramatic trailer vibe to great effect. Clever edits, humor and most importantly, not just the skating simply cut to a song. Read post from 1/30/13 full details. Send us your entries in the form of a YouTube or Vimeo link here. We’ll call the winner on Thursday the 14th. Here’s what you’re playing for.
Our dear friends Maximum Hedrum were kind enough to let us use their song “Synthesize” for the Pretty Sweet intro, so we kind enough to let them use the Pretty Sweet intro for their music video for “Synthesize.” Boom!
From: Matheus Furlan,
Q: So, after me and my homies watched Pretty Sweet for the first time we felt like doing something which had the same good vibes as everything Crailtap does have. Then, Paulo Matos, a friend of mine who is a very good fingerboarder came up with the idea of doing a fingerboard video inspired by both Pretty Sweet and Fully Flared! We put a lot of effort into the making of this, and as you guys are pretty much the ones who inspired the whole thing it’d mean a lot with you watched it and gave us a shoutout.
A: Here you go boys! But don’t blame us for the comments.—Aaron
The Pretty Sweet Lost & Filmed Re-edit Contest! Poignant talk bubbles. Splatting Blood. Garvy! John Sandlin’s video’s got something for everyone. Clever edits, humor and most importantly, not just the skating simply cut to a song. Read post from 1/30/13 full details. Send us your entries in the form of a YouTube or Vimeo link here. We’ll call the winner on Thursday the 14th. Happy Valentines Day bitches.
And remember you’re playing for all this.
Starting yesterday, this week’s Crail Mottos will all be other names that had been kicked around as titles for Pretty Sweet.
The Pretty Sweet Lost & Filmed Re-edit Contest! History buff Alfred Aquino II sends up an homage to Girl’s first video, Goldfish. Clever edits, humor and most importantly, not just the skating simply cut to a song. Read post from 1/30/13 full details. Send us your entries in the form of a YouTube or Vimeo link here. We’ll call the winner on Thursday the 14th. Happy Valentines Day bitches.
This week’s Guest Front Page Poster is Roger Ferrero who had the pleasure of shooting the dudes in Spain on their last film trip for Pretty Sweet. Click on the photo below to see more of Roger’s photos.
From: Andrew Mahr,
Q: Hey you probably won’t answer this but were there any other name ideas for Pretty Sweet?
A: If you were lucky enough to nab a PS Deluxe Edition DVD, some of the alternate titles are printed on both the inside front and back covers. See the photo below. This thing was a bitch to name. —Aaron
Send your questions here.
The Pretty Sweet Lost & Filmed Re-edit Contest! Ian Shulman cracks Bill, from Freaks and Geeks, up. Clever edits, humor and most importantly, not just the skating simply cut to a song. Read post from 1/30/13 full details. Send us your entries in the form of a YouTube or Vimeo link here. We’ll call the winner on Thursday the 14th. Happy Valentines Day bitches.
Much like Spike to the Beasties, Smyth sets the loving gaze of his camera lens on to the Trunk Boyz.
Scott Johnston and Mike Carroll skating the old Brooklyn Projects ramp back in ’04.
If you’re in the Philadelphia area today stop by Space 1026. Walking with The Dutch Giant: A Benefit for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society honoring friend of the Art Dump, Justin Van Hoy. If you can’t make it by you can bid on art here.
And finally, happy birthday to Girl OG, Jeron Wilson.