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When Will They Make Better Skateboarding Shoes?

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I have been troubled with the notion that skateboarding shoes need much improvement.  I am realizing that a good skateboard obsession requires new skate shoes just about as often as you need a new deck.  What’s up with skateboard shoes lately?  I have seen others try all kinds of different shoes but at the end of the day the sport wears out your shoes faster than Fred Flintstone’s feet wear out from braking in his floorless car.

There has been much improvement in terms of skateboard technology such as lighter and more reliable decks, polyurethane wheels, and frictionless bearings, but where are we with grip tape and shoes?

I spoke with my sons who are competitive skaters and I suggested that I develop a pair of shoes that came with the grip tape on the sole (imagine this on a wood top board – the grip on the shoes, not on the deck?)

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Brand New Vans Shoe Torn After Only 4 Minutes!

I’m sure the combination of gritty sand on your soles and braking after doing tricks is the main cause for premature sole wear but what about other wear and tear on other parts of the shoe? (see photo below)?

I’m sure Vans, DC, and now Nike can come up with a winning formula for making better skateboard shoes.  Oh yeah almost forgot to mention that we don’t see the problem of worn skateboarding shoes with longboarders, only with those who skate short decks.





When will they make better skateboarding shoes?

How to Paint a Skateboard

How to Paint a Skateboard Professionally at Home

Hey folks if you are trying to figure out how to paint a skateboard professionally jump in the blog and comment or criticize in the comments section below.  This article is meant to solve the problem of those decks you trip over in the shed that the kids don’t want anymore.

I’ve read several similar articles but they don’t go into detail more than “sand board, then prime”.  I wanted to provide more detail as to what sandpaper to use, etc.  Please consider that these tips are for the hobbyist and produce as much a “professional” result as possible, but do not equate to a professional skateboard manufacturer’s methods.  The point being that skateboards, in order to gain speed and agility, require the lightest weight possible in order to defy physics.  Believe it or not, painting a deck in your backyard can produce great looking results, but manufacturers take great lengths to keep the manufacturing process as controlled as possible in order to apply the minimum required amount of paint.  Applying too much paint will increase the deck’s weight and even if you were to increase the weight by only one gram, that would be all too noticeable to a professional skater.  I’m sure Tony Hawk and Shaun White are past the stage of backyard shed projects.


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The “Before” Shot

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The Other “Before” Shot

Unless you can guarantee that you will not sand off too much of the underside art to the detriment of the wood, and apply the exact same amount of paint as previously applied, please ensure that if you are repainting the deck of a pro skater that you set the expectation.



First you’ll need a decent workspace, whether it be a shed or garage or even outdoors.  If you intend to work outdoors, careful when spray painting in a breeze.


You’ll also need some work clothes.  You will get dirty and unless your clothes and workspace has been previously approved by your partner, spouse, or girlfriend, you could find yourself in trouble and ultimately skating alone.


You’ll need to have adequate clean up materials such as a wet cloth to wipe excess paint, a paint area covered by a sheet of cardboard or dropcloth.


Also, though these steps took me about an hour to complete, the whole process took about three days to complete, allowing for the primer and paint to dry sufficiently between steps.  Also, sanding by hand is not recommended.  I highly recommend the use of an electrical sander as it will sand the surface uniformly without creating valleys or carve lines in.


Before beginning, do make sure that the board you are restoring is in fact repairable and that the plies have not separated.

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Unrepairable Deck – The Plies Have Separated


Tools & Equipment for How to Paint a Skateboard

  • An X-Acto or surgical knife
  • A putty knife – a metal one, not a plastic one
  • A blow dryer or paint heat gun
  • 40 grit sand paper
  • 150 grit sand paper
  • 220 grit sand paper
  • An electric sander – with protective glasses and a dust mask
  • Wood filler
  • Acrylic aerosol primer
  • Acrylic aerosol paint
  • Aerosol lacquer or Varathane
  • Mom, dad, or the babysitter’s permission and approval before proceeding


Steps to Prepare for How to Paint a Skateboard

  1.  Take a photo of the “before” deck top and bottom for sake of posterity.  If you can, weigh the board so you have a reference as to the weight of the removed paint and the paint you’re to add.
  2. Using the knife, lift the grip tape at the end of the board and begin peeling

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    Remove the Grip Tape

  3. If required, use the heat gun or blow dryer to warm the grip tape glue in order to facilitate the peeling process.  Removing the grip tape should take between three and seven minutes.
  4. Using the sander and 40 grit paper, proceed to remove the graphic from the bottom of the deck.  Be patient as this can take 20 minutes.  Apply a lot of pressure on the sander but avoid digging or carving into the wood with the edge of the sander.

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    Sanding the Deck

  5. Once the graphic has been removed, re-sand with a 150 grit paper in order to smooth out the wood.  This step should take no more than five minutes.
  6. Repair the board as needed using a carpenter quality wood filler paste.  Wood filler is available in many colours and you can even collect some of the sawdust from the previous step and mix it in.  Apply liberal amounts of filler and don’t worry about getting it perfect.  You are not icing a cake.  The important point to remember is not to over work the filler.  Put it on, let it dry, then you will re-sand.  This step should take five minutes.  Then wait 24 hours before sanding the filler.
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    Fill in the Pressure Cracks

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    Some Repairs are Needed – Apply Wood Filler

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    Apply Wood Filler to the Deck

  7. Re-sand the repaired spots with 150 grit paper.

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    The Wood Filler After Sanding – Looks Pretty Good

  8. Using a damp (not wet) cloth, wipe any excess sawdust from the deck and wait about fifteen minutes.  Next is the real how to p
  9. For the primer, ensure you have properly mixed it.  Apply the primer to each surface of the deck.  I used a paint brush but try finding an aerosol primer.  The trouble with brushes is that you may apply too much primer in certain areas.
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    Apply the Primer

  11. Wait for the primer to dry (about 30 minutes) and re-sand with 150 grit paper.  Do not resand the primer off to the point you will see the wood grain.  Just provide a light sanding to remove any blistering or bubbles from the primer.  You may see the wood through the primer, this is ok.
  12. Before painting the deck, again wipe extra primer dust from the deck with a damp cloth and again wait fifteen minutes before painting.
  13. Shake the aerosol primer can for at least two full minutes.  Hold the can about ten inches away from the deck and spray very lightly until the paint covers the entire surface.  Aerosol cans cause drips and bubbles so if this occurs, wait for drying and resanding, do not overpaint or try to fix wet paint.
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    Getting Ready to Spray the First Coat

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    First Coat Applied

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    First Coat Applied

  14. Wait 24 hours.  Seriously.  This is the most crucial step to allow the paint to dry.
  15. Sand the painted deck with 220 grit paper and again wipe with damp cloth and wait fifteen minutes


Thanks for reading How to Paint a Skateboard



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My New Shoes

I go through a pair of skate shoes about every three weeks.  My parents are getting annoyed but I got me a summer job mowing lawns so I’ve been pretty much buying all my equipment this summer.

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More Than a Dozen Homes Vandalized with Graffiti


More than a dozen homes in the Mining City received unwanted paint jobs Christmas week.

Graffiti, which comes from the Italian word graffiato meaning scratched, dates back to ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman times. Now, graffiti also known as tagging, is happening on the homes of Butte residents.

Mary Bobst, whose home was vandalized with more taggings than any other home on her block said, “When I looked out the window I could see the neighbors’ garage had been graffitied and then I looked out another window and I saw another neighbors’ garage had been graffitied and so it’s I guess it’s time to walk the dogs and see what our garage looks like.”

“It’s pretty annoying. I’m glad they didn’t write anything disgusting on there,” added Bobst.

Charie Faught who also had her home tagged with graffiti said, “It’s definitely a nuisance.” Faught has already tried to clean up the vandalism but this spray paint doesn’t come off easily and is still showing on her garage. Police say they do have persons of interest and are hoping to catch these vandals soon.

Some consider graffiti as artwork; others do it to make a political or social statement. It’s even used as a way for gang members to mark their territory, but the graffiti happening in butte is “vandalism, basically. Sometimes it’s revenge vandalism but most of its just vandalism and tagging and thinking it’s something cute. I don’t think in Butte it’s gang related,” said Undersheriff George Skuletich for the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement.

These tags may not be gang related and things could be worse but Faught says it leaves an unsettling feeling in the neighborhood. “Quite frankly it’s better than having things being stolen but it does I think make folks believe that this is a neighborhood where other things can happen and that’s a little scary I think.”

Unfortunately with this type of vandalism, the victims are left to clean up the mess at their own expense. A hassle, that’s even harder to deal with this time of year.

Faught said, “it’s winter and this is aluminum and it’s a little more difficult to clean up so when it warms up a little bit – yeah I’ll be able to take care of it.

“You know now we have to paint it and we have to wait until it warms up in order to paint it,” said Bobst.

Anyone with information about who is responsible for these latest graffiti incidents are asked to call the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement at (406) 497-1120.

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Gay Couple’s Fabulous Response To Homophobic Graffiti On Their Front Door

No matter how far we evolve as a society, there will always be people who think it’s acceptable to attack you over your sexuality.

Like the person(s) who carved the word ‘faggots’ beneath a Christmas wreath on the front door of a gay couple.

While they may well have got mad, these chaps most certainly did get even in the most fabulous way possible.

Their response – via this brilliant note – was posted to Imgur on Christmas Eve.

It reads:

To the individual who scrawled the word ‘faggots’ into our door

We regret to inform you that you completely failed to use glitter paint and/or sequins, your work looked rushed and your handwriting was positively atrocious.

It is for these reasons we had to remove your work from our door with sandpaper.

Fabulously yours,

The gays in Apt 611.

Hats off to you boys.

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Minneapolis cuts graffiti cleanup funds



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    Minneapolis cuts graffiti cleanup funds

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    Updated: December 26, 2014 – 3:26 PM

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    By Erin Golden

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    Minneapolis residents will have to be more vigilant about fighting graffiti in the new year.

    Residents have always been responsible for removing graffiti from their property, but in recent years the city has provided help through a handful of prevention and cleanup efforts. Those programs, however, were cut from next year’s budget — prompting the city to send notices to some residents, reminding them that they’ll need to take care of graffiti on their own.

    The city won’t be funding its “Innovative Graffiti Prevention” micro grant program, which helped neighborhood groups with public art projects that were meant to deter graffiti. In recent years, the city budgeted amounts ranging from $75,000 to $150,000 for projects like utility box art wraps in the Longfellow neighborhood, a mural and graffiti patrol around Cedar-Riverside and anti-graffiti education programs in Powderhorn Park.

    Since 2008 — with the exception of 2010, when the program was not offered — the city has funded an average of 11 projects per year, which each receiving up to $10,000.

    Meanwhile, the city will also be cutting a program that helped property owners clean up gang-related or obscene graffiti that was located within five feet of the public right of way. The city didn’t set aside a specific amount of money, but provided cleanup at no charge to property owners.

    Finally, it has also dropped a three-year-old “Graffiti Shadow Program,” which provided a second notice to property owners who had been notified about removing graffiti and failed to do so. The program also funded the cost of a second inspection.

    Casper Hill, a spokesman for the city, said property owners are notified about graffiti by mail and have seven days to clean it up. If that doesn’t happen, the city can paint over the mess and bill the property owner.

    “As always, it’s the responsibility of property owners to remove graffiti from their vandalized properties,” he said.

    The $1.2 billion budget passed by the council earlier this month includes just over $1 million for documenting and removing graffiti around the city. That’s down slightly from the line item in this year’s budget, which provided $1.3 million.

    Graffiti is the most common problem reported on the city’s 311 phone line, with the largest number of complaints coming from south Minneapolis.

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    Photographic Memory: Enrique Lorenzo



    This week’s Photographic Memory features a photo of Enrique Lorenzo switch nosesliding a hubba in Barcelona in 2002. The summer of 2002 was one of the best times you could have had the good fortune of finding yourself in Barcelona; the stories of endless marble plazas, relaxed public drinking laws and swarms of vacationing females from across Europe populating the topless beaches had spread far and wide through the winter and into the spring of 2002, so when summer arrived, the city was swarming with skateboarders from every corner of the globe sampling everything that made Barcelona so fantastic, the good vibes were infectious and it felt like skate paradise. As amazing as it was to see so many pros from America sessioning those beautiful spots, equally as amazing was the level of the Spanish skaters, there were so many that were ripping that summer–Sem Rubio, Dani LeBron, Javier Sarmiento, Raul Navarro, and Alex Castaneda, to name a few. To say that Enrique Lorenzo was on fire would be an understatement of the combustion he unleashed that summer, his twinkle-toed magic was laughably consistent and to top it off he was welcoming and friendly to any and all visiting skaters.

    The majority of visitors were understandably content sticking with the main plazas in the center of town, but myself, and fresh off the lot teenagers Bryan Herman and Kevin Long, who were posted up for weeks filming for This Is Skateboarding, were lucky enough to pile into Catalan filmer Enrique Mayor’s car everyday and check out a seemingly endless string of untouched perfect spots. For all the smooth marble perfection, the sidewalks of Barcelona are all paved with tiles that have a floral pattern set into them which makes skating on most of the sidewalks with anything other than cruiser wheels a torturous foot massage at best. There are so many more spots that you could skate in Barcelona that are rendered unpinnacle by these tiles. This spot was no different in run up terms but Enrique Lorenzo was savvy and had a wooden run up stashed that he’d borrowed from a nearby construction zone, local knowledge champions all. I was so stoked to skate with Enrique that summer and so bitterly disappointed when I saw him at MACBA the day that I moved to Barcelona to live in 2004 and he told me he was moving to Los Angeles that week; I’m sad to think of all the photos that we could have shot and good times that we could have had but at least we have a few photos on deck and who knows, maybe I’ll make it back out there soon now that he lives in Spain again. Cheers Enrique Lorenzo and Enrique Mayor for your hospitality, check out his Classic Clips compilation of footage from that period, its choc full of hammers.

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    Portrait artist Adnate goes back to his graffiti bomber roots

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    His work has been commissioned internationally, he entered a portrait in the 2013 Archibald Prize, and recently he collaborated with noted oil painter and fellow portraitist Vincent Fantauzzo on a CBD mural.

    But Adnate is still best known for the stunning portraits, typically of indigenous people, that can be found across Melbourne.

    One of Adnate's portraits of an Aboriginal boy.

    One of Adnate’s portraits of an Aboriginal boy.

    He started painting indigenous subjects about a year into his foray into portraiture.

    A dream in which he tripped over a wombat acted as a catalyst for what he describes as a “personal journey”.

    “For some reason the dream, it symbolised indigenous culture and drew my attention to it.”

    Street art by Adnate in Hosier Lane, Melbourne, from Dean Sunshine's book iStreet Art Now, Melbourne, Australia and beyond/i.

    Street art by Adnate in Hosier Lane, Melbourne, from Dean Sunshine’s book Street Art Now, Melbourne, Australia and beyond.

    Adnate’s journey has involved spending time with indigenous communities in Arnhem Land, the Western Desert and the Northern Territory’s central desert as well as Melbourne, photographing subjects that he would later paint.

    Beyond deepening Adnate’s understanding of Aboriginal culture, he hopes that his art might trigger greater public engagement with indigenous culture.

    “When I paint portraits of indigenous people it creates a great talking point,” he says.

    The portraits also act as a physical indigenous presence in predominantly white public spaces.

    “It’s about them reclaiming what was taken from them.”

    Adnate says he scrawled his first “tag” as an eight-year-old on his bunk bed. The son of two artists, Adnate spent the next decade graffiti bombing before shifting his attention to portraits. His early projects were completed as part of renowned Melbourne street art collective AWOL Crew, with whom Adnate still works when time permits.

    As a graffiti artist, Adnate had been attracted to more emotive, “dark and aggressive” styles of lettering.

    “When I decided to do something different I was instantly attracted to portraiture because you can convey all these emotions,” he says.

    His naturalistic portraits might seem a world away from graffiti, but Adnate says it wasn’t all that difficult to swap one art style for the other.

    “You learn a lot from graffiti painting that you don’t really realise at the time – things like form, colour theory, linework, hand-eye co-ordination, can control, working on a large scale, depth, application;  I could go on and on,” he says.

    “The only thing I had to teach myself was proportion – where things sit on the face, and all that kind of thing – and I had to learn about what colours are in the skin, but it wasn’t that hard in the end.”

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    This Gay Couple’s Response to Homophobic Graffiti Is Absolutely Fabulous

    This Christmas, one homophobe felt the snarky wreath — err, wrath — of two gay men he made the mistake of targeting with hate speech.

    The unknown asshole, clearly confused and frightened by the complexity of the world around them, felt the overwhelming desire to scrawl “FAGGOTS: on the apartment door of a gay couple

    It’s an incident of blind, moronic hatred that serves no purpose other than to make its targets feel small and sub-human — and, for the couple in question, an opportunity to respond with the takedown of the century:

    It’s an artistic critique for the ages. “We regret to inform you that you completely failed to use glitter paint and/or sequins, your work looked rushed, and your handwriting was positively atrocious,” the residents posted, the words “glitter paint” rendered in a rainbow of text colors in a useful example of what the slur-scratching douchebag might try next time. “It is for these reasons that we had to remove your work from our door with sandpaper.”

    According to the person who posted the comeback on Imgur, a friend of one of “The Gays in Apt. 611,” (which would make a fantastic reality show, by the way), the apartment complex later painted over the offending scratches — although nothing will be able to erase the severe burn suffered by the gaybasher in question.

    “Fabulously yours…” The best way to combat the insecurity that drives someone to scrawl hate speech into a stranger’s door is to drown it out with your own confidence. By reclaiming commonly held stereotypes of gay men — top-shelf sartorial sensibility and artistic flair — as tools to take a homophobe down a peg, the couple showed to everyone walking in front of their door that they’re proud of who they are.

    And that’s fucking fabulous.

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    Police blotter: Graffiti tally rises to a dozen; mother uses nail polish to …


    Sheriff Ed Lester said his investigators have some “promising leads” on the suspects who have tagged graffiti on about a dozen homes and garages since Sunday. 

    “We definitely have some persons of interest,” he said, about the spray paint vandals.

    The graffiti included the monikers “slade,” “hook up,” and “bask.” The extent of damage has not been calculated but any potential charges will be felony, police said.


    Police arrested a 51-year-old Butte woman Monday on a warrant for forging gaming receipts in the summer. Margaret Compton is accused of stealing $825 from a local casino in her scam. Police say she would argue over losing receipts. Compton faces felony charges of forgery and gambling fraud. 


    Police responded to a vandalism call at about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday. The reporting party said her mother had written “a less than flattering note.” Officers saw the derogatory message scrawled on a mirror in nail polish. 

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    VIDEO: TV Anime "Koufuku Graffiti" OP Song PV by Maaya Sakamoto

    Popular anime voice actress/singer Maaya Sakamoto‘s official YouTube channel today posted a TV-size promotional video for her 25th single “Shiawase ni tsuite Watashi ga Shitteiru Itsutsu no Houhou” (The five ways I know about happiness).


    The song will be used as the OP theme for the upcoming TV anime adaptation of Makoto Kawai’s cooking-themed four-panel comedy manga Koufuku Graffiti. The CD single of the song also contains “Shikisai,” the theme song for smartphone RPG Fate/Grand Order, which is based on Type-Moon’s Fate/stay night game series. The CD single’s scheduled release day in Japan is January 28, 2015.


    The TV anime Koufuku Graffiti is directed by highly acclaimed Akiyuki Shinbo (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Puella Magi Madoka Magica), and is scheduled to premiere on TBS, BS-TBS, and CBC on

    January 8, 2015.



    “Shiawase ni tsuite Watashi ga Shitteiru Itsutsu no Houhou” TV-size PV


    Limited edition CD jacket


    Regular edition


    Maaya Sakamoto artist photo © Flying Dog



    Latest anime key visual featuring Shiina (Mikako Komatsu), Ryo Machiko (Rina Sato),

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    © Makoto Kawai, Houbunsha/Koufuku Graffiti Production Committee


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