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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

Recommendations

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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Spitfire x Adidas Skateboarding Busenitz Vulc | BallerStatus.com

Skate brand Spitfire teams up with adidas for this collaborative take on the Busenitz Vulc model for Summer 2015.

The vulcanized version of Dennis Busenitz’s signature Copa Mundial-inspired shoe boasts a black/gum colorway. We see a black suede upper with matching leather applications, white rubber foxing, a gum rubber outsole and Spitfire branding in gold foil and a wheel-like pattern along the Three Stripes branding.

The Spitfire x adidas Skateboarding Busenitz Vulc is available now via Sneaker Politics for $90 USD.

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Jaden Smith displays skateboarding skills as he enjoys a sporty day out




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He spent Saturday night mingling with the likes of Cara Delevingne at a star-studded Hollywood party.

But Jaden Smith enjoyed a sporty day out as he showed off his skateboarding skills on the streets of Calabasas, California, on Sunday.

Showcasing his hidden talents, the 17-year-old actor and singer – the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith – went shirtless as he whizzed around in the sunshine. 

Talented teen: Jaden Smith enjoyed a sporty day out as he showed off his skateboarding skills on the streets of Calabasas, California, on Sunday 

Talented teen: Jaden Smith enjoyed a sporty day out as he showed off his skateboarding skills on the streets of Calabasas, California, on Sunday 

The talented teen whipped off his plain black T-shirt as he attempted some tricky moves on his board.

Jaden opted to wear a pair of black jogging bottoms and matching skating trainers as he enjoyed an active day out in the sunshine. 

The Pursuit of Happyness star was unaccompanied on his afternoon outing but he seemed happy enough to entertain himself with his board.

Up, up, up and away! Showcasing his hidden talents, the 17-year-old actor and singer - the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith - went shirtless as he whizzed around in the sunshine

Up, up, up and away! Showcasing his hidden talents, the 17-year-old actor and singer – the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith – went shirtless as he whizzed around in the sunshine

All-black everything: Jaden didn't make the wisest decision to dress in a black T-shirt and matching jogging bottoms for his outing in the blazing hot LA sun

All-black everything: Jaden didn’t make the wisest decision to dress in a black T-shirt and matching jogging bottoms for his outing in the blazing hot LA sun

Jaden’s skateboarding session comes hours after his appearance at the star-studded Paper Towns screening in LA on Saturday night.

Stepping out to show his support to leading lady and Cara Delevingne, he rubbed shoulders with celebrity royalty – including close pals Kylie and Kendall Jenner – and the movie’s cast.

The well-connected teen broke the red-carpet dress code and opted instead to wear a super-casual ensemble which comprised black skinny jeans, a landscape-emblazoned hooded jumper, a black T-shirt and polka dot trainers. 

Rule-breaker: The Men in Black actor chose to ignore all red-carpet-wardrobe rules by stepping out in a super-casual look as he attended the Paper Towns screening at The London West Hollywood on Saturday

Rule-breaker: The Men in Black actor chose to ignore all red-carpet-wardrobe rules by stepping out in a super-casual look as he attended the Paper Towns screening at The London West Hollywood on Saturday

Ever the trendsetter, Jaden made a bizarre statement by tucking his trousers into a pair of mismatched socks and adding a strip of neon green tape across one shoe.

He wore his dreadlocks coiffed to one side with a baseball cap topping off the quirky look.

Proving his A-lister status, the youngster’s arrival didn’t go unnoticed with Cara and her co-star Justice Smith who made sure to sneak a photo with him.

Friends in high places: The actor and rapper posed alongside Paper Towns star Justice Smith, who plays Radar in the film adaptation of John Green's best-selling novel of the same name

Friends in high places: The actor and rapper posed alongside Paper Towns star Justice Smith, who plays Radar in the film adaptation of John Green’s best-selling novel of the same name

Leading lady: Jaden attended the star-studded screening of Cara Delevingne's new film on Saturday night

Leading lady: Jaden attended the star-studded screening of Cara Delevingne’s new film on Saturday night

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Looks like Cara Delevingne is taking over the red carpet as well as the runway.

Proving she’s every bit of a Hollywood glamazon as her Tinseltown counterparts, Cara Delevingne dropped jaws yet again in another fashion-forward ensemble at the latest Paper Towns premiere.

The flaxen-haired model and actress looked sensational in a full look from Alexandre Vauthier’s Fall 2015 Couture collection which happened to be right on-point as far as trends go.

Kimono dresses have been all the rage this spring/summer and by the looks of things, they’re not going anywhere once autumn comes knocking.

We particularly love this creation on Cara because instead of swamping her lithe frame like many loose-fitting kimono dresses do, it cinches her waist in with a statement red belt and makes her mid-section look minuscule. Gorgeous!

Sadly, Cara’s dress is not available to buy online, but don’t hesitate in emulating her look from the high street in our edit below.

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Monster Energy: 2015 Street League Los Angeles | TransWorld SKATEboarding

The West Coast is the Best Coast. Southern California is Skateboarding’s birthplace and the perfect location to debut a totally new Street League Course and Format.

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Join Monster Energy as it takes a behind the scenes look into what makes Monster Energy’s Nyjah Huston tick, and a ground breaking Street League in the City of Angels.

For more on Street League and the LA Stop visit streetleague.com.

See you in New Jersey August 23, 2015!

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Skateboarding boy, 6, killed by car – MyNewsLA.com

Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A 6-year-old boy skateboarding on a roadway in a Santa Ana apartment complex in Santa Ana was run over by a car and died at a hospital, authorities said.

The woman driver stopped and told police the boy ran in front of the car, Sgt. Carol Salvatierre of the Santa Ana Police Department said.

The boy was taken to a hospital where he later died, Salvatierre said.

Police were called to 811 S. Fairview St. at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Salvatierre said.

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Justin Bieber shirtless as he impresses while skateboarding in LA | Daily Mail …

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For those who doubted Justin Bieber’s chiselled abs in his famous Calvin Klein advert, prepare to eat your words.

The 21-year-old star impressed as he ditched his shirt and kickflipped his way through an impressive skate session in Santa Monica, California, on Wednesday.

The Baby singer decided to work up a sweat midway through some time at a studio – and no doubt got his adoring fans and a few onlookers a little hot and bothered at the same time.

Rolling in: Justin Bieber had impressive skate session in Santa Monica, California, on Wednesday

Rolling in: Justin Bieber had impressive skate session in Santa Monica, California, on Wednesday

The pop star used a break from the studio to show off his skate moves on a basketball court that was conveniently located just outside.

Even though busy at work on his project, many people felt compelled to come outside and watch as the star pulled a number of successful tricks.

While the 21-year-old has often been made fun of for his abilities on the board – a few public stacks have not helped – Justin has obviously been practicing.

Skate break: The Baby singer decided to work up a sweat midway through some time at a studio - and no doubt got his adoring fans and a few onlookers a little hit and bothered at the same time

Skate break: The Baby singer decided to work up a sweat midway through some time at a studio – and no doubt got his adoring fans and a few onlookers a little hit and bothered at the same time

Too hot to handle: The Where Are Ü Now singer started off his skate fully clothed but put in so much effort he was quick to strip down Too hot to handle: The Where Are Ü Now singer started off his skate fully clothed but put in so much effort he was quick to strip down

Too hot to handle: The Where Are Ü Now singer started off his skate fully clothed but put in so much effort he was quick to strip down

Tearing it up: The singer ended up wearing just a pair of super ripped up jeans - and, of course, his Calvins

Tearing it up: The singer ended up wearing just a pair of super ripped up jeans – and, of course, his Calvins

The Where Are Ü Now singer started off his skate fully clothed but put in so much effort he was quick to strip down.

While the singer ended up wearing just a pair of super ripped up jeans, he started off in not one, but two shirts, namely a long sleeve white Tee under a loose fit pale green one.

But as his ollies got higher and his temperature rose, the star ditched his shirts, putting his tatted up and rather defined torso on display.

Making them Bieleb: The star's tattoo-covered torso was very muscular and defined 

Making them Bieleb: The star’s tattoo-covered torso was very muscular and defined 

Forever the good spokesman, the Canadian heartthrob was sporting a pair of Calvin Klein briefs.

The star accessorised his look with a pair of plain white sneakers and backwards black hat.

Skating back and forth across the baseball court, Bieber impressed the growing crowd with a host of tricks including a kickflip, which he almost did not land as his board came dangerously close to hitting the concert as he flipped it.

Justin clearly enjoyed himself, posting on Twitter: ‘Today is a good day.’

Check this out: Skating back and forth across the baseball court, Bieber impressed the growing crowd with a host of tricks

Check this out: Skating back and forth across the baseball court, Bieber impressed the growing crowd with a host of tricks

Added extras: The star accessorised his look with a pair of plain white sneakers and backwards black hat Added extras: The star accessorised his look with a pair of plain white sneakers and backwards black hat

Added extras: The star accessorised his look with a pair of plain white sneakers and backwards black hat

The skating session no doubt helped Justin relax a bit especially after the stress Cody Simpson caused him.

The Australian singer landed himself, Justin and One Direction’s Niall Horan in a bit of hot water after Cody Snapchatted a late night jam session with a marijuana pipe on the table.

Speaking of the far from planned SnapChat on radio show, Zach Sang and the Gang, Cody said: ‘Dude, someone said it was a crystal meth pipe. You think I’d be here?

‘Bieber texted me, ”You’re a f**king idiot!” He was kinda joking, he doesn’t really care about that kind of stuff either.’

Skin care: Bieber also also stopped off at a beauty care shop on Wednesday and left with a bag of products

Skin care: Bieber also also stopped off at a beauty care shop on Wednesday and left with a bag of products

Casual style: The Canadian singer kept it casual in a grey T-shirt and baggy black shorts

Casual style: The Canadian singer kept it casual in a grey T-shirt and baggy black shorts

Thanks mate! The skating session no doubt helped Justin relax a bit especially after the stress Cody Simpson caused him after the Aussie SnapChatted a late night jam session with One Direction's Niall Horan and a marijuana pipe was on the table

Thanks mate! The skating session no doubt helped Justin relax a bit especially after the stress Cody Simpson caused him after the Aussie SnapChatted a late night jam session with One Direction’s Niall Horan and a marijuana pipe was on the table

 

 


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Skateboard. Nos conseils avant de débuter – Jactiv Ouest-France

L’équipement

Tout dépend de votre pratique. Mais en règle générale, « pour un skate complet, il faut compter environ 150€ » annonce Bertrand, l’un des gérants du magasin Bearskate, à Rennes. Le prix, dans le skateboard, reste un indicateur fiable de qualité. « Quand on veut commencer, ce n’est pas recommandé de prendre le premier prix, on risque de se retrouver avec du matériel de mauvaise qualité qui va gâcher vos sensations ».

Un bon skateboard est la clé pour bien débuter. Il se compose de plusieurs éléments : une planche, des roues maintenues par un truck ainsi que des roulements. Le montage et le réglage de ces pièces, en magasin, permet de disposer d’un matériel adéquat pour commencer à glisser et prendre du plaisir.

Selon l’usure et les volontés de changements, les pièces s’interchangent ensuite. L’usure provient souvent « d’un roulement ou de la planche, car celle-ci peut très bien se casser au bout de cinq minutes comme au bout de six mois » explique Laurent, l’autre gérant du magasin Bearskate. La planche est l’un des points sensible du skateboard. Et aussi la pièce la plus chère, environ 60 euros pour marque reconnue.

« Les planches changent aussi selon ce que l’on souhaite faire, de la rampe, du street, de la balade… » renchérit Bertrand. Par exemple, ce qu’on appelle les longboards (environ 70 à 200€ selon les marques) sont davantage destinées à la glisse et à la vitesse. Elles sont plus longues, et parfois plus larges. On trouve aussi des cruisers (environ 50 à 100€ selon les marques), des petites planches conçues pour la ballade, à la mode actuellement dans les villes. Alors que les skateboards classiques, conseillés pour les débutants, sont plus propices à la pratique en skatepark.

L’achat de protections va également dépendre de votre usage. Un équipement de la tête au pied, « coûte dans les 100 euros, avec le casque, les genouillères, les coudières… ». Pour une pratique plus urbaine, en street, Bertrand conseille surtout ces protections « pour les enfants ». Elles semblent néanmoins indispensables si l’on recherche de la vitesse et des sensations fortes comme avec une longboard.

Où pratiquer ?

Un bon skate en main et quelques protections pour les petits bobos. Il est temps de se trouver un endroit où skater, un spot. Le grand Ouest en dispose de plusieurs, couverts et en extérieurs.

++Retrouvez notre carte interactive sur les grands spots de skate dans l’Ouest.

À Rennes, le magasin Bearskate a créé un site qui compile la plupart des spots de la ville. Avec, en plus, des vidéos de skateurs parcourant les lieux.

Le vocabulaire de base

Le skateboard vient des Etats-Unis. La majorité du vocabulaire est donc en Anglais. Voici quelques mots à connaître, mais des listes plus exhaustives existent, sur sk8france et sk8board par exemple.

La board : votre planche de skateboard.

Le grip : la fine couche en fibre de verre qui recouvre votre planche.

Un spot : ce mot définit le lieu où l’on skate. Comme un skatepark.

Une rampe ou half-pipe : module de skatepark en forme de demi-tube courbé.

Les tricks : les figures que va réaliser le skateur avec sa planche.

Tail (la queue) : l’extrémité arrière, légèrement relevée du skate.

Nose (le nez) : l’extrémité avant, légèrement relevée du skate.

Regular : une des positions possible sur le skate. Le pied gauche en avant.

Goofy : une des positions possible sur le skate. Le pied droit en avant.

Ollie : sauter avec la planche sous les pieds.

Slide : glisser avec la planche.

Maxime RECOQUILLÉ

(Contributeur Jactiv, étudiant à SciencesCom).

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Justin Bieber qui enchaîne les figures de skateboard TORSE NU, ça …

Avouons-le, quand Justin Bieber sort très stylé pour une sortie à Beverly Hills avec Hailey Baldwin, on le trouve déjà ultra sexy. Donc là, on commence vraiment à croire que le chanteur est en réalité responsable de la canicule qui sévit depuis un moi en France. On préfère donc vous prévenir car c’est à vos risques et périls, les photos que vous allez voir vont vous donner très très CHAUD ! Préparez les éventails et mettez la clim à fond, parce que la rédac de fan2.fr vous a déniché des photos de Justin Bieber qui enchaîne les figures de skateboard. TORSE NU ! Donc torse nu ET tatoué. Oui, on se répète, mais notre cerveau a tendance à avoir des bugs quand on voit des choses comme ça. Donc on a besoin de bien être sûres de ce qu’on a devant les yeux. Mais pas de doute, ce sont bien les photos les plus HOT de la semaine ! Et vous pouvez les voir en CLIQUANT ICI et !

Justin Bieber torse nu pour le Bieber Roast !

On vous a prévenu, vous pourriez très bien défaillir en regardant ces magnifiques abdos ! Honnêtement, on commence à penser à faire passer une loi interdisant à Justin Bieber de se mettre torse nu en public ! Pour le bien de la communauté féminine évidemment, parce que ça a largement tendance à faire fondre les filles comme neige au soleil. Autant vous dire qu’on ressent une pointe de jalousie pour toutes les personnes qui ont assisté à ce spectacle. Surtout qu’on ne se lasse pas de constater à quel point Justin Bieber est doué en skateboard ! Et on a très très envie d’acheter immédiatement un billet d’avion pour Santa Monica en Californie en ce moment. Malheureusement, étant donné que cette petite escapade nous coûterait approximativement 3627€, on va se contenter d’Internet ! Et pour combler votre besoin de sexitude de la journée, on vous propose de regarder Zayn Malik, SEXY et torse nu à la sortie d’un club de Los Angeles ! Alors les fille,s vous le trouvez comment torse nu Justin Bieber ?

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Sumner businesses fed up with graffiti along Main Street | The News Tribune

Kevin Lundsten is guitar-shop owner by day and a neighborhood watchman by night.

Every day for about two weeks, he’s closed down Affordable Guitars, grabbed his paint can, and made the nightly journey along Main Street East in Sumner looking for and painting over the markings of vandals.

“It’s gotten out of control,” Lundsten said of tagging that’s started to spread all over town. “It’s total vandalism. It’s unbelievable.”

Lundsten has owned Affordable Guitars for 19 years. He’s had his current location just past Valley Avenue East since 2002. Before that, he was down the street.

“I’m a fixture of this community whether they like it or not,” he quipped.

Before, he says, graffiti was a minor problem that would pop up occasionally.

Now he says it’s a daily occurrence, and his work erasing the evidence of vandalism can’t keep up with the culprit or culprits who continue tagging the same spots.

Sumner Police Chief Brad Moericke told The News Tribune that he’s unaware of any recent uptick in tagging. He said the last recurring problem was about four or five months ago.

If tagging becomes an ongoing problem, he said, property owners should contact police right away.

“We do take it seriously,” Moericke said. “There’s no call too small. We respond to everything.”

Lundsten said one building was hit at least three times last week alone.

The problem runs the length of Main Street, he said, from the entrance to downtown all the way past Valley Avenue near the Sumner Motor Inn.

Last week, graffiti could be seen on vacant buildings, Lundsten’s guitar business, an attorney’s office, the funeral home next door to his shop and the L.A. Tan salon in a commercial building that shares a parking lot with Fred Meyer.

Lundsten and about five others have been walking up and down Main Street every morning and night painting over the marks.

Sometimes, their work is met with honks and cheers from passers-by who are just as sick of the vandalism, he said.

Lundsten and others say they’ve seen “punk kids” hanging around where the tagging is happening, suggesting they’re to blame. Some local business owners have captured pictures and footage of the culprits, he added.

“It’s the kids who have nothing to do,” he said. “The city ignores it like it’s not a problem.”

Lundsten said he spent $100 last week alone on supplies to clean up the mess.

“I’ve got paint all over me,” he said, “trying to keep the neighborhood looking good.”

Lundsten said the police and city officials need to do more to help.

“This has got to stop,” he said.

Aubry Vega, a Tacoma resident, said she’s been managing the L.A. Tan salon across the street from the guitar shop since February.

The tagging on her building started with small scribbles on the windows of the corner unit.

“Nothing too serious at first,” Vega said.

But the problems have recently escalated. Staff and customers have complained about young kids loitering, leaving beer cans behind and vomiting in the parking lot.

She isn’t sure if those problems are related to the tagging incidents, but she believes making more activities available for teens will solve those and other problems around town.

She acknowledged that programs at the new Sumner YMCA, set to open later this summer, will probably help curb vandalism.

“I feel like Sumner police could be doing a lot more,” she added.

Vega said she’s tried requesting increased patrols in the area. But she’s had trouble reaching anyone at the police department and her voice mails haven’t resulted in any changes, she said.

Moericke, the police chief, said the city’s school resource officer maintains a book with pictures of graffiti. The officer works with Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Puyallup police and local schools to find patterns and identify suspects.

The city’s code enforcement officer also works with victims of vandalism to get graffiti removed as quickly as possible, to avoid inviting more tagging.

Moericke said that businesses or residents could also take preventive measures to avoid tagging, such as improving illumination around buildings.

Lundsten voiced his concerns to the Sumner City Council on Monday night. Mayor Dave Enslow suggested that Moericke set up a meeting with the guitar-shop owner to discuss the issue.

After the council meeting, Lundsten seemed cautiously optimistic about the city’s response.

“The proof will be in the pudding,” he told The News Tribune on Tuesday. “There was more graffiti today.”

Sumner is not the only Western Washington city where citizens are taking on the taggers this summer.

The Peninsula Daily News reported this week that a 60-year old retiree has become “one-man graffiti removal task force” in Port Angeles and has painted over about 70 tags since May.

“It’s not a war,” said Richard Schneider, a retired National Park Service Employee. “It’s housekeeping.”

Back in Sumner, Lundsten said he hopes the “punks” responsible for the tagging get the hint that they’re not going to win. Lundsten said he has deeper pockets, and they should “stop spending their allowance money” on a losing battle.

“I’m not scared of them,” he said.

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Dan Edmondson, man run over by train, reclaims skateboarding [VIDEO]

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When Dan Edmondson saw the freight train pull slowly down the tracks on Nicollet Island, he ran for it. Grabbing a ladder, he hopped up on the coupler between two railcars.

All of a sudden the train jolted. He lost his footing and fell, but the train continued to drag him along. At first, Edmondson thought it had snagged his jacket. In reality, the train was grinding down on his legs until they finally gave out and he fell back into the snow.

That was in February 2014. Edmondson spent 10 days in the hospital and three months after that healing in a wheelchair. He’d been an athlete his entire life before the accident, making his living as a lifeguard at the YWCA. But even after he was fitted with prosthetic legs, getting used to them proved to be a slow, painful process.

In order to pay the bills, he returned to work at the YWCA, this time with a desk job. Gradually, he started practicing swimming again. When it came time to recertify as a life guard, he passed.

“At first, one of the things I really wanted to do was stand up,” Edmondson says. “For me, the earliest part of recovery was out of necessity. I had to do something.”

Returning to the land of the living forced Edmondson to look his situation head on. He needed to thank someone for the blood transfusions he received in the hospital, and spoke at Memorial Blood Centers. He told his story at the Twin Cities and Western Railroad’s annual safety meeting in 2014.

This summer, Edmondson’s regaining another part of his life he thought he’d never have again – skateboarding. Under the tutelage of Joel Goltry, amputee skateboarder and snowboarder, Edmondson’s been testing the ramps at Third Lair indoor park and learning what it’s like to “have a board underneath your feet without having any feet.”

“Through a local group of amputees, we planned a weekend of events. Rock climbing, snowboarding, skateboarding,” Goltry says. “Dan signed up, came to everything and just smashed down barriers and had a whole bunch of firsts. There is life after amputation.”

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