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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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Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii removes graffiti from Kauai park

Photo: County of Kauai

Photo: County of Kauai

Many of Kauai’s youth gathered this week to clean up a community park.

Roughly 20 members of the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii, ages 11 to 13, painted over graffiti at Puhi Regional Park, focusing on the interior walls of the men’s and women’s restrooms and exterior door of the men’s room.

“We are very grateful to the Boys and Girls Club for cleaning up the graffiti at Puhi Park,” said Lenny Rapozo, director of the Department of Parks and Recreation. “Hopefully, the vandals can learn from these fine young people about respecting public facilities.”

“It was a great opportunity for our members to bond and give back to the community,” said Lihue Clubhouse Director Asaka Herman.

The project was led by youth development specialist Grace Peralta, and paint and brushes were provided by the county’s Adopt-A-Park program.

For more information about the Adopt-A-Park program, call (808) 241-6623.

Photo: County of Kauai
Photo: County of Kauai

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Islamic State graffiti found on Druze memorial

Graffiti in Arabic praising the Islamic State terror group was found on a memorial monument for fallen Druze IDF soldiers along the Carmel Scenic Route, located east of the predominantly Druze village of Daliyat al-Karmel.

A similar graffiti was found nearby on a KKL-JNF monument.

Police launched an investigation into the incident. The graffiti was erased by city officials.

Last month, residents of Daliyat al-Karmel discovered four graffiti spray paintings of the word “Daesh” — an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State — near a soccer field in the city

In a separate incident, the words “Daesh is on the way” were found daubed in Arabic alongside an Israeli flag in the village of Bana’a, in the Galilee.

Rafik Halabi, head of the Daliyat al-Karmel council, urged police after last month’s incident to act quickly to apprehend those responsible for the graffiti, saying that “even if children did this as a prank, we are taking this incident very seriously,” the Israeli news site NRG reported. “The Druze community condemns this Islamic terrorist organization,” he said.

Although police are attempting to crack down on any show of support for the Islamic State, the group’s popularity appears to be on the rise within Israeli Arab communities, where the rebel group’s flag has been sighted in various places throughout Israel.

According to police and the Shin Bet internal security service, more than 30 Israeli Arabs have joined Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria.

Last week, tensions between Israeli Arabs and members of the Druze community soared after at least 26 people were injured in a brawl between some three dozen Muslim and Druze youths. The fight was allegedly over the security situation, which has seen recent tensions with Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank — in part over Israeli plans to step up building activity in the city’s eastern sector and religious tensions at the Temple Mount — spread to Israeli Arab communities after the police shooting of a 22-year-old man in Kafr Kanna on November 15.

Ten Israelis have been killed in Palestinian terrorist attacks in recent weeks, including two Druze police officers.

Members of the Druze community serve in the IDF and the Israeli Border Police, while members of the rest of Israel’s Arab community largely do not.

Earlier this week, Druze policeman Zidan Saif was killed in a gunfight with terrorists at a Jerusalem synagogue. Saif, 30, was the first officer on the scene of the attack in Har Nof, where two Palestinians from East Jerusalem, armed with a gun and cleavers, had already killed four worshipers. Saif was shot in the head in the shootout in which the two terrorists were killed. Evacuated in critical condition to a local hospital, he died of his wounds late Tuesday night.

The slain officer left behind a 21-year-old wife and a four-month-old daughter, along with his parents and five brothers. Saif’s uncle died fighting in the Israel Defense Forces during the 1982 Lebanon War.

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Pro-ISIS graffiti found on monument to fallen Druse soldiers

Pro-ISIS graffiti was sprayed on a monument to fallen Druse soldiers outside the Druse village of Dalyat al Carmel, Coastal District police said Saturday.

The graffiti, which read simply “ISIS”, was sprayed on a monument set up by the family of a fallen Druse soldier on the “Druse sons trail”, a series of hiking trails and bike paths that links Druse villages in the north. Similar graffiti also reading “ISIS” was sprayed on a Jewish National Fund marker on the Carmel Scenic Road.

Earlier this week, police arrested three teenagers suspected of spray-painting “ISIS” in the nearby Druse village of Usufiya. Coastal Police said they are treating that incident as a teenage prank. A spokesman for the district said Saturday that they aren’t convinced that the spray paint found on the monument to Druse soldiers is linked to ongoing tension between Druse and Muslims in recent weeks, rather that it is likely also either a prank or part of a personal feud. 

Over the past few months there has been a series of reports by police in the north of ISIS graffiti or flags seized by officers, as well as a number of cases in which Israeli Arabs have been arrested for traveling to Syria to fight alongside the Islamic State.

In early October, police in Upper Nazareth reported that workers in the city found 25 ISIS flags stashed in a bag in the city’s industrial zone. The flags all had plastic mountings to allow them to be affixed to car windows. Police said they had no idea what the owner of the flags planned to use them for.

In September, Israel officially banned the Islamic State and associating with it or anyone involved in the organization.

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Ouch! Reporter gets hit by flying skateboard

This reporter might want to wear a helmet the next time he visits a skate park for a story.

Mike Amor, the U.S. Bureau Chief for Australia’s 7 News, was hit by a flying, errant skateboard at a California skate park, and the Aussie reporer didn’t even see it coming.

He’s seen talking to the camera when a skateboarder loses control behind him and the board is sent flying like a honed-in missile to the back of Amor’s head.

He shakes it off pretty well, though, and a couple minutes later went on to finish doing his segment, according to 7News.

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Germans may face caning in Singapore if convicted of train graffiti

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Two Germans have been arrested in Malaysia and extradited to Singapore where they are suspected of spray-painting graffiti on a train, an offense that can carry the penalty of a jail term and caning.

Police said on Friday that the two men, both aged 21, were arrested late on Thursday. They were about to leave Kuala Lumpur for Australia.

The pair are suspected to have sprayed graffiti on a train in central Singapore shortly before leaving the country on Nov. 8. Police say they would be charged on Saturday.

Pictures in the media at the time showed a carriage with various painted letters and designs, but it was not exactly clear what they said.

Singapore, famous for its cleanliness, cracks down hard on even minor crimes like vandalism and has strict fines for littering.

The arrests come four years after Swiss national Oliver Fricker was sentenced to seven months in jail and three strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to cutting through the fence of a train depot and spray-painting graffiti on train carriages.

Singapore’s vandalism laws became global news in 1994 when American teenager Michael Fay was caned for damaging cars and public property, despite appeals for clemency from the United States government, including then president Bill Clinton.

(Reporting by Theodora D’Cruz and Rachel Armstrong; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Graffiti is an unfortunate fact of life. Source: News Limited

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Behind the Writing on the Stalls

“Well sung of Yore, a Bard of Wit/That some Folks read, but all Folks shit/But now the Case is alter’d quite/Since all who come to Boghouse write.”

So was written on a boghouse sometime in the early 18th century—a boghouse being a public toilet. An Englishman going by the pseudonym “Hurlo Thrumbo” collected this and other such vintage graffiti in his book The Merry Thought: Or, The Glass Window and the Bog-House, published in 1731.

This is far from the first recorded instance of someone scrawling a bit of mid-poo poetry—for example, the Roman poet Martial, who lived in the first century AD, totally zinged a rival writer with the suggestion that if he wanted to get published, he should go find a bathroom wall.

“If you aim at getting your name into verse, seek, I advise you, some sot of a poet from some dark den, who writes, with coarse charcoal and crumbling chalk, verses which people read as they ease themselves.”

An oft-cited 1983 study defines three categories of graffiti: Tourist graffiti (“John wuz here”), inner-city graffiti (like tagging and street art), and toilet graffiti (or “latrinalia” as it’s sometimes called in academic literature).

What makes toilet graffiti special, and worthy of its own entire category, is the uniqueness of the space in which people are writing. Public bathrooms are weird places. There’s a tension to doing private activities in a public space, with only the flimsiest of boundaries hiding some of our culture’s biggest taboos—genitals and bodily functions. Hence all the scatological and sexual prose that latrinalia often consists of: People are just deriving inspiration from their surroundings.

Public bathrooms are also (usually) gender-segregated, creating institutionalized single-gender spaces that you almost never see anywhere else. Perhaps because of this, most research on toilet graffiti has studied the differences between what men and women write in their respective stalls. Alfred Kinsey (yes, that Alfred Kinsey) was the first to do this, in the 1950s. He and his team found that men wrote more, and dirtier, things than women, who were more likely to write about romantic love.

“Kinsey and his colleagues suggested that women’s lesser tendency to produce erotic graffiti was due to their greater regard for moral codes and social conventions,” writes Nick Haslam, a professor of psychology at Melbourne University, in his book Psychology in the Bathroom.

These fairly stereotypical analyses persist in toilet graffiti studies over the years. Though some studies say women write just as much as men, men’s is typically seen as being more aggressive and more sexual, while women’s is more conversational and more likely to be about love. Though most bathroom graffiti research was done in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, a couple studies done in the past few years have found similar things.

Nicholas Matthews, a PhD candidate at Indiana University, was the lead author on a 2012 study that analyzed toilet graffiti in nine bars in a Midwestern town. He and his fellow researchers found that the most common type of graffiti was “presence-identifying” (just scrawling your name, for example), but men were identifying their presence more than women. Women, on the other hand, wrote more insults. Matthews explains this using evolutionary psychology, saying that boosting oneself up is a typical male mating strategy, whereas putting other women down is a classic female gambit.

These are tidy explanations, but if I can stop you from furiously scribbling a book proposal titled Women Draw Hearts, Men Draw Penises for just a moment, the difference between men’s and women’s bathroom graffiti isn’t necessarily indicative of hard-wired differences between the genders. The mere fact of being in a public bathroom could be skewing how people choose to present themselves when they uncap that Sharpie.

When a woman goes into a women’s restroom and finds herself surrounded by only women (in a room full of mirrors, no less), she may very well become hyper-aware of the fact that she is a woman. People might be putting on makeup, performing their gender, and behind closed doors, they’re dropping their pants. Meanwhile, next door in the men’s room, dudes are standing next to each other at the urinal, aggressively not making eye contact, trying to ignore the miasma of testosterone that I assume hangs in the air like a fog.

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‘ExhibitBe,’ New Orleans 5-story graffiti triumph, on view again Saturday (Nov …

 Saturday (Nov. 15), from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is the only opportunity to view â??ExhibitBE,â?? a five-story, collaborative graffiti environment that has sprung up in an unoccupied apartment complex at 3010 Sandra Drive, just off of General De Gaulle Boulevard on the West Bank. â??ExhibitBEâ?? front man Brandan Odums calls it â??the largest street art exhibit in the American south.â??

In case you missed last week’s debut of “ExhibitBe,” the five-story, block-long collaborative graffiti environment in the unoccupied apartment complex just off of General De Gaulle Boulevard in Algiers, it will be open once again from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, according to a posting on the ‘ExhibitBe” Facebook page. The site is located at 3010 Sandra Drive.

“ExhibitBE” mastermind Brandan Odums said that the event is once again free, though donations are welcome to help defer the costs of the public openings. Odums said that he and his collaborators hope to keep the site open each Saturday during New Orleans international art festival Prospect.3, which continues through January 25. 

Odums’ 2013 masterpiece “Project BE” was a series of enormous graffiti-style portraits of civil rights heroes painted inside of apartments in the ghostly, flood-ruined Florida housing development. It was a visual and conceptual triumph. The only trouble was that the public wasn’t permitted into the fenced apartment complex to view it.

In the months after “Project BE” came to a close, Odums discovered another graffiti magnet, a ruined apartment complex once known as De Gaulle Manor, where he began coating walls with the faces of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman and others. “ExhibitBE” might have remained as inaccessible as “Project BE,” if it weren’t for Bill Thomason.  

Thomason, a board member of the foundation that owns the dilapidated property, stumbled upon Odums’ new paintings as he inspected the apartment complex’s old recreation building. He was enchanted. Eventually, he was able to contact Odums.

Thomason said that the RDLN Foundation hopes to develop the project into an elaborate sports center with an enormous domed arena in the center. But, he said, he saw no need to immediately obliterate all of the paintings as the site was renovated. Better yet, he agreed to open the site temporarily to the public. Hotel owner and developer Sean Cummings sponsored the project. 

Participating artists are Ayo Scott, Rontherin Ratliff, Ana Hernandez, Wild Seeds, Ceaux Yung, 3, Jess, Swan, Rone, Meek 1, Uter, Dvote, Stevie, Devin, Pyro, Sion, Sneek, Phats, Temps, Knowla, Rype, Enemy, Candy Chang, Dapa, Tdoe, Alex G, Geo, Kate, Jeremy, Noble, Mrsa, Borbeaux, Paws, Marc Fresh, Melon, Doom, Bryson, Mario Padilla and Brandan Odums.

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Gang-related graffiti becoming problem in Muskegon; police say they’re …

MUSKEGON, MI — A rash of destructive graffiti in Muskegon has police cracking down on violators and letting residents know of their responsibilities in combating it.

The city has had about a dozen major gang-related graffiti cases in the last couple of weeks, said Muskegon Police Chief Jeffrey Lewis. Three arrest warrants were signed this week, and police are continuing stepped-up enforcement efforts.

Among the structures targeted by gangs marking their territory are relatively new buildings at the city’s Smith-Ryerson Park and a home under renovation in the Marsh Field neighborhood that has been hit multiple times, police said.

“Obviously, it’s a messaging system for these so-called gangs,” Lewis said. “It’s a tagging or marking of a territory. It’s something I take seriously because of the negative effects of what graffiti does.”


Here are tips from the Muskegon Police Department on fighting graffiti:

• Call 911 to report acts of graffiti vandalism in progress. Call Silent Observer, (231) 72-CRIME,  if you know of any perpetrators. 

• Report graffiti to police before removing it so photographs can be taken. Then promptly remove graffiti with solvent or cover up with paint. Tell the police if you need help removing graffiti.

• Prevent your property from becoming a target by planting bushes, preferably thorny ones, in front of fences and buildings. Increase lighting, add motion-activated lights and consider painting fences and buildings a dark color.

The city’s Department of Public Works takes care of graffiti on city buildings such as those at Smith-Ryerson, which Lewis said “really got nailed,” and at Oakwood Cemetery. But it’s citizens’ responsibility to remove graffiti from homes, garages and fences.

City ordinance requires that police officers inform owners of their responsibility to remove graffiti, and that such graffiti must be removed within 24 hours.

The city works with low-income property owners to obtain paint — donated by Port City Paint — to cover up graffiti, police said. It also can line up work crews to do the work for property owners with disabilities.

Lewis said getting graffiti removed immediately is key in combating it. Eventually, the vandals “just quit doing it,” he said. Graffiti that’s not removed encourages vandals to leave even more of it and contributes to overall blight, police said.

Graffiti was repeatedly left on a home under renovation in the Marsh Field area despite the owner’s work to cover it up, police said. A police stakeout resulted in the arrest of a suspect, according to police.

Those arrested are charged with malicious destruction of property, Lewis said. Depending on how much damage they cause — including in multiple cases — vandals can face a felony charge, netting them significant time in prison, police said.

“If you damage enough property, you can ruin the rest of your life,” Lewis said.

Lynn Moore covers the city of Muskegon for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email her at and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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