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Andre the Giant has a snowboard posse

On the same time frame as when i bought my first twin shaped snowboard (which completely revolutionized what we could do on the slopes, after years of riding directional boards) i also sent a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to a guy in art school for one of his stickers. While skating around Boston friends and i started seeing these stickers of Andre the Giant popping up, especially around the best places to skate (we too, were maybe putting up some stickers of our own… or maybe not… depends on who’s asking… if you’re a cop you have to tell us, right?!?!). In some ‘zine i was reading i saw an PO box address to mail the artist to get one of his stickers… so i did. A few weeks later i received my envelope back with a sticker and a manifesto about what this social experiment was. Andre the Giant has a posse! i take stickers very seriously, always have. So i put this sticker on the most valuable possession i had as a teenager: my first ever modern shaped snowboard!

The artist’s name is Shepard Fairey, and i remain a fan of his work to this day. His art now graces some of the walls of my home and helped lead to a bizarre series of events that culminated in me getting my mother to come to a Henry Rollins show! For Christmas i bought my wife the ornament that is a recreation of the Earth orb Shepard Fairey displayed hanging from the Eiffel Tower. In the shipping box his company Obey Giant added several stickers, including one re-print of that first iconic posse sticker. So now, decades later, my most recent snowboard - from the snowboard shop i own, has that same sticker gracing it. We have to grow older but we don’t have to ever grow up. Andre the Giant has a posse!

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My Rules - GEF

If you don't know who Glen E Friedman is well fuck... get on the internets to learn because you've been looking at his pictures for years, then come back and join the rest of us here. GEF's pictures have been a huge part of skateboarding throughout it's history, and his pictures of the hardcore movement and early hip hop have been just as iconic.  His latest photo book "My Rules" will be carried here in the shop. To add to my anticipation they've put out this video teaser.  Ian MacKaye has been a huge inspiration to me throughout my life so to see these two giving some back story to a few of the photos has got me even more anxious to get the delivery to the shop.

 

-tom

Skateboarding and the Olympics

i think i just threw up a little in my mouth while watching this:

 

i could not be more against the idea of skateboarding in the Olympics. Snowboarding in the Olympics has brought about a schism in the community. It has surely helped the industry and has benefited those who participate in the Olympics greatly but at the cost of the soul of snowboarding. There will always be a strong movement in snowboarding for those who practice the ART of snowboarding but there is definitely a significant jock factor that has also come into play.

Skateboarding is an art! i will always hold true to this belief.  Despite the incredible technicality and physicality associated with skateboarding the participants, to a large extent, have stayed true to the creative aspects of skateboarding. In dress, in lifestyle, and in attitude skateboarding has fought since day one against the status quo and conformity. Can you see skateboarders wearing team uniforms like the Olympic snowboarders? Those jean-print snow pants from a few Olympics ago were truly a low point in snowboard culture.

i could go on and on but i suppose i am not going to change anybody's mind here.  i've either supported your ideals or you disagree completely. i also realize that skateboarding in the Olympics would probably help my business, but i would rather struggle along than see this thing that has saved my life lose some of it's soul.

For the sake of it's culture and for the sake of it's soul i hope skateboarding is never a part of the Olympics.

-tom

Don't Getcha Hopes Up - Year 1 Down

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Been a busy month around here with sales & getting all the new snowboard gear set up in shop. We kicked the month off with an art show as part of Portland's First Friday Art Walk. October 4th marked the 1st annual Don't Getcha Hopes Up show put together by Skeet Vanderchuck & LBS.  Thanks to everyone who participated and for anyone interested in taking part, mark your calendar - 1st Friday in October - 2nd annual.

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The art will be coming down in the next week, but if you're over by 72 Oak Street have a look. Thanks to everyone who came on through, thanks to the artists, Skeet & Sarah and everyone else who helped out. See you October 2014!

-Sarah

Creature & Scarecrowoven

SO4 Who doesn't enjoy the distinct styling and aesthetic of Creature Skateboards?  They ripped it up in the recent C.S.F.U. video and i love seeing their graphics grace our board wall, even though they never seem to stay up there long before someone comes and snatches them up.  i'd really like to try one of them some day but unfortunately i have yet to find a Creature 7.75, damn my narrow board preferences.

Creature's recent The Ritual 3D board series is a huge hit, leaving many shops (including us) scrambling to try and get in a 2nd round of them after the 1st sold in just a couple days.  While waiting for the 2nd shipment to arrive the mystical folklore surrounding the Creature Ritual Series deepened.  We discovered that the series artist, one Scarecrowoven, lives in Maine!

Sarah, the LBS Queen of Media, got on the case and made contact with the mythical figure known only as Scarecrowoven. Unlike the yeti or the North Pond Hermit, Scarecrowoven actually uses the internet and was kind enough to agree to stop by our shop and sign a couple of the Creature decks graced with his graphics. (Check out his site here, and look him up on IG @scarecrowoven)

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"Signed" turns out to be an understatement of what transpired on the 7th of May, Year of our Lord 20 and 13. As it turns out Scarecrowoven is a great guy and rather than just uncap a sharpie he came equipped with brush and paints.  We had a fun time chatting it up with him as he painted his signature on 2 of the Creature decks from his The Ritual 3D series. We at Long's Board Shop are psyched to have met him and are excited to now have available not just those 2 impressively signed Creature decks but a few of his T-shirts as well. Come and get them you Creature Fiends!

-tom

(If you can't make it here before these go home with someone we also have his Skelegore Tshirt for sale at the shop!)

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