Hella Shitty

Texas is the Reason (Heavy congrats to the future Ortiz Family!)

ImageThe famous “mini ramp ditch” is way steeper than it looks.ImageWasn’t aware of the bowled corners- Pat just getting warmed up.  ImageThis thing is ridiculous.  Why does it exist?  Who was cool enough to make this?  Why is El Paso so forward thinking on making functional necessities skate-able?  Who cares, this shit rules!ImageView from within- didn’t realize there was a bail shot going on.  It would suck to get hurt here and have to climb a series of 2-3 ft. stairs getting out of here.  ImageKurt- hip ollie to tail.  Good job on the driving and hooking everything up too!ImageThe man of the hour, Joel Ortiz- FSO.ImageOh yeah, we’re in Texas!  Right behind this building on the freeway lies Juarez, Mexico.  It looked so rad at night all lit up, but wasn’t really worth the potential shanking or beheading to go check it out.ImageHere’s one we didn’t get to skate in Socorro, NM- next time for sure.  ImageHere’s the Dyrdek street plaza- good for a warm up before we went to the gladiator-esque bowl/damn thing.  (Sorry, this is out of order.)ImageSolid posse.ImageThis was a really funny David Lynch feeling restaurant/dive bar my friend Haylee suggested.  It delivered and the creepy atmosphere was just as she’d described.  Chad lurking.ImageThis is me doing a no-comply in front of a military base at a rad spot called the “tidy bowl”.  Knowing this was the last spot of the trip and fearing heat stroke I purposely snapped my board to avoid heat stroke.  It had nothing to do with being mad, that’s just the only way to make yourself stop skating sometimes.  Sorry if that weirded anyone out.  ImageLocal ripper- frontside 50-50.ImageThis thing is crazy tall- I’m standing on the deck of an already deep bowl while taking this shot.  Kurt scratches one.  ImageThis dude’s grip tape skills were on point…Image…and, of course, he was rad as hell.  El Paso may seem like a shithole to some people, but we had a blast and skated tons of rad shit.  Go see for yourself, I know I’ll be going back for more.  ImageAll this was in the name of Mr. Joel Ortiz getting married- congrats, buddy.  Stoked to have gone on this trip and every single person who came- it was nothing but laughter and shredding and that’s pretty much all that matters…




Brave Kid Jump

ImageJoel Ortiz- backside 180ImageMike Sanchez- kickflipImageHeavy foundation seshImageSome dude, backside disaster ph- OrtizImageMike- crooked grindImageRay’s got pop.ImageMarcos Nieves- frontside noseslide with style.ImageRio Bravo gets lurked hard.ImageKurt- frontside feebleImageWesman and MikeyImageRay Chavez shifty the nip.ImageRay again- boneless oneImagePat McDougal- back d

Promised Land


I like that the term “punk” can be so objective.  When I think of the word mohawks and all that bullshit are simply not in the picture.  The picture above is what I think of- taking time to make something you’re proud of all on your own (or with friends, of course).  I’ve gushed over the band Acidic Tree in the past and simply love how SSF Tapes and Acidic Tree go about things.  I ordered their new tape for a whopping 3 dollars the other day and received this rad package a few days later.  Using a box of Mike & Ike’s for a package?  So rad!  The tape case being a tiny, yellow package with screen printed cover and lyrics on the inside?  Genius.  Only 70 of these exist in the entire world, so you may think about ordering one from the SSF link as soon as you see this.  Macklin over there rules and I promise to get you some more Shark Baits, homie!!!  Seriously support endeavors like this whenever you can, they’re doing all the right things.  ImageKing Tuff probably isn’t very punk these days, but this was a good show and I don’t want to be one of those assholes over analyzing it.  Sub Pop is pretty corny and his new record is out on their label, but I just bought the tape (Burger Records!  Total fun punks) so didn’t feel like I was giving them any of my money.Image

Audacity, on the other hand, would fall under exactly what I want music to be.  From what I can tell they’re young and fucking stoked!  It’s a little nicer to find a younger band that hasn’t become jaded and grumpy like, say, a band that was my age.  It’s still summer and I don’t want to hear about the election and how corporations are ruining America blah blah blah when I’m trying to rock out.  Audacity are also on Recess Records, which is pretty much the advanced version of SSF and good people worth supporting.  Thanks for coming here and especially thanks to the kids dancing around like retards- I’m willing to admit when I’m wrong and not dancing like a retard was a total waste of time, so I joined in (with a big ol’ grin).  ImageOn the non-music DIY front: things have been going pretty heavy down at the old foundation.  We built this “Euro-gap” and bank which will eventually lead to a flat bar, and already have plans of what the next things built will be.  Old dudes working their asses off during the weekend in the Summer heat is pretty damn punk too- all for the sake of playing with toys and giggling like schoolgirls.  I’m really happy with all the progress and being a part of it, for a more in depth look into this project and other radness go here.

Also a new web shop!


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The Smash Promo

Maybe you’ve seen this, maybe you haven’t, either way; here it is (again).

Suburban scumbags they don’t care just get fat and dye their hair.


Welcome to the new blog for all all things Shark Bait ‘zine, Smash Skates, shows, art, and whatever else I feel like putting up.  You can always check the old blog for years of old content, just wasn’t feeling blogspot too much anymore… Updates coming soon.

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