Archive for March, 2012
Element Advocate Mike Kershnar went to Brazil recently with The Keep Abreast Foundation. While there, he got to engage in his two favorite activities, skateboarding and painting in the streets. Check out this lil video by Alexandre of 100% Skateboarding featuring Mike and Element Brazil’s Mancha.
This morning I stumbled across a polaroid I took not so long ago, and was reminded how much I love to look at it. Specifically, Because it transports me to the time and place it was taken. As skateboarders we all know this feeling; the vibration of not-so-smooth asphalt massaging the soles of your feet accompanied by the rattling hum of a loose bolt or two. This feeling is priceless, and should never be taken for granted. Go skateboard, you will not regret it if you live.
Element Advocate, Loren Humphrey and his band Guards are going to SXSW, and playing a jam packed schedule (listed below). And while you’re there, don’t forget to check out the Thrasher Death Match with live bands and a mini-ramp. The event’s sponsored by Converse, so our very own Julian Davidson will be there. If you’re in town, enjoy the music and mayhem, and we’ll see you there.
Loren Humphrey (Guards drummer) originally wrote and recorded the song “I See It Coming” for MAKE IT COUNT, The Element Story (chapter 4). Guards then reshaped and rerecorded the song, including lyrics written by Richie Follin. The song became one of the top singles on the band’s first EP, and was their first official music video. The video was shot in a mortuary, with an orchestra playing the live instruments which were originally multi-tracked. The end result is nothing short of amazing.
Guards are Richie Follin and Loren Humphrey of Willowz, along with MGMT‘s James Richardson and Madeline Follin of Cults. Loren has worked closely with Element for years, creating all sorts of exclusive music, including the MAKE IT COUNT soundtrack, the music for the FUTURE NATURE and RISE & SHINE trailers, a slew of commercials and look-book videos, and all of the music used for the MAKE IT COUNT Contest Series for the past three years.
For more information on Guards, visit them HERE, you can even download their EP for free.
And when you have time, check out their live performance on MTV HERE, with Loren and Richie rocking some Element Emerald gear! The two later came by the Element Emerald launch party at Saturdays in New York, as seen below with Johnny Schillereff (Element Founder).
Guards on the SXSW schedule, and details below.
Tuesday 3/13 WHITE IRIS PARTY 8:45pm @ Parkside 301 E.6th St.
Thursday 3/15 SMALL PLATES / ULTRA 8201 PARTY 2:15pm @ Lovejoys 604 Neches St.
Thursday 3/15 DEATH & TAXES PARTY 6:00pm @ Cheer Up Charlies 1104 E.6th St.
Thursday 3/15 WINDISH AGENCY SHOWCASE / PURE VOLUME HOUSE 9:00pm @ ND Studios 501 North IH-35
Friday 3/16 FLOATING FEST / HYPE MACHINE PARTY 10:00pm @ Hype Hotel 504 Trinity St.
Saturday 3/17 BROOKLYN VEGAN / PARTISAN PARTY 5:00pm @ Hotel Vegas 1500 E.6th St.
Saturday 3/17 CHEVROLET SOUNDSTAGE 11:45pm @ 612 E.6th St.
Photo credit: Amber B Dianda
The Beantown Sundown was a wonderful art and skate filled night at Orchard Skateshop in Boston.
Upstairs, three rooms were filled with alters, fine art and found items by Element Advocate and artist Mike Kershnar. Included were copies of Kershnar’s latest ‘zine, which contains a short story inspired by Boston’s history and skate scene. Click below to download the ‘zine.
Downstairs, Donny Barley, PJ Ladd and Levi Brown signed autographs for visitors and guests.
Vibes were high in the Orchard gallery and everyone was stoked to have Donny Barley, PJ Ladd, Levi Brown, and Panama Dan on hand. Peep the ‘zine, and get out there and get creative in the streets.
CLICK HERE to see a gallery of photos from the night.
Elemental Awareness has supported Nathan Gray in his ventures to take skateboarding to the children of India, Israel, Jordan and now Tunisia. . PUSH Tunisia is a skateboard ‘artivism’ project which features a multi-national group of skateboarders, street artists, and volunteers on a trip to Tunisia, eleven months after the revolution. Now in the final stages of the project, he and his organization, the bedouins, need your help. CLICK HERE to find out more about the project and how you can help.