Monday, December 27, 2010

Weird Beard.

Painted this for Jerimiah Smith.
He rips when he skates.
Bravetown dude.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I need to find that charger.

I hate camera phones.

Secret People.

I got into this band because I was looking through the distro at React! and I liked the cover art of this 7". Something about old halloween masks really gets me. I checked out the bands blog and listened to some of the songs and watched a few videos of them playing and was pretty into it. They remind me of some of the bands in the late 90's/early 2000's that were kind of faster old style hardcore but with a little more art direction (Panic and Horror Show come to mind a bit, maybe a little more straight forward early Ceremony?). Either way I enjoy this 7".

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

REAL rekonyze REAL.

There ain't any words.

The Yard Wolves.

Still painting a whole bunch. I don't do art shows so it seems kind of pointless.

Fuck right the hell off.

Monday, December 20, 2010

It's Your Time.

Not a lot of hardcore kids seem to read my blog. So I'll leak the drawing for the 7" Noose is putting out on React! Records. Leave comments and let me know if you like it or hate it, or if you hate me or love me.

I've always loved Raymond Pettibon's drawings for Black Flag and The Minutemen. They seem bleak and urgent and not too over thought. I was struggling with a concept for our 7" and after talking with vocalist Bucky about different ideas and looking through various books I have documenting the history of hardcore trying to get inspired. I decided on the image because it contains the Noose and seemed simple enough. There's an obvious nod to "Everything Went Black" in there, and I wanted to identify with that era of hardcore punk.

Since we're a vegan straight edge band, people might think we are going to sound like Earth Crisis or something, but if you listen to us it's hard to come up with bands like Earth Crisis as an influence. So I wanted to distance us from that as much as I could. I'm trying to keep the band as unpolished as possible, and keep things in the spirit of early bands and the early feeling of hardcore, because I feel like there's too much emphasis on bands and music as a product. I hate how merch has become such an important part of hardcore and somehow I feel like the meaning of music gets lost in the mean time. Which is a strange coincidence because this drawing is going to be on a record that people will buy... but hopefully it can be considered art by some and not just some product that is purchased and then put in a bin and forgotten.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Star Gazer.

Matt Bivetto sent me this painting... pretty awesome. I hung it next to my Max Schaaf 4Qconditioning/Real deck... awesome gas tank/motorcycle helmet fish scale style paint job on that deck.

He sent some flash too. I gotta send him something soon.


Seems like I never get to draw for fun. Drew this for Kicked In, they didn't even ask me, they might not even use it. Just remembering how much I loved drawing punk rock cartoon characters as a kid and was in the mood.

Got a package from Matt Bivetto... post pictures of that stuff next. Be patient.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Two of my favorite things...

Chicago lacks good coffee shops. Honestly Intelligencia isn't the best coffee since Juan Perez so Chicago can suck it in that department. Fuel is still awesome, even if River West is becoming a gentrified shell of it's glory days... but at least it seems to be a place where my friends kids can grow up. If I had unlimited time and money I'd turn my dad's FT 500 into a track bike and try racing next season. A man can dream. I'm still gonna ride up for RockerBox... Fuck the winter.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


My camera's battery is dead and I can't find the charger since the move.

I painted this sheet of flash and this guy from Australia wanted to get the reaper.

Bill gave me this Turning Point 7" and made my day.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Lake Effect-No One Listens, No One Cares. (Selected Discography)

Lake Effect was a band I started after talking with my good friend Drew about how no one was playing power violence anymore and that Spazz and Crossed Out were my two favorite bands, he agreed that it'd be cool to do a band like that and since our old Carry On/Buried Alive rip off band had just broken up we were free to write some songs and have fun with it. We wrote Forget the Pit, and then it occurred to us that neither of us had ever played and sang at the same time before, but it literally took us 15 minutes of playing the song to get it passable. We wrote some other songs and one of the guys from People Again recorded our demo in Drew's basement. The band was basically about straight edge, skating, and hating everyone. We played a show in Milwaukee with Voetsek with only three songs, I did alot of talking in between songs and making an ass of myself to kill time.

From that point on the scene elite of Milwaukee never asked us to play a show again, but we crashed pretty much every show we could, thanks to Protestant. I'm proud to say that we are one of the few local bands that has had a pit going at the UWM student union, which is quite a feat considering the Milwaukee scene at that point was a bunch of old dudes that would get mad at kids for moshing because they might spill their 40 of shitty beer they picked up before the show. Lake Effect was the antithesis of whatever that lame ass attitude was. We toured shortly after that; playing Lawrence, KS, Tucson, AZ, Phoenix, AZ, LA (Ryan San Martin booked most of the LA shows for us, later formed Rhino Charge), and Oakland. LA was where we met Ryan San Martin for the first time and he was a huge supporter of our band and a good friend. It should be noted that Joe Harder also got us on a show at the Cobalt out in LA. Oakland was cool because that's where Paul Barfo met us, videotaped our set and started talk of doing a split with us. We also met Hostile Takeover and we chilled hard with those guys and became good friends with them, Rich went on to be in In Disgust and has been solid ever since.

I moved from the midwest and didn't do Lake Effect for awhile. Until I started booking shows in Tucson and needed a band to open them, me and Tyler were friends and he knew the demo so we played as Lake Effect for a show I booked for All Your Colleges Are Dead and Antlers. We played alot of shows and recorded another demo, did the Godstomper split, and the Signs of Impending Doom comp. We flew to the midwest to play with the Effigies and Weekend Nachos in Champaign, IL and did afew shows in Milwaukee. We did a west coast tour with Protestant and Rhino Charge in 2007. The tour was awesome even if the shows were sometimes poorly attended and I had to drive my Honda Accord full of dudes with no A/C the whole time since Tyler didn't have a drivers license. Playing with Crime Desire was pretty rad, and sharing part of the tour with Loser Life was pretty cool too but getting to see Rhino Charge and Protestant play everyday took the cake.

After that tour we started recording the Bizarre X split 7". We did the Intro, My World, and Sickmind (which I think was one of our best songs and the newer songs like Human Hate and Halfman Machine would have been awesome if Tyler would have stuck around.) for that 7" and the drums for the other songs in my living room on my computer. Then Tyler bugged out and I didn't see much of him from that point on. I finished the songs alone and put the record out myself on my own label called Cabin Fever. I got 300 but probably only sold about 100. I did screen printed covers with my own artwork on them and the rest are in a box at my mom's house with no covers or anything. That's how the band ended, though I talked about doing a final show with John Caution of Weekend Nachos and Cyborg on drums but that never happened. There was also talk of doing a Bastard Noise type thing with Septic Surge that never materialized. The last thing that we put out was My World on the Product of Six Cents comp. The band just died.

So here are most of the songs Lake Effect recorded. I omitted some that I thought would be redundant to include, or that sound horrible. The first three are pretty much the last stuff Tyler and I recorded together before he disappeared to do Alters. Tracks 14 to 17 are from the first demo that I did with Drew drumming and doing vocals. Love it or hate it, this band was pretty much all me and whoever I could convince to drum at the time and was one of the most awesome things I've ever been part of. I know alot of people probably don't care but if I don't tell the bands story no one will.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Lakai- Mariano All Weather Hi Top.

I don't ever really post about shoes ever. I've always thought of men that are into clothing for the most part are Sally's, and grown men that are into shoes/shoe collecting are kind of the top of the pile of Sally's (with few exceptions.). Especially people who collect Dunks, A:) Dunks usually look like Juggalo gear. B:) Dunks were how Nike finally infiltrated my beloved skateboarding by making limited runs of these damn shoes available only at skate shops which helps skate shops get that sneaker nerd dollar, but hurts me because I have to wade through crowds of kooks to pick up a deck or wheels. C:) most Nikes aren't vegan.

I've always worn Vans, or Emerica's for the most part when it comes to shoes for skating. Any Ed Templeton shoe on Emerica is vegan and he's a skater I always admired. Geoff Rowley XLT's were good but that dude sold out vegetarianism so they tend to not be vegan friendly anymore (typical Protestant maneuver.). I wore out my last pair of Ed's and needed new shoes so I went to Uprise to get a new pair. Despite being one of the only core shops in Chicago, and one of the only real skate shops that has as deep of roots in skating in the midwest, Uprise is pretty much the center of Nike SB in Chicago, Dread (owner) had a god damn custom Blazer made for him and the shop by Nike. On top of this Uprise never seems to have the vegan friendly shoes I like to skate, though that's not their fault, they just carry what sells. So going into it I was prepared to walk out of there with no shoes to skate.

After looking through the bargain shoes and perusing the shoe wall I had hit a dead end... until I noticed these baby's!

Vegan friendly, high grade Nubuck synthetic suede, and a fuckin' Hi Top! Also a Guy Mariano pro model, (the only Italian I respect) and pretty comfortable. The real test came later that night when I skated street. The most comfortable and natural feeling shoes I've skated in some time. I could really feel the board well and for flipping the board these shoes are on point. They also have the look and feel of old style Jordans which from what I remember were pretty good skate shoes even if they weren't intended for that purpose. I never thought of myself as a Lakai person, but if they keep making these shoes this way I might become one.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Real Free.

I've been painting alot. Trying to keep the winter depression off of my back.

I'm gonna probably be gone for two weeks in January so that will help alot. Skate with the homies and do some tattoos on some of my Arizona clinetele.

Keep the faith.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Kicked In-Demo.

This is another KC band that I like seeing play. It's a lot more of a modern youth crew meets 80's NYHC style band, which I find refreshing seeing as a lot of bands these days seem to write songs that have none of the guts of old style hardcore. This band is made up of good dudes that write good songs to get buck wild to.

Sex Prisoner- Demo/7"

This band is some friends of mine from Tucson, they were young kids when I was doing shows and playing in Lake Effect but they've definitely created some powerviolence that makes me jealous that the Effect didn't sound more like this... They have harder mosh breaks than Weekend Nachos and the vocals are a perfect Crossed Out impersonation; throw in some Man is the Bastard noise and that's a good idea of what Sex Prisoner is all about. I'm stoked on their use of imagery from the Russian Criminal Tattoo book series. Download this and then go buy the 7" from To Live A Lie records, or from the band.

Monday, November 29, 2010

No Class- Demo.

This KC band is one of the best hardcore bands in the midwest. The sound is very 80's but with some Japanese style riffs thrown in to keep it catchy without being poppy. When we played with them in KC at Bandwagon Merch their live show reminded me of '82 era Circle Jerks, which is probably one of the best compliments I can give. They've got an LP on Derranged now, but here's the demo. Which apparently is entirely written about singer Neil's ex girlfriend, which normally I don't back, but you have to love lines like "The way you treat me is like a hate crime." which goes far beyond relationships and I find myself relating to in my daily life more than I should admit. Enjoy.

Next time, Sex Prisoner's 7".

Fancy That.

Protecting the secrets.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Can't get an Angle.

Things been getting darker earlier.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Fantasy Football League.

I took my Honda bobber to my buddy Zack's in Waukegan to see about welding a tailpipe on it. He's a fabricator/mechanic/pinstriper/maniac and has alot of skill with a torch. He says to me "Yeah I could give the pipe a fish tail too if you want." I told him afew other things that have been bugging me about the bike, namely that it's a bobber but the guy that had it before me was trying to make it look like some sort of chopper and that the chop job on the frame was pretty budget.

Next thing I know I start getting photos like these sent to me...

Looks like I won't have as much work cut out for me this winter as I planned. Though I'm sure I can think of more stuff to tweak.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Bark at the Moon.

This was a cool neck piece I got to do.

Swing Gate.

Copped this Bob Shaw swing gate off of Bill Palister. It was running with no capacitor and was quite a killer so I re-sprung it and put a capacitor on it and now it's running smooth as can be.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

10/10/10- Poison Planet.

Poison Planet's set from 10/10/10. Their vocalist Nick set up the show and does Third Party Records.

10/10/10- Razor Fade

The edge unity continues with my brothers Razor Fade.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Charm City.

Just some pictures I took on my cellphone at Charm City in Baltimore.

Nothing Earned.

The Young Blood showcase trip was pretty awesome, I didn't get many photos though. I have some instants i took that need to be scanned. There was like a dozen kids from Chicago there and that really helped us get a good reaction for our set and it was awesome that Chicago came and represented like that in Baltimore. I wish I could have gotten more crew shots of the other kids but that show was pretty hectic.

This dog is named Jenny and she rules.

We bought some fireworks in PA but didn't get around to lighting them off. In Milwaukee we were shooting bottlerockets out of the open van doors as we were going down the highway.

Nate from Closing In did our merch, and drove long distances late at night like a terminator.

Joey started skating again on this trip.

Kyle doesn't skate.

Some of the Indianapolis kids showed up to skate the park with us.

Bucky was pretty battle torn from the weekend.

Nate was kicking it and killing it... best back 50/50 around.

And on that note...