Jessup grip tape put out a challenge that was graciously excepted by myself which was to construct a ball solely composed of grip tape, and then capture it in its best light. These images are to be judged and voted on by the general public and the image with the most votes would be rewarded with grip tape for life. Quite a prize if you ask me. Since knowledge of this challenge was brought to my attention I have been keeping every piece of grip trimmings that I could gather mustering up a pretty hefty ball if I do say so my self. After this initial step was completed, I needed to figure out a way to present to the world the creation I had masterminded for nearly a month. It was a convenient fact that I had the Eastern Skateboard Supply indoor skate park along with some incredibly talented skaters who shared this hour with me for lunch. I took advantage of both of these opportunities and grabbed my lens and snapped some shot to share with you the "Grip Ball Session". Sit back and enjoy the grippy goodness that resulted.
JAH Bless y'all and thank you for the continuous support of this site. Beauty Out of Babylon is committed to the skateboarding community and I look forward to bringing to the forefront more core and radical skateboarding in the future for all of you out there. Shred on homies
Oh man Oh man every single one of you who is reading this is in for a real treat. Michael Carson riding for Bear Trucks and California Bonzing Skateboards has just dropped an edit of him absolutely d.e.s.t.r.o.y.i.n.g San Fransisco, a terrain that is not easily tamed. Michael tames this bear of a city riding Bear's of his own and the Bonzing Da Kine model. Notice how Mike blends and incorporates skills from nearly every skateboarding discipline currently known to man. A man with a mustache like that needs gear to match its burliness, and with an epic combo like this I think he has achieved that requirement. Peep this instant classic and clear some time on your nightly schedule to re-watch it over and over again. So stoked on this one.
Thanks for checkin' out my site and I encourage you once again to get out and support your local shops. JAH Bless!
Its inevitable, every single new magazine I snag I always flip through the entire issue from cover to cover carefully scanning and scrutinizing the images which are methodically laid out before me. This is instinctual to me just as migration is to a Canadian Goose and I know there are many of you out there who share this same primordial addiction. This is not to say that the power of the written articles are lost on me but there is just simply something very special about visual displays of our art. Its so beautiful. With this being said I am going to shut up and display some visuals of the skating I've done and experienced in the past few days. More Photo Editorials to come because long live the word skippers.
Thank you for taking the time to peruse these photographs and I hope they wet your own appetite to get out and shred. Go skate everything and enjoy all that our past time has to offer. JAH Bless y'all and get out there and support your local shops and help promote and control the skateboard scene in your neck of the woods.
All photos by Bill Dunn except the Robby Johns sequence.
Bringing people together is one of the things skateboarding does best. This is accomplished on a day to day level of just getting together with the homies to go for a rip or in a more organized fashion like an event or contest. Since Beauty Out of Babylon is all about this comin' together of all skaters, I wanted to share a little contest being put on by the good people over at Jessup Grip tape. These homies have been in the game for over 30 years so you know their product has been taken around the block at least once or twice. In an effort to help out everyday shredders Jessup has put up a killer prize of free grip tape for life to the individual who submits the best photo of their grip ball. So how do you go about applying for the opportunity to be judged the best looking ball you may be asking your self right now and the answer is a very simple one. You will need to take a photo of the ball in question and head on over to Jessup's Facebook page where the digital visual is to be uploaded allowing skaters of the world to view and vote on their favorite. This is a limited time contest ending on Halloween so if you want your chance to win you better start polishing up your balls and thinking of how to display them in their best light.
I want to see your balls just as bad as Jessup does so make sure to tag Beauty Out of Babylon in your post's so I will get my chance to glance too! Like us on Facebook and make sure to give us a follow on da 'gram as well @beautyoutofbabylon. I am going to flash my ball to the world so if you want that image stuck in your head, you better get on the social media ship and sail away with us!
For any questions regarding any official rules or what have you, jet on over to Jessup's webpage where everything is all lined out. Get involved and help tighten the Skate Community even more by participating in contests like this one as well as getting out and becoming an active member of your local scene as well. JAH Bless y'all and good luck showing Jessup some ball love!
One of the main reason's I started this site was to help bring skateboarding to the masses on a deeper level then is normally presented to them. In this pursuit I have embarked on a mission to "Shreducate" skaters on topics that will aid them in their plank riding en devours. With that clarified, I know that I do not hold the single key to enlightenment in this area but quite the contrary. There are tons of shredders out there who are pushing the limits on the engineering side of skateboarding to help over come problems that modern riders are encountering in their habitual hiatus'. One of these individuals is Venom Bushings CEO Zak Maytum. Zak is an incredibly talented rider but he may be an even more incredible wizard of urethane due to his unrelenting desire to possess the best possible equipment under his feet.
Recently Zak put out a video with not only a similar name as this segment, but also a similar goal of helping others enjoy this art form to its fullest. He tackled the issue of slop that occurs within the truck its self and what causes this negative action along with some modern advancements to greatly reduce slop. Take 5 minutes and listen up to these words of wisdom being imparted to you by one of the best in the bizzz....
I highly recommend Venom's not only as an awesome choice for any and all urethane components, but also as a Community Committed, skater owned and operated company who is involved in the downhill scene and is looking to progress and provide new opportunities for anyone interested in going fast!
JAH Bless y'all and get out and show some love to your skateboard today!
Those of you who are seasoned vets around the downhill skate scene inevitably have heard the name Bonzing tossed around and perhaps there are those of you who have been or are currently lucky enough to rip one of their sleds around your local terrain. A company only goes as far as their product takes them, and if there is even an ounce of truth in this statement, Bonzing is going to be steady mobbin' the skate scene in no time. Founded in 2006 out in the beautiful skate wonderland that is San Francisco by Austin Graziano, Bonzing saw a need for a quality board that would stand up to any and all abuse that the rider could dish out. Their line up of boards is really a product of their environment. San Fran is home to some of the premiere street surfing spots in the world. Not many places match the flowing lines that seem to offer endless feature after feature all the while maintaining a degree of incline allowing gravity to have its way. "If you aren't sliding, you're thinking about sliding" is a quote I heard Dave Tannaci say regarding this skate mecca's one of a kind slopey set up. Bonzing was molded by this ideal along with the wave like drive ways, the humps, and the macking concrete monsters that they lived amongst. Bonzing embodies the "Skate Everything" mentality and produce sleds right here in the good ol' USofA with sustainably harvested maple. As a Certified B Corp, they hold their business practices to a higher standard, looking at the big picture environmentally, locally, and socially rather then simply seeking advancement up the corporate ladder. Bonzing wants their products to help preserve the environment, not tear it down. Beginning as a group of artists, these skateboards are heavy in allowing this to transpire into their riding and especially in the graphics displayed on each board. Each board is in every literal sense a piece of art, designed individually by someone passionate about what they are doing. Each board that is sold, a proceed is given directly back to the artist and shaper of the sled allowing them to continue to help push and progress skateboarding. This company is the epitome of skateboarding progression as an art form and deserve a ton of credit for helping to push the skate community as a whole while really maintaining a close relationship with their home town crew as well.
I wanted to give you folks at home a closer look at some of these amazing sleds that are coming out of SF by the Bonzing crew so that you can see the craftsmanship and intelligent presence of mind that went into the shape and construction of each model. Take some time to read up on this unique quiver aimed to please any and all riding types and styles!
Thank you for taking the time to read up on a company who is seeking to make changes while progressing our art form in the best and most expressive direction possible. If you are a fan of any of these rides, please check out CaliforniaBonzing.com and check out the list of shops that currently carry their line up. If your local shop doesn't have them in stock you can always order online from the Bonzing Store. As skaters, I feel that it is our duty to support fellow skaters who are helping us get our shred on and show how much we appreciate them allowing us to do what it is we do on such quality equipment.
JAH would Bonz, would you??
BONZ OR DIE
I am a skater who lives in Baltimore, MD. I am looking to spread the love of skateboarding through both visual and written means.