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What a title, right?

Ok, I admit I’m not that good with titles anymore, but that’s not what this post is about. It’s also not about the time this girl asked me to hang out with her at Lake Piru for a weekend, and just “chill”. I said no. I think I ended up writing instead, and that’s why I’m a HUSTLER and not a lady’s man. Leon Phelps, my apologies. Don’t beat me up.

I got exactly 3 hours 12 minutes of sleep last night before my knee started hurting, and so here I am, wide awake and watching more Youtube videos. I was watching a Black Ninja Lifestyle video, and Ninja put down his guard and shouted out Doug Des Autels. That reminded me that Doug just put out this amazing montage from Lake Piru. He threw down a ton of skateboarding, good video editing, and it deserves attention. So if you need a break from your mom today, (Mother’s Day is today suckers), check out this montage and get hyped, support Doug via the links, and try to be nice to your mom. I know I will. (I’ll be nice to my mom, not your mom, I don’t know your mom. But if I did, I’d be nice too, nevermind)

Oh, and the ender on this! Holy Crap! Stay tuned for that! Share this, subscribe, and I don’t know what else, just support this stuff, it’s really cool.

Montage at Piru Skatepark with Bryan Arnett, Caballo, & Doug Des Autels.

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One of the coolest companies that came out of the 1990s skateboarding boom for me was Chocolate. Chocolate skateboards always had the best riders from my old neighborhood in Culver City and Venice. I used to see the guys from Girl and Chocolate skateboard through Venice and Santa Monica, alongside others from Dogtown and grind king. Chocolate has always been impressive with their team, and art direction. The art direction that Chocolate takes today is one that is gallery ready.

With the release of the Chocolate Skateboards Everyday People Series Decks, you get a sense for the graphic design team at the company. I love it. I like how they find a way to continually put out beautiful graphics, with strong boards, and impressive style. That’s just my opinion. The boards are hitting shops now, or you can order with the links provided. If you are a collector, you’ll want the full set. If you’re a skater, then perhaps you’ll want one of the boards to ride. I’ll be picking the series up for the skate wall I’m going to be putting up in my house. I may get a duplicate though, I need a new street deck. Anyways, here is the Chocolate Skateboards Everyday People Series:

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You can pick up Chocolate Skateboards via amazon.com by clicking here.

You can also pick up a wide selection of skateboards from Tactics.com

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When I was a teenager growing up in West Los Angeles, you couldn’t be a weird skateboarder. You either were a street skater or a hesher. You didn’t ride weird shapes, or you would get ridiculed. The thing is, I learned to skateboard on a weird shape. Well, weird for the 1990s, since everyone was riding the double tail popsicle format that you know and love. I learned to skateboard on a 1980s-single tail board that I bought at a swap meet. That’s right, your boy here was riding a 1980s-broke ass skateboard deck. I know, what a poser, right?

I’m a grown man now, and I don’t live anywhere near the skate spots of Santa Monica, Culver City, and Venice. I live in the Midwest, and more so than ever, I ride weird shapes. Well, weird for those that are used to the traditional popsicle option. If you’re not sure whether or not you want to jump on board with funny shaped skateboards, then consider the following reasons why you may want to jump on board, as you may be surprised. Plus, you’re not a teenager growing up in the shadow of Girl, Plan B, or Dogtown skateboards, so don’t sweat getting made fun of, it doesn’t matter!

Deathwish Skateboards 40 Ounce
Deathwish Skateboards 40 Ounce

They Are Faster

Whether you choose a longboard, or a comedy shape, you’ll find that cruisers, longboards, and all wacky functioning boards are going to be faster. Why? Well, they usually have bigger wheels and high end bearings attached to them. I for one loved the Baker Skateboards 40 ounce complete. That complete got me through Koreatown fast. In fact, I still love the video that they filmed in promotion of the board. The shape of the deck was a 40 ounce bottle of beer, and it was a nice, fast, and easy to ride board. I didn’t do a lot of tricks on it, but it still got me through town fast.

It’s Easier To Learn How To Push Forward

Want to learn how to skateboard? Get an odd shaped skateboard, or rather a larger shape. The reason why is because you’ll have more surface area to balance on. The biggest hurdle that you will have when learning how to skateboard is in regards to your weight. Where do you shift your weight? How do you push, and balance? Well, with a larger surface area, you can “surf” a bit, and learn how your body reacts to momentum. Trust me, it’s easier to learn this way than to get a regular size board and try to learn tricks.

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Bart Simpson Pro Model

Many Are Easier To Transport

Now, this doesn’t speak to longboards, but a lot of odd shapes are easier to take with you. For instance, the Penny boards that are so popular right now are easy to stow in luggage, or put in a trunk, or back seat of a car. They are small, they are made to go fast, and not for tricks. I for one used to talk to this girl that rode through my apartment complex on one. She would just cruise fast along the paths, and didn’t push often. They are easy to pick up and walk with, or put away without worry.

Odd Shaped Pro Model
Odd Shaped Pro Model

They Are A Blast (FUN)

Perhaps the biggest reason why you may want to look into funny shaped boards is because they are fun. Skateboarding isn’t something that has to be so serious. You don’t have to be a professional, and you don’t have to do a lot of tricks. Skateboarding wasn’t invented with this serious push forward. Surfers in Venice started skateboarding as an offshoot of surfing, for fun. If you have fun, then you don’t worry about the business of skateboarding. Funny shapes are meant for fun, so go out and get one and see why so many jump on board of these.

One thing I will note about this article is that you should NOT buy boards from walmart or sports outlets. Get professionally made options from a skate shop, or from amazon via your online skate shops here. DO NOT buy cheap knock offs or anything that is NOT professionally crafted etc. 

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La Virgen De Guadalupe Skateboard Deck
La Virgen De Guadalupe Skateboard Deck
La Virgen De Guadalupe Skateboard
Jason Jessee Pro Model

What better way to post up content on Cinco De Mayo then to highlight a deck that has a place in my heart. This skateboard deck from Santa Cruz is the pro model for Jason Jessee. What makes this one stand out for me is that it has the national symbol of Mexico, La Virgen de Guadalupe. The symbol is all over the heritage of Mexico, and it’s one of the long time religious symbols that I can remember in my life. I’m not a Catholic, but I still hold some of the heritage of Mexico in my heart, since I was born there.

With La Virgen De Guadalupe Santa Cruz Jason Jessee Skateboard Deck, you will get a 8.125 x 31.7 inch skateboard deck with a good strong shape made in that classic Santa Cruz Skateboards hasher style model. If you skate vert, then this is a board that is well rounded for you, and can work with street if you’d like. For me, however, I use 8.125 inch decks for bowls and mini-ramps. Anything smaller and I would only go hit street skating spots, but that’s just me.

This is a strong deck, it’s on sale now, and is one of the decks that I love out of the Santa Cruz brand. For me, this deck is more about the cultural influence then anything else, which is why it’s going on the wall, more than under my feet.

You can purchase the La Virgen De Guadalupe Santa Cruz Jason Jessee Skateboard Deck by clicking here.

Stay tuned for more skateboarding content, on a rare day for posting up skate content on Video Store Blues. I usually post this crap on Thursdays. But I got my days mixed up.

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Yesterday I posted an article about positivity. That was meant to go up today, because Thursdays are skateboarding content days. I mixed up my days. What that means for this week is simple, I’m going to be posting skateboarding videos with a few notes and what not.

If you’re watching Youtube and you don’t know about Doug Des Autels, then you’re missing out. This is a skateboarder out of Southern California that seems to be having a lot of fun with skateboarding, and living life. His channel showcases more than just skateboarding footage, he showcases life, fishing, and the ups and downs of being a pro skater. It’s channel that showcases fun more often than not, but there are moments that he captures reality in such a nuanced way, and sometimes may not even know how powerful the visuals are.

You can follow up on what Doug Des Autels is doing by visiting the links below. I’m a Patreon supporter, and rock the Amgr1p hat a great deal. Check out his videos, get inspired, and hit the streets. More skateboarding writing and what not to come!

You can support Doug by checking out the following links, and support his cause to create skateboarding lifestyle content of epic proportions below.

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https://www.patreon.com/DougDesAutels

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http://www.twitch.tv/doug_desautels

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When it comes to skateboarding brands, one of the first ones that I ever supported was Toy Machine skateboards. I wanted to ride for Toy Machine so bad, and decked myself out in all of the gear. I had Toy Machine skateboards socks, shirts, hoodies, boards, and would buy anything that Ed Templeton would put out on this brand. I was a Tum Yeto supporter, and despite all my attempts to get on Toy Machine skateboards, I couldn’t even get AM status. It was just not easy. I actually blew out my knee before I got too good at skateboarding, even though I was starting to progress in my third year of trying it.

With the release of the latest Toy Machine Tracts skateboards hitting shelves, I wanted to write up a little something about them. If you’re aware of Christian evangelism, then you may know about Chick Tracts. These are evangelical tools that were created to promote Christianity. They are small comic booklets that were started by Jack Chick. If you follow the history of serial graphics, comics, and more, then you know all about this. If not, you can easily look them up.
Anyone that grew up in the church, went to a Christian school, or knows anything about Christendom knows about the branding and design style. Well, Toy Machine skateboards has parodied it straight out with the release of this series of boards. These boards parody the Chick Tracts and they are great overall boards.

On a technical side, Toy Machine skateboards have always had good ply, hardwood, and strong pop. These are no different. They are standard street style skateboards made for the pros that ride them. You can pick up these boards from your local skate shop or the links provided. As far as Toy Machine skateboards, is concerned, these are grand, and are great for street, and just getting around. I’m tempted to buy all of them, that’s for sure.

Toy Machine Skateboards Tract Series

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If you want to pick up any of these skateboard decks from Toy Machine Skateboards, then you should check out this link here, and order these or any of the boards and completes offered by Toy Machine Skateboards today. 

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Toy Machine Skateboard Deck
Toy Machine Skateboards Beers

Fans of Toy Machine skateboards are going to be delighted by the latest releases hitting shops. I recently saw the Toy Machine Skateboards Street Beers Team Deck in stores, and had to try one out. I’m a fan of Toy Machine, and have been a big fan of Ed Templeton going back years. I have even seen him skate before he broke his neck or leg, and he’s got a really interesting style. With the Toy Machine Skateboards Street Beers Team Deck, the size is 8.5 x 32.37. This is a good size, it’s a bit wide and good for overall street skateboarding.

You’ll find that the MSRP on this one is upwards of $55 or so, but I found it for $40. The Toy Machine Skateboards Street Beers Team Deck is shaped in the classic Toy Machine deck, and comes with a warning that you should wear protective gear, or you could need to invoke your health insurance, because of a brain or neck injury. The deck is a good one, it has a great overall pop, nice concave, and will get you through a lot of street skateboarding.

Click here to order skateboards from small skate shops selling on amazon.com by clicking here.

Or

Click here to order from Tactics.com, which is a Northwest skate shop that features the biggest selection of skateboard decks and gear.

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Tom Penny Flip Skateboards
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It has been 20 some odd years since Flip Skateboards first put out their Cheech and Chong tribute skateboard deck. The Flip Skateboards Tom Penny Cheech and Chong Deck is back, and this time it’s been fully licensed. This deck is 7.75 x 31.63 and it’s rad. I love it. The updates have a simple element that showcases the twentieth anniversary logo and the classic artwork that you would expect from Flip.

Flip skateboards put this out and didn’t jack up the price, so you can pick it up for around 50 bucks. As far as the Flip Skateboards Tom Penny Cheech and Chong Deck is concerned, it’s a street skateboard deck that isn’t made for vert or anything. I tried it on vert, and honestly, it’s not that good for that. At 7.75 width, this is meant for street, and that’s it. I love it. I recommend it.

Skateboards are released on a limited time, limited quantity basis. These won’t last. If you’re interested in this skateboard or any of the options mentioned, check out these links:

Click here to order skateboards from small skate shops selling on amazon.com by clicking here.

Or

Click here to order from Tactics.com, which is a Northwest skate shop that features the biggest selection of skateboard decks and gear.

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Eric Dressen Dogtown Skateboards
Eric Dressen Dogtown Skateboards

The Dogtown Loose Trucks Eric Dressen Photo Deck is 8.25 x 32.5 and it’s an interesting one. The deck features Eric Dressen hitting a wall ride at a local school’s handball court. This is an overall great deck, with a stellar concave and a nice pop. Dogtown boards are made of 7-play hardwood, and if you’re a fan, then this is one to pick up.

I’ve been able to test this one, and it’s a nice solid skateboard. I’m a fan of Dogtown skateboards, so seeing that they are still kicking is really cool. The Dogtown Loose Trucks Eric Dressen Photo Deck is one of those decks that long time skaters are going to enjoy this. I love it, and actually will put one on my wall.

Skateboards are released on a limited time, limited quantity basis. These won’t last. If you’re interested in this skateboard or any of the options mentioned, check out these links:

Click here to order skateboards from small skate shops selling on amazon.com by clicking here.

Or

Click here to order from Tactics.com, which is a Northwest skate shop that features the biggest selection of skateboard decks and gear.

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It’s been cold throughout the Indiana area, so I haven’t been able to pick up a skateboard and get to the roads, but that hasn’t stopped the western world and those with indoor skate parks. If you’re looking for a skateboard this spring or summer, you owe it to yourself to check out what’s coming out from Creature.

Creature skateboards is coming out with this series called the “Tanked” series. These skateboard shave cool graphics, and look like tattoo flash, but when you shut off the lights, they glow in the dark. That’s right, they glow in the dark.

Check out these boards and see if you can pick them up from your local skateboard shop, or wherever you can shop online. These are just awesome. I am highly tempted to get one of these from creature skateboards.

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