Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
If you're not familiar with the OG Building R, it was a warehouse in south city that was maintained and ran by local bands, skaters and promoters. Bands would play on one side and on the other side, you had skate ramps and not to mention the sick graffiti throughout the warehouse that represented the STL DIY ethic. It was one of those buildings where there was any type of kid you could ever think of and the fact that they are trying to recreate and bring back the feeling of community, hard work in combination with music and skating is awesome as fuck!
They are going to need help with setting up ramps, painting, art, recording and anything else, so be on the lookout for more information. Below is a video from locals Cross Examination playing at Building R. Mosh til you lose your morals!
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
If you want to read up more on his various video projects there is always good ole Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spike_Jonze
Written by DJ Kase One for "We Are The City" - http://we-are-the-city.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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Friday, January 21, 2011
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Support REAL Hip-Hop
DJ KASE ONE
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Where are you from?
I’m from St. Louis originally, logged plenty of hours downtown @ Kiener Plaza, Oakhill, Captain, The Fountain and numerous other spots around the city. Then I moved to San Francisco, that was around spring of 1994.
What made you move to San Francisco from St. Louis?
SKATEBOARDING, 100%! San Francisco just had that allure to it. New York is tight too, but I was over snow and cold weather and unlike in L.A., in San Francisco you don’t need a car. The city itself was like a giant skatepark. Hills, Stairs, banks, ledges, manny pads you name it, S.F. had it and all within’ skatings reach. There were so many spots to skate just downtown by itself. Black Rock, Brown Marble, Hubba Hideout, Mini Hubba and of course to top it all off Embarcadero. Pier 7 hadn’t even been built yet and nothing was skate stopped.
Obviously skateboarding has been a big part of your life...what are some of your most memorable times....and how do you think you would be if you never started Skateboarding?
Man, that’s a tough one to narrow down to a few memorable times. I’m going to say the whole process I went through to get where I am today was the most memorable. Everything from learning the basics from pushing to what tricks are possible today for me. All the homies I’ve met from all over the world and from all walks of life. The places I’ve gotten to travel to. If I never started skateboarding, I would probably have never left St. Louis, be married with a few kids and working some shitty job to makes ends meet. God bless skateboarding! Hahahaha
Name two people that have been the most inspiring in your life.....
My mom and my Grandma. My grandma was actually my first sponsor. She set it off, bought me one of those little blue plastic banana boards with yellow wheels from K-Mart. I think they both thought it was going to be a fad, maybe last a week or two and somethin’ else would come along. Little did they know 20+ years and still going strong!
What countries have you traveled to and what was the most favorite place you have been for Skateboarding?
The first real skate Tour trip I got to go on was a New Deal and Mad Circle month long road trip across the U.S. It was Me, Karl Watson, Rob Welsh, Scott Johnston, Bobby Puleo, Kenny Reed and Kris Markovich. That trip was soo much fun man, so many good memories. Later when I got on Western Edition we went to Japan, Paris and London a few times. I moved to Hawaii with Jason Wussler and a couple other heads in 2000. We got one way tickets, got off the plane caught a cab to downtown Waikiki and ended up renting an apartment and staying there for like 3 or 4 months. It was pretty crazy, none of us had jobs, didn’t really skate too much at all. Basically we all just hustled are asses off, sold skate product we’d get and party everyday. Thankfully chillin’ on the beach is pretty low budget. Amsterdamn, Thailand, I got to go to Costa Rica a couple months ago with my girlfriend. That was pretty rad, Zip linning through the jungle. Barcelona was probably hands down the best city in the world, besides San Francisco. I went there in 2001, rented an apartment and lived there for 4 months. This was years before it became the huge skate tourists spot it is now. I went back there 3 or 4 times after that for like a month at a time, that place is amazing man. It’s been a blessing, everywhere I’ve gotten to travel too, I’ve meet soo many cool ass people.
You now live in Puerto Rico, was it hard to make the decision to finally leave S.F.?
For sure, man I love S.F. but change is good. I had been there 16+ years. My girlfriend is from San Juan, Puerto Rico and she went back there to finish Medical school. I was in Culinary School in S.F. and transferred to one down here. I’m goin’ back to S.F. for a couple months this summer for a visit, bout to get my Rick James on “F#*k Yo’ Couch!” Hahhaha, Just playin’ I won’t disrespect no ones couch. Puerto Rico is pretty dope, nice weather and some good homies. Things are going good.
What advice would you give to the young skaters wanting to make that big move to the west?
If that’s what’s in your heart, do it. Even if I didn’t skate, S.F. has a lot to offer. It’s a great city to loose yourself in, hahaha. Maybe not the ideal spot to raise a family, but there are plenty of distractions to keep you entertained. Oh yeah, don’t burn your bridges. Be thankful of what ya got and who’s helpin’ ya out along the way.
Favorite book and why?
That’s a tough one? I’m tryin’ to start to read more this year, a new years resolution. One book that I’ve hung onto throughout the years is “The 48 Laws of Power”, Pepe Martinez gave it to me before he passed. God bless
Anybody you would like to thank?
Brad: I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. New Deal, Kelly Bird and Tim Gavin for hookin’ up the DVS back in the day, Dave Kang @ F.I.T Skateboards and Civilian clothes, FTC, Western Edition, Eli Soto @Gold Wheels, Joey Tershay @ Ace Trucks, Nick Tershay @ Diamond Supply Co., Kent @ FTC, Ando @ FTC, Ian @ Western Edition, All the In4mation homies, Sam Smythe @ Girl Skateboards, Leland @48blocks Lee Smith, Henry Sanchez, Jason Wussler, Jabari Pendleton,Rob Welsh, Karl Watson, this is gonna get too long so I’ll sum it up, All the EMB heads, Pier 7 locals, All the people I grew up skating with in St.Louis, San Francisco, Barcelona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico! Stay up, see ya’ll soon! Oh yeah and thanks to WATC for givin’ me the opportunity to do this little interview. Keep up the good work. Peace
What does the statement WATC mean to you?
REP YOUR CITY!
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Bottom line: do not tell me that punk is dead. As long as cities will continue to exist, angry punk kids will still make up the population of these cities....and get Witness!
a little punk rock goes a long way. we out here.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Out Here with Jeff Rasp
Man..your a young guy out here....how did you get into skateboarding...and what keeps you skating?
You're out in LA right now tell us a little about that?
Man LA is amazing, but the kids out here have no idea how easy they have it. The spots are perfect and so is the weather, and coming from the Midwest that is something new to me. It makes me love our scene even more though, how we have to build spots and come together to make skating happen in the winter....
Thanks for doing this interview....what does WATC....mean to you?
Yeah man, thanks for the opportunity, and to me WATC is a group of individuals coming together for a common cause and supporting everyone who is down with it.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Where are you from?
What's up homie? I'm from St. Louis, born and raised.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Check out this dope clip that Jeremy Fullerton dropped in the inbox
Street Skateboarding Springfield, MO
Matt Fink, Donny Rhoades, Rick Rossi, Jeremy Fullerton, Jimy Bennett, Josh Reynolds, Josh Russell, Tyler Chapman, Jake Nixon, Levi Pollard, cali Josh, STL Alex
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Commentary and Analysis on Businesses and Commercial Real Estate In and Around Downtown St. Louis.