Tag Archives: John Makens

Halloween with Rice and Willie

1 Nov

Bluebirds Willie Mcmillon, Steph and Travis Rice rolled over for some Halloween fun time. We really had nothing for costumes, so we ended with a bunch of makeshift half ass contraptions.

Willie the Blue Bandit…

Rice the Muchacho… He actually came prepared with authentic Pancho and Hat from Chile

Steph wrapped her self up in last years Christmas lights that we never took down.

Laura the Cat

Posse Pic…  If your wondering, Gillian is a Broken Tail Light.

Jim Phillips Interview “Skateboard Art Progression” 3 of 3

30 Aug

Jim Phillips Interview “Eyes” 2 of 3

26 Aug

Jim Phillips Interview-Brief-History-1-of-3

23 Aug

Weekend At Jim Phillips humble abode

5 Aug

A while back I got in touch with A highly respectable artist, Jim Phillips to do one of the Artist Series Graphics for Remind Insoles.  We got some ideas flowing and Jim went to work.  The first thing that Jim started on was a new logo for Remind.  He stepped in some ink, then onto a piece of paper and added in the lettering “REMIND INSOLES“.  And so we have the new Foot Logo.  After months of emails and phone conversations with Jim, I decided to make a trip to Santa Cruz and witness with my own eyes Jim’s inspirational Influences and surroundings.  Me and Mayo charged up from San Diego and were warmly welcomed into Jim and Dolly’s Home with some Left over Pizza and Root Beer.  The tour began into Jim’s Museum of countless original old school skate decks and Icons that he has designed since the 60’s and 70’s.  I felt honored to be in the presence of such an inspiration to the movement of skateboard art and history.  After hours of talking about old car’s, hot rod’s and Art, It was time to get some rest for the big day we had in store for us.  The following morning we rose at 5 am for a Dawn Patrol surf session at Jim’s favorite secret spot near Pleasure Point.  We scored glassy, offshore, uncrowded waves for hours.  We couldn’t have lucked out any more.  After surfing, Jim took us on an all day tour around Santa Cruz.  We checked out all the famous surf breaks that I’ve always heard about and got enlightened on all the history and changes Santa Cruz has gone through along the years.  Jim took us to NHS where we got to see all of his original art work covered on every wall throughout the factory.  They had every board you could imagine from back in the day hanging in there. Some names Like, Natas, Roskopp, Grosso, Hosoi, Salba, Duane Peters, Steve Olson and More.  It was a truly amazing to be getting a tour of NHS  by the man who created pretty much every Icon and graphic in there since the beginning of Santa Cruz, Independent Trucks, and OJ wheels.  After the tour, we headed over to his son Jimbo’s place.  Jimbo is also a very gifted artist with Jim’s recognizable style, genetically handed down.  It was really cool to see Jim and Jimbo Interact and express their passion and love that they both share with art.  Finally we headed back to Jim’s place and  said our goodbyes.  It was probably the most action packed and most inspiring 24 hours I had ever witness.  Thanks Jim for your gift to Skateboarding and the world!  Here are some photos from the trip.  There Will be Video footy and an Interview with Jim coming soon.

Mayo, Jim Phillips, John Makens

Jim’s  3 year Hot Rod project.

Phillips Studios

Screaming Hand

Jimbo Phillips

Kyle Clancy is Pro For Smokin Snowboards

21 Jul

Thats Right, You read it correctly. Smokin Snowboards is very proud to announce the signing of Kyle Clancy to the Smokin Snowboards team. After years of slaying it in the backcountry and urban settings all over the world, Kyle has finally landed with us to create something amazing and fresh in the industry. He has had numerous video parts over the years, from 4 minute enders in Grenade movies to significant parts in “The Community Project” and “That’s It, That’s All”. Most notably for this upcoming season, Kyle will continue with his tradition of filming with Brain Farm’s Curt Morgan and Travis Rice for their new project . You can see Clancy all over the place in the magazines so check him out in print as well as at http://www.SmokinSnowboards.com. His new pro model will be available this fall and features a Noah Salasnek tribute throwback graphic.

Blue Bird “Dobre Hombres” Teaser

22 Jun

Adam Dowell Is More Metal than you!

19 Jun

Adam Dowell lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where the mountains are big and the women are lacking. He warms up on lines that would make most people crap their pants and curl up into the fetal position, all while listening to metal. He’s paid his dues, worked his ass off to get where he’s at, and now he wants to give you some answers to some questions I shot at him. So here’s a look into one of Jackson Holes up and comers.

The obligatory sponsors list?

Camber or Reverse Camber which one do you ride and why?

AD: For filming I like camber. I know it and can trust it to perform. I’ve ridden reverse before but I’d say it’s just fun on a pow day at the resort.

Jackson Hole has some serious snowboard legends there, what was it like growing up in the presence of these guys and how has it helped shape you as a rider?

AD: I feel very blessed to have the roll models I do here in Jackson. Every one of them is on the level and takes snowboarding seriously. I was very lucky that my brother Brodi was a pro back in the day and so I sort of had an in with guys like Bryan Iguchi, Lance Pitman, Rob Kingwill, and Willie Mcmillon. I definitely had to prove that I deserved to ride with them, but they all took me under their wing which is important in snowboarding. Rice was only a few years older than me so him and I were friends before we ever even rode together. I work very hard in the backcountry with the people I ride with around here because they’re all extremely knowledgeable and don’t fuck around. A major part of being the youngest guy in the crew is the fact that those guys will make you hit shit first and prove yourself which has for sure shaped my riding.

Read More: http://www.angrysnowboarder.com/?p=6969

Remind Insoles Product Review on The Angry Snowboarder

28 May

In the daily war we wage on our knees and back on the slopes we have an ally in Remind Insoles. A company that specializes in aftermarket insoles for those of us that need it. Here’s what I thought of the product after 6 months of trying it out.

Product: Remind Cush Aftermarket Insole

Purpose: Provide you better arch support than what is given in your footwear whether it’s your skate shoes or snowboard boots. I used these in my daily shoes for 6 months to see how they would hold up over time and how well they worked. Plus I have blown customs in my snowboard boots and refuse to use anything else.

Fit: The big thing with any insole is if it fits in your shoe, your foots arch, and your foot shape. I initially found these to be a bit too much arch right away for my lack of an arch, but as they’re self forming after a week they molded to my arch. I was told to speed up this process you could hit them with a hair dryer if need be.

Features: Self forming memory foam and gel in the heels.

Conditions: Wore these for 6 plus months in my high tops and did everything from stand around for 12 hours to bar tending during Octoberfest.

Pros: Anything that gives you better arch support is a plus in my books. These things have done what they intended to do and my lower back is thanking me for it now. It’s a snowboarder owned company and designed from a guy that knows first hand how much we need foot support.


Travis Rice and Mark Carter In Neverland

4 Mar

check out Remind Insoles riders Travis Rice and Mark Carter in the Absinthe movie “Neverland”

Skinning With The Guch

5 Dec

Going straight from sea level to 11,000 something feet was a dramatic change…  Since the Storm Cycles haven’t really hit us yet, It takes more work to find the pow stashes.  With Guch in charge, finding Pow was a definite.  We skinned 3 hours up to Brecka peak and rode back down to the car in 3 minutes.  lets do it again.

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