Is Jamie Thomas' reputation as an ink slinger dramatically growing? The Chief's efforts with a tattoo gun are in demand. At this point only close associates are granted an appointment to gain Thomas' art, which lasts for a lifetime.
Love&Guts/Eyes Wide Open began its New York incarnation at the Red Bull Space on Thompson Street with a large soiree, D J'd by Taryn Manning. Conspicuously celebratory were works by Ivory and Shelter Serra, Chad Muska, Steve Olson, Don Pendleton, Armando Roura, Dennis McNett, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Giovanni Reda, and Pat Ngoho. The art was a thematic honoring of skaters who passed from this life too soon.
Full Bleed, the book, debuted at the Maloof Cup closing party. The tome is 304 pages long and presents 250 full-bleed photographs. This comprehensive history of New York City riding was created by Andre Razo, Ivory Serra, and Alex Corporan. Photographers presented include Spike Jonze, Larry Clark, Tobin Yelland, Thomas Campbell, Atiba Jefferson, Mike O'Meally, Templeton, Reda, Angela Boatwright, Bryce Kanights, and Andy Kessler. Skaters include Koston, Harold Hunter, Gonz, Huf, Hsu, Dill, and scores of others. It was published by Vice Books and will be available in August. Meanwhile, Nick Dompierre and DC posted up at Golds Bar on Broome Street in NYC to present their new shoe, the ND1. The presence of so many Maloof transient revelers made it a burner. Jefferson Pang instructed some of the neophytes as to the proper way to socially congregate with style and grace. John Grigley and Steve Olson were observed launching the latter's spike-nosed board into the air. The crowd went wild with every aerial stick into the asphalt. Yes, Olson's nose is really that sharp.
The exhibition Skateboard: Evolution and Art in California has been extended. The show at the California Heritage Museum has set records for opening crowd, attendance, and duration of show. Curator Nathan Pratt is reportedly negotiating to take the entire assemblage on the road to Germany, Japan, and Australia. In a parallel development the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is said to be including skateboards in their upcoming Pacific Time historical design survey. This landmark event is being executed in tandem with the J Paul Getty Trust.