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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Met a bunch of new bladers last night, always good to see.

Dan Dickerson's flying into town in a couple hours to do some DAYSHAPES filming over the next few days.



I plan on stacking up some serious shit, myself.

Contact us if you're in the area and trying to get in on some sessions!

Stay tuned.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Another Monday, another NDN INSIGHT.

This time around, we'll be catching up with Dan Dickerson.



Photo credit: Billy Anderson

1.) Summarize Dan Dickerson in 7 words.

Hmm, Busy, Fat, Blunt, Wordy (you'll see), self-conscious (the hyphen makes it one word, eh),sarcastic (to a fault), facetious (look it up, it's a great word)

2.) Who or what motivates you to get out there and shred?

I'd say that the people that I blade with most often are who motivate me the most. I have to admit though, that with school and work I'm a little undermotivated...everything was a lot easier when I lived in Boise and had my Bill.I.am to kick me in the ass to blade. For me, blading is the best way to relieve a little stress and self-inflict a little injury to get me through the week.

3.) Who are a few of your favorite bladers to watch right now and why?

This is actually a pretty hard question. I think the usual favorites are there certainly, Farmer, Billy O'neill, Stockwell. I actually love watching Tory Treseder shred, but it's a privilege i rarely get. Then there's the local boys, Tad (get better soon, buddy) Jeffrey (Brent), Nicholas Swan, Cameron Card, etc. I like watching people who you can tell can actually blade, and, although I'm not particularly good at it, I love watching "quick feet" bladers, which is what I'll call Jeff. Oh and I'd be remiss to not mention you, Erik...you're probably my favorite person to actually go out and blade with, and watching you is certainly a perk.

4.) You eat shit really hard sometimes and you always pop right back up. Any particular reason you get up so fast?

For me, falling is all part of what blading is about. Ever since I started back in 2000, I've always fallen, but I'm actually quite good at making what looks like a bad fall pretty mellow, really. It might look like I eat tons of shit, but I've got my ways. For those times that I actually do hit hard, I figure that there's nothing to gain by dwelling on it, and blading usually makes the pain go away eventually anyway. Pretty much, I'm just tough as shit....haha

5.) You get free plane tickets, how do you use that perk in filming for 'DAYSHAPES'?

My job allows me to fly free pretty much anywhere in the world I want, whenever I want...unfortunately, I've got to work to survive and I'm going to school full-time at the moment so I have very few opportunities to actually get out and travel. For dayshapes (all caps exclamation point), I'm gonna be taking quick little day trips up to Boise for some quick hits between work and school whenever I can.

6.) What are 3 of your favorite grinds at the time being?

At the moment, I love ao Fish, ao Top acid, and savannahs...what some people incorrectly call 270 back savs. I still call the other trick ao unity, call me old school, w/e.

7.) You've lived in several states and been a big part of several skate scenes...which ones were your favorites? Why?

Let's see. I grew up blading in Oklahoma and was a big part of the Tulsa scene for a while I guess. Nothing will ever quite match the feeling of growing up with your buddies and learning everything together. Next came SLC where I guess I sort of came into my own. Most of my best friends live here and I love it here. Then came Boise before I moved back to Salt Lake. Boise was amazing. It completely rejuvenated my love for blading...thanks to a very persistent little guy named Erik Bill. It'd be really hard to pick an overall favorite for me, but I think I almost have to choose Boise for now, since I don't think I've ever had so many fun sessions in one place with such a small group of guys as I did there.

8.) Any plans/hopes for the next year of blading?

Over the next year, I'd like to blade as much as possible and maybe film a couple of decent sections, get a photo published somewhere, travel to Europe to blade, progress in my trick vocabulary as much as possible. I want to get more solid on a few tricks and worry a lot less about stupid, unimportant shit so I can focus on blading.

9.) What are 3 things that you've learned through blading?

The things I've come up with for this question are super cheesy: be warned-when you get to my age, you'll see the wisdom in them.

1. I've learned that there isn't really anything in the world as important as a few close friends.
2. The old idiom "If you don't use it, you'll lose it" is quite possibly the wisest thing ever said. You can take that little quip and apply it to just about anything, from blading, to relationships, to school, to whatever you want.
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10.) What are 5 things you couldn't live without?

To be honest, there really isn't much in the world that I absolutely cannot live without. 7 years ago, I'd have said blading, but after seeing things happen to friends and having experience a great deal of real life shit, I honestly don't think I can say that. I certainly always want to be involved in the blading industry in some way, but as far as actually blading myself, I'll do it til I physically can't anymore. Anyway, I guess I'll make a bullshit list of 5 things: (in no particular order)

1. Something to do...whether it be blading or just watching T.V., I've always had to be entertained
2. Sleep...when you work, go to school and try to blade, sleep often gets lowered on the list of importance
3. Soccer...this seems weird, but I'm constantly on my phone checking english premier league scores and news. Arsenal fan for life.
4. Family...my family has always been a big part of my life, especially since I come from such a big family and all of the brothers are really close. They've helped me through some hard times and I love all of them, even those that are occasionally douchey.
5. Friends...it's a bit cliche, but that doesn't make it any less true. My friends keep my sane, keep me blading, and I feel privileged to live so close to (or with) a few really good ones.


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Also, on Sunday there was a bit of an event at Rhodes Skatepark to try to raise some funds for renovations. I dug up some random photos on the net.


This dude was there.


So were these people.


That's Corey and Phil 'bout to get loose.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Utah trip has been a big ol' success.

Swan, Card and Bill have stacked up a bunch of tricks...skated a bunch of sick spots.

Frodo got a clip, but he also had to create time to make out with girls and get mcdonalds breakfast.

AN NDN INSIGHT with Dan Dickerson coming soon!

For now, check out this heartbreaking photo of Nicholas falling and me almost crying about it for some reason.



And here's some down-time.



That's it for now, but keep in mind...I'm always creepin'.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Random trip to Utah, coming right up!

Also, I'm excited to see what the Straight Jacket doggs come up with in Boise!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

AN NDN INSIGHT with Eli Dorsey.



1.) You've been involved in the Boise scene for almost 15 years now, are you happy with the way it has developed?
Yeah, our scene is pretty small so it's like a tight knit family we have here. We often organize BBQ's or a day at the lake where everyone shows up.

2.) You've been skating Razors since I first met you almost 10 years ago, I know that Erik Bailey hooked you up with some Valo's. How has the transition been?
It's been good. Skates are skates. I've skated all the brands growing up. I stuck with Razors because when I rode flow for them the company really took care of me and i love the look!

3.) Who are a few of your favorite bladers to watch right now and why?
1. My boy Erik "bootstrap" Bill. Everytime I skate with the kid his trick vocabulary blows my mind. I can honestly say he has more tricks than anyone else I've ever skated with.
2. Murda. I love his story and have watched his skating for years. He chooses similar tricks to me and I love his style.
3. The Kelso brothers. Their creativity and individuality is one of a kind.

4.) I know you just celebrated your 1 year anniversary with your wife, Allison. (congratulations) How does she feel about your skating?
Thanks, it's been a great year. Haha. She thinks I'm crazy, but supports whatever makes me happy.

5.) What are 3 pieces of advice you can offer to younger bladers on the come-up?
1. Skate as often as you can. When I was growing up, I skated 8 hours in the summer every single day.
2. Don't worry about the fall. Falls are going to happen. Concentrate on the trick at hand. If you concentrate on the trick, you're more likely to land it. You can deal with the falls as they happen.
3. Tuck-n-roll. Duh.

6.) What are 3 of your favorite grinds at the time being?
Kind grind, of course. Any true-spin trick and 270 back unity.

7.) Has your style of skating changed over the years? If so, how?
I wouldn't say it's changed, it's just evolved.

8.) You've got sicker style than ever. Are there any outside influences that effect the way you skate?
I just do whatever feels fluid and most natural at the time.

9.) What are 3 things that you've learned through blading?
1. pain is only is bad as you make it
2. that there is some really genuine people out there
3. to always follow your gut, if it doesn't feel right, its not

10.) What are 5 things you couldn't live without?
1. My beautiful wife.
2. Music.
3. Skating.
4. Taco night at the Bill residence.
5. My close friends.
6. A scientist told me H20.

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Woke up and felt the need to get DK bacon-mapled. Great way to start the day.

Friday, September 17, 2010




Want one? Hit me up!

Also; keep an eye out for AN NDN INSIGHT with Eli Dorsey coming Monday.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mikey Petrack has been filming for DAYSHAPES these past few days...unfortunately he mashed the ol' grill on the curb trying this roy gap roy.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Out bladin' with Ty Acuff.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

One of the coolest things about The NDN is that we're all really good friends. Therefore, it's easy for me to contact the people involved with the videos and work together to come up with some good material.

I'm starting up a new series for the blog called "AN NDN INSIGHT". I'll be asking some questions to my ndn blader pals for you (and possibly me) to learn more about them, inside of skating and out. Along with the interview I'll be tossing in a new clip and/or photo.

The first entry in this series belongs to Nicholas Swan, check out the interview right here:



1.) I know that your name is Nicholas Lee Swan, if you were to make N.L.S. into an acronym or initialism, what would it be?

How about neat.loving.soupy

2.) Rollerblade skates suit you well, why do you think that is?

Probably because they are the first skates to actually fit. For a few years I was squeezing my feet into smaller sized skates because I was self conscious about the look of the skate with my height and clothing. I worried a lot about this and I think it affected the way I skated and felt about my skating. Growing up I now worry less and less about the look or size of my skates and clothes and am more comfortable with myself and my skating. The same idea goes with my helmet. I didn't wear a helmet before because I thought it was "uncool". Now its about comfort and what I feel is the right thing to do. So to have skates that fit and be comfortable in must make my skating seem more comfortable, therefore give me a well suited rollerblade.

3.) Who are a few of your favorite bladers to watch right now and why?

The first would be Sean Kean. I have not seen recent footage of him but I am still in love with any of his older footage. Some premium blading. Second and third and so on would be the people I am around. I really enjoy seeing my friends and people I care about perform rollerblading at such a high level.

4.) What's it like living in the same apartment complex as 2 of the most immature adults on the planet? (Jeff Stanger & Dan Dickerson)

Damn this question. Unfortunately their immaturity brings out my own. I lack maturity control especially in the presence of Jeffrey. The nights and mornings are fun. Being able to spend time with friends before or after work, even briefly, isn't hard when they live a floor below me. Borrowing things like movies or odds and ends is simple as well. Also its funny that the only noise coming out of the apartment complex and most anytime during the day is the sound of Dan Dickerson's poor dogs barking at any little thing approaching their front door.

5.) Some people suck at being vegan, why is it so easy for you?

What you choose to eat I feel is based on morals. How you feel about what your eating. Before becoming vegan i ate as anyone would and thats what I knew. The transition was not only one of my diet, but that of morals and values. I try to be healthy. and I feel food is a simple way to accomplish a large part of becoming a more healthy person. I eat the way I do easily because it is who i am and what I have come to know as right.

6.) What are 3 of your favorite grinds at the time being?

top torque soul

top acid

true makio

7.) I know that you and Courtney are having a baby, got any names picked out?

We have heard a few that we like, but it's hard to imagine a name for a person we still know so little about. It will be easier for us once we've learned the sex of our little one so that the list can be narrowed down. So far we like, Quinn, Portland, Ashland, Lemoni, etc.

8.) You're tall, but you don't have the typical tall blader style...do you make any effort towards that?

I feel no effort is made towards making myself seem shorter. I think i'm just a lucky one who doesn't look awkwardly tall. I have rollerbladed since I was 5 or 6, playing street hockey with my brothers. I think I just got comfortable at a young age and maybe that style from when I was short and learning, stuck with me.

9.) What are 3 things that you've learned through blading?

There are real people in this world.

There are ridiculously fake people in this world.

Crazy people everywhere.

10.) What are 5 things you couldn't live without?

Friendship

Love

Beauty in the world

Vegetables

Colors


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Keep an eye out for 'DAYSHAPES' to see more Nicholas Swan.

On a side-note, I took Bailey to pick up his big bad Harley Davidson that he purchased today. Watch out for Erik ripping the streets in your hometown.



Photo by Katie

And on the unfortunate side of things, Tad Tregeagle tore his ACL. Fuck. I've been there homie, stretch it like crazy asap! He's sending over some clips and I'm sure he'll be back in the game in no time.

Stay tuned, ya'll busters!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

New Cameron Card interview on SHOCK

My mom noticed I was missing something in my life and needed to change the way I thought. I don’t know the exact words she said but it went something like this, “Cameron you need rollerblading in your life, take what happened and learn from it.”

Check it out right here for the entire interview.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Throwback sections from some of today's fine NDN's.

All of these are 4 to 5 years old, I believe.



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Friday, September 10, 2010

This is great.

Who We Are from Revolution Skateshop on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

NDN stickers have been showing up all over town, good work to whoever is doing that!

I'll be getting more made soon.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New Dan Dickerson photos!





Photos shot by Beastmaster

See more on the BL8ORDIEBLOG

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Life-long friendn Jeff Scanlon sent over some ledge clips. Come to Boise, Jeff.
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Friday, September 3, 2010

Spent the day chilling with the Shred Til You're Dead posse. Even more amazing line-up of skaters than last year...should be quite the video!

Give your best wishes to Jero. He was fuckin' popped right in the eyeball by the wiffleball that B.Smith slammed. No way he could've dodged it.

Other than that, weekend full of blading and filming. Anybody in the area, hit me up to get in on the sessions!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

All photos in this update taken by Toasted Berry.



Joey Brents.



Nicholas & Frodo on a date.



Wallride. 360. 180.



Erik & Cameron seeking opportunity.



Cameron fully indulging on said opportunity.



Erik bank to switch backslide.



Erik bank to switch tts.



Nicholas Swan behind the cam.



Another bs.



Nicholas getting the sweet angle of a trolley running the camera over.



Nights on Boner Balcony.



Nights on Boner Balcony cont.