Monday, March 31, 2008

Marching Powder

"In like a lion, out like a lamb..." so the saying goes about the month of March.  Well, I guess this year March didn't get the memo because when I woke up on the 31st I was greeted with a sight I hadn't seen in a while; fresh pow!  Only a few days ago the Canyons was a spring riding paradise; sunshine, soft snow, fun park features, concerts and pond skimming, but today was another story.  My homies Pashley and Littlest hit me up first thing and we hit it.  There was a bit of a crust underneath but overall it was pretty epic, especially when they got the control work done and the gates open.

Yup, that's where we're headed, Square Top.  Click on the shot to enlarge it, that's a control blast near the peak on the right

Littlest loves candy.  Except when his sour patch gummy worms blow out of the bag and fill his pocket with sugar.... and cover his phone.  Yeah, he licked some of it off

Pash sez "We're goin over there"

Littlest using all the sugar energy he can muster on the hike

It was windy as hell and it was filling it in right where we were headed

More rime than a rap concert

This is what all the work was for, and it was damn worth it

In case you were wondering what your XXXL Tall-tee would look like if it hung out from your jacket on a pow day, here you go.  Nice steez Littlest

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Soul-o Sesh

A little tough to snap shots of yourself getting radical so here's the next best thing.  Guess which line is mine.....

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

High Times Cover

Um, yeah, so, I guess I'm a model now....

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Lizard King + SLC Homies

These have got to be some of the dirtiest, smelliest, gnarliest humans in the Great State of Utah.  But damn these boys know how to roll on 4 wheels...

Monday, March 17, 2008

Danky is my Friend

Hello, my name is Dan.  I love confections, designer greens and snow shredding

Big Dan throwing the method off a lil dropper

Friday, March 14, 2008

Biittner Takes Care of Biznazz

Aaron Biittner is a shredder, and he's a good kid. Being a top pro shred these days is not just all first class plane seats and groupies.  He takes care of biznazz when it needs to get done.  The other night I got to sit in on just such a TCB occasion, a photo shoot for Onboard Digital Snowboard Mag.  The idea is basically a "Pro Kits" piece but in a video format, with a female model stripping out of the rider's gear down to a bikini, nice.  Get the idea, check out Stevie Bell's "Set Ups" here, (the video is in the lower left corner)

So I posted up and got a couple shots, check back soon and hopefully I'll have part 2 with some bikini girl shots!

Set it up fool

"Yeah, that's it, make love to the camera!"

"Whoa, not that much love..."

Nice work Biittner, have a smoke

See what else Biittner has been up to here

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Man Day Friday, March 14

Finally.  A day for all us MEN to enjoy.  Fuck Valentines, I'll take a filet and some fellatio anytime.....

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Kids are Alright

I love to snowboard.  Ask anybody.  But sometimes people lose sight of what it's really all about, they start to take themselves a little too seriously on the hill.  This season I've been shredding with my friend "Littlest", he lives around the corner from me in the Streets of Pinebrook.  Littlest loves to snowboard too.  Sunday I went riding with him and his friend Tyler.  Both of these kids absolutely SHRED, but they don't take it too seriously, they love fun.  When I rolled up to the parking lot to meet them I could tell it was going to be a good day.

  Harry Potter wizard hat: check.  70's style shades: check.  Shotgunning Natty Lights?  Pre spun "Dolce Rolls"?: check and check.

Oh boy....

Nice work boys.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Free Bird/Father's Day

So for those of you who don't know, my friends Chris and Aprille had a baby girl last week, Isabella Marie.  She was a BIG baby but she's damn cute.  The first week at home for a baby is a big challenge for new parents and Chris decided it would be a good time to be sick too.  He dropped a few pounds, missed a bunch of sleep but made it through.  By Saturday, with Grandma in town, it was time to get out of the house, so up to the Bird with Pouch (aka. Chef Al-For-a-Day).

Proud Papa with Miss Izzy
Peace, Sistah Izzy
Gotta love it when the Bird looks like this
It turned out to be way more fun than we thought it was going to be and after a few runs we ran into these clowns
Hey Jodie, what you listening to?
Solitaire?  Never heard of that band...
Straight to the House
Jodie kills it over the sign by the Porch.  Wasn't ready for this one and just clicked one off, nice shot though
Misty Mountain Hop
Blue Car into the clouds
Fart box

J-Dubz, slash to stump bonk

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Metal Family Tree

Now you know......

Found this at the LDS Genealogy research center....NOT!

Click on the Metal Family Tree to see who your grandpa banged his head to.

Moonlighting with Cory Smith

I've been good friends with Cory Smith for more than few years now.  Cory is the Snow Team Manager for a major eyewear brand and we traveled together for a few years to several snowboard events around the country and even to Canada for an incredible trip to Baldface Lodge with Snowboarder Magazine.  We split hotel rooms, condos and rental cars saving dollars on both of our budgets to be put to more constructive uses... you know, like expensive dinners and booze.  Some of the stunts we pulled on tour are better left unsaid here and God only knows how our brains and livers have survived.  
Cory has always been an Art Fag, filming, editing and producing numerous team videos, sales meeting presentations and commercials for Smith.  Recently Cory and his super cool wife, Jen, have become parents to a beautiful daughter, Sophie, and being a good Dad/Art Fag, Cory decided to get himself a digital SLR camera.  The idea was to document his daughter growing up and maybe take a few shots of his team riders and travels around the globe.  When Cory sent me some samples of his new "hobby" I was not surprised to see magazine quality shots right off the bat.  What a goldbricking moonlighter!  Here's a few samples....

It's amazing that Sophie can be so cute and still kinda look like her Dad

Here's Cory putting in yet another hard day of "work"

Travis Kennedy boosts one over the sleds

This is the one that really caught my eye, Wyatt Caldwell on the Moon

Miller Time after another hard day at the "office"

Monday, March 3, 2008

Eat a Dick Hippy...

I know that some of you reading this are probably loyal Alta lovers, but I've got a bone to pick with some of your fellow skiers "over there".  What the fuck is their problem with snowboarders?  I mean seriously, in my opinion, it doesn't matter what you ride, you can still be a douchebag.  
You may or may not be familiar with the rope line separating Alta and Snowbird on the Baldy shoulder.  If you hike baldy from the Bird and traverse all the way out to the line there is a super fun series of windlips that gets formed right along the rope line.  When you ride these windlips sometimes you're on Bird ground, sometimes you're on Alta ground.  Now, just because I might happen to be over that line for minute doesn't mean I'm there to plunder all your precious powder, I'm gonna drop back into the Bird.  So that being said, why do my friends have to hear it from crusty, elitist skiers every time a snowboard happens to poke over the line?  Relax.  Smoke a doobie brother.  Get some patchouli aroma therapy going.  I don't care what it is, just do something and shut the fuck up.
I think it may be time for our Little Cottonwood neighbors to wake up and smell the 21st century.  I mean are you really that insecure with your ability to have fun that you need to clamp down on mine?
Eat a dick hippy.

Photo by Saydah

iChatting With the Homies, Pt. 2- Aaron Biittner

Well, damn, it's looking like this is actually going to be a weekly feature!  Episode 2 of iChatting with the Homies is with Aaron Biittner.  Biittner is a pro shred from right here in good 'ol SLC!  Biittner's pops has worked at the Bird for a long time and consequently Aaron and his sister Libby (who is a bad ass freeskier BTW) grew up shredding there.  It's no wonder they both shred, I mean what a place to learn your snow skills.  These days Biittner is one of the marquis head-to-toe riders for DC Shoes (although now they are DC shoes, boots, threads and boards) and travels the world filming with the top snow vid production company, Mack Dawg Productions, and doing select contests here and there.  It's great to see the homeboys doing it up big and Biittner deserves it, styles for miles.  Biittner just got back from a van tour of Europe and went straight to Northstar-at-Tahoe for the annual Vans Cup rail jam.  I caught up with him Monday morning right after he got back, here's the chat.
As always, if you click on the dialogue boxes they will enlarge so you can read 'em better...

Aaron Biittner, fresh off the plane from Europe, Vans Cup Rail Jam, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Feb 29, 2008.  Andy Wright photo, sorry andy I stole it off TWS

Circle the Wagons

So, I've been hiding out most of this winter, lurking in the suburbs of Park City and tromping around in the backcountry.  Not much going out to the bars for me.  But all things must change, even if it means going back to the routines that are familiar.  I've been camping out in the Valley for the last couple weeks, and going out and seeing all the homies again was right up at the top of my list.  Friday nights at the Circle Lounge are good times.  DJ Harry Furburger (aka J2) and DJ Bennee Blanco (aka Justin Bennee) usually spin records and you can usually count on Knucklz to take a turn on the wheels, maybe even a freestyle from Concise Kilgore or whoever wants to step to the mic.  You never know for sure what you're gonna get....other than really wasted.

Hit up Knucklz place to fukk around in the studio and get our pre-party on 
Mad musical scientist DJ Knucklz at work in his lab
Get to the Circle and run into these fools
Yeah, thanks for the love Knux
Bennee, Saydah and Arthur, shred bro from France
Bromance was in the air
See what I mean? PlumbBob and Knux get loose

Nothing like triple fisting to really get the party started
E Stone, Ethan Fortier, snowboard industry kingpin and old school Vermont shred.  Think he's not?  Check the vid of this freestyle after the bar was empty.  I can just hear him and Brushie battling on the mic like it was 1993 all over again....

Oh look!  It's the new Bud LIght promo girl!  Smile Bev, you know you rock

Melissa lining up the after party

Dawn and Bev, I like this shot, so artsy

We got back to Knucklz place and there were cops parked out front.  Luckily they were busting some crack heads in the apartments across the street.  Is that egg on the roof of this cruiser?

Hmm....  Looks like somebody doesn't like cops

Thank god Knucklz got a bunch of liquor store beers and a bottle of Wild Turkey....NOT!

The home stretch, it was daylight out when I left

Melissa, put this drunken fool to bed.  Goodnight Salt Lake, or should I say good morning?

So here's a little follow up, I spent most of Saturday in bed until about 4:30 om when I had to get up and start puking.  I figured I'd spare you, my loyal reader, the puke pics.  Just another day in the life.  Old enough to know better, too dumb to do anything about it....

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