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Corey Adams and Alex Craig

These 2 have given USKMT the most awesome films.  Check out www.machotaildrop.com and  www.coreyadams.ca .

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Southern tour part 2: OK city

May 28th: I dropped Andreas off at the crack of dawn at the Austin airport-he had to take care of business back home but planned to meet us in Oklahoma city. That gave Mariah and I time to do some sightseeing on a slow drive to OK city.

We drove through a nice southern thunderstorm on the way north-zero visibility is nice when you’re driving alongside an 18-wheeler.

Came out of the storm to see this awesome old arcade.

and whatever this is.

Stopped in Dallas to see the book depository that is now called the Sixth Floor Museum. It’s dedicated to JFK and his assassination-the sixth floor corner window is permanently open, where allegedly Oswald shot from.

You’d get a much easier shot from the grassy knoll, right in front of the motorcade’s path…

Hugo, Oklahoma: small town with a huge graveyard in which a portion is sectioned off as a “showman’s rest”-dedicated to circus workers and performers.


Made it to Oklahoma City and drove to the house that Gabe Friedman, his brother and a friend recently bought.

We borrowed some bikes and cruised around some quaint little neighborhoods.

it was super hot…

annoying neighbor dogs.

picked up andreas the next day

Mariah made some loganberry pie.

good morning…

Gabe’s brother Micah does some hide tanning in his spare time…

we had to hit up Gabe’s girlfriend’s pool when it got too hot.

Gabe’s grandma ran a vintage store before she passed and left it to him.

Andreas introduced us to this fun game with record covers…

If you’re not familiar with Gabe Friedman, you should pick up the copy of Slap with Motorcycle Diarrheas…

We went to the roadhouse to get some dancing in. Didn’t see Swayze.

Gabe took us out on old Route 66 to see some family property.

Bill Daniel showed his film “Who is Bozo Texino” at the OKC infoshop. His book “Mostly True” is worth picking up.

Gabe set up and UnderSkatement showing at a pizza place called Sauced but I didn’t get any photos of the event. I really enjoyed their pizza and beer, though…

Thank you Gabe and Micah Friedman and all of their roommates for letting us crash on the floor and being so friendly.

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Paul Newman, we’ll miss you…

One of my favorite actors died Saturday, September 27, 2008. He was an amazing actor, race car driver and humanitarian and never let his fame go to his head.

Read and see more:

Huffington Post


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Southern tour part 1: Austin

We hit 7 cities in May and June: Austin, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Oxford (MS), Athens, Atlanta, Huntsville.

We decided to show in Austin on Friday, May 23rd to coincide with Toad and Salmon’s Chili Bowl contest, which was scheduled there on Saturday, May 24th. A bunch of SF and Grass Valley folks were heading down there for the weekend to join forces with the Austin locals-can you say “party-time”?

All around awesome guy Dave Wattigny set up the show at the Broken Neck, a warehouse with a fun ramp that hosts rock and roll shows. It was the perfect spot.

He set us up a VIP table with the appropriate beer.


post show: Wattigny-Broken Neck ramp jam.


Austin’s got lots of backyard pools, ramps and ditches…

Austin summers are super hot so friends with pools are a godsend.

Justin Visser, Ben Rainey(Chili Cookoff-Best Chili), Justin Strubing…

Collinson chilling

one of many backyard ramps Austin has to offer.

and ditches

Gordon Eckler

Tyler Mumma

Lee Brooks-I remember an awesome story he shot for Slap about people skating an abandoned water park in the South…

Adam Young

lots of little dogs…

and beards….Jeremy Jenkins of Roller and Andreas

Michael and Allison Sieben let Andreas, Mariah and I all stay at their house for 5 days. They were amazing hosts. ***************************************************************

It was so hot on the day of the Chili Bowl contest that we decided to go swimming with friends, missed the contest and got there during the awards presentation. We suck. Check out Schmitty’s Chili Bowl blog at epiclytrife.com.

Adam, Hustle Jamie and Kevin Trahan.

Simon and Elias Bingham own No Comply skateshop with Jake Nunn.

Collinson got a nice burn.

Dave Clark moved to Austin from SF.


The Chili Bowl afterparty was out of control. Here, Andreas and Sieben contemplate dancing.

Gordon Eckler and Salmon, or Coach, or Emile Janicott… most of SF and Grass Valley were in Austin for the weekend.

Wattigny representing.

Tracy has a part in “Fixed-Push”

Claudia getting down.

Toad and Country with Schmitty and his lady.

Elias had to save Andreas from spending the night in jail for frolicking in the streets-riot cops were lined up on the street ready to take drunks away.

The heightened police presence didn’t stop these guys…

Jamie Hustle trying to get some peace and quiet, only to be slapped in the belly by some jerk…

late night pool party

same pool-different day

Andreas went back to SF for a couple of days, so Mariah and I went to a fair with the Siebens.

I almost got sick on this one…

My girlfriend Mariah went to Austin and Oklahoma City with me-you should read her account of the trip.

photos by David Franklin and Andreas Trolf

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The Big SPBeezy…

New Orleans, March 21st

For a good part of a decade, a bunch of dirtbags(including myself) get together in some city in the USA and make good times happen. This year, New Orleans was the chosen city and I decided that it would be a good opportunity to entertain the attendees with a showing of UnderSkatement.

Dudes come from all over the country-Bill is from Long Beach, CA.

The R Bar on Royal Street hosted our show.

The next night we had our annual dinner at a Mexican restaurant.

This dude makes it happen.

Adam(on right) was our host and lined up the R Bar and the restaurant. He rebuilds houses for Katrina victims and kills it on a skateboard.

4am pool party

10 dudes crammed in this van with no windows and drove straight through the night from Denver to get to New Orleans. Check out the distance.

Alex Nunez, shown below, made this beautiful shirt.

He looks like the Gonz

Easter bowl party host and chef


local band

local rappers

our final night, we went to a jazz club where they had free gumbo and this amazing dude celebrated his birthday singing a patsy cline song.

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