Travis Prange – Official Genius

The DOC Travis Prange @tprange – Celebrating Travis’s 30th Birthday we give you this….. Happy Birthday Travie !! filmed by @FUvegas Andrew Clough!

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Posted by: Official Genius | October 1, 2016 | Categorized under: featured, Skateboarding, Videos

Tom Bennett – Bear Mountain 2016

Styles Davis a.k.a. Tom Bennett has been holding it down at Bear Mountain for a few years now, turning heads all over the mountain daily with his Jersey swagger. Last season was no different as he relentlessly laid waste to the unsuspecting features and brought the heat for this collection of clips from his 2015-16 season at the infamous Bear Mountain.
-Film/Edit-
Kevin Lonergan @kevthurdy
-Music –
“Big Worm” by Maxo Kream
The Persona Tapes
-Instagram –
@fodt_southwest//@officialgenius//@lettherebemusic//@beersavage//@wormlyfefilms

Posted by: Official Genius | September 10, 2016 | Categorized under: featured, Snowboard, Videos

Lee Canyon First Day Of Summer Skate

The OGz headed up to Lee Canyon in Las Vegas to get out of the heat and do what they do best. Have Fun!

Posted by: Official Genius | June 20, 2016 | Categorized under: featured, Skateboarding, Videos

WORMLyFE Films – Mixtape#9

Bear Mountain in the springtime means one thing…sun’s out, guns out. Sit back and watch the crew burn down the house and lay it down in classic Bear fashion.
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Mark Gama – Nick Tro – Sean Monahan – Scott Banks – Jordan Gibson – Chris Schweiger – Buzz Holbrook – Grant Garges – Keoni Kaimuloa – Jake Schaible – Kody Williams – Lenny Mazzoti – Stephon Deifer – Jordan Small – Kyle Schafer – Tom Bennett
Film – Kevin Lonergan and Kyle Schafer/@shylekafers
Edit – Kevin Lonergan/@kevthurdy
Music – “Burning Down The House” by The Talking Heads
“Smooth” by Tha Dogg Pound
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@wormlyfefilms
@jupiterpeople
@fodt_southwest
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Posted by: Official Genius | May 8, 2016 | Categorized under: featured, Snowboard, Videos

Lucas Magoon Welcome To D-Day

D-Day snowboards proudly welcomes Lucas Magoon @lucasillwoodmagoon to the team!
Also featuring
Vinny @vincheesel
Chris Roach @croach255
Jaromie Nolan @jaromiethehomie
Will Steller @will_steller
Deadlung @deadlung
Shot at @bear_mountain
Video by Adam Ruzzamenti @avante_garden
Additional shots by Vinny

Posted by: Official Genius | April 12, 2016 | Categorized under: featured, Snowboard, Videos

HOW YA DOIN’ !?

HOW YA DOIN The Movie is the 4th full length snowboarding video from the Ice Coast Kills Shit fam. Shot entirely in New York, HOW YA DOIN is a rollercoaster of emotions that follows the ICKS boys through the 2014/2015 east coast winter. It’s hollerable. It’s tolerable. It’ll make you wanna pop your collarable. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but most importantly, you’ll ponder the greatest question of our generation… HOW YA DOIN’!?
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Posted by: Official Genius | March 24, 2016 | Categorized under: featured, Snowboard, Videos

Zappos Park Jam 2016 – Downtown Las Vegas recap

Park Jam 2016 presented by Zappos from Las Vegas. Gotta give it up to Park Fab and Park on Fremont for putting on this event. Its not everyday they shut down Las Vegas Blvd. let alone for a snowboard contest.
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Posted by: Official Genius | March 16, 2016 | Categorized under: featured, Snowboard, Videos

Jesse Jean Bart – HD Part

Filmed and Edited by Bernard Van Weydeveldt
Additional filming by Archie
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Posted by: Official Genius | | Categorized under: featured, Skateboarding, Videos

Snowmusement | Snowboarding An Empty Water Park

Water park? You mean snowboard park? Imagine this: snow-covered water slides, high dives as jibs, no lines or entrance fees, and a group of your buds to shred. What more could you ask for?

Snowboarders Toby Miller, Red Gerard, and his brother Brendan Gerard hopped the fence in the dead of winter, so that they could design and build their own Snowmusement park. Winching into custom features, ripping down funnel slides, hucking off cliffs directly into the food court — there’s nothing off limits for the boys inside Mountain Creek’s Action Park in north New Jersey.

Posted by: Official Genius | February 13, 2016 | Categorized under: featured, Snowboard, Videos

Winter at Fenway Afterparty

winter-at-FenwayCome party with us after the Big Air at Fenway this Thursday night at The Lansdowne Pub. The no cover, tons of drink specials, live music and prizes. Check The Facebook event page for more details.

Posted by: admin | February 8, 2016 | Categorized under: Events, featured, Music

Cashing In on a 30 Year Old Offer

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This past November, my supervisor and I were looking through some old Rolling Stone magazines. Most of the issues dated back to the 1980s, and we were especially entertained by the old ads we came across. The more we read through these ads, the more we saw exclusive “mail-in” offers that would give you a free sample of the product advertised. The idea then came about that we should actually try to cash in on one of these offers, even though they were decades old. The only way that this would actually work is if the offer didn’t have an expiration date, and if the company was still at the same location. Although we knew it would be a difficult task, we felt that it could be done.

We scoured through ad after ad, looking for the perfect candidate. The more we searched, the more unlikely it appeared that we would actually find an offer that still existed. Only a few magazines remained at this point, and we trudged on in hopes that something would pop up. We picked up an issue from November of 1985 and, to our surprise, we found something. An advertisement for Blistex lip balm. The ad was so old that the company was still going by their previous name ‘Blistik’, and we knew this was exactly what we needed. All we had to do was mail in 50¢ and provide a return address, and a free sample of Blistex medicated lip balm was ours. There was no expiration date printed on the ad, and it appeared that we had finally found the loophole we were looking for.

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I then began my letter to Blistex, explaining the situation. To make it feel as legit as possible, I made it seem like I genuinely thought the clearly out-dated offer was still standing. The letter read:

“To the Good Folks at Blistik,

Howdy! I hope today finds you well. I was recently going through the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine and came across an advertisement for your new “creamier Blistik” medicated lip balm. And, to be truthful, it looked so darn creamy and dandy that I had to respond to your ad and get one for myself. Included in this envelope you will find the necessary 50¢ and my return address. I look forward to receiving my complimentary Blistik lip ointment, and with the winter months coming, my battered old lips surely will need it. Thank you for this opportunity, I will try to contain my jubilance in the meantime!

Sincerely,

Ben P.”

We sent the letter and 50¢ over to Blistex, along with a copy of the ad, and waited. A few weeks went by and I began to think that maybe they thought it was a prank of some sorts, and weren’t interested in fulfilling the offer. That was until early last month, when I received a package from them in the mail.

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To my surprise, the package contained a complimentary medicated lip balm. Not only that, but I also received a letter from the company’s consumer affairs department:

“Dear Ben,

We would like to thank you for your interest in Blistex and taking the time to contact us about an old advertisement you saw in a Rolling Stone magazine about a free trial offer. This offer has been discontinued for quite some time and we have discontinued our sampling program. However, in response to your letter, and taking out the time to contact us, we have enclosed a complimentary tube of Medicated Lip Ointment. We trust that this product will meet with your expectation.

If we can be of any further assistance, please feel free to contact us directly.

Regards,

Consumer Affairs.”

Not only were they good sports about the whole thing, but they actually fulfilled their 30 year old offer! So, the moral of the story is this. First, shouts to the good folks at Blistex. And, second, if you have any old magazines lying around, definitely take a look through them. You never know what offers are still out there just waiting to be cashed in.

 

by Ben Pinette

Posted by: admin | January 15, 2016 | Categorized under: featured, Interview

The Doppelgangaz Interview

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Recently caught up with the ever cloaked out Doppelgangaz hellions to talk about their newest project, Beats for Brothels, Vol. 3, and grab some pointers on curating the proper dick pic for this holiday giving season. On another note…get these dumpster diving/breast exposing men some god damn artisanal sustenance…EP out here surviving on tuna melts and saltines. I can’t sleep on that!

First off, let’s talk food and beverages real quick. What’s been hitting the palettes lately?

EP: Lately? Damn. It’s been nothing but struggle meals. Want to get back to the fine dining, but that Black Cloak Lifestyle keeps calling a Ganga name. Pretty much tuna, grilled cheeses, canned soup and frozen pizza. The more I talk about it, the more I want my life to end.

What is exciting you in hip hop right now?

MOF: 2015 has definitely been a great year for the genre in my opinion. It’s exciting to see all different types of sounds on the charts. Shit you might see the Dopp in that number one spot sooner than you think. Crazier things have happened right?

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Where are you guys at right now? Where was the last show?

EP: We’re back in Parts Unknown doing what we do best. Sharking. The last show we had was in Philly. It was a grand old time. Sharks from all ages were there, a fight broke out, we had an authentic Philly cheesesteak and left with zero female contact as it always goes with us. I could’ve sworn being a rapper meant you get mamis all over you. Damn fam.

Got any weird tour stories or shit you’ve encountered in NYC?

MOF: We can’t disclose any tour stories but there’s always some wild random shit to be seen in NY. I once witnessed a dog give birth in a Kennedy fried chicken.

Where have you guys been living?

EP: It’s Parts Unknown all day, everyday, but you can catch us everywhere. We get bored real quick so we’re always up to something. You might randomly catch us in Maine. Weirder things have happened.

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You got a new project dropping in December, what’s good with that? Any big plans after/for the release?

MOF: We can’t wait like Bart Scott. Beats for Brothels, Vol. 3 drops on December 18. We might have some surprises on deck too. Also, plan on seeing the Dopp in your city in 2016. Long overdue kid.

Reflect a bit on the creative process for the album, versus past projects.

EP: Same process as always which is no real defined process. Just a lot of hard drugs, alcohol and women that have been paid for. The rest is a blur kehd.

Most importantly with the gift giving season around the corner, can you shed some expertise on shooting the perfect dick pic? I’m talking unlimited budget, props, lighting, resolution, etc. How are you going to guarantee that he/she hits you back and/or initiates some physical activity?

EP: You got to angle down. Make it seem like the mamba is busting through the screen. Shawty bout to love that. Have some really professional lighting and even use one of those silver fill cards that they use in film to reflect light back on to your member. Then take the pic with a professional camera or with your smart phone if it takes hi res pictures. I’d suggest running some filter on it from like VSCO cam. Make it artsy. Still, no guarantees she’ll respond. Just put your best foot… or johnson I should say, forward.

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For more information on The Dopplegangaz or to purchase Beats For Brothels, Vol. 3, please visit http://www.thedoppelgangaz.com/.

 

by Michael Connolly

Posted by: admin | December 24, 2015 | Categorized under: featured, Interview, Music

The Return of Sessions

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Last week, legendary snowboard brand Sessions announced that they were fully relaunched and ready to go for the 2016/2017 season. The company has not been active in the U.S. for the past two years, and will premiere their new line for North America at the upcoming SIA Snow Show in Denver next month.

The company will be led by founder Joel Gomez and Robert Myers, president of Pretty Great LLC. A little over a year ago, Pretty Great LLC purchased Sessions and has since been working to relaunch the brand in America. The company also announced its team of riders this past week, which will include Ryan Paul, Jesse Paul, Scotty Vine, Nick Geisen and Ryland West.

Like many other brands in the industry, Sessions faced tough times towards the end of the previous decade. The financial crisis of 2007-08 and poor snow conditions on the west coast hit the brand hard, and the bank ended up discontinuing their credit around this time. In order to put out their next year’s line, Sessions required more funding and the company signed a financial deal with Samsung. After about two years of the Samsung partnership, Sessions still wasn’t performing at the level they desired and Gomez knew it was time to make some changes. He then talked to Pretty Great LLC and their main funding partner about a potential sale, and the two parties worked out a deal.

“We ended up getting out of the (Samsung) deal, and it strained the company. I mean it’s the same story with any other company. We took all these hits, and on top of that, with the snow conditions going downhill, someone came and asked if we would consider selling and we got a fair offer and we took it,” said Gomez.

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Sessions plans on staying close to their roots, and will focus most of their energy on the Tahoe area. From there, the company hopes to expand to Colorado and other states in the future, but for now the emphasis will stay on California.

“You can’t spread yourself too thin. I’d rather go to one area and have a strong presence, plant the seed and then have it root from there. Tahoe is where we ride,” Gomez said. “When I started the brand it was all about passion. I love the snow, and skate and music. That’s sort of my background. And everything changed when all these big companies went public, and sales had to keep growing. When we relaunched Sessions, our goal at the start was just to work with specialty shops and maybe one online dealer. We just need to get back with the right mindset,” he added.

Sessions will officially premiere their new line for the 2016/2017 at the SIA Snow Show in January. According to Gomez, the line will have a “historic feel” to it, and will also feature some more “fashion forward” designs from Myers as well.

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“Snowboarding seems to be missing something. Maybe it is because I have been around for a while and recall the energy and angst from the DIY days of the 90’s. I feel like Sessions has an opportunity to inject some soul and passion to snowboarding. There is so much history behind the brand that I am sure most people don’t even know how many key athletes and industry firsts Sessions has provided,” said Myers.

Pretty Great LLC also manages three other companies in addition to Sessions, including Bonfire and Nikita. Balancing all these companies at once hasn’t been easy for Myers and the rest of the staff, but they have taken each challenge in stride.

“One challenge has been rebuilding a brand with a small team and a tight budget. We want to be responsible and realistic about growth and make sure we relay the proper foundation for Sessions. We address this with hard work, creativity and drawing from our past experiences,” said Myers.

“The next challenge is to do our best in healing some of the retail wounds from the past. Almost every end consumer I talk to about Sessions has an overwhelmingly positive feeling about the brand and that is very reassuring,” he added.

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When it comes to the future, both Myers and Gomez are excited.

“So far, the work has been really inspiring,” said Myers. “As a group we respect each other’s experience and creativity in a way that makes the process really enjoyable. It is tough work but also rewarding to see what we are achieving.”

Although Sessions will not release a line in the States this season, the company has still stayed busy in other global markets. They have remained active in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and hope to find even more success domestically in the following year. Right now, fans can get a taste of the new line on the relaunched Sessions website, and the full line will be premiered at the end of next month.

In addition to relaunching Sessions, Gomez has also started his own merchandising company titled “45RPM.” The company makes merchandise for various musicians, and is currently working with renowned acts such as Metallica, Foo Fighters and Band of Horses.

For more information on Sessions, visit http://sessionsmfg.com. For more info on Pretty Great LLC, please visit their LinkedIn page at https://www.linkedin.com/company/pretty-great-company. All photos courtesy of Sessions MFG.

 

by Ben Pinette

Posted by: admin | December 6, 2015 | Categorized under: featured, Interview, Snowboard

UP NEXT: Joey Esteban

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OG Joey, Ninja Joe, Lil Joey, Joey the Mountain, The ESTEBAN! while the nick names have changed, one thing has remained the same, he has been killing Las Vegas streets since back in the day. And his latest video parts prove just that nailing clean trick over big gaps. The 2015 releases, “Take Two” by Dom G, and Pharmacy’s “The Vegas Video” by Jordan Gibo and Kevin Phelps, has helped launch his skateboard career. I was able to catch-up with him while he had some downtime from an emergency appendicitis.

Joey Esteban

Q: So a lot has been happening lately, 2 new parts dropped this year, new sponsors, give us the update.
A: yeah my “Take Two” and “the Vegas Video” parts stop by Pharmacy and snag a video before they are gone for good.. Thnx homies for letting me get up in them thangs! But yeah my sponsors are HurtLife skateboards, Pharmacy Boardshop, Official Genius, KR3W Denim, Fallen Shoes, and Theeve Trucks. Huge Shoutout to them man holding me down keeping me going!

Q: To a lot of people you might be the new kid on the block, but you have been skateboarding for a long time, how long have you been skating?
A: I’ve been skating for 12 years now. I wouldn’t consider myself the new kid on the block, thats donnie walberg. hahah

Joey Esteban

Q: So you are one of only a few locals that got added to the Hurtlife team, what was it like when Rag Doll hit you up an offered you a spot on the squad?
A: It was a trip! Haha I think he DM me at first that’s how I got his number then I remember I was driving and he called me and offered me a spot on HurtLife team and I was just like fuck yeah! It was just nuts cause I used to watch Ragdolls Video parts growing up and yeah it was just crazy haha still is.. but yeah we ended up meeting up at a Bar chopped it up and he welcomed me to the team. But ya man Rags is the man he’s definitely helped me out a lot lately love you G! And always big shoutout to KC and Lowden! HL

Q: A few of those gaps you nailed in the Vegas Video caught my attention, what new bangers are your working on?
A: yeah trying to change it up a bit.. Been working on some new things. You’ll see.. Haha

Joey Esteban

Q: Word on the street is you have a part coming out in “Hello Mercy” any thing you want to share about how your part is shaping up?
A: Yeah there’s actually the promo coming out in October for the whole HL squad. It’s actually coming along besides this damn unexpected surgery ( I had to get my appendix taken out).. But yeah it’s going good! Haha can’t wait to skate again.

also congrats to Joey on being a new father!

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Posted by: Official Genius | November 24, 2015 | Categorized under: featured, Interview, Skateboarding

Deck The Halls

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Deck The Halls is a skate deck art show brought to you by Witch Dr. and Steez. We have 100 blank decks we’ll be selling in the coming month at both Steez HQ and Witch Dr. for $25. Get yours before they’re gone. Artists will have until Dec. 5th to do whatever they want with the deck and return them to Witch Dr. A huge art show will then take place at the new Witch Dr. Gallery on Dec. 10th with live music, free food and drinks. 80% of all sales will go directly back to the artists, with the other 20% going towards x-mas toys for unprivelged local kids to have an awesome x-mas. It’s a win-win for everyone and will be a ton of fun. Help spread the word!

Most decks will be displayed vertically. Decks can be shipped to anyone out-of-state, but will cost around $10 to do so. For more information please e-mail info@steezmagazine.com

Posted by: admin | November 9, 2015 | Categorized under: Art, Events, featured