COLDSMOKE CHRONICLES: POWCHASING IN JAPAN

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It was without a doubt or exaggeration, the best trip ever. Memories of those ten days of riding Japan take the form of a vivid dream. The snow was too perfect, the pleasures too rich to have been experienced in reality.

Imagine waking up in a converted barn, grabbing your socks and jacket off the line after they’ve been warming over a woodstove. The night’s snow has risen to the windowsills. You sip earthy tea and look out on a world blanketed in a pure white cloud that you’ll be flying through until sundown.

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RECAP: AN EVENING WITH COLDSMOKE

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A huge thanks to all who came out last Thursday to make the Coldsmoke season kick-off and benefit for the Venice Family Clinic a smashing success!  The studio has never looked better, bedecked with works from local artists, CHASE – who made a special live painting on the roof deck- Pascal Shirley, Eddie Wall, and the legendary Mike Parillo.  Special thanks goes out to Black Magic Rum for spicing up the bar, Flake and Jolly Oyster for hooking up a cornucopia of finger-licking bites to soak up all the libations. Ya’ll killed two kegs and a bar full of rum in less than three hours, and still comported yourselves with dignity and aplomb- way to go Venice!

If you couldn’t make it out, or if you liked the art but were too tipsy to find your wallet, prints from Eddie Wall and Pascal Shirley will be available on our online store, with proceeds going to the Venice Family Clinic.

We’re stoked to be part of such a supportive and fun community.  Looking forward to hanging out with everyone again.

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THE FOURTEENER PROJECT

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The Fourteener Project is a grassroots venture committed to proliferating the knowledge and love of Colorado’s 58 peaks over 14,000′. Every product is locally designed and produced to whet your appetite for conquest and satisfy your desire to commemorate the climb.

You already know how it feels to bag a peak. Now you can track each successful climb and display your obsession in a sophisticated way with this beautiful print and the included stamp and ink pad.

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THE WEDGE

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Aerial work featuring this emblematic break in Newport Beach, CA. We have always been fascinated by this freak of Nature and wanted to capture it from new angles and lightning. Total respect for surfers, bodysurfers and bodyboarders that risk it on every swell to experience the rush of this emblematic wave.

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HIGHLINERS TAKE ON THE FRENCH ALPS

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NYC SKATEBOARDING 1965 x LIFE MAGAZINE

Thus did LIFE introduce to the magazine’s readers its own unique (if somewhat shrill) take on a toy that would evolve into the emblem of a singular subculture and, eventually, a lifestyle. Skateboarding, LIFE opened in 1965, is “the most exhilarating and dangerous joyriding device this side of the hot rod. A two-foot piece of wood or plastic mounted on wheels, it yields to the skillful user the excitements of of skiing or surfing. To the unskilled it gives the effect of having stepped on a banana peel while dashing down the back stairs. It is also a menace to limb and even to life.”

Today, when grown men and women make a living (in some cases, a very nice living) inking endorsement deals and competing at skateboard tourneys around the globe; when skateboard video games sell millions of copies; when skateboarders like Tony Hawk and Marisa Dal Santo (and their winter doppelgangers, snowboarders like Shaun White and Gretchen Bleiler) are stars who not so much straddle sport and pop culture as transcend both; when industries (clothing, gear, skateboard park construction) have grown as the appeal of the sport has exploded — today, it’s difficult to imagine a time not that long ago when skateboarding was so new, so absolutely marginal, that a major national magazine could safely assume that  at least some of its millions of readers had absolutely no clue what skateboarding entailed … or what a skateboard was.

Here, LIFE.com looks back at the early, thrillingly anarchic days of a quintessentially American sport and pastime that, over the years, has been embraced by millions around the world while still, somehow, retaining its rebel cred.

Skateboarding, as the old saying has it, is not a crime. But as these pictures show, riding a deck can feel criminally fun.

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DAYS IN NIGHT

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It is hard to navigate in the dark, especially in an unknown territory. Over time, the eyes adjust to the darkness, and the new environment starts to emerge. Days in Night is the result of a residency at CFS Alert, a military and research station in the high arctic. From October to early March there is polar night, with no direct sunlight. Not even a compass works up there: magnetic north is south of the station. Photos by Thomas Kneubuhler.

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SKATEBOARD PAINTING

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A couple of months back I made the trip out to Mana Contemporary (a surprising cultural hub in Jersey City) and witnessed Matt Reilly of Japanther—a band established by Reilly and Ian Vanek while students at Pratt and described by art reviewers as “art-rock installation paratroopers” —skateboard paint. Somewhere between Jackson Pollock’s drips and Aaron Young’s multi-motorcycle performance art piece Greeting Card, lies Reilly’s skate-painting. By adding paint to the wheels of his board with sponges and then showing off his skating skills, Reilly is able to create large, abstract paintings while putting on a mesmerizing show. – Source: Collabcubed

You can see him in action below:

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SAVING THE WORLD’S OLDEST TREES

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Four dozen spindly baby trees—perfect genetic copies of the grandest sequoias and redwoods that ever lived—were planted last month on four foggy and remote acres on the edge of the Pacific Ocean in southern Oregon. Their job: to save the world.

“We found the biggest trees that ever lived, including many cut down to their stumps, and we’ve brought them back to life by cloning them,” says David Milarch, co founder of the Michigan-based non-profit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive. The goal is to create an old-growth forest where giant trees capable of removing large amounts of carbon dioxide from the air will help prevent global warming. Says Milarch: “We saved these trees, and now they will save the world.”

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