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The Maloof Money Cup (only the biggest skateboarding contest, ever) after party was held from July 11th all the way to the 13th at the Sutra Lounge, featuring an appearance by Travis Barker and a performance by crunkster Lil Jon. DJ Andy Rourke of Til along with The Smiths graced Cafe Sevilla in Riverside with their prescence on July 1st. The other Cafe Sevilla (Long Beach) threw its two-year anniversary party on July 18th and July 19th.

Skinnie Entertainment Magazine - April 2008

In this month's incendiary issue of Skinnie Magazine, pro skater Rob Dyrdek graces our cover to discuss life after reality TV and the misunderstood state of street skating. Photographed by Michael Vincent. Meanwhile, the indie hip hop duo known as Atmosphere discuss their fascination story telling, odd collections, hypochondria and your mom. Pro Drifter, stunt driver and X Games rally car gold medalist Tanner Foust utilizes his powers for good as opposed to evil. We take a behind the scenes look at the EXPN Navy Moto X Championship, where the greatest in the various Moto X disciplines will square off. Our Larger Than Life Fashion Spread features pro fighters Manny Tapia, Joe Duarte, Rafael Feijao and Georgi Karakhanyan, as well as Munchie and Darling Clementine from TV’s Rad Girls... Oh yeah, and a bunch of other broads. Go Behind The Scenes of the American Donkey Show where we look at the wacky and eccentric candidates for the Democratic Party whose campaigns were as good as aborted before they even begun. Worth a chuckle. Will our intrepid Editor-In-Chief recover from his bout with poison oak? Who cares...

ATMOSPHERE Hip Hop's Hypochondriacs set out make Sex Music for the Single Mom
 

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ATMOSPHERE
Hip Hop's Hypochondriacs set out make Sex Music for the Single Mom
Words: Donald Stefanovich
Photos: Chad Buchman

On a (relatively) quiet Los Angeles street, somewhere in the west end of Hollywood, sits a rather unassuming hotel. Its cracking, yellow walls and dusty, weathered exterior hint at an ideal setting for some of the best of the Sunset Strip’s worst one night stands. It also wasn’t difficult to imagine that if the walls could talk, they might tell tales of the Los Angeles County Coroner in some of his finest hours. The funny thing was that upon entering the lobby, after one glance around the ultra-modern interior with wood accents, spotless floors and furniture I’d be afraid to sit on, I found myself glancing down in quick assessment of my attire. I felt out of place - never mind the fact that I was about to attend a listening party for the new album by one of the most arguably notorious duos in hip hop. Fortunately, it was back outside on the gum speckled sidewalk that I met Slug and Ant. In a way I didn’t entirely yet understand, something about them seemed to reflect the misleading appearance of the hotel. We proceeded to pile into a white minivan; the sort a soccer mom might drive. As I would soon discover, this may not have been coincidence. It was here that we had our party.

“It’s like everywhere else that’s not New York or L.A. We grabbed on to it just as hard as anybody,” says Atmosphere lyricist, Slug, of their hometown, Minneapolis. “I’ve learned that people who ain’t from New York or L.A. have a tendency to take hip hop a lot more personal because of how they use it to reinforce their identity. It’s like, there’s a certain type of entitlement that comes with being from the Bronx that in a way, it could almost be taken for granted that you’re surrounded by hip hop all the time. Whereas, in the Midwest, they’re probably still so insecure about their role in hip hop that they take all of it so personal. I grew up like that. I was one of those kids that loved this shit so much that I would get beat up over it.” It’s been 11 years since Atmosphere put the Midwest on the hip hop map with Overcast!, their first full length; a feat not to be taken lightly, especially at the hands of Slug, real name Sean Daley and Ant, real name Anthony Davis. Hip hop archetypes they weren’t and a hip hop mecca, Minnesota wasn’t. “We were never even given the option of playing the demo game. It was all about doin’ it for yourself. DIY in my city is a big deal,” Slug says. “Minneapolis has always had a sound. I guess if I had to categorize that sound, it’s the sound of people who don’t quite know how to do it, but they’re doing their best because music’s what they love.” On their fifth full-length (they have countless EPs, compilations, instrumental albums, dub series, cassettes, bootlegs and singles), When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold, it’s a sound they attempt to embody – with a bit of a twist, of course.

“We were actually looking for what Minneapolis sounded like in like the ‘80s. The earlier Prince stuff, even The Replacements - some of the more country, rock, No Depression type shit. I think we allowed the sound to dictate where the writing went and then it would be piped out and kind of keep the writing focused,” says Slug, attempting to describe the origins of the record. “We spent so much time on it,” says Ant, producer and the more reserved half of Atmosphere. “We had some musicians involved so, very tedious. It’s tough. A lot of the keyboard sounds we have on there, it was a bitch to recapture a lot of those ‘80s sounds that we used.”

Known for his conscious and brutally honest lyrics, Slug claims never to lie in his raps, only to tell stories. More than one acquaintance has been less than pleased at finding themselves in his flows. It’s a problem he says that won’t be one this time around. “This record is 95% fiction, but I still believe that there’s no lies in fiction. The lie is trying to pull a story on you that doesn’t have a means to the end. The point is to get to the moral of the story, not necessarily the literal telling of the story, but the final point of the story. I feel like in a lot of rap, it’s constant story telling… but it’s like they tell the story and it’s like a fantasy and there’s no means to the end. And that’s something that I can imagine I would ever do. I’m not trying to dis contemporary hip hop, it’s just a phase it’s in right now, but bottom line is people aren’t talking about the consequences.”

The first track laid down for the album, “In Her Music Box” chronicles a young girl in the backseat of her father’s car, absorbing the explicit rap beating through his stereo as she is dragged along – seemingly more of an accessory than a daughter. Throughout the album, Slug spins yarns about the everyman’s struggle; from addiction to parenthood, drawing more parallels to modern folk than contemporary hip hop. Although he claims his words as fiction, they’re certainly not entirely alien territory either. “I’m trying to figure out why a whole bunch of 19-year olds can relate to what I’m doing, you know?” Slug puzzles. “I’m 35 and I got a kid that’s closer to 19 than I am. What am I saying or doing that these kids can relate? I know if I sit down one on one with them, the kind of relating I’m going to have is, ‘I’ve been there, done that. Brush your fuckin’ teeth and eat your breakfast.’ If I were to try and reinforce anything it would be the reinforcement that I am kinda trying to grow up inside of what I’m doing. I don’t really have to put on no front, no airs about it. In the music, in person, on stage, just in general, I feel kind of fortunate that I can treat my dogs like how I would even if I was a fuckin’ delivery guy. I’ve grown up and learned a lot from a lot of my own personal decision making over the last few years. And I think – I hope, I hope – that that’s all reflected in the music. I’ve been trying to get that soccer-mom demographic.”

The rapper seems to grapple with having reached a pinnacle. While most would consider Atmosphere nothing less than on the upswing, Slug seems disoriented when looking down from atop his current achievements. “I think the actual driving to this point has always been the actual focus of what we do. So now that we’re kind of reaching this point, I don’t know if we really know how to deal with it.” While optimistic in spite of what one might infer from most of his lyrics, Slug remains acutely aware. “Everybody has their doomsday and me personally, I’d rather crash the plane myself then allow people to crash it for me. I would much rather take the whole fuckin’ thing and steer it into a tree and call it a done day and get out and walk away than run out of gas. I like water. I’m a water guy. I never swam in a tree, but fuck it.” And as for Ant? “I’ll probably go down too. I’ve followed this long.”

AT A GLANCE...
+  Nursery Rhymes
“There’s a special pressing of the album that’s coming out with – I mean it’s called a children’s book, but really I wouldn’t read it to the kids. It’s designed like a children’s book with watercolors, colored pencil illustrations and this story I wrote about this boy who’s shrinking and his princess who can’t see.” - Slug

+  Plan B
“Fat Mike got me into parking lots. Between NOFX and Fat Wreck Chords he’s still building his little parking lot empire. He makes a killing off that. I didn’t really get to know that dude too good, but when he was around me I would listen when he talked.” -Slug

+  Packrat
“[I collect] Pieces of camouflage cloth that represent pretty much every major army in the world. I’ve got a small piece of camouflage from whatever their actual uniform is and they’re all oragamied into peace doves actually. Really a weird thing but it was something that was started up, I believe it was Shingo that gave them to me a while ago actually, but I keep them out. They’re pretty fresh.” -Slug

+  switch hitter
“I jerk off with my left hand.” -Slug

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Skinnie's BAD BOSSES By Jasen T. Davis BAD BOSSES
By Jasen T. Davis

Everyone, at least once in their lives, has to realize they are working for a bad boss. They are creatures of a darker, work-or-be-killed universe, where only the strong survive because they are willing to work 25 hours of unpaid overtime a week.

The Howler
This posterboy for intermittent rage disorder has two settings: Loud and Marine Corp Drill Sergeant on PCP. Bonus points if his eyes bug out, he turns red and hot spit pelts your face when he blasts you for not restocking the paperclips. Your best bet is to endure the noise until you’re shopping for powertools and handcuffs while looking for places to bury a body in the desert when you get all horror movie up in this biatch.
The Good: At least he isn’t passive aggressive.
The Bad: WHAT DO YOU MEAN WE HAVE TO ORDER MORE PINK STICKY NOTES?!?!

The Fossil from 1945
In his day a janitor working 35 hours a week could raise a family of four while the wife stayed at home. He thinks gasoline is still ten cents a gallon and medical insurance is a communist conspiracy. When you ask for Friday off he tells you of the time he lost an arm in an explosion and still worked a 27-hour shift, staunching the flow of blood with a scarf he knitted out of his own navel lint.
The Good: At least these bastards are all going to be retired in ten years.
The Bad: By the time they do mad cow disease will be a fringe benefit.

The Non-Boss
This boss is as fleeting as a flying saucer and as elusive as the sasquatch. He occasionally calls you, but other than that he is persona non gratis… incognito. Eventually your job begins to feel like an episode of the Twilight Zone; a dadaistic performance art piece, or some obscure French flick.
The Good: Browsing porn has never felt so natural, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
The Bad: Can no one fire you for doing nothing for nobody?

Vietnam Vet
This guy fought in ‘Nam, so expect to make as much in a week as a Saigon whore made in an hour during the year 1971. If you run out of paper while the phones are ringing and you simultaneously juggle sixteen projects that need to be done by 5 p.m., don’t expect a lot of mercy… at your age he was hip-deep in blood, ammo casings and napalm while your weak-ass thinks credit card payments can be rough.
The Good: There isn’t a dress code so you can stick it to The Man.
The Bad: “The copy machine is malfunctioning? We got VC in the water! I thought you said this LZ was secure!? Lay down suppressing fire and fall back squad-by-squad to the Honda Civic!!!”

Starscream
Treacherous, ambitious and dangerous, Starscream is a pain-in-the-ass to work for because he’s always trying to overthrow the leadership of Megatron, despite the fact that he continually loses against the Autobots. Starscream also despises humans, which would explain the lack of medical insurance, 401K plan and paid vacation. Despite the fact he’s the most ruthless Decepticon, his high-pitched, screechy voice undermines his authority for him.
The Good: Being 31 feet tall and weighing nearly 6 metric tons, he’s easy to hear coming if you’re checking out porn on the Internet.
The Bad: He can fly at Mach 3 so his commute is brief. He’s also probably having sex with your computer.

The Son of the Boss
Possibly the lowest business life form there is, the Son of the Boss is underqualified and knows it. He’s either a poor surrogate for his father, aping everything the old man says and does, or he’s a total screw-off that steals your good ideas and takes credit for all that you do.
The Good: He can be easily manipulated when you get him drunk and buy him five lap dances. Big breasts never fail.
The Bad: When that big project drops dead and that bus comes around the corner, expect to be thrown under it when the dad demands a scapegoat.

Buffalo Bill
Kept naked in a pit while you starve long enough so that your skin might better be harvested to complete his macabre girl costume, this boss spends long hours in his room sewing while you freeze in the mud. While this job is comparable to working at McDonald’s, at least fast-food jobs pay you an hourly wage.
The Good: If you catch his little dog it might be used against him.
The Bad: “It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose!”

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BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE AMERICAN DONKEY SHOW THe Fluffers of the 2008 Democratic Party By Donald Stefonavich

BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE AMERICAN DONKEY SHOW
The Fluffers of the 2008 Democratic Party
By Donald Stefonavich

Eight of the longest, most divided years in American history are drawing to a close, and in the wake of the Bush regime we find ourselves still in the interminable briar patch of the Iraq War, with a less than encouraging economy despite and on the shit list of more nations than ever before. Democrats are quick to point out the debacles of Dubya and from Mississippi to Madrid, sentiments seem to be in favor of change. But in the current volatile two-party system where the tainted term of liberalism has been abandoned in favor of progressivism and a Libertarian was running as a Republican, can the Democrats offer any viable alternatives to get the donkey’s rocks off or will the blue states be left with blue balls? Let’s take a look at the lesser known candidates, the fluffers of the Democratic party whose participation, in spite of having only a marginally better chance of being nominated than Britney Spears has of being named “Mother Of The Year,” keeps the proverbial mule kicking and a healthy dose of “mock” in “democracy”.

Warren R. Ashe, Virginia
Ashe filed paperwork with the FEC for his third presidential run in 2008. Let’s start with the fact this guy’s official website is a profile on a SETI website. Yes, the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence, I’m serious. Is he? He has a list of fabricated claims of office including that he was President of the United Nations from 1973 until 2003 and Appointed President, United States White House 1981 – 2003. He claims to own a Fortune 500 company, Jyperonix Astrophysics, which focuses on “time travel communications that are real.” But his achievements don’t stop there. Ashe also claims that he builds flying saucers capable of “going to other solar systems at warp speed” by hand at a community college in North Carolina and has been taking sperm and DNA to the future (22nd, 23rd and 24th centuries to be exact) since 1983 via flux capacitation and wormhole technology. Likely Vice Presidential candidates include Dr. Emmett Brown and Mr. Spock.
setiathome.berkeley.edu/view_profile.php?userid=8285206

Princess Christina Gerasimos Billings-Elisas, California
Apparently Princess Christina was “born to be President of ‘Our America’,” and is “’The Chosen One’, As Proclaimed by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, friends of Theodore and Evelyn Gerasimos, first Greek in Detroit 1890. People’s King of the Greeks emanating from Spartan Royalty Warriors.” Who can argue with that? Of all the Presidential hopefuls and descendants of Queen Victoria, she certainly has the most colorful website with the same creepy picture of herself (it looks like she has fangs) plastered all over it. Of course there are plenty of eccentric rants, family photos, hand-written letters from her mother, and if you’re feeling particularly masochistic, a video of her stuttering, twitching National Campaign Co-Manager/Vice Presidential candidate. I think I’d actually shove the dingbat in office just to see what happens out of sheer, morbid curiosity.
christinabillings.com

Robert E. “Bob” Boyer, Illinois
Other than the fact that this guy filed the paperwork with the FEC to run for President and that he once ran for Sheriff of Jackson County and lost, no one knows a damn thing about him. He doesn’t even have a website. That’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see how it works out.

Albert “Big Al” Hamburg, Wyoming
This 76 year-old sonofabitch has lost 17 consecutive bids for President, Governor, US Senate and Congress. He claims to be a homeless veteran and is a self-proclaimed “unpopular candidate.” I’m not sure if it’s the Nazi helmet he wore in his 2004 campaign photo or the fact that Big Al actually looks like a pissed off hamburger, but he doesn’t strike me as an agreeable fellow. He’s been quoted as saying, “I make more people mad than I make want to vote for me.” Big Al once appeared in Nebraska out of nowhere and filed for a seat in the Senate, then suddenly was back in Wyoming. He made headlines in the ‘80s when he sued a woman for Breach of Contract because she agreed to have sex with him 50 times in exchange for a car, but stopped holding up her end of the bargain after 33 times. Big Al is the stuff legends are made of.

Lee L. Mercer Jr.
Mercer is a two-time military veteran who just happens to look like Michael Clarke Duncan. Here are few choice samples of his reasons for running: “To prove The Klu Klux Klan and the Communist Party are gangsters…,” “To prove that every person in the United States and world is hooked up on an Eye Spy Community-Military Intelligence (All Three) Electronic surveillance hot-wires…,” “To Prove I will be the 2nd Negro President of the United States of America in 2008,” “To Prove the government owes me Zillions of Dollars…,” “To Prove Jeb Bush is all in my house with disease,” “[To Prove] I have solved every crime in America and the world for the last 15 years dating back to before Christ,” and “To Prove America is America.” Whoah, what if he’s right?
mercerforpresident2008.com

Randy W. Crow, North Carolina
Mr. Crow is a small businessman and former realtor with several failed political campaigns including the 2000 Presidential Primaries in which he actually got on the ballot in New Hampshire and Louisiana. Somewhere among the conspiracy-theory ramblings, anti-Semitic rhetoric and verbal attacks on imagined enemies, Crow managed to divulge a bit of his “hunch” on his site. “[I] may be The Returning Christ... I do believe firmly that in a way whether or not I am The Returning Christ is a non event and do not worry about it at all, except I do pray that if I am The Returning Christ I would like to be the coolest, greatest, most fantastic Returning Christ in the history of the Universes.”
randycrow.com

John Joseph Kennedy, Georgia
This freelance writing, marketing executive and former model believes he is answering a call to “…serve God and my country,” and publicly embraces the idea that September 11th was an inside job. He takes it a step further though, accusing the Bush regime of being responsible for hurricanes and other natural disasters. “I will stop the Bush family’s manipulation of the elements of nature (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes) which have wrecked insurmountable havoc on our environment and disturbed the natural-flow of all life on this planet.” Really? I’m not exactly a fan of Dubya myself, but really?
johnjosephkennedy.com

Oloveuse O. “Ole” Savior, Minnesota
This artist and poet has his eccentric-sights set on the Whitehouse. He lists his top three issues to address as a “nuclear-free world, world hunger, and better education for all mankind.” Sounds pretty noble, right? Well let’s get to know him a little better, shall we? His favorite movie is The Terminator, his favorite TV show is X-Files and his favorite book is the Bible’s Book of Revelations. You laugh now, but when the impending apocalypse of alien, cybernetic-organisms hell-bent on destroying us all plagues the planet, you’ll wish you had Savior for President!
ole-savior.org

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ROB DYRDEK Rob's Big Adventure By Eric Honholtzer Photos by Michael Vincent ROB DYRDEK
Rob's Big Adventure
Words Eric Honholtzer
Photos: Michael Vincent

Rob Dyrdek is living the American dream with a three-year run of his successful MTV show, Rob and Big, numerous skate championship wins to his credit and several entrepreneurial enterprises. But the professional skateboarder has never forgotten his roots and continues to be a pioneer in building the sport of street skating. “You choose to be a skateboarder, you’re a skateboarder for life,” Dyrdek, 33, explains, noting that his rise to fame has been an incredible and often surprising journey. “It wasn’t like I looked at myself when I was young and thought I was going to make millions and have a 15-year career,” he says, “I was skateboarding and just loved to skateboard.” But Dyrdek’s impressive skills and business savvy proved to be the determinative factor that set the pro skater apart from the pack, and the Kettering, Ohio native now has even bigger things in the works, including feature film work and numerous altruistic projects aimed at giving back to the skate community that has given him so much.

Dyrdek’s fascination with skating began at the age of 11 and he hasn’t slowed down since. “My sister’s boyfriend was a skater and I really looked up to him,” Dyrdek reminisces. “I bought my first skateboard from him and I was off and running.” The pro skater is not exaggerating, entering his first competition just 24 days after first hopping on a board. “I entered my first contest after less than month of skateboarding,” he explains, and it wasn’t long after these little competitions that Dyrdek was ready for the big leagues. “I entered my first pro contest when I was 16 and that was the World Championships in Germany,” he relates. “The entire experience was surreal, just me and another one of my friends traveling across Europe, dealing with my first pro contest and coming close to winning it.” Dyrdek placed fourth, but it was validation that he had serious skills and skating was his calling. “I had quit school and I was skating full time every single day before going to that contest,” he explains, and while it would seem that the pressure of competition would be intense for someone who had just turned the legal driving age, Dyrdek says that his youth actually helped him feel less stressed. “When you get really good at something at a really young age it’s the total opposite,” he explains. “You’re driven and that’s the only thing you know, so it’s a lot different, especially in a sport where you choose it and you choose it for life.” 

Even with the success in competition, Dyrdek had to branch out because of the relatively low amount of earning potential in the sport at the time. “I got a two-dolloar check for selling one board my first year as a pro and I needed the two dollars,” he recalls. “You didn’t know what to expect. I turned pro when skateboarding was at its lowest point.” But Dyrdek’s business acumen kicked into high gear and the skater quickly began negotiating deals that involved marketing along with skating. “At a young age I began developing and starting businesses to add some level of longevity as opposed to just riding for companies,” he explains. “I think it’s just something that’s been in me and I’ve refined over the years.” Despite his numerous successes, Dyrdek humbly admits that there were, “plenty of failures along the way too.” However it was Dyrdek’s drive to succeed despite any failures that eventually caused him to pack up and move from his hometown in Ohio to California, where the sport of street skating was bigger. “I come from a very skate-based community, believe it or not.” Dyrdek explains. “Alien Workshop was started there, and there would be these huge skate contests like the Ohio Skateout, but to really come up in skating I had to come to California and do it in the streets here.” He adds, “Even though I had a lot of coverage and respect from the magazines from the trips I took out here it wasn’t until I moved out here that I was able to reach that next level.”

Dyrdek quickly reached that new level, both in his skating and in business, winning respect and getting involved with the popular DC Clothing line. “I worked a shoe deal along with my pro skating deal where I would go through the same process as the designers. I would submit the design and it had to be selected by the sales team,” he relates, explaining how he wound up exceeding DC’s expectations of just how many shoes he was going to create. “I kind of felt like they were thinking, ‘how many shoes is this guy really going to do?’” he says. “I wound up doing like a third of the line.” To date, Dyrdek has designed over 30 shoes for the company and has branched out into a clothing line of his own in collaboration with Travis Barker called Rogue Status.

As Dyrdek became more entrenched in the business community, the sport of skating was beginning to change. “The X Games played a part in that, giving it this organized place.” Dyrdek explains. “I think MTV also had a huge deal to do with it with stuff like Jackass, and then Tony Hawk in the sense of how many new fans of skateboarding there were because of the videogame.” Dyrdek explains, though, that even with the mainstream exposure, street skating was still highly misconstrued. “It’s not like a traditional sport where it’s judged by how well you do in a competition, it’s a lifestyle and there’s so much more to it and it takes a long time for people to wrap their head around that,” the pro skater relates. “I don’t even feel like it’s even close to where it’s going to be. I feel that it’s still really misunderstood.” 

Dyrdek used his close relationship with DC Clothing to help demonstrate how the sport of street skating was wrongfully judged. In what would become the first incarnation of his hit MTV show, Rob and Big, Dyrdek wrote a short skit for a DC skate video that included his bodyguard, Chris “Big Black” Boykin, and showed a comic satire of the mistreatment of skaters by authority figures. “You have to understand it’s what we deal with every day,” Dyrdek explains. “I wrote it for The DC Video and it got so big in the skateboarding community that when I was touring Big would come with me. It led to the creator of Jackass saying, ‘you need a show’ and we took the idea to MTV.”

Rob and Big debuted on MTV and was a smash success, but what a lot of people still don’t realize is the serious social commentary and satire that underlie the show’s comedy.  “My television show is a joke,” Dyrdek relates, “I have an entire television show based on the fact that street skating is illegal. I wrote it for The DC Video as a joke, like ‘hey I’m so sick of dealing with cops and security guards, from now on I’m going to bring my own security guards.’” The skater adds, “It’s a joke but it’s a testament to the state of modern skateboarding. It’s just that bad.” Dyrdek cites how even his notoriety hasn’t really changed the fact that he can’t skate where he wants to. “I still deal with getting kicked out by cops except now the cops know me and they want to shoot photos and tell their kids they kicked out Rob and wonder where Big Black is.” 

The fame that comes along with a hit TV show also has some negative aspects and Dyrdek soon found out that his rise in popularity would have an impact on his privacy, citing that between 30 to 40 people show up at his house every day. “What’s really funny is I caught one kid putting Bam stickers on my car,” the pro skater says. “He claimed that Bam made him do it, so we called Bam and Bam’s like, ‘I have no idea who that kid is.’” In addition, the show has given some people the wrong impression about Dyrdek and just how hard working the pro skater really is. “What people don’t realize about me is I get up at 7:30 am and work until midnight everyday,” Dyrdek explains. “From watching my TV show everyone thinks I don’t do anything all day and just run around having fun and live this incredibly fun eccentric life. But in reality I’m living that fun eccentric life for the TV simply to make a funny TV show.” He goes on to say that from watching the show, “everybody thinks I smoke weed which I don’t. I’m a dead, dead serious businessman. Most people think that it’s just 24 hours a day me and Big Black running around being nutty.” While Dyrdek does like to have fun, it’s not at all like the show portrays. 

Not letting the negative aspects of fame detract him from his goal of supporting the sport of street skating, Dyrdek continued to film his show and expose more of the misunderstandings that skaters must deal with. One of the most famous episodes of Rob and Big, where Dyrdek breaks 21 world records in one day, is another tongue-in-cheek political statement about the state of skateboarding today. “It’s a testament to how skateboarding is misunderstood,” Dyrdek explains. “Nobody should be able to break 21 records in one day with barely trying.” Perusing Guinness’ records, Dyrdek was shocked by what he saw and became determined to incorporate them into his show. “I’m seeing all these records and I’m like, ‘I can’t believe these are records’ which led to making an episode where I made fun of how ridiculous it was.” He adds that, “Those records were so easily beatable because no one had ever taken them seriously.” 

Instead of just exposing the hardships skaters face, Dyrdek has taken several proactive measures to help remedy the problem. “What I want to do with this exposure is start to build skate spots,” Dyrdek explains. “There’s this new program I’m doing called the ‘Safe Spot Skate Spot Program’ where I’m trying to build little spots.” Dyrdek is known for creating an incredibly innovative skate plaza in Ohio, but currently he’s focusing on smaller, more accessible areas for street skaters to be able to practice their craft legally. “I’ll do a skate plaza if I can get the commitment from the city but I’ve dealt with so much bureaucracy that what I’m basically developing are these mid-range, $50 - $100 thousand ‘skate spots,’” Dyrdek explains, though his commitment doesn’t stop at just designing them, the skater also foots the bill. “I fund them 100-percent through my foundation so there’s no red tape,” he recounts. “The city gives me land, I design it, pay for it to get built and then there’s a skate spot for everyone to skate.” Dyrdek’s drive to help the future of street skating doesn’t end with his foundation. “One thing that I’m developing leading into the next year or two is a league called, ‘The Street League,’” he explains. “It’s a strictly professional street skating league that’ll be a real street competition so that there will finally be a forum for street skaters.”

In addition to his altruistic skate projects, Dyrdek will be busy in the next year with several television and movie projects. The pro-skater has moved on from filming Rob and Big and while the details can’t be released yet, Dyrdek hints that he will be working with MTV on an innovative, multi-platform show the likes of which has never been seen before. “It’s going to be the first multiplatform TV show where you need web, cell phones and TV for it to work together,” Dyrdek explains. In addition to his work back on the small screen, the pro-skater will also be on the silver screen, with the release of an independent film called Street Dreams in August. “Street Dreams is a scripted feature film that I wrote and financed and produced, starring Paul Rodriguez Jr. and myself,” Dyrdek relates. “It’s about a kid from the Midwest coming up based on experiences that I had,” he says, adding that though the film is based loosely on things he’s gone through, it depicts the universal experiences of skaters everywhere. “To us it’s every skateboarder’s story,” Dyrdek explains proudly. “From running from cops to dealing with jocks to getting hated on by parents and teachers, it’s everything that skaters go through.” In contrast to the independent release, Dyrdek also has a part in the upcoming DeNiro and Pachino movie, Righteous Kill. “The film’s about these guys killing people who get away with crimes and I’m a victim of one of the criminals that gets killed,” Dyrdek relates. “It’s a small part but just a cool thing.” Whether it’s championing for skater’s rights or tackling the acting game, Dyrdek’s multiple levels of success demonstrate that he has what it takes to really make it big.

AT A GLANCE...
+ Favorite Food:
Dyrdek is a diehard sushi fan and admits that,  
“I probably eat sushi at least four times a week.”

+ Hidden Talents:
While Dyrdek’s great with a board he’s also adept with a soccer ball.  “I can juggle a soccer ball for a half hour straight,” he says proudly.

+ Meet Big Black:
Dyrdek met his partner in mischief via a phone call to a random security firm.  “When I wrote the DC concept,” he says, “I just called a security agency and said we’re looking for a guy of this description and Big Black showed up.  The rest is history.”

+ Guilty Pleasure:
“My guilty pleasure is American Idol,” Dyrdek
explains. “I haven’t missed an episode in two years. I’m fascinated by it because you stand in line with 10 thousand people in Omaha and a year later you’re a superstar.  It’s like the lottery with talent.

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Skinnie Magazines Moto X Championship Preview

MOTO X CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
Getting Down and Dirty
Words: PJ Yatar

They come for action, they ride for the competition. If you’re lucky, you get a few memories in between. The world’s best Moto X sport riders will strap on their helmets and body armor to battle in San Diego at the inaugural Navy Moto X World Championship, the first ever professional event to challenge riders not to one but all faucets of motocross. 

On April 12-13 the city of San Diego and the San Diego International Sports Council will transform Qualcom Stadium from a NFL platform in to an extreme sports playground for the fans to witness the world’s best riders to go head to head in variety of different fields of Motocross including FreeStyle, Speed and Style, Best Trick, Step Up and Super Moto. In addition it is the first time an X Game event has been held in San Diego since city played host to the X Games in the late nineties.

Naturally an event like this is going to capture the imagination of the top riders in Moto Sports. Athletes scheduled to appear are thirteen time Moto X champions Travis Pastrana, legendary motocross champ Ricky Carmichael,  X Games heavyweight Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg and rounding out the top spot is “The Godfather” of extreme moto sport Mike Metzger  as well as dozens of other top tier Moto X athletes. 
But the inside stadium is not the only action. The event will be surrounded by 24 hour tail gate parties, an acoustic music showcase stage, a giant pit area and scheduled meet and greets with the riders. In addition on April 13 the long awaited world premiere of Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg documentary Hood Rich will debut in downtown San Diego. Hood Rich chronicles the rebellious but playful rider’s personal journey through life set in a behind the scenes tell all tour through the US.

ESPN and ESPN2 will broadcast 8 hours of the Moto X World Championship from San Diego. Tickets range from $10-$25 along with upgrades including 2-day pit access and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Discounts are available through the military and Metal Mulisha. There are packages for 2 night RV camping. Check out EXPN.com for event and athlete updates as well as television times.

For more information on this killer event log on to www.EXPN.com, and for more information on the Metal Mulisha tail gate partes or the premiere of “Hood Rich” log on to www.metalmulisha.com for more details.

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UFC 82 Pride of a Champion By BJ Cummings UFC 82
Pride of a Champion
By BJ Cummings

Dan Henderson holds titles in the 185 lbs and 205 lbs division of the now defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships. Moving over to UFC to unify the titles, he lost a five round decision battle to Quinton Jackson at 205 and since dropped to 185 to fight reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. A dangerous man indeed, Henderson was the only prospect in the middleweight division who possibly stood a chance against the Spider. Emphasis on “was”.

Anderson Silva defeats Dan Henderson
Rear Naked Choke 4:52 Rd 2

Heath Herring defeats Cheick Kongo
Split Decision

Chris Leben defeats Alessio Sakara
TKO 3:16 Rd 1

Yushin Okami defeats Evan Tanner
KO (knee) 3:00 Rd 2

Jon Fitch defeats Chris Wilson
Unanimous Decision

Andrei Arlovski defeats Jake O’Brien
TKO 4:17 Rd 2

Luigi Fioravanti defeats Luke Cummo
Unanimous Decision

Josh Koscheck defeats Dustin Hazelett
TKO 1:24 Rd 2

Diego Sanchez defeats David Biekheden
Submission (punches) 4:43 Rd 1

Jorge Gurgel defeats John Halverson
Unanimous Decision

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TANNER FOUST Chasing An American Dream TANNER FOUST
Chasing An American Dream
Words: Donald C. Stefonovich
Photos: The ID Agency

Forget the house and 2.5; long and lascivious has been the love affair between Americans and the automobile. From the earliest mass-produced models to roll out of Detroit to modern motorsports, we’ve taken the internal combustion engine to a level far beyond a means to an end. Getting from point A to point B has never quite quelled the thirst, but somehow, going faster than the next guy and pushing these machines to their absolute limits seems to strike something primitive within the most civilized among us. Perhaps no one better personifies this than Tanner Foust.

“My interest in cars started when I was three years old, watching my dad shift gears,” recalls Foust. “Or maybe I saw someone go around a corner fast at one point and thought, ‘Wow, that’s cool.’” Foust has made a name for himself in nearly every aspect of motorsports, from drifting, to rally and ice racing to stunt driving, time attacks and hosting TV shows. He’s certainly exceeded even his own idea of “cool”, but it’s all something he seems to take in stride. The adolescent sense of wonder is still present in his voice as he relates one of his many careers. “Stunt driving has got to be one of the best jobs on the planet,” says Foust, lead stunt driver behind the wheel in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Dukes of Hazard and The Bourne Ultimatum as well as several commercials and TV shows. “When you’re on set and you’re crashing things or you’re drifting things and you’re wearing wigs and doubling an actor, you end up being in situations that you’ll never find yourself in, in the real world. It’s just cool to work on those projects and get immersed in this completely fictional story line.”

He’s certainly come a long way from his first driving job behind the wheel of a city bus in Vail, Colorado where he got fired for doing donuts in the snowy Beaver Creek west lot. “I gave some drunk hitchhikers in the middle of the night a pretty scary ride,” he says, chuckling. Early began his obsession with sliding, evident even before he fully realized it. From there he found a job as a tech for Formula Mazdas where he traded his tech work for seat time, but admits that he’s “damn slow” with a wrench. “I think I got the better part of that deal!” he says, not entirely in jest.

“When I started out in road course racing I dabbled in Formula car racing. The type of person who climbs the ladder in Formula car racing, for one thing, obviously has to be able to generate a lot of sponsorship money because it’s super expensive; But two, it takes really disciplined, methodical driving, very, very clean. I found early on once I started coaching on ice and really started enjoying sliding cars around that my style was a bit more dirty.  That kind of suited rally racing and off-roading as well as drifting and time-attack.” He has since collected enough medals and trophies (including Rally America Championships, Formula Drift Championships and an X Games Gold) that if he were to pile them all into his car, it might significantly affect his 0-60 time. “Any time you make any kind of career path that’s dynamic you face a lot of choices. Do you stick to the same formula that seems to be working, and stay with it over and over?” he ponders of his diverse roster of accomplishments. “For example, stay with drifting and do nothing else and focus on the sport? Or what makes you happy is kind of the question. What makes me happy is the challenge of learning new things, driving different kinds of cars, learning new tracks and the variety. So, it’s been great to get a chance to drive rally cars, road race cars, drift cars, even the Baja 1000, Pike’s Peak and off-roading. When it all comes down to it, it’s four tires, a couple pedals and a steering wheel. But the fact is that applying those basic physics that you learned when you learned car control to all these different sports, to go fast or to look cool or whatever the goal is, is what makes me tick.”

It is this profound passion that has even found him unexpectedly outside the comfort zone of the driver’s seat. Foust is now hosting SuperCars Exposed on the Speed channel and has for some time now been teaching the occasional driving school; things which did not necessarily come quite as naturally as apexing a turn completely sideways. “Growing up through high school and college, like a lot of people, public speaking was my worst fear, by far. I’d rather eat a bar of soap than do any kind of public speaking,” says Foust. “I just dreaded it. When I was in the ‘ride and drive’ world and demonstrating cars for different manufacturers I was also talking about those cars and finally found out that even if you have a fear of public speaking, when you’re talking about something that you’re interested in, or confident in, that you have a knowledge of, it’s not so hard. So, hosting car shows is not such a big deal. It’s actually a lot of fun and it’s very challenging. So, that’s been an interesting challenge to overcome some of those fears, that’s what keeps it interesting so I hope to keep that ball rolling.”

So just as he progressed from eating soap to being on the soap box, his career continues to gain momentum on all fronts and not even he is sure which one will cross the finish line first. “I think as a racer I’m just in a branding exercise trying to build a company; a company that sells sponsorships. There are really just all these goals that go along with it, but the by-product is I get to drive bitchin’ cars. It certainly is a good time for people that want to follow their dreams and make money out of it. Sports like drifting and growing sports like rally racing or even CORR truck racing are amazing opportunities that our parents didn’t really have. We don’t have to be doctors and lawyers in order to have it good. I’m just stoked when I hear people figuring out that they want to race cars and then figuring out how to get it done. It’s a very, very cool thing and I hope anyone that’s an enthusiast out there and wants to make a living behind the wheel stops thinking about it and makes it happen,” says Foust, encouraging fellow enthusiasts to follow in his lead-footed footsteps. “As long as it’s always about driving and about cars, I’m going to have fun with it. Fundamentally the core of all this is motorsports; to make a living with a steering wheel in my hand.”

OFF TRACK...
+ Favorite Cars: Porsche 911(997)Turbo, BMW M3, Porsche Carrera GT
“A car’s kind of like a girlfriend. You sort of have a different idea of what is ideal on a day to day basis, unfortunately. Sometimes you want a Ferrari and sometimes you are thinking about the girl next door, some sort of Porsche and sometimes a Unimog is the way to go. It’s a giant Mercedes truck, ‘cause big girls need lovin’ too.”

+ Daily Driver: 2004 AC Schnitzer BMW M3

+ First Time Driving: 10 years-old behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Bus in Scotland, in the middle of nowhere. “I was kind of a Navy brat.”

+ First Driving Job: City bus driver in Vail, Colorado. Got fired for doing donuts in the snow at the Beaver Creek west lot. “I gave some drunk hitchhikers in the middle of the night a pretty scary ride.”

+ Hobbies: Skiing and mountain biking

+ Favorite Cereal: Oatmeal

+ Education: Molecular Biology Major

+ Sponsors: Rockstar Energy, AEM, Alpinestars

Catch Tanner Foust in Action at The Formula Drift
April 12th on the Streets of Long Beach!!!
Check formulaDRIFT.com for more details.

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