8/30/10

Brooklyn... GOOD times, hard work, GREAT friends and a DEAD body.....

So, I went to Brooklyn for a week...... Vander needed a hand and I wanted to go see a homie....... we built an amazing mini-half out of steel and birch........ Vander is a craftsman and his partner in crime Nevett (sp?) is one of the raddest people I have ever met........ they both work like there's a gun to their heads..... Vander thanks for letting me try to work along side you... it was an honor.........

The ramp is part of an art installation...... it is being skated for a week and then hung from the ceiling upside-down.......... AMAZING what you can do to make dough in NYC............

So, we worked 15-18 hours every day except one...... we finished a little early on Thursday, loaded the ramp up on a semi and dropped it off in Manhattan...... then Vander and I had some mushroom pizza and headed to the Gypsy Run pre-party at Indian Larry's old shop............ We met up with some homies..... Clarky-baby was there with Bill..... we also saw Baltimore Tim......... It was good to see everyone and drink free beers.............

Vander and I are heading to the next stop for the night along with Cicero and Katie...... Cicero is behind Godspeed and is as rad as his photos...... we are rapping and walking when out of the blue a chick runs up to Vander and explains that there's a dead body under the bridge (we are walking by the BQE - there's a skate spot right there off the main drag)..... Vander, of course knows everyone because Brooklyn is his city and he knows the chick.... and in typical Vander style this isn't his first time inspecting a dead body.... he runs off asking if anyone has a mirror...... I'm behind but trying to keep up..... when we hit the van Vander is giving the knife across the neck sign and telling the owner of the van that his passenger is DEAD..... not just kinda dead but REAL DEAD..... looked like one too many needles in the arm..... so, Cicero, Kate and I are ready to split.... but not Vander.... somehow the driver (who wants to get in his van and split - surely he was high too but lucky...) has convinced Vander to pull the DEAD BODY out of the van....... Vander yells to me "come help".... I say "with what?" He says "let's pull him out".... I asked him if he was fucking retarded and told him that if he wanted to stay out of jail for another day he would split now with me............. he came to his senses and we split..... but not before we saw a cop who Vander somehow charmed into laughing and rolling off despite the fact that we were definitely just at the scene of the crime......

We drank a bunch more and hung out.......... oh, and told the story about 1 million times..........

On Friday, we finished the ramp and it was time to skate..... just then we got a call from Vander's painter.... it was time to break out and put his bike together.... first things first......... as you have seen below his bike is AMAZING!!!

Brooklyn was fun for sure..... I can't wait to go back.

As a post-note on his way back to the bar to pick us up from the bar he saw the driver of the van trying to get in his van and split.... yeah, the cops just took the body out and yeah he was high and yeah Vander told him to get lost and come down before he drove again..... Vander snatched his keys from him and threw them onto the BQE.............. funny shit.........

PSS - that IS a guy skating the tranny's set up ON the semi.........













































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