chris joslin

The Berrics tests skateboards that were purchased at Walmart and the results are unbelievable.

Video transcription

[ kid crying in the background ]

The back of aisle 9 about a year ago we came here and found some really shitty boards and watched some of the best skaters in the world try to skate these things. Not such a great attempt. But, we want to see if they listened to us and improved the quality of these shitty boards. So here we are. Let’s see if the wheels spin. Holy shit. You know what you try to save money you are going to actually spend way more when you pick up your kid from the hospital, because the board came to a complete halt. Dude, the concave is still the other way around too. Since justice has not been served we are going to grab a couple more of these and put Chris Joslin to the test. This is The Berrics Consumer reports. It is not everyday that you get three and half complete boards for $90.34.

Look at the wheels. The wheels are plastic for sure. Right? Notice too, the plastic goes underneath the bolts on this side and this side. So you got take it apart, take off the plastic, and then put it back together. How do you take this damn wheel off? I am trying the same thing. Dude. WTF. Wait…you got to…to take the bolt off. You got to take the bolt off, dude! Skateboarding should not be this hard dude. Let me try to roll on it. I am kind of scared man. You are here all the time skating, I always see you…every time land a tre-flip down the ten first time. Think you can do it on one of these? Probably not, but I will try. They will probably all break before anything happens.

Wait, is the board graphic just a sticker? No, it’s a paper. I bet it doesn’t slide well. You are going to go all the way through it. No I am not. It is not the best but it will have to due. But hey look at this…you just bought these and there is rust inside of them already. I bet these have been on the shelves for at least 14 years. Is this really necessary? Should we start trying the first tricks? So these…oh no, oh no. You got some WD40 for these things? Hey, this one’s ain’t half. Here’s a challenge get the rest of the plastic off. You got wheel bite? Ah, these are going to snap on me yo. How hard was it pushing on that thing? Pretty weird. For my own safety the least I can do is wax this paper. We have reinforcements. I have my own board too if this doesn’t work out.

Holy shit look the truck bent! Whoa. Look how thin the axle is. From the ollie, huh? Dude. Sketchy. Should we start with the reinforcement. No, let’s start with that…this is going to get interesting. Ladies and gentlemen, you just saw Chris Joslin bail a kick flip first try. Look at how hard it is for him to just push and it’s downhill. The middle of it like hit the ground. Oh, look at that. It is symmetrical now with the concave. Maybe I will roll faster now. Like so unconfident.

Let’s see those trucks again. It is smiling have a nice day. Dude, that thing is so bent. Oh my god. Oh my. It keeps getting happier and happier with every try. It’s a bigger smile. It is going to make my life more and more miserable. Shit. It fell from a foot high. That truck is so bent. Oh my god, look at it from here. Oh my god. Should we switch boards? No, it turned into a low rider. So that was a perfect kick flip. Let’s give this guy one more try. No. No! One board down. Jesus, that is not even delamination that is pure destruction. I am nervous every try, me too. It is missing a tooth. Oh, my god. Did you see that? It broke from a flick. It was from the pop. We got a board snapped in half and a truck snapped in half.

You get what you pay for. Apparently, not much with these.

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Why did only 9 street wear brands make the list? Because as 8&9 describes below nine is the most perfect and powerful number and is now our favorite number. So away with top 10 lists, here’s the top 9. BTW, put on some headphones and turn up the volume as FrancisGotHeat beats are awesome!

#1 UNIF

It’s time to familize yourself with Unif if you do not already know. This bold men’s and women’s apparel line was created by Eric Espinoza + Christine Lai and is unique and original in every essence. This prêt-à-porter line looks to be bespoke at first glance but isn’t which sets it apart from all others.

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#2 ZANEROBE

ZANEROBE is a progressive streetwear label designed in Sydney, Australia. They don’t know me like you know me. All we can say is watch the video and then go take out a loan to pick up all this gear. It is no wonder they are number one on our list!

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#3 HOONIGAN

Hoonigan KB Hoodie

Ken Block is the founder of Hoonigan and their cultural icon. Hoonigan stands out from the rest of the street wear brands being highly focused on only those that drive or hoon cars. Hoon activities can include speeding, burnouts, doughnuts or screeching tires. Those commonly identified as being involved in “hooning” or street racing are young and predominantly male, although increasingly female, drivers in the age range of 17 and 35 years.

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#4 8&9

8&9 clothing

8&9 is streetwear brand based in beautiful Miami, Florida. While 8&9 mostly appears in small boutiques in major metropolitans it is carried worldwide by over 250 retailers. 8&9 design aesthetics combine a fierce anti-establishment attitude with quality design, old school color ways and re-appropriated sub-culture references. The grittiness of the Miami street scene is where 8&9 gets their influence. So how did the number eight and nine become the name of the brand? Thge symbolism is found within each number…the number eight represents infinity, and number nine is the highest most powerful and perfect single digit number. If you refuse to settle and are a constant path of evolving then find infinite perfection in 8&9 clothing.

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#5 KINFOLK

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The bicycle culture streetwear brand Kinfolk was formed in 2008 by a Salah Mason and a couple friends from New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo, Japan. The concept of a “Kinfolk life” grew from their desire to create products and experiences that weren’t available to purchase. They live true to their mantra and some of their best digs aren’t easy to acquire. Combining experience from a variety of disciplines, the friends set out to source the highest quality designers, builders and techniques to develop lasting products and unique experiences. As the Kinfolk family continues growing by the day, the missions of working hard and having fun remain steadfast.

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#6 SUPREME

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In April 1994, Supreme opened its doors on Lafayette Street in downtown Manhattan and became the home of New York City skate culture. At its core was the gang of rebellious young New York skaters and artists who became the store’s staff, crew, and customers.

Supreme grew to be the embodiment of the downtown culture, playing an integral part in its constant regeneration. Skaters, punks, hip-hop heads – the young counter culture at large – all gravitated towards Supreme.

While it grew into a downtown institution, Supreme established itself as a brand known for its quality, style and authenticity.

Over its twenty year history, Supreme has worked with some of our generation’s most groundbreaking designers, artists, photographers and musicians – all who have helped continue to define its unique identity and attitude.

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#7 RHYTHM

rhythm clothing

Rhythm brings together a group of individuals with a shared dream of creating a livelihood doing what they love. Drawing on influences from art, music and surf – past, present and future. Rhythm speaks to creative self-expressionists who yearn for new frontiers off the well-worn path.

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#8 AMBIG

ambig clothing

Founded in 1995 this brand was on the brink of shutting down before re-inventing the brand as more of a street wear clothing brand rather than an exclusive skate brand. Today Ambiguous is looking fresher than ever and has broadened their category selection which helped reach a wider consumer. Expect this brand to continue to grow and take it to the next level.

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#9 NAKETANO

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The most elusive brand of all the street wear brands this No fur. No down. No silk. No leather. No wool. brand is infamous for keeping it low key. Good luck tracking down a website other than Blue Tomato that carries Naketano products.

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crystal shared book cover

If you aren’t familiar with Robert Anthony Salvatore first book The Crystal Shard: The Legend of Drizzt, Book 4 spend a weekend and give it a read and you’ll be surprised out how many Magic cards that Salvatore inspired through this book.

crystal shard magic card

Sometimes a deck can be a brilliant innovation, fun to play, have seeming strategic dominance over the field, and be completely the wrong choice to play. This is Crystal Witness, from Matteo Cirigliano in 2004’s Mirrodin Block Constructed.

I don’t want to take anything away from this brilliant blue-green concoction. It has creatures with comes-into-play abilities. It has card drawing and permission. It reuses those creatures with Crystal Shard until you’re happily bouncing and replaying and destroying everything your opponent has over and over and over. Somewhere around turn fourteen, your opponent might realize they can’t possibly beat your Eternal Witness when it comes into play for the eighth straight turn.

But… let’s be real for a second. Is this deck Affinity? No, it is not. Affinity was totally legal in Mirrodin Block Constructed at the time (well, not Skullclamp), and this deck has zero cards with Affinity or that kill the opponent for one mana. Instead, it has eleven maindeck artifact removal spells and more in the sideboard.

Is it going to beat Affinity most of the time? Well… let’s focus on how cool it is, instead. Let’s block their guys with Solemn Simulacrum, activate Triskelion before bouncing it back to our hand, and draw more Viridian Shamans than our opponent has overpowered artifacts.

But somehow, someway, things come together in favor of coolness over power. This deck debuted with a 13-1-1 record at a Grand Prix, the only loss coming in the finals because of… the incredibly overpowered Affinity? Tooth and Nail easily winning on turn four? Its own lack of powerful cards? Nope. It didn’t draw enough lands.

Cards in this Deck:

12 Forest
12 Island
24 lands

4 Eternal Witness
4 Solemn Simulacrum
2 Triskelion
4 Viridian Shaman
14 creatures

3 Annul
4 Condescend
3 Crystal Shard
4 Echoing Truth
4 Oxidize
4 Thirst for Knowledge
22 other spells

Sideboard
1 Annul
2 Duplicant
4 Last Word
4 Tel-Jilad Justice
4 Troll Ascetic
15 sideboard cards

Forward by: Matt Dolge
Written by: Jesse “CAN I GET A WITNESS?” Mason

Looking forward to your comments…

food chain

This year I began buying and selling Magic cards like stocks so if you want an insider tip on a hot “stock” card to buy then Food Chain should be in your portfolio. According to TCG Player Food Chain’s price has relatively been stable since April 2014 but appears to making stable gains and is expected to reach new highs before the end of the quarter. Alright enough investor babble, let’s dive into why this card is so fun to play.

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The best thing about Legacy is the sheer diversity of the format. On any given weekend there are a lot of archetypes capable of spiking a tournament. Last weekend it was Food Chain’s turn, in the hands of Jeffrey Chen. Now, maybe Food Chain isn’t the best deck in Legacy, but it is fun, customizable and capable of winning without the combo.

If you’ve never seen this deck in action there are a lot of moving parts. You’ll need a Misthollow Griffin, a copy of Food Chain and one of your win conditions in hand. So let’s say on turn one you play a Deathrite Shaman. Turn two you ramp into a Food Chain, and on turn three you play a Misthollow Griffin. Now you can exile your Griffin and net a mana. Since you can play the Griffin from exile you can repeat this process to gain infinite mana. Now with your infinite mana you can cast an infinitely big Genesis Hydra to find the one-of Tidespout Tyrant, exile and play the Griffin a bunch more times to use the Tyrant’s ability to bounce all of their permanents and beat down at your leisure.

This game plan has some holes in it. Against fast combo decks that don’t need a bunch of lands in play, the combo doesn’t really do much besides give you an impressive board. Even if the combo is relevant it’s often tough in Legacy to put together a combo with three pieces. The strength of a strategy like this is that if your opponent has a way to prevent you from comboing, you can just play the midrange deck and cast some creature and attack. It’s a lot like Splinter Twin plays in Modern. You just put out some threats and start attacking and your opponent has to respect your ability to kill out of nowhere.

This deck has a lot of different win conditions that people have found. You can run Fierce Empath to tutor up Emrakul. You can even kill with Maga, Traitor to Mortal. I like the Genesis Hydras that Jeffrey played. You can even set a Food Chain on top of your deck with Brainstorm, then cast a Hydra for five to put an uncounterable Food Chain onto the battle field. Neat.

Food Chain is just one of the endless possibilities Legacy has to offer. Even within oddball archetypes like this there is a lot of room to make your own deck building choices. So congrats to Jeffrey “the Chain” Chen for finding the sweet spot; playing to win and playing for fun!

Cards in this Deck:

1 Bayou
4 Misty Rainforest
2 Polluted Delta
3 Tropical Island
3 Underground Sea
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Forest
1 Island
1 Swamp
20 lands

2 Vendilion Clique
1 Birds of Paradise
4 Deathrite Shaman
2 Genesis Hydra
4 Misthollow Griffin
1 Tidespout Tyrant
4 Baleful Strix
18 creatures

3 Manipulate Fate
3 Abrupt Decay
4 Brainstorm
2 Dig Through Time
1 Dimir Charm
4 Force of Will
1 Misdirection
4 Food Chain
22 other spells

Sideboard
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Relic of Progenitus
1 Abrupt Decay
2 Disfigure
2 Golgari Charm
2 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Venser, Shaper Savant
3 Duress
15 sideboard cards

Forward by: Matt Dolge
Written by: Jordan “Off The Chain” Short

Build this deck at Card Kingdom.

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diamond supply

How a small skateboard accessories company turned into a multi-million dollar street wear brand.

diamond supply logo original

It all started in the late nineties when Nick “Diamond” Tershay had the foresight to start a skateboarding hardware company. At the time the only real players in the skate hardware business were Shorty’s and ATM Click who had just started manufacturing their 1″ Wonders. While aesthetically more appealing than their competitors Diamond’s (officially known as Diamond Supply Co.) standard mounting hardware never really became ubiquitous across every mom & pop skate shop because of the higher price-point. Diamond’s signature one silver bolt look was unique but it was competing against Shorty’s Silverados that had two silver bolts and were a dollar cheaper. For years the Diamond brand grew slowly as they improved upon their hardware by adding colored hardware, migrating to Allen hardware, and improving their packaging. Realizing they couldn’t build an empire just upon a single product Diamond added to their product line by offering skateboard wax and risers. The infamous Hella Slick Wax became an instant success because it stood out from all the other square shaped and dully colored skate wax.

A half a decade had passed since founding Diamond Supply Co. and the skateboard accessories business was still steadily growing but Diamond still only appealed to skateboarders. Diamond took another step towards becoming a lifestyle brand by again broadening its product line by introducing t-shirts and sweatshirts. While the screens on tees and hoodies helped improved brand recognition the Diamond brand got a break in 2005. Nike was looking to improve their position in core skateboarding market and asked Nick Tershay to design a special edition color-way for the Nike SB line. The Dunk had been a Nike best seller so Nick’s infamous design was placed on the Dunk. The shoe’s silver, Tiffany (turquoise), and black color-way (snake-like texture) quickly become a hit and a must have for many sneaker heads and skateboarders alike. Nick smartly placed the Diamond Supply Co. logo prominently on the tongue and the Diamond Supply Co. brand popularity exploded.

Less than a year later Diamond’s business was booming thanks to Nick’s shoe design and it was time for them to move out of the Girl distribution house. Now with enough clout to build an empire upon they moved into the historic Fairfax neighborhood in LA, California. This location has been home to exclusive special releases and the shop is no stranger to lines that wrap around the block. It’s not uncommon to spot an un-announced pro-skater, artist, or athlete, stopping by to pick up the latest releases. Diamond is constantly building their brand while helping build the skateboard and street wear lifestyles. They still have plans to open many more stores in other metropolitans but to date has only opened one other store located in SF.

Today Diamond Supply Co. continues to grow their brand with an amazing skate team including Paul Rodriguez, Eric Koston, Stevie Williams, Torey Pudwill, Nyjah Huston, and about a hundred more who all represent the Diamond Life. Diamond Supply Co. is alive & well and is a global brand that has been copied many times over. Thanks to an amazing design, creative, and marketing team the brand is developing logos, prints, and establishing collaborations that are constantly evolving the brand. Diamond now offers tees, shorts, shoes, stickers, boxers, backpacks, grip tape, blankets, hats, skateboards, wax, and has extended their product offering to women and kids. Diamond has never been stronger and is here to stay. Get the #diamondlife at Zumiez.

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spacecraft bunny zumiez rocktober

Each year Zumiez hosts a giant costume party called Rocktober which is the climax to a daylong training event. The costume party always takes place the last week of September (named Rocktember) or more often than not the first week of October appropriately named Rocktober. The party is typically open bar and hosted at an undisclosed bowling alley that also has roller-skating and karaoke. If any of the brands that Zumiez carries participates in the training exercises then they also attend. In the past industry pros and vendors have attend like Danny Kass. This year’s theme is Headbangers Ball; so expect to see your favorite 1990’s MTV personalities and big hair bands present. The event is invitation only and is mostly reserved for Zumiez employees only. If you can get your hands on a VIP wristband or a media pass you’ll be sure to have fun. Check out photos from past Rocktober parties.

 

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urza block mtg

The fact is the Urza block is horrifically broken but it doesn’t mean that there aren’t some cards that should be in your UrzaTron deck. Enter the “UrzaTron” lands. On their own they each tap for a single colorless mana but by assembling Urza’s Mine, Tower, and Power Plant the deck can easily cast creatures as large as Emrakul. You can either patiently wait to naturally draw the Mine, Tower, and Power Plant or you stock your library with cards like Condescend, Remand, Thirst for Knowledge, and Expedition Map ensuring that you enable Urza’s “Tron”.

urza mine card

So… what if Urza block hadn’t been horrifically broken?

A bit of history: Urza block had… let’s call it “a few” cards that were too good. If this isn’t enough to jog your memory, check out the Legacy banned list: bits of fun like Tolarian Academy, Yawgmoth’s Will, Windfall, and the so-good-it-had-to-be-emergency-banned-in-Standard Memory Jar. Basically, what happened is that a small group of people rushed the designs on the set, and there was no time to find out in playtesting that Grim Monolith goes rather well with Voltaic Key.

But what if those cards hadn’t gotten printed in their final forms; if the designers had been a bit more conservative with things like “making spells free to cast”? The fallout from the Urza block debacle shook Wizards to its core. They completely revamped how they playtested sets, by hiring a team of former pro Magic players to tell them when they made cards that were unprintable. In the meantime, they shipped out an underpowered Masques block to tide things over.

Urza block ended up being one of Wizards’ most important teachers. Their devoted fans, the people going to Standard tournaments every week, got fed up with losing to a turn two combo kill and found other things to do with their time. The Urza block experience (a.k.a. printing things way, way too powerful for tournaments and suffering for it) seems like an inevitability. There was no one who could find out beforehand what all the powerful, unfun cards were. Even if they did find some, there was no Future-Future-League to test things that would happen two years down the road, with enough time to go back and change (or remove) those problematic cards.

The fallout from all these broken, un-playtested cards gave us something else, though: a whole ton of cards that define Legacy and Vintage. Sure, Gaea’s Cradle might have been a bad idea to print… but Legacy is a more interesting format with the Elf deck running around. The same goes for Sneak Attack, Show and Tell, Exploration, and even Yawgmoth’s Will in Vintage.

Of course, things go in cycles. The tension builds and builds after a broken block. Designers push things more and more, things get changed closer to the absolute deadline of printing a card, and people naturally become riskier after a long period of time without getting punished for it. Magic had been building up to this point for five years since the game began, and Urza block was the dam breaking. Then, the tension builds for five more years as Urza block fades slightly in memory, and Mirrodin happens. Yet again, a lack of playtesting and too many last-minute changes leads to a bunch of bans in various formats.

The lesson here, then, is to be ever-vigilant about repeating one’s mistakes. Don’t get so confident that past lessons are forgotten, or you’ll find yourself wading into the same waters that pulled you under years back.

Now onto an incredibly fun deck to play…that will allow you to cast Emrakul.

Cards in this Deck:

4 Celestial Colonnade
1 Eye of Ugin
3 Hallowed Fountain
1 Island
3 Seachrome Coast
1 Tolaria West
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower
25 lands

1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
1 Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
4 creatures

4 Azorius Signet
1 Condescend
1 Day of Judgment
3 Expedition Map
4 Gifts Ungiven
1 Oblivion Ring
4 Path to Exile
4 Remand
1 Repeal
1 Talisman of Progress
4 Thirst for Knowledge
1 Timely Reinforcements
1 Unburial Rites
1 Wrath of God
31 spells

Forward by: Matt Dolge
Written by: Jesse “Horrifically Broken” Mason

Build this deck at Card Kingdom.

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Lincoln Peak, looking to the Southwest Photo credit: http://chattermarks.ncascades.org/adventures/scurlocks-snow-spire/

Protecting the environmental is a monumental task and it can be overwhelming just thinking about where to start. To be effective at preserving our environment it is important to start small and set your sights on preserving your environment at the local level. If you adopt the mantra “Think Globally, Act Locally” you will be more successful at administering change.

So where do you start? It depends on how you want to contribute. If planting trees or rebuilding streams are not something you can do contact your elected officials and tell them that you need their support in protecting our environment.

Start at the top of the food chain with most important being the president.
Twitter: @BarackObama
Email: president@whitehouse.gov

Next work your way down to the state and local levels. Here is how to contact Washington state representatives.
Twitter: @CantwellPress
Email: maria@cantwell.senate.gov

Twitter: @PattyMurray
Email: patty@murray.senate.gov

Twitter: @BLMdirector
Email: director@blm.gov (Neil Kornze)

If you are an educator at any level an easy acronym to teach is T.R.E.E.S. which will empowers others to become stewards of the environment.

    T = Teach
    R = Recycle
    E = Establish protected areas
    E = Energy conservation
    S = Stewardship

Lastly, once you have contacted your local representatives and inspired others to preserve their local environment it is time to get your hands dirty and begin protecting the environment. No matter where you live these are the top 10 ways to protect your local environment.

What you can do locally:
1. Trail (path) restoration
2. Indigenous tree and shrub planting
3. Greenscaping
4. Grow your own garden
5. Adopt a watershed
6. Organize a trash clean up
7. Monitor air quality
8. Take shorter showers
9. Sign up for the P3 Expo
10. Carpool, take mass transit, ride a skateboard

I look forward to reading your comments.