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If you haven’t seen it already they released the plans for Bakersfield’s first Plaza. Hopefully this will be the first of many. With such a strong skate scene here its amazing that it took this long for the city to build something we might actually want to skate. Thats what makes DIY spots so great. If there not going to give it to us we’ll take matters into our own hands.
This looks to be a huge upgrade considering what we had before.
Although it is hard to believe that our city knows how to build a skatepark since they insist this “Is a regulation handrail for the state of california.”.
Adam thinks he’s cool because he skates pros parks now.
Our team rider Derek Barman was spotted with a prototype for his new pro-model murse (man purse). Could this be the next thing to over take the market? I’m gonna go ahead and say all the camo and weed leaf prints in the world wouldn’t make it sell. But who knows?
If you couldn’t tell from our products we love fishing and the out doors if not just to go to places like this.
Someone actually got an Inspectrum tattoo. Its pretty crazy to think that something that started in your head ended up on someones skin for the rest of there life. Or at least until they realize they’ve made a terrible mistake getting an Inspectrum tattoo and get it covered up. But non the less thank you for your support. It really is appreciated.
Here’s another one in accordance with last weeks post. I love everything about this photo. Tom Knox at the brick quarter pipes.
Reading the comments in a video part that came out this past week I couldn’t help but think about how video parts have changed. Here is the quote that got me thinking.
“this new skateboarding is so stupid… nothing has a value anymore and everything looks so empty. i’m really sorry if someone’s gonna get this all wrong (and i know they will), but the ones know have been out there skateboarding at least for more than 10 years will understand what i’m trying to say. i mean, this kid is really putting some gnarly shit down, but i can’t feel any of those tricks. it’s all done and filmed just because his sponsors arranged so, not because he’s feeling like it. i mean, maybe he does feel it, but it can’t be felt compared to the fact that he HAD to do that… shit, shit, shit.”
I don’t agree with the view exactly but It does bring up an interesting point. The video part has changed. How can something that took someone so much work be overlooked so easily? Obviously one of the main reasons is the internet. With so many great video parts available we no longer watch the same ones everyday before we go skate. I definitely don’t think its the skaters fault. Especially in the instance the comment was on. That means its up to the editor to present the skater in a way that we need to see more. I know one thing I feel is missing is the fun of the search. I remember having to hunt certain videos down to be able to finally watch them. I miss that in a way. I guess that brings us to these two mini remixes is of our own Adam Estrada’s Footy. Originally I had this Idea of editing one boring and one exciting but after all was said and done I don’t think it came out that way at all. Judge for yourself. If you don’t like either its my fault not Adams.
A lot has been going on around here recently. Two of our local skate shops here in Bakersfield closed down. That means there are only a few locally owned shops left in town. Support your local shop where ever you might live. If we don’t where will everyone meet and complain about how there is nothing to skate or discuss whatever random internet clip they watched that day. No one wants to live in a world where they are forced to go to zumiez to buy grip tape or use a skate tool. I’m know we are all sick of hearing the same thing about buying local. I know I am. But there is a reason that it continues to be a topic. Buying local and knowing where your money goes really does matter. Enough of that for now. Let’t move on.
On the upside this last month Kernside got a sweet face lift with the addition of a new boob and a a whole new channel section. Thank you to all who donated there time and money. #spotsaintgivinsoweretakin
Next up We’re all super hyped on our upcoming board series by Nicky Gaston. I think this should give you the feeling we where going for.
There are still a few of these guys left if you haven’t snagged one yet.
Working on a lot of new things in this new year. Starting with a fresh run of boards and possibly a new wood supplier. Things are looking good. Our next series may be the best we’ve done yet. Also we are happy to add another Shop that supports us to the list: Captains Sk8 in Redwood city! We just sent these goods up there last week so be sure to stop by and check them out. But enough with the product talk. Here is a quick recap of a few of our Instagram videos from last week. And last but not least congrads to Inspectrum Alumni Dylan Williams on his amazing Independent Raw am part!
2013 was one of our best years yet but 2014 is shaping up to be even better. Coming in hot off our “Cords & Flies” release (which a few are still available here) we have been inspired to take one more projects like it. First up here is a sneak peek at one of our new board graphics drawn by the talented Nicky Gaston. We will be updating this blog a lot more in 2014 as well. Keep checking back for product updates and probably a few videos and photos.
We are very excited to be releasing our Cords & Flies 5 panel. It is the first cut and sew product we have ever made and we couldn’t be happier with the results. This 5 panel is 100% skateboarder made through every process. Starting with the design of the pattern by our Talented friend Nicky Gaston, It was then hand screened by my self (Andy Drennan). I then hand branded each leather patch for the front. After this was done we Sent it down to Brian Downey (Check his insta @falconbowse to see more of his work) who sewed it all together. All of these things together mean a one of a kind hat. There are only 50 being produced and once they are gone they are gone. Because of the nature of these project we are not able to guarantee the exact color you want but we will do our best to match it. Please state desired color in the special instructions field during checkout. This is only a pre-order. Expect 3-4 weeks for delivery.
Do’s and Don’ts of Sponsor Me videos.
I’ve been receiving a lot of sponsor me videos lately and while I appreciate the interest I get the feeling a lot of you have know Idea what your doing. Here is a few do’s and don’ts. Following this in no way guarantees that you will get sponsored but it definitely won’t hurt.
Look at the current team. Watch their footage. Take a good honest look at your own footage and skating. If you feel your skating is on par with the current teams then send your footage in. If not be patient and take the time to progress. Sponsorship is not a race. If its going to happen it will happen.
Do not send your throw away footy. The point of sending a sponsor me video is to show your best stuff. By doing this you are saying to the person watching the video: You’re not worth my time. Here is my kind of ok footy. Why would you not send your best stuff? If you don’t have your best stuff, wait till you do. Labeling your footy as throwaway can only hurt you.
This has been said time and time again yet I still see it. Do not send skatepark footy unless you are skating tranny. There is a kid in every town across the country feebling his skatepark handrail. It in no way makes you stand out.
Understand that sponsorship is a two way street. The company does not exist to give you free stuff. They will expect things in return. It is basically a job and you have to do the work to get paid.
Do not use a trick more than once. What I mean by this is if you hardflip a 7 stair and you hardflip a 10 stair, only use the 10 stair one. If you hardflipped a 10 stair the viewer will assume that you can hardflip a 7 stair. This makes showing both pointless.
The length of the video is important. Not to short and not to long. Sending in only 10 seconds of footy shows nothing of your skill. I would say around 2 minutes is a good length. This is in no way set in stone. If you have 5 minutes of absolutely mind blowing footy then by all means send it. If you don’t have at least a minute wait until you do. Do not rush just to send something in. This accomplishes nothing.
Last but not least, enjoy yourself. Do not make your skateboarding about getting sponsored. When someone truly enjoys what they do it shows in their work. Sponsorship is not the end all be all of skateboarding. Have fun and do it for yourself.
I leave you with Everen’s sponsor me video that led to him eventually getting on Mystery.
Pretty solid weekend. Built a parking block ledge for the skaters of Bakersfield. Hopefully it lasts long enough for people to get to skate it. If you do skate this thing we want to see it! hash tag #inspectrumparkinblocks on Instagram or share a youtube video on our facebook for a chance to win some goodies!
Derek breaking her in.
Sid throwing stuff at other stuff.