Dabbling in Psychedelia: Vision Quest in God’s Country

Dabbling in Psychedelia: Vision Quest in God’s Country
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I am the pied piper of souls seeking freedom from the known, and searching for truth amongst the trivial tabloids. With the end of an epoch close at hand, I chose a few of my favorite magicians to accompany me on a most grand journey into the fabled land of “Provo.”
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Real Life Renegade, Andy Leyba

Real Life Renegade, Andy Leyba
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“I’m a cutter, that’s why they call me Scratch,” Leyba let me know. Andy has a rich history of violent, aggressive, drunk behavior that has kept him in jail for the better part of the past decade. 
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DTX

DTX
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The wasteland of pavement and cement are more or less glorified playgrounds and we do not understand why people are so fucking stupid that they don’t see this simple truth as well.  I bought my first skateboard 15 long years ago.  I progressed slowly without the aid of cement facilities or social support.  No matter, I rode the bus route 8 on epic adventures the boys and me coined as DTX: down town motherfuckin’ extravaganza. … read more

Missionary Position: The Colt Bowden Saga Continues

Missionary Position: The Colt Bowden Saga Continues
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Colt Bowden has a deep, throbbing relationship with his skateboard. When asked what motivates his raw-dog approach, he said, “The push.” When he grabs his wood and throws down, you can tell he’s putting passion into every thrust he musters. Bowden likens skateboarding to jazz music. He’s most happy when improvisational poetry is coming out on the streets. Bowden tells me that he is intensely familiar with every crack on his block, and penetrates them often during daily rides. … read more

13 Cholos: The Devils Dozen Does Zion

13 Cholos: The Devils Dozen Does Zion
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The undoubtedly unlucky number 13 and its 2000-year legacy lives on. Stemming from the original posse of Jesus and his 12 disciples makes 13, and a crew of 13 witches makes a coven. We rolled 13 deep to a land the locals call Zion. A mini Mormon Vegas, the righteous flock to this Deseret oasis. Heaven on earth it is. The land and the atmosphere brought us near tears. … read more

Rough Side Of Da Trax

Rough Side Of Da Trax
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It could have been any hot summer Saturday—it should be every hot summer Saturday.  We met at the newly constructed testament of the human will: Brick and Mortar skate shop.  I was greeted by a mass of smiling friends, my extended family—a sweaty, dirty, wounded, raised-by-the-streets pack of wolves—blood brothers.  The UTA Trax approached, we boarded, and anarchy ensued. … read more

The Urban Fronteirsman’s Key to the City

The Urban Fronteirsman’s Key to the City
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This rabid dog consumed by an insatiable appetite is fat.  This old growling, foaming beast is dying.  In painful death throes, he holds with conviction the world he has created.  The gurgled mumblings of incoherencies have become utterly cruel.  To let such a creature continue to live is sadistic, but is it wrong to enjoy this Black Death?  It has been said, ‘every dog has his day,’ and I can assuredly say on my mother’s grave, this old pup has seen its last. … read more

The Art of Being Shot From a Cannon

The Art of Being Shot From a Cannon
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Vultures circle from above as a hush sweeps over the crowd. A countdown begins. Tension among the onlookers builds to a climax: with an explosion of the human will and complete idiocy (genius?!), the body of the human cannonball is literally ejaculated from the monstrous potato gun … I mean carcass cannon. … read more

Evryday: Saving the planet one pair of slacks at a time

Evryday: Saving the planet one pair of slacks at a...
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Salt Lake has a thriving local community of motivated shakers and movers creating real change on the local level, and I’m proud to introduce a new crew to the fold—Ben Gustafson and Jared Smith, creators of Evryday. Evryday (ED for short) was spinning in the A.D.D.-riddled heads of Smith and Gustafson for years. On one fateful evening, a bell rang in one head as a light bulb went off in the other and it’s been a beautiful thing ever since. … read more

Skate Sensei: Suggestions of a Sage

Skate Sensei: Suggestions of a Sage
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It is my true will to guide you, my dear student, on a journey—a quest into the realm unbeknownst to the many—a path less tread. In realization of certain mystery, I must be careful to speak in clear, concise language free from elicit jargon and fancy-free phantasmagoria. The concepts I allege apply to mystical acts, known by the blind as skateboard tricks. Once we clear the cobwebs of confusion, the simplicity of skate mastery can be seen clearly. … read more