The “How we roll” Edition :: Issue #218, Rusty’s Electric Dreams

“So he kick push kick push kick push kick push coast
And away he rolled jus’ a rebel to the world with no place to go”

Lupe Fiasco

Rusty's Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #218 :: The “How we roll” Edition :: 05:08:2019

The This Is How We Roll Edition

As teens, my friends and I were caught up in the big skateboard boom of the 80s. Bones Brigade videos, big air contests, and the rise of street skating were all we could talk about. My friends and I would skate after school on a daily basis and appeared to pick up tricks at about the same speed until all my friends learned to ollie. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get the hang of it. With a lot of practice, I learned how to ollie in place, but never while moving. The ollie was the building block of modern street skating and without it I had less in common with the activities of my friends. They learned kickflips and frontside 180s and I traded my skateboard for a pair of rollerblades. I got pretty good at blading, but somehow it didn’t help my popularity at school. My friends and I slowly drifted apart.

Doc Pop

As seen on the Internets

Rolling Right Along
:: Rayssa Leal is an 11 year old skater from Brazil with great technique and style. A few years ago, she skated in a fairy costume and the video went viral. She has a very active Instagram feed and recently brought the blue fairy outfit out of retirement.

:: Carts of Darkness, a feature length documentary about a group of homeless men who have combined bottle picking with the extreme sport of racing shopping carts down the steep hills of North Vancouver. Watch it for free on YouTube.

:: Cruise on your board or take the baby out for a stroll? Why not both?! The Longboard Baby Stroller is combination stroller/longboard.

:: My transportation bucket list consists of 3 things: Ekronoplanes, zeppelins, and monocycle. Monocycles, the easiest to find of those three devices, has been around since the 1860’s but never really caught on. Here’s a great motorized example, but I’d settle for a short ride on a pedal powered version.

:: Jim Philips is the creator of the iconic Screaming Hand logo for Santa Cruz Skateboards. Here’s a video where he talks about the logo’s history.

:: Rodney Mullen’s TED talk about freestyle skateboarding and the invention of the Ollie. That cursed trick.

:: The greatest skateboarding song ever also happens to be popular at our weekly rollerskating meetups.

The Rube Goldberg of Skateboarding: Matt Tomasello

Inventive! Matt Tomasello’s tricks are so insane that they rely on new types of skateboards just to land them. I highly recommend checking out this clip video of some of his amazing creations.

Real thing you can actually buy: yay (?)

Knee Blades: Forget hoverboards, Knee Blades are the future of extreme sports ($54.99/pair).

Real things you can actually buy: nay!

Skatecycle: Like a Ripstick, but even less cool ($99).

Featured Events

[SAN FRANCISCO 5/30] J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the Subgenius, this new film doc will be playing at the Roxie at 7 PM, filmmaker Q&A to follow the show

USA and Canada
[various dates] Immersive listings

Bay Area, CA
[5/29 and 6/29] The Wanderer’s Union, a long-distance wandering club, has announced the dates for their 2019 season (“You can travel by foot or public transit only. Wear comfy shoes.”), FREE

Berkeley, CA
[6/7] That Really Happened??? A night of true stories at The Monkey House, 7 PM

Hayward, CA
[8/18] Bell Plastics Annual Public Open House, 10 AM to 5 PM, Free, All ages thanks, Sandwichgirl!

Lodoga, CA
[6/20-6/23] Camp Tipsy

Los Angeles, CA
[5/19] Bob Baker Marionette Theater Yard Sale, “own a piece of Bob Baker history– from vintage napkins and party supplies to snippings of garland,” 8 AM on

Marin, CA
[July 3-7] Marin County Fair (the best one in the Bay Area, imo)

New York City
[7/8] Lost Horizons Night Market

Also, RED pal Oriana Leckert always knows what’s going on in the Big Apple

Oakland, CA
[Now] Instructions On How To Be A Person – Richie Rhombus Solo Show, a new collection of interconnected drawings, experiences, and games that activate thought and interaction

[5/18] Turn the Page! children’s book festival at Children’s Fairyland (for little kids and their grownups)

[6/6-6/7] Burger BoogalooTickets

[6/21] Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, 5 PM

[7/7] Opening reception (6 PM to 9 PM) for SIGNMAN: John Law, a retrospective of John Law’s work at Pro Arts Gallery, show will run through August 24.
Related events:
[6/21] Mark Pauline and John Law in conversation at Pro Arts, 7 PM to 9 PM
[6/27] Don Herron and John Law in conversation at Pro Arts, 7 PM to 9 PM
[7/16] Julia Solis, Ron English, and John Law in conversation at Pro Arts, 7 PM to 9 PM
[7/25] William Binzen and John Law in conversation at Pro Arts, 7 PM to 9 PM
[8/24] Closing reception, 8 PM to 10 PM

[10/12-2/16] The Smithsonian’s No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibit is coming to Oakland Museum of California

Port Costa, CA
[5/25] Port Costa Town Wide Yard Sale, 9 AM to 3 PM

San Diego, CA
[8/7-8/11] Tiki Oasis: Catch the New Wave, Tickets

San Francisco, CA
[5/21] Adventure Design Group: The Immersive World of the Gregangelo Museum, 7 PM

[5/25] Walking on Water, a film about Christo with a Q&A with the artist following the 7 PM screening at Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema, Tickets

[5/30] J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the Subgenius, this new film doc will be playing at the Roxie at 7 PM, filmmaker Q&A to follow the show

[6/2] Burning Man Desert Arts Preview 2019, 6 PM to 10 PM, Tickets

[Dates in July] Flower Piano at SF Botanical Garden, 9 AM to 6 PM, More info

[7/9] Conversation with Justin Oliphant and the Explorer’s Guild at 3264 Mission, 7 PM to 9 PM

[8/4] James, along with the Psychedelic Furs at Stern Grove (free concert), 2 PM to 5 PM

San Mateo, CA
Maker Faire Bay Area 2019 at San Mateo Event Center, 1 PM to 6 PM

Know about a cool happening? Send me the info and I’ll share it with the class!

Here’s some fan art I made of Rayssa Leal, aka The Skating Fairy.

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