Dear December, It was nice to see you again the other day-we forgot how much we missed you. Sorry we haven’t called, but we’ve been busy, and now that you’re here again, shit’s gonna get a whole lot more hectic. How are we supposed to get out there and shred every day with all these deadlines? December, to tell you the truth, you stress us out … ah, but we can’t stay mad at you. See you soon. Love, TransWorld
Hipsters Of The World, Unite!
Legendary cinematographer Dave Seoane of Subjekt Haakonsen fame has recently moved out of his longtime home in Reno, Nevada and into the basement of Nemo Design in Portland, Oregon. He’s reportedly using the new space for editing, building furniture, and generally making a bunch of racket that drifts up and into the ears of the hard-working graphic designers upstairs.
Speaking of Portland, PDX’s Corey Smith has recently joined 24 Hour Fitness. Also, Louie Fountain and his brood pulled up stakes in Portland and moved camp back to Louie’s home state of Idaho-Moscow, Idaho, specifically. The fam sold its Portland residence, cashing in on the booming PDX real-estate market, and headed east toward the wide-open spud country in late autumn. Louie has even been letting on to a second secret house somewhere deep in Idaho sled country where he plans to hide out and film next winter. Ssshhhh.
In other exodus-out-of-Portland news, Travis Parker has relocated to a new house he bought in Tahoe, leaving his Portland property at the mercy of a rental agency as he waits for it to double and triple in value-which it probably will. Other shreds such as Amber Stackhouse, who temporarily called the PDX home for the off-season, have moved mountain-ward, too-Stackhouse decided to spend another winter in Salt Lake City working on the latest Misschief project. Those folks who are in fact staying in Portland for the winter are looking forward to having the place to themselves again, shredding through a real winter and spending a couple dark rainy days drinking Bloody Marys at Holman’s … sigh.
The Hard Hand Of Fate
Sick of the new crop of schralp films already? Keep an eye out for Trulli Love, an all-new video from our favorite flamboyant Finnish crew, which includes the likes of Heikki Sorsa, Eero Niemela, Iikka Backstrom, and the rest of ‘em. If we had to make one prediction about the movie, it would be the prevalence of astonishingly bad techno on the soundtrack. Were we right? Let us know.
Speaking of the motion-picture biz, Grenade Gloves cinematographer John Cavan got himself arrested just one night before the world premiere of the video he helped make-Smell The Glove, of course. That’s right, in keeping with all that is Cavan and Grenade, John went down to Tijuana with a posse of other ASR trade-show partygoers (including Pat Bridges, Filippo Kratter, TWS’ Chris Coyle, Mark Sullivan-sketchy lot, really) and didn’t make it back with the rest of them. Rumor has it he spent an entire night and the following day in lockup with no money to pay bail and no way for his friends to get a hold of him. Yikes, we’re glad he’s okay-if he is indeed okay.
Now, oddly enough, another Grenade foot soldier got locked up in the big house recently. This time it was one Tim “The Pinski” Karpinski. Yeah, the time was late, and the charge was vandalism (or something along those lines). He was caught red-handed scribbling a signature Pinski drawing on the side of a building or some other urban surface you’re really not supposed to scribble drawings onto-signature or no. Tim described his time in the slammer as, “Not rad at all, except that I got to watch, like, four Steven Segal movies and two Sylvester Stallone ones.”
It appears that Robbie Sell was the victim of burglary recently. Yep, his laptop and entire photo kit were gaffled, leaving him electro-gadget-less-the horror! Upset by this (and rightly so), Robbie sent out a group e-mail to his closest creative friends in search of cheap used photog equipment (the “fancy schmancy” kind) in an attempt at piecing his collection back together. We wish the best of luck to him.
On the other side of the law, Sean Kearns got strip-searched on his way through New Zealand customs at the Queenstown airport. Kearns, who was headed to NZ on a film trip for the ’07 Forum movie, had this to say about the incident: “When you have a 300-pound Maori looking at you naked, there’s something really funny about it-you can only laugh.”
According to our sources, Ami Voutilainen has been hired on full-time at High Cascade Snowboard Camp as the “resident art guy.” Part of the first wave of Finnish shred soldiers, Ami has worked on a number of board graphics over the years and most recently helped with the filming of Kids Know Productions’ Love/Hate and Misschief Films’ … As If. In other news, TWS contributor Brooke Geery is reportedly starting a wakeskate magazine-since it’s too easy to make fun of her about this, we won’t lower ourselves to doing so. Also, Ali Goulet has allegedly retired from pro snow-shredding and is now coaching the freestyle snowboard team for Park City-and he’s stoked!
Somebody Cares About This Stuff
CAPiTA Owner Blue Montgomery was the proud recipient of a big ol’ French kiss from everyone’s favorite French Canadian, J-F Pelchat, at the Whiteout/Kids Know premiere in Vancouver, B.C. Apparently J-F accosted Blue when he wasn’t looking and laid on a big sloppy one. “I wanted to barf,” says Blue.
As part of the ever-changing gamut of pro-snowboarder vehicle ownership, we have some updates: Word on the street is that girls like Alexis Waite and Erin Comstock are buying big trucks-even bigger than those of the dudes they know-and souping ‘em up. Ah, yeah! Speaking of badass, Chris Coulter bought a Harley-he also got shoulder surgery in the off-season so he’d be shred ready come winter, as well as being signed to Scott USA’s pro team for goggs. And while we’re talking surgery, Eddie Wall got a knee scope in the fall, as well, and was seen crutching around Southern California during ASR trade show time last September.
This just in: J2 Rasmus bears a remarkable resemblance to Bruce Springsteen, according to Todd Richards. We tend to agree. Erik Leines tied the knot with his longtime lady friend. Brian Regis spent the past summer in Southern California working, randomly enough, on the set of The Bernie Mac Show. Travis Kennedy and Mitch Reed have developed their own hip-hop personalities-Shame and GT. And last but certainly not least, Mercedes Nicol has signed on with IS Design. The best of luck to everyone involved in this paragraph.
Quote Of The Month
“It hurts-both my feet and my feelings.”-Dave England on snowboarding