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Likable Guy Starts Popular Group

Artist and designer Yogi Proctor has recently started a new creative project called The Popular Group-a creative studio that will focus on meaningful creative projects. Blurring the borders between art and design, The Popular Group will use design to explore the visual-physical environment.

One such project is Popwar through Giant Distribution. Proctor says Popwar’s agenda is to raise questions of the surrounding super-structure through its visual language.

Proctor is best known for creating the visual identities for Etnies, Emerica, éS footwear, ThirtyTwo snowboard boots, TransWorld SNOWboarding magazine, IASC, and Popwar. He has also contributed creative work to Girl, Foundation, Toy Machine, Zero, Clive, Modart. His work has been published in TransWorld SKATEboarding, TransWorld SNOWboarding, Anthem, Mass Appeal, Arkitip, Trace, LoDown, Fluff, XLR8R, Strength, TransWorld STANCE, Dysfunctional, Print, and Emigre.

To get a glimpse of The Popular Group ideology, or to contact Yogi, check out

Skateboarding Is Art

TransWorld SKATEboarding longtime Photo Editor Grant Britain’s newest photography exhibit, Still 79>03, opened Thursday, September 18 at the American Institute of Graphic Arts in downtown San Diego. Hundreds of people attended the premiere, and the first 500 were given commemorative books that document the highlights of Britain’s work. AIGA board member and fluf bassist Josh Higgins orchestrated the entire event: “I thought the premiere went off without a hitch,” says Higgins. “It couldn’t have gone any better.” Still 79>03 runs at the AIGA gallery until October 31.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Space 1026 is hosting an art show consisting of enjoi pro Bobby Puleo’s latest pieces. The show, titled These Eyes Have Eyes, is a collection of Puleo’s art, the materials of which have been pulled out of the gutters of the world. The show, sponsored by enjoi skateboards, IPath, Glass, and Mass Appeal, includes a variety of found items such as photos, Post-It Notes, and playing cards, among other things.

Photographic prints taken by Mass Appeal’s Angela Boatwright, collaborative posters, and some of Puleo’s ‘zines will be available for sale at the opening and throughout the remainder of the show. These Eyes Have Eyes runs through the end of October 2003. Look to for more information.Mainstream Skating

Element’s resident jackass Bam Margera has named his upcoming MTV show Viva la Bam, which airs October 26. Fellow Element teammate and Long Beach, California native Terry Kennedy is reportedly starring in a new reality show called Switched. The premise for the show is that Kennedy switches lives with a kid from Alaska for four days.

In other Hollywood news, the movie Grind is going down in history as the Thrashin’ of the new millennium. In the five weeks since its release date of August 15, the movie has made just over five-million dollars-still one-million shy of breaking even with its production budget.

Law Firm Merges, Lawyer Moves

The Law Offices Of Matthew Miller, APC is pleased to announce the merger of their firm with McColloch & Campitiello, LLP. McColloch & Campitiello look forward to Victoria Newland, Andrea Maher, and Charielou Flores joining the firm.Miller will continue his association with the firm by serving as counsel but is also excited by the opportunities in his new position as in-house corporate counsel and chief officer of operations for Atticus Clothing, Inc. and its related entities.

Beginning October 6, 2003, the new contact information will be McColloch & Campitiello, LLP, 5900 La Place Court, Suite 100, Carlsbad, California 92008, phone (760) 804-0153, and FAX (760) 931-9086. They can also be contacted by e-mail at:

Video Update

In accordance with making 2003 the year of the skate video, there are several releases planned for Fall and Winter ’03. 1984 Clothing, which has also recently released a Tony Trujillo signature jean, is busy working on a video titled The Last Best Message, due out sometime before Spring 2004.

The latest from the Girl camp is that the Chocolate team recently wrapped up a monthlong U.S. tour of demos, street skating, and Spike Jonze-directed skits. A DVD release is set for October 2003.

Osiris shoes has also recently released its second skate video. As a follow-up to 2000’s The Storm, Subject To Change features the Osiris team skating spots all over the world. Osiris also plans to release The Armageddon Cup, a video documenting the Osiris World Cup contest that was held in Birmingham, England earlier in 2003.

New York City underdog 5boro is also filming for its next video, Word Of Mouth, will be released by December 2003. Birdhouse is also currently working on a video that is set to release July 2004.

Hitting theaters across the country is Stoked, a documentary about one of skateboarding’s most controversial key players-Mark “Gator” Rogowski.

DNA Distribution has been keeping busy with the release of Mosaic, the first-ever Habitat video. The DVD release, which is out now, contains bonus tour footage and a running commentary from resident columnist Tim O’Connor. DNA Distribution is also the U.S. distributor for the new Lordz video, They Don’t Give A Fuck About Us.

Over at the Dwindle Distribution headquarters, there are several videos in the works. Due out first is Battalion, the first-ever Darkstar skateboards video. All nine teamriders will be featured in the video, due out in October 2003. Next in the Dwindle editing bay is the long-awaited Blind video, which has a vague release date of Spring 2004. And finally, the enjoi team is scrambling for footage for their premiere video, which is set to be released in the summer of 2004.

Independent videographer Josh Stewart is currently hard at work on the follow-up to his popular Static video. Static II: Resurrection will feature Bobby Puleo, Ricky Oyola, Kenny Reed, Paul Shier, and many more, with a special section on London, England. Static II: Resurrection will be distributed by 411VM and is set to premiere at the February 2004 ASR trade show in San Diego.A Passing Of The Torch

TransWorld veteran Diane Launder retired from the position of international distributor and sales manager after fifteen years of service. A friend and TW family member, she will be missed. Fortunately, resident Ping-Pong champ Jason Young will be doing his best to fill her shoes.Corporate Roster Hops

DC Shoes has just added Wei-En Chang as its new footwear design director.

Dragon Optics has taken yet another valued member of the TransWorld staff, this time it’s Jason Hodges. Hodges is now on the sales team for Dragon. You’ll be missed, Hodge. Send us some glasses.

Marketing guru Jim Shubin has at least partially left his home at Dwindle to do marketing for Ezekiel clothing. Not a big fan of free time, Shubin will also remain the brand manager for Almost skateboards.

Savier has also been beefing up its staff, with Brian Reed as the new marketing director, Ryan Coulter as the new creative director, and Shawn Carboy as a footwear designer.

Element skateboards now has Jeff Dickson handling its hardgoods production.

New Companies

In addition to churning out videos, Dwindle Distribution has also decided to churn out another board company. Almost skateboards, the brainchild of Jim Shubin, boasts an initial professional roster of Rodney Mullen, Daewon Song, and Ryan Sheckler, with a mysterious promise of more to come. With some graphics from renown World Industries Designer Marc McKee, Almost looks to be picking up where World Industries left off.

Mada is a new clothing company coming from Ezekiel founder and former partner Vince De La Peña. Not much else is known, but its team boasts fashion-conscious Anthony “Ragdoll” Scalamere, so good things can be expected.

The mystery surrounding Mystery is slowly coming to light. At press time, it’s known to be a
board company coming out of Jamie Thomas’ Black Box Distribution. Thomas has also partnered with DC Shoes to create Fallen footwear.

Paetra is a brand-new clothing company with a twist-in order to promote skateboarding, it will donate 100 percent of its profits to aid the construction of skateparks and skate spots, and to support organizations that benefit skateboarding. Several of skateboarding’s most well-known artists such as Yogi Proctor and Mark Foster are collaborating their efforts to develop Paetra’s graphics and designs.

Paetra launched its inaugural T-shirt line at the Machine Wash Cold art show in early September. Check out for more information.

Pommier And Templeton Arrested

Skateboard photographer Scott Pommier and Ed Templeton got arrested and their equipment was impounded after being caught skateboarding with a big posse including filmer Kevin Barnett, Kevin Long, and Raviv Moore at a school in Burbank, California earlier this summer.

Pommier caught up with SKATE Biz to explain what happened: “A lady police officer came over and yelled at Ed to stop skating, but Ed ignored her. He tried his trick two more times, which further antagonized her. She demanded that he hand over his board, and he looked right at her as he tossed it over the fence. Then he tried to run away. He was up on the fence before the officer pulled him down. He later said that he didn’t realize that the woman was a police officer.

“Another officer arrived and started trying to corral Kevin (Barnett), who was packing his camera bag. Kevin and Ed were cuffed, but I was off to the side, so no one bothered with me until I asked if I should continue putting my gear away. They gathered us up, the property owners came, inspected the ‘crime scene’ and decided to press charges. At that point I, too, was cuffed, even though I was sitting there quietly, and we were all placed in police cruisers.

“My car was impounded, my camera gear and Kevin’s video camera was loaded into another car-by this time four-plus cruisers had arrived as ‘backup’-and we were taken ‘downtown’-only a few blocks away. They took all of our belongings and personal effects and tossed us in the clink, except for Raviv, who was released to his parents since he was under eighteen and wasn’t found inside the fence when the cops came. We were interviewed, photographed, and fingerprinted. Then they handed us bedrolls and towels, and we transferred cells. We thought we were going to be held overnight, but we were released a few hours later and had our shoelaces and pocket lint returned to us.”

The guys were told they could come back the next day to pick up the remainder of their possessions, but this was not the case. Pommier was able to pick up his car at the impound lot, but the camera and video equipment was held as ‘evidence.’ Almost amusing, despite the fact that they had returned the Polaroid I’d shot of Ed skating the rail.

“After about three weeks, “Pommier continues, “and a couple of useless trips to see the detective, we finally had a pretrial where our lawyer cut a deal with the D.A. We paid the city 500 dollars apiece to cover the cost of their ‘investigation,’ and they dropped all charges against us. Basically they’d already exacted their punishment on me since I had to go three weeks without my gear, I had to pay for inferior rental equipment, pay for a lawyer, and make repeated trips up to Burbank in rush-hour traffic.

“The whole thing was a monumental waste of time for everyone involved, with the possible exception of our lawyer who bills by the minute,” adds Pommier.

Pommier translated the experience into a feature article that ran in New York City-based Mass Appeal magazine’s September issue.