9191 Teaser

Just found the teaser for Volcom’s upcoming snowboard movie release “9191” feature the riding talent of Gigi Ruf and friends.

The movie is directed by Jake Price who made the classic snowboard film December. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Jake for a week about two years ago when Volcom came to shoot here in Hokkaido. Great guy and very talented film maker.

Also anything that Gigi does is sure to be amazing and this movie is going to be no exception.

Check out the teaser. It is casual, it is real and it doesn’t smash you over the head with branding, energy drinks and dolly shots. I like it already!

TKY wrap up!

A few shots and stories from the Tokyo trip.

Stopped by the new Volcom HQ in harajuku.  Very nice to be able to visit the showroom, and marketing team right in the heart of the city.  The Volcom staff seemed to be enjoying their new digs.  We talked about doing a possible photo exhibit in the fall at the Volcom store….

Lunch at “Shanti” for soup curry Sapporo style.  Soup curry still tastes better in Sapporo, but it was still nice to get a little spice in Tokyo.

Art at the Volcom office.

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Weirdo snap.  Chatted with this drunk dude outside the North Face store for a few long minutes.  Turns out he spent a lot of time in Hokkaido and we know a lot of the same people…  Told me how he is a DJ and then told me how he is a photographer.  Then he set of his computer on the street for an inpromtu slide snow to show me his photos.

Complete crap photos they were, but amusing to watch this character in action.  Oh yeah then he told me how he is a pro snowboarder and he is planning on getting The North Face to sponsor him!  Hell will freeve over before that happens buddy.

the best camera shop in Japan.  had to stop by and check it out, didn’t buy anything though….

Salary man moment.

Cafe at Montok with long time friend Fuji.

You know I used to really hate Tokyo.  I would always try to make my trips there as short as possible, now the tables have turned and I actually don’t want to leave.  Really enjoying the time spent in the urban jungle.  Thanks for the good times big city.

Volcom flowing

Some new Volcom summer gear arriving here in the One Films office recently.  Stoked on my selection for this summer season.  Here are a few items.

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Sticking with the V.co-logical organic cotton t-shirts whenever I can.  I like the feel of the organic cotton better than the regular.

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Surf trunks look like they are made from denim right?   Wrong, it is just a print.  Looks amazingly real!

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Mega beach towel

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Off center V-neck is cool and material perfect weight.

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Can’t wait to rock this shirt.  Need a good party or some kind of special occasion for this one though…

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All in a days work

Another day, of manual labor, tv show guest appearances, massage therapy and new gear.

Together with Tsukasa my loyal worker, we have finished painting the house!  7 meters high on a ladder today trying to paint the highest spot, had plenty of time to wonder why I didn’t buy a one story house.

After the painting, tsukasa suggested that we wax the roof!  As you can see I am putting a few friends to work waxing the loft section roof, in hopes that the snow will slide off after each storm.  We seem to have a problem with that section.  A thick layer of ice builds up and when it does finally break off it feels like the house is going to fall down.  Hope the wax works. 

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At about noon the “No Matter Board” TV show crew showed up and we filmed a section for an upcoming program.  Looks like they are doing a special on the Car Danchi lifestyle to air on the 27th of this month.  The guests were Yamauchi and Mino.  

I used to host No Matter board in the 90’s, there have been a few different hosts, but Matsui is holding it down nicely now!  Check out his blog here.

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After the No Matter shooting, rushed downtown for my appointment with “Sensei” to work on my neck.  Found an old friend on the table getting worked on.  Sensei had predicted that it would take up to three months to fix my neck, but now seems to think could be better in a month or maybe less!  Maybe all the painting this week helped.  It sure is painful though.  Thanks to Sensei for the good alignment.

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Box of Volcom gear appeared on the doorstep, with this nice new shirt/jacket!