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Way ahead of his time; coming from poverty and family disruption at a young age, getting into trouble, and having to dealt with a little racism; none of these prevented him from doing what he loves. Put your heart to whatever it is and it’ll work out. One way or another.
Wooden roller coaster is probably one way to explain life. Excitement, Up’s & Down’s, and some ScaryFuckingShit!It’sFormedFromWood! Ride it. Live it.
Ever since I got a new phone, I’ve ditched the thoughts of buying a new SLR. Instagram just makes everything 10x more fun due to their own network, rad filters, and the ease of sharing. For all of you iPhone’s users, Instagram: FATPHOS
Christmas weekend- the time of the year were I would home for a few days with my lovely family. All BS aside, this has got to be the warmest trip to back to Fresno since I parted from there; and here’s a few photos from the weekend.
Thanks to my awesome S.O for the first gift of the weekend.
Got a call Friday night from TACMARCOH saying that SOSUPERSAM is going to be at Little Joy in #EchoPark. Got a few drinks in before the homies rolled in. Before being able to hang out or even being able to meet the lady; LA’s finest fire marshall came in to kill our “Little Joy”.
Dirty-Dogs before we called it on the joyous night.
The next morning we made our way North on the 99 freeway. In previous blog posts, I often talk about how much I miss home cooked food. Here’s a little snippet of it.
Haven’t had one of these for a very long time. Thanks to my good friends Vinnie and Nina for the awesome shindig that took place in their new home!
Beer+good people… never could go wrong!
Can’t wait to end Twenty-Eleven. Fuck Yeah!
Saturday midnight, I get a text from my old friend Al Mofo after I took a shot of Galvatron to see what’s going down on a peaking Saturday night. Being a little more than a hour away from where I was didn’t help, so they called it a night.. For me, my night just kept getting fuzzy as shit. Note to ALL: Galvatron will get you toasted quicker than you could imagine.
Al and PartyPeter are in town from Nor-Cal for the 2011 IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship that was taking place at CSU Long Beach. They been here for about 4 days and no doubt they probably ate and shat Gyu Kaku all 4 fucking days. For those that don’t know Al, he use to fly down here for the day just to eat at Gyu Kaku.
Here is the Pyramid at CSULB:
When we first walked in, the aroma of the mats and lack of fresh air reminds me of my wrestling days. Since we arrived very late, they were down to the last few matches:
There were two large teams that were there and they were sitting across from each other. Both teams were pretty fucking rowdy, going back and fourth talking shit in Brazilian. Wished they would of chant and BS in english so that we all could of enjoyed the non-sense, but still we got a good kick out of it.
Workaholics: PartyPeter (left) and Al Mofo. Both have been representing Nakama Brand hard for the last 4 months. It’s remarkable to see that our Standard Functions supporters and friends are also supporting Nakama. Thank you all for the support!
I’m still a guest blogger for WANTvsNEED, however I probably haven’t posted shit for a year.
Thanks homie for the tee!
Continued from Part 1:
The next morning we walked around Union Square and then stopped by Fisherman Wharf’s aka Pier 39 for lunch.
As usual, this place is fucking loaded with people from all around the world.
Since most of the restaurants were packed, we decided to eat at Eagle Cafe since I was in seafood mode the whole weekend. After dusting a huge bowl of clam chowder, I ordered Linguini with white clam sauce and shredded clams.
Jess ordered a Eagles original fish ‘n chip, however instead of fries she got a better choice of salad instead.
It wouldn’t be a vacation without a nice drink.
After lunch, we left the wonderful city to cruise by the Fatlace headquarter- the Paddock. Fatlace has been growing these past few years and they have acquired a new addition called the Fatlace Garage. It so happened that we were around the area so we stopped by to say hello the the Fatlace crew and to hang out for a bit.
Posting up front is a few classics, such as Kenny’s TE72 wagon, a R32 Skyline, and Mark’s KGC10 Skyline.
Our buddy Yu Yamamoto happened to be in the area as well! It’s always nice to hang out with Yu because a fun conversion about the most random things will occur. Be sure to check out his blog for photos of his trips all around the world.
Out back before the garage space is fully set up, they hosted a RC drifting competition.
About 8 years ago, RC car bodies wasn’t so detailed. It was very hard to find a AE86 RC body anywhere! I remember a company called Kawada that use to make old school Japanese and European car bodies and dope rims during the early 90’s. The US based Kawada company went out of business sometimes during the mid-late 90’s and the prices for AE86, CRX, and other 80’s Japanese cars were going for $400-$800 on eBay during 2001-2003. Now it’s everywhere thanks to HPI and other companies being able to attain the license to reproduce these popular bodies.
This reminds me of the free and easy youth days of racing RC cars. Foldable tables and tackle boxes.
Out back posted up was Mark’s S14. Yu and I was talking about how Mark’s S14 is constantly changing, from graphics to paint color, wheels to aeros.
Mark’s latest toy that he picked up a few weeks ago when he was in So-Cal for Hellaflush 8, a MV Agusta. Check out the single swing arm.
Another full schedule for this month, we’ll keep you posted.
From my work blog:
During Memorial Days weekend, Jess and I took a trip to ‘The City’ to get away from LA for a bit. San Francisco have always had a special place in my heart since my teenage years. After I finished my first 3 years of college, I even took into consideration of moving there to attend one of the universities in the Bay. Long story short, I ended up moving back to LA and the rest is history.
San Francisco amount for some of the craziest roads due to all the steep hills and small streets. The locals also have to share the road with cable cars/trolleys, tourists, bikers, scooters, tourist, buses, and more tourist.
Steep hills, one after another:
No matter where you might end up around the City, the view and experiences is just too fucking extraordinary.
After reaching the top of the hill, we found the Buena Vista Park:
Having a architectural background, homes and buildings in SF best represents traditional Victorian designs mixed with modern designs. It’s sad to see that homes built today doesn’t have the same quality and style as these classic homes.
Next, we decided to explore the Golden Gate Park.
Although the weather was great, we did receive a little bit of rain during the afternoon. I haven’t been to the City for a few years and I forgot how quickly the weather can change. It was nice and sunny before the rain stepped in, however it cleared up a few hours later. It reminded me of Asia for sure, not to mention Chinatown was just outside our hotel (see first photo). We decided to hang out in the room for a few hours to catch up on some rest from the 6 hour drive. Here’s my work station for the weekend, the hotel did offer free internet, however unsecured internet is a no-no. I’ll stick to tethering with the Droid.
Once it was cleared, we made our way to Japan Town where we stopped by my good friend Sean’s work place to say hello.
Look out for the Standard Functions stickers at the Fatlace store:
The painting of the Tsunami was originally what I wanted to have painted in my room when I first moved back to LA a few years ago. Since that didn’t happen, I decided to apply it to the swing arm cover on Purple Kush.
It’s the year of the Rabbit and this little dude belongs to Patrick and his lady. We noticed how cool his hair was and Patrick told us it was natural.
Here is Jan (left) and Patrick holding down the store. Thanks for letting us in after-hours!
We meet up with my friend Sean again to hang out and catch up for a bit over warm soup. Boudin’s at the Wharf Bakery is no joke. They have a conveyor system circling the whole store delivering fresh bread to the designated stations. Not to mention their Clam-chowder was spot on.
Racks and racks of fresh baked goodies. Check out the hanging basket from the conveyor system as well.
Out by the street, they have a live demonstration of how they prepare and create their breads:
Night-life of SF could be pretty rowdy considering some people here gets hyphy and go dumb-dumb. Here you see over 50 people with cops everywhere trying to control what appears to be a huge fight.
I first visited this spot 5 years ago when my brother Stephen lived in the Bay. Every time I stopped by I have to snap a new photo. Although nothing have changed, I never seem to get tired of taking the same photos here. It’s a special spot and you’ll get to see how remarkable this city is. We’re literally the center of the following photos: On the LEFT side you get:
On the right side you will see (excuse the blurs, it was freezing!):
To be continued…
Before I end this blog, I would like to pay respects to Jonas Bevacqua who passed away a few days ago. For those who have no idea who Jonas is, he is a co-founder of L-R-G, a clothing company that have touched many and will continue on to do so. Long story short, he is one of the many people who inspired me after I graduated high school. I supported the brand not for the hype or cool factor, but for the logics, message, and reason behind the LRG company. I owned 1 of the 150 2007 LRG x Forum Destroyer snowboards. During the time, the retail price on the board was over $560, MSRP $700, and I used the shit out of it, jumping off of shit, and beating it up. That’s how much I supported LRG and it’s very shocking to find out about the sad news.