Monday, April 25, 2011

Galinis and Taylor along with Hammond and Bambei from Trife Street get down on Terrytopia's new make-over. Check it here

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Workin Man Blues

Here are some pictures from the work day last saturday. It was an epic day that had everyone there stoked on what was to come. Big props to Hammond for getting the truck there and also to Wrex for bringing in some excellent knowledge and skills to the table. Taylor, Bambei, Johnny, you guys motivate me and inspire me with your ask no questions get it done attitudes. Everyone there put in work and deserves to feel good about it. Being involved in something like this is an experience that I can't put into words. It is a true labor of love and as Johnny said on monday as I was giving him a ride to work after some work at the spot, "I'd rather do this all day and not get paid then go to work." So true. thank you guys for letting me be a part of a really rad day that I won't soon forget and also giving me a chance to put in my dues. Be sure to check out Taylor's Index Blog, Trife Street, and Dr. Gay Panda for more coverage.

wallride forms are ready

one side of the spine

the usual suspects, waiting for the concrete to arrive

Wrex came out to help and to show off his new seating innovation

Bambei get toasty by the trash fire

the truck arrives!

like kids on christmas

Hammond was hyped

We got the truck driver to move the shoot right over the quarter

Get to work grunts

After the crete was on the quarter it was time to fill up the wheelbarrows and take it to the other forms

filling in the wallrides

there wasn't enough concrete to fill in the spine

Wrex and Bambei plotting

Teamwork makes the dream work

just before final smoothing

Potsy approves

finishing up the last quarter

Be sure to head over to the Trife Street blog and donate to the fund. Even if it is a dollar, ever bit counts.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Concrete pour

So I guess I am a little late but I figured that if you read this blog then you probably know about the Trife Street blog and so you know that today is the work day at the new AlTown. Its going real good but if you have the times you should get down there and lend a hand however you can. Bring those guys some water, food, beer, sodas, whatever. As Hammond said on the Trife Street blog, " you know you're gonna skate it, some come help create it!" Also, they will probably need someone to go get more crete, we used all that the truck had and we still need more. Best bet would be to go down there and just ask what needs to be done and what you need to go get.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cooper is not done yet. Yes, alot of things that were promised haven't come to fruition yet. Some things seemed so close and then just faded away. A lot has happened in the past year and I didn't expect any bit of it. We started strong and after no time at all really we put together a good team and ended up gaining the support from alot of people around the area. We expanded our shop client list, we did a couple events and the demand rose. on the other hand, i got injured, we lost some team riders and we also lost someone very close to us. I didn't think it could get worse until my medical bills were turned over to collection agencies. All the money that was being saved up for Cooper expenses (boards, camera, etc.), that would provide all of those things promised, was used to keep my car and other valuables from being repossessed. Its amazing how ridiculous this country's healthcare system is, but that is another conversation for another time. But if it weren't for Cooper having such a great start, I would have been wiped out and Cooper Skateboards really would be no more. Its thanks to everyone who took a chance on some random guys from Memphis. Thanks for liking our stuff! Thanks to Cheapskates, Imperial, 6th Ave, Life Blood skateshops as well as all the people that have bought anything from us, all of the people at Cooper-Young Fest, all of the folks in Mississippi that support us. You helped Cooper to stay afloat and for me to keep all my stuff!
We're not going anywhere now.
-Christian Westphal, Owner and operator of Cooper Skateboards