Friday, February 15, 2008

Really missing you...

As I am getting more and more involved in the skateboard industry and meeting and hanging out with more and more famous skaters, I can't help but think of Kevin. God damn I wish he was here to experience this with me. Everything we ever talked about doing involved both of us and now I am having to go it alone. Every time I am standing on top of the half pipe or talking with Jason Ellis, PLG or Jake Brown, my mind is preoccupied by the fact that he isn't sharing this experience with me. It really drives home the fact that we only have one shot at this life and if we don't live and enjoy every day to its fullest, we are totally cutting ourselves short.

This entry is kind of a downer but fuck, I wish you were still here bro.

Black Orchid..

Wow! If you are reading this, you know that I wear a lot of black. Tonight I made some new drinks that would be really good for a photo shoot. I am calling them "Black Orchid". Basically it is a vodka and cranberry with a few splashes.
The recipe is:
1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Peach Vodka
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
Splash of A├žai Juice
Splash of Blue Curacao

Dump that into a shaker filled with crushed ice and in the words of my good friend Ellis, "Bob's your Uncle"!
The drink comes out black as can be and is delicious. I am working on a version of this that has Monster Energy Drink in it that I am going to call the "Wild Orchid" but I need to work out the kinks. I am actually drinking one as I am typing this! I am calling it product research!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

WOW! Lamb is really good....

I though I had a pretty broadened palate, but I was wrong. I have been watching Anthony Bourdaine's "No Reservations" now for a couple of seasons. The show is great and Anthony kinda reminds me of myself only 20 years older. Often on the show he is confronted with eating lamb and he makes it sound really good. The other day I was out to dinner with a friend of mine and decided to order the lamb. My friend, who is Egyptian, said that if I didn't like the lamb he would trade plates with me so what did I have to lose? He suggested I order the lamb medium rare, and I did against my better judgement. I love my beef rare but never having had lamb before, I was a little hesitant to go through with this. Wow! This meat is really, really good. I soon found my self eating lamb chops like I was a barbarian, only stopping to wipe the occasional blood that was running down my arm off. This was just a few day ago and I have ordered it a couple times since and have considered ordering a big lot of it from the local butcher to prepare the next time I have company up to my house. If you haven't tried Lamb yet, you need to.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Von Dutch website...

I am almost done with the new website layout for Von Dutch Performance. Once I am done with this I am hoping to move on to a complete redo of the Von Dutch Clothing and Von Dutch Kustom Cycles websites. This website layout has been fun and has been pretty easy to do with the customer letting me pretty much have full creative freedom. I will post again when the website is up and rockin!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Photo shoot with Ellis..

Ellis and I are working on another campaign with Von Zipper Sunglasses and so I had to shoot some more pics of Ellis sporting some VZ stuff. The night was kind of off as we were all in funny moods and just ready for the day to end but I managed to get the shots I needed. Here is one of the shots that I shot last night.