Wazzzzzzzzzzup, Lambro here. This past weekend, The OKCretins threw a super kickass BBQ to raise money for future local DIY skate spot build projects. What is an OKCretin you may ask? It is a person (typically a skateboarder or bmxer) who strives to not only conjure up skate spot ideas, but also create them. Within the past year alone, The OKCretins have assembled two fully functional skate "parks" with plans to touch up several other locations. Most of the time people get the impression that skateboarders and bmxers are just a bunch of rowdy kids loitering, destroying private property, and being unproductive with their lives. The OKCretins prove these stereotypes wrong. Not only do we build totally radical obstacles duuuuuuuuude, but we also keep these areas clean. Visit our latest creation, 10Penn, located on NW 10th and Penn and you'll probably see local ripper, Kyle Walker, doing more tidying up than actual skating. Recently, we had a group text meeting and decided we needed to do our biggest build yet. After crunching the numbers on how much this new project would cost, it was pretty obvious we needed to start raising money. What better way to raise money than throw a killer Skate BBQ at a skate spot that we built? Local businesses, Bad Granny and Anthem Brewery, were kind enough to donate food and beverages for the event, while co-owner of Black Mesa Skateboards, Daniel Bibb, stenciled up some blank skate decks to sell for donations. Kyle Walker and your friendly neighborhood Tree and Leaf donated a random assortment of goodies ranging from shirts to grip tape. Not only was the Skate BBQ a blast, but we managed to raise about $200 for supplies on the next build project, which is a win in my book. When I wasn't skating or helping set up, I managed to snag a couple photos of the event. Unfortunately, a few too many Anthems led to me forgetting to adjust the shutter speed on my camera, resulting in some blurry photos. OH WELL!
@freakinsilva dropping in, a little over a week ago, before my knee surgery, I was lucky enough to get away for some hiking. Here's my write up:
Oklahoma's native roots have given us names like Talihina, Talimena, and Ouachita. If you're not familiar, Talimena is classic small-town America – just a sleepy outpost near Talimena State Park, nestled in the Ouachita Mountain Range. This area is a great change of pace. I so strongly associate Oklahoma with the Great Plains that I feel like I occasionally overlook all the trees in the southeastern part of the state. It's a straight forest out there!
There are 223 miles of trail running through the Ouachitas, stretching across Oklahoma and Arkansas. My legs were toast well before that. 20 miles ain't bad.
There are spaces with incredibly minimal trails, sparsely dotted with old routed wood signs, where you really feel far from civilization. And then there are campgrounds around the lake, with water hookups and stables catering to equine trails. A bunch of families were riding horses near the water, which was vintage old west.
If you've never been, and you like fresh air, it's a great spot! Check it out, and check out our pals @travelok for more great spots.
This weekend I was hosted by Hunter Wheat and The Bleu Garten crew. Hunter and I have been in discussion about painting another mural in their space for the last 6 months, and it finally happened. He told me the theme he was going for and gave me complete artistic freedom (which is a risky move!)
When he said he wanted a picture of The Dude from The Big Lebowski, I was all ears! The Big Lebowski is a movie I can get behind! It's no Blues Brothers, but it's definitely up there on my list. If you can stand sitting through the 240+ F-bombs, it might just be up there on your list as well!
This photo was taken about 1-hour into sketching out the initial concept. Luckily El Duderino has a pretty iconic features and accessories. The reference image I used from the movie has him in a different outfit, but the macrame sweater he wears seems to be most iconic. Also, His Dudeness wouldn't be The Dude if he wasn't sipping on a Caucasian. I think the White Russian was my favorite part about painting this image. Trying to figure out the reflections on the glass and the ice cubes was definitely a challenge, and that makes it fun.
All in all, I had a great time painting this. It was a lot of fun just hanging out in the Garten and talking to patrons. The guys at Buttermilk Sliders hooked me up with a free lunch and it was excellent as usual (Thanks, fellas!).
Lastly, I'm sure he doesn't want me to say this, but Hunter is a real advocate for the arts and I'm a real chump and often undersell my work. As we were talking about payment, I gave him my quote and his jaw dropped. He came back with a check for double what I had said. Any rational person would've just paid me what I quoted and been done with it. Hunter paid me in the value he found in the art, and that is very generous and very noble. I am grateful for the opportunity, the artistic freedom, and the considerate payment. Cheers!
Also! If you want to watch The Big Lebowski, drink a White Russian, and take your picture in front of my mural - you can do that at Bleu Garten on April 25th! They'll be having a grand ol' time as they feature The Big Lebowski as part of their summer movie series! Do it!