Tuesday, December 29, 2009

keep breaking things

Monday, December 28, 2009

9:59 of 2009

Saturday, December 26, 2009


Phoned in

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Las Vegas, Hektor Esparza, and the spirit of giving

When I was living with Hektor his most extreme moment of giving was when he sold his skate gear to buy ingredients for a huge pot of soup to feed all the gutter punks in the park. I had to stop him at the point that he was turning our apartment into a shelter. Months before he came home wide eyed from having found Jesus in the center of a big kickflip. I could go on for miles of blog but here's Andrew Kiraly's brief exposé on him and his current doings in the city of sin. If anyone wants to help out Hektor's skate based giving, or hosting an art show, anything else, let me know and I'll see to it that you get your money, space, or time to Hektor.

Hektor Esparza
Photo: Jeferson Applegate

Story and photo lifted from Las Vegas City Weekly-

Shredding sensei teaches young skaters sick tricks -- and life lessons

On a recent Wednesday, Hektor Esparza is pulling a little morning shred session at the Winchester Community Center skate park. He's carving the concrete banks, casually popping airs and nailing kick-flips, and going on and on about ninjas and samurai and God and health food and Chinese medicine and punk rock -- tying it all together, of course, with skateboarding.

"It was Sho Kasugi who got me into skating," he explains. "He was this famous actor who was in movies like Enter the Ninja and Revenge of the Ninja in the '80s. I was at Gemco or some store and I saw this skateboard with this graphic of him on the bottom." It was 1986, and Esparza was a confirmed martial-arts geek who'd never even set foot on a 7-ply. However, the ninja connection would transform his life into what might be called Enter the Shredder.

"So, see, it was the ninja that brought me into skateboarding," he says. "And now it's like full circle, because I'm trying to bring the ninja back to skateboarding."

What he means is bringing a sense of discipline, honor and self-improvement to a skateboard culture that's gone crazy at the extremes: corporate at one end (see Tony Hawk) and Cro-Magnon at the other (see the countless mayhem vids inspired by Jackass). As the skate park program leader at Winchester, Esparza schools a select class of 14 teens in a yearlong skateboarding course. But the lessons he teaches apply both on and off the deck.

"Skateboarding isn't just a sport, it's an art form, with traditions and culture," says Esparza, who readily rattles off history-of-skateboarding factoids from the advent of urethane wheels to the invention of the McTwist. "But it's also about how skateboarding can be a positive force in life and really open doors for kids. A lot of these kids come from some pretty tough situations -- drop outs, drugs, rebellion."

Esparza whips them into shape with a handful of carrots and sticks. To remain on the team, members must maintain at least a C average in school and practice some form of art, whether it's painting, film or music. He also urges them to volunteer in everything from county cultural events to food drives. "I don't want these kids to be lopsided."

Team member Josh Baldwin says the program taught him much more than a few new tricks. "He really pushes you. If you're getting Cs and Ds in school, he's like, 'Let's get those up,'" says Baldwin, 17. And when Baldwin's single-parent household collapsed and his life was thrown into chaos, Esparza was there for him. "If I didn't have clothes or a jacket, Hektor would always find me one." A graduate of the team, Baldwin hopes to eventually go pro or pursue a career in film.

Esparza also gives private skate lessons and puts together skate contests ... and is into alternative medicine and Jesus and breathing techniques and -- well, let him explain.

"I call my skate style east-west style because part of it's about health food and herbal medicine and martial arts and the Tao -- that's the east style," he says. "The west is about skating, and punk rock and jazz and ..." Ride on, Hektor.


Link to older Hektor post 1 (at the Hollywood Skatepark)

Link to older Hektor post 2 (at the Horizon Ditch)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

60' wind lip

Phoned in

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Onslo and some drawings

You want to hear something grody?
I thought Onslo had cancer, he's 14 now and I can't afford to take him to the vet for every worry I have. So I gave his cancer a squeeze and wouldn't you now it, cat zit. I'm excited for his meow to deepen to more of a roar.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

In the womb

Phoned in

Friday, December 11, 2009

Smart investors and savvy aesthetes are going to The Front Room Gallery tonight to buy a Matt Richards
here's episode #1144-

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

scehry gehry

with Kim & PD at MIT

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Phoned in

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Hi B1!

Phoned in

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

electricish occurance

Three layers of drawing lightning from Kai Vierstra on Vimeo.

next time- no movement 'tween shots. You'll be spellbound! next time

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Viva Martinez!

Phoned in

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Bridge Ripple

I spent 5 hours watching this ripple, this 1.5 minutes was the best part.

Bridge Ripple from Kai Vierstra on Vimeo.

This spent a night at the Kayo Gallery of Salt Lake City in the video show "They're From Here and There" curated by fine artist and even better pal- Jared Steffensen

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Rock!

Live from the road

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

system:system- extended dates

The show's extended, go see it this Friday, Saturday, or Sunday from 12-6.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

some opening shots

system:system opened Friday, it was really fun.

This is my front door art for the show, a couple lightning bolts and a dissolving cross.

and after midnight it was Meridith's birthday!

Nancy had great advice about pizza

Friday, October 23, 2009


Opening tonight-
at St. Cecilia's Convent
21 Monitor St., Brooklyn

I'm showing a big sculpture and have drawings/stained glass on the front door. +There's beer and cheese puffs.

Live from the road

Monday, October 12, 2009


Thursday, October 08, 2009

Parley's manyon

Live from the road

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Kaplan Gold

Click the image to see Joel's leap of faith in all its glory (uncropped)
Joelsy Jump

Monday, September 14, 2009


hey! It's my backpack! and it's clean!



a lotta tile and a lotta bike, got a bucket / not wearing a bucket?

Friday, September 11, 2009


Fleshtone fleshcone-
I cleaned off my mobile phone lens the other day, it's looking sharper, right? No more appropriate, but definitely cleaner

Bored from the road

Monday, September 07, 2009

To Nyack!

From the rear of the peleton

Live from the road

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Tandem means Together

And it's good eats in Bushwick

Live from the road

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Brautin' Bronx (ville)

I'm back at it, riding the train to work. This time round I'll be running the scupture shop at Sarah Lawrence College. I'm sorta excited about it for its insurance, good hills for skating, and other perks.

Live from the road

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Burrito's Birthday

Saturday, August 29, 2009

'cross from the Duke

Live from the road