HiDefJoe, Clements, and I are in Las Vegas for the final finishing touches this week on the Zappos Ride Shop Series on Friday at 4pm on Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street. Check the confirmed skater list here. Today we visited Big Al and Mean Gene putting together the obstacles and then conducted a field study of the event site. That included freak shows with everything Vegas you'd expect, with no open container laws and the easiest access to sinning you could possibly imagine. Given all that, it was easy to convince our favorite pro skateboarders to spend a day out here at this casual and fun Vegas style skateboarding shindig. After it all goes down, Taking Back Sunday is doing a show along with Mini Death and Idlehands. You can leave home without your wallet because no ID is needed (all ages) and no currency is required (all budgets). Yep, it's free and wide open. If you're anywhere near Las Vegas, I hope you're making it to this one. I've got a few photos from today to give you an idea of what you're in for here.
Ryan Clements and Jason Rothmeyer are both blue collar and white collar. When I got there, they were both deep in the paint roller duty.Profile: Ryan Clements
You might have yesterday's soup in your budget ass beard, but Big Al has nails in his.Profile: Allen Russell
Ryan Clements can change from white collar to blue collar faster than Clark Kent to Superman.Profile: Ryan Clements
HiDefJoe has patience, even past the 20 takes mark.Profile: Joe Pelham aka HiDefJoe
Through the streets with stacks of gear on the back. This trip is mostly work.Profile: Joe Pelham aka HiDefJoe
You know this sign? Find us as the base of it for some ripping skateboarding on Friday. Get the full schedule here.
This place gives you a free meal if you tip their scale at 350. HiDefJoe never thought he'd hear himself be referred to as 'too skinny.'Profile: Joe Pelham aka HiDefJoe
I had to log one with my weight on there, too. If I ate HiDefJoe, I'd still have to pay for my meal.Profile: Rob Meronek
HiDefJoe and I are on a slow shutter speed experiment right now. It's nearly 24 hours of being awake after a long day of travel today. Good night Vegas, you might not sleep but the tourists do. See you out here on Friday evening. I can't wait.Profile: Joe Pelham aka HiDefJoe
Yohei Miyazawa works at Pharmacy Board Shop here in Vegas and is spicing up the ramps with his double flamingo work.Profile: Yohei Miyazawa
Yohei's work doesn't usually involve spray paint, but he's making it happen.Profile: Yohei Miyazawa
I'm here with my five month old son showing him how sinning works.Profile: Alvis Meronek
Team Manager with the most jobs at once, Mike Sinclair.Profile: Mike Sinclair
There's like 10 years of beard growing experience looking at your right now.Profile: Allen Russell
Jason must think there's Black Jack at this bar.Profile: Jason Rothmeyer
Chris Haslam's jacket rips. Find him out there skating tomorrow.Profile: Chris Haslam
Grip Tape artist Spank is here this weekend making custom sheets for you through the entire event. He was telling us the story of how he recently go sent to jail for tagging up the street, go tazed while in his cell, and how that led to even more of a mess with the LA police. Damn. His roommate for the weekend is HiDefJoe. Stay out of Vegas prison, ya'll.Profile: Joe Pelham aka HiDefJoe
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