Shaved Sasquatch’s and Broken Dreams: The End of the Nor Cal DIY Mission

 


The (almost) Complete (leftover) Guide to Nor Cal’s DIY Spots: The Forgotten Files

More Unused Snapshot’s from Confusion Magazine #12

 

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” 
– Allen Saunders

It’s true, I had the grandest of plans for my dissertation on Northern California’s vast DIY projects. Finish the article for Confusion magazine, put out a few blogs with the left overs, release a sweet video sometime around summer then finish my online book of all the DIY spots we visited over the last year or so. Problem is, life has a tendency to get in the way at times and recently some killer new business opportunities came up and some old pressing obligations have kept me busy as shit. Unfortunately that means the aforementioned grand illusions have been kept at bay. This labor of love I’ve been working on has to come to an end though because the sad truth is, the time to complete this in full will never materialize and these clips and photos need to get out. So here is what will be the last post on this site with the “2nd best leftover photos” and a sweet teaser for the full edit that will be on confusion magazine soon. Continue reading

Hunter S . Hoodward: The Lost Nor Cal DIY Files

John Worthington _Frontside Hurricane To Fakie_Hoodward_6-2015

Chillers Chill!

The (almost) Complete Guide to Nor Cal’s DIY Spots: The Lost Sessions

Unused Gem’s from Confusion Magazine #12

 

-“It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.”

Napoleon Hill

Have you peeped the result of our year long journey gallivanting across Northern California DIY hunting? If you are unaware of what I am talking about check out our latest Confusion Magazine article on Nor Cal DIY that just came out in issue #12. The crew took our usual weekend trips of mobil gas station meth, sugary treats and lack of sleep to the the next level and stretched it out to a whole damn year of shred. The famous Weekend Love Fest became a full blown 2015 fuck fest, and while it took me away from any type of consistent posts on this glorious blog, it not only produced the aforementioned Confusion article but it set me up with enough content for this site to last throughout 2016. And if that wasn’t enough for you loyal 4wbs fans, we will be putting out a full video in conjunction with Confusion Magazine and a online book with all the DIY spots in Nor Cal by this coming Summer. Most definitely a year well spent if you ask us! Continue reading

Phil Shao: Simply The Best

One of my foremost intentions for starting the mighty 4WBS was to post a gallery of the photos I collected with Phil back in the day. Even though I’m usually never at a loss for words, for some reason it has been extremely tough for me to find the proper way to describe what an incredible person Phil was and what he meant to me. Even after a year of this site being up, and this post being one of the major reasons for getting it going, the photos just sat on my hard drive collecting cyber dust due to some sort of strange writers block. I have some killer stories I could share too: the first time meeting him at his ramp in Redwood City, the road trips we went on, the late night talks about life, consuming copious amounts of LSD and breaking hippies hearts at the Grateful Dead shows, just to name a few. After much creative turmoil though something just didn’t feel right about sharing them on this blog. Luckily for all of us, Mark Whitley has penned an incredible article on Phil that is a must read for anyone interested in his life. He really did an amazing  job and I will go as far as saying it should be required reading for every skateboarder. Continue reading

Best of 2014: The Lost Weekend Love Fest #4

 

2014 MVP - The Mighty Meat Juice!

2014 MVP – The Mythical Meat Juice!

 Our First Year Is in the Books Up Here At The Mighty 4WBS!

Jail sentences were narrowly missed, overdoses side stepped, feelings were hurt and plenty of killer skating went down. Looks as if the mighty 4 Wheel Back Scratchers first year was a resounding roller coaster of mid range success! Seems only fitting that we should partake in a little memory lane action and pay proper homage to the kick ass year that was 2014. Continue reading

Weekend Love Fest #3: Art Show Blow to the Face

Wanted Dead or Alive

Wanted Dead or Alive

 

Acquisitions, Escapes and Broken Dreams

It was bound to happen. I mean really, I’ve never seen someone make more love from social networking than Casalty so there was bound to be a salacious scandal at some point. On Instagram alone he was up to astronomical numbers then Tinder comes along and it was like stealing candy from a baby. Which ironically is what got him into so much trouble I guess you could say. See it turns out one of his liaisons was a bit younger than most and pops wasn’t so happy that Ball Coozy was hanging around this budding beauty. The option he laid out was simple “you better get the fuck out of town by high noon or there is going to be a bloody showdown.” I realize that’s some corny cowboy shit but Jah Mess took heed and headed out nonetheless. Don’t get me wrong Salt Mine is both equal parts lover and fighter and it’s not like him to back down from a good scuffle but the thought of heading to the sunny beaches of Costa Rica to lay low for a bit sounded better than squaring off against a pissed off dad. Continue reading

Weekend Love Fest Vol #2: Fiesto To Methdesto

Through The Corner Like Big Jack Horner! Meat Juice In Full Fiesta Mode

Through The Corner Like Big Jack Horner! Meat Juice In Full Fiesta Mode

 

A Game Plan a Lot lizard Would Love!

I honestly can’t complain, and I have a feeling you wouldn’t care to listen anyway. I am very blessed to work in the skate industry and would only trade my position for that of a world traveling pro skater. However, that doesn’t change the fact that I work my dick off during the week and feel the same stress as anyone in any other industry. You probably get the same sinking feeling while going through the paces at your job  – “am i wasting my life? Should I be pursuing my real dreams?” No matter my lot in life, I’m pretty sure I feel the same way as a plumber, a preacher or a pimp. Continue reading

Weekend Love Fest Vol #1 – Hittin Sparks at The Ark!

Big Daddy Meat powering through the corner of the Ark like you knew he would!

Big Daddy Meat powering through the corner of the Ark like you knew he would!

If we tell you that you’ve got two days to live
Then don’t complain, cause that’s one more than you’d get in Zaire
Here Come’s The Weekend – The Jam

Do you remember the early years of unbridled shred?* No worries, no hurries and kick flips were coming in flurries! You know the time before the ponderous weight of growing old, with all its pressures and pains that creeped up, skateboarding was all you did and you did it all day. Well, maybe That’s not all you did, as you got a little older if you were smart there were also sex and drugs mixed in there as well. Nonetheless, let’s face it little Billy, those days are over for most of us but that doesn’t mean the wheels stop rolling and life isn’t worth living. Continue reading

Barclay’s Birthday Bash at the Beeble Bowl

 

The Fish May Be Stale But The Popcorn Is Fresh!

The Fish May Be Stale But The Popcorn Is Fresh!

Old Bold and Never Sold

What will you be doing when your 50? Is that a scary thought? No need to be freaked out kids cuz i have a great game plan for you- just keep skating like those N-Men dudes from Sac and life will continue to be worth living. The obvious question for those of you still enjoying your salad days is “who the fuck are the N-Men and why would I want to emulate their skate path”? Without delving too deep into the history of these Sacramento legends I will tell you the majority of these guys have been skating since the dawn of time and have no intention of giving up anytime soon. Continue reading

Huggies Big Day Out!

Beer!

BEER!

Traffic Terrorists and Terrible Beatings

Ahh the joys of becoming a educated man! Leaving the hallowed halls of high school and venturing off to college is a rite of passage that usually results in blistering growth in a young man’s life. The knowledge, self discovery and skills that you acquire can’t be duplicated quite the same as when you leave home and are suddenly thrust into the solo mission that is college life. Not to mention the freedom to explore copious amounts of alcohol, drugs and sex that higher education offer- what a bonus right? Continue reading

Pretty Shitty Skate Photos

Some Visual Treats for Ya’all to Peep!

 A videographer I aspire to be someday- a photographer I almost was.

While filming and editing PS i realized shooting photos as well was a fantasy too difficult to do properly. As much as I fooled myself that I could do both the result at the end of the day was half assed results in both realms. Continue reading

The World Famous Pretty Shitty Video

Shit Happens if You Let it!

We never intended to make a video- it just happened sort of like shit happens only much more pleasant. It started with fucking around getting some cool iPhone clips then blossoming into a purchasing a Nikon d600 after I realized how much fun filming and editing is. to be honest i was getting bored as fuck shooting photos and need to unleash my inner artist on something new and filming was the best thing i could come up with.  Continue reading

What the Fuck Is a 4 Wheel Backscratcher?

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Baby BROdela at the Blood Bowl, Oakland CA

About The Mighty 4 Wheel Backscratcher

What the fuck is a 4 wheel backscratcher? The obvious answer is It’s your skateboard that happens to also double for a sweet backscratcher. However in this case the answer is it was the name of the first and only zine I did in my younger years. Continue reading