Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The State of Freakbeatfuzz

I haven't been updating the blog too often recently due to some heavy family issues. I am in the process of selling my grandfather Ira Bagwell's massive fishing gear collection (spanning 1940's to present) to help pay for his medical bills and funeral arrangements. He passed away last Saturday and I'm really fucked up over it. Please visit the FREAKBEATFUZZ eBay shop. Thanks for your support.

Neil Blender- The Loaf- updated

34 new images this time. New additions are always at the bottom of the post.***This is going to be an ongoing post with updates any time I find new material by Neil. Feel free to contribute.

photo: O

OK, "art week" here on the site wouldn't be complete with something on my main man Neil. This is probably going to be the biggest post I'm ever going do but when I started gathering material for this it just kind of snowballed. Here it is, "The Loaf" meaning Blender by the barrel-full, an all-you-can-eat buffet of tastiness. After that whole debacle with the lame messenger bag company using Neil's famous "Coffee Break" graphic for their $400 bags I felt like a part of my childhood got raped. I felt personally offended that someone would take something that's such a fond memory for me and completely ruin it for the sake of greed. Back in the summer of 1986 just as I was turning 12 I saw Neil's artwork for the first time. It was the Picasso-influenced "Rocking Dog" board. The ad was in the August issue of Transworld. The ad was for a mail order skate shop and his graphics immediately stood out from all the skulls, 80's neon art damage, monsters, etc. that were on most of the decks. I've been into his art ever since. I only had one Blender deck when I was a kid, the "Coffee Break" one of course circa 1987. G&S wood just wasn't up to snuff with the John Lucero Schmitt Stix deck I had before it so I pretty much stuck with Schmitt Stix/New Deal after that. These days I'm riding a Small Beating deck made by the PS Stix woodshop a/k/a Schmitt Stix. Neil was even the reason that I begged my parents to let me build a mini ramp in our backyard after I saw his footage in Santa Cruz Speed Wheels "Speed Freaks". (see clip near the bottom of this post) I think I have about 10 of Neil's paintings and prints now, not nearly enough I think. One of my favorites, "Traffic Games", I got when I traded Neil a very rare 1970 Yahama 12-string acoustic. If you know anything about guitars, you'll know that these sound about as good as a vintage Martin at a fraction of the cost. Just make sure to get one made in Japan, not Taiwan, way better quality. These days Neil sells his stuff through eBay ever since he shut down his The Heated Wheel site. The Heated Wheel is still around but you can only get it from Neil on eBay. There's not always stuff up there but it's worth the wait. Nobody skates or creates art like him, a total original. Basically, Neil rips. Thanks to Chrome Ball Incident, Vert Is Dead and Pharaochin for some of the images.
"Should We go In There?"
"The Kids" acrylic on cardboard
"Worm Trainer" acrylic on denim fabric, photo: Neil Blender
"The Third Profile" lino print
"Green Volvo" with the little one checking it out.
"Traffic Games" acrylic on denim fabric, photo: Neil Blender
"The Slide"
"The Owl"
I got the "Squirrel" lino print on wood in Dino jr. color combo
The entire run of these prints. photo: Neil Blender

"Go-Kart" on canvas photo: Neil Blender
"Flower Guy" lino print on wood. An earlier version of this drawing was used for a G&S sticker.
"Distant City" watercolor
"Without A Sound" cover art
"BMW Hatchback" (2 panels)
"Am I The Guy You've Been Trying To Draw?"
"The Third Profile" on canvas
Alternate cover art for Dinosaur jr.'s Greatest Hits album

"Fish Wrangler"
"Tarp Art 1"
"Tarp Art 2"
Thrasher Magazine February 1985 cover

Black Label Kristian Svitak

Black Label Wade Speyer deck
Black Label Omar Hassan deck

AWS Duane Pitre
Schmitt Stix Joe Lopes deck
G&S "Snake & Lattice"
G&S "Sketchy Dudes"
G&S "Coffee Break"

AWS Duane Pitre
G&S "Rocking Dog 1" pre-dates the later Picasso-esque version with the man holding the dog. According to Neil only around 100 were made.
G&S "Pow Pow Pow"
Firm Lance Mountain deck

AWS Duane Pitre
AWS "Karate"
BBC Jeff Phillips R.I.P
Black Label Matt Hensley
Black Label Matt Hensley
Black Label Omar Hassan
Black Label Jim Gagne
"The Fox"
G&S "Dead Cat"
G&S "Rocking Dog"
AWS "Bo Turner"
Black Label team deck
Black Label Salman Agah

AWS Duane Pitre

Consolidated Steve Bailey

Alien Workshop Scott Conklin

Firm Ray Barbee

G&S Steve Claar
AWS "Speakers"

AWS Josh Kalis
Black Label Salman Agah
G&S 2nd pro model "Falling Dude"
Driven team model

AWS Bo Turner

The Heated Wheel "Squirrel" linoleum print deck, 2006. Neil's last pro model to date.
G&S "Scorpion" artwork by Eric Gordon

G&S "Prayer" aka "Picasso"

AWS Duane Pitre from the "Notebook" series
The Heated Wheel "Coffee Break" hand-painted numbered run of only 50.

G&S 'Driving"

Hand painted Larry Bertleman, Lance's tile art is below.

AWS "Shooters"
G&S "Coffee Break" sticker

AWS Scott Conklin
G&S "Heads in a Row"
The Heated Wheel "Boost" hand painted decks
photo: O, fakie ollie tail grab 1990
photo: Jim Goodrich, frontside invert
Victoria, Australia

Ohio Skate Out contest 1988
Tail block fakie

f/s rocknroll, Suzuki Banks, photo: O

photo: O, bean plant to tail, Neil's backyard ramp
photo: Greg Baller, sadplant, Border Wars contest, Vancouver, B.C. 1985
photo: Miki Vuckovich, b/s ollie, Sadlands, Anaheim, CA

photos: Hagop Najarian, Tuck-knee f/s air and lien air, Mountain Manor, Alhambra, CAf/s ollie, Sadlands, Anaheim, CA
photo: J. Grant Brittain, f/s nose pivot, Vancouver, B.C. 1986
photo: Mofo, f/s 5-0 Terror in Tahoe Contest, Lake Tahoe, CA 1985
frontside invert, Clairmont YMCA
layback air, Del Mar keyhole
photo: Mofo., b/s air, 24th & Mission BART station. One of the raddest photos ever. 1984
Tuck knee, St. Pete, FL. photo: Chuck Hults
Varial invert, St. Pete, FL photo: Chuck Hults
Mute Air, Skate City, Whittier, CA. photo: MRZ
Lien air, Kona, Jacksonville, FL: photo: Chuck Hults
Fastplant, Skate Ranch, Vancouver, BC photo: O
photo: Chuck Hults
hand out, Sacto, CA
Andrecht, Mountain Manor Ramp, Alhambra, CA
photo: Hagop Najarian, Go Skate contest, Sacto, CA 1985
photo: Eric Nash, invert, Whittier Skatepark, Whittier, CA
photo: J. Grant Brittain, f/s hand out, Vancouver, B.C. 1986
photo: Michael Burnett, Ho-Ho plant, S.U.A.S contest, Houston, TX 1987
photo: O, b/s ollie, Neil's ramp
photo:Hagop Najarian, tuck-knee eggpant, Moutain Manor, Alhambra, CA and f/s rock, location ?

Andrecht, Skate City, Whittier, CA, photo: MRZ
air to fakie transfer, Vancouver Skate Ranch, Canada
G&S "Snake & Lattice" sticker
G&S "pow pow pow" sticker
G&S "flower guy" sticker
Don't Mean Maybe cover art
Madonna, Del Mar Skate Ranch keyhole
f/s invert Del Mar Skate Ranch keyhole
fakie ollie hang up, Del Mar Skate Ranch keyhole
f/s crail block, Del Mar Skate Ranch keyhole

Andrecht hand out, Clairmont YMCA
"A portrait of the artist as a young man"

floating beanplant "Step By Step",Thrasher

Fastplant fakie, June 1986 Pro Spotlight, TWS, photo Goodrich

b/s ollie at Sadlands, Anaheim, CA. photo: Vukovich
nosestall. photo: O
Eggplant. photo: Grant Brittain
Heated Wheel "Name This Painting" contest 4/16/10
Ollie, San Berdo, CA
hand out. photo: Goodrich

photo: Grant Brittain
FLA. photo: Chuck Hults

"Celebrities and Creeps"

"Coat Hanger Man"
24th St. BART station, SF photo: Mofo

Neil, Ron Allen and Lance Conklin at Hensley's Pub, Carlsbad, CA 2010
Lance, Gonz & Neil 2010
Sacto, CA 1985. photo: Ron Cameron
Sacto, CA 1985. photo: Ron Cameron
Sacto, CA 1985. photo: Ron Cameron
backside boneless, Sweden

Early-release lien air, Sweden.

Rad line-up. Hagop Najarian, Jeff Grosso, Lance Mountain and Neil.
f/s invert. best in the biz.
Andrecht, Upland Combi Pool
Wooly Mammoth @ Del Mar on a Zorlac John Gibson. photo: Jim Goodrich
I picked this one up at Neil's show in Carlsbad. Stoked.
New Zealand

Detail of "Tricycles Are Lame"
another detail for "Tricycles Are Lame"
Huge fastplant at Mt. Trashmore, Virginia Beach, VA 1986 photo: Andy Bitner
Mt. Trashmore, Virginia Beach, VA 1986 photo: Andy Bitner
new Chromeball 2010

G&S reunion: Miller, Gray, Blender and Ruff
photo by J. Grant Brittain
from show at Hensley's, Carlsbad, CA 6/10

Cedar Crest Country Club
early AWS ad

Andrecht @ Kona. photo: Chuck Hults
TWS interview outtake June 1986. photo: Jim Goodrich
late G&S days. photo: Pelle Evertsson

photo: Jim Goodrich