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The Maloof Money Cup (only the biggest skateboarding contest, ever) after party was held from July 11th all the way to the 13th at the Sutra Lounge, featuring an appearance by Travis Barker and a performance by crunkster Lil Jon. DJ Andy Rourke of Til along with The Smiths graced Cafe Sevilla in Riverside with their prescence on July 1st. The other Cafe Sevilla (Long Beach) threw its two-year anniversary party on July 18th and July 19th.

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Christina Hendricks words by: Kat Galvan   photos by: Michael Vincent From The Girl Next Door... To The One You Want.   Christina Hendricks
words by: Kat Galvan   photos by: Michael Vincent
From The Girl Next Door... To The One You Want.  

"I'm not a midriff, thong-coming-out-of-the-pants type." Surprising words to come out of arguably one of the sexiest mouths in television. Christina Hendricks, the breakout star of AMC's Golden Globe winning series Mad Men has amassed a cult following as Joan "Red" Halloway, the scene stealing office manager in a 1960s Madison Avenue advertising agency where booze and sexism reign. TV Guide proclaimed her role to be "one of the year's juiciest performances" and Hendricks is slated to be one of People Magazine's Most Beautiful People. In a quirky juxtaposition of personas, however, Christina is somewhat of a homebody and sees herself more as the nerdy best friend, with a little twist of sexpot. "I think I'm probably both. I always relate to the goofy, awkward best friend, and then my agent or my boyfriend will call me and go 'You have no idea of how people see you, do you?' because I'll get an audition for a role that's a real vampy character and I'm like 'You guys, stop sending me these roles, they're never going to cast me in it.' I think I probably don't have a realistic view of myself, but I always feel sort of like the goofy, stumbling, bumbling best friend."

To prepare for the role, Christina studied some of the film icons of the 1960s. "When I first got the role I was just watching a lot of Hitchcock films, the style of it, the way women carried themselves.  Joan is such an individual.  I've never really seen that role in something so she's not really based on any one thing, but certainly just from studying people's walk and the way they speak, more proper and all..." Born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, Christina arrived in L.A. ten years ago and puffed up her resume with an impressive list of roles, including a stint in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Community Theater as a teen. "I put that on my resume when I was very young to look like I had experience!" Today, her list of television work needs no embellishments with notable appearances in the shows ER, Life, Notes From the Underbelly, The Big Time, The Court, Kevin Hill, Firefly, Beggars and Choosers (to name just a few) and she will star in the upcoming Indie flick Driving Lessons with Dermot Mulroney and Hope Davis. It is her work with Sopranos creator Matt Weiner in Mad Men, however, that has garnered her a new and growing fan base. But could the peaches and cream Christina see herself as a friend of the fiery vixen she plays? "No! I'd be terrified of her, terrified! I might go out and have drinks with her every once in a while, but I wouldn't trust her!" And as diabolical as some of the things Joan says and does are, Christina is quick to defend. "For me to read some of the things that Joan says, which to me are simply appalling for myself, I have to as an actress say 'ok, how does this person justify what they are saying?' Joan doesn't think she's a bad person. She doesn't think she's mean. Joan thinks she's helpful."

The overt sexism that was prevalent in the 1960s is explored in the series, but nonetheless came as a shock to actors who live in an era when a woman can run for president. "You know, I think it's something we all agree upon. The first time we read the script it's like (gasp) Oh my gosh! I can't believe what we're saying.  And then we all sit around and do a table read, and we all just fall into our character, and then we all develop these characters that believe all those things to be true and are used to that sort of behavior. You very quickly ignore how absurd or obscene it is, you just start playing the role. But definitely the first time we read the script we were sort of taken aback."  Joan's subtle sensuality has a power that is undeniable and intentional. "I think we all use what we've got. I think there's a level of respect and self confidence I think we need to trust that when we say female qualities that means everything; our brains, our hearts, our minds and our charms, so all those things we use and that's what makes us confident. We feel proud of all those things."

The wardrobe on the set of Mad Men has a retro-sexy feel to it that hasfans digging through vintage stores. "It's pretty amazing! Janie Bryant is our wardrobe designer. She comes from Deadwood where she won Emmys and she's incredible. Her attention to detail, every little bra, girdle, undergarment is authentic. She has such a whimsical eye, and I have to say we don't do much other than to say 'I like this' or 'I like that.' That stuff is just in our dressing rooms when we come in in the morning." Hendrix feels that retro-sexy is a perfect fit. "I think my character Joan wears incredibly sexy clothes, but if you compare them to what we think is sexy today, it's still a V-neck sweater and it's still a wool skirt that's completely appropriate for work, it's just skin tight." Yet, there is a certain underlying power in the way Joan carries herself on those outfits. Perhaps Hillary Clinton should take a few pointers. "If she would throw away the pantsuits and put on a Joan outfit she would rule the world!"

Hendricks' personal style is one of subtle seduction. "I'm not really a bare-midriff, thong-coming-out-of-the-pants type, so to me this kind of tailoring and this kind of attention to detail, just the way things were made back then, all the detail is so exquisite. We've lost that. We don't get all those special things any more." Does she sense a pending trend? "I hope so! I'd like to be able to buy affordable clothes like that.  For now, you just have to search for beautiful vintage." Does she ever feel like sneaking off with the clothes? "The shoes are the one thing I don't find sexy. I like really, really high heels and that just wasn't in style then. And they are all real vintage shoes so they squeeze my feet a little bit. Now some of the outfits I've been tempted to run away with! But Janie is one of my really good friends, so I can't really steal from her!"

Interestingly enough, her biggest cult following comes not from Mad Men but from fans of the Science Fiction series Firefly. In fact Christina was voted SyFy Genre's Best Special Guest for her recurring role in the series. She relishes the quirky dedication of Sci Fi fans. "Anyone who is into Sci Fi and has become a fan... they are sort of extraordinary, they really get into it and create this community of fans and it's really quite cool.  I've never had anyone stalking me so far, knock on wood! I think the people that know me the most are from Firefly at this point and they are such nice people. They send me really sweet letters. Someone made a Barbie Doll that looked like me, but I've never had anything happen that was threatening or strange." A Firefly action figure might seem apropos, but Christina has a more creative idea. "I tried to pitch to our publicity person the other day Mad Men paper dolls. I thought it would be such a cool thing! I remember loving paper dolls when I was little, and even then they were an old-fashioned thing. I thought it would be funny if you could dress up all the little characters in the hats and things. I thought it would be perfect."

At home, she is the antithesis of what her fans might expect. Rather than clubbing with the Martini crowd, she is most often found at the stove in her kitchen. "All my friends, including my boyfriend [actor Geoffrey Arend], we're all kind of wanna-be Top Chefs. We all take turns and all my friends are lovely, amazing cooks. So we cook a lot. And I'm a big knitter, we have a group of girls that knit and we call ourselves 'the knit-wits!' We get together and knit and gossip and drink wine. We've been doing that for several years now. And much of the technology that most of us are so attached to seems to have bypassed the muse. I'm sort of old fashioned that way. My boyfriend was sort of shocked at the things that I don't do. Before he moved in he was like 'How do you not know how to use your computer?' I'm here knitting, and I have a spinning wheel in my house. But thank God he complements me in that way and can teach me how to do all those things. I'm not real savvy with that kind of stuff. I try to learn and catch on. I don't want my kids (when I have kids) to know way more than I do on the computer and I won't be able to help them. I definitely need to step up!"  

Raised in a family that appreciated nature and the outdoors, she feels that young people today are too self-absorbed with television and video games. "It's true. I'm not anywhere close to having kids at this point, but I think you have to find a real happy balance. You can't take video games away from kids, every single child in the country is going to have one, but you have to have a happy balance, take them hiking, When I grew up my dad was in the forest service. We went hiking and camping all the time. We weren't really allowed to have those kinds of things so I did a lot of playing on the swing set in the back yard." Christina Hendricks seems to have found her own happy balance; somewhere between intangible sexy vixen and approachable girl-next-door.   

At a glance...
Favorite Cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Favorite Music Genre: Indie Rock and Jazz. 
Favorite Bands: Magnetic Field & Rilo Kiley
Favorite T.V. Show: Top Chef
Guilty Pleasure: Watches Beauty & the Geek
Pet Peeve: Crowds at the airport baggage claim.
Secret Wish: "Singing is the one thing I wish I could do well.  I would
just as soon be a rock star, but I simply can't, which is frustrating."

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DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN How Prog Rock's Hardest Touring Band Deals With Injuries On The Road words by: Benjamin Weinman DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
How Prog Rock's Hardest Touring Band Deals With Injuries On The Road
words by: Benjamin Weinman

I'm sitting here looking at the dates on the back of my tour passes which totals roughly 90 consecutive shows with only a day off here and there to travel. I also have an email open that lays out the next seven months of my life and there is only one month off. The truth is that a schedule like this is enough to make any musician reconsider their career choice, but for The Dillinger Escape Plan this is just how you do it!  The typical show for Dillinger is probably as physically exhausting and taxing as another band's entire career. The physical aspect of our live shows and even music is something that comes up in almost every interview and article. I actually dread talking about it because I honestly don't know what to say about it. What drives us to push ourselves like this? I'm not sure. All I know is that there is no half ass in this band and treating every song you write and every show you play as if it were your last is probably the only rule that Dillinger lives by. Skinnie Magazine asked me to write a little something about how I deal with the physical aspect of playing shows while injured and or sick, which is a common situation for us. None of this is professional medical advice but this is what I do based on my experience:

Bad Cuts: I have had stitches in my face six times and seven staples in my head. I have never stopped performing due to an injury like this. Worst thing about it is that when blood gets in your eyes it is really hard to see and the combination of blood and sweat stings and makes your nose run all over the place. I usually have a towel ready on or next to my amp. I try and keep my eyes as clear as much as possible Afterwards, if you don't want to go get stitches, butterfly Band-Aids work really well. You still may scar but they usually keep the cut closed pretty well. The most important thing is to just keep it clean. Neosporin is also really important. It is one of the best over the counter medicines I have ever used. The antibiotics in it really help heal a wound quickly and it usually feels much better within a day.

Head injuries: When you hit your head it often bleeds a lot but blood is not what you have to worry about. I have had many concussions and it is really important not to have too many consecutive concussions. If you hit your head while you are already suffering from a concussion you can do permanent damage. This is obviously an issue for us considering that we play shows almost every night and the way we play and the conditions we put ourselves in are very conducive to head injuries. It is important to monitor how you feel very closely after hitting your head. Things like nausea and vomiting are often signs of a more sever head injury. For minor injuries like bruises and bumps I try and sleep as much as possible and take Ibuprofen or Advil.

Broken bones: Nothing you can do about this but try not to fuck up the break more and wait for it to heal. I broke my finger once on tour and just wore a splint all day until we played. Then I took it off and did my best for the show. Again Ibuprofen helps keep swelling down. When I broke my foot I just took the time off because there was no way I could jump around with a broken foot and there was no way I was going to play shows sitting on my ass. I have broken a rib three times. The only thing you can do for that is drink a ton of water to keep it lubricated. It will heal much faster. I also try my hardest not to get sick. There is nothing worse then having a cough or having to blow your nose every five minues when you have a broken rib. Believe me!

Herniated discs and back problems: I have two herniated discs in my neck and some other back problems. I can't speak for everyone but I find that the worst thing you can do for your back is not move. Obviously when an injury is fresh rest is important but I find that movement is the fastest way to recovery. Back problems never really heal as far as I can tell but strengthening your stomach and stretching your legs are really important. Your hamstrings pull on your lower back more then you know and not being flexible is a quick road to a jacked back. Things like Yoga have really helped a couple of us and regular stretching and exercise will help you feel better and keep you from acquiring more injuries.

Torn Ligaments: I tore my rotator cuff almost completely around my shoulder. I should have taken time off and gone to physical therapy but I didn't. I ended up having surgery. Again, stretching an exercise is the key to keeping things like this from flaring up. It is important not to use heavy weights and to do proper exercises when it comes to this sort of thing. It is really easy to re-injure yourself in an attempt to feel better.

Benjamin Weinman plays guitars for progressive mathmetal outfit Dillinger Escape Plan. He is the founding member and the only original member in the band.

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Every Time I Die Keith Buckley In Every Time I Tour words by: Jeffrey Easton   photos courtesy of: Time Harmon Every Time I Die
Keith Buckley In Every Time I Tour
words by: Jeffrey Easton   photos courtesy of: Time Harmon

Keith Buckley, lead screamer of Every Time I Die, is no stranger to the perils of touring. Be it seedy money men, dealing with sobriety or the fact that these guys go through bass players like Spinal Tap does drummers, Buckley provides insight from many aspects of his touring experience.

Take Action Tour: Sobriety
"You have a responsibility when you do something for charity. You can't drink before a show, you have to be respectable, like meeting your girlfriend's parents for the first time. There is a weight during that tour but there is still a good vibe."

OZZFest 2005:  Fitting In
"That was our first traveling tour and I guess we were so intimidated that every day was an uphill battle. We were the odd man out, we did not have a single solo in our songs, this could be problematic."

Warped Tour 2006: Best Touring Experience
"The kids were so appreciative of us, everybody is having a good time, it was just a better vibe on that tour.  The bands on that tour wanted to be on tour and not a bunch of metal dudes that like to hide in a cave all day."

Killswitch Engage Tour: Competing With A Heavier Band
"You do not compete with them, you just go out there and do what you do. We aren't the heaviest band in the world but we are not the type of band that attracts a bunch of emo kids that don't like to have fun. You just go out there, kick ass and go eat the free food they give you."

Personal and Political Aspect of Touring
"It is a different attitude when you are on the road as opposed to being at home.  You may have only one thing in common with your bandmates and that is the band. You cannot get hung up on the way people act because you cannot control them.  People will upset you from time to time so you have to get a thick skin."

The Money Side
"I am just the singer, I don't even load equipment. I came home and noticed my girlfriend with her tax return and thought 'Tax return, maybe I should have filed that. I did not even file my taxes. I am completely oblivious to the way money works in this band.  I just know I get a buyout at the end of the show and I spend it on a hamburger."

Killing Off Bass Players
"I have no idea, I wish I knew why we do... We do not get rid of the bassists, the get rid of us. They get sick of us, I guess. The one we have now is pretty good so we will stick with him but by the time this reaches publication we will be on our next one."

Worst Visual From the Road
"I saw our merch guy nair his balls and asshole in front of us... I do not think that this is normal and if it is you are fucked."

Funniest Tour Story
"We went to see the Foo Fighters on a day off from our tour so we thought we would try to get backstage and we had our laminates. We pulled up to security in our van and they asked us what we were doing.  I told him I have Mr. Grohl's Cheese Nips and they waved us through."

Stories From the Road:
Joey Larocca of The Briggs:
"In 2004, Wee-Man was on the tour, he was skating. And it was his birthday apparently. It was the end of the show and everyone was packing up and there was this random tent and I heard all this cheering and all this yelling. So, I opened the side of this tent and there's Wee-Man, completely nude, strapped to a chair with two strippers giving him lap dances. I was like, 'Okay, wow. I need to leave now.' It was just too much for eyes at that particular moment, especially when you're not expecting that. I believe it was Cleveland."

Cory Brandan Putman of Norma Jean:
"There was one day, we were in Miami - close to Miami, Fort Lauderdale. There were tornadoes. And there were buildings being built around there so there was all this dust and all these things that just flew out of those buildings onto the grounds and freaked everybody out. People were running, like [they] thought they were going to die. Just like, 'WE'RE GONNA DIE!', running. You know when you're working there's just like sawdust and sheetrock and pieces of who knows, just blew out from the hard winds. The buildings were hollowed out and stuff landed all over the fair grounds."

Bonus:
Southern California punk outfit Longway, featured in our March '08 issue, has been confirmed by Kevin Lyman himself for the 2009 Warped Tour. Known for eschewing punk trends for solid, gimmick free rock, the quartet has garnered a staggering So Cal fanbase and are currently on indie label Old Shoe Records. If you aren't a fan yet, look 'em up on the ol' MySpace at myspace.com/longway.

Warped Tour Musicians Weigh in on the Big Issues:
Tupac or Biggie?
Sean Foreman, 3OH!3: Biggie.
Cassandra Anderson, The Fabulous Rudies: Tupac.
Cory Brandan Putman, Norma Jean: Niether one.
Nathaniel Motte 3OH!3: Buck 65.
Don Carter, The Fabulous Rudies: Tupac.
Josh Baird, Broadway Calls: Biggie.
Tom Voris, The Fabulous Rudies: Tupac.
Ty Vaughn, Broadway Calls: Tupac.

Barack or Hilary?
Cassandra,The Fabulous Rudies: Barack.
Cory, Putman, Norma Jean: Neither One.
Don, The Fabulous Rudies: Barack.
Josh, Broadway Calls: Barack.
Tom, The Fabulous Rudies: Barack.
Ty, Broadway Calls: Barack.

Pirates or Ninjas?
Sean, 3OH!3: Pirates.
Cassandra, The Fabulous Rudies: Pirates.
Cory, Norma Jean: Damn it! Pirates!
Nathaniel, 3OH!3: Starter Jacket.
Don, The Fabulous Rudies: Pirates.
Josh, Broadway Calls: Pirates.
Tom, The Fabulous Rudies: Pirates.
Ty, Broadway Calls: Pirates.

Tits or Ass?
Sean, 3OH!3: Ass.
Cassandra, The Fabulous Rudies: Ass.
Cory, Norma Jean: Ahhh! Tits.
Nathaniel, 3OH!3: Face.
Don, The Fabulous Rudies: Ass.
Josh, Broadway Calls: Tits
Tom, The Fabulous Rudies: Ass.
Ty, Broadway Calls: Ass.

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In The Shadow of IRON MOUNTAIN Why is Vital Information Being Hidden In A Giant Frozen Hole In The Ground? Words by: Jasen T. Davis In The Shadow of IRON MOUNTAIN
Why is Vital Information Being Hidden In A Giant Frozen Hole In The Ground?
Words by: Jasen T. Davis

Right now Bill Gates is storing millions of photos, records, articles and reports of our modern civilization in a high-tech subzero installation deep in the mountains of Boyers, Pennsylvania.  The good news is that in the event of a massive catastrophic scenario that decimates all civilization on Earth, space aliens could discover the hole and know all about long-dead humanity. The bad news is that when you suddenly ship such a high volume of documents in 18 semi trucks to a frighteningly secure facility that is off-limits to the general public, it scares the hell out of people. That, and if you want to display any of the photos and art stored there, you might have to pay Bill more of your money. Maybe he needs it to buy the planet Mars. Why are all of these documents (which range from war films, paintings, newspaper articles and photographs taken with digital cameras by people like you and I) being preserved? Why does Bill Gates feel the need to start acting like a James Bond villain ("Why, Mr. Bond, when I destroy the Earth I will want a trophy to celebrate!")? What the heck is the Corbis Corporation? Why is it so cold in that mountain?

Iron Mountain National Underground Storage Facility is a 220-foot deep underground installation near Boyers, Pennsylvania that is kept at near-freezing temperatures for the preservation of documents. The Corbis Corporation owns it, and for the right price any government or group in the world can utilize their services. The facility is a 1,300 acre limestone mine containing more than a thousand workers. Water and air filtration units, including electric generators, provide about a weeks worth of supply in the event that the installation is cut off from the outside world. These subzero temperatures are ideal for the storage of everything from paper to microfiche, and viewing the archive stored there requires an appointment, a background check and a very real reason for descending into the earth to view documents of public importance. The documents are available online for anyone who wants to download them, and because of the preservation science at work everything within Iron Mountain will last not hundreds, but thousands of years. In 1989 Bill Gates began the Corbis Corporation with the idea that someday people would decorate their homes with digital artwork. By 2005 Gates had a formidable collection of art and photographs, including the legendary Bettmann Archive, the Sygma collection in France, and licensed stock images obtained from a German company called Zefa. The Corbis Corporation allows the use of those images for $250 apiece.

 What does this mean? Consider the iconic black and white image of Rosa Parks, sitting quietly on a bus, refusing to give up her seat because a white man demanded it. This photograph has become a symbol of righteous resistance and has been shown in many books, websites and articles pertaining to the civil rights movement. Bill Gates owns the rights to this photograph, and if you want to use it, you have to pay him money. The good news is that this picture is now quite safe, since the Iron Mountain facility is quite capable of withstanding fallout from a nuclear explosion. Corbis (and Bill) keep going and going. The company owns satellite offices all over the world, employing thousands of individuals who work around the clock to obtain and save images so famous to the world over as to become pop culture canon, like Albert Einstein sticking his tongue out, or Marilyn Monroe standing over a subway grate, her dress flying up as she holds it down in mock ecstasy.
          
At this writing, Corbis has obtained digital reproduction rights to images from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersberg, Russia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery of London, and hundreds of millions of other, more mundane images, taken the world over by professional photographers employed by the sprawling corporation. Corbis also maintains a growing video library containing short clips of dogs running along the beach, families engaged in snowball fights and hikers walking along mountain trails. Such clips are sold to advertising agencies for use in selling products, and then placed in cold storage for all posterity.

So what's the bottom line? These pictures and documents obtained by Corbis were not going to last forever. Such materials deteriorate over time, and copying them digitally before putting them into a frozen underground mine is a lot more serious than scanning a picture onto your hard drive and then stuffing it into a cardboard box to be placed into a dusty garage.  But underground nuclear-proof installations wherein a small, chosen population of humans scares the hell out of us, even though they've existed since the '50s. With the total annihilation of all humanity by atomic war, pandemic, meteorite or zombie infestation, there is a sort of egalitarianism. Surely such a horrible die off cannot happen, if the Powers That Be would perish as well. Corbis is a private company, and receives no tax money, while government installations like Dulce Air Force Base, NORAD or any of the other top secret facilities the military has created underground throughout America, so the government could survive even if a large percentage of the population perished. We've lived with that knowledge for decades... so far, so good.

While Bill Gates could conceivably clamp down and deny access to the millions of documents buried in his frozen ice hole, such a move is unlikely. Microsoft is hated by users worldwide already. Thousands of years from now our civilization could go the way of the dinosaur, and space aliens could land, dig deep into Pennsylvania and marvel at our pretty pictures. If such evidence of humanity survives, fee-market capitalism is to thank for it.

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Battiata, Mary. "The Corbis Vault.", The Washington Post, May 2003

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GREG LUTZKA Street Legend Gets Crunk Between Missions words by: Felix Ulery   photos by: Joanna Tichauer   action photos courtesy of: Greg Lutzka

GREG LUTZKA
Street Legend Gets Crunk Between Missions
words by: Felix Ulery   photos by: Joanna Tichauer   action photos courtesy of: Greg Lutzka

At 23, Professional Skateboarder Greg Lutzka has come a long way career-wise since going pro in 2001 (a mere four years after beginning to skate). Best known for his technical performances on a board, Greg Lutzka is picking up steam in a whole new direction. He's currently teamed up with superstar hip hop producer, rapper, and reigning King of Crunk, Lil Jon for BME (Black Market Entertainment) Click, a new clothing line aimed at blending all types of street fashion from skate to hip-hop. "We just got distribution at Zumiez, so we had a signing at the Zumiez in Portland. We pretty much got on a plane at four in the morning, hung out all day and got back on the airplane at five in the afternoon and flew back," Lutzka laughs. "I'm designing shirts with [Lil Jon]...I've actually got another meeting this week with [BME Click]. I'm designing my own hat and hoodie and tee shirts," Lutzka reveals about his future plans with the heavily hip hop influenced clothing company. 

Since winning his first major competition in 2003 at the ripe old age of 18, Lutzka has found himself surrounded by opportunity. "I've got my shoes coming on June first, then the release party for the hat and sunglasses on July 8th, it's been a crazy year so that's good," says Lutzka. Due to his high demand, Greg Lutzka has been traveling around the world with Lil Jon and the BME Click crew promoting clothes he's designed for the company, his new pro board for Almost, new pro wheel with Bones, a shoe with Globe and even his own shades coming soon from Oakley. But don't let his passion for fashion deceive you, Greg Lutzka has been hard at work for the last eight months working on his new video part called United By Fate which will be found in every shoebox and every board this summer that bears Lutzka's name.

On top of his many tie-ins with clothing and accessories, at the core of every street skater is the need to capture his best tricks and runs on film. "I've been shooting non-stop. It's tough... all you see is the landing and it's such a quick clip and you just take it for granted. But sometimes you go out and you can't skate it or you go out at night and there's a security guard at night. Every time you skate it's such a mission to film. Some times you have to go back to the same spot three or four times just to get one trick that's one clip in the video," Lutzka explains. Indeed, with his technical style and complicated runs that hit damn near every point of any given skate spot, it would be a disgrace to not make a mission of filming.

Lutzka acknowledges that skating isn't what it used to be, "skating is at a level where it's progressing so much, that if you can't come bigger and bigger, the magazines won't even print it. You have to continue to step your game to the next level and it's cool for me because I love progressing," Lutzka says. His drive comes from his enthusiasm for skating and sheer motivation to succeed. "I'm not in competition with anyone but myself," he explains. "My motivation is more like 'damn, I know I can do this, I'm gonna do this' and then I end up doing it." Despite his busy schedule and the non-stop madness that keeps him jet setting around the world, when he's not humbly understating his accomplishments, Lutzka still enjoys quality hang time with his friends where the hustle is set to a slow-motion poolside groove accompanied by a good barbeque with close friends and a skate session in his own backyard. "I got a ramp in my backyard that I screw around on when I throw barbeques or pool parties or whatever." What continues to be important to Lutzka is being normal. "[I love] going to the beach, hitting a ramp, casual barbeques, beer pong, traveling... playing guitar keeps me hyped. I'm everywhere, you know?"

Maintaining a level-head even as one of Pro Skating's youngest and brightest stars, Greg has donated portions of his winnings to charities and can even be seen at some of the more popular skate spots alongside amateurs or even possibly the next undiscovered skating sensations. "I don't really go to skate parks or training facilities. I like to go out and find unique skate spots on the side of the road," Lutzka shares. Many times the kids on the scene will spot him and actually stop skating to watch, however, Lutzka likes to encourage the kids to keep skating. "Some of the spots are hot spots, so sometimes there's 10 people already there skating. When they sit down I like to tell them to get up and hype it up. I like it when they skate with me," he admits.

Remaining relevant and pushing one's self are traits that Greg Lutzka admires in a person. "The people that I look up to in life are the people that are pushing themselves and being themselves--skating or not skateboarding. The people that love doing something and having a passion for it, the people that are living life to the fullest," Lutzka elucidates when asked about his role models.  Combining his street credibility to his fashion sensibility, Greg Lutzka is leaving his mark on the fashion world as well as the skating world and is making sure both are done in style - Lutzka Style.

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MALOOF MONEY CUP   words by: BJ Cummings    photo courtesy of: DUBmagazine MALOOF MONEY CUP 
words by: BJ Cummings  
photo courtesy of: DUBmagazine

When the Maloof brothers decide to do something, they do it in full style, no corners cut. In fact, you might say they up the ante. Enter the Maloof Money Cup, which initially started in concept as a skateboarding camp for kids but with the vision of Joe Maloof quickly grew into one of the largest competitions with the biggest payouts in skateboard history. Now with $500,000 in cash prizes at stake, the competition will take over the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa during the opening weekend of the OC Fair, July 11th - 13th. The three day event has been broken up into five separate events: The US Pro Street Championship, which boasts a street course built specifically for this competition and devised to be different from any other street course, ever and a $100,000 first place payout. Of course, it wouldn't be a total skate competition without the Big Air Pro Vert Championship, sponsored by Carl's Jr. in which competitors will go big or go home... and whoever goes the biggest leaves with $75,000 and a new vehicle. There will also be a Women's Pro Street Championship, which boasts the largest 1st place prize ever in Women's Skating at $25,000. For those of you eager to see the future of skating, the World Industries US Amateur Championship is an exclusive event in which the top amateurs are invited to compete for notoriety and cash. The Etnies Village rounds out the event with 40,000 square feet of retailers, manufacturers and other companies pertinent to the skate lifestyle will showcase their goods and provide an interactive experience for attendees. For more information be sure to visit maloofmoneycup.com or do the inevitable and visit the myspace profile at myspace.com/maloofmoneycup.

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