PMA Blog – Thoughts from ODS HQ
It’s all about that Positive Mental Attitude.
My passion is skateboarding and I do my best to get out and skateboard a minimum of once a week with my “Barn Burner Crew”. Sunday has become that day for the past few months and my partner Aaron drives down 45 minutes from Oshkosh to record our podcast we call Skatosis in my office / studio, and then go out to skate the barn ramp, a.k.a. ODS BBC TF.
Over the winter we spent a lot of Sundays at Cream City since the barn is not heated and it gets really cold out here in Wisconsin. But now that it’s warmer we decided to not only switch from Sunday to Saturday, but we took a road trip to the state capital of Madison with fellow ripper Cody and met up with Hunter and Phil. We met at the skatepark, then headed out into the streets.
Not only is the act of skateboarding my passion, it’s all of the peripheral aspects of it too. I’m a consumer as well as a producer. I love taking my camera gear with me and shooting videos throughout the day. Most of the time I set the tripod up so that I can get footage of an area that I’m skating in, but I’ve been trying to focus more on shooting everyone else without a tripod and getting more action shots.
So this past weekend, not only did I have an amazing time skateboarding with my friends, but I came home with almost 2 hours of footage. And instead of recording our podcast in the studio, Aaron and I sat at a bus stop on State St. and recorded a short 15 minute show on my phone since I knew we’d never have the energy to record a full show back home. The phone shows are not my favorite method but it’s still fun to sit and talk skateboarding with my cohort. I’d drive my wife crazy if it wasn’t for him.
With the footage and audio I captured on Saturday, so far I’ve been able to use it on the following pieces:
Skatosis #118 podcast for iTunes and all other podcast options. (direct link to .mp3)
Skatosis #118 podcast video with loose edit for FaceBook and YouTube.
Parking Garage Bomb I shot with my iPhone while carrying a backpack and camera bag!
Highlight edit of all of our tricks. FB/YT/IG
Feature edit with Hunter since he landed 3 super gnarly tricks. FB/YT/IG
Skater Balm Slam of the Week! A new idea since I was unfortunate enough to film Phil with the gnarliest slam I’ve seen in person. FB/YT/IG
Personal edit of my tricks of the day for me to see my ongoing progression. FB/IG
Another mid-week session is in the books. Cody came out for a few hours and much fun was had.
During the winter we end up going to indoor parks each weekend since it gets too cold to skate in the barn, so it’s exciting when these sessions pop up in the middle of the week now!
My main focus of the night turned out to be trying to push my no-comply tail slides up on the coping instead of below. It’s harder and I think looks better, but I didn’t get a really clean one yet. Ended up with a weird slide switch crook kinda of thing, but I’ll keep working on them.
The little quarter pipe is always fun to warm up on but there are definitely tricks that I can still only do on that size ramp so far, but it’s great to be able to take it to the next level right in the same room.
Our next session is tomorrow in Madison, I’ll post about that later.
What kind of Skateboarding safety equipment should I be using?
As an older skateboarder, I feel like I can’t even feel comfortable rolling around without padding up. I know it’s not for everyone and we all have our reasons for either wearing pads or not, but at my age, I have to stay protected as much as possible so that I’m ready to skate at the next session.
As a kid I skated a lot of halfpipes and usually had knee and elbow pads way back then. I started using a helmet back then too after a rock & roll went sour and I smacked my head on the flat bottom and learned later that the weird fluid that came out of my nose was brain fluid. Not fun.
Currently at age 47, here’s a list of the gear that I use at each session:
- 187 Killer Pads knee pads
- Pro-tech elbow pads (I had gotten a elbow/knee pad set, but the knee pads didn’t cut it. I may try 187 elbows next too)
- Hillbilly fingerless wristguard gloves
- Triple 8 helmet (I’m in the market for a different one that fits better)
Please leave any tips / suggestions in the comments below.
I launched a pre-sale today so that I can start making some ODS shirts again. I have to keep telling people I’m sold out and that’s just not acceptable.
$25 shipped in the US and I’ll throw in some stickers. Tell some friends. Thanks!
I’ve been spending a lot of time with Final Cut Pro lately ever since putting together Boy City. I’ve had FCP for a bunch of years now and even produced a couple of documentaries, but it’s been a while and I just upgraded to the latest version. It’s a powerful tool for sure and I know I’m just barely scratching the surface, but after making OTP edits all year on my iPhone with iMovie, it feels like a much bigger and of course more precise playground to play in. Here’s a bunch of links to my most recents efforts as well as the documentaries my wife and I have made that we have for rent/purchase over at ReelHouse.
These are all the FCP edits I’ve made in just the last 2 weeks since making Boy City! Holy smokes that’s a lot…
Skatosis #79 preview for IG/FB/YT
I made a GoPro montage from Aaron’s Boy City leftover footage
Recent Cream City session with a bunch of Barn Burners
My first time to GBASO in Green Bay
Wedge session in the barn
Aaron and I learning some new tricks
Boy City IG cut
Boy City | Drew Domkus
Boy City | Andrew Horner
Boy City | Tyler Cassel
Boy City | James Plautz
Boy City | Hunter Penoske
Boy City | Aaron Monte
Boy City – The skateboarding film I made that got me onto this FCP kick.
These are the 2 movies my wife and I made and we have another in the works about our beloved Jaguar Rescue Center in Costa Rica.
Under the Corset – Behind the scenes and on tour with Rasputina
Unmasked! – Behind the scenes and on tour with Captured! by Robots
When I started up ODS I knew I wanted to create a brand that I could use to show off some of my professional skills within a subject that I love. Skateboards, stickers, shirts, and a podcast were all on the list. I also knew I wanted to create a weekly video to accompany the podcast, so that I could document my progress mostly, but also to help with SEO for the brand. I hadn’t considered doing a real skateboarding video like most other skateboarding brands or skate shops do, but as we kept producing weekly content, I started taking the filming a bit more serious and started saving some of the better clips from each week in hopes of collecting enough to come up with a decent video of me and my crew. I never really had a release date in mind either as I started “stacking clips”, but with the winter taking over and limiting our outdoor skating possibilities, I thought it’d be a good time to see what I had and give it a go. All in all I ended up with about 40 minutes of video that I started trimming from and the final edited version comes in at a tight 16 minutes showcasing 5 of us.
My weekly video edits are almost exclusively created on my iPhone with iMovie, simply for the ease of use and accessibility. It’s very easy to crank content out that way, but I wanted this project to be done with a lot more attention to detail, and I especially wanted to edit the footage to music like the pros do. I’ve done some editing in Final Cut Pro, but not enough to be fluent, and so this project was also a way for me to hone my skills for another project I’ve been letting sit around for too long.
I’ve had over 60 guys come through the barn for a session, but the main dudes that have made the effort to go on trips, or come out to the barn more often now have a reference for their 2017 year of skateboarding. And ever since I created this skate space here on the farm and have all these dudes that come out to skate, it was my wife who called this place, Boy City.
Old Dude Skate Co. is the embodiment of a skateboarding graphic designer in his forties, expressing his passion with his tools. From decks, stickers and shirts, to podcasts, video clips and movies, I create content for Old Dudes that Skate. So join me and the Barn Burner Crew on a skateboarding adventure around Wisconsin and Colorado as we celebrate our best clips of 2017. Ever since I built a ramp in my barn, and this crew of mine has continued to grow, my wife has many times called this place Boy City.
Old Dude Skate Co presents
Filmed & Edited
by Drew Domkus
Drew: Big Up Yourself / Lyle Workman
Andrew: Yacht 10 / Ethan Schreiber @h3llo3than
Tyler: Party Like It’s 2013 / Man DeLorean
James: Paint Peeler / GLOBAL GENIUS PRODUCTIONS
Hunter: The Ollie Grind / Solomon Jumbo David
Aaron: Money Everyday / Stelio Marshall STEL LEO
Courtesy of FaceBook Sound Collection
Credits: In the Shadow of the Fallen / Witchfane
Old Dude Skate Co / olddudeskateco.com
Skatosis Podcast / skatosis.com
You ever get one of those pinches in your lower back that just cripples you from even taking a step? I got one of those about a week before the new year and it’s been bothering me a little less each day. I’ve been trying to do stretches, using Skater Balm, resting, and doing a lot of pouting since it’s so cold and of course haven’t been able to skate.
I turned down a trip to the skate park last Friday but changed plans to give it a shot on Monday, New years Day, which happened to fall on a Skatosis Monday. We recorded our show and took off to the park for a few hours. My back was feeling pretty good, but I was nervous to see if it could take a good spill, or just allow me to run out of a trick if I needed to bail. I ended up taking a few runs in the bowl and washed out on something minor and bonked my head a bit, but good for me I was wearing my helmet. I ended up just taking it easy the rest of the time and did some filming since my back overall felt pretty decent.
Despite the nerves I did have one of the best feelings when I walked into the shop and saw Skater Balm in the case with a little note from Bill…
So even at the tender age of 46, know that you can still go skate on New Years Day, just like you did when you were a kid!
Here’s a link to the podcast Aaron and I recorded on Monday: Skatosis #76
And here’s an edit from our trip to Cream City later that same day.
I’ve spent the last year and a half trying to build this brand without blogging directly about it, and my plan is to change that around a lot for 2018. New year, new hustle.