#Homer #Simpson #Art #graffiti #streetart in #Pittsburgh #PA
I think you already know this, but you mean a lot to me.
Having been a fairly avid skateboarder for most of my life, I feel like I’ve learned a lot from you. You taught me how important it is to enjoy what I do, to not measure my accomplishments against others, to challenge myself as an individual. You also taught me that competition can be really fun when it’s rooted in personal growth, and that it’s a great feeling to try really hard at something and finally make it. I dunno if you saw, but I finally learned 360 flips last month after 15+ years of trying them!
Skateboarding, you have informed the way I approach music and art. Thanks to you, I mostly believe that it’s the way you land a trick, draw a picture, write a song that makes it special. You taught me how to chase feelings and energy, and how to harness them for something meaningful and tangible. You actually taught me how to be a happier person, in fact, you’re STILL teaching me.
Thank you Skateboarding.
My friends in Phoenix started a program called Skate After School. They go to schools in the Phoenix area with a bunch of helmets and boards and they skate with kids. I went to Skate After School a couple weeks ago, it’s really fun! The best part is that my friends don’t act like coaches when they’re skating with the kids, they just teach them how to enjoy skateboarding.
They’re raising money to beef up the program and and reach more schools. As a thank you to skating and because I believe in this program, I am contributing an exclusive digital collection of 5-6 cover songs that I first heard while watching skate videos. It’s going to be called something like: “Sean Bonnette Plays Some Skate Video Hits.” Maybe I’ll end up calling it something different but that’s the premise. I’m still deciding the full track list but these will definitely be on it: “London Dungeon” by the Misfits (Mike Maldonado’s part in Welcome To Hell), “Rock and Roll Suicide” by David Bowie (Arto Saari’s part in Sorry) and “Cyanide Breathmint” by Beck (Brad Staba’s first song in Nervous Breakdown)
I will be recording it at my house this summer.
Here’s the indiegogo page, the other incentives are really cool too, for $600 dollars Jaws will ollie over you off your roof!
If you have love in your heart, help these skate kids.
The #CornfedTour is gone, but not from our hearts. Thanks to everyone who was able to join us in celebrating THE HOLY GHOST PEOPLE, small press publishing in Pittsburgh, and the first years of of both Plays Inverse and The Lettered Streets Press. Seriously, you rock, and I can’t thank you enough.
Even if you couldn’t make it out though, this weekend’s readers are doing/publishing so much cool stuff it’s mind boggling. Here’re some links to where you can find it/them:
Check out more of Abigail Zimmer’s work on her blog as well as her latest in Jellyfish Magazine No. 11. You can also follow her on tweeter @abigaillzc.
Googling Nicole Wilson’s poems yeilds all kinds of gold, including these poems in Coconut and The Lettered Streets Press’s amazing trailer for Supper & Repair Kit, not to mention Heavy Feather’s glowing review.
You can find more of Alexis Pope’s poems on her blog, including her chapbook NO GOOD, available for FREE from H_NGM_N which you’d be a doofus not to download. She tweets at @alexisflannery.
Keep up to date with all of Aubrey Hirsch’s awesome work at her website, including her recent series on pregnancy and motherhood at Brainchild and The Rumpus. Follow her at @aubreyhirsch.
You can keep tabs on Joshua Young on the tweetos or check out his publications on his blog or recent pubs on this one. Make sure you check out our book trailer for THE HOLY GHOST PEOPLE too from the super talented Caleb Young.
Lastly, keep up with Plays Inverse updates by following us on twitter or here on Tumblr to see reviews, press, & publications as we continue to promote our books/authors. Likewise with The Lettered Streets Press (@letteredstreet1 // letteredstreetspress), who are legit amazing and such a great press to have in your corner. Keep an eye out for us teaming up again in the future!
Thanks again to everyone, online and IRL, and keep on supporting small presses and local bookstores! (especially our good friends at East End Book Exchange and Amazing Books)
Not to mention taking Josh to his first drag show after the reading and the abundance of good jokes, food, and company while hanging with The Lettered Streets Press gang. Seriously floored by the talent & support I saw this weekend, and still riding the wave of it all. Can’t recommend everyone above enough, and thanks again to anyone who made it out. Y’all are the best.
JUNE 25 • CHICAGO
Joshua Young // Alexis Pope // Abigail Zimmer // Daniel Scott Parker
Andersonville, Chigago, IL 60640
7PM // RSVP
JUNE 26 • MUNCIE
Joshua Young // Abigail Zimmer // Alexis Pope // Austin Hayden
Bracken Library Room 104 // Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306
7:30PM // RSVP
JUNE 27 • AKRON
Alexis Pope // Nicole Wilson // Joshua Young // Patrick Culliton // Rick Meier // Abigail Zimmer // Mike Krutel
Land of Plenty // 339 W Market St, Akron, OH 44303
7PM // RSVP
JUNE 28 • PITTSBURGH
Abigail Zimmer // Nicole Wilson // Alexis Pope // Aubrey Hirsch // Joshua Young
East End Book Exchange // 4754 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
7PM // RSVP
JUNE 29 • PITTSBURGH
Writer Meet-up and Potluck ft. The Lettered Streets Press
Amazing Books // 929 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
1PM // RSVP
So many fantastic readers on this tour. I’m heading up the Pittsburgh leg as Plays Inverse, but if you’re near any of the stops, get on it. Maybe bring them a corn dog or two. Gonna be crazy good.
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