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California. The land of surf, sun, skateboards, hula hoops , frisbees and generally all things cool and good looking. Sitting here in England I thought that perhaps this was all just cliche and exaggeration but then I met Scott Starr. With his long blond hair and good looks he is the personification of "Cali cool". He surfs, snowboards , plays freestyle frisbee, once had a weed farm in the mountains, frequently travels down to his land in Mexico and has the biggest and best collection of surf skate and frisbee imagery on the planet.
He also invented the Tail Devil" and ran a short lived phone sex buisness but you can read more about that in the final printed article in FSM 4!
Perfectly poised at the epicenter of 80s California Scott Starr action sports photographer was shooting Tony Hawk a long time before he was jumping over fire hydrants on the play station. As the skate scene flourished he also turned his lens on the world of professional frisbee, surfing and snowboarding and it wasn't long before his photographs were a regular feature on the cover of Thrasher magazine.
Scott Starr's work has never been curated up until now because like most retiring and reluctant artists, he doesn't realize how good he is and like most real artists he doesn't crave backslapping flattery and glory - he just does it and does it well and with passion. Our motto is "Freestyle magazine- for creative people who like to play." Scott Starr seems to be a manifestation of this slogan. He is the personification of freestyle. In fact he is so freestyle that he even coined his own phrase (much lamented since then) "freekstyle" where he emblazoned the now obsolete all wood snowboards with his artwork before they were laminated by Chuck Barfoot of Barfoot snowboards. When you look at pictures of boards before that time you won't see artwork on them and so Starr should rightly claim credit as the first to use a snowboards as a canvas for artwork. He could take the credit but he won't.
Like a story an artists career should have a beginning, a middle and end. Their work should naturally flourish. An organic development. By cataloging Starr's work we can see this evolution of his art and the development of his ideas as he photographs and paints the gregarious world that is his. Starting from his raw action shots, moving to atmospheric surf pictures where he stands back from the throng of photographers to capture the mood and onto the wild neon 80s moments with rotating plastic and flying sand. Perhaps now we have a glimpse of where his work is going when we look at some of his still life studies of movie reels. Over the years he has amassed an archive of vintage advertisements and movies that he is starting to arrange into compositions to arouse the attentions of pop art aficionados and film buffs alike.
An artist's life colors their work and Starr's story is as colorful as his 80s trousers. He has got the better of a debilitating medical condition that he has had to deal with and now he has slapped it into place. Let's see where his work will take us next. I imagine it will be somewhere sunny, sexy and sandy and ultimately Scott Starr!
If you want to learn more of this man and see his work on nice thick quality paper in our next FSM then go to our kickstarter page and order your magazine. Don't forget we only have 20 days to get at least 500 orders otherwise we can't print it. So don't wait to buy a copy in the shop because they won't be any there. If we don't take enough orders then we won't take your money so if you like it then order it now. If we get orders in quickly then we have more of a chance to be a featured project by kickstarter. At the moment it is hard to find the project on their website. If you are strapped for cash then pledge a pound and that also helps us to get on the kickstarter radar. You can always order a mag at a later stage and every penny helps us to get the money to print mags and buy frisbees (issue 4 will be a wham-o fastback).
So we hope you enjoyed this short feature. It is just a taste of what is to come. Support the kickstarter fund and pre-order a copy now!
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As part of our campaign to generate funds through our kickstarter project, here is another post this time featuring some of our best fashion shoots from the three issues. Please support the magazine and order an issue 4. You can also pledge for other items like our FSM mini discs or even a frisbee workshop.
"Speedies" Issue 2. Photography by jason McGlade
"ALEXIS" FSM 2. Photographs by Uli Weber.
"YUMMY MUMMY". ISSUE 1. Photography by jason McGlade.
"ALEXIS" FSM 2. Photographs by Uli Weber.
"Fade in" Issue 2. Photography Jodi Jones
"Bambi" FSM 3. Photograps by Daniel Hermy
"Burlesque Beauty" Issue 3. Photographs by Sayaka Maruyama
"Russian doll" Issue 1. Photographs by Jason Mclade
"Elektropatra" ISSUE 03. Photography by Jonny Storey
“ALEXIS” FSM 2. Photographs by Uli Weber.
"Happy night waschen" Issue 3. Photographs by jason McGlade
"Young indian summer" Issue 3. Photography by jason Lee parry.
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Making Knots or “knotting” goes back to the very beginning of man itself. This ancient art of tying, looping and braiding has helped man through the ages in building, sailing, farming and even decorating.People should not rely on zip´s, pins or superglue to fasten things when a piece of rope and a bit of Knot Knowhow can do the job just the same without spending money or consuming the earths dwindling resources. Here are a few knots to try your hand with. Once you have mastered these then we urge you to explore further this fascinating world of knots. SCROLL DOWN TO SEE MORE KNOTS.
This knot according to knot lore can render any Houdini helpless.
1. Make a clockwise overhand loop
4. Pull the leading edge of the left hand loop through the right hand loop and pull the leading edge of the right hand loop through the left hand loop. 5. Adjust the loops to the size you want and tighten.
Making Knots or "knotting" goes back to the very beginning of man itself. This ancient art of tying, looping and braiding has helped man through the ages in building, sailing, farming and even decorating.People should not rely on zip´s, pins or superglue to fasten things when a piece of rope and a bit of Knot Knowhow can do the job just the same without spending money or consuming the earths dwindling resources. Here are a few knots to try your hand with. Once you have mastered these then we urge you to explore further this fascinating world of knots.
The bowline is an exceptionally versatile knot. It This is a very Ancient Knot used to form a loop at the end of a fixed rope. Used in sailing this knot was discovered in the remains of the rigging of the Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Cheops's solar ship during an excavation. It is widely considered as one of the most essential knots.
1.The rabbit hole.
3.runs around the tree,
4.and hops back into its hole.
More knots tomorrow.
What happens if you mix up the art of Freestyle Disc and urban architecture? Loads of pure fun and a completely new view of the city.Hunting for walls, gaps, quarters, handrails and art/monuments is an excintig alternative to the game on green flat grass. To produce an new Freestyle Magazine Trailer some players of the Berlin Jammers, chief and creative director of the Freestle Magazine Jason McGlade and film producer Stephan Stoll met and went to some architectural and cultural hotspots in the center of Berlin. Special thanks go out to EASTPACK and ASICS for supporting us during that marvelous production!
I stumbled across a blog where this guy was sneaking into cool, empty and historical buildings (and they are many) in and around Berlin, making pictures, relaying his experience in a well written prose and then marking the adventure with a Difficulty rating out of ten with information on how to get in, dangers and what to bring. He left no traces apart from dusty footprints and his reports are well written and informative. So I contacted him. Lets just say i contacted him and for legal reasons we leave it at that. Follow this link Make sure to look at part two and three also. Enjoy!
Well, it's only been a short time - what seems like a couple of weeks - since we brought you FreeStyle Magazine #2, with a fantastic Sir Paul Smith cover and Frisbee. But we're back in the studio, hard at work, to bring you yet another great installment to the world of FreeStyle, Fun, Fashion and Frisbee... Yes! We’re currently working on FreeStyle Magazine issue 3!
I can’t tell you just yet who we have as the designer of this issues disc, however, I can assure you he’s big and a true FreeStyler and friend!
This edition of course will be packed full of wonderfully creative work from the fields of Fashion, Photography, Art, Music and LifeStyle, and all true to the FreeStyle ethic. Just to give you a little taster of the quality of work to come, I have attached a title page produced for one of the fashion stories, entitled ‘Bambi’.
Stay tuned to find out a release date…