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5/21/17
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I’ve spent the weekend in Phoenix with @annvallely and @lucy_vallely for a dance convention. With the South Rim of the Grand Canyon being only 3.5 hours away from our hotel, I thought it’d be wrong to be within striking distance and not go. So, I set out at 11:00 PM on Friday night to catch the Ceremony of the Sunrise at the Grand Canyon on Saturday morning.
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I parked my car on the South Rim of The Canyon at 2:30 AM on Desert View Drive. It was 33°. I climbed into the backseat, pulled my sleeping bag around me and gazed up and out the back window of my car into The Cosmos. If not for my plan to see the Sunrise, I may have just bundled up and spent the rest of the night outside Star Gazing. -------------------------------
I woke up at 4:45 AM in the predawn light. I was slightly panicked by how bright the sky was, thinking I somehow missed the Sunrise. I grabbed my bag and stepped out of the car, into the cold, onto the South Rim, and immediately started walking east towards Yaki Point. The Sun seemed to be rising fast, and without any previous experience here (and little research done) I stopped short of Yaki Point and instead took in the Sunlight landing upon The Canyon just past the South Kaibab Trail Head. It was incredible. -------------------------------
At 6:15 AM, the day was already heating up, and I started heading down the South Kaibab Trail. My destination, despite repeated warnings (posted online and on the Trail, itself) of not attempting such a strenuous out and back hike in one day, was the Colorado River, 6.3 miles down a very steep Trail. Many large groups had taken off long before me, but within an hour, I found myself breezing past most of them as they lounged around Cedar Ridge. Once I was free of the crowds, I found the Trail to be a Moving Meditation, a Sermon of Rock, Sky, Sun, Plant and River.
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At 8:45 AM, my feet were in the Colorado River, and at 8:55 AM, I was hiking back up the Trail and I was back out standing on the South Rim at 12:00 PM.

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The #OpenHeartedTexasTour2017
w/ @kristiansvitak @joey__jett​ and The Texas New Arms.
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We came from Florida, Brooklyn, Portland, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Long Beach and Japan to meet in Houston, TX -- Open Arms and Open Hearts. Our Common Ground: Art, Music and Skateboarding. From there, well, Anything Is Possible!
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No corporate initiative or marketing strategy, just Friends Coming Together to Express their Love for the Peaceful Arts: In-Tune-Ment. What started as a Dream has become a Community: The #StreetPlantBattalion -------------------------------
Once Houston was pinned on the map, we reached out to Friends in Austin, Dallas and Wichita Falls, TX as well, with a simple idea: Skate, Create, Relate and Enjoy! And this became the @streetplantbrnd Open Hearted Texas Tour!
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Much Love and Thanks to the @streetscoundrelshouston @jyelley6 @tommyluna001 @photographybypanic @k__._b__._ @jaypeeiii @isaiasgil @muellerstudios @mike_aches @yusuke_tsuge @scottyg1969 @apparition_skateboards @4DWN @devianceskatesupply​ and EVERYONE we met and spent time with on our tour. Thank You for Your Love, Support and Friendship!
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Filmed and Edited By: @robxwallace
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Music:
R.RING “Cutter”
Ignite The Rest
Music Provided By:
@sofaburn_records
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5/19/17
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Imagine, if the same Energy that we used to gossip, to make a joke, to be sarcastic, snide, ridiculing, satirical, degrading or passive aggressive was instead used to be Affectionate, Sympathetic, Compassionate and Understanding. -------------------------------
Social media, what we do and what we say online, is a microcosm of our lives and of our world.
What we project here isn’t fiction.
It is truth that reverberates and has long reaching effects.
What you say about yourself, is what you say about the world you live in.
Every day, every post is a time capsule.
A memo to yourself and to the universe.
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When we laugh at everything, we permit nothing to have value.
Instead of tearing each other down, we should be Lifting Each Other Up!
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The slightest shift of Energy and Perspective could Truly Change the way that we Interact with Each Other, and thus, Change The World that We Live In For The Better.
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What if, instead of being quick witted, we were Kind Hearted? -------------------------------
You can’t fight the fire while you feed the flames.
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Photo: Terranea Cove, Rancho Palos, Verdes, CA.
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Happiness from The UK!
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From Garageland USA to Garageland UK:
Skate, Create, Enjoy!
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Thanks to #StreetPlantBattalion Member @rob_nayler for all the Love and Support of @streetplantbrnd
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Cheers my Friend!
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Night Blooms
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Sitting on curb with you
In a sea of asphalt
Under a grove of street lights
Illuminating the night
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Into the wee hours
Sweat drying
Blood congealing
Our Parking Lot Sanctuary
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Just you and I, Talking Deeply
While they sleep
As a few cars pass by
Going nowhere
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The strip mall blues
Answered with chipped concrete
Splintered wood and urethane graffiti 
Out here Night Blooms Something Real
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Sitting on a curb with you
Talking Deeply
Our Parking Lot Sanctuary
Flowers of the Street
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Art By: @greghigginsart
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Everyday is Bring Your Dog To Work Day in Garageland.
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Photo: Rizzo By @robxwallace
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Celebrating Mother's Day and 25 Years of Marriage tonight with the Love of my Life, @annvallely and our beautiful daughters at one of our favorite restaurants, @plantfoodandwine in Venice, CA.

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5/13/17
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We were 4 hours late to our visit at Evol in Izumo, Japan. When we were still an hour away, Hiroshi said to me, “You have a lot of fans waiting for you.” It sounded so implausible, amusing even -- “Fans” -- like that was a real thing. I mean, I understood what we were doing, driving a great distance to meet people but I had never thought about it like that and I just don’t and can’t frame things in my mind in that way. I just don’t think in terms of “fans” or that I have any sort of obligation to do this. For me, it’s about People and a desire to Connect. I just show up and Live in that Moment. I don’t take for granted that anyone will be there, ever.
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As we turned the corner onto the street where Evol is located, we heard a loud roar rise out from the parking lot. Everyone who had taken the time out of their lives that day to come see us, and had extended that time into the night, cheered our arrival. I hated being late, it just feels so typical, but this really was a special Moment. Still, I immediately thought of those who may have had to leave and miss our visit because of our tardiness and so, my joy was leveled by an equal pang of regret.
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Any exhaustion we may have felt after driving all day and into the night was immediately vanquished by a surge of excitement, fueled by the Love and Enthusiasm of the Beautiful Faces greeting us as we stepped out of the van.
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Photo and autograph requests ensued but due to failing eyesight, I had to step into the well-lit skate shop to see what I was doing. Also, I wanted to make sure that anyone who had waited that long to see me at least got a decent photo. I hate to be rushed in those situations, especially when people are pressing in, that’s when it becomes vital to slow everything down and humanize every interaction. Or what’s the point?
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Once we’d shaken every hand, signed every item and taken photos with everyone, it was time to Skate. I grabbed my Board and helmet and joined Joey and Kristian in a jump ramp session under the lights.

5/12/17
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Our vehicle for the past two @streetplantbrnd Japan Tours has been a van fronted, mini-motorhome: The Isuzu Fargo. Unlike any other vehicle I have ever ridden in or driven, the Fargo looks like something that the Jawas might have scavenged on Tatooine. Its wheels seem too small for its hulking body and its engine lacks any hint of power, but somehow it has proven its merit and transported us throughout Japan.
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Kristian @kristiansvitak compares riding in the back camper to “rocking around like a boat in rough seas.” He sat in the back at the table, facing stoically forward out the front window, it’s all he could do all day long to keep his lunch from making a return trip up his esophagus.
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When I have taken my turn behind the wheel, relieving our faithful Tour Manager Hiroshi @shinsetusou to rest, Kristian has joined me up front, and you’d think by his shit-eating grin that he’d just won the lottery. Nope, just a few hours in the front cabin.
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Though expensive, due to tolls, driving in Japan is a very pleasant experience. First, the landscape of mountains, hills, forests, rivers, seas, tunnels, villages and cities is forever stunning. Secondly, Japanese drivers are courteous, they do not suffer from the disease of entitlement and they respect the passing lane and thus traffic flows orderly and peacefully. Without the usual American manner of the highway being a pressure cooker, and an added stress to one’s life, driving truly becomes a much more enjoyable experience.
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Over these past two tours, the Fargo has become an integral part of our experience, a 6th member of our touring party. I’ll never forget turning the corner, 4 hours late to arrive at Evol @evol.kitamularge in Izumo. As we made our way down the street with the shop in view, we heard a loud cheer from the parking lot ahead. The locals had recognized the Fargo by sight. -------------------------------
I ended up taking many photos of the Fargo but these are two of my favorites.
1. Road Mirror en route to Kurume.
2. En route to Sasebo.

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Heart and Guts.
That’s what it takes to live decently in this world.
To say yes to life, even with all of its sorrow and loss.
That’s what makes a hero.
These are the people that Matthew Ryan @matthewryan101 sings about on his new full-length album, Hustle Up Starlings, and that is what Matthew Ryan is himself, a hero.
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On Battle Born, Ryan sings of one of his heroes, Joe Strummer: “He took it straight in the teeth / To find out what was underneath.” But he could be singing about himself, about his own experiences or of anyone who has sought something deeper, more meaningful in their work, in their lives. -------------------------------
In all of these new songs, the intimacy and immediacy of Ryan’s personal storytelling rings out. He’s telling his story, but in doing so, he’s telling your story, he’s telling my story, he’s telling OUR story. These seemingly quiet songs continue to gain volume and depth upon every listen. What starts out feeling like a hushed journey through someone’s diary, becomes a thunderous collection of anthems for this Moment and the road ahead.
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Early on in his career, Matthew Ryan got a taste of what success in the music business might look like, and instead he chose a more courageous path, away from the market driven industry. Some may say he shot himself in the foot. But better he thought, to limp through life than race to the bottom. And in a world where the bottom is what we are all being force fed, it’s voices like Ryan’s that we need more than ever. Where most everything on the radio is tainted by a fundamental dishonesty, a shallow aspiration for fame and riches, it’s the Artists limping along that we need to embrace and cherish, because they are us.
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“Until the wheels come off…”
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Hustle Up Starlings is Available Now Here:
matthewryan.bandcamp.com
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5/11/17
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Japan is a Spiritual place for me. A wellspring of Inspiration and Motivation. But it’s not at the foot of the Beautiful temples that I find Glory (although I do worship the manmade architecture). And it’s not even at the Shrine of the Seas or Mountains that I bow (although Nature is my denomination). It is at the altar of the People where my Faith is Consecrated and where I am made Whole.
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The is no language barrier between us. What is spoken from the Heart, goes to the Heart. Every relationship is Purified by Essence. Words fall away, replaced by Light and Tone. Love is its own language.
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The Positivity and Energy that the Japanese Skaters give to me flows to every fiber of my being and informs my very existence: If we Live Right in This Moment, there is no need to worry about tomorrow. Every interaction Lives and is Honored in the Never Ending Now.
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My Gratitude and Adoration for the Japanese Skaters breaks through and Rises Above jet lag, exhaustion and a natural introversion to Celebrate Our Common Ground, Our Love for Skateboarding, Our Love for Life! My Skateboard reveals itself under my feet and I Sing a Song of Love!
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Photo: @ayachan0913
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No sponsors
No contracts
No press kits
No conference rooms
No free lunches
No back scratching
No party favors
No boy's club
No pie in the sky
No compromise
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100% Independent Skateboarding.
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Photo: w/ @kristiansvitak in Kurume, Japan on the @streetplantbrnd #StreetPlantJapanTour2017 By @joey__jett
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