Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Michigan in the Mags!

By: Paul Gemignani

So recently Frequency Magazine - The Snowboarders Journal just dropped the new 8.3 issue and they ended up running a story we worked on last time I was home riding in the U.P. of Michigan where I grew up. Pretty stoked on the piece and how it came out. Big ups to my boy Mike R. Thomas for help with the writing and Terry "Ratt" Ratzlaff for shooting photos and everyone involved. So if you want to know more about what Michigan is kind of like for shredding, pick up an issue at your local magazine shop and get out their and make some shred turns. Word!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

New York Baby!

By: Paul Gemignani

So recently I took advantage of some miles I had saved up on my Delta card, and took a trip to New York City with my good friend Mike. I personally have never been on the East Coast even though I grew up in the Midwest, so I found this as the perfect excuse to visit the Big Apple. When I first arrived I was a bit overwhelmed as this city trumps the rest of the city's I've been too in the U.S., so it took me a second to re-calibrate myself from the vast open-ness of the West. After awhile though, it's actually quite easily to settle in and find a routine and dial something in. The city itself is very colorful and full of life, culture and art. My main reason for the trip was actually to eat food and I did just that. From amazing pizza's at Joe's, to some of the best seafood pasta of my life at the newly opened - Eataly; so good. The list goes on though, bacon wrapped hot dogs, with onions, cheddar cheese and cream cheese, to artichoke and clam pizza; sushi, wings, chinese food and the was an endless array of mouth watering food that is making me hungry while I write this. One would think I would have gained about 20 pounds on this trip, but due to that fact that New York is a walk about city, we ended up walking about 5-7 miles a day, so that kept the calories burning from the last meal. Besides eating amazing food though, we also went to some amazing art exhibits and I got to see a huge spectrum of original art work from Salvador Dali, Picasso, Pollock, Van Gogh, Rodin and so on - truly amazing; I have definitely found a new appreciation for these artists of the past. All in all, it was an amazing trip to the huge city, and I will definitely be going back at some point, and hope everyone gets to visit this city at least once in their lives. Just make sure to have a good guide, as it can be somewhat confusing for a new comer, or someone that hasn't spent much time in big cities. Cheers and buon appetite!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Heroin Diaries

By: Paul Gemignani

Have you ever wondered what it's like living the life of a rock star? Have you ever laughed at those celebrity rehab shows and wonder how these people could be addicted to such stupid shit when they have the world in the palm of their hands? Well if these thoughts did cross your mind at one point or another, I suggest picking up and reading - The Heroin Diaries. When I got my hands on a copy I couldn't put the book down once I got rolling.

It depicts a year in the life of legendary rocker Nikki Sixx and his band Motley Crue. It was a time when Sixx was extremely addicted to Heroin and every other drug for that matter (drinking a bottle of Jack Daniel's per day was normal), and re-accounts the horrific tales and debauchery and struggle with addictions. It was like reading the diary of an insane person, and to think that Sixx is alive today is a crazy concept to wrap your mind around. Lots of good extras too, including crazy fucked up art work, old classic party photos and lost lyrics. If you want an unfiltered autobiography of one of the biggest rock and roll bands ever, then The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx will take your hand down to the darkest depths of hell and have you watch in awe as this lunatic torches himself for years with drugs, sex and rock. Check it out, and get addicted.