In the summer of 2001, Ryan Daughtridge had one year of college under his belt when he first stepped on a longboard. It didn’t take long for Ryan’s dad’s barn in Hagerstown, Maryland to be converted into a skateboard factory and the birthplace of Bustin’ Boards. Fast forward 16 years and Bustin’ is now known for developing the most advanced skateboards on the planet.
We have a lot of friends (with benefits) here at Flying Dog. And any chance we get to keep things local really puts a strain on our zipper, so when we learned about Bustin’, a collaboration was inevitable. After a rendezvous involving more than a few beers and crab cakes, the Flying Dog + Bustin Bamboo-X Modela 33″ was born.
Not quite a long board, not a short board, this Goldilocks-board handles all your needs: From pushing around the city to a trip to the skatepark. It’s smooth and stylish enough to take to your high-end finance job on Wall Street, and also has the ability to let you pop that Ollie on your way in and impress Janice in accounting.
The board will be released on Wednesday, June 7, at Gunther and Co., just minutes from Bustin’ Boards new home at City Garage in Baltimore. Grab your mom’s checkbook for your one chance to get your hands on one of only 20 boards produced.
We’re also raffling off one board to support Each 1 / Reach 1, Bustin’s community skate initiative that refurbishes boards for less-fortunate kids and adults. Donate an old board and get a raffle ticket plus a 30%-off coupon code good for anything on Bustin’s site.
Until then, learn more about Bustin’s story on the latest episode of our podcast Head Retention Radio.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that light is knowing that Dead Rise returns on Friday, May 5. That euphoric feeling is natural. Let it wash over you. We’ll wait.
It also feels good to know we put the world’s first and only OLD BAY Summer Ale in a can. After that they jumped into boxes twelve-at-a-time, creating the perfect briefcase for your summer office…if your summer office is located on a beach, a boat, a hammock or a newspaper-lined picnic table.
To celebrate this aligning of the galaxy, we’ve arranged an evening marking the return of the crab. We’ll have crab cakes from Roasthouse Pub and a Dead Rise crab-shaped cake from the other wizards in DC, Buttercream Bake Shop. Add cans of Dead Rise into the mix on our patio for a Friday that would make any Marylander proud. Sperrys not required, but you do have to wear something on your feet. We’re not savages.
The Summer of Dead Rise has returned. Make room in the cooler and start your summer here.
Freedom of speech is the last defense against tyranny. We are a nation more divided than ever, but defending our right to freedom of expression — established by the Founding Fathers of our nation — is a bipartisan fight we should all embrace.
Defending the name and original Ralph Steadman art of Raging Bitch against an unconstitutional ban in the State of Michigan, we are no strangers to playing this kind of defense. First Amendment issues affect all aspects of our lives, including (and definitely not limited to) the beer that we drink and the music we listen to.
On Sunday, the 1st Amendment Society will host a live performance by The Slants, a Portland-based all-Asian American dance-rock band, that is currently awaiting a Supreme Court ruling over a request to trademark their name, which was originally denied by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The Slants have formed an identity “to take on stereotypes that people have about us, like slanted eyes, and own them.” Embracing and owning a slur as a form of empowerment is their fundamental right, and should not be denied by self-appointed bureaucrats. Denial of a trademark registration has serious consequences for artists, just as banning the sale of a beer greatly affects a small, independent craft brewery. For more insight into the work being done by The Slants, check out Bassist Simon Tam’s Ted Talk.
The Slants will perform at the brewery this Sunday, April 16 at 6 pm. For best results, we recommend having a Raging Bitch in hand throughout the show, which is free and open to the public.