Michael Sieben

Articles by Michael Sieben

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    Hashtag Gum Soles

    Yesterday I totally shredded some ditches with two of my all time favorite dudes, the multigenerational Parsons Crew. Mike P. is pretty much a folk hero amongst older Austin skate nerds. Legendary for jumping in head first without checking the water in terms of skate safety.

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    Permitted Snooping

    I mentioned last week that the East Austin Studio Tour (E.A.S.T.) was taking place. To me, the most fun part about the tour is getting to step into artists' studios and see their personal workspaces. Permitted snooping.

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    Okay Mountain E.A.S.T. Tour

    The East Austin Studio Tour is a yearly self-guided tour in Austin, Texas where artists from all walks of life open their studio doors to the public. I co-own an art space/studio space in Austin called Okay Mountain, which seemed like a good place to start the tour.

  • An Interview with Todd Falcon

    Although skateboarding waves the "No Rules!" flag pretty fervently, I've found that most participants are actually doing exactly the opposite. I've always been a fan of the true misfits in skateboarding, and somewhere near the top of that list is Texas' own Todd Falcon.

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    The Trading Tortoise

    This past Saturday I visited DOMY Books, my local art/photography/design bookstore in Austin, and participated in an event called The Trading Tortoise. The Trading Tortoise is a traveling participatory art tour created and organized by Souther Salazar and Monica Choy.

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    Your Mom Is a Nerd

    Exactly one year and three days ago I did an art show with my buddy Todd Bratrud at Escapist in Kansas City and I wrote about the experience for this website that you're reading. Fast forward a year and I just did an art show with my buddy Travis Millard at Escapist in Kansas Cit…

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    An Interview with Travis Millard

    Next Friday my buddy Travis Millard and I are doing an art show in Kansas City at Escapist. I'm pretty sure next week's column will be about the trip/show, so I thought I'd preface that column with a quick interview with Travis.

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    I Finally Got an iPhone

    I finally got an iPhone a few weeks ago. Fairly positive I'm the last of my friends to get one. I think what sealed the deal was when I was out skating with some old bros and one of my unemployed/unemployable friends pulled his iPhone out of his pocket to Instagram some nonsense…

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    A Review of My New Skate Video, 'Second Hand Stoke' (by Me)

    It might be somewhat unorthodox—even frowned upon—to write a review of your own company's video. Or maybe the subject has never been broached, as I have a sneaking suspicion that numerous skateboard company owner's might not be able to read and write above a junior-high school le…

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    Beggars Can't Be Bitching

    I skipped writing this column last week because I was busy doing other stuff. What kind of other stuff? Oh, you know, just making a skateboard video kind of other stuff. We had a premiere for it at a real movie theater and everything.