Altamont Art Show: TRUTH

I’ve heard it said that one of the best reasons to do art is that you can get laid pretty easily. While a lot of purists might disagree, there’s nothing entirely wrong with channeling that spirit to create worthwhile masterpieces (look at Dalí). I don’t know where I’m going with this, but Altamont might agree, since the clothing brand makes it a point to put art at the center of everything they do. From T-shirt designs to gallery shows, I could follow my potentially faulty logic and assume that sex was the only reason that Altamont held their gallery show Truth: A Kill Soulless Bullshit Happening on Saturday…because what does it really have to do with skateboarding anyway? Well, a lot actually. Beside the wealth of artists, including guys like Todd Swank and Jason Adams, bassist Mike Watt was playing with Altamont-backed No Age. For those who may not know, Mike Watt was a founding member of the Minutemen and fIREHOSE and their songs were used in Santa Cruz’s Streets of Fire, Savannah Slamma III (5:33…I recommend watching all of the installments, though) and a bunch of other skate videos over the years. Minutemen’s song “Corona” was the theme song from Jackass, the show born out of skateboarding. Mike Watt also toured with J Mascis and the Fog, the post-Dino Jr. band that played this ditty for Tosh Townend’s Sight Unseen part. So, in short, it turns out Altamont’s show had more to do with skateboarding than you’d think. If you’re so inclined, take a short video tour of the show with a jam session accompaniment by Mike Watt and No Age.