Max Schaaf Skater Profile
Sponsors: Real, Fourstar
Hometown: Oakland CA, Stance: Goofy, Age: 41, Status: Pro
Last Update: Friday, March 22, 2013 Submit an Update
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I've watched my friend @kennagahara live from hand to mouth for several years now, working odd jobs and shooting photos. His photos are not only constantly improving but also remain to have feeling. This is a photo he took of my now sold blue knuckle. Think it captures it very well, out in the wild, no flair, no bikinis, no studio. Thanks to ken, gonz and Kota from @roller_magazine for the spread and for the inspiration..... And the red comb it's beautiful. #4q #tardsale #oneup #onedown
Somewhere around 03, and the first time I had a digital camera to cheaply document bike stuff. Lil Charlie my neighbor, and Onio and Clem's cousin hopped on top of my first shovel. This bike took me years to build, I was so in the dark, but so eager to learn. I still have this roller, and still like it's look but things snowballed after this and I ended up putting the drive train into the VL bike with the hourglass handle bars. I haven't seen Charlie since then, strange to think he's a full grown man now. #whydoyouusesomanyhashtags #69 #acidflashback #4q #vespa #import #ussr
Lost a piece of gold this morning. Class,style, and charm. Ray always treated me like a brother. Always providing a hug followed up by smiles and goodtimes. "Anything you need man" He opened his shop and home to me every visit to Brooklyn. One year I almost missed the whole show due to the fact that I was having so much fun hanging out in front of Ray's listening to him hold court. This photo is of Ray telling me how to leave Ny when we ken and chris and I were headed home to Oakland. I'm in shock over his death, my eyes are filled with tears. I'll miss you so much man. To all his close friends and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. #riprayabeyta
THRASHERS..... Picked up this vintage porcelain sign today, was at one time neon and double sided. It's about 20ft tall all put together. Thanks so much @eiland_hogan for the heads up, that was really cool of you. The guy said he found it in a dumpster down at the hunters point shipyard and it was left behind from when thrasher magazine had the foundry there. Of course it predates the mag, but someone at some point wanted it from the mag. It's back in the family @thrashermagazine. #4q #thrasher
The day Drew Barrymore shook my hand longer than everyone else's. AKA, she probably wanted to bone. Of course that's how I remember it, but I'm sure it's bullshit. @fourstarclothing rented out the legendary pink motel pool for us to skate, which was a childhood dream after seeing it in the 80's powell videos. Embarrassingly enough though, @_breakfree_ and @antihero_wakebladez and I had already skated shortly before when we got hired to skate it for a Mandy Moore video called candy. Haha. Life's a trip. #namedropper #pinkmotel #4q #lessselfiesthanyou
The moon is huge tonight, and it turns out some people are totally alright. Mark and Jeny came by today to drop off this amazing mirror that he made. It deserves to be on an art gallery wall, but fortunately I get to proudly hang it in my house. Super inspired by this and feel very lucky to own such a cool piece. Thanks mark. #danke #abalone #schnitzel #4q #lifeisfragile
I'm happy to announce that I get to build this years born-free giveaway bike. After many nights of leg wrestling with mike and grant we've decided the bike will be a 1946 Harley- Davidson knucklehead chopper. The premise being I ride the bike there, and the winner of the raffle rides it home. The bike will be a balance of parts I've wanted use for years and parts that will be made to fit the feel of the bike. A nice solid rider. I'll keep you posted on the build as this project moves forward. Thanks to everyone involved with this decision, this is a unique way to be involved with building a bike for BF7. #bf7 #4qconditioning #giveaway #rideithome
Happy Halloween. Flash back 15yrs ago? To when I was manager of the local Winchell's doughnuts. @jimthiebaud had a party at his ramp that night, Karma Tsosheff and I got into a physical fight. The next day I went back to the ramp to skate and my buddy said, "where were you last night some fat dude showed up to the party in Velcro shoes, skated pretty good, then got in a fight with Karma." Needless to say I felt like I won Halloween. #fupa #powerstance #4q
Feels like a really good day to be alive. Rode to the top of the hill, leaning left around cool oak tree shadowed corners, straightening out into the warm sun on my face. The world and time moves so fast, but on the bike it's seems to almost stand still underneath. It's a nice change and such a calm place to think. When I stopped at the top of the hill, the recent death of skater Matt Reason slammed into my thoughts, I thought about the first person to ever mention Matt to me, it was my friend Ruben Orkin. (Rip) He was so stoked on matts skating and that in a time of microscopic skateboard wheels Matt rode big spitfires. Think most of all he was he saw an individual. It made me smile, and I pictured them skating together wherever they are, healthy and happy. I've been a little emotional the last few days since the rumble in ramona... I forgot how much respect skaters can have for each other, and it was such an awakening. I could describe it as the real meaning of love and feel confident in that description. I used to be a shy kid that people would walk all over, and then I stood up for myself and how I feel things should be and got labeled as a dick. So I guess this is a Thank you to anyone that just let me be me. I'm so happy to be alive and be able to still be so inspired by the world and people. There's the other side of things, but why focus on that. #life #4q
Shafted. This weekend I went to one of the few skate "contests" I go to. The Rumble in Ramona, because it's not a contest. Man, I had so much fun. Toddlers do 540's, real grown men convince themselves they never walked away and still got it.... And we all laugh and talk shit and believe in Peter Pan and pray peter Hewitt will skate more than he will. Grosso holds court and Naverette holds it down. I trucked my gang of young norcal rejects down, who according to this list got a accumulative 6th place. I felt like the coach of the bad news bears, beer in hand cheering for my boys. And about that list.... I don't deserve jack, but I'm flattered. Lincon, plg,dk,sleepy turtle aka little feather, zach miller, your all on there. Thanks to all that came near and far to skate or just attend. @navs5000 @lanced and jake thanks for working so hard. The best of times. #resurrectioninramona #rumbleinramona #4q #vertreynolds @brandonlasko @awesome_bill_from_dawsonville2 @zlewis__ @griffindorkus
An old photo my friend @morfordmedia took years ago came across it and thought of this Richard Brautigan poem: Adrenalin Mother, with your dress of comets and shoes of swift bird wings, thank you for touching, understanding and loving my life. Without you, I am dead. #richardbrautigan #hippieshit #dvrrun #havefun
The anatomy of a bitchen weekend. @hannadawn and @3gknuck tied it up, and showed us all a lot of love. Thanks again to Ryan's dad who showed us honkys can dance. @oblivioussurroundings and @niinhellhound galloped my 69 for 69 and managed to scare the air out of the back tire, only to pull it off. The @jason_atr family inspired as usual. Lil Paul puked on my black panther to prove domination then took it for a spin. Chase, Britney, and Turk, yuy guys are always welcome here. Dominoes and bacon. Oly and Jerry Jeff walker. It's about the company you keep. Thanks. #meetthegrossmans #obama #georgebush #zima
They're having a party, please come. Brooklyn invitational 6. The last 5 have been perfect, I'm sure this year will continue to rule. I sent the 4Q knuckle out there because I'm in the middle of a few unfinished projects. Happy to see a bike I built 10yrs ago gets to see the east coast. So please go check out the show, support all the good people that put it on, and the builders that put their craft on display. #brooklyninvitational #choppershit #eatinghotdogswithoutchewing #bedbugs
Just took my last spin on the grim raper. Sold it to good home right here in California USA. This motor and trans came from a guy in the mountains above near Yosemite about 8yrs ago. The guy was in a club called the Aliens in the 60's and said he had a 38. Knuck that couldn't be beat. So with the motor here he built a stoked 46 knuckle in the 90's. But old age got in the way and he didn't ride it enough plus he was way on top of this dirt mountain road. The day I bought he said "you're the first person to not get lost finding my house in 20yrs" So years ago I built it like this, it loves to run and I love to ride it. But big kid stuff, and a you can't keep em all type deal sneaks in for the win and tomorrow I say bye bye. Thanks to my buddy that's buying it.... He's helping me continue to afford to live. #grimraper #rememberwhenisaiditwasagaragefind #4q #clothingluncheon
2015 cHarleyDavidson street blob. I rode this thing 400miles today. Who cares, miles don't matter...... Or maybe it does, when on Jurassic spark. Basically breaking down the first 200 miles trying to get to belden 2019 with Brandon and Marco. Shifter lever came off, caught it. Put in pocket with mirror that bounced into lap moments later. Made it to downeyville, had a panic attack cause everyone was snacking. Bought a hacksaw to shorten my petcock cause that seemed to be the answer. After leaving alone and making back to Nevada city I, swam in the Yuba, ate, pee'd, dumped a full tank of gas in the gutter, then found a large mass of rubber in said petcock. Reassembly, 3 "nice sportster" comments, one new tank of gas and a glorious ride home with a shattered left glasses lense due to the guy earlier that overloaded his truck with gravel. #suicigirlhopeful #petcock #charliemanson #4q safe ride home guys, sorry I bailed.
1991 Onio&Buzzard. Onio's been through it, and Buzzards gone but these two were about as cool as it got. Onio learned how to ride a bike no training wheels at two, and Buzzard would slide down our vert ramp on command. He also swallowed a skateboard wheel that was in him for over a year. 8th and pine.WSO #pinestmob #oakland #nationaldogday
26 years ago I got this shirt as an Xmas present from my moms boyfriend. I guess that means I was 14. Skate shirts were expensive, and I was so grateful for the gift. I never needed to ask who was on the shirt or why Jay was put on one of thrashers first Xmas party shirts. This image captures all things radical and it is 100% skateboarding. It was two sizes too big when I got it, and I wore it till it grew thin. I met jay at Danny ways ramp before he went to jail the last time, he was walking on the deck sporting a mesh raiders shirt , like he owned the place, and he might as well have.Everyone was kind of in awe that he was there. He was friendly, and talked with respect and was given nothing but respect by the dozens of people at the invite only contest Danny held. If nothing else Jay Jay inspired some of my favorites.....Cardiel, Jj, gonz and stranger.... But it's so much more than that. I fought posting this all day due to saturation. But after going skating tonight I came back with a different perspective. Thankful for how forking gnarly individuals like Jay Adams are. If you ever questioned why skaters get into choppers, you should question your own life first. Stare at the image above, freedom of choice. Thanks to Jay for showing us the definition of punk, and 100% skateboarder.
Hello. Please note: I'm not starting a clothing company. These clothes are not made overseas. I have skated for Fourstar since it's creation in 1996, That's 18years. They have always been supportive of me and my skateboarding, they are not a lifestyle company looking to cash in on Motorcyle culture. Simply we teamed up to make some quality American made clothes that I would actually wear. Find them at your local skate shop and I imagine online. Fourstar is skater owned and operated. I love these guys. Thanks so much. #4q #4star #usa @fourstarclothing totally tight colllaaabø ugh
Tainted panks. Purple Brain. Finished this one a couple weeks ago but just got it striped. Headed down to Nelson in the Central Valley. Nelson's been into choppers quite a while.... He even crashed head first into a drainage ditch on my 69mile ride once, and lived to laugh about it. I'm happy to get him one step closer on his dream bike. Happy Friday. Purpletrate the hate. #4q #4qpaint #prince #lowerbacktat
This one took 3 tries. Mixed a custom blue and made little turquoise panels in the windows. The tank has been wiped with wd40 or something that made it solvent pop twice.... So rather than throw over the neighbors fence, I stripped it with jasco'd and started over....twice. In the end I learned a lot. @mullinschaindrive made the bare metal tank with recessed panels. Shortly the tank will be shipped to Chicago for @frontera1300 VL Panhead. Can't wait to see the finished bike. #4q #supportyourlocalstripper #taint #oakland #chicago
15 Seconds before your 15 minutes. @fourstarclothing made a video from our #crocodiledonedeal trip. We all have our lil intros, this is part of mine. The video is pretty nuts, no thanks to me. I love these guys, and am so happy to of laughed so much with them. #chainwallet #prisonwallet #chucktohead #iusedtoskate #iloveuguys
Yesterday shooting with gonz and Kota and ken. Support Roller and Ripper magazines. These guys are killing themselves to live and bring you the best chopper mags. I've know Gonz for almost 10 years now and he has been nothing but solid and supportive. Once in Japan he took me to the Japanese hotubs and when they saw my terrible tattoos they threw me out in the nude. #4q #oakland #grimraper #rollermagazine #ripper
Oh boy..... Look what's at the corner store. Really want tothanks everyone for coming out to the booth at #bf6, I'm always so flattered and humbled by the support. Sorry no strippers in denim panties working the booth, just a couple ladies I love. Got to see so many faces that have helped me since the beginning. It was nice selling all goods that were USA made. Though last year was kinda rough I commend the show for it's success this year and helping with a sweet booth next to good friends. Congrats to all the builders on finishing some amazing bikes. Tom... Success... Mind blown. Koski completely rad. Bobby...rode from Chicago and won best chopper. I love choppers. So thanks again. Great seeing everyone. #4q I guess u can only tag so many people before it max's out. #beermoney be safe on the travels home.
Did some paint for my buddy @dzwicker beautiful knuckle. I rode thousands of miles next to this bike and hope to do thousands more. It's difficult to do work for your friends because not only do they have to live with it but you do to. Nothing super outside the box on this one, but I like it in the sun, and with all the pearls it's got a different look in the shade. #4qpaint #4q #bowzer #knucklehead
Go watch the Tom Fugle @tomfugle video. Its genuine inspiration. Weather your into how big the show has gotten or how it's evolved, it will be amazing to see this bike. They invited some new folks this year and some backed out but Tom got in there and I can't think of someone that deserves it, or is more dedicated to choppers, shows or not, in vouge or forgotten Tom has stuck to his motto of "ride choppers or fork off". His bike is traditional but completely unique. His quote.... " I don't know why but you either got that talent or you don't have it" is spot on and relevant to all types of crafts or art. I really enjoy that Tom seems to keep this whole chopper scene pure and stays true to his style. Can't imagine it without him. #elforastero #original #tomfugle #choppers #thankyou
Bud. What goes on inside your big head? Shop dog. Skate dog. We rescued this guy a while back and he's the greatest unsolved mystery. He looks like our old dog Buzzard we had when I was a kid before we even knew about the breed. I believe some of each dogs spirit transfers on to the next. #pitbull #cliche #shootdogfighters #rubixcube
Two years ago I finished this bike with help from my buddy @dzwicker for Jay, Jay was nothing but patient and supportive of me and my deal and has remained so. He just went through hell to open up his coffee shop dream @coffeecoffeela in L.A. Check it out if that's your thing. I've always wanted this bike back but it's nice to know it's in solid hands. #panhead #blackpanther #speedballs #4q
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