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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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
TBT taco & burrito thursday , titties & beer thursday, turds & barf thursday.... Throw it back to 91. First Europe real tour, in Milano Italy. These toy mechanical mini sport bikes where everywhere, relpacing the the 25$ pony outside the American grocery store, the Italians leading their youth to the Motorcyle track. Real skateboards let me tag along as an amateur on this trip, I missed my high school graduation, had never left the US, thiebaud got hurt first day and went home, tommy broke his ankle and this lil me had to take their place. It was an unreal time to see so much of Europe for a month when I'd barely seen the USA. Thanks Real. Luke Ogden photo. #realsincedayone #4Q
The top photo is from 1974 out of an old easyriders. The dudes name is Jerry Buttles from Fresno Calif. The middle photo is from the same magazine, it's the tech sheet on the knuckle/shovel he built. I got an email years ago from Jerry Buttles...... But, it was oddly not the above jerry buttles. It was his grandson. He's a skater, and photographer and he wanted to shot some photos of my shop. He came by, quiet and humble. Very nice young man. Before leaving he dropped the bomb on me (ie. the gap band) about his grandpa and his chopper building in Fresno in the 60's. Showing me the top photo on his phone. "Whoa, I have that magazine" "I love that bike" ..... And so it goes. The small world. Pretty cool, deny all link between skating and chopoers,... I used to do it too. So young Jerry has a photo show dealing with his visit to my place. The bottom photo above has the info. It's in brooklyn. @buttles your grandpa he nailed it. Tell him hi. Have a good show.
With all the death around us lately, death that is taking too many too soon. I want to celebrate the passing of my 92 year old grandma. Yesterday she left us and living a full and long life. This photo and this day is one of my fondest and surreal memories of her. On my round trip ride to Ny chris and ken and I had got a lil sidetracked cause I got a front flat the night before, when we woke we wanted off the terrible toll road we were on, we headed aimlessly west and were in some early morning traffic, it lead us next to a river, and alongside old decrepit brick buildings. Oddly thousands of miles from home it all looked familiar. I was born in Pittsburg Pa. But moved when I was 3 and hadn't visited in a decade. But kid memory is strong, and the closer we got to town the more I realized I was so close to where I was born. Three wrong turns and at least that many bridges shot us into a tunnel, I tried to exit but a semi blocked my freeway escape, bolting towards the next available exit I stopped and pulled over to call my mom and see if I was anywhere near were I was born and my grandma still lived..... As I looked up right in front of me, there stood a massive sign with a huge arrow pointing towards the town of Crafton. My first home, and were I spent tree first days of my life. By this time my mom was on the other end of the phone, she explained, surprisingly that I was a mile from my grandma. She said you gotta see her, I said "no shit" a few brick roads and a few minutes later I see my little old grandma waving to me. Her first words to me "look what the cat dragged in" and that's the last time I saw her. I don't believe in God, but I think there are certain powers that lead to certain moments and tugs was one such moment. Completely cosmic. Rip Grandma. Love you. #divineintervention #dieselmechanicswife #pittsburgpa #life #live
There are days i still feel like a young man, everything lines up. Yesterday eve was one such night. I even made the board flip. There are sessions that we'd rather forget and there are others that feel like the purest love. Thanks to @zlewis__ @brandonlasko @awesome_bill_from_dawsonville2 @willhyams and everyone else skating that wooden dinosaur last night. #oakland #verteley #thankyouskateboarding #4q
Big thanks to @roller_magazine for putting this peckerwood on the cover of their new chopper magazine RIPPER. They've always supported my gig and I've aways tried to do the same in return. @gonz_mtng thanks "brother" and @kennagahara I hope this photo gets to some big wig somewhere and they want to pay$ you the big bucks so you can finish your shovel. #tanksalot #wood #rippermagazine #choppershit #imwearingmylogosonallmyclothes #legomylogo #roller
May 1995. -wood street is not a truck route- or last a big sign said so. Lower bottoms of W.Oakland. This was from a real ad in a thrasher that I had the cover, doing a half cab, but looked like an Ollie to fakie. The ad sarcastically stated that the mixing of pitbulls bad fast skateboards could result in serious bodily injury. People and even cops would stop me to say this was cruelty to animals....really? Cause they love it. Just like today people will try to bring you down for doing what you love. The insecure pass the most judgement, because the live tiny little lives. #real #fake #love this was good time in life. @morfordmedia photo
4Q x DICE magazine special issue #54 or #54Q . I got to help with this issues cover design and write a few words. Even shot a photo riding alongside my Mom.50 limited issues will come with a limited skateboard I designed with Real skateboards. And a limited vinyl LP from the bad MFers...... @jason_atr thanks for the thoughtful intro and @kennagahara for the photos. The word "honored" is thrown around like a killer whale throws a baby seal .... So @dicemagazine thanks so much for the chopportunity???? @realskateboards love you guys and thanks for the hustle on the boards. #4q #dicemagazine #4qconditioning #choppershit #oakland
Australia #crocodiledonedeal trip is over, but all the good times still reeling through my head. The first few days are so long and the last days fly by like minutes. All good people and amazing to be around such talent. @anthonymapstone in all my years at this I've never experienced a better tour guide. #kissass all the cold beer did help. My shoulder was killing me and I wish the rain would have been more kind but summer in Australia is too sweet to complain. @samsklub @fourstarclothing love you guys. Thanks. @corykennedy welcome. Thanks for keeping the energy alive and the phawt beats. Amazing. @themachinefiles thanks for sharing your amazing world with me. #skateordie #skateordont #4star #4q #phawtmenchies
Found this old photo folded up under my desk. One of my favorite Oakland skaters @majorjones510 skeet skirtin a backside Ollie under me doing a backside frontside Indy shooto to fakie. At the old Andy's ramp that became about 10 other ramps. I dunno when this was 7rs ago? Ramps gone now but many good times, and one of the heaviest... Being my friend Curtis Hsiang passing there. Here's to livin, down with the bullshit. #oakland #4q #major #townbusiness #chüüto
Spaghetti western. 2 posts in a week, sorry. This one is for rob from eat dust. Eat pasta. Oakland orange, mixed with San Francisco banana on a Belgium waffle. Time machines are real. Quit your day job. Dogs are better than people. #oakland #4q #whydoyoupostsomuchcrap #4369posts #dontdocumenteverything
Here's to a Happy New Year. May you be around real people that give as much as they take, and you enjoy health and happiness. Keep the passions burning and fight the homogenization and conformity of all things you love. Thanks for the people that inspire and help to support 4Q . #4q #2014 #skateanddestroy #rideachopper #itsnotadrag #brainwashvictim #freedom
Digging through tons of memories and just found the Holly Grail of skate videos. Watched this VHS 100000000 times. Got it fot free from @jimthiebaud cause it was "broke". Operated on it for hours, to make it play. Also found this Kareem Cambell 36.5 mm wheel that I always saved to remember how crazy it all got in the 90's. #theblindvideo #gonz #lilguy #vert #nightskating #love #thebestvideoever
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