Max Schaaf Skater Profile
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Hometown: Oakland CA, Stance: Goofy, Age: 42, Status: Pro
Last Update: Friday, March 22, 2013 Submit an Update
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Digging through the old cigar boxes looking for something I'll never find I came across a postcard from @morfordmedia. Labeled Flagstaff 1993. Julien was on real and we were stoked on this little vert wall at this park. Lots of traveling back then, packed into the REAL team van. Someone tried to clown me the other day about not being on some trip that all the young rippers are on........ I had to laugh. If that skate groupie only knew the ride I've been on, he'd know how foolish he sounded. So thankful for the education received all over this world...... But nothing beats some of those first trips were you're just in awe that you're getting sent cool places to skate with the skaters you admire most. #4Q #realskateboards #leantotravel
Didn't make the Brooklyn invitational for the first year since they've had it. This is the shovel I brought two years ago. Single tube up and de rake. Missing Mr. Copeland and friends. How's everyone's hangover? Thinking about my friend Ray Abeyta and missing him too.RIP. It's hot in Oakland today, and I'm polishing a tank sweating to the oldies, wishing I was with @joekingspeedshop helmets drinking a cold one. Safe travels to everyone headed home. #4Q #ridechoppersorforkoff #brooklyninvitational @timberwoolf I stole this photo from you.
Life is for Living. 500+miles with new and old friends. First to Belden Town . thanks Deathtraps for an amazing time ...then over to Nate&Nichol's in Calpine. @lazaruscycleworks @nicho_scott your hospitality was so old fashioned and so kind. It's an unpredictable dance riding with a bunch of old bikes that start with feet and not buttons as well as stopping for gas every hour...... And I love that part of it. It makes you slow down and appreciate the simplicity of these old bikes. First kick heaven or 20 kick hell with everyone staring at you. Your bike is the story teller, and you are at its mercy. In the end we had such an amazing journey 🍄.... The stars were bright and the water low but blue and beautiful. I think everyone of us laughed ourselves into tears at some point on the trip and I almost had to fight an old man that called me a dickhead. Hope everyone gets home safe, enjoy your self. Thanks for the photo Nicole. #4Q #legomyego #notburningman #belden6
Finished some paint for @ernestmccracken. His chopper history runs deep and his grandfathers green Knucklehead chopper has been on my screen for over 6 years. His grandma rode her stroked Panhead with the club when that kind of thing still went down. To say Davey was thankful and grateful would be an understatement. I'm so happy to have my paint on his Panhead. You're a great guy Davey. #4Q #pearlscheib
Till the wheels come off... The ground? Or some other corniness. @dutchmanphotos took this photo years ago (09?) it's the dirt berm on the road to port costa , it's almost impossible not to braaap around in every vehicle I own and friends and relatives vehicles are not to be excluded. I updated the Blog and will try to stay on it. Enjoy life. #4Q
My shovel 2006 when it and I had the blues, before it turned black,.....With some adults handle sprayed in the background on a building that is now bulldozed and has become condos. .... And then there's this Brautigan passage."You hotwire death, get in, and drive away like a flag made from a thousand burning funeral parlors." #4q #4qconditioning beer or coffee
An old friend snuck this photo out in front of the Golden Bull the other night. Breaking in another Hannans top end, the night time is the right time. If my calculations are correct the motor cools down 6.9degrees per ounce of beer so after a 13oz can, we come up with 89.7degrees. That being said at 2 cans per stop we get a 179.4 cool down, which is an optimum cooling temperature. It's a big waistband deep quicksand situation. #notbuzzed #choppernerd #4q
.....out on the weekend, trying to make it pay. We did a few tanks of gas with these two @3gknuck & @hannadawn. Having a good time. Over the bay, through the city, above the ocean, though the hills to visit the woman Neil Young wrote -like a hurricane- about, past Alice's, through the pines, and back across the bay. NBGT. #4q
Vern's motorcycle shop. "Open nights only" was a shop on foothill blvd in East Oakland, way -back in the day- ™. WE'RE #2 SO WE TRY HARDER! ....... If that's not enough, I don't know what is. But to make a long story short, Verns made a kicker pedal way back when out of aluminum and even fewer in bronze. Years ago @rottinrob showed me one his dad had scored in the Bay Area in the 70's. He even let me borrow it for way too long to fondle and caress. In that time I contacted josh at @throwbackcycleparts to see if he'd wanted to make my own version of the pedal. Oddly he had one of the aluminum pedals in his collection. So with a nod to -Vern's Custom- we did -Max's Custom- and 4Q Oakland on the other side. Made here in the USA of the finest cast bronze and stuck one of fab Kevin's heavy duty kickers shafts deeeeep inside. So.... There you have it, entry level chopper dude product but with some history and a non goofy shape. I'm real happy with the outcome and thanks josh and mike for their help and rob for the loan way back. Available next week on the blog store thing. Didn't make a ton because it's not cheap. But if they do well I'll make more. Thanks guys. #4q #oakland
Happy 5th of July. Here's 15secs pulled from a small video project @markchoiniere have been working on for months when we had spare time. It's not sponsored by anyone or promoting anything more than the things that inspire us.... Skateboarding, motorcycles, paint, photography, bad humor and other labels people might use to generically sum up their passions. There's a few things on my skateboard I hadn't done in a decade that made me feel like crying (Pisces), that are no big deal by today's standards, but for me felt really good. I go through ups and downs with the things I love, I guess that's true for the people I love too.... So maybe this is kind of like a thanks to those things and those people. People like @realskateboards & @fourstarclothing that have always let me be me, disappearing acts included. So check it out please and hopefully soon mark and I will have some more to show. #4q #thegameoflife
You ever one of those long weekends that felt like a week in the midst of it, but when it's over it feels like a flash? The last few months have been brutal, trying to finish two bikes and keep my sanity. Not sure if I accomplished that. I finished the knucklehead on Monday, broke it in and on Wednesday took it 400 miles south. The whole ride was a bizarre feeling, like trying not to get too attached to a hot one night stand. The bike ran great, and I started to fall in love a bit. In the end knowing one $25 dollar ticket would win it. I dreamt a woman would win it, and that's exactly what happened. The bike did welcome me with a front flat tire on the highway outside of Watsonville and some roadside repair. It felt so good to finally have the wind on my face and to be sitting on something that was in pieces not long ago on top of that riding next to one of my best friends @dzwicker who's talent and confidence is truly amazing. Always more give than take. Thanks you big bawse. Safe ride home. As far as the show goes, you have a skewed view of it, misjudge it, hate on it, use the word hipster...... Or you can ride there, get inspired by the unlimited amount of talent, hug your buds, make some friends, have a soda, milk, or brewskis. It's what you make of it and I thank @mikedavis70 @largehandsgrant for involving me in the building of the giveaway bike. It was really cool, and I do it again. To see the smile on friends @3gknuck & @hannadawn faces to get picked to go to Japan was the best along with my friend @jason_atr so happy for you all. To everyone that came by the booth to say hi, or grab something I give you the highest high five and thank you... It's humbling every year. Big 💙 thanks to @rachelcubed @danannpatrick for running my booth and letting mindlessly ramble at strangers. Thanks @oblivioussurroundings for the on the road photo. Thanks to the CHP for reminding us you're bored, out of shape, and horny for choppers. @antihero1976 thanks for the floor space @akachatty the hospitality. It's what you make of it, sometimes it's harsh, but it's good to stick with what you love and make it cool. #4q #bf7
These are the two bikes I'm taking down to born free. I'll be riding the knuckle down And the winner of the #bornfreegiveaways will take it home. I've been breaking in the motor the last two nights and have zero complaints about it. The Panhead is for my buddy @brad0667 who has really been a good friend thought out the whole build, as well as @dzwicker who is always the best last minute wing man. Choppers are still forking cool and fun and I enjoy the building process so much..... Though the last two weeks have been so taxing and " I'm over it" has ran though my head more than once. All things that involve creativity and love should back you against that wall. It'd be too easy otherwise. #bf7 #4q
Dream Weaver is on the loose. Went to visit la bambino J and take the little triumph for a rip. Building this bike for and with my buddy, was a high time. We wiped off some dust and it came to life second kick, though I almost crashed first corner when I tried to brake by pushing down on the shifter. Those whacky Brits. Thanks buddy. #4q #babyj #bangersandmash
-You don't want the world, you just want the pics. media junkies, you'd die for a fix. - Hello. This is the top of the sissy for the other bike I'm building right now. It's a Panhead for my good friend Brad. He's lived one hell of a life and seen it from gutters to tree tops. He's been cool enough to let me spend way too long on stuff like this, that i cut out with simple tools. If all goes well he'll be riding this bike down to #bf7 with me. Really excited to see the two bikes out in the wild. #crass #4q #wangchung
Cool shadow and a couple details on this born free give away bike. I've been having the best time working on bikes again, was in slump for over year, since I moved my shop. Feels really good to be getting out of it ....just have to remember to eat and drink water and avoid staring at the ceiling from 3-6am. Wether it's skating or bikes or being the worst surfer in Northern California when you're inspired by your passions it's such a good place to be. #bf7 #bf7giveaways #4q
That time of day when the golden light pours into the one window in the shop.....I stop what I'm doing, and take it in. Today simultaneously Bud spotted a fly and followed it into the golden rays. Today felt good, I finished buttoning up the #bf7 giveaway knucklehead motor. Check #bf7giveaways to see it. #hooters #hashtags #4q
2010 somewhere between NY&Oakland. Misty morning, clear mind. 69 motor, 54 frame, 2 wheels one carb. Equipped with a tent and a bag of tools. I have a lot of respect for bikes like this because they've served me well. Simple Harley choppers that like to run, but that being said I really love traditional hamburgers with American cheese on them too. It's hard to imagine straying from these traditional styled bikes, I hope to ride them for many years to come. I'm sure my body will quit long before they do. Enjoying the ride escaping technology and being a complete hypocrite with a miniature computer in my pocket. #4q #judgesandjury #america
Here is a shot of a little video I made with @markchoiniere There's a link on my 4Q blog. I'm building a 1946 Harley-Davidson knucklehead chopper for this summers born-free 7 Motorcyle show. You can win it for $25bucks,bones or clams.... Whatever you call them. #maudelebowski I will be riding the bike to the show and some lucky duck can leave on it. It's going to be a simple rideable knuckle. It's not part of the invited builders bikes so it will have more of a used look, but be completely rebuilt and solid. By the way if you know anyone building a bike for the show......be kind to them. That experience is intense, one never has enough time, it's expensive and a really heavy challenge. Bring them a sandwich, keep them hydrated, be a solid friend and help clean their shop. Think.... Advil, water, beer, lower back rubs, clean socks, maybe even a reach around. But seriously, be a friend. I'll keep you posted on the bike, I just finished lacing the wheels. Stay tuned #bf7giveaways #4q not a #diatribe
"My sister the expert photographer" "pfft notice she decided to chop my head off" mumbled my friend and mentor -Moochie- This was taken some time in the mid 70's in Vallejo Ca. His son and nephew perched on his 67 shovelhead "the Joker". It's rare to find a man that can be honest, humble, proud, crass, kind, talented, tough, but sensitive..... But above all those things, an original and an inspiration. He does all my pin striping on all my paint jobs. Some are great some are shaky some are thin and some are fat. But they are all human, and they all have character. I'd want it no other way. Feel so fortunate to know people like this. This picture hangs on the fridge in his garage and it catches my eye every time. #4q #location #makeandmodel #fullbusinessname
Definitely not my first tailslide, but definitely the first time on a BBQ with a pig grilling on it. Couple weeks back in Pismo at the #vertjungle. Great times skating with my friends and getting to see @downsouthinhell skate in person is always unreal. Thanks to @realskateboards and @fourstarclothing for your love throughout all these years. #4q #bbq 📷carbral
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