Max Schaaf Skater Profile
Sponsors: Real, Fourstar
Hometown: Oakland CA, Stance: Goofy, Age: 42, Status: Pro
Last Update: Friday, March 22, 2013 Submit an Update
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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
Fail back Saturday. "The Human Head" from bf3. This photo haunts me daily. It represents me trying to "get out of my comfort zone" and "take it to the next level" and failing. The engine was temperamental, and underpowered, the front and rear cylinder just couldn't seem to work together. The handmade -beer can- ™ rocker tins leaked like hell every 30 days. Then with me placed on top of this dream machine it turned into a ménage à trios gone horribly wrong. So I sold my CNC and burned my CAD blueprints. Currently I'm trying to sell a dozen t shirts and piece together some shitty old knucklehead. I've learned so much through all this, thanks for all your feedback. I don't even want to ride anymore because I don't think anyone understands me and my vision. To quote X-Ray Spex -my mind is a plastic bag.- #4q #choppershit #shitchopper
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
My little -BRO-. After 6 months of rest he's almost ready to be back on the road. Like a true bro he decided to drop a valve seat in the driveway and not on the bridge or in the middle of nowhere. Thanks to Hannans machine shop in Hayward for the machine work on the heads and seat repair. They also have #bf7giveaways knuckle top end. #coolstorybro #4q #underengineering
Congratulations to my Mom aka Ramona from The Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. Her club just got voted best small nightclub in SF. For over 20yrs I've watched her pour heart and soul into her club, she's booked almost every single band that ever stood on stage. She'd never tell me because she's too humble, but I got this text. "Hey max I can't meet you for lunch today, I partied a little too much last night, we were awarded best small music venue" At 65yrs young I can't think of anyone that inspires me more. #bottomofthehill #gomom #livemusic
Jake phelps and I. Nuts to butts. 1993. I was a Mexican landscaper by day and a honky skateboarder the rest of the time. My moms place, west Oakland. 50ft ceilings, parachute above the kitchen to keep the dust off the dishes, 6000sq feet for $800 a month. My room to the left. #honky #WSO #pinestmob #4q @morfordmedia or @originalbk photo?
Happy Birthday to my Pisces brother @jason_atr. Some people seem to change with the wind and some own who they are. Jason has always been the later of those two. An amazing father and a humble soul along with a top notch sense of humor..... It's really hard not to like him. Thanks for always being a good friend and brother. Wishing the best. #4qatr #skateboarder #chopperkook
Sunday morning slumming around. With @humphriesphoto and @rachelcubed Portland Oregon. Stopped by the -one Moto show- found it Friday, lost Saturday, Sunday morning at Mary's. Thanks to @forgash_unofficial for all the hospitality. @dzwicker and @mediocre_mon for the party and good times. #csectionscars #4q #pain #shiftdenied @potlickers cheers
Happy Birthday Jim Thiebaud. Almost 30yrs ago I went to a demo at oakland tech, as I walked up the first thing I saw was you doing a Ho-Ho in skull pants with a doo-rag on. How could I not become a fan. This photo is from about that time, I got this photo of you in a box of Curtis's belongings after he died(cutis: pictured far left of deck in suspenders). Thanks for being a mentor and an inspiration. Sessions at your ramp, and those drives home from vans are beautiful memories.... So many beers and a few tears. You're a solid friend to me and so many others, not to mention an amazing father and husband. Thanks Jim, you got a drive like no one I know, and I can't think of anyone that cares more about skateboarding than you. Im so fortunate to have been a part of Real since day one, and so glad my mom said it was ok for me to ride for Real that day you and TG asked me. Haha. Have the best day. Love you man. #thankyoujimt #littlejimmyrancid @jimthiebaud
You can win the Knucklehead but I need the dog. For $25 bucks this thing could be taken home from born free 7. My dog and I will start the build soon, then when finished I will ride it to the show, and if it's your lucky day you can take it home. It will be yours..... For less than a good steak dinner. Complete running chopper built around a 1946 knuckle motor. It's pretty forking crazy. It trips me out just typing this. So go to the born free site and buy some tickets and win this thing. If you're still reading this Thank you. Thanks to born free for making this happen. Check it out @bornfreeshow #bf7giveaways #4q #25dollarchopper
Last week was a good skate week, because this week I can still skate. My buddy @brianfick spontaneously shot the lein air at one of last weeks sessions. We've been having some fun ones. Days in the shop, evenings at the ramp.... And at night I drive around looking for that swimming pool from the movie cocoon filled with the alien pods and it's fountain of youth waters. #cocoon #4q @realskateboards @fourstarclothing
15 years ago today I watched this completely original and passionate man die. It's very rare that a day goes by that I don't think of his influence on me and the inspiration he brought to so many of us. He continues to be a person I completely look up to and when the real world is shit I talk to him in the ghost world. Sometimes the amazing ones just get snatched up first, but they leave us with so much. Thanks for all the fire and your unique outlook on life. #curtishsiang 100% @originalbk 📷
Started the day with keith haring at the deyoung. Lots of inspiration. Was lucky enough as a kid to get a stack of haring posters from my Dad.... I haphazardly used them all for school book covers. Hard to believe the amount of work he left behind for someone that died at 32. #smilingfaces #snakewithashake #keithharing
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
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