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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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
Awesome afternoon. Taught @ishod how to ride a motorcycle with a clutch so he and @jakedonnelly could re shoot the old real add of mark gonz and I from 15+ years ago. Of course they killed it and took it a step further but you'll have to wait and see! @realskateboards and @Jim thiebaud have such a good thing going. So proud to be a part of it since day one. #savages #youtakecareofthosethattookcareofyou #sincedayone #hugemotorcycle
To live and die in Brazil. Riding with these three guys @ara_v @joekingspeedshop @dklaj over the weekend. I have a new respect for anyone that rides in São Paulo... Beyond intense, like if New York City riding was a joint, the São Paulo one was dipped in pcp. We rode 5 hours to get to the mountains... 2 hours were spent on the freeways battling cars and "Moto boys" that ride like complete maniacs. Oh and I was two up on a 70's shovel bagger. Within 5 minutes I got cut off and skidded that pig 20ft missing a car by a hair. The experience was beyond repo man intensity, top5 of life. But who gets an opportunity like this. I'm so thankful. So thanks to them and @edu_mendes for the long distance friendship and all you did. I killed the bagger on the way home, and finished on an Evo chopper that felt as lite and nimble as an sr500. Thanks guys. I'll write a better story and put some photos on my blog. #biglooseengina #badgas #noshowjustride
Happy Birthday Day to a real bro, Dylan @dzwicker the best "road dawg" and friend a guy could have. One of the ones that gives more than he takes and remains real in world of fakes. This photo was taken last year in Wyoming heading into Yellowstone on the way back from @tomfugle efmc 50th party. Unforgettable times. Have the best day dude and thank you for your friendship and being the most talented , humble, original dude. #knucklehead #choppers #skateboarder #4qconditioning #broski
It's always an honor and a blast to be a part of the Brooklyn invitational bike show. Never get enough time to talk to people or soak it all in. Thanks to @johncopelandstudio @keinocycles @jeffreymschad you guys always make it such a welcome experience. @manboywolf @chrismumma @dayzze thanks for getting this old man out on the hateboard. @joekingspeedshop sorry I slapped you. @sebastianrebta2 my shirt was tucked in all day today.
They surprised us and opened the bridge last night at 10pm. We motored the 38 down there and waited in a pack of revving bikes for the cops to open the on ramp. Cover the plate run the toll plaza and onto the new span. Feels like the future. Duty now. Gravel kicking up everywhere. #oakland #baybridge #oneofthefirst #knucklehead
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