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PUBLISHED / NEW CLIENT : LATER mag / ISSUE 7 : Cessna Surf Exploring

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A 6 page feature story that I wrote with Rory Bushfield and Mason Mashon for LATER mag just got released! This publication has always been in my sights to work for because of their rich history in the extreme sports publishing game and this is also a) the first time Mashon and I have worked together since the release of Fodder Magazine in 2010 b) the first time I have had a chance to work with Bushy, a hell of a chap and c) it got me on the same masthead as Dave Carnie, a formidable influence who I’ve always been a huge fan of. All things considered, I’m very happy to see this drop! Here’s a snippet but make sure to grab the issue. The content of LATER is never predictable or standard, the layout is always coffee-table worthy and the distribution is really wide so any local skate, surf, Chapters / Indigo should have them. Follow us on instagram for all that good good: @latermag @ben_wannamaker @mason_mashon and @bushywane

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Dreamy as it sounds, the hazards are prevalent when Mashon and Bushfield take to the sky, where autopilot couldn’t be further from an option. “Safety wise, I check everything out within the plane and engine before the flight,” Bushfield adds. “But with that said, we almost flew right into the tail of 
a giant breaching whale one time. Old Frogsbreath isn’t built for soft and short landings and takeoffs. Or beach landings. I think she only landed on pavement before I owned her. Although, at the right time of day, a beach can feel just like pavement. It’s hard to know until you commit. We throw rocks at the beach from the plane and if we see them rolling, it’s a good sign.”

Dodging whale tails isn’t the only time Cessna surf hunting requires wit. Mason, the navigator, claims, “We flew Frogsbreath out to a remote beach to camp and surf for five days, and we nearly drowned the plane in the tide. I drowned my camera in its housing and we almost ran out of provisions because the fog wouldn’t let us leave. I’ll never forget that trip.”

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PUBLISHED : Herd Magazine Ottawa / Toronto / Montreal : 8 pages of Music Writing

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This is 6/8 pages from the freshly released issue 8 of Herd Mag. They are based in Ottawa but have since been expanding across Ontario and Quebec! Super proud to be a contributor to this amazing publication as well as to have some words about music published in such a reputable place.

Framed Prints for Sale :: “Demystifying Givens and Overcoming the Diagnosis”

New prints available. Each one is 1/1 and will not be re-printed. 8.5″x 10.5″ on sustainable all natural card stock. The series contains 14 pieces and all are signed, dated and framed behind glass. 50$ each, 80$ for two or 100$ for three.  Email Bentevents@gmail.com for inquiry with the subject “Overcoming the Diagnosis.”

image3 (7) “Challange the Talented” and “OOPS” have been SOLD

image1 (10) “Failure is Developing” has been SOLD

image2 (8) “Songs Ring Loudest” & “Move like you’re dying” & “ADULTS ONLY” have been SOLD

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WORK IN PROGRESS : Second draft of “Steal Away, Golden Calf”

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30,000 words and four years later, the manuscript of my first piece of long fiction has been wrapped up. Now it’s off to trusted confidants for initial remarks and critique before I refine the third and hopefully final draft.

PUBLISHED / NEW CLIENT : FRANCE based INTERNATIONAL ART, SKATE, CULTURE mag : JACKER MAG

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Just been published in France! Very excited to be adding Jacker Magazine to my client list and another example of ‘art writing’ to my portfolio. Have a look at the link below for my first piece of published work exclusively on the subject of graffiti. See my entire interview with the incomparable GROM and grab the crisply designed and laid out hard copy in quality skate shops, coffee shops, music stores and speciality magazine distributors internationally. SEE THE WHOLE STORY AND CHECK OUT JACKER MAG HERE : http://www.jackermag.com/the-incredible-story-of-groms-monsters.htm?lang=en

Here’s a taste :

J: Your use of manipulated pop culture symbols (Ren and Stimpy, The Simpsons, Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill, Family Guy, South Park etc…) could elude to a personal philosophy that you’re trying to translate through your work. Why does ‘dementing’ icons seem to be a theme for you?

GROM: Honestly, I didn’t think about my art like that. If you or other people want to try to explain my stuff? Go for it. I never know what I’m doing or how it’s going to end up. But if you or other people have an idea about my work and, let’s say, it’s a good idea, I’ll just say: ‘oh yea, you’re right! [laughs] oh yea, you’re right!” I’m still trying to figure it out myself. All I know is that I’m just going to try and keep it real for a long time and I want my work to be everywhere. That’s it. I mean, because of painting trains, people actually think I’ve been places where I’ve never been! And that scale takes more effort and thought than blatantly getting up, too. ‘Being up’ is more of an ego thing, and to me, it’s just not important enough. Being creative, inspirational and unique is a whole different thing.

J: Some say that within the graffiti world “for some, the allure of being caught is part of the draw.” How do you respond to that?

GROM: It’s absolutely not exciting and it’s actually extremely stressful. There’s so much boredom and money that, in Calgary, cops are basically paid to use photos to gather information and get people to snitch on each other. Then they break your door down with ten cops, try to take your computer and your parents computer – but there wasn’t any evidence at my house so that was good [laughs] – that’s why it can be so stressful. But then I come here (Vancouver) and nobody cares. When I was unknown it was all a little exciting, but now that I’m balancing between legal and illegal, my social life stays completely away from it. I’ve come really far now: I’m getting known. And for the past five years cops have been trying to get me. If I flaunted my personal life – like a lot of people in graffiti do these days – I would have already been charged with more illegal pieces and counts than I want to mention

PUBLISHED : Feature / Cover Story : SBC SKIER 14.3 : AUSLANDERS

A good friend said ‘way to star in your own film, Ben.’ Is it too much? Regardless, I’m super proud to have the images and words featuring me / of mine, released in such a stellar publication as SBC SKIER with Jeff Schmuck and Leslie Anthony at the helm. Both action shots on the upper page (180 safety to flat and tree wallie safety)are of me, by photographer Andreas Eder and the lifestyle of me and Sebastian Fischer drinking was taken by Tom Winter. (RIP FREEZE MAGAZINE) All were produced in Austria. All last winter. The travelogue is mine and the issue is in stores internationally NOW!

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Cover / Contributor for Independent Skier Magazine issue 2.1

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Go download this on your iphone or ipad now! It’s a revolutionary new type of ski-media from the brainchild of FREEZE magazine, Tom Winter. Click this link to get started http://www.tinyurl.com/muuzuhp !! Can’t believe I’m on the cover with one of my best friends on the planet, Adam Lynam. The image was taken in 2007, and to see it released in this format, now, is a wonderful full-circle feeling. Looks like I’m starting to monopolize the ‘Breakable Crust’ column in this publication too!

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