UNDERGROUND DIARIES

Before there was Dogtown Ink there was Yahoo News Underground. At least where DI's Chief Instigator is concerned. Following are posts featuring Underground output...with a touch of contextual commentary.

I'm a Big Filker!

I’m a Big Filker!

I made a major self-discovery while attending the 64th Annual World Science Fiction Convention: I’m a big filker! At least in spirit I’m a big filker. There is some question whether one may be considered a filker without actually filking with other filkers. Which I never got around to doing at the WorldCon.

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Just Drift at Willow Springs Speedway

Just Drift at Willow Springs Speedway

In this vid, I’m taken drifting at Willow Springs Budweiser Balcony track by Charlie Ongsingco and John TK of Los Angeles/Las Vegas-based Just Drifit organization. We’re accompanied by a nice loop by Dirk.

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Pink Godzira

Pink Godzira Drift Club

Brian Harte and the Pink Godzira drift club, a loose and amusing collective of young SoCal drift enthusiasts I met at Willow Springs Speedway in the high desert.

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Who's the Tuners, G?

Who’s the Tuners, G?

This is the vid I’d figured would lead the import scene coverage. Josh Payton, who was responsible for anything you liked about how the Underground site looked, shot some of the HIN footage. Josh focused largely on the spokesmodels, in keeping with the general spirit of the event.

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Import Scene: Hi-Actane, Multi-Culti, Custom-Car Culture Cluster#%$!

Import Scene: Hi-Octane, Multi-Culti, Custom-Car Culture Cluster#%$!

When it comes to Asian fusion, Wolfgang Puck has nothing on the import scene. By which I mean the custom car culture mash-up of Japanese cool, cars and motor sports, homegrown hip-hop and throbbing speed metal, drift cars and drag racing, tricked-out spokesmodels and homeboy car clubs, crotch rockets and rice burners, wide-body show cars, rampant commercialism, cosmetic body kits, pumping adrenaline and raging testosterone.

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On Standing Downwind of a Tire Fire

On Standing Downwind of a Tire Fire (or autoerotic asphyxiation)

Don’t pretty much all mobile organisms with a lick of sense, particularly those that respire, flee toxic plumes of rubber smoke? Such thoughts raced through my head as a whirling wall of tire smoke, car exhaust and track funk engulfed me, obscuring drift cars, mere feet away, careening sideways around Irwindale Speedway.

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Tribute Bands -- They're Unreal!

Tribute Bands – They’re Unreal!

Minikiss, Led Zepplica, LEZ Zeppelin, The Sex Pistols Experience, Cubensis, Thai Elvis, AC-DSHE, Iron Maidens…people, we’re talking mock rock with Marshalls on 11…because that’s louder than 10.

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Thai Elvis

Thai Elvis: Currying Favor With the King

If there’s an Elvis in heaven, Kavee Thongprecha is the guy he wants paying him tribute. Kavee, aka Thai Elvis, aka Kevin, worships the King…
literally.

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MiniKiss: Live at Pechanga! (Well, sort of live)

MiniKiss: Live at Pechanga! (Well, sort of live)

I first heard about MiniKiss when a neighbor returned from a night out in Hollywood with foggy memories of having ended the evening by sucking face with a little dude (she may have used the M-word) from a Kiss tribute band comprised entirely of little dudes.

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This is Tribute Band Land

This is Tribute Band Land

Whatever happened to cover bands, you ask? Tribute bands, that’s what. I don’t know if they’re exactly a subculture. Maybe their followers are. But what a kick in the butt to cover. And how easy? Throw a rock pretty much anywhere in America and you’re going to hit one Led Zepplica or other.

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