Q:I just wanted to stop by and say that you are wonderful and I enjoy the pictures (and video) of you skateboarding. I love you, kind stranger. :)
Awe thanks. Tomorrow I’m actually skating most of the day at a venue called Rocketown in Nashville TN. I’ll be sure to post videos of me busting my butt.
Q:Soo i reached out to you because im very interested in doing what you do haha
Haha eating? Well…just open your mouth and shove anything eatable in it. That’s what I do at least.
Q:Carlossss!!!! Did you go to South Miami Senior High? Because I saw your video on instagram skating outside of it and that's the school I go to and it'd be pretty fucking awesome if you had gone there too...
Naw I graduated from Hialeah Senior High School. I just went skating there cause those stairs are gnarly
Q:de donde eres?
De Matanzas, Cuba.
Q:How do you get photo passes when you're just starting out taking pictures at shows??
You become really good friends with the people that work there :)
Q:What are some things that you enjoy or things you would be stoked to receive while on tour?
Books/Graphic Novels or Oreos.
Today I have decided to take a break from all social media. At the moment I am having a hard time coping with several issues and I think its best to dedicate time to myself. I’m not sure how long ill be gone, but chances are if you’re reading this it means I’ve returned
April 4th – 2014
Today I woke up to 3 missed calls, 2 voice mails and 13 text messages. That’s about 3 more calls, 2 more voicemails and 13 more text messages than I usually get. There is no doubt that these are a result of the photo I posted online yesterday. The temptation to reply to all of these was overwhelming but I stuck with it and went on with my day. I don’t purposely mean to ignore people while I’m gone, but I also don’t want to fool myself into thinking that I’m sticking with my plan while at the same time keeping up to date with everybody. The purpose of leaving social media was to focus on myself and spend time with people in the real world, not throw myself a pity party and bathe in the concerns of others that have noticed by absence.
Around 10am I asked my buddy Joe to drive me down to this free skate park about 8 miles down the road. I had been wanting to get away/relax for the past couple of days and skating helps me with that. Back in Miami we have very few skate parks let alone any free ones. There are a couple of DIY spots like the abandoned marine stadium but that doesn’t compare to California. The amount of support this state provides for the skateboarding community is seriously untouchable and when I got to the park I was stoked.
I skated the park till around 1pm, I would’ve stayed longer but I had a 3-hour skate/walk journey back to the house. An hour walk into my trip back I ran across a Starbucks and went in for a drink. The entire hour walk was uphill so coming across the green mermaid as well as receiving a compliment on my mustache from the cashier was pretty dope. I continued my trip after slurping every ounce of liquid left in my cup; This part of the trip I enjoyed a little more than the previous. Not only was most of it downhill (so I got to skate instead of waking) but there was also a Smashburger and a Walmart about 45 minutes in and that’s where I made my second stop.
At the Smashburger I got myself a nice filling meal and decided to see who called me earlier in the day. I wasn’t quite sure if it would’ve been my mom or whatever so I checked and called one of them back. I was tempted to see who were the people that text me but I reminded myself that it was all going to be okay. For many years before me civilization went on without constant communication and there is no reason why today should be any different. Once my meal had settled I got my skateboard and finished my travels.
I arrived back at Joes house around 4:30 to find everyone in his band and crew just hanging out in the driveway. They were all preparing for a photo-shoot and doing some finishing touches on the bus. I went ahead and installed my bunk curtain with some supplies I picked up at the Walmart earlier after I ate Smashburger. We were all scheduled to leave for The Hollow Bodies Tour the next day so whatever needed to be done, had to be done ASAP.
April 5th – 2014
Today I didn’t do much aside form count merch for tour. The manger for the band I’m working came by the house and dropped some designs off and so I sorted them out. At the moment I’m just lying in my bunk and will probably fall asleep soon.
April 6th – 2014
Today I woke up around 3 am. Shortly after passing out last night I was right back to being awake and had lost all desire to sleep. I got out of my bunk and told our driver that he could take a break if he’d like. He had been driving for about 4 hours now and I was more than okay to drive a shift. We pulled into a LOVES truck stop and that’s pretty much when my day began. I took a shower for the first time in 6 days and it felt awesome. I also trimmed my beard and had a hot dog, I wasn’t really hungry but a dollar dog was too good to pass. Once clean and fat I got on the bus and began my drive.
About 2 hours into my drive I got to see one of my favorite views. Sometimes when driving from Cali to AZ you can catch pure darkness in your review mirror and nothing but light in front of you. It’s hard to explain but I absolutely love it. As a bonus there was a train hauling what seemed like a never-ending amount of carts just next to me. That together with the lighting and the thoughts of traveling across the country just by hopping from train to train was more than enough to keep me entertained.
I drove till about 7am before deciding to stop at a Home Depot to pick up two 8 foot racks to display my merch on. Today was the first off show for the guys and I needed something to mount shirts on. It’s a bit hard to explain what I’m talking about but if you’ve ever been to a show you might have an idea. After grabbing the racks I drove for about another hour before stopping at a Walmart. This Walmart stop however was AWESOME. The shopping center had Starbucks, BurgerKing, Wendys, MacDonalds, In n Out and anything else you could imagine. Most of the guys were still sleeping when I got there but in time everyone woke up and we all had lunch together.
It is now 8pm and I’m writing this entry at the show today. I usually write this at the end of my day but I have a feeling immediately after the show tonight I’m hitting the bed. I’ve now been awake since 3am and I can notice my exhaustion in my writing. I just re read all of today’s entry and it sounds like a 4th grader wrote it. Not that there’s anything wrong with 4th graders but being 22 id like to hold myself to a certain standard. Anyway, I’ve blabbered enough today. Night.
April 7th – 2014
As of today the number of notifications above my “text” icon on my iPhone is over 40. I have not been paying much attention to my cell lately and I’m starting to like it. Today however while eating breakfast at Waffle House I did pick up my phone and replied to a good friend of mine who I had not spoken with in a bit. One of the things I’m noticing the most about the absence of social media / constant communication is my emotions towards others (in a good way). Before this I will honestly admit it was almost impossible for me to miss someone. I’m not a harsh person nor grumpy, but when I talk/see people every day (Instagram/twitter/tumblr) its hard for me to long for them.
After breakfast we got back on the bus and drove to a truck stop about 3 hours east. We spent most of our afternoon at a truck stop in between Tucson and El Paso. The guys and I pretty much did a little bit of everything while there. Worked out, skated, took photos (btw jump rope is haaard. Like seriously, doing it fast like those boxers on t.v. That’s no joke). Once physically exhausted from all the fooling around I made my way to my bunk and read a little. I wouldn’t consider myself a big reader but I do my best, especially when it comes to graphic novels. V for Vendetta, From Hell, Watchmen, The Dark Knight, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, The Walking Dead, MAUS etc. I’ve read them all. Today I started on Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I tried to read this on my last tour but never got around to it and so today that’s what I did.
After reading the first couple of stories I put the book down and for some reason was stoked on the idea of letters. Like actually writing letters to people, you know? Nowadays that’s a weird concept but the idea of writing down your thoughts and feeling for someone to read was making me smile. Just imagine getting home and there is this paper with words that were physically written down by someone you know, that’s awesome. Anyway I don’t want to ramble about writing letters for too long but yeah, I wrote a letter.
April 8th – 2014
Today was the first official day of The Hollow Bodies tour. The show overall was pretty dope but sales sucked. Kids were pumped on every band but when it came to picking up merch nobody seemed to have money. Its been a while since I’ve worked such a slow night so it really got me down. At the end of the night I had sold so little that I was able to pack up in record time. I actually left so fast that nobody even had a chance to collect the merch fee.
After I was all packed and good to go for the night I went in my bunk and read a little. Reading didn’t last long though; just under an hour of driving we got stopped at a checkpoint. Usually you get asked questions like “where are you guys going/coming from” and “is everyone on the vehicle a u.s citizen”? But for some reason this time we got asked to step out the bus. Apparently the drug dog smelled something and they had to come and inspect. Situations like these are always weird for me because I myself don’t drink/do drugs or partake in anything that might change my personality/way of thinking in any way. All the guys promised they didn’t have anything and so after maybe 15 minutes they let us go.
Once back on the bus I checked for all my things. Money/Camera/Computer etc. All of it was still there. I don’t believe the officers would steal something but you can never be too careful. It is now pretty darn late and I’m sleepy/hungry. The highway we are on has absolutely no stops for the next hour so I’ll jus have to deal with it.
April 9th – 2014
Lubbock, TX is where we spent the day today and it was not half bad. The venue had plenty of merch area for all the bands and a super helpful staff. The one thing I would have done without though is the indoor smoking. It blows my mind that it is still legal to allow people to smoke indoors. By the end of the day I smelled like an ashtray and was probably 5 years closer to death.
Aside from the smoking though the night went well. The band made twice the amount of money they made the previous night and had a great crowd response. Tomorrow we play San Antonio and Shannon is coming out to hang. Im real nervous.
Where you can find me in the upcoming months.
April 8 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
April 9 - Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Sports Cafe & Backroom
April 10 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
April 11 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
April 12 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
April 14 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
April 15 - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
April 16 - Atlanta, GA @ Heaven At The Masquerade
April 17 - Saint Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
April 18 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
April 19 - Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
April 20 - Charlotte, N.C @ Tremont Music Hall
April 22 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Altar Bar
April 23 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
April 24 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of The Living Arts
April 25 - New York, N.Y @ Irving Plaza Powered By Klipsch
April 26 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
April 27 - Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
April 29 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House Concert Venue
April 30 - London, ON @ London Music Hall
May 1 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
May 2 - Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
May 3 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
May 4 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
May 6 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
May 7 - Salt Lake City,UT @ Club Sound
May 9 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 10 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
May 11 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
May 13 - Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
May 14 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
May 15 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater
May 16 - Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
May 17 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
May 18 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
May 20 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall - Indoor Stage
May 21 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
May 23 - Boston, MA @ Palladium
May 24 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
May 25- Allentown, PA @ Crockrock Cafe
May 27 - Springfield, Va @ Empire
May 28 - Greensboro, NC @ Tequilla Jack’s
May 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 30 - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy
June 1 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
June 3 - El Paso, TX @ Epic Bar
June 4 - Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
June 5 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
June 7 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
June 13 - Houston, TX @ Reliant Center Parking Lot
June 14 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
June 15 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
June 17 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
June 18 - Mesa, AZ @ Quail Run Park
June 19 - Las Vegas, NV @ Luxor Lot
June 20 - Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex
June 21 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 22 - Ventura, CA @ Seaside Park
June 25 - Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 26 - Wheatland, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 28 - Southeast Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
June 29 - Portland, OR @ Portland Expo Center Parking Lot
July 02 - Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 03 - Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
July 04 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 05 - Montreal, QC @ Parterre Île Notre Dame at Parc Jean-Drapeau
July 06 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Concert Center
July 08 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 09 - Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
July 10 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center (formerly Comcast Center)
July 11 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
July 12 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater
July 13 - Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre (Formerly Comcast Theatre)
July 15 - Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
July 16 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 17 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
July 18 - Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 19 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 20 - Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park
July 22 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 23 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
July 24 - Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 25 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park
July 26 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 27 - Orlando, FL @ Central Florida Fairgrounds
July 28 - Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
July 29 - Nashville, TN @ Tennessee State Fairgrounds
July 30 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
July 31 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
August 2 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark
August 3 - Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Feeling like a fucking giant piece of shit right now…
Warped Tour 2014
Breath Carolina -
Falling in Reverse -
For Today -
Four Year Strong -
Less Than Jake -
Mayday Parade -
Motionless In White -
The Devil Wears Prada -
The Ghost Inside -
The Story So Far -
The Summer Set -
We The Kings -
Born of Osiris -
Chelsea Grin -
Crown The Empire -
Every Time I Die -
For All Those Sleeping -
Ghost Town -
Ice Nine Kills -
Stray From The Path -
The Color Morale -
The Word Alive -
Bad Rabbit -
Cute Is What We Aim For -
Saves The Day -
The Main -
The Protomen -
The Ready Set -
This Wild Life -
We Are The In Crowd -
Air Dubai -
Beebs And Her Money Makers -
Real Friends -
Captain Capa -
DJ Nicola Bear -
DJ Scout -
MC. Chris -
Bit Grit -
One Ok Rock -
Pacific Dub -
A Skylit Drive -
Cursed Sails -
Chunk No, Captain Chunk -
Courage My Love -
I Fight Dragons -
Lost In society -
Tear Out The Heart -
A Lot Like Birds -
Get Scared -
Heart To Heart -
I The Mighty -
Icon For Hire -
Neck Deep -
Plague Vendor -
Scare Don’t Fear -
State Champs -
Survive This! -
Teenage Bottlerocket -
Anthony Raneri (Bayside) -
Brian Marquis -
Elder Brother -
Front Porch Step -
Light Years -
Nick Santino ( A Rocket To The Moon )
Rob Lynch -
Young Statues -
You guys can thank me later :) Oh, btw this list only contains the bands that will be on the entire tour. Bands like Of Mice & Men etc. are not included because they’re only on select dates.