PROGRAM Skates

On May 16th, 2015, I was digging up the courtyard in front of my house when my shovel hit something hard. I thought it was a rock, but what I actually found was super crazy: a buried chest. After tracking down a pair of bolt cutters (it was locked), I cracked the thing open and had a genuine holy-moly moment. Inside I found five animal skulls, loads of unprocessed Super 8 film cartridges, a Super 8 camera, a Polaroid Land Camera, a slide carousel (filled with slides), a photo album, a journal, a book about puppet making, a few cassette tapes and three puppets. Needless to say, I was floored. I became immediately obsessed with the find and put all other projects on the back burner.

Quick rewind: a few months prior to finding the chest, Stacy Lowery and I were working on a new skate brand called The Program. But after finding this buried treasure, I totally dipped out. I couldn't think about anything else. Stacy kept trying to get ahold of me to work on our company and I kept putting him off—telling him I had to focus on this mystery. He eventually suggested making The Program all about the treasure chest. That very same day I read this passage in the found journal, "I was unable to finish the program. I hope whoever finds this can do so for me." The Universe was screaming at us.

So I've spent the past few months pouring through the contents of the chest. The guy that buried it was named Samuel (I haven't been able to find a last name) and I'm assuming he lived in my house at some point. Based on the notes in his journal, he was (again, I'm assuming) emotionally unstable. He thought that the puppets he'd created were possessed and/or haunted. Stacy and I are currently working on getting all of the Super 8 footage processed and transferred in order to figure out what Samuel's program was all about. Because at this point, his program is our program. And our program is The Program. We hope you'll Get With The Program and join us on this journey. —Michael Sieben

TEAM

WILL BLAKLEY
@lit__man

RYAN HOLLOWAY
@ryanholloway123

JONATHAN PIERCE
@lumberbaby

TRACE SAYLOR
@tracesaylor

MAX TAYLOR
@macktyler43

BRANDON ZISKIND
@badcrabs