SWARM 4 Warehouse Party, Fort Lauderdale, November 13

​The tattooed, skate-happy Black Locust Society opened the doors to their SWARM Warehouse Saturday night, inviting friends and newcomers alike to get on their level -- which is about three feet above the coping on their in-house skate ramp. The event featured album-cover-inspired artwork and live tattooing in one room and sweaty and courageous music and skating in the other. And lots of people were getting lucky. All night long, the Wheel of Millionaires rewarded spinners with the right touch with great prizes such as mp3 players and skate decks, as well as super-great prizes like switchblade combs and Swedish Fish for the rest of us.

The turnout was large enough to create sizable lines at the "Hooch" stand and the single bathroom, but the happy crowd never outgrew the underground nature of the party. The place itself may as well be underground. A certain degree of luck and courage is necessary to even find the remote spot. Those who did, though, were rewarded, whether they scored big on "the Wheel" or not. The spirit of the party was reassuringly fun rather than attention-seeking, and that in itself is a jewel more precious than anything anyone could have won from spinning the wheel (Yes, I was one of the Swedish Fish winners).

Getting a sweet "County Grind 4 Life" tatt.
Getting a sweet "County Grind 4 Life" tatt.
photo by Travis Newbill
Don't look now, but there is a skull-faced bug eyeballing your brains, and your shadow is shredding harder than you are.
Don't look now, but there is a skull-faced bug eyeballing your brains, and your shadow is shredding harder than you are.
photo by Travis Newbill

Hooch is the new PBR.
Hooch is the new PBR.
photo by Travis Newbill

 

 

Jared's dad, Ed, is now officially the tenth member of the Black Locust Society, and the father-son duo now has two "buddy tattoos."
Jared's dad, Ed, is now officially the tenth member of the Black Locust Society, and the father-son duo now has two "buddy tattoos."
photo by Travis Newbill

Jared and Ed.
Jared and Ed.
photo by Travis Newbill



There were lamps and ramps.
There were lamps and ramps.
photo by Travis Newbill

Jugs of water teased those in the pee line.
Jugs of water teased those in the pee line.
Travis Newbill




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