Mike Rusczyk

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Mike Rusczyk

"I placed my hands upon the plans, I waited for a proud display"

I am Mike Rusczyk
"I placed my hands upon the plans, I waited for a proud display"

It's always hard to talk about one's self with out coming off as either pompous or having your words fall short and the tone be off. Ideally I would have someone else write this intro bio thing and be done with it. Since I'm the maker of this site and trying to set precedence for future Ofad bio's I'll try to do my best.

I'm originally from the Midwest but have been living in California for around 12 years or so. As I grew up my interests turned toward skateboarding, music, and art. Being involved in skateboarding and it's environment exposed me to things I had no idea existed. My friends, my ideas, the music I listen to and the way I think about art has a lot to do with the doors that were opened through my relationship with skateboarding.

I grew up around Chicago and was affected by my friends in the art and skateboard community, this environment had set me in the direction of trying to develop and understand art and design.

In recent years I have stumbled into the world of web development. I work for a large shoe company and make my living making websites for 17 year old kids. These kids are just like I was at that age, stoked on any thing that meets your interests and needing more.

I'm a self taught designer and know the trials of honing your skills from experimentation and observation. My interests in design were fueled when I started to understand the use of the computer as a creative tool.

The Ofad project came about as a means to fill a void in my life as well as in the lives of my friends. The Ofad site is an attempt to create a venue and a voice for my friends and myself, to develop ideas and catalog achievements.

My friends and I welcome you and are pleased that you stopped by.

- Mike

Mike Rusczyk's Projects

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Off The Road: Of the random whatever in our lives, we are Rusczyk. The anatomy of the anniversary.

Road Journal by The Rusczyks chronicling the months of July & August 2011


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Justin Visnesky

Justin Visnesky exposed: selected works 2006 - 2010


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Off The Road: The Rusczyks for the holidays

The Rusczyks invite you to go Off The Road with them on their holiday in the Rosa.


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Off The Road: the making of "The New Rusczyks"

Seven months in the planning resulted in six weeks in our hearts, join us as we Join Us! This is the making of the New Rusczyks.


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Photographer Ryan Zimmerman exposed

Ryan Answers about life, New York, Ghost Bikes, and staying stoked, this is Ryan Zimmerman {Exposed}.


Anatomy of a Las Vegas visit, wedding and all

Long nights and city lights plus a wedding or two. A walk through a blurry Easter weekend in Vegas with Mike, Michelle and friends. {a visit with}


Mike Rusczyk Books of Light Volume One

A walk through Mike Rusczyk's spiritual disorder in journal form. This volume eight years in the making is now part of Ofad's {Books of Light}.


I am a scientist, a visit with BJ Sellhorn

Ofad Friend George "BJ" Sellhorn talks with us about marriage, skateboarding, and a solution to the HIV epidemic.
This is {a visit with}


Visit with Rosa Bro: Portraits of Northern California life

Mike Rusczyk makes a small visit to Santa Rosa. Checking in with friends, family, and changes. This is a looking back that looks forward or {a visit with}


Catching up with John Methvin

Mike Ruscyk does a little catching up with friend of Ofad John Methvin - driinking, driving, coffee, skating, talking, and more driving. {a visit with}


The rehashing of "The Deal"

A group of videos made in the summer of 2005 and put together for a small show. {The Archive}


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Chapter two "The Deal"

Chapter two of The Deal a video made in the summer of 2005, put together for a small group show. {The Archive}


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Mike Rusczyk a timeline

Mike Rusczyk timelines his existence on this planet and gives some insight into what makes time so important...
{The Timeline}


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The etnies site

etnies footwear has been around since 1986 making quality skate shoes, I work for them and assist in building sites for their parent company. This time out when the web nerds were asked to rebuild the etnies site we started from the ground up and it made all the difference. visit etnies.com
{Web}


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ThirtyTwo snowboarding a website

ThirtyTwo producers of high-end boots and apparel by snowboarders for snowboarders. The Wed NerDs and I made a site for snowboarding sake - visit thirtytwo.com
{Web}


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Skatepunk dot com

Mark Waters was around back when shit changed, things could happen, skateboarding was something else, and punks momentum was unstoppable. Some of which was chronicled on his site. check it out » SkatePunk.com



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