Aaron Smith already blogged it, so I may as well too. Drove these dudes around when they were in town last summer, and as you can tell by the last few posts, I’ve been digging through some older stuff. Daniel Lutheran became the second(I think) person to grind this rail, although the first to come off before the last kink. Dakota Servold became the first person to try and lipslide it… and paid for it a few times.
I’ve admired Joe Castrucci’s work since I first learned who he was with the release of Alien Workshop’s seminal video, Photosynthesis. With Dill and Ave, then Austyn leaving it seemed like an appropriate time to catch up with the editing warlock to pick his brain about the trials of running a skateboard company and making and holding your mark in the ever fickle skateboard industry.
Technical music, HC & metal got like skateboarding got in the nineties. That’s to say, so hung up in technicalities that it lost its soul. Follow me, here. Watching triple backside heelflips got old really fast, right, even though you had to admit it was technically good, but just watching someone do a one-eighty down two flights of stairs, with balls, still makes the hair on the back of my head stand up. Music got like that: All tech, no balls. If I need a calculator to tell me something is good music, then fuck it. Just give me something with balls, that grooves and has soul.
Owens is the man. Check out an interview with him about his new gig at TWS HERE
This shot is by Jaime Owens from the Blind Video Days 20 Year Reunion shoot we did for Skateboarder where we got the cast of the iconic skate video together to reminisce about shooting Video Days and skateboarding in the ’90s. It was an awesome experience with one of the heaviest line ups I’ve ever been around and I’m pretty sure it was my first and only time meeting Gonz.
The shoot took place in a big photo studio that’s used mainly by automotive magazines and like many studios it looked the walls had some natural transition. As soon as we were done shooting, Gonz threw his board down and went for a fs ollie up the wall, came down and broke through the thin transition. The guys in charge of the studio freaked out and said it was going to cost five grand to fix. Gonz scooted right out of there and I’m pretty sure it ended up being a much easier fix, but all in all it was a good first time meeting Mark.
You can see some of Roger Bagley’s videos from the shoot on Skateboarder’s Vimeo page HERE (part 1), HERE (part 2) and HERE (part 3)