BATE EVERY DAMN DAY
I love this photo.
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.
Never heard of this guy, Karsten Kleppan before today, but a buddy posted the Wolfeboro video of he and Gaberman and a few others trekking up to the northernmost miniramp and human settlement in the world, which is apparently in Norway, all of which piqued my interest. Then somebody on SLAP posted this and now I think I am officially a fan.
Or the jocks win
One of my favorite people I’ve ever seen skate in person. Squints rules
Brian scored big at Supreme
I love this so much. My heart beats to the rhythm of the McDonald’s “I’m Loving It” theme.
Figured I’d put out an open request to you and anyone else has a video coming out, or a skateboard project of some sort. I’m looking to do some writing about videos, quicker short writings, little things. One-off type pieces that I’ll write and then send off to places, see if anyone wants them,…
Took some photos of the Emerica Made premiere the other night, which are available for viewing HERE. Here is Heath Kirchart being wooed by Chris “Cuates” Segura
Five years ago I was working two jobs. In the mornings I’d wash dishes in the shared cafeteria of some high end medical corporations and after that I was a shop lackey in an art gallery where I assembled and hung a lot of custom framing. I was fresh out of college with a degree in Journalism and a life with no set direction. My hope was that my emails to the staff of Skateboarder Magazine would lead to a job offer but all I kept hearing was the word “maybe.” So with maybe in mind and a bitter winter cold chilling my bones I packed up my car and moved to California hoping that my maybes would grow into something more substantial. I had no journalism experience. I had no industry experience. And I had no real reason to assume I’d get hired by anyone in skateboarding let alone by my favorite magazine.
But, they did. Eventually.
I started coming into the office every day and figuring out what things needed to be done and how I could weasel my way into doing them. I didn’t care about getting paid right away, which was a good thing because I didn’t. I wanted to be part of what was happening in skateboarding and at the magazine. I wanted to see the photographers coming in and the process by which their photos got chosen. I wanted to hear what was happening out in the streets by the guys who were doing it and the lucky pricks that got paid to document it, and I wanted to help. So I did my best to somehow make that happen. And somehow it actually did. There was no reason for it to happen, no reason for anyone to give me a shot but they did and I got to live my furry little dream of working at Skateboarder Magazine for almost five years. I got to write articles and do interviews and skateboard with guys whose pictures I had taped to my wall growing up. And for that I am forever grateful.
At times I’d wonder how exactly I snuck in and fooled people into believing that I was the right man for the job, and I never really figured it out. It probably has a lot to do with the guy who got me hired since he’d basically done the exact same thing ten years before me when he started as an intern and slowly worked his way up to the Editor’s desk.
So, once again I’d like to say thanks to Jaime Owens for giving me a shot at writing for a skate mag and to the rest of the staff for always keeping what makes skateboarding great at the heart of everything we strived to do with Skateboarder.
My friend Emma started her own printmaking company and you should check it out and spend lots of money on her stuff. http://www.blueroseprintlab.com/