Came across this video today. It was posted on a blog that I like less and less, so I’m not even going to link back to it. But This vid was a nice reminder of what summer felt like growing up in Utah. There is also some decent skateboarding.
In this video, youngster runway model Natalie Westling gives some sage advice about skateboarding. I especially appreciate the part about cruiser/longboards. Peep the vid below.
I love seeing all of the local spots in this video. Watch Eli Reed jibbing on those crazy cement barriers and bells in the middle of Houston St. The crux of the video is the last scene where Reed hippie jumps an NYPD cruiser. One of the cheekiest/most technical skate vids I have seen in a long time. Watch it below.
Friday was international Go Skateboarding Day. Nike SB celebrated in grand fashion by throwing an NYC skate safari. They shuttled the SB skate team around to a couple of the major NYC skate parks, capping off the day at a custom built skate park that they had constructed on a barge. The barge was parked right next to the Intrepid museum on Friday night. I showed up in time to shoot the demo, before having a little skate session of my own. These are a couple of snaps of the SB team throwing down.
Tony Hawk’s first skateboard, ever, will be going to the Smithsonian. It seems like a pretty fitting place for it. Here is the scoop, from Complex:
After donating his 1986 Tony Hawk pro model Powell-Peralta deck to the Smithsonian Museum of American History back in 2011, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk has just donated his first skateboard ever. The board is a blue Bahne that was handed down to Hawk from his brother Steve around 1977. The wheels are completely rusted and you can barely make out the brand name on the bottom of the deck, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s the skateboard that birthed an icon. The board will officially be handed over on June 22 during the Iconoskate Festival, a celebration of the history, innovation, and creativity of skate culture.
Shepard Fairey wrote an interesting note on his blog this week about skateboarding. He asserted that skateboarding had taught him resilience. I had never thought about things in those terms. But thinking back about how many times I wrecked myself trying to stomp a new trick, it seems very logical that the determination, perseverance and resilience from that era in life had something to do with shaping the present version of me. Here is what Fairey had to say about the photo above:
My friend Jason Filipow found this shot of me from the summer of ’88 on the internet. We don’t know who took the photo, but it is from a spot called the Junkyard, an abandoned concrete slab on Sullivan’s Island South Carolina. The Junkyard was a really fun spot where we built a bunch of ramps as we were able to buy or “acquire” wood. I remember clearly that I was riding an S.M.A Rocco Division Jesse Martinez with OJ Team Rider wheels and independent trucks. I learned to ollie boardslide handrails on that setup. We had a great crew that skated The Junkyard almost daily, including Jason Filipow, Alfred Hawkins(who can be seen at the right edge of the frame), David Stowe, and Kevin Taylor. I’m still friends with all of them, and they are all successful artists and designers. The creativity and rebellion of skateboarding shaped who we’ve become profoundly. I’m teaching my daughter to skate now. I was reminded of another valuable thing skateboarding helped me with after I slammed on my tail bone skating with my daughter today… resilience! Skateboarding taught me to cope with pain and keep going.
Here is a trailer for a skate vid that is shot on Vancouver Island. Ramps were installed in the woods, amidst and around the natural flora. Peep it below:
Over the weekend I dropped by the Haroshi opening at Levine Gallery. There is some really cool stuff in his latest exhibit. In a bit of deviation from his last show, some of the work was encased in transparent resin. It definitely made for cool effect. The piece below was my favorite. Check out the full gallery over here.
Yeah, this one is coming in a little bit late (for a monday). But, hey I flew in on a redeye, have spent several hours sifting through 1000’s of frames and still managed to eat, take a nap and do laundry. So the untimeliness of this post has nothing to do with laziness. Or reverse that. Or whatever. Anyway, I had a fantastic time in CA. Another huge thanks to Converse. It didn’t even really feel like work. I was able to hang out with some of my pre-existing friends, and make several new ones. There was quite literally never a dull moment (except for when I was asleep [which was not very many moments]).
In addition to the surfing, there was plenty of skateboarding to be seen. Converse built a huge bowl on the beach. I had a blast all week watching the likes of Pedro Barros (above) hucking themselves around the bowl and into the air. Here are a few more pics from the weekend–
Above: Pupo. Below: Slater in the Men’s quarters.
Above: Lance Mountain, huge frontside indy. Below: Omar Hassan, air to fakie.
Below: Slater performing his traditional pre-surfing ritual.
Yeah, it’s a glow in the dark skate park. How awesome would it be to hit up these bowls at night? I’m obsessed. Next time I’m in Brussels. Hehe.
One bonus of daylight savings is that there is some daylight left after the market close in the evening. Wednesday evening I worked with the peeps from RC on a shoot for a new model of Arnette glasses. We did the shoot at the newish skate part in Chelsea. It was the first time that I had been inside since it was built. I was so bummed that I didn’t have skate shoes with me. The park is super nice. The model/athlete is Pat [something]. His instagram is @_path. One more shot below–
This dude’s style reminds me a lot of the very early “freestyle” skating that inspired the modern skateboard shape. It is such a bummer that the video is so low-res. I guess that even though all of our go-pro cams come from Asia, not all Asian skaters have access to them. Watch below and have your mind boggled.
Came across this mirror yesterday on Complex. I think it is a great idea, well executed. I totally want one.