last minute ramp transport logistics courtesy of our ace in the hole jack of all trades king of jamming stuff into trucks, chris carnel. and a guy with a big truck as well.
this is totally a normal thing to do.
so we got the ramps there the night before. then we set em up in the morning. then the van full of professional skaters showed up while i was fixing the coping to my quarterpipe using two gigantic hinges that were laying around.
thats evan smith doing the pre-grab juke.
a note on the quality of the images:
i have a demon that lives in the photo section of my head that often encourages me to fuck things up on purpose. hes pulled some real doozies in the past. this time he was all "yeah grab that one camera with the super long zoom lens that you know has a dragging shutter." and then he was all "yeah grab that super old film." and then he was like "hey does it feel like this camera is even advancing the film? better open up and check - its not THAT bright out here..."
so i grabbed this minolta x700 with the 35-200 and a roll of old shitty film and then i opened the camera 10 shots in.
depending on how you look at it and what your expectations are when viewing photographs, you might think the demon is rad or you might think the demon is bogus. by now i dont really have any opinion on him, i just accept that he is a part of my creative process. we both agree on a few things - its important to keep things loose in this age of hyper-controlled media, and it is always virtuous to rock the boat, ruffle feathers, bunch undies, and upset peoples expectations. the demon is a punk rocker art history major dropout, in case you were wondering.
so there you have it, totally fucked photos in spite of my "knowing better"
method into the shutter lag abyss!!
i hope these dudes liked the weird obstacles. nollie tail to probably 270 out on the sewage pipe.
heres a pretty good example of whats going on inside the camera - see how the tone of the ground changes from left to right? thats nassim guammaz catching a fs shove in a nosegrind on the element box that jason now has in the back of his truck. man i was so stoked to shoot with that crazy ihop building just looming all over the background. ive seen some photos from this parking lot of demos past. i think there was a toy machine demo here in the late 90s sometime and there may have been a photo of ed templeton boosting an ollie on a qp hip that i had on my wall for a long time - the whole thing was yellow and pink.
evan smith, bs 180 to fakie pivot. you might want to call that a 180 to switch crook but thats unnecessary turd polishing.
nassim chucking a bs 360. it was super weird to watch people launch off a ramp that until that point had only led your skateboard directly to a brick wall in a warehouse. thing is pretty beefy to be hucking off of. nassim's skate style had precise and deliberate motions that reminded me of geoff rowley.
bs 360 into the white. its reno, youre supposed to be rolling the dice. happy accidents of unprecedented weird/rad. nice job, photo demon.
didnt get this kids name but he was rad. die hippie scum jump.
lantto was all "evan smith is going to FUCKING DESTROY this quarter pipe tomorrow." i had not imagined he would do it with a fingerflip to tail 3 feet out.
also in my bag of shitty cameras that day was the kiev60 with a roll of hp5. the kiev is shitty in a good way though. jordan has some pretty elaborate smith stalls
never looked at the back of this qp either. we had it up against the curb but it was still rocking a bit. i wish my backyard wasnt grass. i wish it was cement, or like an old tennis court or something. i would just be back there nonstop building ramps like this, doing airs over my cat.
this is a kickflip. evan smith just toying with the super juker.
mitch haight, also getting blasty.
siouxsie and the frontside flips
we could have parked a honda civic or an f150 or an ecto1 behind the ramp. next time.
its been way too long since i watched a demo from a shopping cart
a highlight of the airshow was watching evan smith chuck a bs 360 kickflip
at some point the element dudes set some decks out and had a distance ollie contest...
seth bs 180. its fun to imagine that was a shifty.
this youngster was barging around through all the chaos no prob. i watched her repeatedly fly off the virginia city kicker [not pictured]. pretty cool.
a lot of carcasses were hucked. boards were broken. dreams were realized and hopes were shattered. in the end it was gabe who traversed most p-lot.
skating is rad
once all the shitty film was exposed through the shitty camera i looked down into my bag and was like "ok i may as well run through the rest of the nice film in this one camera i have that works well, even though i only have this 50mm lens" and made the following last ditch effort at redemption photos...
nassim, fs blunt
chris colburn, bs noseblunt!
the comp is sterile, the move is classic, its framed, timed, and exposed properly, its my favorite photo of the day. almost looks like a trophy. even that rogue piece of paper [which it turns out was my plans for another ramp] is jammed in there at the right spot, at the same angle as nassim's leg. photography is sometimes as weird as skateboarding.
after a day of standing in the sun trying to distill the chaos of a demo-turned-skate jam into rectangular fragments of relevant and interesting time/space it finally hit me that this was a rad opportunity to get portraits of people - an idea i am finally warming back up to. i missed a bunch of would-be rad characters but i managed to grab trevor bird, who has probably the raddest collection of completely destroyed band tshirts in town...
a goofy footer if ive ever seen one
andrew coia doin what he do
thanks to the element crew, classic, the dudes with trucks, and all the skaters. looking forward to a junk jam this summer!