News From January 2012

Thurston knows who I am? Whoa!

Posted January 26th, 2012 by Talking about music in skate vids...
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Out Takes from a Fashion Shoot

Shooting around Huntington Beach with Rob, Jackie, Grant, and Ashley.
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Grashley reading bed, totally how they always act.
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Saliva pass around.
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Grant measures Ashley's hair.
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"Beauty and folly are old companions." -Benjamin Franklin
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Rob and Jackie checked out of So-Cal and checked into Nor-Cal.
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Hey Jac-kay!
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"Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away." -Fay Weldon
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"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." -Confucius
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This was shot for Color Magazine from Canada. It was called "California Winter."
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Hidden Valley
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Lets go.
Posted January 25th, 2012 by Google has been tracking my every move.
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My very last shots from the HB park

Just discovered a roll of film shot on the day we cut the flat bar off. I shot lots of digital photos to blog about the HB park, but this was the last roll of film, and the last shots I ever got of the park before it was bulldozed.
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Cut with sweat and blood.
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The HB park, crucified unjustly.
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The Griff-Dog.
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The sun can never set on the HB flat-bar, because I have it in safe keeping.
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The curvaceous bank can no longer be caressed by my loving wheels like the hips were.
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A view with Geoff Rowley's graffiti, and me doing one of my last ever ollies over the hip. Shot by Griffin with my camera.
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Shred a tear for me.
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The kinker bar broke my ribs at least once, and bruised them a few times too, and has split plenty of blood from my shins.
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HB has been very inept at getting this new park going. Money wasted!
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Relentless teenager usage was finally getting the best of concrete and steel.
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This is the cop that kicked us out, and what spurned us into the realization that this was our last session ever. We went immediately to the hardware store and bought hacksaws.
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The tortured ledge which was once nice and sharp was blunted by the myriad of abuses it endured.
Posted January 22nd, 2012 by Oh the good ole days.
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Weekend Color for a past Summer Weekend

Images from 2010 continued...
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"Lets go find the closest thing to a forest they have in suburbia and listen to Ulver, the beach is sucking my life force, why the fuck did we come out into the sun anyway?"
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The couple that texts together stays together?
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This girl is using a flat iron to straighten the feathers she is selling to girls who want a feather in their hair so bad they will pay money to get it done.
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"Lets go meet Skyler at Baskin Robbins."
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Eating at the intersection between the pier and loneliness.
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Belting out keyboard songs for Jesus with a keyboard belt and no shirt is an effective way to attract followers to your belief system.
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This one's for Grant.
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"I told you to stop fucking crying, you'll get a funnel cake when I say you're getting a funnel cake, so shut your binky-hole or I'll buy a funnel cake and spike it to the ground right in front of you."
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This reminds me of some skater, but I can't remember who...
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"The non-thinking waste of this society is my financial ladder into this society, HA!"
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The surfing walk of fame provides a sufficiently industrial flat surface for the weary bones of this quadruped.
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"What? Yeah, we coordinated this, so what?"
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"Hey ladies, check out this Herculean display of my muscles! Wanna be 'with' me?"
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Some met'lers scamming some beach tail, Godspeed young men!
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Yeah, those are real tattoos.
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All these were from the 4th of July, 2011.
Posted January 21st, 2012 by Beach Culture, Yoghurt Culture, Cheese Culture
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Here is how 4th of July goes in HB

That is Huntington Beach, California, 2010 in glorious color.
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The beach is packed with sun worshippers.
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Strip that poncho off and lets see that British Flag one-piece you are sporting.
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The exposure on this one is sorta bunk.
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The pier is lined with these guys in summer. When you follow the line of the lens, the target is inevitably a young woman in a skimpy bikini.
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This guy brought his chair and a cooler of beverages and camped out where all the women would be walking by. His mirrored glasses hide his eyes glued to swollen mammaries pouring out of tight bikini's.
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Off to the drifter-dock in front of Starbucks.
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This grannie was pouring some water on the ground for her dead homies.
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Three tails freshly chopped off the end of three Thresher sharks yanked up into a hostile and uncompassionate atmosphere from the inner mouth by a hook and line.
Posted January 20th, 2012 by White light and wants to know.
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Express Yourself out in the Summer Sun

Continued color photos from last year...
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"My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I want a second opinion. He said okay, you're ugly too." -Rodney Dangerfield
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"I'm sick of people taking photos of me." -This person
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This face painting expresses the kind of art I like, and speaks to others about me, like my future tattoo's will.
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"Hey mom, lets skate downtown and go shopping."
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"Is this one the mask of the famous El Santo?"
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"I'll Mexican Wrestle those girls in the 2nd photo." -Captain America
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Come and get body painted by these young lasses next summer.
Posted January 19th, 2012 by There walks a lady we all know who shines white light.
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You know what I did last summer?

(Scanned from a proof sheet, excuse the quality! - This is just the lo-res way I catalog my images in my archive.  Needles to say an actual neg scan would produce a much better image)
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This guy: "Hey tattoo guy, I want this cross on my back."
Tattoo guy: "Ok, like over on your shoulder?"
This guy: No, I want it 27 inches tall so God can see it better."
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Look who rode into male fantasies on a rainbow-maned unicorn.
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Each minute feels like a day at this age, and boredom in rampant if your worldview and your interests threshold are miniscule.
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So what should I do?
Posted January 18th, 2012 by When you wind on down to road, there walks a lady.
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Another batch of old photos.

Old and aged like a fine wine? Probably not.
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This was a good stage. Not too skinny, not too fat. "An artist should remain true. Otherwise his talent, like his stomach, grows fat and stuffy." -Norman Reilly Raine
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Ann Vallely in a laundromat, but this may have been when she was just Ann Henson, before marrying Mike V. (1994?)
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Shot by Liam Cassidy with my camera while visiting with him and Shelley.
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Deanna and Sunja posing for a painting, 1994
"Posing nude is not making porn." -Blu Cantrell
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Geoff Rowley while on the shoot for Big Brother magazine 1998
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Andrew Reynolds in the midwestern USA, 1996 (Still on Birdhouse!)
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1995 or 96. Don't know who shot it.
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Ron Cameron on some drive from the north of California to the south.
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Anakin Senn was still a baby!
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Chris Senn with his son Anakin. I can't remember what contest this was at or what year.
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Geoff Rowley, Baldy, 95-96.
Posted January 15th, 2012 by 'We are all babies at some point' -Garth Algar
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B&W Photographs from 1995

17 years ago.
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Dave Carnie on a payphone? What are those? I emailed this to Dave and his response was: "Am I ordering a pizza?"
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Dave in the white trash pool we were skating. I was trying to shoot inside the sketchy house using Dave as a diversion. It was fascinating in there.
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I think Rick Kosick must have shot this of me with my camera.
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Carnie getting a nice carve.
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I think my friend Liam Cassidy shot this of me on my camera.
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Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore's daughter Coco at the Summersault Festival in Australia.
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Muses.
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This is what it looks like when you get all the way to Baldy and there is water rushing down the pipe. That gap you have to jump is still a death pit.
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Scratched negative.
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Rattlesnake in the ditch, Mt. Baldy.
Posted January 13th, 2012 by Looking back is always bittersweet.
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Photos from 1995

17 Years ago! Fuck, I'm old.
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A 17-year-younger Geoff Rowley on a trip to skate the Mt. Baldy pipe.
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Immense.
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"Part of the alien conspiracy/cover-up no doubt." -A dumbass.
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Rowley doing some tube riding.
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"A man growing old becomes a child again." -Sophocles
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Cool skatespot somewhere in France I think.
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Jamie Thomas skates a park in Australia.
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Max Schaf, Australia, 1995.
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Teen Smoker in Minnesota.
Posted January 12th, 2012 by Getting old is totally tubular.
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Portraits from Seven Years ago

Scanning proofs from 2005 right now and coming up with some nice memories.
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Deanna would rather not have her face shot most days.
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Marke Newton in his home, Paris, France.
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I used to shoot a lot more self portraits.
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But what to do with them?
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Johnny Layton, Lyon, France.
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The elusive Fred Mortagne, in his hometown of Lyon, France.
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Nice light wasted on B&W as the sun sliced low on Austin Stephens and me in Barcelona, Spain. (Shot by Mike O'Meally)
Posted January 11th, 2012 by Fred we need to speak more.
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Take a long walk on a short pier.

Endless variety of suburbanites can't keep themselves away from this man made peninsula of sidewalk. Me included.
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"You dirty rat. It's curtains for you, see?" This girl mentioned she was homeless. I didn't ask if she was a runaway or something else happened. Now I'm dying to know.
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Used to skate with this guy at the HB park.
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Cover your precious faces, they're all you have!
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I was able to lurk on this couple for days. They were so into making out that the rest of the environment was invisible. Groping, extended face sucking, long serious eye contact. I'll save the better ones for publication or exhibition.
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"I'm hanging out on the pier, where are you?"
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This is in Santa Monica not far from the pier.
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"I don't care about my stupid ears, what do they need to look good for? I'll use them to tell the world I'm "alternative." (rather than living that way through my actions) Live in the now! There is no future!"
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Balboa Pier, yeah, we go there too.
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The Balboa pier has different people, and you can see Huntington Beach in the background.
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"When the sun/life gets too hard to handle, I take a long walk on a short pier."
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"The opposite for me. A short walk on a long pier."
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Leave a trail to find your way back.

That's Catalina below.
Posted January 9th, 2012 by Peninsula, tarantula, spatula, spunk, punk, planet.
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Toy Machine trip to Spain 2005

Some recently scanned B&W from Lyon, and Barcelona.
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Josh Harmony and Matt Bennett on a train in Europe.
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Kevin Barnett filming Suffer the Joy in Lyon, France.
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"Destruction, hence, like creation, is one of Nature's mandates." -Marquis de Sade
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"Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip." -Richard Steele
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Billy Marks and Johnny Layton.
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"They are almost impossible to distinguish from the real thing, but I am still developing improvements and I will only be happy when what I have is better than the real thing." -Michael Harriman
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"I'd do her." -Kevin Barnett
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Matt B is the place to be.
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Bill Marks, Pigeon rescue?
Posted January 6th, 2012 by OK so off to shake hands and be among skaters
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Some imagery from around 2005

Vancouver, Barcelona, Los Angeles.
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My nephews are always begging me to introduce them to Rob Dyrdek.
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Vancouver nights spent in rooms filled with people.
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Michelle from Anti-Social
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Rick McCrank is a really great guy.
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Who is the fairest of them all? Not me.
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Demo lurkers.
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"Stupid people are ruining America." -Herman Cain
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Josh defacing a young man.
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Bill Marks, he's too sexy for this towel.
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Josh Harmony and Rick McCrank in Barcelona, Spain.
Posted January 3rd, 2012 by OK I really get sidetracked too easily
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Something with color for a change...

We can get back to B&W photography soon enough.
Posted January 2nd, 2012 by Another year to worry about, wait I don't worry about that shit.
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