Sunday, August 16, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
It was super hot for the Element Demo yesterday - starting at 3 p.m. for the signing, I waited for 2 hours to get in. The actual demo didn't get started until 8 p.m., with no video premiere to follow. Either way it was a good demo, and the whole team, including Bam's parents were great. I even made it onto their website - yeah I know, I'm a geek! (http://www.elementskateboards.com/makeitcount/?p=470)
Photos of one of my photos being signed by Collin Provost, me with a shot from Back to the Banks and a team collage. My Photos coming soon!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Sunday I met up with my friend Nina. Whenever I come to SF, I always try to find time to hang out with Nina. She used to work at GW in DC and moved to Oakland for graduate school. Oddly, we didn't really become friends until she was in the process of leaving GW for grad school, but that is a whole other story. Anyway, she suggested that we check out a festival that was going on in her neighborhood called Lakefest. I was like "cool", sounds like a plan. She also mentioned that there were a bunch of bands playing and a litlle skate contest going on there too. That got me even more psyched! It turned out to be the Hood Games - basically a local contest, started and supported by Karl Watson and Organika skateboards, that promotes skateboarding in a positive way and is trying to the city to put a skatepark in Oakland. Now I was getting even more excited - Karl was just in DC on the Battle for the Nation Tour - I had met him last year, seen him in NYC in June and had given him a copy of my book during the BFTN Tour. He was pretty stoked on it, so I was hoping to see him at the Oakland contest too, just to keep the line of communication open. Karl is an awesome guy and I would love the opportunity to go out and photograph the Organika team on the road. Sure enough, he was there - his 2 sons in tow. The contest was cool - local kids just having fun - like it should be. I bought a Hood Games deck to support the cause and got Karl to sign it. I started taking some photos and I recognized one of the guys skating - it was F-ing RON ALLEN - legendary H-street rider from back in the day! Talk about stoked! I ran over and introduced myself and showed him a photo I shot back in 1989, while he was on tour in Baltimore. He was lov'n it- as much as I was. Talk about having an awesome time! Much thanks to Nina - I love you and wish we could hang out more often!
I never really got a chance to fill you in on the rest of my trip to SF, so here it is. Besides checking out a bunch of stores in the city - Chrome, Calumet, Pedal Revolution, Mission Skateshop/Pushbike (cycling gear), Box Dog Bikes and of course - DLXSF, I got a chance to hit up 3rd and Army (actually Ceasar Chavez if you are looking for it on a map). The first day I went by, I specifically went to try to get some skate pics. Believe it or not, the place was empty! Yep, empty. Only a little while later some guys showed up - a crew out of San Diego. I guess they were earlier because this one dude tried to heelflip the round rail, but couldn't quite get it - good attempt though (I couldn't do it!). MondayI came back to skate it. I guess when you skate some where new, it takes a while to get used to it - however, I never did. I almost killed myself like 5 times. Again it was pretty empty, until about a half hour after I started skating, some other guys started showing up - one of which was Raymond Molinar - and Ameatur for Stereo Skateboards. Didn't take any photos of him, but I did say hi and showed him a photo I shot of him skating during the red bull Manny Mania in NYC this year. He was pretty stoked.