On a chilly Saturday afternoon we set out for the indoor skatepark. The place was bustling to say the least. I took a few runs and set up camp with my wife to watch the grom. He was on the platform of the micro mini ramp about to drop in. With the encouragement of his fellow groms and skaters he attempted his 1st drop in. With a little constructive criticism he was able to pull it on his 3rd attempt. He couldn't have been happier and as parents we could not have been more Stoked (somehow "proud" just doesn't fit, but we felt a lot of that too). Greg has done a pretty good job of providing us with a place to ride and was more than happy to accommodate us today. The only down side to public skateparks is sometimes the public. I will just leave it at that. I just can't help but wonder how some of you creeps sleep at night but then I realize that you are without a conscience, so there you have it. Karma ain't nothin' to mess with. Big ups to the Grom on his 1st drop in. He is on his way to becoming a ripper.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
The Cheese. I've seen this guy a few times since he left WV in 1988 to relocate to Virginia Beach. He's probably down in Va. Beach right now riding those "killer waves" that break just at about your knee. Cheese was one of the first skaters I met after getting my first board back in the early '80's. He was riding a Zorlac Double Cut with clear Rat Bones. I can only assume who may have taken this pic but I'm guessing it was Mr. Slappe
These are from 1989 I believe. Shot at City National Bank in Kanawha City, WV, back when it used to have nice curbs to skate. Jeremy prepares to touch down an ollie to grind while the Sasquatch ollies a bush on a Santa Cruz Jeff Kendall that weighed as much as a tank. RAD!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Check out this movie trailer. This will give you a little insight as to why we want to go back ASAP. Pictured aboved is West Virginia transplant Stephen Slappe enjoying the blue tiles of Pier Park, one of several concrete parks in Portland. Watch for Mark who runs AntiGravity Press to air over the door in the trailer. Sick.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The old timers tell me "Spring is just around the corner". Will someone take me to the corner and drop me off? I don't do well with early mornings and now as I am "maturing" I have discovered that I don't do well with winter either. Despite the fact that there is an indoor skatepark minutes from my house I still crave to roll on concrete out of doors and free of restriction. And emphasis on the word "free". Why would I pay to do something I should be able to do for free? Meanwhile I'm packing back on the pounds lost over last spring and summer with an ever growing beer gut and an even more ever growing supply of Miller High Life in the fridge. At around $6.00 (American) for a 12 pack of bottles it is almost free. Now one could argue "Jeff, don't buy that beer, go skate at the park" to which I would reply "Let's buy beer and go skate". Jackie, this spring you gotta take me to that mini ramp so I can get hurt, I mean skate. You can even blindfold me on the way there. I swear I won't give up its secure location. The above sequence of my frontside boardslide to fakie was shot by my Loving Wife, Emily, back when I was just a little skinnier, or not as fat if you must, and the weather suited my clothes.
This one should be pic of the year if the year were still 1989. Most of the old skate pics posted on my page were shot with either a Kodak 110 camera (that used FLASH CUBES!) or an inexpensive "automatic" auto focus 35mm (fixed focus). It wasn't until later that I started shooting with a manual 35mm Pentax K1000. Crappy cameras aside I am still pleased to this day with the images I managed to capture. Heavily influenced by J. Grant Brittain and Morizen Foche I was determined to freeze skateboarding in time while still conveying the all out balls to the walls aspect of it all. This is Jeremy. He was usually concerned with the neat appearance of his shoe laces. He is pictured here doing some damage to his shoe laces with a nice ollie across the trash compactor gap behind the former Big Bear grocery store in Teays Valley. The landing pad was pure diamond plated steel and not very big. But yeah, Jeremy made it.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Yes, it happens. Some days more than others but usually at least once a day I'll take a good spill and donate some blood or gain some bruises. It's as much a part of skateboarding as anything and it's what makes landing and rolling away that much more worthwhile.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Mario Rubalcaba (Alva), Matt Hensley (H-Street, Plan B), Sal Barbier (H-Street), and last but not least Ned Hadden (Assault). I was lucky enough to see some really good demos and meet some super nice pro skaters back in the day. And I am lucky to still be rolling today.These pics were snapped at various demos at the Huntington Civic Center in West Virginia with the exception of Sal Barbier kindly giving the thumbs up from atop the vert ramp at SunSports indoor skate park in Columbus, Ohio. There are two kids with wicked mullets in the first pic. I think this was around 1989.
Friday, January 11, 2008
No it isn't due to the mysterious blue clouds and odorous lingerings around the Institute, WV area. The Chemical Valley gets a taste of some good picking and playing this weekend as Shelter In Place takes the stage at Sam's in downtown Charleston. Here's a teaser of band member Mike Pushkin invoking the spirit of Bob Marley while sheltering in place in our living room yesterday. Thanks Mike.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Just days after shooting Grom snowboarding I managed to squeeze in a skate session during some unseasonably warm weather. ("Unseasonably" is a "word" I borrowed from the weather folks on the TV). The panels of today's boneless sequence contain subtle differences (probably because I ripped 3 pics from 4 different sequences). Spot the differences and win two dogs! Kidding. Dogs not intended for giveaway. Void where prohibited. By Law.