3 New skateboards and 2 new graphics

King Friday

Here are the latest shapes and graphics King Friday is trying to not sell. They really have the worst sales reps ever. First:

This is just a dagger shape with a graphic based off that painting I did a while back. I really love the concept for the painting (probably more so then the painting). Fuck living a life for the pursuit of money, if you do what you love you will end up where you want to be. (At least that’s what they tell me.)

The hammerhead is maybe my favorite shape I’ve made and probably one of best things to be stolen from Santa Cruz skateboards ever. (Including the production of the skateboards by China and the artwork of Jim Phillips [burn]) but maybe more importantly to me, it reminds me of two of my best friends. My friend, Luke Cooper, adopted the graphic as his model…

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This Week in the Universe

Cutting The Stone

This week, The Chrome Ball Incident has been posting awesome old Transworld articles on skaters and their art. He’s put up scans from the “Brain Floss” series as well as “The Hands That Bite” and “The Hands That Chew”: the articles that led up to the magazine’s creation of Brain Floss. The posts are aptly titled after mid-twentieth century Japanese art house horror films. These are really really amazing and everyone should go check them out right now. Stop reading this and go look at them now. Here’s the links: Jigoku | Hausu.

Welcome back assuming you followed my instructions and went to Chrome Ball and looked at all the beautiful art and eloquent words!

In other news, Ben Raybourn may never leave Thrasher Magazine’s home page again. After getting the cover of the March issue, as well as a Magnified segment, a part for the site, and…

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Mark Davenport absolutely shreds the Riverwalk bowl in this edit…even takes a couple of pretty good slams.

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Continuing with our theme, skateboarders in alleys, we travel to Westlake:

Austin Squire - front boardWestlake | Photo by Taylor Fitz-Gibbon, used with permission

Over the last two or so years I have slipped out of the skateboarding world.  A lot of the people I used to shoot photos of moved away, got injured, or just generally stopped skating as much.  My life also got infinitely more busy once I started studying for my masters in urban planning at UCLA, so I no longer have the time to spend many hours each week exploring the streets and then come home and process all the images.  I do however, still skate from time to time, and my experiences as a skateboarder still have a daily impact on my life as a student of cities. – Taylor Fitz-Gibbon

More tomorrow…

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Continue our series, skateboarders in alleys, we stay in Westlake:

Austin Squire - front lipWestlake | Photo by Taylor Fitz-Gibbon, used with permission

The skate photos I shoot are almost always a collaboration between me and the skater.  So yes, they are usually set up to some degree.  When we get to a spot, if I’m not skating myself, then I’ll be snooping around looking for interesting angles while simultaneously talking with the skater(s) to see what tricks they are interested in trying.  Then I’ll envision the trick in my head and try to get an appropriate angle for that trick, which also places that trick within the context of the urban space.  Depending on the lighting and the location, I also sometimes will shoot with two external flashes which are linked up via radio transmitters.  This freezes the action in low light, but can also serve to emphasize the skater within a…

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