Over the past fourteen years as a skateboard photographer I have amassed quite a collection of photos that never ran in TWS. I’m not saying that every one of my photos should have run, but looking back, there were some gems that got lost in the mix for one reason or another.
This was the first time I ever shot with Neil Heddings, and it was a good experience for both of us. He got the cover doing a frontside 360 grab (July 1996), and this backside grab (which I think was a better photo) got sent to the file cabinet. I’m glad it’s finally being printed. Just look at Neil’s back foot–so sick.
My first trip to Europe as a staff TWS photographer was in the summer of 1990. I got to travel all over the place for six weeks (I even got to bring my girlfriend), skating, shooting photos, partying, and doing whatever the hell I wanted. At some point, I ended up at the S.U.A.S. contest at the Southsea Skatepark in England, and it was going off. Ben Schroeder was there tearing up the concrete bowl, and I cruised over and flicked a couple stills of a frontside feeb and roll. After returning to the mag, I had so much stuff that didn’t make the article, but this photo was the one that to this day I wish would’ve been in there. Big Ben was a lip king!
In 1994, making a living as a skate photographer wasn’t like it is today. I mean, dudes get paid a salary to shoot a limited number of teamriders. Anyway, I gave this photo of Paul Sharpe to Absolute wheels in hopes of them using it for an ad, but it never happened. A few months later Absolute went out of business, and I almost forgot about this photo. That is, until I saw the former owner, Kevin Furtado, at a video premiere and asked him if he still had it. A couple of weeks later, it was back in my hands, knowing some day I’d find a place for it. Here ’tis, Paul Sharpe ollieing off flat over one of the biggest fire hydrants you’ll ever see.
In the summer of 1990 (on my big first Euro tour), I was at a Santa Cruz Skateboards demo in Copenhagen, Denmark. The teamriders at the demo were Bod Boyle, Steve Alba, Eric Dressen, Søren Aaby, Ross Goodman, and Mike Youssefpour. This one kid was ripping the hell out of the place–I couldn’t understand his name, but I shot one photo of him stalefishing the channel. Years later, I met the kid here in the States and learned his name was Rune Glifberg–a new pro for the upstart Flip skateboards. I immediately remembered the stalefish photo I took, but never went into the files to check it out. Thirteen years later I dug it up, and now you get to see it.
In 1993, Beryl School in Los Angeles was going off and so was Daewon Song. He had just started riding for Gullwing trucks, and they wanted to feature him in an ad, so the team manager called me up to go shoot it. I’d never met Daewon before, but I knew he was killin’ it. We ended up shooting at Beryl, but everything Daewon did was so tech that getting a still was harder than I thought. He finally ended up doing these frontside half-Cab heelflips I thought would make a good still. We shot a bunch and Gullwing used one, but I think this one looks way better–check out how steep that bank was.
I always liked shooting with Ron Chatman–the guy’s a natural at skateboarding and could make anyone laugh. Half the times I went to shoot him, we’d just end up sitting in his room making jokes about all the jacked skaters at the time. Oh, those were the days. While shooting his Pro Spotlight in 1992, we went to this bump over a fire hydrant, and as a warm-up to fakie ollieing it, he did this ollie footplant. We used the fakie ollie, and this photo ended up going nowhere–until now.
Another of my favorites. It’s always an adventure shooting with Jeremy Kleein–candy, crank calls, and wild skateboarding action. I shot this for a Tracker ad, but they ended up using the color fish-eye version. So here’s the one I like–ollie to tail on a pallet in Lomita, California in 1992.