Dane’s got a youtube channel and it seems only logical that he needed a creative outlet sooner or later. Skateboarding collectively seems to care more and more about b-side style footage, we want to see the other makes even if they are sketchy or the different angles that didn’t make it in the video. We feel that this video featuring both Dane himself and Nick Rios is in a sense a cultivated version that enlarges that feeling for behind the scenes stuff combined with that sketchy demo in the 90s type of vibe.
Do you remember your first roommate? The one-of-a-kind mess he could leave behind? The mess that only one person could bring into this world? This is the portrait of your roommate. The tomato sauce on the dishes, the coffee stains on the kitchen table: All of this is a unique expression of someone’s past presence.
The same goes for a photo, for example. I explained it a lot of people like this. Look at a Danny Sommerfeld photograph. There are plenty of shots in this issue. Very often, besides dogs, old people, and bananas, you see Danny himself in the shots, although he’s not physically present in the photos. He brings the moment to life in his own way of capturing it.
A portrait doesn’t have to be a mug shot or a full body shot. It can be a lot of things. You can take a portrait of a landscape as well as of a war, or of a situation or even one of love.
We gave this issue as much personality as possible while keeping ot dreamy and abstract. This issue is about each and every character in our world that we find interesting enough to feature, allowing the subjects the space they deserve to shine.
For our “One From Five” article, we asked five photographers if they could send in one photo. The only allowance was the world of a “portrait” as a guideline. The first reaction from all of them was, “yeah, of course. That’s easy.” Five days later it turned out to be the most difficult task ever. “Only one shot?” they came back asking. “Yup, just one!” We responded.
You’ll find the result in the pages of this issue. For the longest time I wanted to print an interview without a single word in it. Just because most of the time the skater is not able to catch up with his body language. A good photo can be ruined by only a couple of words. Here’s Dane Brady from Portland/Oregon, with the first interview, with both question and answer captured in just the photograph, minus the typical skater chitchat. That’s all you need, if you bring as much to the table as Mr. Brady does. Same goes for Jerry Hsu, Sara Parson Texas, Giorgi Armani or K-Rod & Jon, a piece that even has a romantic twist to it.
All of these people are easy to draw because they have such a strong character. Give it a try: Draw your person of choice, in your eyes, buoyant with character, and you will know what I mean.
The guy featured on this issue’s cover might be new to you, but for us his visual presence had a big impact on this issue. Almost like a muse, he appears throughout this issue. For us, he’s pretty easy to draw. Get the point?
Alright guys, get your pens out and we all hope you will enjoy this issue. Thank you!
When I was younger I just collected every skate video I could get ahold on and stored it in my DVD shelf. But over time, I got more selective about which ones I really needed to buy a copy of. There have been only a handful videos during this year that expanded my collection. Pontus Alv’s latest masterpiece is one of them. Already the title makes you aware of the fact, that this video is much more than just a couple of skateboard tricks. This film takes you on a journey in a sort of dream-like nostalgic setting and, in doing so, a unique feeling is created.
“Everything is possible when we dream. Why can’t we sleep forever?”
Hjalte Halberg is like if Jan Kliewer and Mike Carroll had a child – in other terms: Hjalte is a legend in the making. The Polar pro from Copenhagen definitly knows how to put a line together and he does it with a smile! One for the books – beastmode:
So ein Winter in New York City kann sehr dunkel und kalt sein und genau so war er bislang auch. Neben einigen New Yorkern haben sich Ben Gore, Jimmy Lannon, Dane Brady, Kevin Coakley und viele mehr, auf den Weg gen Süden gemacht und dabei herausgekommen ist ein sonniger Urlaubsgruß aus Florida in Form eines Videos.
Manhattan Days ist der neue Film von Pontus Alv, der sich mit seinem Polar Skateboards Team nach New York City aufgemacht hat, um den neuen Converse Cons Polar Skate Co. CTAS Pro Schuh zu feiern. Auf originalen Eastcoast Platten wird mal fröhlich, mal traurig gewalliet was das Zeug hält. Allem voran geht es um die pure Natürlichkeit von Skateboarding und dass es keiner zwingenden Notwendigkeit bedarf, irgendwelche “perfekten” Spots zu skaten. Die Straße ist Hindernis genug und sobald Pontus nur einen einzigen Pole-Jam hinzufügt, wird daraus ein filmisches Highlight alá Manhattan Days.
Mit dabei sind Aaron Herrington, Kevin Rodrigues, David Stenström, Jerome Campbell, Dane Brady und natürlich Pontus selbst.
LurkNYC zeigt einen Teaser für Strangers. Zu sehen ist fast die komplette Bronze Crew mit unter anderem Cyrus Bennett, Dane Brady, Jesse Alba, Erik Martinez und natürlichem dem Pausenclown und Palace Teamfahrer Shawn Powers. Welcome to New York City!