I have a horrible memory. I couldn’t tell you what happened yesterday, or even what day yesterday was. But there’s not a damn thing John McGuire has done that I will ever forget. He’s one of those dudes that will burn a word or phrase into your brain like a branding iron and you’ll be saying things like “zorched” or “burmf” for the rest of your life. When he approached me to help him film this video, I knew it would be something no one would ever forget, so of course I had to agree. Why the heck wouldn’t I want to watch him flop around on his skateboard dressed like Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld? I’d be a fool to say no. Plus, in the 42 years this jerk-off has been alive, he hasn’t even ever filmed a video part. So here’s to you John, after knowing and skating with you for the past 25 years, I’m proud to have been a part of this project and look forward to the next rip. And to all of you about to watch, here’s to feeling good all the time.
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Here it is sans that yuck-o croping deal.
Whenever I get a new app for my phone, I’m usually over it in less than a week. Twitter was fine for keeping up to date with what new sexy adventures Matt Nordness’s sister embarked on, but it didn’t hold my attention, Facebook is just boring and whiny and that Friendster app just keeps crashing. But for some reason, I’ve really enjoyed Instagram. Probably because I hate reading. I’m one of those guys that looks at Playboy for the pictures, you know?
Anyway, here’s some more pictures I took with my iPhone, pushed a button to make look “vintage” and shared with my 6 followers.
My favorite thing to take pictures of is skateboarding. Makes sense, right? It’s especially fun when the dudes you get to skate with do cool moves. Like Gabe up there. Frontside nosegrind transfer.
Everything dies. Including you.
When I’m not skateboarding, I’m working. And sometimes when I’m working I like to draw pictures to convey messages to my co-workers. Do you think they got the point?
Again, it’s awesome when you have rad people to skate with and take pictures of.
I fell down and my thumb exploded.
I have this clip-on fisheye lens for my iPhone. The science has yet to be perfected, but I like the way it looks regardless. Matt’s frontside blunts, on the other hand, are perfect.
If you take the wide angle lens off the clip-on attachment, it makes a neat macro lens. Now I can finally study my grind patterns to understand why I’m bad at skateboarding.
When Pat did this frontside wall roll to yank out, he landed with his butt dragging down the bank and powersliding. Yet he somehow managed to not put his hands on the ground at all. You’ll see it in the new skate part Eric and I are making for the Roger video that will come out this summer.
When you see this guy, you know it’s over.
If you have Instagram for your iPhone, you can follow me @instagrampa.
It’s always strange to meet people you’ve only seen on TV screens and in magazines. You have these weird ideas of what they are like by the small doses you get from what someone else decides you are allowed to see. Before I met John, I was lead to believe he was somewhat of a school teacher in a skateboarders wardrobe. Then after meeting him, I realized that I was right. He’s a well spoken, smart human that just so happens to rip on a skateboard (see video below all of this writing). So without further ado, I present to you, top 5’s with John Rattray.
Reasons to stay in California;
Moving is a hassle
Maybe I can get a job I like
Reason to go back to Aberdeen;
Warm up tricks;
Bailing frontside ollies on quarterpipes
Reasons to get strung up by a Wampa;
People to skate with on any given Sunday;
Tricks you’ve had in 411;
Tricks other people had in 411;
5050s on handrails
switch airs on ramps
Favorite skateboarders from the 80’s;
Favorite skateboarders from the 90’s;
Anyone on New Deal or H-Street
until Plan B started
then Plan B
then Toy Machine and Eastern Exposure 3.
Just pick any 5 from those.
And Ocean Howell.
And Alex Moul.
And that dude in the leather jacket that held onto the car.
Current Favorite skateboarders;
Means of transportation;
Predatory Bird Street Cruiser
Adobe Illustrator keyboard shortcuts;
Command + : Enhance!
Shift and L : Toggle through lasso tools.
P : pen tool.
Command Q : Quit.
Command/Option/Escape : Force quit. That’s a mac shortcut really.
Skate trips you’ve been on;
New Zealand 07
Graphics you’ve had;
Hand of Doom 1
Hand of Doom 2
The Pulman Nun
Graphics other people have had;
Jerry Hsu: Kittens and Rainbows
Anti Hero: Hong Kong Chicken Holocaust
Julien Stranger: Tastes like shit
Blockhead: Nothing is Cool
Black backed gull
Tricks to do on a mini ramp;
Allie Oop frontside ollie
Tricks to do on a vertical ramp;
“We are men of action, lies do not become us.” – The Princess Bride
“My name is a killing word.” – Dune
“Maybe feelings are feelings because we can’t control them.” – Team America
“I ain’t got time to bleed.” – Predator
“All those moments…” – Blade Runner
John Would like to thank everyone at Zero skateboards, Thunder trucks, Poler, Modus bearings and anyone and everyone that enjoys skateboarding.
Follow John on Instagram @ratt_ray and check out his site thepredatorybird.com.