Film dump! 2018 was one of the most fun years I’ve had skating in awhile. I spent a lot of time laughing & skating instead of taking photos but here’s what I got. I hope to take a bunch more this year!
What turned out to be a simple edit of Cream City footage that I didn’t use and/or “alternate” angles from ‘Betrayed in the Octagon’ turned out to be an extended edit because of old man winter’s wrath upon Milwaukee during February/Early March. Even an attempted sesh in the Lower Level/Room could not beat the elements of rain, snow, and sleet. But we are the “resistance fighters.” Fortunately, the greatest place on Earth provides us with a place to chill, session, have fun, and/or combat mother nature’s frigid anger. We are forever grateful Bill.
*Triva/goofs: Hank filmed a lot with the new Panasonic because of my dumb ass taking forever to land a trick and according to him “skating is easier than filming.” Either way, Hank has filming and skating wired. Josh did his first back heel and his thoughts were “it felt weird.” And for some reason Josh wanted to go to this new Japanese Mega Arcade at Southridge during the day….during the DAY?! In my opinion you gotta skate during the day and hit the arcade at night. Speaking of arcades, during the Street Fighter/Mortal Kombat days my cousin and I would rarely go during the day…night time is where the “action” is, day time is when you practice finishing moves, babalities, and combos. But this is 2019, not 1993…we’re old. Ok, I’m rambling…laters.
Shot (mostly) in 2017 on super 8. A few video clips from 2018 crept in there. The follow up to Film School from 2010.
I also made a zine that (sort of) covered the creation of the film. All photos were shot on film and developed in my bathroom. A few of these might’ve been on the site before, but many were not.
A few months ago, my friend Jordan Garris gave me an external hard drive with this video on it. With no specific instruction, I slept on posting this video. It was put on the back burner while I focused on work, skating, moving and the other cruxes of life. I finally made a Vimeo account for Jordan so the world can see his work. Filmed and edited by Mr. Garris, featuring some of your favorite locals, here’s “1st go.”
(Best served with a cold can of Hamm’s)
Whoa, it’s been a while since I last posted. Took a vacation, got burnt on skating, the stoke is somewhat creeping in so I better take advantage before it disappears again!
So there’s this skate object we call a “Bauer.” It’s essentially any type of bank or transition leading up to a curb, block, ledge, planter, parking block etc, etc. First time I heard this term was from a Roselle Park local Russ and I called “Green Lantern”(he always wore that 101 shirt). I think he was describing some trick on the “Bauer.” I kept looking around the park confused until he pointed at the bank to ledge…”the Bauer box.” I thought it was funny so the term stuck with me.
There was this one moment where I was talking about a Bauer spot and I noticed Jimmy Brickner overhearing the conversation. “What’s a ‘Bowzer’?” he asked inquisitively. “Oh, a bowser?…it’s um..” I didn’t want to correct him, “Do you know who Koopa or Yoshi is?…” Eventually I told him.
Anyway, here’s a vx compilation of some Bauer skating over the years….
And this Halloween, you could see Hank and friends doing thangs…
For five years Matt (BMAN) had an ongoing love affair with this over the rail into the bank. The run up is terrible. After you land, if you can’t ride it out to the right, you run into a fence. She’s a harsh mistress. But BMAN loved her anyway. She gave, she took, she treated him wrong. True poetry, true love. Fritsche.
Matt Nordness <3 Fritsche - 2010-2015.
Portraiture by Jeremy Pettis.
America’s birthday! Nothing says “USA!” like dogs, Odouls, and Zima.
Brothas from different mothas! Pizz and Chase twinned it up at this years BBQ. “No time for slippin’!” It’s unknown if they communicated the wardrobe situation before hand or not, but Pizzy did take up smoking for the rest of his life to pose for this picture.
Newcomer on the scene, Francois, was pretty leery of all the celebration, but he did manage to make a few appearances and meet a few dogs. Did you know the French were some of the greatest contributors to our winning the Revolutionary War against those tyrants, the English?? Viva La France!
Is NA beer patriotic? Who am I to say? Who are you to say? Patriotism lives in the heart and soul of man. On the way to work the other day I saw a sticker on a car that said “GOD, GUNS, BEARDS”. Is that patriotism? Would god like guns? I suppose he can be pretty vengeful. Though, I suppose it depends if you’re asking Old Testament or New Testament god. Beards, obviously, that goes without saying. But do these things actually have anything to do with America? Some might say yes. Some might say no.
The last time I tasted Zima was probably 1994, Allison A’s party in the subdivision near the grade school. Probably threw back 1.5 of those babies and was feelin’ fine! It was great to relive those times gone by. Pre internet. Pre juuling. My keyboard still does not have a working “j” key, so I had to google “uuling” and use the copy and paste feature of my computer.
After all of that celebrating, I suppose it was time to skate.
Have I retired from filming? Is it possible? I think sometimes it would be nice. I retired from filming for this week at least. Here’s some photos instead!
Max was on a tear. He had already been doing scores of frontside crooked grinds before I arrived. He continued doing them for photos, like the one shown above. About two hours later he decided he’d film a line starting with a frontside crook. He couldn’t do it anymore. The moral of the story is, save your frontside crooks like you might save quarters your grandma sends you on your birthday. You might never know when you will need them.
Is this a reflection of the state of our society? Can a skate photo be ART? I think it’s probably only a picture of Max doing a backside noseblunt near some rubble. It’s pretty neat he was able to do this, as you might have noticed, you have to ollie onto that slab first, thus making the trick much more difficult.
Sleepy was taking this backside 180 nosegrind coast to coast, and then to everyones surprise, added a 180 out. I had to get super close for my attempt at a Slap style photo, and it made me very scared. But everything worked out in the end, and my safety remained intact.
Here’s a picture from a far away camera of the same trick. I’ve been using this really old 85mm manual focus Nikon lens, and its quite enjoyable. The contrast is really low, probably due to the crappy lens coating of the era, but it looks pretty nice.