It’s hard to believe that it’s almost been a year since we left on our voyage to Japan. Editing the video from this trip got put on back burner in order to finish up Word Is Bond, but is now ready to be released. Expect a new Wheel Talk video coming out sometime next week. Until then, here’s a couple photos I dug up of Ed “Wonka” Laforte doing a double peg at this nearly abandoned amusement park we rode while staying in Tokyo. Check out more photos from that day here.
With the summer in full effect, we’ve been making use of the extended daylight and doing a lot of filming after work. Here’s an older photo I found of Ed Wonka doing a smith with only a sliver of light left illuminating the spot. Although this photograph is only a few months old, the loading dock has been completely covered by cement and fenced off. We managed to shoot this image a couple days before they remodeled the exterior of the building and covered up the spot. Photo Credit : Matt Reyes
With an endless sea of new terrain, we’ve been putting in work uncovering and uncapping spots for the betterment of the community. Here’s a few black & white 35mm photos that just came back from the lab of everybody hanging out and riding in Oakland last weekend. Dew blasted a huge toboggan across this stair set, landing on just the last few steps while MTS filmed from the side. Ed Wonka came through to shred and remind us why tooth hangovers are his specialty. And Devon Lawson and Jaoa Danaikrit shared some ice cream. Check out more below.
Photo Credit : Turf Mob
Yesterday Mike Schmitt & I hopped on the Bart and met up with Andy Sparks to ride some spots in the East Bay. We ventured out further than we usually would to shred some schools that a little bird told us about. As painfully difficult as it was to pedal out to them, it was completely worth it, stacking some solid clips to go home with. Here’s a shot of me throwing a 180 over this handrail towards the end of the day.
Photo Credit : Mike Schmitt
Dew Sippawit has been staying at our pad here in the Bay Area and whoever else has a couch fit to surf. We’ve been doing a lot more riding on the East Bay this year and have discovered a whole new array of spots in our own backyard. Be on the lookout for photos and videos coming form their stay in the states. Until then check out this photo that Jaoa shot of dew posted up next to his SKYLMT in Oakland’s China Town.
Photo Credit : Jaoa Danaikrit
I recently met up with the homie Rudas Priest during lunch and set out on a mission to explore some of my favorite parts of the city. We followed the train tracks walking through fields of used syringes and crushed cans of paint until we came upon this oversized stair case leading nowhere. Rude Boy never leaves the house without his camera and is one of the few photographers I know who shoots strictly on film. It’s like he always says “film is forever”. Head over to his blog to check out more photos from that afternoon HERE. Photo Credit : Rude Boy
So much of the architecture in Japan was built without any thought of people one day riding it. We came across this pyramid that seemed almost too good to be true and ran the gamut on it until Devon Lawson & I both emptied out our entire bag of tricks. Seitaro Iki shot these photos of Devon throwing a barspin and looping around to knock out a couple more clips before security caught wind of what we were doing out front.
Photo Credit : Seitaro Iki