Life is better with grain. Film photos always have such stronger feels and carry such a greater reward for capturing the moment with a single click. It’s been minute since the homies from down south were in town. Still having a hard time calling Portland a city. Feels more like a suburb with a skyline. More trees than buildings over 2 stories tall.
I tried shooting an old roll of color Kodachrome while they were here. Lets just say it didn’t work out as planned. Haha. It basically came out as a bunch of gray images. That roll aside, here are some photos that did turn out. Until next time my dudes. (Riders: Miguel Zendejas, Johnathan Ball, Josh Silva, Ramon Antonio III, Sam Allgood)
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Massan Fluker rolled into The Bay Area just in time to be here to see the Golden State Warriors win the 2015 NBA Championships. These photos are mad old at this point, but I figured they were still worth the share. This was the first time we got the Chrome Familia together in what seemed like forever. Jealous of the sweet Warriors memorabilia. Those shades look sick af.
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Dusted some cobwebs off of these photos and got them up in cyberspace. I’m pretty sure this was the first time I met Alonso Tal. If I remember correctly, don’t take my word for it. These were from the Chrome Familia photoshoot we did in San Francisco / Oakland back in 2015. I guess it’s true what they say. Time flies when you’re having fun.
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There’s nothing like digging up old photos to bring back memories. Sometimes it feels like you’re resurrecting the dead with the things you almost forgotten about. I’m sure I’m not the only one who looks through my phone in the morning to piece together what happened the night before. A photo can take you right back to that place and helps paint a clearer image in your mind.
Here are a bunch of photos from that one time we all rode bikes in China. What an experience that was. Almost forgot all about these shots. Check out more below. (more…)
It’s hard to believe that it’s almost been a year since we stepped foot in China and were riding around the streets of Beijing. For those who don’t already know, Jaoa Danaikrit recently tied the knot and got married in Thailand last month. He is one of the few people that has been with me on nearly every trip overseas and I couldn’t have found a better friend to share those good times with. Here are a bunch of 35mm photos I took of him while we got loose and sweated it out in China. Finding food was easy out there, the streets were literally lined with people serving grub everywhere you went. We balled on a budget and we ended up buying breakfast, lunch and dinner all at the same place because of their bible of a menu. We rode passed Tiananmen Square a couple different times and admired the enormous portrait of Mao’s face cemented to the wall. If you want to feel grateful for your basic human rights, then take a trip to China, a change of perspective is good every once and a while. The final two photos at the bottom of this post are the last time I saw Jaoa before he flew back home. I never forget this trip and I’ll see you real soon my dude.
Dew Sippawit is perhaps one of the greatest Fixed Gear Freestyle riders of all time, and has traveled all over the world because of it. Last year I had the opportunity to fly to Beijing China with him where we rode, filmed and cut loose during our two week stay there. I keep a 35mm camera in my backpack at all times, and am real glad I packed it on this trip because a bunch of these photos are now living on the walls of our house. While we were filming in this narrow alleyway, Dew found an old bike with two flats and decided to take it for a joyride. We were constantly on the move and rarely stayed at a spot for long due to the insanely heavy amount of security, police officers and armed forces. It was crazy to see dudes posted up with assault rifles all over Tiananmen Square. Keep your eyes peeled for more 35mm photos our trip.
It’s easy to get stuck in the bubble living in San Francisco. It’s hard to leave when you have just about everything you need within walking distance. I’ve lived in the city for 7 years now and have only been across the Golden Gate Bridge a handful of times. So when I met up w/ Bryan Dempler to ride a couple weeks ago we ventured out to enjoy the one thing SF doesn’t have; open space.
It has been hot as hell here in San Francisco (relatively speaking) and we’ve been making the most of it by riding around town while catching a tan and drinking booze out of coconuts. Okay, maybe not that last bit, but it’s been remarkably hot lately. Earlier this month, Mike Schmitt, Bryan Dempler and I went out for a refreshing ride along The Bay where there is usually a cool breeze and some abandoned areas to explore. There’s been a ton of construction going on and these vacant spaces are getting harder and harder to find, which is why I’ve felt the need to capture them while they’re still there. My trusted 35mm Olympus OM1 has become a staple in our arsenal of camera gear, and is the one piece of equipment that I have on me at all times. That being said, Bryan and I played hot potato with the camera as we shot these photos throughout the day. Check out more below and be on the look out for other rolls coming out the pipeline. 07.11.2015
On Saturday the FIXIEBOYZ408 packed their bikes, piled into a van and drove up to San Francisco to ride with us for the day. We met up at 3rd & Army, and then ventured into Hunters Point from there. Our goal was to work our way to Hilltop park and hit whatever spots we found along the way until eventually arriving at San Francisco’s oldest skatepark, The Dish. After that we roamed around the neighborhood until we came across this abandoned school with a bunch of unique things to ride. Keep your eyes peeled for footage of this day coming from both us and the Fixie Boyz themselves. // 07.18.2015
My 35mm camera has lived in the bottom of my bag ever since I got it back up and running a few weeks ago. I’ve already developed a hand full of rolls since then, and have been really enjoying having it back in our arsenal. I rode by the developer after work and picked up these photos we shot during the 4th of July video TURF released earlier this morning. Read more below to check out other photos we took throughout the day. Shot on 35mm Ilford 3200 Black & White film.