With the on sought of Father Winters arrival in full effect, skateboarding outside can almost seem out of the question due to fear of possibly freezing rather than steezing. I know many of you out there are probably battling snow which is a whole other animal in squashing the possibility of shred and I hope you thaw out soon and can get back on the board. It is in these dire times that sessions become even more valuable due to their rarity. I have been fortunate to have the blessing of the Eastern Skateboard Supply skate park to nestle up in, safe and protected from the harsh elements. I was able to put the board to the side for a long enough time to capture a few images for all of y'all out there to vicariously live through my lens and check out what the #ESSCrew does on our down time. I also was afforded a fairly pleasant night to get out and skate a back yard ramp owned by my new homie Art. He built the ramp for the skateboarding community in Wilmington NC and had every intention to share it with all skaters. I am super stoked on how the ramp skated and on how the boys skated it that particular night. I am as equally appreciative for the chance to get access to such a rad structure and I can't wait to get back! Enjoy the skateboarding pictures that follow and do what ever it takes to reward your self with a session and hold on to the truth that spring will break winters spell soon enough.
Thank you for checking out the latest batch of skateboarding photography that I am very proud to showcase in an effort to spread the sheer excitement possessed by this contraption we play around on. I hope you were able to find the inspiration to get out and brave what ever is fighting down your efforts to shred by seeing some of your fellow brothers on boards do their thing. I'd like to once again say thank you to Eastern Skateboard Supply as well as Art for hosting these latest sessions that I was fortunate enough to be a part of. Give us a follow on the insta-thingy @beautyoutofbabylon in order to afford your self the best chance at viewing more exclusive material strictly pertaining to skateboarding; sorry no selfies to be found. JAH Bless y'all in all of your pursuits of shred because JAH would stop to skate that spot you've been eying for to long now and so should you.
...a gift that is not to be under appreciated. This manifestation of our own imaginations is the key to freedom of self exploration and self expression that goes unrivaled in its benefits to the physical, mental, and spiritual components of the human body. Being a remedy for all 3 of these aspects greatly contributes to what makes skateboarding so genuinely unique and special to those who have chosen to abide by the life of shred. We are a rare breed, misread and misunderstood by nearly all we encounter except another one of our own. This general misconception has helped foster the tight knit crews rolling around nearly every town in America.
The scene surrounding our culture has always been a very grass roots affair partially by choice but also from necessity due to lack of main stream acceptance. This persecution so to speak of the skateboarding community has lead to a very democratic system of operations amongst us skaters in an effort to maximize the little power we did/do possess. This is said in the sense that the people have the power to steer the ship in the direction they see fit. We for a long time have rallied together for skate parks to be built, or for No Skateboarding laws to be lifted or reduced. These actions as a united force have formed a bond between us brothers and sisters of shred which has lead to the thriving community we are a part of today. For the most part we have been able to collectively skip out on mainstream infiltration which would have awarded an outsider authority amongst us; keeping a majority of our intentions pure and in line with skateboarding's roots. But this alignment with where we came from is not a guarantee, but rather it is the result of conscious choices made by influential individuals throughout skating's history. The raddest part about these pillars of our past is that many of them were not the most talented riders of their day but merely the most passionate. Today we are at a critical point in skateboarding where a choice must be made and actions accomplished. As skate culture progresses, each and everyone of us plays a part in where it is going simply by being a part of the scene and having an interest in skate media, products, and the culture.
Now is the time to ward off the vultures of the skate culture by doing what we skaters have done since the very beginning; look out for our own. By identifying companies that align with the attitude that you are looking to see progress and endure in the scene, control is granted to you via support of these companies promoting what it is skateboarding is to you. "Support" can be done by purchasing equipment and apparel from them but also by spreading the good word to all your homies affording them to opportunity to reach out and support them as well. The simplest and easiest way to maintain a positive influence on your local scene, as well as the scene as a whole, is to visit your local shop when you are looking for that freshie set up. This is the best place to get plugged in to any events going off close as well as serving as a wonderful environment to ask questions about particular pieces of equipment or get the inside scoop on a spot to poach later that afternoon. Skateboarding has a way of bringing people together in a way that cannot be described or inscribed into words, it simply must be experienced to be appreciated. Get out there in your neck of the woods and experience the unmistakable feeling awarded to you from skateboarding, all the while maintaining a positivity whilst making those conscious decisions on where we are heading next. JAH Bless y'all and remember to keep it simple and just have fun! Go Skate!
Yesterday was the anniversary of the passing of one of the greats in skateboarding, Lewis Marnell, a man who skated as passionately as he lived. The skate community has really banded together in the tragic wake of this event to help the Marnell family recover and move forward which shows the brotherhood and bond this art we participate in has the capability to form. Lewis was an avid part of forming and creating a scene that contained these characteristics and he would be adamant on us continuing to promote our scene in the same positive direction. I wanted to share a video to highlight the man on the board which will be a spectacle for generations to behold. Don't let a legend like this die not just due to the sheer talent that he possessed, but also how #CommunityCommitted he was. Lets move the skate scene in a direction Lewis would be proud of because you can believe that he is looking down on us right now, hoping the stoke can stride on. JAH Bless Lewis and all of y'all out there who shred for the same reason as he did, the feeling of utter joy and contentment.
This week I was fortunate enough to be given the chance to attend Surf Expo 2015 in Orlando Florida on behave of Eastern Skateboard Supply in an effort to show our faces and promote the Skater Owned, Skater Operated mentality that is becoming increasingly smaller and smaller these days in the skateboarding world. This trip for us was primarily to represent Eastern to the masses, but being that we the #ESScrew are skaters, after all our responsibilities were summed up some really rad sessions went down in various parks in a few different states. The North Glynn Recreation Complex skate park in Brunswick GA, as well as the legendary Kona Skate Park in Jacksonville FL played host to our skate escapades on the journey down providing much much needed leg stretches to take place. Once the entire #ESScrew was re-united in Jacksonville, it was concluded as a whole that Lakeland skate park screamed shred and had each and everyone of us frothing over the promise of features that appealled to the pallet of even the pickiest of ripper appetites. Once word spread that Eastern was charging Lakeland, a band of brothers from Skate One Distribution, Absolute Distribution, Ocean Avenue Distribution, as well as Select Distribution rallied for the cause and made the 45 minute commute in pursuit of a similarly rad time and by no means were any of us disappointed. Words cannot be strung together in the correct order to convey what went down that night because there simply is no way to do it justice. Without producing some kind of visual proof for you out there reading this, there would be no way for you to see and appreciate the artistic endeavors achieved by those present during these sessions. And this is where the words stop and the I allow my photographs to convey our experiences for me. Enjoy the latest Photo Editorial to be published by Beauty Out of Babylon.
The 2 hour quick drop thru was no where near the time needed to experience this place in full. That time allotment could have easily been solely spent on the street course which overs endless line possibilities with unique features composed of different materials and textures. Its a trip for your feet and mind.
Lakeland Skate Park, Lakeland FL. This is a Team Pain built park which was only recently thrown down. Its as smooth as any place you've ever skated but this park offers far more obstacles and features then one would even think possible. Marble features, ledges, quarter pipes, launch ramps, bowls and coping on EVERYTHING making that dream line a possible reality.
I hope you've enjoyed these images half as much as I did capturing them and I am so stoked to be able to share some of the art work that was created by so many different individuals this past week down south in the orange state. Skateboarding is a magical gift that we have been given and it holds the power to form bonds between individuals that breaks down all barriers and transcends all man made stigmas. During this trip, good times were had and memories made between a group of guys who may not have much in common besides that piece of wood with some wheels bolted onto it, but I think that is plenty strong enough to build friendships on. JAH Bless y'all and get out and explore new turf, who knows what you may find and people you may meet!
This clip was shown to me by my buddy Yoda (@yodaaabomb) and I am ever so grateful that I now have the opportunity to share it right now with each and everyone of you. This one is a doozy coming straight out of South Florida is Lake Skateboards very own Pedro Delfino (@p.a.delfino) absolutely abolishing terrain in a fashion unique solely unto him self. Lake is putting out some really rad boards right now and Pedro is here to show you that these things ain't no joke and the resulting stack of clips this dude compiled more then backs it up with visual proof. I am stoked to see the blending of tricks that are not traditionally used to conquer the streets in this clip and I was absolutely blown away more then one time before the screen went black. The last clip is a banger and the perfect caper for this boneless escapade. After you watch this get out and allow the blending of techniques begin to occur in your own skate life to achieve a more balanced result. JAH Bless y'all and make sure to support brands like Lake who look out for dudes progressing our art in an exciting direction!
Hit up http://collageskatevideo.bigcartel.com/ if you feel so inspired to spread the love and pick up a copy of Collage in which Pedro's part is taken. Supporting efforts like this is only going to strengthen the community that we have all become apart of and enjoy so much.