Wednesday, October 12, 2011

AAAYYY, WHOA.. I'M BLOGGIN' HERE !! ( New York 2011 in photos )

I'm keeping it simple this time around.... just photos from my trip to New York in late September 2011. I met up with a couple groups of friends, skated, bought records and waited out rain storms. It was my 1st time in the Big Apple and the trusty G9 captured some random stuff. Enjoy.

Above : A record from the 1800's that was laying around Dan V and Drew's place.
Below : Drew Hairymore

Above: Dan V texting and c'mon.

Above and below : Pretty dope ledge spot right on the main drag in sketchy Newark.
Dan V BUTR Bro !
Above and below : Drew's slashings in the deep end of this random Jersey skatepark were like, soooooo cute !
Above and below : We hit up a sick DIY spot in Jersey City that the boys had some part in creating.... fun as hell. I ate shit on the 1st attempt of that bluntslide.
Above : Willy Akers on deck !
Above : This is Scraggles. We had a few issues....
Below : Brooklyn Bridge on film. Thanks Pete Miles.
Above : Gianni's Pizza in Bed Stuy made this gem.
Below : Crown Fried Chicken, around the corner from my friend Nick's place in Brooklyn, has this posted in the window. It's right next to the Marcy Projects where Jay-Z grew up.
Above and below : The solid homie Jon Sturge came through for a few days to visit and get some skating in. He got a clip at this classic Queens spot while the DTZ did not.
Above : Drew floating in a bowl that he built.
Below : Willy doing a Texas Plant at the Chelsea Piers Skatepark in Manhattan.
Above : I was wandering around Manhattan on a misty day and found this bench on the waterfront, among many other great spots. Had to use the timer for a self portrait.
I had a great time on my 2 week vacation in New York.... can't wait to go back ! Hopefully I won't get rained out as much ( over half this trip was plagued by rain storms ), but even so, there's a million things to do in NYC even if there's a blizzard. Thanks to Nick, Andrew and Dan V for being such great hosts... see you in Arizona brothers !

Sunday, March 27, 2011



The Derms-mobile picked me up on 5 minutes notice for a trip to Queensboro park today, packed with a solid crew and heading optimistically into some evil looking clouds. Even though it drizzled on us the whole way there, the ground dried up and the sun came out to welcome me to my first session at an amazing new park. We hit up Ladner's new bowl on the way home as well to cap off a great Sunday afternoon. Can't wait to go back to these parks soon..... DTZ

Monday, January 31, 2011


Every year around mid-winter I head to Arizona to visit my parents, and skate in the sun as much as possible. Flights are ridiculously cheap, and ditches abound once you set foot in the desert. Normally, I take a few friends along to share in the radness, but this year everyone was unable due to various circumstances. A sad notion, when compared to last year's super crew consisting of Jett Falconwing, Bunt Prestington, T-Nice, Frank the Tank..... and yours truly.

I was fortunate enough to have Tucson loc Mr. Aaron Suski hooking me up with sessions, not to mention hella hella healthy health drinks that probably saved my life or something. His homie Willy Akers came out from the east coast with some friends while I was there, we went to a million spots, I shot a lot of photos. Joe Hammeke was our generous host in Phoenix when we all ventured there for a few days..... lots got crammed into a short amount of time - including a broken arm from me - but it was a blast hanging in the sun with a big crew, skating new spots, and getting to spend time with my family as well. Below are some photo highlights from the trip, with captions to fill in the many blanks.....

I went to the Pima Air and Space Museum with my folks to check out some planes and helicopters from various eras that are on display in several hangars, while outside there are literally thousands more sitting in the desert that have been retired to the " Airplane Graveyard ". That's my mom standing next to some sort of bumble bee looking thing that actually flies.

Above: Willy backside jamming over a channel at the infamous Dildo Ditch.

Below: I thought I heard the Jersey guys calling Dan " Bag-a-D's " when I first met them, but they weren't and I ended up unintentionally giving him a nickname that kinda sucks. Sorry about that Dan. Ol' Bag-a-D's liked to have a lil' nappy time pretty much everywhere we went, but don't let that mislead you, he's hiding some crazy flatground tech under that " sleeping hessian " exterior.

Above: Mark is also from New Jersey... I think. He lives somewhere in Washington State now. They must have gnarly pools and parks there because Mark knows how to fly around a bowl like nobody's business. This back smith was absolutely amazing. It made me feel like a small, scared child.

Below: Willy is full of good energy at all times. I got a lot of great photos of him on the trip, it was hard to choose just a couple to showcase here. He killed this pool, starting each run with these stylish frontside bargers.

Above: Jesse's dogs constantly run around the bowl while people skate, often charging in and out mid-run, which is awesome but kinda really sketchy. 

Below: Suski's ghost tucks a lofty frontside at Jesse's private paradise.

Above and Below: I stopped by this long-since out of business hotel, The Picacho Hotel, after noticing it while driving from Tucson to Phoenix on previous trips. As I started shooting photos the current owner came out of the small building next door to tell me about it. He was quite friendly, and even gave me a vintage postcard of the Hotel from it's heyday. It's slated to be torn down soon for the expansion of the highway, so I'm glad I finally went there.

Above and Below: I went to the Zoo in Tucson with the folks and saw some amazing animals.You goin' to the Zoo ?

Above: While in Phoenix we met up with Nick Terrell ( hope I'm spelling it right ), a friend of the Jersey guys who's living in Tempe for a while. These banks he's skating are harder to skate than they look, but they're fun as hell. I broke my arm skating flatground minutes before he pulled this backside noseblunt revert.

Below: Birdhouse rip-ling Sean Gregoire was riding his Harley across the country from D.C. and decided to crash with Hammeke for a bit in Tempe, so he linked up with us for a couple days. This bluntslide was done in one end of a ditch that might as well have been a skatepark.

Above: Ditch art made from found objects. Artist/Suskibeatz.

Below: Mr.Hammeke packing up during a classic Arizona sunset. Cactus Banks, Phoenix.

Above: Tula Faye is more than enough reason to visit Tucson.

Below: The bulk of our crew. This was my last day skating in Arizona...really just hanging out taking photos due to the busted arm, which I did not know was busted yet. 

 A huge thanks goes out to my family, Suskibeatz, Hammeke, the Jersey guys, Nick terrell and everyone else who showed me a great time while I was in town. Stay tuned for video from the trip n the near future !!
- AC