That time @podge_paints_pictures
and I helped @teampainskateparks
build a half pipe in the Seattle Center Arena, hung out and skated with the pros, went on photo and video expeditions and saw @socialdistortion
— all while sleeping on Tony Hawk’s floor.
The craziest memories…
Tony Hawk’s Awesomeness - One day, Tony and I were hanging out when he asked where I lived. “Oh, about 30 miles from here, out in the woods.” “Man, you don’t have to drive that far, you can crash in my room if you want.” I slept on the floor of the room he shared with @stevesteadham
for the rest of the week. Tony really is the kind of guy you would hope. Humble, focused, intelligent, hard working and supremely talented. An absolute inspiration and a hell of a role model.
Beetlejuice with the Bones Brigade - One night Tony’s friend Steve asks if we want to catch a movie with “some friends.” We grab our boards and skate up to the Warwick Hotel, knock on the door and who opens? Stacy Peralta. “Hey guys! Come on in.” The door opens to reveal the entire @bonesbrigade
, hanging out, raiding Stacy’s mini-fridge. @peraltastacy
were all there. Like Tony, they were all really nice, humble and welcoming. Surreal.
Photos with O - Legendary photographer O, shooting for @transworldskate
, wanted some shots of local sights. He asked if we’d show him around so we jumped in his van with Tony, took them sightseeing and hit a few skate spots. Watching O work and seeing his photos in Transworld peaked my interest in photography and sparked a passion that continues to this day. Years later, I ran into O at the @casbahsandiego
and he actually remembered me (or he was just being nice). Either way, it felt great to thank him for the inspiration.
Social Distortion - A year prior I’d seen my first punk show, @the_faction_official
, at Granny’s Ramp in Lynnwood. I was excited that my 2nd show would be Social Distortion. I grabbed a seat up front next to skate-style god Chris Miller (@owlcat
) before chaos ensued in the pit, a security guard got a fat lip, and seats became useless. I had a chance to meet the band later. Again, surreal. 👇