It’s very cool to see a mini documentary on the Canadian skateboard scene. It really makes me wish I had picked up a camera much sooner as I was around many of the people and events depicted in this video. From working at Hogtown Skateboards and SBC Skateboard magazine, going to Slam City Jam, seeing Rick McCrank for the first time when he was on Cherry Bombs right before he blew up…migrating to California to work at Skateboarder Magazine and now working for enjoi skateboards and seeing Bill Weiss at the Dwindle offices all the time…it has been a cool ride so far.
As a teenager in Toronto working behind the counter at Hogtown Skateboards, I was heavily influenced by the art of Andy Howell. Fast-forward to 2019 and I am coloring Andy’s linework, doing layout and production for the enjoi X New Deal collabo. Then, being called an “awesome dude” by Andy on The Nine Club is a truly incredible and surreal experience. I am very happy with how the skateboard series turned out, and I will post the final product once they hit the shops. Thank you Andy. (The section about the enjoi collaboration starts at 3.25.25).
Two different lighting setups. With 3 lights.
After year of retouching skate photos for multiple skateboard magazines, I finally have my own fisheye lens. Here’s my first fisheye skate shot, that I shot. Ricky Plancich. Ollie. El Segundo. April 15th, 2019. Oh yeah, I designed that graphic as well…
My job as Creative Director for enjoi skateboarding is extremely fast paced. I am constantly making board graphics, t-shirt graphics, managing artists, creating digital and print marketing materials, etc…So when I get to see my work in Taiwan, signed by the team and held by a happy fan it really makes it all worth it. PHOTO BY: Kenji
These are all opening spreads that I designed around 2009 thru 2011. (I was the Art Director of Skateboarder Magazine from 2005 until 2013). I’m really happy that I caught the tail end of the magazine era and was able to experiment and learn doing monthly magazine print layouts. Skateboarder Magazine was put to bed (and I was out of a job) when the parent company bought the Transworld magazine group in 2013. They decided to focus their attention on Transworld Skateboarding (TWS). Yesterday, TWS announced that they were ceasing their print publication. #RIPrint
Had fun shooting the 2018 Long Beach, Christmas Parade only with available light.
It is always cool to see something I designed pop-up again years later. In this case it’s the Skateboarder Magazine, April 2009, Volume 18, Number 8, Grant Taylor cover shot by Ryan Flynn. The cover pops-up in the new Volcom GTXX - Down South in Hell video. Here’s the full interview from that issue. Words by Chris Nieratko. Photos by Ryan Flynn. Sorry about the resolution. These Jpegs seemed plenty big back in 2009!
Hey! I designed those socks! The original enjoi deck graphic was called Kitten Dreams and was a Jerry Hsu deck graphic. It was later turned into a couple Cairo Foster graphics and then even a My Little Pony graphic. I took the artwork and reworked it into the socks that you see above. The image is designed so it is seamless and works all the way around the sock, with no noticeable beginning or end. Image via: JENNYISGOLDEN
Just to be included with the calibre of skateboard artists featured in this episode of Loveletters is truly an honor. The board shown in the video was part of a two deck series made for enjoi skateboards in the Spring drop 2018. They began with elements of previous enjoi graphics but evolved into what you see here.
It is always cool to see your work pop-up. Especially in a viral Instagram post. I designed that completely pink skateboard. Traditionally, the enjoi panda has been black on white. I mixed it up, making him pink on pink and it has been selling well. It has even achieved Tech Deck form.
FUN FACT: The name for the pink complete originates from HERE.
Here are some other happy Hi. My Name Is Pinky proud owners from a quick #hashtag search.