“Marc Razo’s Shred For Your Life guitar battle hit the stage for the 14th year last night to a jam-packed crowd at Brooklyn Bazaar. Twelve professional shredder’s went head to head over the course of three rounds, some dressed in drag, one as a nun, and one as a rocker who wore ass-less chaps. Randy the Macho Man Savage was present while others rocked their normal shred gear.”
-Josh Zickert aka JZ Radical
Mid90s, the new film written and directed by Jonah Hill, follows the story of a young boy who finds friendship and camaraderie amongst a group of older skateboarders at the local skate shop in LA.
On the day of the New York premiere for Jonah’s directorial debut, Montreal’s LOVE Skate Mag asked me to sit down with the engaging cast of the film to take some photographs and speak with them about their roots in skateboarding, friendship, the LA skate scene, and how it all came together to make one of the most genuine movies about coming of age amidst skateboarding culture.
Please check it out here!
Mid90s Cast [from left]: Ryder McLaughlin, Na-kel Smith, Alexa Demie, Olan Prenatt, Gio Galicia, and Sunny Suljic
“Harmony Korine [director: Kids, Spring Breakers] called directing being a long-term obsessive, and I can be a long-term obsessive if I fall in love with the right thing. So this was the thing [skateboarding] I fell in love with, and I wanted to make this film. If you look at anyone who’s a hero of mine, like Mike Nichols or Barry Levinson, their first films were films from a very personal, emotional place, so that’s why I made Mid90s.”
I recently spent a week in Sun Valley, Idaho and it’s surrounding regions in the Sawtooth National Forest, as well as some time in Salt Lake City. Here is a collection of some of my favorite images from the trip, shot on both digital and film, as seen in a new gallery on my website.
I had the pleasure of shooting the enigmatic Beach Fossils backstage at a recent concert at NYC’s Terminal 5 for a new interview in Monster Children Magazine, by my long time friend and collaborator, Anthony Pappalardo. The interview is up now and you can read it here.
I’m hyped to have photographed 2 articles for the new issue of Love Skate Mag – a rad new Indy skateboarding magazine out of Montreal – one on the notorious Luker Lou and his VX sculpture, and the other on filming mastermind Colin Read, also know as Mandible Claw, including a #veryrare photo of him skating in front of the camera. Thanks so much to Love for having me play such a big part in this issue. Pick one up on their site or at Theories of Atlantis and support independent skate mags! ❤️
Very excited to have some photos of Takahiro Morita in the Japan Issue of France’s Fise Up Magazine. The beautifully written article by Aymeric Nocus includes a few photos we’ve shot togeher throughout the years and an outtake from my zine Sakura that has never been shown before (the last photo in this post), and some great photos from other photographers as well. It’s available in print in France now, and online here NOW!