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’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!
A couple of weeks ago while in Japan on assignment, I put together a small photo show at Fat Bros Skateshop in Nakano, Tokyo, with the help of Takahiro Morita and FESN. The show featured a selection of prints with skate and portrait photography from the past year or so including photos from my zine Sakura, and other recently published work. Fat Bros also made a limited edition t-shirt to commemorate the occasion. Overall everything was a great success and I’m extremely grateful to all of my friends in Tokyo who helped make it happen and were able to come out for the opening night.
Thank you! See you again soon!
Photo recap below.
“We all posted up after our court time expired and continued to talk. Some old-timers chatted us up as we shot photos and for the first time that day, I felt less aware of my own age, remembering that tennis, like skating, is almost ageless. In an era of real-time, hyper documentation, Gino Iannucci is very much the opposite of most skateboarders, while never sounding like a Luddite. Instead, it’s about quality control and the care and attention to what he puts out in the world, even something as simple as a single ad.”
On a sunny spring Sunday, writer Anthony Pappalardo and I met up with iconic, yet reclusive and mysterious pro skateboarder Gino Iannuci to play tennis and discuss skateboarding, his career (or neither at all), and whatever else came up along the way. Coincidentally, the article was published on the same day as new footage of Gino was released on Nike SB’s Instagram, also coinciding with the release of his new Dunk. Great to see some Gino coverage out in the world again!