“only a handful of artists have stuck around skateboarding long enough to not only tell its story, but have any type of arc or evolution. Still pissed, still “shitty,” and still a part of skateboarding, Francis is absolutely at his best when he’s at his worst.”
I had the amazing pleasure of meeting and photographing Todd Francis for THE HUNDREDS, on the night of his exhibition “Worst of the Worst” at House of Vans, which chronicled two decades of graphics with Anti-Hero skateboards. Head over to their site to read the full interview by Anthony Pappalardo.
Just made major updates to my website including photos from my zine SAKURA with Takahiro Morita (online for the first time!), my shoot with the legend, Mark Gonzales, and Vans x Our Legacy with Youth of Today for Paper Magazine, and lots more! Please check it out: colegiordano.com
Last night I had the honor of being in the first Adidas Showcase of 2017 – a group show of local artists from “skateboarding and beyond” – at the Soho Arts Club in New York’s Lower East Side. I showed some photos from my zine, Sakura, with Takahiro Morita, and some portraits of the one and only Mark Gonzales, originally shot for Paper and Jenkem magazines. It was truly a privilege to be a part of such a great night and show with so many other talented skaters and artists. Major thanks to Adidas Skateboarding and Josh Zickert of Natural Koncept for including me in the show, and Soho Arts Club for hosting. Short photo recap below. Check out the full recap from Juxtapoz Magazine here.
SAKURA is officially for sale exclusively in the Milk Gallery online store!
Shot in under two weeks in Japan, in the spring of 2016, “Sakura” explores how skateboarding interacts with the cherry blossom filled cityscape of Tokyo during this brief moment of the year when they are in bloom.
Pick up a copy here!
Click here to watch the accompanying short film produced by FESN and myself.
And read some press on the zine from Vice and Creators Project here.
A couple of weeks ago I had the amazing privilege of spending an afternoon photographing and hanging out with one of my all time idols and influencers, and the man Transworld Skateboarding named the most influential skateboarder of all time, Mark “The Gonz” Gonzales. Writer, Anthony Pappalardo, and I spent a couple of hours in The Gonz’s studio in lower manhattan where we talked skating, art, bar fights, his new collab with Snoop Dogg and adidas Skateboarding, and helped him stick arrows into a vintage Vivienne Westwood hat…because…Gonz.
The story ran in 2 parts. You can read part one on Jenkem Magazine.
Part 2 can be found at Paper Magazine.
Takhiro Morita has been a major force in the Japanese skate scene for over two decades. But it was only about 2 years ago that I met him at the New York premier of French skate company Magenta‘s video: Soleil Levant. The video itself was awesome, but I found Morita’s part in it to be truly inspiring. Not only did he skate with alluring style and amazingly creative tricks, his part was inter-spliced with crazy and cool artistic visuals of brains and weird wavelengths, all cut together at a dizzying speed that matched his skating. After the video was over, I decided I had to introduce myself.
We spent the rest of the night hanging out with the Magenta crew and other skaters from New York, and went skating the next day to try and get some photos. Those photos eventually ran in the Japanese publication VHS, and then later in the March 2015 issue of Transworld Skate Japan.
This summer, Morita made it back to New York. We spent a full week skating every day and I’m happy to say that the photos we got that week are now part of Morita’s bi-lingual cover story in the current issue of TWSJ. They make up part of Morita’s “Love From Far East” – a story about his skating and how it has enabled him to travel around the world for over 25 years.
Accompanying the issue is a DVD that highlights Morita’s skate career. The cover of it is a photo I took of Morita during a rainy midnight venture to Times Square.
Check it out below. For more photos, head to colegiordano.com.
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Spread from TWSJ March 2015.