“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!
“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.
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.
The first in what will hopefully be many designs for skateboard decks. This is for my local skate shop: 2nd Nature . It will be available soon. Keep posted, more to come.