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Maine, Astoria Skatepark Hangin’ & Whatever Else

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Recently we visited Chuck’s parents up in Portland, Maine. It was my first visit up there and I thought it was gonna be a lot cooler in temperature. Surprisingly it was about 85 the whole weekend.

The trek was pretty long, and my back was in a state so it wasn’t the most fun of car rides, but listening to some Comedy Bing Bong on the ride was pretty good.

After arriving, people drinking their coffee, and getting situated we went for a walk around the town. On weekends out by the water they do live music and food trucks. The view was wild, like nothing I’ve ever seen. So many tiny island in one place.

I guess we didn’t get the full sunset experience that Maine normally gets, but it worked for me.

This was the view overlooking part of the city

This is also that view. It was a nice walk back, and on the way Charlotte’s Dad attracted a stray cat who wouldn’t leave him alone. We almost had to take him back to their home, the little butthead.

The next day we trekked up to Wayne, Maine. Charlotte’s family friends live up there, and it was around there that she spent a lot of summer time in her childhood.

After a long winding gravel road we reached the home, which was beautiful. The beach side lake once again featured many tiny islands. To me, as someone from one big ass island, this is very strange and in a sci fi kind of way mystifying.

We soaked a tiny bit of sun up, met the local dogs and then prepped ourselves to go out in kayaks.

We were told there was both an Osprey’s nest and Bald Eagle’s nest somewhere around the lake which got me quite stoked.

Out on the water, very cool shit. Beautiful water that was awfully blue. Charlotte saw an eel. That’s cool.

The lake had an island in the middle of that shit so we had a goddamn picanick.

Here is a view from the mini island.

We had to try and get a shot of us in the rock circle on the island. Go a little too much of the tripod-rock in the foreground but I think the idea is there.

This was us using our binox to check out the swooping Ospreys. Prettay, prettay ya know.

Back at Chuck’s parent’s place later. I noticed this framed drawing she did at age 9 of her cat Walt. One of the best parts about it is his little kid interpretation of her dad’s artwork, a study of a fragmented tiles.

This old house was right in the middle of the town, where we ate some bomb breakfast.

After breakfast we went out to the old lighthouse in what I think was southern Portland. There were some old houses and forts scattered around. This is the inside of one of em.

I can’t remember what this is a view of but it was on the coastal path heading toward the old lighthouse

Oh hey bees

Charloot and Garhoot

On the drive back I noticed Portland has got that PMA.

It was a semi- short trip, but a good one overall. I’m very interested to see it in the winter as well because now having a summer experience I can’t even imagine it under 2 feet of snow.

This is from our annual trip to Mecca, known to many as L&B.

Yes we do get to go more than once, but I feel as if I’ve taken this same photo of Charlotte for years now ever August.

Got together later in the month with Brendan and Matt to do a short little session on the boards. Brendan mentioned not having skateboarded in a long while so this was a warming back up for him.

One of my favorite parks simply for the location

Big ollies from Bren

Lots of footage taking and instagramming all day

I think he was describing the process of what happens as he tried to get off the ground?

Overall a good day but the two seconds I put on my skates I messed my back up something fierce. I kind of decided I have to quit unfortunately. Almost everytime I roll I get fucked up for two weeks. That sucks. Gotta stick to riding the board poorly.

A few snaps from one of the vocal sessions. Not much going on there. Time tickin by.

I got Andre to do this famous pose.

me drums

Probably the best part of this session was snapping this photo of Drew holding this ginger ale bottle that looks like wine.

ol’ tyme roller blading part III

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Back to the scanner for some old rollerblading photos. This is the third time now I sat down to reminisce a bit about the great times I had with my homies through the old photo collections. If you haven’t seen the past ones click the Skating category on the right side and you can catch up the other gems. Maybe it’s the fall weather that does it to me? It’s my favorite time of year to skate because you don’t sweat as much, the cool breeze makes the rollin so much more pleasurable, hoodies are optional. All that. Plus I’ve been hitting the Astoria park a bunch but usually solo so it makes me think back to skating with 4, 6, 8 guys at a time all having a blast. Enjoy.

This set up is by the clamshell by the Patchogue waterfront. When we didn’t have gaps to do we used to just skate fast and jump off of big things. I mean it wasn’t a bad idea just funny to think back on

Mike Lent kickflip at the Temple. This was when I was experimenting with double exposures in photo class – I tried to make a little motion happen

Bren top torque soul at that Rose something place. The Budweiser distro place

Mikey G at Ryder. Oxygens with soul plates. Classic

Me and some other hands getting in the mix on the boom box at Board Sports. Base Brooklyn hoodie with a Victory Style II poster in the background

“Airing” on the Board Sports ramp

BK in the Salomons at Medford bike racks

Mike G the man himself

Oof that fix did not last well, nice going Cordone. Corey with the alley oop sweatstance

Bren top soul at Clara Rose (is that it?) with the Birdhouse shirt on

This was Peconic. A little mini heaven for skaters and bikers alike. The place was a huge abandoned factory that would get raided by the cops every couple months. People built ramps inside one of the building then had kickers and shit in the overhanged outside spot

The sunlight was particularly dramatic on this day and every shot I took came out awesome

Check out that Triple 8 jersey. I love that shit

Lui Kang!

Mike G sporting the Cindy’s run long sleeve. RIP.

Those were my custom painted and stickered up k2s. I loved the flex of those things.

Corey at the Chase bank hitting the gap. Whose’s shadow is that over there?

Brendan snowboarding somewhere

The posse at Medford train station. BK, Matt Dowsey, Brendan, Mike G and Zach. I think that bike my still be in my mom’s basement.

Corey with the backside farfegnugen at Stop and Shop.

Mike Lent on rollerblades at the Chase. Man that shit had NO runway at all

Young BK and Mike G. More classic gear with the Hangers hoodie

This was a super weird photo where I was in between a fall or something trying to 540 the steps I think? Those are Rise Above jeans

Soul at Stony Brook. Man, I loved that rail. I wish I could still skate that shit. We used to get into so much shit from those rent-a-cops

Soul at Chase with one glove on. Ill finger print on the picture. Half of these we would print in Photo class and we’d trade negatives so that we could print each other’s shots. That way we would have copies of everything. I remember having pictures of myself on my rolls of film and Mr. shithook Cordone giving me shit. Half of these pictures have grades on the back of them. Pretty funny

Mike G in Full Circle Era Pennywise Shirt. Corey B to the right

Corey on the backwards print

Bren at Medford rails with the Jordan jersey. I think that was the one Ryan Carroll gave him when he got rid of a bunch of shit and dumped it onto me and Brendan. I don’t remember why that was. I really wonder where that dude is in life now

Alley oops mizou with orange hair. and bandanna around my mouth. That soft ledge is probably so fucked now

Mike Lent at the weird office house thing next to South Ocean

Back at the Stony Brook rail/ledge

La Bonne Vie rail. Again another “always” spot for us. That old lady fucking HATED us for fucking up the grass

The Staples bank that wasn’t huge at all but still somehow fun. I think it was just cause we wanted to skate a bank so badly and there were so few of them

A rare moment – a photo of Zach Kelly skating. What was this called? Top unity?

Brendan top mizou

Mike G alley oop soul. Man I want a fuckin bagel from across the street so bad. A fucking TWIST. Why is it I can’t get that shit out here???

Mike Lent doing the narrow 6 set at the Patchogue station. It took him a while to land this but when he did it was sick.

Sayville Highschool. I used to push slowly on that ledge and do a 180 off. Not big at all thinking back on it now but still cool I guess. I wish I still had that Powell shirt

Corey at Saxton

Airing again at Board Sports but with BK and John-Pierre on looking. John was always one of the cooler skateboarders who didn’t refer to rollerblading in derogatory terms. He would clap for sick tricks and shit. I saw him recently and he looks like he hasn’t aged a fuckin day. He just doesn’t have the tribal necklace any more

I don’t know if this is Farrell or Brendan

That’s me with the big hair flowing in the snow

Me again. I have no idea what mountain this was at

Off the side bump

Some more printing trickery by someone (maybe me?) where you can see the tape that was used to put down an inverted print or something

Bren again at Saxton

Mike Lent portrait deep in thought and reaaal young

The short ass thing on the side of Saxton is a mystery to me now. Again I guess we were so desperate to skate things we just put up with whatever was around

Another funky double exposure. This one sucked but it’s Corey on a sweatstance at Stony Brook

BK doing a 180 at Medford

South Ocean back farf

Squirrelly alley oop sweat

BK farf at Saxton I’m super curious what shirt he’s got on

Mike G soul

Here’s another example of us jumping off shit. This was on a snowy day as you can see behind the Bob’s in Patchogue. I dunno, he landed it but it was so weird the shit we’d do

This was me behind the bagel place on the Medford side of 112. Real weird face there

Bren doing a funny double leg grab, sort of a crab thing

Negative mizou

Alley oop soul with Tim Liles looking on from the side

Back royale from Corey

Alley oop negative mizou at Board Sports. Check that FR Crewneck! I want that shit!!

Peace Love FR. RIP shirt

Another double exposure experiment

Alley oop mizou with gloves on. I love it. For some reason it seems to 90s with that striped hat.

Corey always had mad Senate gear

This shit is the best – The group shot of BK doing a 180 at Medford Fix problems once more

Top acid with a flipped negative again because I never do that trick that way unless its on a ramp

BK top mistrial

Leeeeean Back

Is that Tim again? It’s hard to imagine him wearing clothes that loose knowing him now. Look at Corey’s pants in the back right though.. wow

Another weird ass face from tourquing that soul

Weird Lui Kang 360 shot

That’s a sick Hawks jersey

Random shot of Mike Holter getting weird on a gap. He looks like he’s in trouble

Bren going for a grab at the Post Office

This day was me, Corey and BK I think. I don’t even remember the runway for that gap. That Dude VEX got up all over town

I would love to skate those skate now

Same gap again. I think it was sort of an angle thing

Temple Beth El again. Pig shirtt

Is that a bush in the shot or is that fucked up chemicals? We’ll never know

The gap from the thin brick ledge to the street. Getting speed for that was always a trick

BK in those Salomons again. Those thing just look so weird to me

Oh boy this stuff was the best. We had to do some sort of posed assignment for photo class like everything else we made jokes of it. Brian is dropping a pencil in the butt crack when the shoe tying goes on and Brendan is getting a good look at the crack from the tree. Obviously a normal scenario

Bren over the rail and over the steps gap.

Bren, Tim and Mike hanging in a tree

Farrell! Up close and personal. He looks like a BA-by

Me hanging from  pole… don’t know why

South Ocean gap BK

Check it out… it’s Mitch! Little BAAAAbies

Whoever shot and developed this one got some reaaaal nice tones.

Infamous Posse in Effect in the Attic

Tim doing something in the background. Dunno

I love this wall ride shot, always have. The pattern of the bricks and the long shadow makes it awesome

Another fading daylight shot. At the 7-11 which was frequented for slurpees and what not. I ended up gapping over the bushes this one time

Another one of our set up shots. Here Tim crashed into Brendan on the bike and landed in the tree obviously

Huge thumbprint on the negs of this one but this shot shows how much easier it used to be to do backslides. At least for me. K2s worn in it was like fucking buuttttteerrr

Here’s another example. Yo honestly wish I had those soccer shin guards still for skating. They were super lightweight but provided a good barrier between the rail and bone. At St. Joe’s College

Top Mistrial at St. Joe’s again. No fill flash on this one

Suit Skating at Board Sports. Me and Tim used to randomly buy Leisure suits at Salvation Army and Selden Thrift and just dress up. Then one day for the photos I decided to skate in one. I felt naked but  it looked suave.


Farrell, Bren, and Mike on the playground and it was no big deal

Farrell busting a 180 off that shit and Brendan can’t believe it

This was funny I guess

GENO! He was warm.

Farrell’s ass for some reason

Suit Skating again. 180 over the stairs

Mike with his long board. Him and Tim both had them I remember

More playground shots

Mike had skates on in all the other shots, wonder if he had them on in this one somehow

People look weird upside down

Suit 180 or 360 or something

Stony Brook flat rail wearing And-1 shorts under my pants.

Again, why did I do shit like this? Skating with basketball shorts on. Lakers right yellow shorts. 180 over the gap. That’s all I got for now. Always good to go back in time for a minute…