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Stoked & Broke: Free Fall

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Here's a collection of pictures from the past few weeks. I wish I could figure out some crafty metaphor to compare skating to autumn, but I recently found an empty pool that needs some TLC, and I plan on making it skatable this week. So that's really the only thing on my mind. Enjoy the pics, and don't ask me where the pool is, unless you're willing to help. Fuck off until then.

-JW

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Super model

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John used what he can find to hold this rail still

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The OG Taco Bell gap

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The manager kicked us out before anyone would get a trick  

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Stoked & Broke: Sweet Summertime

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The tail end of this summer was nice. Long days, and late nights. Not that it was a bad thing either. With good company, time flies by.

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One night we set up shop to print shirts for the Punk Rock Pig Roast in Blue Island. Cases of beer and countless cigarettes were consumed while everyone quietly worked away.

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Katie has been rad enough to help when she can. Super creative, and funny as fuck. I’m stoked to have her around. She has a few zines and prints up at her shop. Go check it out.

This is Salzer. He’s color blind, and deaf in one ear. So I make fun of him constantly because of it. Fuck you, Salzer.

This is Salzer. He’s color blind, and deaf in one ear. So I make fun of him constantly because of it. Fuck you, Salzer.

Jay Fairman came into town one weekend and we hit up Wilson skatepark the first day of the Chicago air and water show. We were weary at first, thinking the traffic would be terrible. But the whole day turned out to be awesome. 

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Five angels and a bird

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Incoming! 

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Snapchatting the mayhem

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Trevor recently landed a tail drop off the ledge at this spot. Someone told me that Tommy “Your Body Is A Wonderland” Lyons landed it already. Regardless, it still looks awesome (and no one has gone off the top rope yet). 

Trevor recently landed a tail drop off the ledge at this spot. Someone told me that Tommy “Your Body Is A Wonderland” Lyons landed it already. Regardless, it still looks awesome (and no one has gone off the top rope yet). 

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gentlemen 

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Oh! This Friday is the premiere for the new Grains video. Featuring a slew of rippers. See y’all there! 

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Well, this summer was fun. Here’s a few random pictures of goofy shit I found. Until next time. Ta ta! -JW

^ That’s Elizabeth. She rules. Okay bai.

Stoked & Broke: Sent

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I was with Jeff Hines and John Siorek sitting in traffic and shooting the shit. John shared a story of getting snaked by a scooter kid who mouthed the words "be humble" as he went down the bank. Which is a pretty balsy move for any kid to do. Our plan was to hit up spots and hopefully skate at this event, which was being put on by Michael Burnett, showcasing all the rad photos he's taken over the years at Thrasher Magazine

Photo: Briden 

Photo: Briden 

Photo: Briden

Photo: Briden

Photo: Briden

Photo: Briden

Photo: Briden  

Photo: Briden  

Meanwhile, across town: you'd think when your knee pops out of place, the last thing you'd want to do is try and stand up. Steve Ralston is a fucking maniac though. "There was a strange pressure I felt, like it wanted to pop back in." People are sidelined for months after dealing with an injury like that, but it didn't stop him, and a gang of others, from heading all the way into the city to meet up. The show was sweet, everyone skated, and Phelpers was in good spirits after that gnarly slam he took a just weeks before.

 

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The next morning we all decided to grill and chill at Burbank skatepark. It's one of the older skateparks out by us. All concrete, with a sandpaper flat bottom littered with broken glass and other garbage. People came out of the woodworks to hang out and get a few runs in. Me and Corey switched off using the camera to shoot photos so we got a bunch of cool shots. Things got a little crazy setting up a picnic table to skate, and even setting a garbage can on fire to get tricks over. It was a great way to spend a Saturday.