I am lucky enough to have a brother who is an exceptionally talented skateboarder & has opened up my appreciation for it, watching what happiness it has brought him~ and this is what initially drew me to Get Born. The photos I have selected include themes of making mistakes, being a rascal, as well as spending time amongst my wild & free friends who inspire me everyday. Whether it's a nasty bruise, a sweet Jesus & Mary chain stick n' poke, or skull-shaped rock, this is a collection of photos shot on an Olympus Stylus 35mm point & shoot that I feel encompass some aspects of what skateboarding is all about.


My approach to photography has always been to go somewhere new, and document the journey. Whenever I leave the house, I take a camera with me, and look for interesting places/things/people. Being armed with a camera has made me see the world in a different way. I shoot mostly black and white film, and self develop at home. These are a few of my favorites, taken in the past year or so. 


1. What city are you based out of?
I'm currently living in Montreal.
2. Where were these photos taken?
I spent a good chunk of winter traveling in Europe, and took a family vacation to Hawaii. 
3. Who are the people featured in these images? Do you guys travel together often?
Mostly my friends or random strangers. I have been lucky enough to travel a bit this year and it has mainly been with the same people.
4. What kind of camera did you use to capture these images?
I bought an Olympus point and shoot off my friend Ryan, it's been chill so far.
5. If you could use three words to describe the theme of these images what would it be?Just having fun!


"For as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated with being able to capture specific experiences. Growing up with my close friends being into skateboarding, it only came naturally to document what happened with them day to day. I would always film them skate and we would make crappy skate edits after. I chose these photos because of the mood they project. They vary from feeling the sense of freedom skateboarding can bring, to avoiding eye contact with plaza security because you’re tired of being kicked out from every spot. I think what I gravitate to the most, about documenting skateboarding, is never being able to predict what the day will bring."

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A few days after the release of the Jenkem article on psychoanalysis and skateboarding, I was studying my learning and behavior textbook and found a diagram on the conditioning of fear following a skateboarding injury.

Having considerably injured myself this last summer (3 broken bones in my ankle resulting in I have a plate and 9 screws in there), I laughed and was like, 'that's me'! Just like in the model from my textbook, I've acquired a conditioned fear of getting back on my skateboard. Granted, I'm not fully healed yet, and my ankle is as fragile as fucking glass. Once summer rolls around though, I'm back to rolling around with my girls.

But when I first saw the textbook model, my initial reaction wasn't just to laugh at my own misfortune--I made a super puzzled face like, hold up, I have homies who have broken more bones than they can count and they still go out and rip. I don't think Pavlovian conditioning can account for the phenomenon of getting back on the board after serious injury. And this is what--to me--separates a fad-skateboarder ("Yeh, I used to skate") from a core-to-the-core skateboarder.  These are the kids that went out day after day, struggled hour after hour, to get the trick right, and are still at it, year after year.

I think the true separation lies in the aspect of determination. Those that keep skating after numerous injuries and surgeries are those that learned determination from skateboarding, and learned to channel their past shit, their daddy-issues, their struggles with their partner, into something constructive. Where in life, there usually isn't that "perfect trick"--you and your girlfriend are never gonna get past that one issue, your daddy ain't gonna love you like you want--in skateboarding, you can reach the fucking destination. You can achieve what you see in your mind. The pain is sublimated (in Freudian terms) so that you can wake up and get through the damn day, and you can actually succeed. That determination becomes the driving force, and no injury can stop you from that incomparable feeling of finally getting something right.


These photo were taken at Cellblock 308 AKA my apartment. The Cellblock is the place where a lot of skateboarders have resided on the weekend for many of years now. Whether the good homies who didn't make it back to their house at the end of the night, or those visiting from out of town, this place has seen a lot of partying and sleepovers. Its kind of nice having a place like this, a place where everyone can just wake up next to their friends, rub the crust off their tired eyes and get straight to shredding. The photos below are just some of the great times we have had in Cellblock 308.

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Me and my group of friends try to get out of the dry desert of Pheonix and into the forests of Flagstaff at least twice a year. Its so refreshing to go out to the forest and find natural ways to entertain ourselves (well sometimes, haha). We talked about bringing a generator TV and super smash N64 as a joke before we went on this particular camping trip. It was such a stupid/funny idea that last minute, we made it happen. The car that I was in kept this a secret until we got to the camp site and met with our fellow camping buddies, when then revealed what was in our trunk and everybody went nuts with excitement. We hooked up everything and probably played an hour of Smash until we called it quits and went on with our regular camping shenanigans. Nevertheless, Smash in the woods gooooes.

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Aaron Goure is one of my good friends and one my most favorite skateboarders. He's the type of guy to always put our group in awe with his fearless shenanigans; he's open to our bad ideas and willing to give them his all. I am straying from the point of the photos, but just wanted to add that. In order to get this boardslide he had to prop open the door to a very classy office complex, his roll up was in the complex so it was a little nerving, whenever a skateboarder has to skate inside a building the secruity factor goes up a bit, I think people get a little bit more angry once you decide to skate in their office complex for one reason or another. this boardslide came really easily for Aaron and he did it a few more times just for the hell of it. The other dark photo (sorry I am an evloved ape when it comes to setting my camera) is also another photo of Aaron. We had heard of this Biker Park that was lit 24 hours a day and decided to go check it out. It was such a great park and a great night, just a group of skateboarders enjoying over sized launch ramps and quarters.


It’s the pure and honest emotion ingrained within people that I find to be remarkable and undeniably beautiful. My friends have been some of my favourite subjects to photograph for this very reason. Their honest spirits and devotion sparkles on film and it makes my heart melt. These girls are the loveliest people I know, and anyone who is lucky enough to spend time with them comes away inspired, excited, and with at least one good story.

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