Two oldies. Both ‘Off I-70’ from 2011.
My bud Jake Temple is on an epic adventure right now. He’s traveling solo, by bike, from San Diego to southern Chili, although he admits he may decide to end his journey before he gets that far, either because of homesickness, or because he’s found some work he enjoys in a place he’d like to live for a while. He’s one of the nicest, most honest, and hardest working people to ever exist.
We took these the day before he left Kansas City on a train to San Diego. The bottom image is everything he carries with him on his bike, not including water. He’s been on the road for a month and a half how, currently approaching Guadalajara.
Well, wouldja look at that. First photo in Thrasher Magazine. Extremely epic(for me) for a few reasons. The photo is of Jamie Thomas, one of my original favorites and inspirations for skateboarding. The shirt he’s wearing (‘MISLED YOUTH’) was the first skate video I ever saw at my friend Kyle’s 13th birthday party. We were skating PVC pipes screwed into 2x4’s in the middle of the street at that point. Before I saw that video I had no idea about how people skated found obstacles as opposed to ramps and other constructed objects. Pretty much blew my 12-year-old mind. The spot is a Kansas City staple, residing at UMKC. Lastly, he’s got an Escapist sticker on his board, which is just plain rad.
Connor performing a Texas Plant in Emporia, KS
I went to St Louis and got to see Chris Cope skate Kings Highway park. He did this invert being pulled by a electric motor bicycle. He cut his eyebrow open doing something else much more wild later.
I shot some photos and did a write up covering the Kansas City Street League stop for Red Bull, but they chopped up the write up and added some typos, so I may as well post the full length and some extra photos here. Their feature.
Visiting Shawn Strange in San Francisco early 2012
Kings Highway DIY skate park in St Louis is being torn down somewhat soon. The city has given them a new lot to build a new park on. They’ve got all their green lights, now they just need the funds. St Louis does not have any skate parks besides this one. Are we really going to let them be skate park-less?
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