Been carrying around a disposable camera in my backpack for the past year and a half. Here’s a handful of photos I got from it.
During pandemic lockdown I claimed I was going to make a new Mini Video in 2021. Promises delivered.
The saga that started over 20 years ago continues..
Starring: Max Murphy, Vince Stranc, Gabe Chan, David Gackstetter, Mike Al Wathiqui, Rory Morgan, Nick Mistele, Sean Hanley, Taylor Lalk, Jacob Mumford, and Payne Counihan
Additional behind the scenes media provided by Bradford Bishop.
I’m pleased to bring you another episode of Playing in Traffic. I was very fortunate to interview James Rewolinski, owner and operator of Labor Skateboard Shop in NYC. James grew up in Milwaukee, skating as we all normally do, then went on to work at multiple established skateboard shops around the city. After obtaining his Bachelors and Masters degree, he moved out to NYC, where he worked countless jobs, surviving the 2008 recession, all before opening Labor in 2012.
In this episode, we talk about growing up in Milwaukee, skating with multiple crews, slamming, working in shops, going to school, moving to NYC, opening Labor, keeping his business running in the midst of a pandemic and much more.
Strap in people, it’s a good one. Like and subscribe, yo!
Last May, I went out and bought an H2N zoom recorder with hopes of recapturing the spark I had as a journalist in my college years. My initial plan was to talk to skateboarders in the Midwest. However, the predominating podcasts such as The Nine Club and The Bunt caused some hesitation. How was I gonna do something truly different? For one, Milwaukee harbors an impressive history of skateboarding that has evolved into much more. The answer to my question unfolded as I started looking at what skateboarders were doing outside of skateboarding and decided to start there.
I sat with my friends Alek Lockhart and Paul Carlson about a thesis they wrote about policing at public skateparks and dives into topics such as race, violence, and community. Alek was able to present the thesis at Pushing Boarders last summer and continues to write about the role of skateboarding and our everyday life.
This is the first episode of Playing in Traffic.
Last video I made was ‘Delirium Tremens’ and I never thought I would make another one until I got a new camera, the Panasonic AG-AC30 about a year ago. It reminded me of a VX but way lighter, HD, a built in light, and memory cards instead of tapes. The stoke and inspiration came back and I made a few Cream City clips. When the weather was looking up I started documenting along with Max Murphy (who quickly picked up the filming bug) some of our skate sessions with the homies. Was originally intended to make a quick vid (10-15 min, no premiere) and finish by Halloween but Josh decided to make ‘Wazpz.’ We agreed that if he premiered his video I would also. Harald Reynolds was also in the process of making a video and we all agreed to have a triple feature at Sky High in December. The premiere was a success! A lot of homies and new viewers showed up and everyone had a joyous time! Well, here it is ‘Bolsa Video’
Everyones either watching sports, has low T, or some sort of combination of both, so here I am posting on the long neglected site. These are all images from October of last year. I wasted them all on Instagram, and now 10 months later I am posting them here. Enjoy?
Let’s start off with this ultra serious cell phone creation: “Hank On One”.
What turned out to be a simple edit of Cream City footage that I didn’t use and/or “alternate” angles from ‘Betrayed in the Octagon’ turned out to be an extended edit because of old man winter’s wrath upon Milwaukee during February/Early March. Even an attempted sesh in the Lower Level/Room could not beat the elements of rain, snow, and sleet. But we are the “resistance fighters.” Fortunately, the greatest place on Earth provides us with a place to chill, session, have fun, and/or combat mother nature’s frigid anger. We are forever grateful Bill.
*Triva/goofs: Hank filmed a lot with the new Panasonic because of my dumb ass taking forever to land a trick and according to him “skating is easier than filming.” Either way, Hank has filming and skating wired. Josh did his first back heel and his thoughts were “it felt weird.” And for some reason Josh wanted to go to this new Japanese Mega Arcade at Southridge during the day….during the DAY?! In my opinion you gotta skate during the day and hit the arcade at night. Speaking of arcades, during the Street Fighter/Mortal Kombat days my cousin and I would rarely go during the day…night time is where the “action” is, day time is when you practice finishing moves, babalities, and combos. But this is 2019, not 1993…we’re old. Ok, I’m rambling…laters.
Shot (mostly) in 2017 on super 8. A few video clips from 2018 crept in there. The follow up to Film School from 2010.
I also made a zine that (sort of) covered the creation of the film. All photos were shot on film and developed in my bathroom. A few of these might’ve been on the site before, but many were not.
A few months ago, my friend Jordan Garris gave me an external hard drive with this video on it. With no specific instruction, I slept on posting this video. It was put on the back burner while I focused on work, skating, moving and the other cruxes of life. I finally made a Vimeo account for Jordan so the world can see his work. Filmed and edited by Mr. Garris, featuring some of your favorite locals, here’s “1st go.”
(Best served with a cold can of Hamm’s)