The winter months in Juneau, Alaska bring about a local phenomena known as the Taku Winds. Easily producing winds of over 60mph, this raw display of nature’s sheer power is capable of uprooting trees and can turn a leisurely stroll to the local grocer or watering hole into an all out, sub-zero adventure.
These majestic and wickedly cold winds have inspired my latest sculptural installation: taku wind chimes. The chimes currently reside on Douglas Island at Sandy Beach. Consisting of nine spruce logs, steel cable, and rope, the installation will serve as an invitation to the Taku Winds to showcase their gnarly rhythmic nature and in turn grant viewers an opportunity to appreciate and reflect on nature’s beauty and power.
Special Thanks to: Pedar Dalthrop, Harry Tullis, Cal Giordano, Don Abel, David (the knife maker), and Chavez (the day laborer)
The Rivera brothers are by far two of my favorite shredders of all time. They skate like they’re surfing and they surf like they’re skating. And in my mind, thats just the way things should be.
I was lucky enough to have “found” this footage in my hard drive a couple of weeks ago and decided they (the clips) would be happier spliced and sutured together in a quick and dirty edit. Some of the shots were taken two winters ago and the rest was shot this last summer down in Puerto Rico.
A local company started up by fellow trasher, Maximilian Julia, Box & Wheels is hooking these boys up with some killer boards which you can check out on the companies website www.boxandwheels.com.
Cajonga: A percussive/sculptural cross-breed between a conga drum set and a cuban box drum, known as a cajon. This project is part of a semester long quest i have set off on, with an end goal of getting a better understanding of what goes into making the instruments whose craftsmanship I so often overlook.
Looking back on it, the process of building the drums was almost as satisfying as getting to finally but my bloody, caloused fingertips on them!
Studio portraits taken by Maria Jose Mollindedo: The Green Eyed Spaniard. Gracias bella!
Coming up next: Huge Yellow Cedar Log + Electric Lap Slide Guitar + Bass + Cajonga + Loop Effects Pedal x One SWEET ASS AMPLIFIER= : ) <—— Stoked
Almost the end of the snowsliding season and i figured i’ve logged enough riding hours to buckledown and bust out the camera. Fueling the photo mission, was my new 7D. I’ve had it for a while, but didn’t have enough money for a memory card, or a lens. Just bought the memory card and my talented Japanese photography buddy, Yosuke, let me borrow his 18-200mm(thanks).
Sam Buck put on a Jump Jam, featuring some excellent young talent, plenty of Red Bull, and Door Prizes for whoever got the gnarliest.
Not quite sure who won. After taking some pulled-back shots of the booter madness atop my bald eagle perch, Caleb Brown and I decided to scope out the backside of the mountian.
Found a pretty fun step down feature. By fun i mean Caleb sessioned the hell out of the thing, i got a couple shots, tried to hit it myself, overshot the landing by like 30 feet and then went back to shooting pictures of Caleb being awesome.
During winter break I was able to take some portraits of my abuelo (grandfather)Angel Perez, a long-time trainer of fighting cocks. It’s a pretty brutal enterprise, but i’ll tell you what, he takes damn good care of those fucking roosters. He is their mother hen, therapist, physician, boxing coach, weight trainer, masseur, and ultimately, friend.