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Halloween In Portland

07 November 2011, 02.13 | Posted in Party, Photography | No comments »

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I think if your average joe ventured into Portland on any ol’ day they would look around and think it was Halloween…. so you can only imagine what it’s like on actual Halloween weekend. I made my way up there this year to check it out for myself and walked away with a few photos from the night. See the rest after the jump.

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Want Of The Week: Field Notes Road Trip Kit

19 October 2011, 09.09 | Posted in Design, Product, Want Of The Week | No comments »


In case you haven’t heard of/seen Field Notes then you need to check their stuff out. These simple pocket-sized note books are the type of thing that make you think, “I wish I thought of that”… but even if you had, they probably wouldn’t have been nearly as well designed. The level of attention to detail you would expect coming out of Draplin Design Co. Someone slipped me one of these memo books and after spending 90% on a keyboard it is refreshing to write things down by hand every now and then. Anyway, this Road Trip Kit in particular is my want of the week since I spend a lot of time on the road. With this kit you can pick out 6 state-specific memo pads with information about each state on the back covers. This package also includes one Field Notes Steno Pad and six Woodgrain Pencils. Before you go on your next road trip pick up your own kit or any other Field Notes products at fieldnotesbrand.com

Rome Movie Tour: Van Life

17 October 2011, 00.32 | Posted in Snowboarding, Travel | 1 comment »

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Last week I went on quite the whirlwind of a trip on a leg of the Rome Snowboards movie tour. No we weren’t hopping around from spot to spot on a jet… it was me and 6 dudes in a van from Southern California to Seattle. Check out the gallery and story on SNOWBOARDERmag.com

You can also download Rome’s full movie “The Shred Remains” on iTunes.

Want Of The Week: Recover iPhone Case

21 September 2011, 08.33 | Posted in Product, Want Of The Week | No comments »


The next “Want Of The Week” is something I actually already have, but so many people have picked up my phone asking about it, I figured I would pass it along to you. This Portland-based brand “Recover” puts out these iPhone “skins” made out of real wood which is hand sanded, stained, and lacquered which adheres to the front and back of your iPhone… making it look like your phone is made of wood. And they are a mere $25 bucks. I highly recommend them, you can get your own Recover skin in many different wood grains at their online store.

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The case on my phone. Photo: Cory Grove

Move. Learn. Eat: Videos About Travel

14 September 2011, 00.41 | Posted in Travel, Video | 2 comments »

I’ve been traveling a lot lately so this series of videos struck a cord with me. 3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage… all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food. Give them all a watch, very well done. Makes me want to throw my life into a backpack and hop on a plane.

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Want Of The Week: Poler Tent

12 September 2011, 20.55 | Posted in Want Of The Week | No comments »


I can’t lie… I have definitely been slacking on my Radcollector column lately. In an attempt to bring back at least some life I am implementing “Want Of The Week”. An easy way to highlight stuff I think deserves a look from all you people. Up first is a brand by the name “Poler”, based out of Portland, OR. In my opinion they are hitting an untapped market in the snowboarding/action sports world…. camping equipment. Not only do they make highly functional camping gear, their overall brand aesthetic is spot on. And for being a relatively new company, they already have a solid line-up on their snow and skate teams. To get your hands on a tent go to polerstuff.com and keep your eyes out for tons of new gear that they will be dropping soon.

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Behind Holden Outerwear

08 September 2011, 19.32 | Posted in Fashion, Snowboarding | No comments »

Holden… doing things right. Good people, making good stuff. Check out their product at holdenouterwear.com

Blotto Photto Show: Burlington

03 September 2011, 19.50 | Posted in Photography | No comments »

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My long time homie and all around awesome guy, Dean Blotto Gray, otherwise known as just straight “Blotto” has a show coming up in Burlington, VT on September 9th as part of the annual Art Hop… so if you are in the area I highly recommend checking it out. It will be located in the new hot spot on the bottom floor of JDK studios called “Maglianero Cafe“. As a senior photographer at Burton Snowboards, Blotto is best known for his shots from the snow world, but this show “Derailleur The Conventional” will be showcasing some amazing cycling shots. Don’t sleep on this, check it out… I would if I could.

Get a little more insight from this Seven Days Article.

Edwin: Mellow Motorcycle Ride

08 July 2011, 21.42 | Posted in Fashion, Video | No comments »

I love everything about this video from an awesome little clothing company based out of Germany, Edwin. The filming, the song, the clothes, the vibe…. just such a mellow edit. It’s exactly what I needed today, and maybe you do too?


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My Photo’s On A Surfboard: Piety

07 July 2011, 05.30 | Posted in Photography, Surfing | 3 comments »

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A while back I had an art show in Costa Mesa which one of my old co-workers at Quiksilver, Beau Irvine, happened to show up to. He came across one of my photos and asked if I would be willing to contribute it to an art project he was working on. Under the name Piety, Beau is collaborating with his artistic friends to make a series of one-of-a-kind surfboards, building the boards himself. I was more than happy to pass along one of my photos and recently I found a surprise in my inbox containing these photos of the finished board. Couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. From afar it just appears to be stripes of colors, but as you get closer you realize it is a beach scene with a lifeguard tower… a picture I took a few years back in Newport Beach, CA. Beau now has this board he called “The Livin’ Easy” displayed at Bear Flag Fish Co… home of the best fish taco I have ever had, located in the same location the photo was taken, Newport Beach.

To see more info on this board specifically and the rest of the boards Beau has been working on check out the Piety website.

More looks after the jump.

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