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Brandon Westgate – Welcome the Family

18 April 2015, 06.26 | Posted in skateboard | No comments »

#WESTGATEONELEMENT Brandon Westgate – Welcome the Family. via Focus MAG


14 April 2015, 22.17 | Posted in Graffiti | No comments »


For our event at the Fan HQ with U.S. Soccer we have teamed up with Stash to created a very limited edition customizable USMNT Away jersey. For this historic collaboration Stash hand drew a set of numbers and letters that you can choose from to put any name and number on the shirt. This one of a kind piece of wearable art is only available to purchase for a limited time at ussoccerstore.com or on-site April 14 and 15 at the Fan HQ in San Antonio, TX.
Stash is a graffiti and street art pioneer. He came on the scene in the early 1980s and was vital to the East Village scene display work alongside pop art icons Basquiat and Haring. Stash has remained true to graffiti throughout his career and has collaborated on a number of coveted sneakers over the years. His collaborative work with major brands and companies have helped to expose graffiti to the masses and helped it gain acceptance in society.
We have worked with Stash on other endeavors and are proud and honored to work with him again. As a person and an ambassador for the urban art form Stash is truly legendary.
VIA: Kicks To The Pitch.
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14 April 2015, 21.25 | Posted in Skateboard Photography | No comments »



RC: What is it about skateboarding photography that motivates you to shoot each day?

Darwen: Everything about shooting skateboarding is different each day. It isn’t like showing up to a studio and shooting portraits the entire day. For example, each time you go shooting a photo the light constantly changes, skaters can land things in 5 minutes or 5 hours, you have run ins with cops and people which make shooting a difficult challenge, the list just goes on. It’s always an adrenaline rush not knowing what is going to happen and the unpredictability makes each day exciting.

RC: As the youngest senior photographer in
Slam Magazine’s history, what steps did you take to getting to where you are today?

Darwen: I took a lot of advice from Dave Chami and Mark Barber. I had reached out to them because I admired their work when I began shooting photos and they ended up giving me advice to where I needed to be. Dave and Mark provided me with insight and the necessary steps in order to be successful. They critiqued my work and always offered feedback on how I could continue my progression. Without a couple of mentors in the skate industry I wouldn’t have known what to do. It paid off knowing that they had my back.

RC: We’ve heard that you used to submit photos to Dave Chami to critique, what advice do you have to offer aspiring photographers who are trying to make a living out of capturing skateboarding?

Darwen: My advice would be to pin point what type of photography you like as far as look and feel and don’t be afraid to contact other photographers across the globe, that’s the greatest thing about the internet these days… these guys are literally a click of a button away. Don’t hesitate to email them and ask questions. It’s the most rewarding feeling to hear from another photographer that your work is progressing and getting better each day.
Hit someone up and listen to their opinions. You can never be right or wrong.

RC: What does the average day look like for Jake Darwen?

Darwen: I wake up, grab a coffee, call and text around to see who is in town and I plan accordingly from there. There’s never really any strict guideline I follow day in day out.
Alex Lawton from Brisbane is here at the moment and he is staying at my place. So I will shoot with him for the entire duration of his trip then someone else will come down to visit and I will shoot with them etc.
Other than that, I will ask around and see what locals feel like shooting and most likely just skate in the city.

RC: Who are your top most inspirational skateboarding photographers?

Darwen: I would have to say Brian Gaberman, Anthony Acosta, Dave Chame, Mike O’Meally and John Coulthard.

RC: Element recently released the Spring 2015 “Perspective” Collection featuring some of your work. Can you elaborate on how your relationship with Element blossomed and how did you collaborate to release a collection together?

Darwen: I started shooting for Element in New Zealand when my good friend Harris Taylor was working there. Harris was helping me out when he could with different projects for Element and he had mentioned that it may lead to more in the near future. At the time, I was only 17 and didn’t really take into account that Harris was opening the door of opportunity for me. I was excited to just be traveling across New Zealand with him on his sales trips and shooting at the time. Eventually, I moved to Australia and kept shooting for Element and traveled with the team.
Fast forward a few years… One day I attended an Element sales meeting in Australia and there was talk of potentially getting a line of t-shirts for the advocate perspective series. From there, I started to receive emails from the European team who wanted photos for the design process of the t-shirts. From there it just snowballed.

RC: Did you play an integral role in the design aesthetics and process of the collection?

Darwen: I received an email from Cole Matthews and he really liked a photo I had shot on my website. He wanted me to replicate something similar with an Element rider but luckily it was already of someone that rode for them back here in Australia so it worked out perfectly. Other than that image I was in charge of choosing what I wanted to send through for the collection.

RC: So what is next for Jake Darwen? You’ve accomplished quite a lot at a very young age. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Darwen: Hopefully trying to live in America. That was the ultimate goal ever since I started shooting photos.
I just want to keep pushing and progressing myself. I would love to work for a magazine in the states. That would be my ultimate dream.

RC: Out of your camera bag, what are your “go-to-items”?

Darwen: My go to items are my 50mm lens, 10.5mm fisheye, and my Nikon D800. Those two lenses will typically be on my camera from the previous spot or day before.

RC: Did you shoot digitally or with film first?

Darwen: I shot digitally first because I couldn’t afford shooting film. I didn’t have a job at the time, so I just saved up to shoot digitally. When I had enough and made the purchase, it was all go from there.

RC: What is your favorite country to shoot in and why?

Darwen: My favorite country to shoot is New Zealand and my favorite city is my hometown of Auckland.
I first shot there when I was learning. Being able to go back with a different skill set I am able to go to the same spots and shoot it from a different perspective. I believe I’ve learned so much from traveling and it has benefited me creatively. It is rewarding to go back a hometown spot and view it with a new outlook.

RC: Out of your entire photography archive, what is your most memorable photo that you have ever captured?

Darwen: One of the most memorable photos for me would have to be Matt Miller’s power slide at the Great Wall of China on one of the DC trips. I don’t know why he brought his board, but I think he just wanted to shoot something for instagram at the time.
Matt and I stopped at one of the points to just look out. We started walking back down the Great Wall and thought it would be cool to get a powerslide shot, but we were both skeptical because the ground was cobble stone… which meant it may not slide well. Matt tried it once and slipped out, it was honestly the slipperiest stuff in the world. He was surprised how well it slid and from there he waited for the tourists to clear and he was able to get a solid one.
It was memorable because other than Blabac’s photo of Danny Way, not too many people have been able to shoot something at the Great Wall of China. So being able to shoot the power slide felt pretty unique because it is one of the most monumental places in the world.

RC: Can you describe what it feels like when you are at a spot and you realize that you have captured
a piece of skateboarding history?

Darwen: I don’t know if I have captured skateboarding history yet. I just can’t tell. I haven’t been around long enough. Maybe in ten years time, I can look back and realize I have, but I feel like I just don’t know yet. You really don’t know what you have shot that could be history it’s always unpredictable. That is what inspires me to keep shooting.

RC: Is there anyone you would like to thank?

Darwen: I would like to thank Mark Barber and Dave Chami for all of the help. I appreciate the points of advice and direction you both have provided me with.
Thank you to Harris Taylor for all you have done for me as well. Huge thanks to all of the magazine editors for running my photos through the years.
I can’t forget my Mum, my sister Emma and her husband Ash. They have helped me monetarily as well as morally. They have supported me through it all and having a family supporting what I’m doing is awesome.
I can’t forget everyone I shot. Thank you Element for allowing me to have the opportunity to have a collection. Stoked!
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DEBRI2 – Familia Squad

04 April 2015, 15.43 | Posted in skateboard | No comments »

DEBRI2 – Familia Squad. Thanks for sharing Dana Ross aka “The Last Slice”
DVD’s available at: mndebris.bigcartel.com
The Familia Squad – Aaron Christensen, Kirian Stone, Tabari Cook, Vinnie Nanthavongsa, CJ Tambornino & Rob Sissi
Filmed by Pete Spooner & Philip Schwartz
Additional Filming by Shane Brown


“Rad Events” #rcevents

11 March 2015, 17.22 | Posted in fashion | No comments »

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TONIGHT celebrate the ‘official’ launch of Lost Cat™, They will have cake & Ghost’s delicious cocktails. We will premiere a video directed by Jean-Paul Huang. Their 2015 line will be released on Lost Cat™ . Eventually everyone will be asked to leave, because this is a promotional event not a slumber party…
Ghost, 132A Eldridge St, New York, New York 10002


Wall St StartUps | Pilot | Episode 1

11 March 2015, 00.46 | Posted in Film | No comments »

Wall St StartUps | Pilot | Episode 1 from Subliminal Productions on Vimeo.

Wall St StartUps will follow three startup companies– in design, finance and event management– located in the toughest business district in the world
Its is Produced by Jake Mitchell and Directed by Nic Lanning.
Executive Producers are Simon J. Heath and Duncan Scheib.

Vermont’s Best Kept Secret

20 February 2015, 21.22 | Posted in Snowboard, Vermont | No comments »

This Place is Magic! Seriously… its called “Magic Mountain” and its tucked away in Southern Vermont. When it dumps this is the place. Check out this edit from Rossdaboss Production! Thanks for sharing @ridevermont !


20 February 2015, 07.18 | Posted in Photography, skateboard | No comments »



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lululemon’s ABC pant… “Anti-Ball Crushing”

19 February 2015, 23.57 | Posted in Health, skateboard | No comments »

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lululemon’s ABC pant… “Anti-Ball Crushing”
This is when fashion meets function!
I don’t think I have ever been this comfortable and looking great at the same time in a No Sweat style – technical and functional gear to keep sweat in check. lululemon designed these pants with all-day comfort and performance in mind. A wide paneled gusset and four-way stretch Warpstreme™ fabric make these pants commute, travel and sweat ready. are perfect for skateboarding!!! #namaskate
Fabric + Features
-ABC (anti-ball crushing) engineering gives you and the family jewels room to breathe
-Sweat-wicking Warpstreme fabric is four-way stretch
-Trouser waistband with belt loops sits comfortably on your hips
-AND they have Skate-Lace Hoops! I added that… not sure if they intended it… but it works for me!
-Roll up the cuffs for reflectivity on dawn or dusk rides
-Six pockets make it easy to stash and dash
-Slim fit ensures your pants and your bike chain won’t cross paths
Check them out at the lululemon SOHO
lululemon SoHo Men’s: 127 Prince Street, New York, NY, US ,10013
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Gnarmad’s Are Going To Cuba!

18 February 2015, 17.04 | Posted in Non Profit, skateboard | No comments »

Gnarmads are heading to Cuba today to help distribute Skateboard products, organize skate events and hook up some DIY spots at local parks! With the assistance of Amigo Skate Cuba Organization and their generous sponsors: SHUT, HUF, RockStar Bearings, Knockaround, Chrome Bags, WeRide, OutdoorTech and HitCase.
If you would like to get involved and help please click here.