Years ago I inherited one of my grandfathers old film cameras. It mostly bounced around with him on hunting and skiing trips, to Wyoming, Utah and Colorado and I like to think of the ways we are connected when I use it. It’s usually loaded with drug store film and it only comes out of my bag when I stop riding. It’s been through the ringer with me and sadly it is a little worse for wear. On my trip to Texas Toast this October the light meter stopped working and I found myself twisting the aperture ring, encouraged more by the beer in my system than by my barely passable knowledge of photography basics.
Here is a few photos from that trip.
Ryan Fowler getting his day started in the backyard. Ryan used to live in Santa Cruz and was a huge part of my life during some late, but formative riding and art years. He moved to Smithville and then Austin about 6 or 7 years ago. The couple weeks I spend in Austin each year with Ryan are some of my favorite. The fact that Ryan has turned into a gourmet cook makes it even sweeter.
Garrett Guillams. House Park.
I love riding with Garrett and at some point during our sessions I just like to sit back and watch him blast. Often it ends in a huge wipeout but no matter what it’s punctuated by a “Hell YEAH!”. Crowded House Park session and a one footed invert.
Garrett and Henny Head doll that just won’t die. Garrett was bronzing all week. Charred.
This one is for Chris Chriswell. Latane Coghill (doesn’t carrot all), Buck Choklit, Crazy Chris Chris Chriswell and Luscious Lee Wade. While Texas Toast draws a slightly older BMX contingent than normal I still think about half the crowd didn’t know why these guys were in their underwear.
Garrett Guilliams cooling off after a pretty horrific slam at Pflugerville park. Check out the gash from his bars on his stomach. It’s one of the first clips in the video below.
Eric Hennessey. Eric skated more than he rode at Pflugerville. At one point he saw Fids skating the back bowl, threw his bike down and sprinted over to go skate with him.
Skateboarder Air-ic Hennessey also rides bikes.
The FBM and Shitluck teams as well as the Sasquatch/SinCal family and others all descended on the Pflugerville park during my last day in Texas. Andy Maguire aka Dogshirt and Leland Thurman. Scummy bears.
You can see a lot more action from this week in the videos below: