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Concrete Community Fundraiser Photos

This past Saturday, a lot of people got together to skate a ramp inside Asheville Music Hall, drink lots of PBR, view lovely art from skateboarders and friends at Push Skate Shop, rock out at AMH to some music, and bask in the camaraderie of skateboarding and DIY.  Money was raised.  Shirts were sold.  Prints were sold.  Beverages were had.  Punk rock was vibrated through skulls.  Arms were thrown around shoulders in the brotherhood that can only come from something you love.  Anyways, enough of the banter - here's the photos.

Best of 2016 - Volume 1

It's that time of year.  Since I have been especially bad at updating my site with fresh material, some of these photos might actually be new for your eyeballs.  There's plenty of skateboarding and plenty of weddings and a few things in between.  Here goes...

Best of 2014 - Part 2 : May - August

Round two - same idea.  May started off casually at a vert ramp with some cold beers.

Tim Jarman - Front Rock

I got to shoot a wedding for my friends Sam and Alexis and that's all I did in May.  I probably shot some film stuff and rode my bike a lot too.

June came and it was hot.  I shot more vert ramp and another wedding.

Brian Drake - Frontside Air

Jesse Peveler - Backside Air

July must have been super hot or busy or something because I didn't shoot anything worth posting here.  August was fun though.  Will Smith and I took a skate trip to Raleigh.

Will Smith - Ollie

Will Smith - Frontside Ollie

Jed Shooter - Ollie

Will Smith - Wallie

Jed Shooter - Gap Front Board

Matt Hartzel - Smith Grind

Shane Kassin - Switch Crook

My brother's band Avast and I cooled off and shot some band photos at Jungle Rapids.

Business is picking up.  I shot another wedding and despite the rain, it was beautiful.

Me and my friends skated some impromptu boxes and it was memorable.

Tim Jarman - Front Rock

Alec Chambers - Melon

I spent a day with Hunter and his dog for a day trip to Masonboro Island.

My buddies Alec and Alex had an art show at the Satellite.

More skateboarding, of course.

John Futch - Ollie

Tim Jarman - Frontside Wallride

September - December coming tomorrow!

Best of 2014 - Part 1 : January - April

In keeping with my tradition of making one of these "Best Of" lists last year, here goes another one.  Hopefully better than the last but I don't know.

Starting off with a shot of Jon Pedrozo for Mob Mentality during a particularly unmotivated January.  This is probably the only thing I shot in January worth a damn.

The reason for a slow January is because I decided to move out of my parents' house.  Financial mistake? Probably.  Self portrait in my new home in February.

ZTR hosted a birthday party in remembrance of "Danger" Ross Rogers.  It went off in style. 

Nick Bland - Sweeper

Trey Womble - Wallride

Ryan Harshbarger - Fronstide Wallride Yank Out

Mark Yonkers - Invert

ZTR - Lien Disaster

Josh Weathers came to town for a quick sesh and a photo for an interview in my own SkateBoner Magazine.

Wells Shaw ollied a big rail for fun in March.  I mean, for the media.

One day was spent sessioning the Crat3r bowl with the usual suspects, then cruising over to a Shr3dCrust, MonkeyKnifeFight, and Cerebral Ballzy show at the Whiskey.

Nick Bland - Lien Tail

Vance Morvil - Smith Grind

I experimented with an idea (and new lighting and new lens) for a photo and it came out as some kind of joke.

The Another Skate Shop team and I went to Raleigh and got some bangers!

Devan Rice - Nosegrind

Will Smith - Backside 360

Devan Rice - Lipslide

Riley and Colin set me up a photo shoot for a Big Moni ad in the zine.  Sometimes you get the best shot by accident.  This lady walked up to us and said her son skates out in San Francisco and she posed for a photo.  This one's a winner.  Chill.

I got to shoot some stuff for streetwear brand Love Is Earth.

April brought more skate weather as I wrapped up shooting, writing, and editing Issue #3 of SkateBoner.

Andrew Miller - Frontside Feeble

Devan Rice - Backside Lipslide

More to come!

Recent Skateboarding

A collection of recent skateboarding things.

Josh Weathers - Fakie pop shove it

Jonathan Mincher - Frontside air

Will Smith - Front blunt

Will Smith and Coley Martin - Nosemanual

Coley Martin - Boardslide

Chet Childress - Backside disaster

Brian Drake - Backside tailgrab

Zach Radabaugh - Frontside air

Mark Yonkers - Nosegrab 5-0

Chet Childress - Frontside grind

Broner Tour 2014

Me and some buds went on a "tour" around NC and SC to do some skateboarding and camping.  It was fun.  Here's some stuff I'm not using in Issue #4 of SkateBoner Magazine.  Look for the #bronertour and #bronertour2014 hashtags on Instagram for more.  Tons more photos will be in Issue #4 so get a copy when it comes out.  Follow @skatebonermag to find out.

Alec and Wells at Saturday in Charlotte.

Sam Sneed - Nosepick at Saturday Warehouse in Charlotte, NC.

John D - Wallride melon at The Saturday Warehouse in Charlotte, NC.

Will Gaskins - Smith grind in Hendersonville, NC.

Will Smith - Backside disaster in Hendersonville, NC.

Will Smith - Smith grind in Hendersonville, NC.

Will Smith -  Backside boneless in Hendersonville, NC.

Alec Chambers - Nosepick in Hendersonville, NC.

Alec Chambers - Nosepick in Hendersonville, NC.

Wells Shaw - Backside air in Hendersonville, NC.

Wells Shaw - Backside air in Hendersonville, NC.

Wells Shaw - Frontside disaster in Hendersonville, NC.

Will Smith in Pisgah National Forest.

Devan Rice in Pisgah National Forest.

Alec Chambers in Pisgah National Forest.

Gabe Sirenko-Siryj and Will Gaskins in Pisgah National Forest.

Will Smith in Pisgah National Forest.

Will Gaskins in Pisgah National Forest.

Wells Shaw - Nollie heel in Waynesville, NC.

Will Smith - Frontside ollie in Waynesville, NC.

Alec Chambers - Frontside air in Waynesville, NC.

Will Smith - Frontside ollie in Cherokee, NC.

Gabe Sirenko-siryj - Crail tailslide in Cherokee, NC.

Gabe Sirenko-siryj - Back smith in Cherokee, NC.

Will Smith in Asheville, NC.

Wells Shaw - Smith grind in Columbia, SC.

Recent Skateboarding Pt. 2

More from the Raleigh/Durham trip a few weeks ago.  The weather was nice this day.

Will Smith - Wallie

Matt Hartzel - Smith Grind

Jed Shooter - Front Board

A couple of dudes checking out a few more dudes doing skateboard maneuvers.  Goodbye Durham...

Back in Wilmington, the weather was miserable for about a week and a half until we had a beautiful whisper of crisp fall air and somehow a bunch of people were off work for it.  We dropped our own spot by my apartment and it was tiiiiiight.

Tim Jarman - Front Rock

Alec Chambers - Melon Grab

Wells Shaw - Switch Flip

Tim Jarman - No Comply

Recent Skateboarding, pt. 1

Finally got to shoot a few skate photos on a trip to Raleigh/Durham.

Will Smith - Ollie

Eric - Blunt fakie

Will Smith - Losi stall

Will - FS ollie

Behind the scenes.

Eric - Lipslide

Will - FS ollie

Will - Alley-oop frontside air

Jed Shooter - Front Rock

Eric - Tailblock

And then the rain started pouring down, so it was off to Stoak City.

Jed - Nosegrind

Isaac White - Frontside grind

Isaac White - Frontside boneless

Jed - Frontside ollie

Raleigh

Gabe and I took a day trip out to Raleigh to get some clips to finish my video part for Another Skate Shop and we almost got rained out.  Luckily my board survived the puddles and we met up with Nick and rolled around to a few fun spots.  Ending the day with a perfect mini ramp sesh is the way it should always be done.

Gabe Sirenko-sirij - Lien Tail

Nick Sizer - Blunt Fakie

I'm A Bad Blogger

Maybe I am a bad blogger or bad at "marketing myself", as they say.  I can't say that anyone has missed me though, so maybe it doesn't matter that I post a few photos several months later.  Here is a fun night skating the Crater then going to Shr3dCrust and MonkeyKnifeFight at the Whiskey.

Zachbox frontside grind.

Story time with Talba.  Shr3dCrust rules.

Punk rock love.

MonkeyKnifeFight!

Talba approved.

Punk rock dancing.

Zachbox protecting Taeneck from the ruckus.

Taeneck protecting himself from the ruckus.

Take a knee.

In Memoriam

Punk rock, pool coping, tail smacks, and beer cracks - it must be a Ross Rogers birthday session.  We miss you bud.

Andrew Miller - Frontside Rock

Ryan Harshbarger with a manly frontside wallride yank out on a rickety fence.

Ryan Harshbarger with a manly frontside wallride yank out on a rickety fence.

Harsh - Same trick, bottom view.  Lander.

Harsh - Same trick, bottom view.  Lander.

Nick Bland ain't a punk bitch with this sweeper fence plant.

Nick Bland ain't a punk bitch with this sweeper fence plant.

Talba will taildrop anything. Case in point.

Talba will taildrop anything. Case in point.

Timmy Jarman, no stranger to the wallride, gets one in.

Timmy Jarman, no stranger to the wallride, gets one in.

On to the main event.  Blando judo kicks over the band and into a tailblock,

On to the main event.  Blando judo kicks over the band and into a tailblock,

Jason Brant hovers above the coping, in the style of frontside air.

Jason Brant hovers above the coping, in the style of frontside air.

Harsh getting blunted to fakie.

Harsh getting blunted to fakie.

Chris Roberge tries to vibe out the tourist photographers with an intense stare-down.

Chris Roberge tries to vibe out the tourist photographers with an intense stare-down.

Mark Yonkers graced the fat concrete coping with an upside-down backside hand-touch board-grab.  I think that's the proper name for the trick.

Mark Yonkers graced the fat concrete coping with an upside-down backside hand-touch board-grab.  I think that's the proper name for the trick.

Talba looks on in sheer amazement as ZTR grabs the nose and prepares for disaster.

Talba looks on in sheer amazement as ZTR grabs the nose and prepares for disaster.

There is more to this ramp than the extension.  Roberge demonstrates another lip stall in a different location.

There is more to this ramp than the extension.  Roberge demonstrates another lip stall in a different location.

SRR catching coping and grabbing nose.

SRR catching coping and grabbing nose.

Zach gives a holler and Harsh ollies backside.

Zach gives a holler and Harsh ollies backside.

Bland lets all the kids know he skates by showing off his board scratches on a lien tail.

Bland lets all the kids know he skates by showing off his board scratches on a lien tail.

Ron Lodzinski makes butter look like sandpaper.  That means he's smooth.

Ron Lodzinski makes butter look like sandpaper.  That means he's smooth.

Another example of smooth.  Locked in.

Another example of smooth.  Locked in.

Dear Ryan Ford, I am sorry I missed my opportunity for a good photo of your sugarcane but this is still kind of tight.

Dear Ryan Ford, I am sorry I missed my opportunity for a good photo of your sugarcane but this is still kind of tight.

Harsh and Alec Chambers, inspired by Shr3dCrust's incessant chant of "Human Deathbox", go low to high into a 5-0 grind.

Harsh and Alec Chambers, inspired by Shr3dCrust's incessant chant of "Human Deathbox", go low to high into a 5-0 grind.

Is this enough proof he made it?

Is this enough proof he made it?

Thanks everyone for shredding, beers, pizzas, entertainment, and camaraderie. 

2013 - Year in Review Part 3 : September - December

The final installment of my own Year in Review starts off with a skateboard road trip to Raleigh.  We managed to be the rain to a spot or two...then it poured and we took refuge under ground.

Wells Shaw - Nosebonk

Wells Shaw

Shortly after returning home, my long time friend Alex and I set up a photo shoot I had been wanting to do for a while.  I need to do more of this.

I took another road trip.  This time to Boone where we got some last minute river swimming in before the cold.

The boys back home were enjoying the September weather by performing skateboard moves on various objects meant for other uses.  I documented this one session for the ages in particular.  Lots of people, even random dudes, were out after dark.

Will Smith - 180

Tom Hyson - Nosegrind

Adam Meyer - Melon Grab

Will Smith and I worked hard to get a "Bro Spotlight" together for Skateboner Issue #2.  Here he exhibits his abilities with a never-been-done hip ollie on Carolina Beach.

Will Smith - Ollie

The very next day, he stepped up to a tallboy with a frontside boardslide.

Will Smith - Front Board

October showed up and I shot my second wedding.  Congrats again to Steven and Misty Mangiacapre!

My friend Reiss got engaged and I eagerly offered to shoot his wedding as well.  I spent a weekend in Asheville with him and his fiance (and my new friend) Jane and shot their bridal portraits and drank good beer.

I managed to fit some skateboarding and skate photography into the trip as well.  Ben Bradford always does things over and over again for me and this boosty ollie was no exception.  You are the man, Ben.

Ben Bradford - Ollie

Back home, the backyard sessions were going off!

Zach Radabaugh - Smith Tailgrab

Brandon Crockett - Backside Smith

November came and the Another Skate Shop boys and I went out to California.  I took lots of photos and wrote an article about it on The Subalterns.  Ryan Rullman made a video about it and it's real good.  You can watch it here : http://youtu.be/uhcneT0cOmM

Will Smith - Front Board

Wells Shaw - Backside 180

Wells Shaw - Nollie Flip

Devan Rice - Lipslide

Devan Rice - Smith Grind

Gary Bolos - Backside Overcrook

Almost immediately upon returning, I drove up to Asheville to shoot the Powell wedding.

December didn't involve much photography.  My 18-55 lens broke shortly after my River Road photo adventure with Nic True.  So here it is, the anticlimactic end to 2013.  Big things coming in 2014 and whenever I get a new lens.

I also shot lots of film, so here it is in no particular order.

Wilmington, NC

Yanceyville, NC

Devan Rice - Carlsbad, CA

Devan Rice - San Diego, CA

Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC

Wilmington, NC

2013 - Year in Review Part 2 : April - August

So here we are with part two.  I started shooting some more film as the weather warmed up.

Tim Jarman

Zach Riggs

There was lots of skateboarding.  We revamped an old DIY barrier spot and skated it a whole lot.

Will Smith - Pivot Fakie

Tim Jarman - Backside Smith

Everybody was killin' it.  Wells Shaw warmed up for a back tail on the barrier with a little kickflip into a small bank.

May hit and so did more beautiful weather.  A bunch of dudes and I went to Asheville to see gnarly skateboarding happen at the Thrashville Mountain Masters Skate Comp.

Dylan Wiggins - Frontside Air

Will Smith - Kickflip

We came home and continued to skate a lot.  Wells learns new moves in the deep end of the CB skate park bowl.  Backside crailslide.

Stagnation breeds creativity and there is nothing more stagnant than the skate spots in Wilmington.  So my friends got tricks on treacherous terrain in the Ogden area.

Trent Reed - Ollie

Wells Shaw - Backside 180

Skateboner Magazine became an actual thing in May.  This was the cover shot.

Adam Meyer - Stalefish

Beach season officially began.  Gary Bolos expressed a deep devotion to getting rid of his farmers tan.

Frontside Boardslide

My sister graduated high school.

Wells Shaw became an amateur skateboarder for Creation Skateboards.  His left ankle was messed up so he could only skate switch, which was a real bummer.

Switch Kickflip

Switch Heelflip

Switch Frontside Flip

Coley Martin celebrated a birthday with a backside crailslide on the aforementioned barrier spot.

This shot of Wells tweaking out a small nollie heel on extremely safe terrain made it to the Creation Skateboards catalog poster.

I shot my first wedding.

I shot a lot more film than anything else for the entire rest of the summer.  Work was pretty busy, so photography got put on the back burner.  Here's a bunch of film stuff in reverse chronological order.

Part Three of Three coming Monday the 30th!

2013 - Year In Review Part 1 : January - March

So as "year in review" posts get scattered throughout the internet, I decided to hop on the bandwagon and do one myself.  Here goes.

The year started with a January drive out to Topsail Island.  We didn't see anybody anywhere for the most part.

Winter in the deep south allows perfect skate weather in January.  Trent, Alec, and I skated some treacherous terrain by the waterfront in tee shirts in the middle of winter.

Trent Reed - 360 Flip

Alec Chambers - Boneless

A few days later, Wells Shaw did a beer-belly high crooked grind over some bum.

Wells Shaw - Crook

It got cold enough and foggy enough to take this photo of my brother.

February hit it off with a contest at Backdoor Skatepark.  I made a video about it.

I also took photos of the after party.

February came and went.  With the beginning of March, friends and family of Ross Rogers got together and raged out to remember a great person.

I made a trip to Boone and it snowed.  I stayed extra days and took lots of pictures.

February is cold but I still managed to shoot pretty girls in dresses outdoors.

Wells Shaw and I put together an interview for The Manifold Magazine and he killed it.

Switch Kickflip - Raleigh, NC

Lien Tail - The Skate Barn - Hampstead, NC

Hardflip - Wilmington, NC

Backside Lipslide - Wilmington, NC

We skated this thing a whole lot.

Will Smith - Ollie

We did a lot of skating in March.  Trent Reed did an artsy nose manual downtown.

We rediscovered a lot of spots that hadn't been touched in a while and got some photos for fun.  Will's smith grind even got published in Thrasher's Photograffiti section.

Tim Jarman - Wallride

Will Smith - Backside Smith

Well, those were the highlights from January to March.  April - August coming tomorrow.

3CCD2 "Your Welcome" Video Premiere

A bunch of dudes (and a few females) gathered on Thursday the 17th at The Opera Room in downtown Wilmington to watch some local and imported skateboarding in "Your Welcome" - a video by Ryan Rullman.  It was awesome.

Gabe <3 his crazy friends.

Ask anyone and you'll probably hear, "I heard Spencer Cartmell's part is amazing."  It was.

Caught the little dudes drinking at the bar.  Just kidding.

The man of the hour and his mother.

Stoney baloney or just good pals?

Everybody was stoked.

The "full part" crew and then some!

Long time homies.

Lazers, man. 

Night Moves

A good skate session builds on itself.  It starts with a single phone call from one person to another to confirm skateboarding in the near future.  Each of the aforementioned conversationalists calls another person and pretty soon there's 7 or more people at the spot.

This isn't even the first spot we hit.  Tom Hyson likes to go 100 miles an hour and do lines involving nosegrinds and nollie flips. 

No matter the size of the group, these two will almost always be found like this.  Alec Chambers and Will Smith, bros for life. 

They always enjoy having their photo taken.  Sometimes too much.

Clocking in around 78 mph. 

Next spot.  Lurk squad gathering lurk points.   Add Jon P to the list of documented skaters.

Believe it or not this is a land.  Trent Reed nollie-ing out of a wallride.   Then immediately after - hit up the dudes for high fives.

Using technology to document and share faster - this guy on my left. 

Using Sparks and Marlboros to get through the night - new homie Jarvis on my right.  This guy wobbled up to us and asked permission to watch.  He kept spreading his arms and mentioning how beautiful the session is.  He asked permission to smoke and I asked permission to take some photos of him.  He obliged and kept telling me how beautiful it was that we were all hanging out and skating together.

I set my camera down to get a beer out of the car.  Never set your camera down around these two without expecting selfies. 

Jarvis then asked for permission to drink a beer.  I told him we were drinking too and he lit up with excitement.  "You guys are drinkers!? Welcome to the club!"  I asked what he was sipping on.  Sparks.  "It's got a little kick to it!" 

"He's gonna get it this time" 

Set my camera down again...  Never a dull moment.

Later on Jarvis.   Next spot.

Massive street grabs commence.  Adam Meyer holds a melon to his feet and rolls away for some jelly legs in the morning.  The guy closing the gym next to this gap was genuinely stoked.  He got a second angle.   That's gonna feel good in the morning.  End of session.  Thanks dudes!

Depression Session

Me and a few of my main bros drove up to Raleigh for a day trip.  Nobody checked the weather.  It was all fine for a few hours until mother nature decided to release a beast of a thunderstorm.  We headed for cover in an empty parking garage.  Everyone got at least one nosegrind photo.  Special thanks to Jed, James, and Dan for showing us a good session.  Also all the other homies that showed up and made the session extra large.

Devan Rice - Nosegrind

Wells Shaw

Will Smith - Back Tail

Devan

Will - Nosegrind

Wells - Nosegrind

Lucas - Backside 180 Nosegrind

Devan

Wells

SKATEBONER Magazine

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