Tearsheet: Portraits In The Skateboard Mag

April 12th, 2012

Bucky Lasek, pro skateboarder. Encinitas, CA

Bucky Lasek

The April issue of The Skateboard Mag ran a double page spread with 16 of my portraits in their editorial section called “Exposed.” They even asked me to write a few words about this ongoing series that includes portraits of both pro and amateur skateboarders. It is short and to the point, but I forgot to mention the obvious. It is with a ridiculous amount of pleasure that I get to do this type of work! The 14 year old kid from Baltimore inside is extremely stoked to have these opportunities and to make new friends. This is not just “photography.” It’s part of my life. These images were photographed in San Jose, Santa Cruz, and Encinitas over the course of 6 different photo sessions. They are a small slice from what I have already shot, and I will try to share more when I can.

Ironically there has been some internal pressure building inside over these portraits. I feel like I owe it to everyone who has been photographed to turn this project into something worthwhile. A book? A gallery show? I am not sure. For now I just want to skate and keep shooting, then figure out what to do later. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

Here is the full link to Roots, History & Concrete – a skateboarding portrait series including: Grant Brittain, Bob Burnquist, Steve Caballero, Eddie Elguera, Bennett Harada, Christian Hosoi, Daren Jenkins, Jason Jessee, Bucky Lasek, Keith Meek, Darren Navarrette, Pat Ngoho, Zach Miller, Duane Peters, Dave Swift, and Sergie Ventura.

Duane Peters, Master of Disaster

Duane Peters

Words from The Skateboard Mag:

It’s hard to photograph skaters when I’d rather be skating myself, so shooting portrait set ups instead of action has been my way around the problem. This series began with the idea to document skateboarding friends in Nor Cal, but the project unexpectedly evolved into a collection of something bigger. It’s about roots, history, and concrete. Groms and legends. I’m stoked that everyone has been so willing to participate which I attribute to skateboarding’s brotherhood and for the shared love of a grind. People appreciate the admiration that comes with spending even just a few minutes to be photographed. I just want that respect to come out in the photos, or at the very least show a glimpse of what each person’s skating style is like through their portrait.

- Jay Watson


Christian Hosoi, pro skater. San Jose, CAChristian Hosoi

Three facts about these skaters:
1) Duane Peters would make an excellent boy scout leader.
2) The first time I saw Bucky Lasek skate was at a street skate contest at Patterson Park in Baltimore, MD roughly 25 years ago. He won first place. I was disqualified for jumping off the judges table.
3) The portrait of Dave Swift (in the gallery) is one of the last photos of him before he got his front tooth fixed.

A big thanks to Grant Brittain, Steve Potwin, Bucky Lasek, Judi Oyama, and Pineappleluv for the support.

Duane Peters Is More Hardcore Than You

October 2nd, 2008

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Laidback grind by DP at Lake Cunningham in San Jose, CA © Jay Watson Photography

Where does your inspiration come from? I would like to ask Duane Peters. He placed 3rd at the 10th Annual Tim Brauch Memorial Contest this past weekend. The man is 47! Not only did he lose a wheel on his first run, but he kept riding and grabbed “trick of the day” and a couple of tacos for the effort. The “Master Of Disaster” rode against legends of skateboarding such as Steve Alba, Steve Caballero, and Christian Hosoi. It was obvious Christian or Caballero would win after the first round so Peters was left to ride for himself and for the crowd during the finals. A position in which he thrives.

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