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O P E N I N G AC T Words by Daniel Cochrane

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Obst acle s c a n c ome in ma ny shape s a nd forms. Ment a l. Physic a l. Rea l. Ima gined. Ma ny times we a llow our bounda ries to be a nchored by what we have been told is possible. C onvent iona l w isdom. Herd t hou g ht m e n t a l i t y t h a t's t a k e n a s f a c t . T h e r e a r e a f e w w h o b r e a k f r e e o f t h e s e c h a i n s a n d a s k "w h y n o t ? "; O r, m o r e i m p o r t a n t l y, t h e y d o n't e v e n a s k t h e q u e s t i o n b u t m e r e l y p u s h t h r o u g h t h e b a r r i e r s . P r i n t's d e a d , t h e n u m b e r s s a y s o , y e t h e r e i t i s Vo l . 13 . S u r e i t's n o t g e t t i n g a n y e a s i e r, b u t t h a t i s n't t o s a y w e c a n't o v e r c o m e t h e o b s t a c l e s . S n o w a n d s k a t e ? It's s t i l l h e r e but w it h a bit of a d i f ferent t a ke. T he y say socia l med ia k i l led print, but we ju st took it a s a tool to cre ate a n e w v e r s i o n o f o u r s e l v e s . Tw o d e c a d e s a g o t h i s o l l i e b y S h y l i o S w e a t f r o m p h o t o g r a p h e r We s t o n C o l t o n w o u l d have seemed impossible, yet bounda ries have been pu shed, ba rriers were broken, a nd progress made. Five yea rs ago they sa id we were dead, but we kept pushing. Yo u k e e p p u s h i n g t o o .

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COVE R S TO RY LO F OTEN ISL AND S , N O RWAY Intro by Daniel Cochrane

Photos by Bob Plumb

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T he L ofoten A rch ipela go e x tend s into t he Nor weg ia n Se a on t he nor t hwe stern fac e of Nor way w it h in t he A rct ic C i r c l e . It m o s t l i k e l y d o e s n't n e e d t o b e s a i d , b u t t h i s is not a snowboa rding Mecca. This sma ll deta il wa s of no hindra nce a s Grif f in Seiber t, Jerm, Br ya n Fox, a nd B o b P l u m b j o i n e d Te a m M a n a g e r K n u t E l i a s s e n a n d a h o s t o f r i d e r s f r o m t h e Ni t r o E u r o t e a m f o r a m u l t i - w e e k advent u re e xploring t h is u nique de st inat ion.

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T he t h ree-week e sc ape in A pri l a nd May took adva nt a ge o f t h e p r e v i o u s w i n t e r's r e m a i n i n g s n o w p a c k a s w e l l a s t he e x tended d aylig ht of spring t hat one enc ou nters in t he A rct ic Circle. T he re su lt s were t wo-fold; f irst, long d a y s a n d e x t e n d e d p e r i o d s o f "s u n s e t" l i g h t i n g m a d e for a majestic ca nva s a nd second ly a nd obvious lack of snowboa rd ing cu lt u re me a nt bot h a bla n k slate a nd a b a c k t o b a s i c s m e n t a l i t y f o r t h e c r e w. W h e n t h e r e a r e n o s t r e e t s , t h e r e a r e a s s u r e d l y n o s t r e e t s p o t s ; h o w e v e r, a n y t h i n g i s f o d d e r f o r f i l m i f y o u'r e i m a g i n a t i o n i s a gi le enoug h. Boat s a nd dock s bec a me jibs a nd stora ge t a n k s t u r n i n t o q u a r t e r p i p e s a s " d o w n t i m e" i n t h e s m a l l f ishing villages that dot the coa st wa s actua lly a ny thing but. A bove t he coa st split boa rd exped it ions y ielded majestic turns from pea k s to sea. There is something ma gic a l about rid ing snowboa rd s w it h in v ie w of t he ocea n. The sounds of your turns a re echoed by the rhy t hmic cra shing of t he waves below f u lly joining you to t he tot a l moment of e ver y t h ing t hat su rrou nd s you. Or perhaps it is t he c onnec t ion bet ween t he d i f ferent st ate s o f w a t e r, a n o d t o t h e p r o c e s s e s o f o u r n a t u r a l w o r l d t h a t enable u s to experienc e it in a mu lt it ude of way s. It w a s h e r e , o n t h e p e a k s , d u r i n g o n e o f a m y r i a d moment s, t hat Bob Plu mb c apt u red ou r cover ima ge of Grif f in Seiber t. Fa r above t he sea, a simple turn, t he c onnec t ion of pu r pose a nd intent. A moment of snowboa rd ing at it s most aut hent ic, t he ver y f irst goa l for ever yone t hat ha s ever strapped in; merely ma k ing a turn. That goa l ma nifested a million times by riders on sma l l m id-we stern h i l ls, snow-covered cit y pa rk s in E u r o p e , h i g h a b o v e t h e s e a i n o n e o f s n o w b o a r d i n g's f i n a l f r o n t i e r s L o f o t e n , N o r w a y, a n d n o w h e r e o n t h e c o v e r o f ou r hu mble public at ion a s a reminder to you where we a l l beg a n a nd where t he jou rne y ha s t he potent ia l to t a ke u s.

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Dried salty fish is huge in Lofoten. It’s an acquired taste. (Left) Cold water surfing is exactly that, cold. Your hands go from cold to stinging frozen to numb. Then the cycle repeats itself once you get out of the water. Bryan Fox


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Lofoten is a do anything type of place so Knut Eliassen decided to go with the hand plant.

Our neighbor let us jib his boat on his dock and let me shoot this photo from his back patio. You have to love the Norwegians. In the States this would never happen.

(Right) I can’t think of many places where you wake up on the beach and hike a couloir next to the camp spot. Nice views with Dominik Wagner.


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TR AVE L TI PS Words by Daniel Cochrane Akihabara, Japan

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I t ’s t h e l a r g e s t m e t r o a r e a i n t h e w o r l d . It h a s K i t K a t b o u t i q u e s , 7- E l e v e n s u n l i k e a n y t h i n g y o u’ l l f i n d i n t h e U S A , t h e m o s t a m a z i n g t o i l e t s e v e r, a n d a b a r f e a t u r i n g R o b o t b a t t l e s w i t h b i k i n i - c l a d m a i d e n s . It a l s o f e a t u r e s o p e n m a r k e t s where ledgers a re st i l l kept by ha nd, shrine s a nd temple s t hat a re hu nd red s o f y e a r s o l d , a n d s t r o n g c u l t u r a l m o r e s . To k y o c a n b e a c i t y s p e a r h e a d i n g t h e bou nd a rie s of tech nolog y one moment, a nd a f irm ad herent to t he way s of t rad it ion t he ne x t, a nd it is a n absolute mu st for a nyone who procla ims to love t r a v e l i n g . H e r e a r e t w e l v e f a s t b i t s o f a d v i c e f o r a n y o n e p l a n n i n g a v i s i t t o To k y o . D o w a t c h a i r f a r e s c l o s e l y. A f l i g h t t o To k y o f r o m t h e w e s t c o a s t r a n g e s f r o m a h i g h o f $135 0 t o a l o w o f $ 8 0 0 a n d s o m e t i m e s e v e n l e s s . D o f l y a n A s i a n a i r l i n e . B e t t e r s e a t i n g , b e t t e r f o o d , f r i e n d l i e r s t a f f, d o z e n s o f f r e e mov ie s, a nd f ree a lcohol a re ju st a fe w rea sons not to f ly a US -ba sed a irline.

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D o n't f l y i n t o N a r i t a A i r p o r t i f y o u c a n h e l p i t . S m a l l e r H a n e d a A i r p o r t i s o n t h e sout h end of town a nd boa sts a connection to a monora il t hat travels a round t he i n n e r c i t y. T h e l a r g e r N a r i t a i s a b o u t 45 m i n u t e s e a s t o f t o w n a n d r e q u i r e s m o r e e f f o r t t o g e t i n t o To k y o p r o p e r. M o s t f l i g h t s d e f a u l t t o N a r i t a s o k e e p t h a t i n m i n d w h e n s e a r c h i n g . A f t e r a l o n g t r a v e l d a y, t h e l a s t t h i n g y o u w a n t t o d o i s s p e n d a not her hou r plu s t r y ing to get into tow n. D o s t a y a w h i l e . Yo u’ l l a u t o m a t i c a l l y l o s e a d a y f l y i n g t h e r e , a n d t h e n y o u’ l l spend a not her few days getting back on some sor t of reg u la r schedu le. I’ d advise a m inimu m of ten d ay s, but you cou ld get away w it h se ven. D o n't r e l y o n c o m m u n i c a t i n g i n E n g l i s h . F o r t h e m o s t p a r t , p r o f i c i e n t E n g l i s h spea kers outside of tourism hot spots a re few a nd fa r bet ween, a nd English signage is a l most non- e x istent. Suck it up a nd ju st point at menu s a nd keep you r m ind open t o t h e n e w e x p e r i e n c e . Yo u' l l b e a b l e t o o r d e r S t a r b u c k s b u t p r o b a b l y n o t e f f e c t i v e l y c o m m u n i c a t e s o m e a b s t r a c t f o o d o r d e r. D o n't f a l l f o r t h e c o m m o n m i s c o n c e p t i o n t h a t To k y o i s e x p e n s i v e . Yo u r f l i g h t w i l l e a s i l y b e t h e c o s t l i e s t p o r t i o n o f y o u r j o u r n e y. F o o d , l o d g i n g , a n d e v e r y t h i n g e l s e w i l l be qu ite rea sonable. Do ma r vel at t he wonders of pocket Wi-Fi, phone-siz ed mobile hot spot s t hat w il l c o m e w i t h m a n y h o t e l s a n d A i r B n B 's t h a t w i l l k e e p y o u c o n n e c t e d i f y o u r U S d a t a p l a n d o e s n't c o v e r i n t e r n a t i o n a l t r a v e l . D o g o t o a p a c h i n k o p a r l o r, a n d d o c o v e r y o u r e a r s . D o n’t t h i n k i t ’s a l w a y s a n a l l - n i g h t p a r t y i n a m e t r o a r e a o f 3 8 m i l l i o n p l u s . T h e r e a re def initely a re a s w it h h ig h c onc ent rat ions of ba rs a nd nig ht li fe, but much of t he c i t y e f f e c t i v e l y s h u t s d o w n b y 11p . m . a n d r e m a i n s t h a t w a y u n t i l 8 a . m . D o u s e t h e s u b w a y. It i s e f f i c i e n t , c l e a n , i n e x p e n s i v e , a n d c o l o r /n u m b e r c o d e d , s o y o u d o n't e v e n n e e d t o b e a b l e t o r e a d t h e n a m e s o f t h e s t o p s . D o n't m i s s t o u r i s t y a t t r a c t i o n s . S k y Tr e e , A k i h a b a r a , S h i b u y a , H a r a j u k u , T h e Golden Ga i, a nd nu merou s sh rine s a nd temple s a re a l l a ma zing , a nd t he y a re f a m o u s f o r a r e a s o n . . . s p e n d t h e t i m e t o f i n d o u t w h y. D o n't b e a d u m b A m e r i c a n . T h e J a p a n e s e s o c i e t y p l a c e s e m p h a s i s o n t h e w h o l e , n o t t h e i n d i v i d u a l . F o l l o w t h e l e a d o f t h o s e a r o u n d y o u . Wa i t p a t i e n t l y a t S t a r b u c k 's . R e c y c l e c o r r e c t l y i f i n a n A i r B n B (t h i s i s H U G E ) a n d m o v e t o t h e r i g h t o n e s c a l a t o r s s o t h o s e w i s h i n g t o w a l k c a n d o s o . Yo u' l l m a r v e l a t h o w m u c h m o r e ef f icient t h ing s c a n be when e ver yone is look ing out for e ver yone else.

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G R A P H I C S TO RY RID E MACHE TE

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The 2019 R ide Machete, as designed by Global Graphic Designer Dave Banks, has been, in many ways, decades in the making. The deck is the culmination of youthful inf luences and ongoing projects kicking around in the chambers of his present-day subconscious. Far from R ide Headquarters in present-day Seattle, Washington the earliest trappings of the Machete were seeded in the mind of nine-year-old Dave in his home state of Massachusetts via his discovery of artwork from VCJ, Vernon Courtlandt Johnson. "If you don’t know who Vernon Courtlandt Johnson is, just know that he is the godfather of all skateboard graphics that put his signature into Powell Peralta. I got my 1st Powell Peralta skateboard when I was 9 years old and became absolutely obsessed with the brand. I quickly became a member of the fan club by sending cash in an envelope from Massachusetts to California. I’d receive VCJ posters and catalogs and pin them to my bedroom wall and study every brush stroke and the way he drew skulls and bones. I often think in the history of board graphics skulls and bones are a common theme because every human on earth has them. I don’t really see that (graphics trend) changing ever." says Banks. Fast forward a few decades and the formula for The Machete was completed when Dave saw the opportunity to explore a creation that had been lurking in his mind "This season I wanted to introduce a concept I have been playing within the back of my head for a while, the Reaper Snake. Typically the grim reaper is depicted allegorically as a human skeleton that takes a person from the living into the afterlife. I’ve always thought it was strange it has never been depicted as other animals, yet all living creatures die. This is the beginning of a concept I will be exploring for many years to come entitled Reaper Creatures in my professional work and personal work. I saw opportunity in a character-driven body of work". As with any artist, Dave is always indebted and aware of how his inf luences sculpt his present body of work. With the Reaper Snake, he saw an opportunity to use the top sheet to pay a small homage to his boyhood muse VCJ and his favorite skate graphic of all time the Mike McGill skull and snake. For Dave it is an effort to tie the past with the present and hopefully lay the groundwork for inspiring the works of others in the future. "It’s funny a lot of trends come and go in the graphics world, but stories last forever for whoever is actually paying attention and retains them." The R ide Machete is available now at rad shops. Follow @robinbankz on Instagram to keep up with Dave's latest Reaper Creatures and other works.

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Br yan Fox, Jan 2008

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The handrail craze had finally started to fade around this time as riders had figured out there were other things to do in the street besides balance on piece of metal. Obviously what had been happening in skateboarding for the last 10 or so years prior played a big inf luence. This shift along with the invention of the winch opened up so many new spots and was a such a refreshing change of pace at least for the photography side of things. While Bryan Fox was living out his skateboard fantasies, I got to live my skateboard photographer dreams as well.


8 410 6 THE M OS T PRO LIFI C ZIP CO D E IN THE WO RLD ' S M OS T PRO LIFI C SN OWB OARD IN G TOWN Wo r d s & P h o t o s b y A n d y Wr i g h t

I’ve got some not-so-breaking news — if you want to pursue a career in snowboarding, there’s no better place to live in the world than Salt Lake City. What Hollywood is to the aspiring actor/director/filmmaker, SLC is to the aspiring pro rider/photographer/ videomaker. Epic mountains minutes from a major city that gets blanketed with snow throughout the winter. Add in an international airport and relatively cheap cost of living, blah blah blah. This a worn out story that’s been written dozens of times over the years— and will surely be penned many more times in the future. I’m guessing most of you have long since figured out that Utah’s capital city is the place to be. The more interesting question is where exactly in this epicenter of snowboarding is ground zero? And I’m not asking for a neighborhood per say, as those boundary lines are somewhat f lexible and often overlapping. I want an official border that is universally accepted and not subject to debate. Zip code maps provide just that and while Salt Lake has great ones to choose from, I’m here today to make a case for the 5 digits of 8-4-1-0-6. Actually what sparked this whole idea was a recent trip through my photo archives and a realization of how many considerable photos I’d taken over the years basically within a mile or 2 of where I slept at night. Now this might not seem that extraordinary to some, but when you consider it in the context of traveling thousands and thousands of miles each season, sometimes on the opposite side of the globe, all in search of photographing epic street snowboarding, it does have personal meaning.

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What also struck me as a good basis of this argument was the overwhelming number of snowboarding industry elite – riders, media and magnates – are or were at one time home owners in this zip code (see side bar). Most of these are people came from other states or parts of the world, lived in a few places around town, could have settled anywhere but all picked this zip code to plant roots in. And finally, I should mention that the photos featured here are all based on street riding. This type of snowboarding has provided an opportunity to make a living for many of us, but it was only a bonus reason for either coming to Salt Lake – or sticking around for those raised here. The mountains are the anchor of this whole valley, and ease of access to them while still living blocks from Whole Foods might be the best argument of all. Whatever the case, as long as your zip code starts with an ‘8-4’ you are pretty damn stoked each winter. I just happen to think that in the context of snowboarding history, the one ending in ‘1-0-6’ is Salt Lake’s most notorious.

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M i ke y L e b l a n c , F e b 2 0 0 3 The transformation of the Sugarhouse shopping center had just begun and these curved ledges were part of an office complex that was one of the first buildings to be finished. I think they are still there today, but obstructed from street view because of all the other buildings that have gone up around them. On a super chilly night while filming for the MDP classic “Shakedown”, Mikey LeBlanc and Seth Huot were the first riders to get to scuff up the freshly poured concrete that I’m sure a few other guys around town had their eyes on. This ledge didn’t age well and was deemed too small within a few years, but at the time it was a great gift from the developers.


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JP hadn’t done a lot of filming around Salt Lake for several years after a lot of the early spots he’d established had dried up. There had also been a several year drought of good city snow prior to 2007 and right around Christmas we got dumped on. Holiday snow is ideal because schools and most businesses are shut down. This fence was on a construction site that I’m sure is condos by now, but we had full access because of the time of year. It was also right on Highland Dr., which gets a ton of traffic so it was full exposure to anyone driving by. Thankfully this was pre-instagram or I’m sure there would have been a crowd gathered all getting their own personal content.

This was the last night of 2007, New Year’s Eve, and not the first one of those (or last) I’ve spent shooting snowboarding instead of adult beverages. Jeremy had been one the first riders to really bring the wall ride thing into snowboarding several years earlier, and it was around this time he was pushing the ways it could be done, as with most tricks, by adding consequence. This may look like standard fare now, but 11 years ago not many were wall-riding over features going high-to-low. This really opened up people’s eyes as what was possible using the wall and it’s crazy to think of where it went from here.

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Matt y Ryan, Februar y 2002 The Brickyard rail (R.I.P.) was one of the best down rails in Salt Lake but it was gone before it’s potential realized. The fact that it was square was a problem for a lot of riders at the time and not a lot of tricks were put up on it. If it was still in the mix today, this could be one of those rails of legend that people would travel from out of state or even out of country for. Like Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, James Dean — the Brickyard rail was a living legend and left us way before it’s prime. It will always hold a special place for those you got to experience it. My only time shooting this classic piece of metal was during the filming of Kingpin’s classic “Happy Hour” when Matty Ryan’s put up switch boardslide and then promptly lit a smoke and declared he was "over it.” Oh what could have been…..

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G a r r e t t Wa r n i c k , J a n u a r y 2 0 1 7 This is one of those "mind surf ” type spots that you might drive by 1000 times and not even realize your day dreaming about riding it. Dan Brisse was the first to make it a reality, probably a good 5 years before a session I got to shoot with Garrett Warnick and Bode Merrill for the “Pepper” video. The setup is kind of perfect with natural speed but it’s very high profile and has a lot of neighbors with itchy fingers to call the cops. We had a “super citizen” drive by and stop and threaten police action several times during the session which added to the stress levels. The man never showed up but a worker from the church did. Instead of giving us the boot, he actually brought a snowboard for Bode to sign while Garrett got to hit it a few more times. True story and not the outcome any of us had expected.

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Dan Brisse, Januar y 2010 The search for the perfect down-rail has taken riders and media across the world several times over. Salt Lake isn’t a big down-rail type city after it’s limited supply of them either got removed, too small as standards got bigger or they simply were shut down from having every trick done on them. So when Dan Brisse came up with a creative sort of way to put this 50-stair monster into play, the rumor mill was churning hard but no could figure out where such a rail could exist in a town that had been scoured for such treasures. It was hidden in plain sight at a school, close enough to my house that I could almost pick up the home wifi signal. It’s suprising that no one (not my knowledge) revisited this beast since that day considering that riders will travel halfway around the globe in search of this exact feature, yet it sits undistrubed since Brisse’s front board almost 9 years ago.

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The mythical “urban jump” was kinda of a unicorn that a lot of riders used to be on the hunt for after Mark Frank Montoya had a big backside 7 over a fence in Denver in Absinthe’s “Optimistic?” Bode and Phil Damanakis scored when they found a mound of snow the plow had pushed up in the top parking lot of Brickyard Plaze that had a natural gap into some tranny to the lot below. It was one of those jumps that if you found it on the mountain, you and your crew would lap it all day. But this was one was behind an AutoZone and had the magestic backdrop of 33rd south and it’s stream of vehicles wizzing by.



A RTI S T P RO F I LE BL AKE S TE VENSO N Words by Daniel Cochrane

J e t p a c k s a n d R o l l e r s k a t e s i s t h e d e s i g n a l i a s o f S o u t h e r n O n t a r i o's B l a k e S t e v e n s o n . Bla ke, li ke ma ny ot her creat ive k id s, read i ly ad m it s t hat he wa s t hat stereot y pic a l inat tent ive st udent in school choosing inste ad to spend h is cla ss t ime d raw ing sku l ls, com ic book cha racters, a nd t he logos of h is favorite compa nie s f rom t he sk ate a nd snow industries. A f t e r d o o d l i n g h i s w a y t h r o u g h s c h o o l B l a k e's o r i g i n a l c a r e e r i n t e n t i o n s c e n t e r e d o n a nimat ion, but he fou nd t hat pu rsu it u nable to live up to h is expect at ions. Instead,he e vent u a l ly set t led into a c a reer pat h v ia a n adver t ising a nd a r t de sig n cla ss. T hat led h im to h is cu rrent d ay job, but a lso to t he e vent u a l cre at ion of h is Jetpack s a nd Rol lersk ate s a lia s to pu rsue out side intere st s t hat appe a led to h is ow n bra nd of creat iv it y a nd st yle.

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For Bla ke, t hat st yle is a n a ma lg a mat ion of in f luenc e s. W hen t a sked w it h a n ad m it ted ly g r o a n e r o f a q u e s t i o n " W h a t a r e y o u r i n f l u e n c e s ? " h e p e r f e c t l y a n s w e r s "u l t i m a t e l y e v e r y t h i n g" b u t t h e n n o t e s s p e c i f i c a l l y " I h a v e a l w a y s l o v e d e v e r y t h i n g 8 0 s , 9 0 s , a n d 2 0 0 0 s . G r o w i n g u p a m o n g s t a f l u r r y o f M T V, c o m i c b o o k s , s k a t e b o a r d i n g , t o y s , a n d sug a r y c erea l com mercia ls. Ever y t h ing wa s bu rst ing w it h at t it ude a nd oozing w it h slime. N a t u r a l l y, a s a k i d , I m i m i c k e d a l l t h e t h i n g s I w a s i n t o . O r i g i n a l l y s t a r t i n g w i t h c r u d e c opie s but e vent u a l ly f ig u ring out how to e x t rac t t he e ssenc e of t hose t h ing s I loved into s o m e t h i n g d i f f e r e n t . M y o t h e r, o t h e r m o r e t r a d i t i o n a l i n f l u e n c e s a r e r o o t e d i n d e s i g n , print ma k ing , modernism a nd pop a r t. T he se element s a l low my i l lu st rated work to t a ke o n a m o r e g r a p h i c s t y l e a n d a l l o w s m e t o d e v e l o p c o n s t r a i n t s i n t o m y w o r k .� Wit h a qu ick a sse ssment of h is body of work, one c a n qu ick ly pick out t hose ch i ld hood i n f l u e n c e s a n d B l a k e's u s e a n d i n t e r p r e t a t i o n o f t h e m . A l t h o u g h h e d o e s n't l i k e t o o v e r l y de scribe h is st yle, a s st yle is a n inter pret ive na rrat ive persona li z ed by e ach ind iv idu a l, h e d o e s a d m i t "g r a p h i c , p o p c u l t u r e - i n f u s e d c h a r a c t e r d e s i g n w i t h e l e m e n t s o f h o r r o r a n d c u t e n e s s" a t l e a s t p r o v i d e s a r e l i a b l e a n d i d e n t i f y i n g l a b e l . Since Jetpack s a nd Rollersk ates is a side endeavor to his reg u la r c a reer Bla ke ha s had t he lu xu r y to pick a nd choose project s t hat appea l to h is de sign sensibi lit ie s. "I work w it h such a w ide ra nge of client s. Wit hout sing ling out a ny pa r t icu la r client s I c a n say I have done work for la rge med ia net work s, independent sk ateboa rd bra nd s, appa rel c ompa nie s, v ideo g a me compa nie s, bre werie s, la rge tech compa nie s, you na me it. If I told my 13 - y e a r- o l d s e l f t h a t p e o p l e w o u l d p a y m e t o d o t h i s s t u f f, h i s m i n d w o u l d h a v e m e l t e d ." A s for advice to a nyone else out t here look ing to ma ke t heir own distinctive ma rk in a c r e a t i v e w a y h e o f f e r s t h i s v a l u a b l e a d v i c e ; "A l w a y s b e h o n i n g y o u r c r a f t . Tr y a n d b e c o m e s e l f- a w a r e e n o u g h t o p i v o t w h e n s o m e t h i n g i s n't w o r k i n g . M o s t i m p o r t a n t l y, o n l y p u t o u t w o r k y o u' d w a n t t o d o . I f y o u w a n t t o d o w o r k i n a c e r t a i n i n d u s t r y o r i n a p a r t i c u l a r s t y l e , s h o w t h a t w o r k o r c r e a t e p r o j e c t s w i t h t h a t i n m i n d . It ’s t h e o n l y t h e n t h a t p e o p l e w i l l k n o w w h a t y o u a r e c a p a b l e /p a s s i o n a t e a b o u t ." Yo u c a n f o l l o w B l a k e o n I n s t a g r a m a s J E T PAC K S A N D RO L L E R S K AT E S , o n F a c e b o o k a t Jetpack s X Rollersk ates, a nd f ina lly in t he web at Jetpack sa ndrollersk ates.com

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Fr e q u e n t l y m o v i n g a b o u t a s t h e r e s u l t o f b e i n g r a i s e d i n a m i l i t a r y f a m i l y t w e n t y - s e v e n - y e a r- o l d L a u r e n Pa n d o l f i d o e s n't c l a i m t o b e " f r o m" a n y w h e r e b u t a s k h e r w h e r e h e r l o v e o f snowboa rding originated, a nd t he a ns wer is immediate; Boone Nor t h Ca rolina. W hile probably not on t he rada r of ma ny riders o u t w e s t B o o n e , a n d i t's s u r r o u n d i n g a r e a , h a s s u r p r i s i n g l y d e e p r o o t s i n s n o w b o a r d i n g . T h e l o c a l s h o p , E d g e o f t h e Wo r l d i s o n e o f t h e o l d e s t o n t h e E a s t C o a s t , a n d i t w a s L a u r e n's h o m e b a s e a s s h e b e g a n s n o w b o a r d i n g . It w a s d u r i n g t h i s t i m e t h a t L a u r e n f i r s t p i c k e d u p a c a m e r a , b u t s h e d i d n't i n i t i a l l y s h o o t t o o m u c h s n o w i n s t e a d c h o o s i n g t o r i d e a s h e r p r i o r i t y. A s s h e entered c ol lege li fe, she suc cu mbed to t he pre ssu re to steer a w a y f r o m "c r e a t i v e" t y p e c a r e e r e n d e a v o r s , a n d a s a r e s u l t , h e r photography pu rsu it s were cu r t a i led. A l t h o u g h B e n d , O r e g o n w a s o n h e r p o s t- c o l l e g i a t e r a d a r, o t h e r ra ndom circu m st a nc e s la nded her in Ut a h for t he c om mon ly p r e s c r i b e d "s h o r t- t e r m" l i v i n g s i t u a t i o n . F a s t f o r w a r d f i v e y e a r s l a t e r a n d s h o r t- t e r m i s g r a d u a l l y e a s i n g i t s w a y c l o s e r t o p u t t i n g d o w n r o o t s . It w a s n't u n t i l s e t t l i n g i n U t a h t h a t s h e c a m e t o t h e re a li z at ion t hat her col lege deg ree, wh i le potent ia l ly lucrat ive m o n e t a r i l y, w o u l d n't n e c e s s a r i l y b e f u l f i l l i n g o n a p e r s o n a l l e v e l . It w a s t h e n t h a t s h e r e t u r n e d t o p h o t o g r a p h y, t h i s t i m e w i t h a n e y e o n s h o o t i n g s n o w. W i t h a t e n t a t i v e t o e i n t h e o n c e - s h u n n e d “c r e a t i v e � c a r e e r p o o l , L au ren a lso decided to ret u rn to school for web de sign w it h t he intent ion of keeping her snow photog raphy most ly in t he hobby c a t e g o r y. H o w e v e r, f o r t h o s e w i t h t h e d r i v e , a k e e n e y e a n d t h e sk i l l, Ut a h c a n qu ick ly of fer some rich subjec t mat ter a nd t he ac compa ny ing notoriet y t hat come s w it h it. L au ren prompt ly found her photography reaching a la rge-sca le audience. She ha s spent t he pa st c ouple of se a sons shoot ing at Brig hton Re sor t, wh ich helped her g a in t he at tent ion of indu st r y personnel. A s a re su lt, t h is pa st sea son Sku l lc a ndy inv ited her to t ravel to M t . B a k e r, a n d s h o o t p h o t o s f o r T h e L e g e n d a r y B a n k e d S l a l o m , wh ich she def initely pinpoint s a s a h ig h water ma rk in her brief f o r a y o f s h o o t i n g s n o w. S t i l l , d e s p i t e h e r q u i c k s u c c e s s , L a u r e n rema ins intent on keeping snowboa rd ing photog raphy f irm ly in t h e " f o r f u n" c a t e g o r y. On the following pages, L auren ha s h e r w o r k t o s h a r e w i t h A r k a d e .T h i s her shoot ing at Snowbird Mou nt a in fol low her advent u re s on Inst a g ra m

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The Uintas are one of the few mountains chains that run east to west in the continental US and whether it be climbing, hiking, or simply enjoying the views, the Uintas of fer a sanctuar y for those wanting a quick escape. These rugged mountains feel as if they are old and mysterious, with much wisdom to share.


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The backcountr y is an extremely humbling place. Not only do all members in the group have to be in sync, but they each must have a high level of awareness of potential dangers. While the mountains provide a playground for those searching for adventure, some simply enjoy the quiet and solitude away from the resorts.


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The Mt. Baker Legendar y Banked Slalom is hands down the best event in snowboarding. With legendar y riders traveling from all over the world to compete, and a long histor y to boot, it is an incredible honor to even be present at such an event. With snowboarding contest s becoming a game of "spin t o w i n " o r " g o b i g o r g o h o m e ," i t i s extremely refreshing to be around a contest that centers around the simplicit y of turning a snowboard.


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M U S I C IA N P RO F I LE SO CCER M OMMY / SA SAMI Words by Daniel Cochrane

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Kilby Court has long been the Salt Lake torchbearer for new musical talent. Lucky enthusiasts of "the next big thing" can boast of attending shows from The National, The Shins, Vampire Weekend and innumerable others within the small west side garage in Salt Lake's Granary District. A cool mid-October evening promised the potential for yet another "I saw them at Kilby" story with a sold-out double bill of Sasami Ashworth and Soccer mommy.

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Sasami Ashworth (stage name Sasami) is an L.A. based singersong writer. Working on her f irst solo effort, the former Cherry Glazier member and tireless (she'd probably dispute that adjective) road warrior was making her third appearance in SLC in just a few short months. A lthough she performed solo as support for both Baths and King Tuff on previous rounds, this show marked her f irst in Salt Lake with her own accompanying band. Newly signed to Domino records she recently released two new tracks; "Callous" which was awarded Pitchfork's Best New Track badge, and "Not the time" which led The Fader to proclaim her rock's "next big thing." Perpetually a marvelous live act Sasami glides her way through a musical mix of feedbackladen crescendos and quiet introspection separated with lively and comedic stage banter. If she has f lown under your radar to date keep your eyes open and f ingers crossed for her inevitable return to SLC. Soccer Mommy is the stage name of Nashville singer-song writer Sophie A llison. A lthough she has played music since childhood, and attended a music based high school, it wasn't until 2015, after her graduation from high school, that she adopted the Soccer Mommy moniker and began writing and recording her own songs. These early recordings were self-published on Bandcamp and through a few self-released albums. They have since been re-recorded with a touch of added polish for her 2017 Fat Possum label debut "Collection." This year produced her f irst proper full length of new material "Clean." Soccer Mommy deals with all of the emotional highs and lows you would expect from a 19-year-old artist but with unexpected complexity and a lyrical wisdom well beyond her years. Biting wit, self-effacing candor, angst, yearning, joy, and every other emotion attached to love, loss, and betrayal surface within her work. Playing SLC just a few months ago as opening support for Stephen Malkmus the Kilby show marked her f irst visit (?) to SLC as a headliner. As the sold-out show status should tell you she is not to be missed when she f inds her way back to town. Vo l . 1 3

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Kasmasi Washington Heaven and Earth Yo u n g Tu r k s

Born of the Reagan/Thatcher era, Bad Religion has been here before. Their newest single, My Sanity, treads the line between giving up and digging in for yet another all too familiar fight. The just-released single professes exasperation that their brand of combating political obfuscation is still relevant as well as asking why in many ways, after 35 years, does it feel like they are right back where they started.

Perhaps no band has evolved as fast in four years as LA-based Girlpool. The duo of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad burst onto the scene in 2014 with a powerful, straightforward, no-frills sound reminiscent of a Kathleen Hannah (Bikini Kill, LeTigre) led project. Now, almost five years later, the band that didn't initially even include a drummer boasts three additional touring members and a broader sound that has now incorporated synths and horns.

All Them Witches is a Nashville based neo-psyche band, although in my view (supported by an ever-changing array of genre categorizations from blogs and music publications) placing a simple label such as Neo-psyche doesn't do the band justice. Depending on your source you may find the band labeled as Southern Rock, Neo-Psyche, Stoner Metal, Blues Rock and more, with "sounds like" references ranging from Jon Spencer, Blue Oyster Cult, and Sabbath to The Doors. Such a wide array of labels speaks more to the band's originality than it does the lack of industry consensus. Formed at the beginning of the decade their musical catalog is a mish-mash of BandCamp material, low fi self-releases, re-releases, and a handful of "proper" studio albums with this summers ATW being the latest.

Kamasi Washington is a 37-year-old, classically trained Saxophonist born and raised in Southern California. This year's Heaven and Earth is only his second solo work, following 2015's much-celebrated The Epic. Kamasi has however been a part of numerous projects over the years and has played with many well-known artists; so odds are you've already had the pleasure of listening to him play. His collaborations include works with Thundercat, Snoop Dog, Flying Lotus, Herbie Hancock, Raphael Saadiq, Nas, and most notably as the featured saxophonist for Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. Unsurprisingly many of the vocalizations in his music have to do with Afro-Centric themes.

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Musically the formula has long been written. Guitar and vocal harmonies bolster Graffin's sharp lyricism with comforting routine. Bad Religion has long since traversed their "experimental period" and settled into predictable musical familiarity allowing the message to take center stage. My Sanity is an ode to the feelings of helplessness that many like-minded individuals have felt over the past two years. A sense of hopelessness and frustration in the post-truth era of modern politics aimed explicitly at the resurgence of the far right in America. Graffin paints a bleak picture "sometimes there's no sane reason for optimism" as he laments the migration from common sense and normalcy. However, as previously mentioned, Bad Religion has been through it all before, and ultimately Graffin and the band knows what it takes to win the war. Affirming that, despite the climate of the day, and a battle-weary disposition he remains resolute "I've got a firm grip and strong roots like a tree. Burrowed deep in reality" and ready for the long haul even if it is a taking a bit longer than anticipated.

The band has released four singles in 2018 with "Picturesong" standing as the furthest departure from their original sound. Gone are the frank, upfront, in your face lyrics a la songs such as Slutland, Blah Blah Blah and American Beauty off of their eponymous debut. Instead, Picturesong presents a dreamy soundscape of introspection where the group turns the critical gaze that was once focused on the world around them inward upon themselves. The band that once screamed "eat me out to American Beauty" now enigmatically coos, "It's a spastic shame that hollow shapes will break the frame. What does holy want?" all while sounding more like Beach House than Bikini Kill. The change, while anything but subtle, should come as little surprise to devoted fans of the band who openly teased that 2018 would see the expansion into the realm of synths and drum tracks. Their now genre-spanning catalog will see it's latest addition with the release of the bands fourth full length "What Chaos Is Imaginary" as they mark their fifth anniversary in February of 2019.

ATW may seem to be a bit tamer than previous releases (album opening track Fishbelly 86 Onions excepted), but upon repeated listens the crunchy textures of earlier albums, while not in the forefront, definitely shows up. The albums first single, Diamond, is a slow boil in which lead singer Charles Micheal Parks Jr. slowly drones into the microphone keeping the listener on the edge of their seat awaiting a supposed crescendo that never really materializes. In this way, ATW is a much more subtle album than 2015's Dying Surfer Meets His maker and a logical continuation of the evolution that last year's Sleeping Through The War introduced. Like previous albums many songs clock in over five minutes with bluesy Harvest Feast topping out over ten. Ultimately fans of All Them Witches should find the new album a welcome addition to the catalog and newcomers to the band will find it an accessible introduction to the group.

Admittedly I don't know enough about the intricacies and histories of Jazz Music to be able to drop knowledge, but I do know what I like. I will say as well that I firmly believe the mark of fantastic art, of any medium, is the ability to have it appeal to anyone on its own merits and not because they "understand" it. Kamasi's albums are like that for me. I enjoy the sweeping choruses within his works that help his music rise and fall like ocean waves. Kamasi's brand of Jazz has him playing support throughout most of his songs only to allow the music to build and swell. When it comes his time to unleash his solo you can feel the energy that has built up within the band. It's not unlike the guitar solo process of many hard rock or metal bands it's just done with his Sax and while wearing a Dashiki. If you're looking for a little something different, I suggest you give him a try.


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F I N A L D E S TI N ATI O N Words by Daniel Cochrane

Photo by Ben Girardi

Jen Girardi - Cerro Bayo, Argentina

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A s we begin t he snow sea son t he ine v it able a rriva l of summer may be t he f ur t hest t hing on your mind. H o w e v e r, i f y o u'r e l o o k i n g f o r e n d l e s s p o w d e r t u r n s now is the time to sta rt pla nning your summer advent u re s. A rgent ina ha s long been t he su m mer haven for North A merica n shreds look ing to get their f i x f o r p o w d e r. A s w i t h m u c h o f S o u t h A m e r i c a g e t t i n g t here is a n advent u re in it sel f. W het her you choose t he fa mou s slope s of L a s L ena s, t he mu lt iple pea k s of C erro Catedra l, or the newly established Cerro Ca stor travel d ay s w i l l def initely be on t he a gend a a nd probably the fodder for some great stor y telling. Extremely favorable excha nge rates enable more extended stays a nd a greater cha nce of scoring some a ma zing summer p o w. I f t h i s B e n G i r a r d i p i c o f h i s w i f e , J e n , i n C e r r o B a y o h a s y o u d r e a m i n g o f y e a r- r o u n d t u r n s . . . . n o w i s the time to pla n. Vo l . 1 3

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