jgrantbrittain:

Neil Blender lien to tails the square corner at Upland Pipeline skatepark in the 1980s. Photos: Brittain #neilblender #blender #upland #pipeline #uplandpipeline #skatelegends #skateboarding #gordonandsmith #trackertruckd @theskateboardmag #theskateboardmag #grantbrittain #lientotail #combipool

jgrantbrittain:

Neil Blender lien to tails the square corner at Upland Pipeline skatepark in the 1980s. Photos: Brittain #neilblender #blender #upland #pipeline #uplandpipeline #skatelegends #skateboarding #gordonandsmith #trackertruckd @theskateboardmag #theskateboardmag #grantbrittain #lientotail #combipool

jgrantbrittain:

@mrjeffking can ollie, here’s one from the first photoshoot I did with him in Leucadia in 1993. I remember his mom yelling at him for something. Photo: Brittain #jeffking #leucadia @republicofencinitas #ollie #republicofencinitas #encinitaslocals #skateboarding #flatbarfridays #theskateboardmag @theskateboardmag #grantbrittain

jgrantbrittain:

@mrjeffking can ollie, here’s one from the first photoshoot I did with him in Leucadia in 1993. I remember his mom yelling at him for something. Photo: Brittain #jeffking #leucadia @republicofencinitas #ollie #republicofencinitas #encinitaslocals #skateboarding #flatbarfridays #theskateboardmag @theskateboardmag #grantbrittain

nprfreshair:

’40s and ’50s San Francisco by Fred Lyon

nprfreshair:

’40s and ’50s San Francisco by Fred Lyon

jgrantbrittain:

@tonyhawk inverts the sketchy Booney Ramp extension in Litchfield, AZ in 1984. Photo: Brittain #tonyhawk #booneyramp #litchfield #skatelegends #skateboarding #birdhouseskateboards #powellperalta #bonesbrigade #theskateboardmag @theskateboardmag #grantbrittain #unclewiggley

jgrantbrittain:

@tonyhawk inverts the sketchy Booney Ramp extension in Litchfield, AZ in 1984. Photo: Brittain #tonyhawk #booneyramp #litchfield #skatelegends #skateboarding #birdhouseskateboards #powellperalta #bonesbrigade #theskateboardmag @theskateboardmag #grantbrittain #unclewiggley

oh how I loathe pain and suffering
like eating rotten fruit or sour milk
I hate having the thing that makes me sick
up it comes through stomach and throat
it comes so thick I want to choke
but back down it goes and into the gut
churning the gravel and acid and smoke
adding in humble pie and spiritual meat
bring tears to the eyes 
sweet to sour
rotten to ripe
pain to glory
scars to beauty

I had kept it safe

I wanted it true
I wanted it natural
I wanted it free
but you saw and can see
what I kept from you 
was not really free
nature mastered me
lie disguised as true
clothed over desperation
safe was self-condemnation
turn over your heart
but I said no
I wanted it free and wild
selfish like a child
I wasn’t really free
it kept me from sleeping
it wouldn’t let me be
it just kept me in misery 
jgrantbrittain:

Rodney Mullen does one of those…one of those freestyle tricks they do at the Carson Contest in 1988. Photo: Brittain #rodneymullen #mullen #bonesbrigade #powellperalta #almostskateboards @theskateboardmag #theskateboardmag #grantbrittain #theberrics @berrics

jgrantbrittain:

Rodney Mullen does one of those…one of those freestyle tricks they do at the Carson Contest in 1988. Photo: Brittain #rodneymullen #mullen #bonesbrigade #powellperalta #almostskateboards @theskateboardmag #theskateboardmag #grantbrittain #theberrics @berrics

every time you tell me he loves me

every word rings true and free
even in doubt I am full of joy
even in the dark you are near
when it is light you are clear
when the day is gray nothing fades
wait and see sounds easy
wait and see makes me queasy
wait and see makes time go slow
wait and see and life passes before me
jgrantbrittain:

Gonz ollies a driveway gap in Oceanside in about 1985. Printed Sequence available at jgrantbrittainphotos.com #markgonzales #gonz #thegonz #jgrantbrittainphotos @theskateboardmag #theskateboardmag #grantbrittain #ollie

jgrantbrittain:

Gonz ollies a driveway gap in Oceanside in about 1985. Printed Sequence available at jgrantbrittainphotos.com #markgonzales #gonz #thegonz #jgrantbrittainphotos @theskateboardmag #theskateboardmag #grantbrittain #ollie

jgrantbrittain:

A seldom seen photo I shot of Natas Kaupas ollieing at Cheerios in Santa Monica in 1985.       Photo: Brittain @oscarputdowntheknife #nataskaupas #natas #santamonicaairlines #santamonica #ollie #cheerios #skatelegends #skateboarding #theskateboardmag @theskateboardmag #grantbrittain #kodachrome

jgrantbrittain:

A seldom seen photo I shot of Natas Kaupas ollieing at Cheerios in Santa Monica in 1985. Photo: Brittain @oscarputdowntheknife #nataskaupas #natas #santamonicaairlines #santamonica #ollie #cheerios #skatelegends #skateboarding #theskateboardmag @theskateboardmag #grantbrittain #kodachrome

the never ending battle of heart and mind

leaves me rattled in the dust
taking more of my precious time
resist the debate I say I must
stop the excuses and the whines
and live life abundant and robust
filled with heavenly beauty so fine
that nothing important will rot and rust
and every breath will be sublime
captured in memory sweet and prime 

His eyes are like salted caramel 

Flavored in honey and fleur de sel 
His hair woolly and fine
Bleached not by sun but by genes and time
Deltoids sculpted more than ample
Lifting boulders easy to shoulder 
Stride and step light and sure
His presence is felt as a loneliness cure
A kiss on the cheek speaks volumes
And silence betrays the empty fumes
A mime with little movement and gesture
Shuts down the magical sense of adventure