These kids… These kids are something else. They share a camaraderie like no other group of kids I’ve seen before. I felt like I was in The Outsiders. They never left each others side and hardly ever got bummed on each other. I’m sure they all talked plenty of shit to each other at some point but that was all fun and games. Brothers are what they truly are. Half of them drove down and the other half flew from Vancouver to go wild in the States for a few weeks with no agenda but to ride their skateboards and have fucking fun. I hadn’t met these kids previously but I had been Social Media friends with them for awhile now, and have watched each of their skate parts in BROTHERS by Briggs Ogloff a million times. When I heard they were in town I knew I had to spend as much time with them that I could. Met up with them at Lincoln Skatepark in LA and they were over it, so we left. I stayed with them for a week or so and documented pretty much every move they made via 35mm film. Their diet and mine for the week was something like pizza, PBR’s, cigarettes, Starbucks, vanilla cones and Hooters. Briggs filmed them skating or not skating at pretty much every spot in LA. When they got sick of LA skate spots and had shot enough rounds at LA’s GUN CLUB we headed to Vegas to continue the madness and get some footage and photographs. A few of them had never been. We drove in a rented blue soccer mom van that accompanied us well. I remember dancing to some weird techno shit and watching Robert and Mickenzie roll handfuls of ciggarettes to pass the time in the van. We passed around some tall cans except to Mikey who was driving. Thanks for driving us dudes around. We ended up staying at the luxiorious Hooters. It only cost us a little under $6 dollars for 3 days and 2 nights each. We skated ditches in the middle of nowhere during the 107 degree weather with not a cloud in sight. The nights felt like they never ended. Gambling, drinking, roaming the strip and the occasional 4:30 am tattoos. These kids are raw on and off their skateboards. They have a natural artistic approach to whatever they touch or touches them. When we left Vegas we made sure we stopped at the abandoned water park. Activities that took place were roof climbing, wall smashing, light smashing, cigarette smoking, peeing in corners and building anything to skate.
Well we all wish they never left here and still hope they move to the states sometime soon. Until then, we will be waiting for the next time they come visit us again or we head up to Canada to visit them. Hint, hint.
Words : by our guy Mark Underwood
Thank all you guys for wild times. Follow them on instagram here…
Briggs Ogloff – @bogloff
Mikey Phillips – @mikeyicetp
Carson Cartier – @carsoncartier
Mickenzie Keller – @mickenziekeller
Brandon Alton – @altonphoto
Austin Calvello – @coolcataus
Robert “Sloberto” Jasiorkowski – @sloberto
Mark Underwood – @munders