Photo: The Skateboard Mag Cover – January 2010
Skater: Ryan Lay
Trick: Backside 50-50 Up
Trick done frontside in Enjoi, “Tweak The Beef” (2012).
Matt Price on the cover, from The Deaf Lens’ “TheDeafWord: Matt Price Interview” (2013):
“Run us through the story of your favorite cover.
My favorite cover was the backside 50-50 of Ryan up the wall rail in Phoenix. This was my fourth cover I think, but I had known about the first three before they came out so it wasn’t quite the same feeling when I saw them. Also, the backside 50-50 photo is a perfect example of trying weird stuff and having it work out. We had shot almost every angle of that dumb rail and I couldn’t get anything to look cool. Sometimes it’s hard to light someone against a wall and not have lame shadows. Ryan is tall and that rail wasn’t. After shooting for about an hour of him trying I almost just gave up because everything looked so dumb, but then for some reason I just turned up my ISO to eight hundred and put both flashes behind him and kind of just let the filmer’s lights light him up from the front and shot at 1/250th. That one where he was popping just looked so rad and I was stoked, but I had never had a digi photo run at an ISO over two hundred. I thought there was some sort of rule about that. Turns out I was wrong because just like skating, there are no rules in photography and when I saw that they had put it on the cover of the photo issue I seriously lost my breath for a minute. Being able to get a photo I was so stoked on, and getting one of my best friends from my hometown – who at the time wasn’t even really riding for anyone – on the cover of a photo issue of The Skateboard Mag was probably one of the best feelings I’ve ever had.
I didn’t think the mags wouldn’t run something like this by the photographer or the skater.
I think Swift actually texted me a photo of it before I saw it printed, but the mag has always kept covers a secret. Sometimes circumstances make it so you can’t. We always try and keep it as mellow as we can before it comes out. It’s just a really cool feeling for everyone involved seeing that and finding out for the first time, magazine in hand. Now though with digital subscriptions and social media there’s pretty much no way that can happen unless someone lives on a satellite free planet.”
Photo: The Skateboard Mag Cover – October 2004
Skater: Alex Chalmers
Trick: Frontside Ollie
Spot: Reedsport Oregon Skatepark
Photo: Focus Cover – May/June 2008
Skater: Ryan O’Connor
Trick: Frontside 50-50
Footage: Chris Thiessen, “Meanwhile” (2009)
Photo: Thrasher Cover – June 2012
Skater: Danny Way
Trick: Backside 180 Kickflip
Footage: Jacob Rosenberg, “Waiting For Lightning” (2012)
ThrasherMagazine.com – Sneak Peek: June 2012
Photo: Skateboarder Cover – March 2002
Skater: Eric Koston
Trick: Backside Lipslide
Footage: Girl, “Yeah Right!” (2003)
Mike O’Meally on shooting the photo, from chromeball interview #123:
“Weren’t you also shooting him at the White Hubba in Philadelphia for Menikmati when he murdered it that night?
Yeah, he ended up getting the cover of Skateboarder that night with a backlip down it. If I remember right, he started with the backlip and also came away with a back 5-0 and frontside 180 nosegrind. All over the course of maybe an hour. McCrank was there and frontside 5-0’d it, too. Heavy sesh, man. That thing is huge.
I remember Fat Bill taking us there to check it out and Koston just went to work. It was one of those instances where I actually started to get nervous as I set everything up. Because this was some real next-level shit. What if my flashes don’t work? Am I shooting this from the right angle? There’s just so many factors and you always want to do your best. Nobody wants to blow it.
But Koston was on a hot one, man. Hammering out tricks. I’m pretty sure the backlip was maybe 2nd try. Because the proof sheet only had two frames and the first one, my framing was really bad. So I adjusted real quick and next thing I know, he’s rolling away. The frontside 180 nosegrind took a little longer for him, though. He got beat up a few times on that one.
I remember thinking over the course of all that, I’d better adjust my angles between tricks so everything doesn’t look identical to each other. Because everything was so heavy, I wanted them all to get used. The fisheye would’ve been wrong for the 180 nosegrind anyway… so yeah, it worked out pretty well.”
Photo: Transworld Cover – September/October 2018
Skater: Ronnie Sandoval
Spot: Houghton Skatepark
Long Beach, California
Footage: Transworld, “duets” (2018)
Photo: Thrasher Cover – January 2007
Skater: Anthony Schultz
Trick: Kickflip Tuck Knee
Spot: Winona Ditch
Footage: $lave, “Radio Television” (2009)
Photo: Thrasher Cover – December 2018
Skater: Zion Wright
Trick: Frontside 5-0
Footage: Real, “Jupiter Rising” (2018)
Ant Travis + Davonte Jolly
ThrasherMagazine.com Shop – December 2018
Raw Footage in Thrasher’s “Rough Cut: Zion Wright’s ‘Jupiter Rising’ Real Part” (2018).