I have a DVD Blue-Ray combo of Pretty Sweet to give away.
Why? Because I can.
Here’s the catch:
Send me a drawing of any skater featured in Pretty Sweet, along with your tumblr link and a little info about yourself, and an address I can ship the movie to if you are the winner.
All drawings will be posted on this blog along with artist info, and any links you send.
The winner will be announced next Thursday the 23rd of May
The winner receives this copy of Pretty Sweet along with a post dedicated to their drawing and why it was picked.
Send all drawings and info to firstname.lastname@example.org
As none of you know, I recently took an internship at Thrasher Magazine. First and foremost, the people there are amazing and I would work with them again in a heartbeat. I made new friends and some connections. I learned so many things about the magazine industry and more importantly, myself. I knew deep down in my heart (yes I do have one of those) that I probably wouldn’t end up working there, which is why when offered a position, I declined.
Now I know what you’re thinking. “Why the fuck would turn anything down form them??!!!” To be honest, it was mainly working with motion animation, which is something i’m not super interested in. I don’t get along with computers, i’m more hands on. When I first got there I thought I wanted to take photos of skateboarders. Truth is, I could list the number of decent pro skaters I have met on less than one hand. To all you kiddies out there that “hero-worship” all these famous people you don’t know and haven’t met, I have some advice for you (probably the only advice you’ll get out of this). Why idolize people you don’t know and who are most likely shitbags? Why not idolize people you know, and who have actually had a real impact on your life? I never had this problem, i’ve never cared for the rich and famous. I’m more of a quality than quantity type of girl. My heros are my family and friends who have made real impact on my life, not some person who is probably scum, but happens to be good at something. Anyway enough preaching. Point is, I would rather take skate photos of my friends than shitbags you have to treat like kiddies because all they want to do is snort lines, but if you’re into idolizing losers, by all means go right ahead.
What did I get out of the internship besides enough Thrasher product to set me for life? For one, I moved halfway across the country after never not living with my parents. That was intense the first few weeks, but I got the hang of it. I still feel isolated from everyone I care about (if you’ve ever not seen anyone you care about physically for a long period of time you’ll know what i’m typing about). I’m not going to go into details of my “extended stay” out West, that’s not the point of this (maybe for some other rant).
Getting a photo or video job with magazines are all about who you know, if someone is a photographer or videographer, chances are pretty good that it is because they know someone. That’s fine, but you don’t always get the best people working for you. Another important lesson kiddos (last one I swear). You have to feed the hand that feeds you in order to be a successful business (if you have no idea what i’m saying then dear Jesus don’t ever run a business). I’m okay with people having connections to get an interview, but I can’t stand people getting jobs because of who they know. Use the connection to get the interview, then get the job because of skill, desire, work ethic etc. Another important business lesson for you.
Besides showing me I don’t want to be a pro skater photographer, Thrasher has and is still giving me an abundance of opportunity. I managed to scan, optimize for web and upload almost all the 1990’s of Thrasher magazines (sorry I didn’t get 1997-1999 up there, I ran out of time). They are also letting me write an article about Sedlec Ossuary, a band a couple of my friends are in. They’re also giving me chances to contribute to the magazine in other ways. Maybe if I do good work, I can continue doing freelance things for them. I would do an internship with Thrasher again in a heartbeat, the people I worked with are some of the best out there and I am thankful for everything they have taught and done for me.
Now I know you’re wondering what the fuck am I going to do now? Since it has been established that I don’t want to take pro skater photos anymore, i’m going to pursue something that will probably be a better fit for me because as I said earlier, I like hands on things. I’m going to try to get on with someone who builds either custom bicycles, guitars, or drums. Some people can spend hours on computers, I can spend hours covered in saw dust and greasy shit in 100 degree weather, as long as i’m building something.
I always have to be building.
Just finished my new zine. It’s $5 on bigcartel.com. Or you can trade me any zine, art, music, stickers, writing, or anything but hair. I really don’t like hair. If you’re interested in a trade message me, if not go buy it please! Contains graphic images and explicit writing, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!