Saturday, 16 August 2014

"You Will Skate Between Stars And Surf On Clouds."

Original Photo: Glen E Friedman

It's been about 24 hours since I heard the news that Jay Adams had died. And I'm still waiting for someone to tell me it's some kind of sick joke, that it's all a lie, that he's fine and surfing some big-ass waves somewhere. I don't think that anyone's going to tell me that though...

The second I watched Dogtown and Z-boys I was hooked. I wanted to know more. I needed to learn about these crazy kids from Venice. Their way of life had (and still does have) me obsessed. Then the Lords of Dogtown film came out. Which I've watched more times than any of you need to know. 

Jay Adams, yeah, he was the one that interested me the most.
I'm not sure why. But whatever it was, he had a massive impact on my life.

He made me face my fears by picking up a skateboard and teaching myself to skate. Ok, so I'm no where near the best skater -but he made me realise its ok to fall and get hurt, just to get straight back up. 
Hell, if he hadn't existed skateboarding probably wouldn't either.
He changed the world when he was still a teenager.

He didn't care about the whole commercial side of skateboarding.
He just had this total Fuck You attitude to that side of things.
I think that's pretty cool. And I also think that's pretty rare.
Especially now. Everyone seems obsessed with that part of life. 

I don't want to live like that. 
Jay didn't. He did what he loved and his love was enough. 

It's not just skating though.
He taught  me to be this weird wacky-ass kid and not give a shit what people thought. 
You know, just do what you love and not give a damn.
That it's ok to listen to punk music, to pull crazy rat faces, to not be like the other kids.

I hope there's some empty pools up there for you to skate, Jay.
And thank you. For changing my life. For everything.
I hope to live a life full of love and spontaneity, and be as unpredictable as you were.
You crazy kid.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Good Vibes, Love & Happiness.

Last night my family and I attended one of my cousins wedding. It was an absolutely lovely evening.
Saw so many family members, some I haven't seen in a really long time.
Everyone was so happy and completely full of love and of course, my cousin looked beautiful in her dress. 

Naturally I took my polaroid camera. I think I only took a couple of photos on my phone/camera -most of them were done through this beaut.
I have the instax 210 and it's literally the best thing I've ever brought. 
I've posted polaroids on here before, but I've never really mentioned how great a camera it is. 
As you can see, the quality is pretty fantastic and I love watching the photos develop, especially when it's at something as memorable and special as a wedding. Everybody loved it and the newly wed couple even took a couple home with them as they were so happy with how the pictures turned out. (I'll do a review on the camera as a whole one day)

It was a perfect evening. Full of good vibes, love and happiness. There were no arguments or disagreements, no problems, and everything was done so beautifully.
I'm so happy for the bride and groom as it seems they were made for each other. And I hope they have a long and wonderful future together.

Much love.
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Listening to: Well, actually watching The Inbetweeners.

Monday, 4 August 2014

We Used To Be Half Alive...

Original Picture: Sammy Roenfedt With Reference to this drawing: AdoraChloe

Last night I finished my watercolour painting of the lovely Hayley Williams of Paramore.
It took me about 6 hours (give or take) and I'm still not sure how I feel about the "daydreaming" lyrics being there but I am still super happy about it. #
Hayley's quite possibly my favourite person to draw/paint and I've done multiple pieces over the years.
I think it something to do with her hair.

I've been super busy at work this week, but I have got a couple of reviews for you all, which will be up over the next 2 weeks. 

Much love.
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Listening to: The Honeymoon Suite- Calm Your Little Passions.