The weekend started out with a ritualistic blood-letting ceremony, sort of. Nicole and Courtney have been on my case for weeks to take one of their test to determine my blood type. Finally, I gave in, and let them take my blood.
Saturday night was spent at Dogtown Sound watching a show and singing karaoke.
Then I went over to Riverview Skatepark to meet up with the young guns. It was another fun session, but I wound up skating alone most of it. The squad is still in school, and couldn’t get down there before I had to head out.
My mom and I stopped in at the Trav’s game to see my cousin throw out the first pitch. He is suffering from cancer, and dealing with chemo. Still, he managed enough strength to get the ball across home plate.
Then it was back to Patio in Park Hill. Where several friends had booths. My artist buddy Jake Jackson had some of his beautiful birds on display. And my favorite yoga sanctuary, Blue Yoga Nyla, was there spreading the love.
There was also incredible live music from several local artists. Dazz and Brie are always inspiring to watch. They have the drive and potential to really make something out of their music. Then we closed the evening out with a performance from the Brian Nahlen Band. They even did a Beatles number where Ado got to play his electric sitar. It was a great day, and you can relive it all with the video below.
This weekend was my first opportunity to try out my new Lululemon mat, and I put it through the ringer at BYN during Stacey’s Strong Detox class. This mat took on buckets of sweat in stride. It kept it’s grip, and even seemed to absorb a good deal of the moisture. I was impressed enough to reexamine my position. Hence the titles of the vlog, and blog.
Our initial intention was to slackline, but we wound up playing on the table more than anything. Since I do have a slackline workshop coming up at Solar Flux in June, we put in a little time on the line. I needed a promo photo for the event, if nothing else.
These are the yoga teachers at Blue Yoga Nyla, and they are a fantastic bunch of women. Being their student has been an amazing experience. They exude warmth, love, and happiness. So you know this shoot was a lot of fun.
Being a part of the BYN family has really helped me grow, not only as a yogi, but as a person. The open accepting atmosphere created by these women has not only opened my heart, but my mind as well. I am not sure I could ever fully express the gratitude I feel. The more I show how much I love the sanctuary they have created, the more they give me reason to be grateful. Just as you would expect love to be, exponential!
In an effort to organize my life, I’ve set aside time on certain days for the things I love. Thursday is for Thrashin'(a word commonly used in reference to riding the shred sled). This week, to honor the day, I played with my useless wooden toy in the Treehouse.
Yoga has served to help keep me rolling for decades now. So when offered the gift of a new mat, I had to make time for that, even on this day of Thrashin’. At first I thought it was my yoga that put me in position to receive a free Lululemon mat. What I came to find out, is that someone had suggested me for the honor. Either way I am grateful for my sanctuary, Blue Yoga Nyla, which is surely the source of this generosity.
In the process, I was introduced to one hell of a cool cat, Aaron Baka. He is a yoga teacher that works for Lulu, and he has some really incredible talent. That I found out on our hike up Pinnacle. Not only did he master the arm balance rocks with ease, but he showed me a thing or two about hand-standing as well.
Baka recently completed a fifty mile trail run, and Pinnacle is his training grounds. I too love that place, for similar reasons. It was inspiring to be in concert, in one of my favorite arenas, with someone of such ability, humbling in fact. I have worked on my hand stands for months now, and still have to kick in. Aaron, on the other hand, presses up, smooth, and controlled. I did my best to keep up.
I also had to edit this Moontage twice. YouTube wouldn’t let me use the original Radiohead song. The copyright had it blocked around the world. That was crushing, because I spent a lot of time (a whole day) working on it. And I felt like they went together perfectly. Luckily Vimeo let me upload it. Check it out below.
I wound up re-editing the Moontage to a different song for YouTube’s finicky ass. I spent more time trying to find a song than actually editing. It was impossible to top Fake Plastic Trees. The footage seemed to be made for that song. In the end Society by Eddie Vedder seemed the closest vibe match. I didn’t really do to much rearranging in the timeline. I just chopped the clips to line up with the music.
Which did you like most?
I recently started learning a few things on the Treehouse silks, and since I have no one else to shoot at the moment, I figured some selfies were in order. After all, practice makes perfect. The straddle up was the main thing I wanted to capture. I took a screen grab from the Day 43 episode of the vlog and couldn’t believe how good it looked. Also, I have been wanting to try out the black backdrop in the studio. I could picture it in my head, and that inspired me to take that vision to the studio. These other two are just filler. Although, I like how they came out as well. Now I just need to find another subject, or learn some new moves…
My life has come in phases, and I have really close friends from each of them. I met Kevin in my “Party Like a Rock Star” phase. And there are some stories, but unlike the majority of the “friends” I accumulated during those years, Kevin has remained a fixture in my life.
Kevin’s has moved back to Texas, but we still see each other several times a year. He came up this weekend for his birthday. And although we made no attempt to top our youthful shenanigans, we did have a really good time. We always do.
Aside from the drinking, dancing(mostly me), karaokeing(all me), and playing pool, I managed to get him into the Treehouse studio for a couples birthday shoot. We even dressed the alike. Well, I saw what he was wearing and matched it.
The Treehouse was built to serve as a photo studio, in part. The transition of the ramp serves as the perfect seamless backdrop.
This shoot with Maddy, a Yoga teachers at BYN, was the first time it has been used to its full capacity.
Eventually, I made my way into the photos as well. These last two photo I shot selfie style using my phone as a remote. I had been wanting to do some partner yoga forever, but shooting it proved to be a bit difficult, even with the remote.
Originally, Maddy was pressing the remote shutter with a ten second delayed timer. That didn’t turn out to provide enough time for her to get into position. In the end, I set off the shutter with no timer, once Maddy was flying.
This shoot was set up to work on my portfolio, and to get a better feel for just how to shoot yoga poses. I approached the shoot pretty much the same as a skate shoot. Only yoga is more static than dynamic, so angle and position are a greater focus than timing.
There is a spot in San Pedro where an old neighborhood is sinking into the sea, and it is spectacular! The roads have begun to buckle as the ground beneath them have slowly been swept away. The wasteland left by the march of time offers a beautiful background for all of my favorite things – skateboarding, slacklining, and yoga.
#ComfortinChaos – There is something so pleasing about seeking stillness in the storm, cutting a path through disaster. #SunkenCity in #SanPedro is now one of my favorite spots. Finding a way to repurpose rubbish has always been one of the most enchanting things about #skateboarding, and the ruins of this seaside societal skeleton pose as a playground. The #countercultural appeal of reaping reward from wreckage lends itself to all sorts of #artistry. The grounds themselves are wrapped in the gift of #graffiti. A long time friend @theartofchase showed up as well to showcase his skill. It was really inspiring to see how far he has come in his craft. Nothing like catastrophe to bring people together. *************^*^*^*^****** #theDayinPhotos www.Haneywod.com #linkinbio #aerialphotography @skyecam_la #djiphantom3professional #drone #yoga #slacklife #skatelife #onemanstrash #anothermanstreasure
Saddle Peak is purported to have the most exposure of any highline in the Greater LA area, and that is before Duane Burkhart made it a three-way. His rigging took this line to new heights. It literally looked like you were walking off into the horizon, and surprisingly, the line felt incredibly solid. I am fairly new to slacklining, and I have even less experience highlining, but even staring off into the void, I was able to walk on the longest section of this three-way line.
It was a bit late in the day by the time my brother, JJ, and I arrived. The group gathered had already had their fun, so Jeremiah and I were able to get right on the line for our walks. Then we talked the professionals into showing us how it was done. JJ and SkyeCam took care of the drone documentation, with a little camera help from the Haney brothers, while Duane, Jon, and Zollie managed to all walk at the same time on the individual sections. It was a pretty sensational sight, three marching magicians mastering the mountains – Marvelous!