Super respect for Matt trying this. If you have ever stood atop one of these banks or in the run between them, you understand that clearing this gap is a man-sized effort. What freaks me out a bit it what happens if you make it? I’ve lost it rolling into the bowl with a ton of speed. I can only imagine…
They grow 'em tough at Landsdowne. A fine example of a Landsdowne Local.
The Definitive Baltimore Skate Experience. (Or at least it used to be.)
The legend is that the night before the grand opening, the locals set fire to the pro shop and ramp. What was left was pure skateboarding. No rules, although attempts to control the park had been made over and over, and no authority made Landsdowne the best case scenario. The park was always filled with drama. We witnessed animal sacrifices, full-scale rumbles, domestic violence, hardcore drug abuse and bat-shit antics on vehicles not meant to roll through the park. Funny to think that the skaters were the innocent ones for the most part when it came to superfluous damage. A quick look through youtube videos of Landsdowne reveals a changed scene. they patched the asphalt, made rules and the kids are going too slow. Bring back the big wheels. Bring back the aggression. Bring back the bloody departures. Change is inevitable, but not always good.
Brad Jezek avoiding the horrible asphalt by method hip air
Ricky B applying necessary force to the parking block at high speed.
Here are some of the color slides that I found on the last trip to storage. It has been fun to look through these sheets and see some of my old friends and the old haunts. Makes me wish I had shot more color. But hind sight is 20/20.
Dave Clark. Arbutus Ditch. Fun place to skate. Dave had his own thing happening.
The artist formerly known as Iward. He excelled at spots that were unskateble.
William Howard lived close to Riverside Park. He used to freak people out by going 1000 mph and doing huge airs out of the bowl onto the sidewalk.
The crew that localized the Sperm Bowl was called Team Clit. They pretty much hung out in the small corner of the snake run. Here's me doing a boneless over the tight little hip into the bowl.
Iward saw this photo and asked me to do this. He took the photo.
Somewhere in all of my stored possessions are slides from this session. Colony Aprtments in Towson, with ring leader Paul Wisniewski over the light.
I experimented with a pole cam at Chesapeake. Some results were pretty cool. I hope the good ones surface at some point. Paul Wisniewski.
Paul Wisniewski's backside air again. The helmets inthe foreground are distracting, but the 80's colors are nice.
A young buck, Bucky Lasek at Fisherman's. The coping is in the lower right, but buried in the slide mount.
Bobby Bassett? ollie to tail at Lutherville. A short lived park.
Jeff Stamper goofing off at Lutherville's mini. The park wasn't that good, but it served the Baltimore crew well. I think Barranco shot these photos.