The Ian Reid Archive — Volume 2

September 18th, 2013 | 5:50 am | Features & Interviews | 12 Comments


Here is the second installment of Ian’s largely unseen behind-the-scenes photos from the early 2000s. Once again, the interview was done by our friend Ted Barrow, and all the photos are Ian’s. Maybe a part three down the line, who knows?

You can check out Ian’s current work on If you missed it, the first installment from August can be found here. And for all you office job people, there’s a photo towards the end that might be NSFW. Not really sure how that stuff works, but consider this a warning. Big thanks to Ted and Ian.


This looks like the optimism of youth…

This is like the no money, the un-jaded, the still hungry on the skate tip, Jereme Rogers and Brian Wenning in cahoots at a skatespot. You can tell they’re having a good time: Brian is fascinated by Jereme’s GIRL chain, and um, nice watch with designer jewelry, TSA shirt…

No tattoos!

Oh yeah, there’s no graffiti…I mean no tattoos on any of ‘em. Definitely transitional. If you’re reading this — you know about the transition. You know what they’ve become. Still two of my favorites on a lot of levels, but you know what they’ve become. This is what they were. There’s proof, because I lived it. This is who they were.

One of many steps to who they became…

Yeah, baby steps.

The Ian Reid Archive — Volume 1

August 14th, 2013 | 7:27 am | Features & Interviews | 5 Comments

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Ian Reid has a stockpile of largely unseen skate photographs from the early-to-mid-2000s. They are not so much photographs of actual skateboarding, as they are candid documentation of behind-the-scenes moments to many mythologized skaters and videos from that era. Our friend Ted Barrow recently began sifting through Ian’s photos, and sat down with him for some commentary on a few key selections. As there are hundreds of these, expect a volume two post, and a potentially larger archival project down the line. You can check out Ian’s current photo work here.

Thanks to Ian for sharing the photos, and to Ted for the accompanying interview.


When was this taken, and who took it?

Brian Wenning took this photo of me doing a one-foot ollie on Wall Stree. I’m still skating in Air Force 1s, so maybe in like 1999, because that’s Chris Camillo sitting right there.

Who’s he?

Loudmouth New Yorker, skateboarder from Staten Island. He was great, I loved him.

So what is it, a one-foot down the seven stairs then a drop?

Yeah, you land on that platform and roll off. It’s high.

I remember walking by that building, and someone was like, “Ian Reid rolled off of that thing…”

Yeah, the thing I rolled off was actually next to it. I don’t know what I was thinking, but yeah. This was a different thing. You ollie, land, then roll off.

That does not look fun.

No, that wasn’t fun.

TRENDWATCH 2012: Is This 2013’s Biggest T-Shirt?

June 28th, 2012 | 12:27 pm | Daily News | 26 Comments

For the second year in a row, the Palace triangle has dominated graphic tee shirt marketshare at Tompkins Square Park. That does nothing to stop eager trend forecasters from looking for the *next big thing* in the awfully difficult-to-predict world of graphic tee shirts.

A prominent Upper West Side ex-Lurker wearing a shirt to support his neighborhood gourmet / kosher grocer (pictured above, top left) is nothing out of the ordinary, but leading analysts have started to see this particular garment increase in visibility throughout the past six-month cycle of skate footage. Its most notable appearance was in a Barcelona-set Mark Suciu throwaway clip. Now that the shirt has been adopted by west coasters with east coast sensibilities, analysts scramble to determine if this 80th & Broadway establishment’s sole foray into graphic tees could dethrone the current London-based triangular juggernaut, and return a sizable piece of the market back to New York’s local economy (previously occupied by Autumn.)

If optimistic projections hold true, and this garment gains traction into our summer 2013 trend report, the implications would be immense. It would make Zabar’s the first kosher skate apparel company, possibly resulting in increased Jewish investment within skateboarding. Also, other New York-based grocers like Fairways, Gristedes, and even low-end outfits like C-Town and Associated would have no choice but to play catch-up in this largely untapped market.

Spring in January

January 25th, 2012 | 12:10 am | Quarter-Diary | No Comments

Today was sick.

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“I be poppin’ on my skateboard, tryin’ to learn a new trick”

November 14th, 2011 | 9:29 am | Daily News | 13 Comments

Hella teaked one-foot backside tailslide over the grate, bro

“I be popping on my skateboard, trying to learn a new trick / I just fucked an Avatar, now I got a blue dick.” – Dwayne Carter

KCDC Skateshop teamed up with Complex magazine to bring you a list of the 25 best skateboard graphics of 2011. They had some glaring omissions, most notably Skate Mental’s “Creeping on a Set-Up” Bone Thugs homage, and our homie Jonah Miller’s “Stay Hungry” series for RAW New England. (RAW’s Cormega board is pretty cool too.)

Never saw this Flipmode-affiliated clip from 2009 before. Phil Rodriguez kills it, there’s footage from the UWS-favorite Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and proof that human beings actually skate(d) the original metal Rockaway Park, which, if you remember, got Hurricane Irene’d real bad.

NYSkateboarding linked up some photos by Yuri Shibuya last week. There are seven small galleries of New York-based stuff spanning from 1998 to 2008 over on The resolution on all of them unfortunately sucks. To make up for it, there’s a photo of Ted Barrow on there, switch crooking a Philly step on Hester Street. (Fun anecdote: We got kicked out of that spot in 2004 by a Chinese man wielding a butcher knife and haven’t been back since.)

Continuing along with the whole “IS VHS THE NEW SUPER-8?” thing

Just because you can do a hardflip late flip, doesn’t mean you should. Gross. (Ok, if you’re playing P.J. Ladd or P-Rod in S.K.A.T.E. for some reason, you can do a hardflip late flip.)

Here’s one for the economics majors specializing in broke skateboarder diets: Do dollar burgers serve as a legitimate threat to New York’s burgeoning dollar slice industry? With McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King all charging over $1 for burgers, and even dollar hot dogs quickly becoming a thing of the past, can this new trend sustain itself and expand into more skateboarder-heavy neighborhoods? (The one in question is on 39th, on the westside, and there are no spots nearby.)

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