Mike Blabac is one of the preeminent skateboardphotographers of his generation. His career has been builton a strong work ethic, a small dose of good fortune, and anundying love for riding on a small board with four wheels. Hisparents gave him his first camera at age 13, but he didn'tgrasp the full power of photography until he started lookingat skateboard magazines. In the early 90s, Blabac caught hisfirst break. He began taking pictures of a rising skater namedJosh Kalis, and an image off the first roll he shot ran as afull page in TransWorld SKATEboarding magazine. Soon after,Blabac moved to California, where his career took off. Hebegan shooting spreads and covers for the top skateboardmagazines, including Thrasher and Skateboarder, andeventually became staff photographer for Mad Circle and GirlSkateboards. In 1999, Blabac joined friends Ken Block andDamon Way and helped to shape the image of their rapidlyexpanding skate shoe company, DC Shoes. J. Grant Brittain is a legendary skate photographer andfounding photo editor of The Skateboard Mag, a groundbreakingpublication he helped launch in 2004, andTransWorld SKATEboarding, the largest circulation skateboardingmagazine in the world. Over his career, Brittain hascaptured nearly all of the best skateboarders of the lastthree decades in hundreds of classic photographs. Jake Phelps is the longtime editor of Thrasher magazineand one of the most colorful characters in the skateboardingindustry. Never one to shy away from controversy, Phelpsembodies his magazine's f*** you attitude, maintainingthat skateboarding is an art and a lifestyle without rules orauthority figures to decide what is right or wrong.
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