Almost everyone has a scrapbook of photographs sitting somewhere in their parent’s house, only pulled down and flipped through when your mom is trying to embarrass you when you bring your girl or boy friend over for the first time. Those scrapbooks are like visual timelines, each photo within a specific snapshot of a moment otherwise lost into the messy ether of memory. Most of these scrapbooks have pretty bland pictures of family trips to Disney World, but if you’re a professional skateboarder with a long history in the game, your scrapbook might be a little bit cooler. Instead of a blurry snapshot of Uncle Andy posing with his ex-wife in front of the Christmas tree, there might be a photo of a legendary skater hitting a spot or a blunt. Your family scrapbooks might be interesting to you and your family, but a pro skater’s scrapbook has value to the whole of the skate community.
Take someone like Zered Bassett for instance. Zered’s been killing it on a board for over a decade, traveling the world with skaters like Harold Hunter, Jake Johnson, and Fred Gall, and shooting (pretty damn good) photos all along the way.
For the second installment of our Off Duty series, Zered took us to his Bedstuy, Brooklyn studio to show off some of his shots, and talked us through the evolution of his interest in photography. From disposable cameras to Holgas to DSLRs to collages, check out how Zered captures his friends, who just happen to be some of your favorite skateboarders, in action.
DOES SIZE MATTER?
I hit up physical therapist Dr. Kyle Brown for some insight on whether or not our height plays a noticeable role in how we skate.
A FIRST LOOK AT OPERA AND SKATEBOARDING’S NEWEST GROUP OF BRANDS
Bill Weiss and a few of his close friends are picking up the pieces from the Dwindle rubble and starting fresh with a new slew of brands.
HOW CHAD CARUSO SKATED ACROSS AMERICA
Chad did it the way most skateboarders would: independently and without much of a plan.
WHAT HAPPENED TO GERSHON MOSLEY?
From punching Andrew Reynolds, to not getting "pimped" by the industry, Gershon covers everything you wanted to know.
JOSH KALIS ON BUILDING AN INDOOR SKATEPARK WITH GRANITE FROM LOVE PARK
"Laying the granite tiles was the most torturous part because you’re on your knees. It was a month straight of doing 1,600 tiles."
June 7, 2016 9:38 am
This update was about as interesting as peeing with a boner.
June 7, 2016 11:23 am
do you just stand taller and hope to angle down or prefer to back up and go for the long shot?
June 7, 2016 12:59 pm
I’m an angler-Saxon guy myself.,
June 7, 2016 7:12 pm
i go for the three pointer if i’m drunk… if sober, i touch my toes to the side
June 8, 2016 12:17 am
i do the down, set, hike. start crouched, dip a little more, and once louis baton starts going flaccid, i’m leaning against the wall with one arm
June 7, 2016 12:53 pm
his newer stuff is good, on par or better than a lot of skate photogs I think…
June 7, 2016 1:42 pm
Trying to point a boner down to piss hurts,go outside,drop your shit and piss at the moon.
June 7, 2016 2:04 pm
what do u do if u don’t have a backyard?
June 7, 2016 2:12 pm
You have a shower with a curtain surrounding it, right? Just stand in there.
June 7, 2016 9:25 pm
zered is the shit. great photog with no gimmicks – on and off board.