As a feature in Vol. 2, we had photographer Jonathan Mehring invade the living quarters of some of New York’s most beloved skateboarders to capture brief moments in their most private places: their bedrooms.
Not every skater Jonathan shot made it into the book because of space, so rather than let these precious photographs sit on our dusty hard drive, we decided to give you a glimpse at some of our favorite unused shots and unused subjects. You never know what kind of embarrassing gems or crusty rags might be lurking in the background too.
Here’s what Jonathan had to say about the project:
“Whatever stage in life you find your own bedroom reflects, I think there’s something present in these images for everyone. From anything-goes-loft-living to inspirational skate photos on the wall to hanging plants in the corner, these details show a personal side to people you might know only through their skating.”
This is actually Johnny Wilson’s home office, but we chose this in the hopes that someone can use their C.S.I. image enhancing skillz to see which video he’s editing.
If you lurk all of Sean’s LA schoolyard clips online, you might think he lives full-time in California. Nope! Dude’s bicoastal.
Antonio has a maximalist approach to skating, in that he always pops tricks to their absolute max, but he keeps a suprisingly minimalist pad.
Nestor skates pretty and, no surprise, keeps his apartment pretty too. When we did a Hanging Out with him he showed us a box of adidas shoes that was almost as big as this bedroom. Manhattan real estate is fucked!
Better known as JZ Radical, Josh runs Natural Koncept and Arizona iced tea’s skate program, which is somewhere between Villager Goods and Monster Energy.
Fritz made a lot of little kid skate dreams come true when he moved into this backyard shed built into the side of a bowl. Easily the most “gnar” bedroom on this list.
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