Through my studies of Photography, I have discovered the wonderful world of the skateboarder, thanks to my son Landon, who is a talented skater in his own right.
There is nothing more exciting than capturing a movement at its best, and what better place to capture an action shot than at the skate park? So off to the skatepark I went, camera in hand to put my photography exercises to work.
What I discovered by mistake was a brotherhood of athletes that encourages one another and helps each other land these amazing tricks. I became fascinated with the culture, with every effort to land a trick, hitting the concrete, beating themselves up over and over… I get it! They share a common ground, they are all driven and passionate for skating.
If you frequent the skateparks, there is one person you may see there and I had the pleasure of meeting him. The fashion-forward, awesome skateboard fashionist-o, Michael Ostrom! Being a fashionista, myself and obsessed with the current skate-scene, I was intrigued to pick his brain on skating and style.
Mike was raised in California and was heavy into the punk scene, so of course it would make sense that band shirts primarily dominate his wardrobe. There are so many styles to a skateboarder. From baggy to form fitting, I personally love them all! Mike also confirmed that there are no rules really, rather the style of the skater-look is based on his/her preference.
Shoes are extremely important to the skater. The foot work is key to gripping and controlling the board in order to execute the trick. Mike has a thin build and prefers the skinnier side of jeans! He told me, “I’m not a fan of baggy clothes, the availability for zombies & normaloids to grab you is greatly reduced in snugger clothing.”
The brands that appeal to him are Baker, Emerica, & ZERO. These brands are pretty exclusive to the skateboard culture and are large in our local scene. Luckily for him, he had the opportunity to skate and chill with a couple of their team riders!
Mike is a local skateboard guru/ sales associate at Zumiez in Grand Junction, Colorado, where we shop frequently. I was exceptionally impressed with his people skills when I first met him, and his knowledge on the brands of the skateboard world is immense. I mean the guy has been skating for 20 years… he knows his stuff! Mike’s wit and charm is inviting and contagious, you just want to hang out with the guy!
I recently had the pleasure of shooting these photos of Mike. I quickly realized the skill and grace to his years of skating, he truly is a natural. Shooting these photos was the most fun I have ever had on a photoshoot hands down! Thanks for being my model!
Now creeping up on the age of 28, and a father of two children. He has seen trends come and go, but one trend that you should definitely check out are Mike’s custom vests! Your awesome my friend! We will be seeing you soon!