In celebration of Danny Way turning pro 20 years ago, Pacific Drive, DC Shoes and The Mag did this collab shoe. I am honored to have my photo of Danny on the insole as well. That's Danny Madollieing McGill's channel 20 years ago.
It was 1995. Went to Huntington Beach skatepark, the one next to the high school. Tom Penny rolled up and wanted to jump down the stairs across the street next to the police station. It was kind of a bust, it would have to be a quick one. I set up my lights and walked over to a good spot to shoot from, I was looking down at my camera, making some adjustments, f-stops and such when I heard the distinctive sound of rolling wheels. I raised my head and saw Tom rolling towards the set of stairs and was barely able to raise my camera and fire off a frame of film. He made the kick flip with ease and we got the boot and I knew I didn't have the shot. I had no time to focus my zoom lens. The photo was out of focus so I never used it. "If it's not in focus, it's out of focus.", Stacy Peralta. Photos of Tom Penny are rare and they rarely don't get used. A while later Swift went back and shot a frontside flip at the same spot, so I guess it wasn't in my cards all the way around.
It was 1985 and I was on my first tour of Europe and staying at Bruno Peeters' parent's house in Antwerp, Belgium. Kevin Staab was staying there too. This ollie was shot on the quarter pipe at the shitty little park nearby. This photo ended up as the Transworld logo and used as a banner, end dot and business card. You never know what little shot will become iconic.