In his words -- skate photographer Brian Fick
Photographer Brian Fick has traveled the world shooting everyone from X Games gold medalists like Tony Hawk to under-the-radar street skateboarders. In this gallery, he talks about some of his most famous shots, the riders in them and how they came to be. "This photo was used for an old Flip Skateboards ad," Fick says. "A lot has gone down since, but this was the very first flip trick to go down across the gap -- not a bad first choice."
Sometimes, you get absolutely lucky when shooting skateboarding outside. In this shot, it almost looks like Wes Kremer is parting the clouds with this frontside feeble grind.
Zarosh Eggleston and I went to the Mt. Baldy pipe with a different idea for a photo. But when that one didn't work out, he came up with this idea: frontside air over the ladder.
Truman Hooker will skate the spots that most people can't or just refuse to. There were so many close calls when Hooker was trying this trick, but he finally landed the Smith stall.
I'm a huge fan of Lien-to-tails. It's simple, powerful and, if done right, makes a loud smacking sound. Rune Glifberg makes it look really good, too.
Sam Beckett contacted me and said he wanted to shoot a cover photo for Kingpin magazine, out of Europe, and he wanted to shoot something at Washington Street. Beckett battled the backside nose grab tailslide, but after he made it, I sent the photo in and they informed us that they needed the photo to be shot horizontally due to a foldout cover. Beckett and I went back without a filmer and he ended up doing it again -- pretty fast -- and way better than the first one.
Here, Peter Hewitt slaps a rock-n-roll on the hip of a beat-up backyard pool.
Riley Hawk bump-to-50/50. This photo was supposed to be printed in Thrasher Magazine, but, unfortunately, the video came out shortly after we shot this. Internet video 1, photographer 0.
I remember going to this spot with Nilton Nieves and two filmers. It started getting too dark to film, but Nieves didn't care. He was more interested in getting the photo. A frontside Hurricane on this beast in the dark is no joke.
This day was so crazy! There was Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, Jeff Grosso, Tom Groholski, Arto Saari and Buddy Nichols all at Mountain's backyard bowl. The place was just stacked with skateboarding talent and legends, and this was the first time anyone had done a 540 in Mountain's bowl. Hawk did only one, and I'm stoked on how it came out.
Lincoln Ueda has more frequent flyer miles than anyone else on the planet when it comes to getting air on a skateboard, and this Lien air helps prove it.
Jimmy Wilkins wins when it comes to frontside ollies, like this one at Van's Skatepark in Orange, Calif.
Jimmy Cao looks like he was born with a skateboard under his feet. Cao did two or three of these switch frontside krooked grinds this day. All of them were really good, but the one with the train wins.
We built this ramp in my buddy Mancha's backyard recently, and we call it the B-Team ramp. It's a really cool backyard scene. Jeff Grosso was coming down on a regular basis to skate, and he's got one of the best frontside inverts in the business.
A bunch of us drove out to the desert on New Year's Day when the weather report said it would be 65 degrees and sunny. When we left San Diego, it was cold and a little rainy, and our route took us through a mountain pass, and we ended up driving through a snowstorm. When we got down to the desert, the clouds cleared, the sun came out and we had perfect skate weather the whole time. Here's Aaron Astorga blasting a frontside ollie in an abandoned pool we found.
The roll up to this spot was so rough and sketchy. The curb ramp was just thrown together, and Cody McEntire was slamming on it so bad that I thought he was going to lose it. He had to go full speed, then switch, and he landed this switch heelflip with absolute perfection.
How many guys pushing 50 years old do you know who could lip slide a flat rail off a loading dock? Not one, except Ron Allen. Ron's still out there skating and was one of the pioneers of modern street skating. It was such a privilege to shoot this photo with Ron.