It’s not often I’m moved by a movie and even less frequently by a movie with skateboarding as a major element. But out on the sidewalk in front of Granville 7 theatre last Saturday, following the Canadian premiere (and only the 2nd in the world) of Danny Way’s documentary Waiting For Lightning, I was so moved I immediately started badgering Sandro and Dan at Color to let me write something about it.
Mike McKinlay though he’d heard thunder outside the theatre but it was just the collective din of anxious anticipation…
OG Red Dragon and Vancouver Street Pioneer Moses Itkonen with mini-Moses inside the lobby
Being the media savvy team they are however, Matt French had already been brought in to do a print feature for the next issue. But I rarely take no for an answer and I really needed a way to get the mix of emotions swirling around my dome piece out of there and somewhere they could be shared. In the end, all that pestering paid off because, not only are you reading this post, but I ended up on the VIP bus with Dany Way and Co. headed towards a blurry night at the Biltmore.
DC Canada's Trevn Sharp couldn't believe I was geting on that bus
Throughout the night I was taking photos and it was also the first time I’ve taken photos around Sandro without him mentioning that my lens was dirty. Probably because I was using my iPhone and the lens is too small to see. I thought I did a good job but when I got home to go through them, there was an actual line between sober and drunk. Also, once I got to a certain level of tipsiness I started screaming “You’ve been party blogged!” after each photo.
The last remotely decent photo I would take that night, one of my all time favourite skateboarders or human beings for that matter, Rob "Sluggo" Boyce. It was only after he bought me my first Jack Daniels that shit started to get really blurry (as evident in these next few photos)
Matt MIller, Josh Kalis and Scott Furkay—legends in their own right. I think I started trying to explain the Golden Ratio to Matt, forgetting that people don’t like math. I’m an idiot…
Furkay showing off Color’s clever new beer cozies. I actually used mine to vomit in. But I put it through the wash and… Presto! Good as new.
Micky Papa—Talented skateboarder and responsible adult. Drinking water and being the designated driver. High fives all around…
Brian Caissie and Supra Distribution's Dane Collison. I tried to ask Brian about his weird camera flash device he brought, but was slurring so bad that he walked away after saying, “Well, it looks like you’re back to abnormal.”
Yes it's dark, but you get the idea.
This is close to blackout. That’s Sluggo, some guy and Tony Ferguson shifting through time like in an episode of Lost.
Keep your eyes peeled for the next issue of Color where you can find an actual story about Waiting For Lightning with an actual chat and photos with the man himself, Danny Way. And don’t worry, I’m not writing it…
- Scotty Macdonald