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  • CCS Catalog
  • Back Light: Cameron Markin
  • Dusted Crew Skates Windells Skate Camp
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Heel Edition) In The Etnies Marana Vulcs
  • How To Make Griptape Art With Ben Raybourn
  • 100 Nollie Flips in the Adidas Matchcourt Shoes
  • Interview with Kevin Braun
  • Jaws Ollies 210 Stairs In One Day
  • Raw Footage: Jaws, 210 Stairs, One Day
  • Snap Dump: PHX AM 2016
  • Ben Raybourn Backflips At Nike SB Park
  • The Break In: Nike SB Janoski Shoes
  • Back Light: John Mehring
  • Preston Harper: Mini Set Up
  • The Dusted Video Trailer
  • 100 Kickflips in the HUF Brad Cromer Shoes
  • Back Light: Alex Papke
  • CCS Featured Artist: Michael Bialecki
  • Gear Check with Cairo Foster
  • Official X Cardiel Park Rager Hat
  • The Break In: Dickies Work Pants
  • CCS Questionnaire with Sebo Walker
  • The Comet Upcycle Cruiser
  • Brimley Bachelor Party
  • 100 Kickflips in the DC Evan Smith Shoes
  • Back Light: Ryan Flynn/Nike SB Chronicles 3
  • Jaws Tests FP Insoles
  • Nike SB Ishod Dunk Wair Test
  • A Look At Volcom's Holy Stokes!
  • Emerica X Indy Reynolds Wear Test
  • CCS Featured Artist: Jacob Messex
  • Productivity Review: Ryan Lay
  • Back Light: Ben Karpinski
  • Krux Jelly Bean Party
  • Gear Check with Tom Karangelov
  • Nike SB Zoom GTS Wear Test
  • 100 Kickflips in Adidas Adi Ease Shoes
  • Ryan Lay For CCS
  • Productivity Review: Jordan Sanchez
  • CCS Questionnaire with Brad Cromer
  • Welcome Weekend
  • Interview with Evan Smith
  • Watch Gene Get Hit By Two Cars
  • Nike SB All Court CK Wear Test
  • Gear Check with David Gravette
  • Agenda 2016 Recap
  • CCS Questionnaire with Jordan Hoffart
  • Watch Gene BASE Jump
  • Back Light
  • Interview with Greyson Fletcher
  • Gear Check with Ben Raybourn
  • CCS Questionnaire with Alex Midler
  • Tampa Am Recap
  • Wear Test: Death Lens
  • Gear Check with Carlos Ribeiro
  • Tempe Halloween Snapchat Recap
  • Brand Spotlight: The Killing Floor
  • Kook Vision
  • Skateboarding on a Frank Lloyd Wright House
  • CCS Questionnaire with T-Funk
  • Interview with Chris Joslin
  • Mango and Friends Skate NYC
  • Santa Cruz Road Trip Slide Show
  • Gear Check with Neen Williams
  • CCS Questionnaire: David Gravette
  • Gear Check with Tom Asta
  • We Are Blood: Ty Evans
  • The Day: Welcome
  • Interview with Kyle Camarillo
  • How Your Order Gets to You
  • Gear Check with Jaws
  • Preston Harper's Midwest Migration
  • Meet the CCS Team
  • Brand Spotlight: Lakai
  • CCS Questionnaire: Chris Haslam

Ryan Lay Skates A Frank Lloyd Wright House
Ryan Lay Skates A Frank Lloyd Wright House
Ryan Lay Skates A Frank Lloyd Wright House
Ryan Lay Skates A Frank Lloyd Wright House

Skateboarding on a Frank Lloyd Wright House

Anyone who has ever tried to film or shoot a trick at a high-profile piece of architecture can tell you that you're more likely to get struck by lightning twice than you are to get more than five minutes of skate time. The types of people who frequent architectural masterpieces are not usually pleased to see skateboarders and the people who guard these places are usually downright livid to see you pop up on an immaculate piece of marble or a steel piece of art. The hardest part about being the skateboarder or photographer in this situation is that you usually aren't there to blatantly destroy anything as much as you are there to collaborate. It's hard to explain that though, when paint is falling off in chunks and your board is accidentally flying through a window. In some rare cases though, the people in charge of these beautiful places can manage to see the merit in what we do, and when that happens, it's really a dream come true.

A few months ago I was contacted by The Skateboard Mag's Atiba Jefferson who was tipped off about the possibility of shooting skate photos at a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece in Phoenix, Arizona. The tip came from Damon Way (brother of Danny Way) who was friends with Wallace Cunningham and Zach Rawlings of the David and Gladys Wright House Foundation.

Not only were they excited about the idea of skateboarding at the house, but they already had ideas of where and what they wanted someone to skate. Being from Phoenix and also being a huge Frank Lloyd Wright fan, I didn't miss a beat on getting emails going with the foundation.

Finding the right skateboarder for this project was important too, because I knew it had to be someone who appreciated the architecture as much as everyone else involved and could be respectful of the situation while still being able to get some hot moves. In the end my good friend and Welcome team rider Ryan Lay worked out to be the perfect candidate. Ryan and I had unknowingly run in to each other at an open house event the foundation had held at the house earlier this summer and already had pipe dreams of shooting a skate photo there even before this opportunity had come up so it was a no-brainer and the date was set.

Wright designed this house for his son David and his wife Gladys and it was built in 1952. It sits on a piece of property that is one of the most magical plots of land in the greater Phoenix area. With a stunning view of Camelback Mountain from all the east facing windows of this spiraling dragon home, it's as if you're watching a larger than life painting every day at sunset from almost anywhere in the home. The corkscrew shape of the residence is one of Wright's most playful designs, even though it was one of his latest. There really is nothing else like it in the world and it was completely unreal to be able to turn it in to a skate spot. We were even greeted at the house by Sarah Levi who is the current Scholar in Residence at the house and great-great-granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright himself. Her excitement about the whole process was just another mind-blowing piece of this shoot for us.

Let's face it, even a switch backside 180 nose grind doesn't hold a candle to a cantilevered master bedroom.

The area of the house to be skated was the spiral walkway leading up to the front door. As part of the restoration process it's scheduled to be replaced in the coming months, so the idea of skateboarding on it didn't really seem to faze the foundation. We still took the necessary precautions to not destroy any part of the property whether it was coming down or not. We built a nice little edge to sit on the tall, curved wall and Ryan set up brand new wheels that had never touched anything, but the Cherokee Red concrete that Mr. Wright loved so much. Naturally, once the skating started the ideas were flowing back and forth between Ryan and me about what we were going to shoot. After some deliberation and realization that the wall was a bit higher than it looked at the runway wasn't quite as friendly as we had thought, Ryan settled on a crooked grind and a backside 5050. We thought it better to keep the skating simple and let the house steal the show when it came to complexity, because let's face it, even a switch backside 180 nose grind doesn't hold a candle to a cantilevered master bedroom.

Ryan was able to piece together a little downhill line involving one of the original brick walls and newly skate-able ledge which was the perfect use of the space. The way it happened was a testament to Mr. Wright’s design philosophy, because without even knowing it he directed the flow of Ryan’s energy on a skateboard nearly 70 years later. He did this in the same way that he leads a person through each one of his homes with different aspects of design. Shooting a photo at dusk was the best way to capture the magic of the home and we got what we wanted just before it got too dark. It was a very surreal moment to be looking at our skate photo with one of Mr. Wright’s decedents inside one of his greatest masterpieces and having her tell us what a great job we did and that we could come back anytime we like. It was a far cry from our usual routine of a sitting on a curb getting a ticket from a security guard in a golf cart. - Matt Price