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In this issue
  • CCS Catalog
  • CCS x Vans Levels Longsleeve Gallery
  • Jamie Thomas: Behind The Photo
  • 100 Kickflips In The Supra Kensington With Lizard King
  • CONS x Chocolate Collection Launch Party
  • Acembly Backpacks How To
  • Birdhouse: Saturdays Video Premiere
  • 100 Kickflips In The Proper Cinex Shoes
  • Guantanamo Baywatch Interview
  • Back Light: Henry Harbeck
  • CCS Apparel Fall '17 Lookbook
  • Kev's Kreations: The Rambo Ripper
  • Emerica x Sriracha Gallery
  • 100 Kickflips: Nike SB FC Classic vs. Koston Hypervulc
  • El Torito Recap
  • 100 Kickflips In The Etnies Marana Michelin
  • Naomi Punk Interview
  • Lizzie Armanto Interview
  • Interview with Sean Cliver of Paisley Skates
  • 40s And Shorties Interview
  • Nike SB FC Classic Shoe Review
  • Nike SB P-Rod X Shoe Review
  • Go Skateboarding Day 2017: Pop For Pizza
  • Foul Balls: WKND vs. Nike SB
  • Lakai: The Flare Video Premiere
  • Jason Harvey Interview
  • 100 Backside 360's In The Supra Shifters
  • 1000 Grind Wear Test: Indy Stage 11 Trucks
  • Arcade Belts: 100 Hamburger Wear Test
  • CCS to SLO: CCS Am Trip
  • CCS Apparel Summer '17 Lookbook
  • Brixton Broadcast: Murder City Devils
  • Thaynan Turns Pro
  • History Of The Polo
  • etnies Jameson HT Shoe Review
  • 100 Kickflips In The Clear Weather Donny
  • 100 Kickflips In The Vans Gilbert Crockett 2
  • Kev's Kreations: The Crust Crusher
  • CCS Poster Series
  • Sebo Walker Interview
  • 100 Kickflips In The Osiris D3
  • Adidas Kung Fu Shoe Review
  • Clear Weather Jeffrey Shoe Review
  • Back Light: Kevin Enis
  • CCS Behind The Ad: Kevin Kowalski
  • Habitat x Twin Peaks: Interview With Habitat Founder Joe Castrucci
  • Andale Bearings Spring 2017 Product Review
  • CCS Artist Series: Snakey Jakie
  • CCS Artist Series: Andre Fortes
  • Huf Hupper 2 Lo Shoe Review
  • Artist Series: Jackson Epstein Interview
  • Artist Series: Andrew McCarthy Interview
  • The Making of CCS x Loud Ben Raybourn Headphones
  • 100 Tricks in the Nike SB Blazer Low XT with Ben Raybourn
  • Ryan Lay's Welcome Wear Test
  • CCS Apparel Spring '17 Lookbook
  • Etnies Helix Shoe Review
  • Nike SB Zoom Dunk Low Malto Elite Product Review
  • Adidas Nautical Review
  • Artist Spotlight: Jack Hyde
  • Kev's Kreations: The Sexy Slasher
  • New Balance 533 PJ Stratford Review
  • Adidas Skateboarding Premiere Pants
  • Nike SB Air Zoom Blazer Low XT Shoe Review
  • Vans Sk8-Hi Pro MTE DX Shoe Review
  • Mailorder Memories: Mikemo And Vince Capaldi
  • Adidas Samba ADV: 600 Skateboard Trick Wear Test
  • Winter Solstice Session
  • Nike SB Brian Anderson Bruin Hyperfeel Review
  • 100 Kickflips On A Snowskate (Fail)
  • Welcome Fetish Video Premiere
  • 100 Kickflips (Impossible Edition): HUF Classic Hi
  • Back Light: Justin Rodriguez
  • 100 Kickflips In The Nike SB Blazer Premium
  • 100 Kickflips In The Vans Half Cab Pro
  • WKND Remembers 2001 CCS Catalogs
  • Sneak Peek At The Adidas Na-Kel Matchcourt High RX
  • Artist Spotlight: Nick Guenzler
  • Back Light: Dominic Palarchio
  • Santa Does 100 Kickflips In The Nike SB Janoski Hyperfeel
  • 100 Kickflips in the C1RCA Gravette with David Gravette
  • John Lucero on the History of Black Label
  • 100 Kickflips In The Adidas Superstars
  • 24 HoliDAYS of CCS: Win Free Stuff!
  • CCS Apparel Winter '16 Lookbook
  • 100 Kickflips In The Diamond Icon By Boo Johnson
  • Ryan Lay: 1997 CCS Catalog
  • 100 360 Flips In The éS Accel Slim Shoes
  • 100 Tricks In The Nike SB Janoski Slip
  • Tempe Halloween Recap 2016
  • 100 Kickflips In The Vans Kyle Walker Pro
  • Five Things With Hex
  • Ben Raybourn’s Road To Ramona
  • Jaws: A History Of Hammers
  • Back Light: Bobby Escobedo
  • Interview with Rick McCrank
  • 100 Kickflips (Fakie Edition) In The Globe CT-IV DLX Shoes
  • Interview With Andy Paz From Dog Limited
  • 100 Kickflips In The éS Sesla Shoes
  • David Gravette’s Pizza Party
  • éS and CCS: Two Decades Deep
  • The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding
  • Kev's Kreations: The Roskopp Ripper
  • Back Light: Michael Sube
  • 100 Kickflips In The Diamond Torey Shoes
  • 100 Kickflips In The HUF Boyd Shoes
  • Jon Nguyen: Behind The Cover
  • CCS Questionnaire with Truman Hooker
  • Andrew Gray's Full Part From Dusted
  • 100 Kickflips In The New Balance PJ Stratford 533
  • Talking Welcome with Jason Celaya
  • Interview with Jon Dickson
  • Emerica Made Chapter 2 Premiere
  • Ben Raybourn's Full Part From Dusted
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Flip Edition) In The State Salem
  • CCS Questionnaire with Eric Dressen
  • Kev's Kreations: The Kitty Kruzer
  • 100 Kickflips In The DC Wes Kremer 2's
  • CCS Apparel Fall '16 Lookbook
  • Adidas Away Days Tour Recap
  • How To Build A Bank Ramp
  • 100 Kickflips (360 Flip Edition) In The Vans X Nintendo Authentics
  • Back Light: Jake Wickersham
  • 100 Kickflips (Heelflip Edition) In The Adidas Suciu Shoes
  • Talking Skate After School with Ryan Lay
  • Interview with Blake Johnson
  • 100 Kickflips In The Supra Flow Shoes
  • CCS Pants Wear Test
  • Back Light: Frederick Zang
  • Cooper Wilt: Grind All Ledges
  • 100 Kickflips In The Converse One Stars
  • ¥ung ¢hef - TOP RAMEN Ft. Doughboi
  • What’s the Deal? With WKND Skateboards
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Flip Edition) In The Vans Slip-On Pros
  • How To Set Up A Skateboard… Blindfolded
  • Disposable Mondays With Walker Ryan And Jimmy Carlin
  • Gear Check with Frankie Spears
  • Interview with CCS Team Rider Kevin Kowalski
  • Vans Kyle Walker Pro Shoe Release
  • Santa Cruz Screaming Hand Art Show
  • Rip N Dip L.A. Pop Up Opening
  • Agenda 2016 Recap
  • The Skateboard Mag 150th Issue Release Party
  • Back Light: Matt Price
  • Jamie Thomas: Behind The Cover
  • 100 Kickflips In The Hyperfeel Koston 3's
  • Back Light: Milosz Rebes
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Flip Edition) In The Converse CTAS Pros
  • Pop For Prizes 2016 With Wes Kremer
  • 100 Kickflips (FS Blunt Edition) In The Lakai Vincent 2's
  • The Day: Enjoi
  • Blind Micro Game of S.K.A.T.E. with Sewa And Romar
  • Back Light: Cody Lisch
  • CCS Questionnaire with Miles Silvas
  • Getting To Know Sewa Kroetkov
  • Artist Spotlight: Kevin Wilkins
  • A Day At Zero With Jamie Thomas
  • Back Light: Jacob Messex
  • Artist Spotlight: Carlos Gutierrez
  • Jaws And Raybourn Footage: The Other Ones
  • 100 Kickflips In The Emerica Hsu G6 Shoes
  • CCS Questionnaire with Alec Majerus
  • Gear Check with Blake Johnson
  • Joey Brezinski Talks New Cliche
  • Raybourn And Friends For The Dusted Video
  • 100 Kickflips In The Vans AV RapidWelds
  • Back Light: Jacob Romero
  • CCS Questionnaire with Pete Eldridge
  • Gear Check with Daniel Espinoza
  • CCS Welcomes Kevin Kowalski
  • Adidas Away Days L.A. Premiere Recap
  • Walker Ryan For Imperial Motion
  • David Gravette: A Boy And His Flat Bar
  • The Day: An Afternoon With The Crap Crew
  • 100 Kickflips: Emerica Romero w/ Leo Romero
  • CCS Questionnaire with Lem Villemin
  • CCS Questionnaire with Nestor Judkins
  • The CCS Pick Program
  • Kev's Kreations: The Creature Crusher
  • Jaws Tests FP Insoles
  • Artist Spotlight: Mike Blabac
  • CCS Welcomes David Gravette
  • William Spencer’s Skate Dream
  • Adidas Matchcourt Slip-Ons: Wear Test
  • 100 Kickflips: Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel
  • Back Light: Dave Swift
  • Skateboarding Celebrities...
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Heel Edition) In The Etnies Marana Vulcs
  • Interview with Kevin Braun
  • Dusted Crew Skates Windells Skate Camp
  • Back Light: Cameron Markin
  • 100 Nollie Flips in the Adidas Matchcourt Shoes
  • Gear Check with Cairo Foster
  • Jaws Ollies 210 Stairs In One Day
  • 100 Kickflips in the HUF Brad Cromer Shoes
  • How To Make Griptape Art With Ben Raybourn
  • Preston Harper: Mini Set Up
  • Emerica X Indy Reynolds Wear Test
  • Raw Footage: Jaws, 210 Stairs, One Day
  • 100 Kickflips In The HUF Dylan Slip Ons
  • The Break In: Nike SB Janoski Shoes
  • Nike SB Ishod Dunk Wair Test
  • 100 Kickflips in the DC Evan Smith Shoes
  • Skateboarding on a Frank Lloyd Wright House
  • Mango and Friends Skate NYC
  • Nike SB All Court CK Wear Test

The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley
The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding: Buddy Bleckley

The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding

Buddy Bleckley Spent A Day Photographing Every Single Skater At West L.A. Courthouse

Los Angeles-based photographer and friend of CCS, Buddy Bleckley, is no stranger to hard work and bringing his own ideas to life. Being an independent contractor, Buddy hasn’t had the support of major media outlets or skate companies to turn his visions into realities, but that hasn’t stopped him from busting his ass to make rad projects. Buddy recently opened his own photography studio in Los Angeles called Studio 410 and in between renovating an old building in the Toy District of L.A. and shooting as much skating as he can, he managed to find a day to set up a full outdoor studio style shoot at the West L.A. Courthouse. The idea was to set up early in the a.m. and sit at the spot all day and shoot a portrait of every single skater that came through. The portraits he made show you real, everyday skateboarders in a way that you don’t often get to see them. We caught up with Buddy to ask him some questions about the project.

So what inspired you to go to a skate spot for one day and shoot portraits of every person there? The idea has been on my mind for years, whether it was teachers recommending something like it college six years ago, or just the desire to shoot skateboarding photos but a little differently. I've been thinking about doing it for years. Blabac's portraits on white was a huge influence, but I don't know as many pros and I didn't have a studio at the time. I was also inspired by Kristina Patterson's (@badpuppa) portraits of various pro skaters on black. I wanted to do a similar idea, but with real kids.

Did you actually get a portrait of every single kid that came through in the day? Almost! I missed one or two kids when I was setting up around 8am, which is crazy that there were kids skating at 8am. Then I had one or two people throughout the day just say no. I shot a little over 50 kids the whole day. I also brought cases of water and chips to help bribe kids into letting me shoot them. If the kids were young I'd ask the parents first then ask the skaters.

It looks like you shot the photos in a studio. For all the photo geeks out there, what was your camera, flash, and backdrop set up like? I was going for a studio look because my portfolio is missing studio work. I also wanted to be able to keep the lighting the same throughout the whole day so every person matched for the most part. As for nerd stuff, it's actually all natural light. I set up a 8x8 1 stop diffusion silk directly overhead to make an open shade type light, then I left the back wall in the sun so it got over exposed and actually added a little rim light to the people. I added two black moving blankets on the site to help add a little contrast to the sides of the people. There was some post production work making the floor white and making it all look clean. I shot using a d800 with a 70-200 tethered to a laptop on location. The actual wall I built specifically to be able to break down and fit in my car, and I actually built it like 8 months before shooting project but I kept putting off the shoot till one day I got tired or procrastinating and just did it.

Were all the kids pretty stoked to have their portrait taken or did they not care? It seemed like most of the kids were stoked, some of the younger kids were definitely nervous but their friends pressured them to do it. The water and chips definitely helped, I think I went through four cases. For the most part, skaters are typically down for whatever, so it wasn't too hard.

It seems like you got a pretty genuine portrait of most the dudes, did you talk much with them while you were shooting? I let the kids do their own thing for the most part, but I gave them basic direction but nothing crazy. I only shot 10-15 frames of each kid between full body and 3/4 shots, so they posed for less than a minute. I'd talk to them before or after just about skating, or watch skate videos on my phone with them while I was waiting for more kids to show up.

Will you be continuing this project at different spots? I'd love to do it at different spots outside of LA, like going to Burnside, or Eggs in Boston, or Pulaski in DC, or maybe Beibel's Park and shoot some pros. Somewhere where I can get a lot of people in one day. I also really like the idea of doing a set up like this at something non-skate related like a County Fair, or on Skid Row, or even a Trump or Hillary Rally. Anywhere I can get a wide variety of characters for interesting pictures sounds like so much fun.

The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding

To see more from Buddy and this project check him out at www.buddybleckley.com and follow him on Instagram at @buddybleckley.