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Ryan Allan

About Ryan Allan

Ryan Allan grew up skateboarding, playing punk rock and shooting photos outside Toronto, Canada. Don't hold that against him though. He figured it all out and moved to Southern California where he now enjoys endless summers and ridiculous travel schedules.

The company you keep.

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This past fall saw the end of Gravis Footwear as I or you know it. I was really bummed. It felt like a break up. I mean Im not going to get to spend time with all my close friends anymore. Yeah it will suck not getting fresh shoes every month and the paychecks were nice as well but the real bummer was not getting to travel and hang with people that had become my second family.

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

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Skateboarding is funny. Everything is going good, you are locking into the the crook and grinding all the way down. Just a few more and you’ll have it in the bag. No worries. Read more

Shot With The Intention…….

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Way back in 2006 when my Mega Pixels were low and my creativity was even lower I broke some rules. For example, this photo of Mark Appleyard running a Kickflip to fakie is from Arizona back in 2006. This photo is actually a crop of the top quarter of a vertical fisheye shot. Now before you get your photo nerd vests in a bunch, I shot it with the intention of cropping it this way. I noticed while looking for the best angle of Mark’s kickflip, that the fisheye really distorts nicely in the upper corners of a vertical shot.

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Doing It Themselves

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Dylan Rieder – Boneless – El Paso, TX.

This past January a bunch of my friends and I embarked on a little journey down to El Paso, TX (and back). It was a skate mission with the intention of filming tricks for Russell Houghten’s part in Transworld’s “The Cinematographer’s Project“.

While we were street skating around El Paso, (which by the way feels like being in another country) we kept hearing about these city workers that were building transitions into new ditches around the city. Pretty epic dudes if you ask me. Ditches are already pretty god damn good for skating, but when you add some really nice transitions to a few objects you really get somewhere.  Read more

Thank You Lance Mountain

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Can you believe Lance Mountain is forty-seven? He’s still out there shredding and spreading the epic vibes of real skateboarding. Lance has always been someone that represented skateboarding to me. Never seeming to take it, or himself very serious but at the same time always putting out quality and fun skateboarding. He brought us so many hilarious moments and quotes throughout the years with all the Powell Peralta videos as well as The Firm projects. A tip of my hat to you sir. Thank you for keeping it fun and keeping it real.

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Embrace The Characters

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It’s Not All About Rails And Stairs. Skateboarding has become so insane these days. Nyjah’s part? I mean people are just going crazy to kill themselves. Don’t get me wrong it’s amazing. I would never have imagined it would get this heavy. Hollywood 16 is pretty much a skatepark rail to these kids now! It’s amazing but it’s just not my thing.

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RIDING THE WAVE

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The last month or so I’ve been skating a bunch with Zero’s Tom Karangelov. Tom grew up in Huntington Beach and somehow came out of there being an awesome kid. Tom introduced me to his concept of “Riding the Wave.” Riding the Wave is Tom’s way of describing how or why someone skates. People that are out there just trying to land tricks for coverage and fame are not Riding the Wave. Tom says Riding the Wave is going out skating just to go out and have fun, cruise and hang with your bros.

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JAPAN

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I shot this photo of Dylan Rieder on a recent trip to Japan a few weeks ago. I’ve never actually been over there so naturally I was super amped to skate and shoot photos.

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