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Full Bleed

May 19, 2010

Last week I sat down with Alex Corporan to talk about his upcoming book Full Bleed over a few beers. Full Bleed, a one of a kind photography book about skateboarding in New York, is published by Vice and launches June 6th. The book will be available exclusively at DQM the same day and releases worldwide to other fine retailers and bookstores on August 10th.

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CK:

What’s up Al?

AC:

What’s up holmes? Wow you’re buying the drinks?

CK:

For you? Hell yeah. Trying to get you drunk so you can tell me about your book.

AC:

Dude! I have been trying to tell you about it forever.

CK:

I’m right here!  What’s it called?

AC:

The book is called Full Bleed. It’s finally coming out after years in the making.  Without my partners Ivory Serra and Andre Razo, we would not be sitting here talking about the launch that’s for sure. For the past 3 years I have been working on the book trying tirelessly to gather and arrange photos from every photographer I could think of.

CK:

I have seen other people’s attempts at trying to convey what skateboarding in NY was like with limited success. What were your reasons behind making this book?

AC:

I decided to make this book to show people how NYC was our skatepark, because we never really had “skateparks” growing up in the city.  The question everyone has always asked me has been “where do you skate in New York?”. I wanted to give thanks to the skaters, photographers and architects that have made NYC a beautiful place to skate. The book is a compilation of 30 years of skateboarding photography.

CK:

Does this point of view make Full Bleed different from other books?

AC:

What makes this book different is that it’s all full bleed photos with no text, and it’s not laid out in chronological order, which in my opinion makes it more fun to look at.

CK:

The look and feel of New York skating has changed a lot from the early 80’s through the mid 90’s – from what skaters looked like to where they were photographed. Who were some of the older photographers who contributed photos from back then?

AC:

Back then there were not that many skate photographers like there is today, but the photographers that were around captured an important time in NY skateboarding. In the book, you will see photos from Spike Jonez, Bryce Kanights, Pepe Torres and Glen E. Friedman who all took sick photos back then.

CK:

There are definitely a lot of spots that are no longer around (i.e. World Trade Center, Time Life, and the better part of the Brooklyn Banks). These spots were a crucial part of molding skaters from New York, what are your most missed spots and why?

AC:

I miss skating World Trade because it had so much to skate, like the double set with the ledge on the side, the big rail when we wanted to get gnarly, the back to back benches, the underground when it rained, the sculpture in the middle using it as a bank and the smooth pavement which was key…

CK:

I know that being involved in skateboarding as long as you have and being a native New Yorker there is some pride involved here, was that a big influential part of the outcome of the book?

AC:

Definitely. The satisfaction that my partners and I got from being able to collect and provide amazing images of skateboarding in NY was huge. This place is very special, especially for skating…

CK:

Everyone had those neighborhood friends from back in the day that were amazing skaters that quit skateboarding for whatever reason (to go to school, get a job, or just got fucked up in the head by some girl). Who were some of those guys that you want to say what up to?

AC:

I want to say whatsup to Freddy, Richie Rojas, Ducky, Q-long, Eddie from the Bronx. I also want to say what up to everyone who has been in my life for the past 25yrs, being part of the skate family, supporters and all the friends I have made from all over the world through the strength of skateboarding.

CK:

Thank you sir, that was most informative and inspiring for all us older guys and younger rippers alike. Good luck with the book!

AC:

My pleasure bro! Another round?

CK:

No doubt!

Bruno Musso by Pepe Torres


Mike Hernandez by Spike Jonze


Qlong Douglas by Charlie Samuels


Keenan Milton by Sammy Glucksman


Posted by Chris Keeffe on May 19, 2010 at 04:01 PM 3 Comments

3 Comments / The latest comment was posted 1276141789…

sofia wrote…

fuck yeah!!!

Comment #1 posted on May 22, 2010 at 05:26 AM

Orland Delgado wrote…

It’s good to see that the old cats are getting some recognition.  I can’t wait to see the book.

Comment #2 posted on May 23, 2010 at 05:24 PM

sneakerpimp wrote…

That’s whats up, I see Obed Rios up in there too.

Comment #3 posted on June 09, 2010 at 10:49 PM