Why So Sad? x Actions REALized Premiere Photos
For the last three years we've been fundraising to help drive work in mental health. This year the project is called Why So Sad? The question "why so sad?" is fundamental for us as we start to dig in and begin the therapeutic process of observing and understanding our own emotional triggers. So far, the project has raised money for the Scottish Association for Mental Health, Grassroots Suicide Prevention and research at Johns Hopkins University. Now, in partnership with REAL Skateboards, we're going to be supporting The Ben Raemers Foundation, which has been set up to raise awareness around the tools and skills of mental health first aid and to destigmatize the subject of mental health and suicide. Our hope to help more of us open up and find help when we need it. Let's keep learning while pushing the conversation, and keep looking out for each other. —John Rattray
Photos and captions by Joe Brook
It was an incredibly wholesome scene. Skaters down for the cause, congregating by a bowl for an art show, video premiere and, of course, a jam Photo: Kurt Hayashi
Always good to start off the night by seeing Thrasher's own Ewan Bowman and the man of the hour, John Rattray
Starting off, Daniel Evans helped by making the stickers for the event. Hit him up for your sticker needs—@havelovewilltravel.co
The Trippe family pitches in during setup. Maybe this could reincarnate Fecal Face 2.0 in Portland?
The QR codes made it through the final R and D test—high tech!
On the way in, attendees were treated to a wall of sad plant prints that surely put some smiles on their faces. All photos are up for auction and proceeds go to The Ben Raemers Foundation
If you’re feeling left out, don’t worry. Prints of the photos—like this here proper plant— are available for auction here
The Predatory Bird’s mission overview looks good to go
312 “skateboard egg plants” in one hour certified via Guinness—hella valid
If you’re looking to brighten your day, just pick up some Why So Sad? x Actions REALized merch at your favorite skate shop
Now get ready for the who’s who part of the night!
Seeing all my friends makes me a little happier! John Rattray, Kurt Hayashi, Ewan Bowman, Justin Brock and Christian Alexander
Mackenzie Moss and Cody Lockwood in his trademark full-brim hat
Always down for a cause, Lindsay Jo Holmes from Maple XO and friend Johannah Zuniga
Sick Boys video stars, Bryce Kanights and Jim Thiebaud, reunite
Kelly Bird, Lance Mountain and John Rattray take a break from discussing the subtleties involved in the perfect sad plant
Northwest masterlensman, Jon Humphries along with his wife Cel and Justin Brock
The Kimbels were stoked and warm inside
The official campaign judge, Lance Mountain and Kurt Hayashi
The tallest and nicest dudes in the house: Jess Mudgett, Aesop Rock, Kaspar van Lierop and Willis Kimbel
One of the most creative cohorts in skateboarding: Joey Martin of Collective Concrete, Chelsea Cowan, George Rocha of Iris Skateboards and John Morgan—aka Seaside John
Can’t stop The Firm reunion—Lance Mountain and Joe Gruber
Ryan Bobier, Austin Dal Molin and Kaspar van Lierop showing off the goods
SF locs were aplenty. Jake Palu and Chris Johanson
Moose Huerta and Ben Wall were in high spirits
Always a pleasure when you get Joey and Marilu Pepper on the scene
Copper of dope merch, Carter Donnell and Ian Bavitz—aka Aesop Rock
Grant and Lilly Taylor came through with their southern charm
DLX past and present: Christian Alexander and Mickey Reyes of Cat’s Paw Saloon
Ultimate Phil and son Silas always make the PDX blog
Jim Thiebaud dressed up for the occasion by omitting the black nail polish. All the better for pointing to a real one, Sarah Connelly
The skateboarding family never stops growing. It looks like the Bird family is growing too
Can’t have too many smiling faces. Kaylee Bullan and Zack Wiegand drove from Redding, CA, to attend
Arthur Lindsey and Kerry Flynn not looking the least bit sad
Mat O’Brien, Tiff Harker and Brent Atchley—who still has the lightest feet in the PNW
On double-duty, John Rattray emceed the talk and video portion of the night
Oh, look who made the cut! John Rattray lights up the silver screen
Rattray’s moving speech on suicide awareness and prevention was well received
It’s important that we all get a little bit closer these days, so we all got packed in like sardines
After we got cozy, it was time to burn down the bowl
A high-speed doubles run is always a good way to heat things up in the bowl
Frank Shaw was the first person I saw get the good kind of sad
Then Andrew Adams tried to get the Lance stamp of approval on his sad plant
Hunter Okano—not Hunter Muraira—with a Madonna
Frank Shaw lets the front foot breathe on a frontside invert
Cody Lockwood goes fly fishing
Willis looks into the deep end while holding on tight to an Andrecht
Full-speed grind on the pool coping, Kaylee Bullan gets hers
GT was like a runaway train skating the bowl—unstoppable
Nick Peterson smashes a lien melon to disaster with a broken collarbone
Even more doubles! Willis and Ari Landon doing the ol’ over-and-under routine
GT sent it to the rafters just before leaving the bowl in cinders!
Huge thanks to REAL Skateboards, Nike SB, The Bodecker Foundation and Thrasher for helping make a positive and great event for the launch. Check out the video, grab a board from your local skateshop, sign up for mental health first aid training.
If you or someone you know is struggling, please check out these resources:
National Crisis Line: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Global list of resources:
A ton of information about training in the US can be found on the National Council for Behavioral Health website: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/
Also at the QPR Institute: https://qprinstitute.com/individual-training
In the UK at SAMH in Scotland: https://www.samh.org.uk/
At Grassroots in England: https://www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/
5/22/2020Our guy Joe Brook kindly donated some prints of GT, Janoski, Manchild, Barbee and TNT to help raise funds for the good folks at First Exposures. Snag one for the kids of SF.
5/05/2020As the REAL van rolled across the East Coast, they hammered down NBDs at spots as well as the urban dictionary. Update your slang and soak up the tour mayhem with this piece from our May 2020 issue.
4/27/2020Pure carnage in every clip, Milton burns through his victory lap in OZ with GT, Kremer, O’Grady, Eze, Lopez, Figgy, Provost, Omar and Remillard. Buck up and bear witness to an all-time SOTY-trip squad.
4/27/2020Gambling on going to Oz while it was ablaze, Milton’s crew cashed out with some killer photos, sketchy tattoos and a few Hall of Meat entries. Heavy revs and helpful tips for stoking the trip fire, check the record from our May 2020 issue.
4/17/2020Psycho skating, rental bike destruction and messing with the locals, the Volcom dudes make mayhem their motto in Germany. GT, Doobie, Lintell, Provost, Pfanner and the crew put a heavy one in the books. Hop in and hang on.