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

Kurt_Hiyashi_WSS_Pano.jpgIt 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

 

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Always good to start off the night by seeing Thrasher's own Ewan Bowman and the man of the hour, John Rattray

 

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Starting off, Daniel Evans helped by making the stickers for the event. Hit him up for your sticker needs—@havelovewilltravel.co

 

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The Trippe family pitches in during setup. Maybe this could reincarnate Fecal Face 2.0 in Portland?

 

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The QR codes made it through the final R and D test—high tech! 

 

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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

 

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If you’re feeling left out, don’t worry. Prints of the photos—like this here proper plant— are available for auction here

 

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The Predatory Bird’s mission overview looks good to go 

 

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312 “skateboard egg plants” in one hour certified via Guinness—hella valid

 

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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!

 

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Seeing all my friends makes me a little happier! John Rattray, Kurt Hayashi, Ewan Bowman, Justin Brock and Christian Alexander

 

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Mackenzie Moss and Cody Lockwood in his trademark full-brim hat

 

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Always down for a cause, Lindsay Jo Holmes from Maple XO and friend Johannah Zuniga

 

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Sick Boys video stars, Bryce Kanights and Jim Thiebaud, reunite

 

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Kelly Bird, Lance Mountain and John Rattray take a break from discussing the subtleties involved in the perfect sad plant

 

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Northwest masterlensman, Jon Humphries along with his wife Cel and Justin Brock

 

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The Kimbels were stoked and warm inside

 

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The official campaign judge, Lance Mountain and Kurt Hayashi


Jess_Mudgget_Aesop_Rock_Kaspar_Willis.jpgThe tallest and nicest dudes in the house: Jess Mudgett, Aesop Rock, Kaspar van Lierop and Willis Kimbel


joey_chelsea_george_and_seaside_john.jpgOne 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

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Can’t stop The Firm reunion—Lance Mountain and Joe Gruber 

 

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Ryan Bobier, Austin Dal Molin and Kaspar van Lierop showing off the goods

 

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SF locs were aplenty. Jake Palu and Chris Johanson

 

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Moose Huerta and Ben Wall were in high spirits 

 

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Always a pleasure when you get Joey and Marilu Pepper on the scene

 

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Copper of dope merch, Carter Donnell and Ian Bavitz—aka Aesop Rock

 

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Grant and Lilly Taylor came through with their southern charm 

 

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DLX past and present: Christian Alexander and Mickey Reyes of Cat’s Paw Saloon

 

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Ultimate Phil and son Silas always make the PDX blog

 

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Jim Thiebaud dressed up for the occasion by omitting the black nail polish. All the better for pointing to a real one, Sarah Connelly 

 

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The skateboarding family never stops growing. It looks like the Bird family is growing too

 

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Can’t have too many smiling faces. Kaylee Bullan and Zack Wiegand drove from Redding, CA, to attend 

 

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Arthur Lindsey and Kerry Flynn not looking the least bit sad

 

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Mat O’Brien, Tiff Harker and Brent Atchley—who still has the lightest feet in the PNW

 

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On double-duty, John Rattray emceed the talk and video portion of the night

john_rattray-video.jpgOh, look who made the cut! John Rattray lights up the silver screen

 

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Rattray’s moving speech on suicide awareness and prevention was well received 

 

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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


double_shred_DZ.jpgA high-speed doubles run is always a good way to heat things up in the bowl

 

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Frank Shaw was the first person I saw get the good kind of sad

 

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Then Andrew Adams tried to get the Lance stamp of approval on his sad plant

 

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Hunter Okano—not Hunter Muraira—with a Madonna 

 

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Frank Shaw lets the front foot breathe on a frontside invert

 

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Cody Lockwood goes fly fishing

 

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Willis looks into the deep end while holding on tight to an Andrecht

 

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Full-speed grind on the pool coping, Kaylee Bullan gets hers

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GT was like a runaway train skating the bowl—unstoppable

 

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Nick Peterson smashes a lien melon to disaster with a broken collarbone

 

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Even more doubles! Willis and Ari Landon doing the ol’ over-and-under routine

 

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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:

USA:

National Crisis Line: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/

UK:

Samaritans: https://www.samaritans.org/

Calmzone: https://www.thecalmzone.net/

Global list of resources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines

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/

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