new year's eve

skated all day.  got some cool lines and single tricks at martin county high, then headed into uncharted territory to check out some "fogt spots."  we struck gold.  the video's looking good so far--four and a half minutes of edited keeper footage.  more tomorrow.

mandible claw X 561

here's the plan.  at the end of the month, i'm going to put out a mini-video with 3 full parts--john, brandon, and fogt, plus whatever homies that get some tricks in.  i'm coming to gainesville after new years, so think of some spots to film at--i want to film a whole gainesville part in the days i'm up there.  so man up, fuck the cold, and let's all go skating.  you guys are getting soft, just skating possum creek all the time--it's time to bring it back to the streets!  jimmy, steve, james, shawn, chuey, dante, cornell, michael, erik....get your shit ready and let's do this.  this is also the first filming trip up there for mandible claw 2.

here's some old parts from the dudes.  their new parts are going to be pretty nuts.  fogt has been skating really, really hard, too--2 broken boards in 2 days.

got the camera back

and the tape, too. here's some stills off it.  more soon--full parts from john and brandon coming sooner than later.  expect a phone-tage from jake and a new full fogt part within the next week or so, too.

the pillage 3

the pillage is an asset to humanity. thank joe for this. the pillage 3. fogt does some serious shit in this one.

merry christmas


camera's getting repaired, will have it back soon.  they saved the tape, thank the lord.  i've been in winter haven for a few days; i've skated the only spot available here, which is a steep driveway on the side of a gravel hill.  i'm coming home tomorrow--let's skate, stuart dudes.

there's a great mike york interview up on chrome ball. check it out.


jimmy lannon.  go to and watch his welcome video.  congrats!


after an awesome day of skating today, and after john and brandon got 2 or 3 sick clips each, i fell on a rock while skating back to my car, and now the camera's broken.  going to ship it off tomorrow to get it fixed.  hopefully we can save the tape--there's sick footage on it.  FUCK

so long for filming this winter

EDIT: well, i think i have a battle plan.  i think alex raspa is going to let me use his camera a bit while i'm in stuart, and i hope that maybe berstch could let me use his VX while i'm in gainesville.  could somebody up there ask berstch for me--spence bros?  and hopefully the camera gets fixed soon and comes back before break ends.

here's the stills from yesterday.  i just wish i had the tape at least from today, there's about a minute of footage on it.  brandon in a line, then john's front shove nosegrind.

today is a good day, because i'm dogsitting with lia now!  WOOF

don't forget about tha meow

> -- no pussies allowed


keeping the updates coming.  nic and i cruised the city during santacon, where people get dressed up as santa and get wasted.  fun was to be had.


here it is: the edit of this fall's skating.  hope you like it, this is the good stuff.  nic, billy, damien, jake, and me.

27 degrees

damian and i battled the cold for a few hours this afternoon.  check the temperature on my phone.  damien got 2 good lines, but that's about regular for him.  my hands froze into mandible claws around the camera handle.  florida, i miss you!

my dream

will abesada's family recently came into some farmland in the nothingness of palm city.  i am counting on will, and any other stuart-inhabiting skaters to build something amazing to skate there.  here's some inspiration.

OG as fuck.

harold, todd jordan, jeff pang, anthony correa, brian brown, quim, etc.  enjoy. 

i have a full part of most of the footage i filmed of friends up here the past couple of months, i'm hyped on it.  will be up in a few days.

still stillin'

tonight we skated for 11 hours, noon til 11 PM.  damien got 3 lines and a gnar manual, jake got quick on some ollies, and i got punched in the face.  here's some recent stills--damien, billy, jake, and brandon damron.

fogt's doppelganger.

last night taji had a photo show and his 21st birthday party. while at max fish, jake and i saw this alex fogt doppelganger. here he is, lurking in the background of taji.

Westside Skateshop for TWS

mike atwood came through with an awesome edit for westside's entry in the ongoing transworld shop contest. koki, jimmy, yonnie, and the whole crew skating to ODB. everybody go on the transworld site and vote for this video. do it! NOW! click here to vote


a few days before thanksgiving, i swung by gainesville and had an awesome session with the mandible homies at the park. here's what i made of it. steve is stylish as all hell, shawn is ripping as always, and chuey is a killer. i'll be back in 2 or 3 weeks, everybody--get some street spots ready, because we're gonna go filming!

dusk at possum creek from Colin Read on Vimeo.

anyway, i'm back in new york now. but i got to spend some time in stuart, and skated with wutang joe and brandon damron. the homies, in florida's fall weather, pushing around downtown stuart; it doesn't get much better than that. expect a full part of brandon coming after wintertime.


I found this old picture of Colin looking like a creep. Original Material

stuart, fl

i'm in stuart for an indeterminate number of days, until whenever i can catch a flight back to new york. the beach, the wind in the seagrapes. new york is sick but being here feels like a big breath of fresh air. a little gainesville park video coming in the next day or so, mostly displaying how fucking badass chuey is. see you soon.

i'm in gainesville

for one or two more days. call me, i don't have anyone's numbers. dante, matt, chuey--call me and let's go film!

in the meantime, this montage from the trasher video RULES.


i'm here for one or two days, till tuesday or wednesday. call me, fools--i don't have anybody's numbers. matt, dante, etc., call me, let's skate!


phone footage with billy, harry jumanji, and HOSOI


this post is full of bad news. first off, my cousin blaine was hit by an RPG in afghanistan, and is currently in the hospital in DC. send positive vibes his way. i may be spending thanksgiving there with him and my family. which brings me to my second point--i may not be coming to gainesville. and the third thing is that a bunch of stuff is coming up with the element thing, so it might not be coming out either. life sucks, so quit.

remember video magazines? now they're gone, and we miss things like this.

sometimes it's good to get back to your roots

especially in times of great change. this blog is about to undergo the switch to an actual website format. but before that, we all need to remember the importance of images such as these.

elevated edit

Nick from Elevated Engineering put together an edit with mandi-claw pals Matty Town, MF Debose, Tyler Dumais, Danny Sanchez, Steve Cockrell and Miles Mathia. diggin' the song.

Like a G6 from Elevated_Nicholas on Vimeo.

almost finished

with billy's element commercial. hopefully it'll be live within the next few days. big ballin, g!

buy a truck, get a gun

get your free AK-47 before it is too late


yonnie cruz, jimmy lannon, paul deoliveira, billy, and myself skating the roof. yonnie destroys!

floridians on the roof from Colin Read on Vimeo.

da mystery of chessboxin

damien redid the crook from last night again tonight, but in a line, starting out on this chess table.  boy's got ups.

we got pointlessly kicked out of the plaza for a while--the cops told us it was dumb and that we could come back in half an hour.  so we skated across the street at this ledge spot.  after a while, another cop car shows up, and pulls onto the sidewalk and heads toward us, looking at us, and we get ready to be kicked out.  but then the cop, not looking at where he's driving, almost runs over a guy on a bicycle.  he sees at the last second, swerves, bashes his chassis on the curb.  i guess he was embarrassed, because he just left, and didn't come back.

halloween hellraiser

nic filmed this and edited this for mandi-claw.  an awesome time.  those monkey feet made my feet hurt a lot the next couple of days.


"When I am skating on the streets, I can feel people questioning my right to skate.  Their opinions are meaningless to me.  I really like skating and I won't stop."

This perfect expression of how it is to skate was said by a twelve-year old girl in Kabul.  Watch this short documentary, SKATEISTAN.  It's incredibly well done--shot beautifully, well-narrated.  It's so good, that for this post I'm using proper capitalization.  Full-screen it and enjoy.

Phonetage One

A day in Willamsburg, filmed entirely on an I phone

Many more epic Phonetages coming soon.

daylight savings

the change of seasons means that it gets dark around 5, which means lots of night skating.  here's jake, getting it in before the night falls:

nic nootens, continuing his killing spree:

and mandible claw newcomer, damien, who's sure to be seen a lot on this website in the future.

jake got the new iphone and has been going crazy filming stuff on it like an idiot, so there's a phone-tage coming soon.  plus, a throwaway thingy, and other crap.  oh--and we're working on getting a proper website going, and moving away from being just a blog.  stay tuned.

nick jensen

a new full part from lakai.  the line around 2:24 on the 2 street gaps is one of the best i've seen this year.  always a favorite.

street ish

come on, get down.

assorted skating: aaron herrington, paul deoliveria, jake ireland, nic nootens, and myself.

thrash report

jake and i skated the cold off for a few hours, until about 12:45 tonight. something i never knew--jake can film really well with a VX. "from texas," he tells me. still, a very unexpected and positive discovery. we each got a line at the plaza near our house, which is seen in the mandible claw video, when shane kassin does a line there (front shove the long three stair, nollie heel, etc). it's a great place to skate at night--lit up enough to skate, nobody there, no bust factor, no fear of being robbed--it's right off the bridge turnoff. as we were skating, a group of 4 plump latin women, all in their mid- to late-30s, sat down on own of the benches and smoked some weed. only in new york.

brad mcclain

i haven't seen someone rip pools this hard since cardiel. fucking rad.

in other news, it's 50 degrees, 10:30 PM, and jake and i are going skating.

steve spence's 21st bday

some pictures from last night. razortail played. good times were had. happy bday spence!