Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Phillips’

Boy do I have a lot of X Games content to share.  I’m really eager to get to them, but with yesterday being “Go Skate Day”,  I remembered that I hadn’t gone around to writing about the Jeff Phillips Tribute at 4DWN from last month.  Unfortunately, it was when Texas was being pounded by rain so I missed the little bit of vert that happened.  There was still some great action indoors from the locals.  My camera set-up wasn’t ideal, and I learned that shooting street/park is a completely different ordeal.  However, a nice gentleman gave me some tips on how to follow a skater and catch the right moment.

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Despite the weather, lots of people came out to honor Jeff’s memory and support the Suicide and Crisis Center. For more photos from this year’s event and the one from 2013, check out my Flickr album.

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This past November, I got to attend Boneless One 3, the Jeff Phillips tribute. I had been looking forward to the event for month not just because this was my first chance to do action sports photography, but also because proceeds would benefit The Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas. It’s always great when you can have fun for a good cause.

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While I was geeking it up at Dallas Comic Con two weeks ago, Overground Skateboarding was hosting their 2nd annual tribute to legend Jeff Phillips. I was really bummed that I didn’t hear about it until afterwards (probably would have skipped DCC) because it sounded like a cool event and it was benefited The Suicide and Crisis Center of North Dallas.

Back in the 1980s, when Dallas was a skateboarding hot spot, Jeff Phillips was one of the biggest names. He gave Christian Hosoi and Tony Hawk a run for their money and proved that you could win a vert contest without pulling a McTwist. The Phillips 66 (an inverted flip with a fakie approached) is named after him, and the tribute name, Boneless One, comes from his signature trick: a frontside boneless. Jeff ran his own skatepark and dedicated his life to the local skate scene. In 1993, Jeff committed suicide.

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did an feature on his life and the circumstances surrounding his death (personal troubles and the decline of the sport). We’ll never know what happened, but in the end, that’s not what is important. It’s his life and his love of skateboarding that everyone who came out to Boneless One celebrated. Even if the Dallas scene is not what it used to be, I’d like to think that it is very much alive and that Jeff would be proud.
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Jeff Phillips doing a frontside boneless on the Jan. ’85 cover of Thrasher

A personal note I want to add: I am here for anybody who has thought about taking their own life and needs someone to talk to. I may not know you or know what to say, but I’ve been in that dark place and being part of the action sports community did help pull me out.