The second full length video by Epidemic Skateboard Shop will be premiering on Saturday, December 29th, 9pm at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. The premiere will take place in the Commune room.
Featuring footage of John Gomez, Georgie Hathaway, Alan Everage, Jared Huss, TC Graves, Tanner McFarlin, Tommy Gurolla, Waldo Diaz, Bread Judice, Jake Devine, Mikee Brown, David Garcia and Johnny Helgren.
Filmed by Jake Leger and Rey Romero.
Edited by Jake Leger.
Free / All ages (drinks for 21+)
*Stay after for the Coachella Valley Art Scene and DJ Alf Alpha’s monthly “World Famous” party in the Amigo Room.
DVD’s will be available for $5 after the premiere.
INTERVIEW: Jake Leger
of Epidemic Skateboard Shop
Jake is the mastermind behind the new shop video Blood, Sweat & 12 Years. Take a second and see what he has to say about the filming of it.
How old are you and when did you start filming skateboarding?
I’m 18 years old. I’ve been filming skateboarding for about 3-4 years now.
How did you get involved with Epidemic?
I’ve been going to the shop since I was about 9 years old, but I really started getting to know everyone when I started to help film the video.
How long did it take to film #BS12Y?
I started filming in January of 2011. So almost 2 years.
Who’s part are you most excited about?
TC Graves hands down. That dude definitely belongs on a skateboard and his part will show it, no doubt.
What’s a typical day of filming like?
Waking up really early trying to get a hold of everyone (hoping they don’t flake), figuring out where to skate, who has tricks in mind, etc. Always try to keep it as fun as possible.
What made you want to film the video?
When I first met Rey Romero we started skating and going out filming together. He originally asked me to help him film the video but he ended up getting busy with other things so it kind of fell into my hands. Thanks for the opportunity Rey!
What’s your favorite memory during the filming of the video?
Right when I finished editing the video Tanner told me he really wanted to film a different last trick. So that next day I met him at the spot super early and he nailed it no problem. Straight G. Hell yeah Tanner!
Why should people come to the premiere?
To show support for what has made the desert’s skateboarding scene what is is today. We put a lot of hard work into this video and having support is what makes it all worth it!
Artist Profile: Brian Evans
Meet Epidemic’s photographer.
He recently published an Epidemic zine that will at the premier featuring Brian’s photos over the past 10 years with Epidemic.
I was in the 8th grade when Epidemic opened. I started lurking around the shop right after it opened and Glen eventually asked me to help him unload some boxes. He offered to give me a handful of stickers as pay, which at 13 was like gold. I unloaded boxes for a few hours and the rest is history. I have worked for Epidemic in some fashion since that day and continue to do so as their photographer.
It’s hard to believe that I have worked for Epidemic for over a decade now. Epidemic has always been a home away from home for me and I learned a lot in my years with the shop. I got a crash course in running a business which eventually turned into a desire to own my own company.
I also have to credit Epidemic with my passion for photography. As everyone progressed in skateboarding I continued to suck and I figured why not shoot photos. I can still remember the exact moment I decided to pursue skateboard photography. Milo was skating flat ground in the shop and I snapped a photo on a little point and shoot digital camera. I was so pumped on the photo I went home and told my parents I wanted to get into photography. They helped me buy my first camera and I never looked back.
Over the years my photography has progressed with the skaters. Every time they learned a new trick I learned a new technique for lighting or found a new piece of equipment. I have been shooting skateboarding for almost ten years now and still get just as psyched when I nail a photo as I did when I snapped that first photo of Milo.
It’s been a good time with lifelong friends and I’m fortunate to have been a part of something awesome for the past decade.
Who: Epidemic Skateboard Shop
What: Blood, Sweat, & 12 Years movie screening!!!!!
When: Saturday, December 29th 2012
Where: Ace Hotel’s Commune 701 E Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA
How Much: FREE
Bar: Yes, for people 21+