J. Grant Brittain
Arkitip x Fact.
"We dug into his back catalog and found these iconic images which we think exemplify the power, style and creativity of the scene in that era. Using the images as a canvas, we asked Grant to tell a story in his own words and handwriting, which we applied over each image to complete the design. The finished multi-layered designs are bold, colorful and potent."
Bonus: Check a recent interview with J. Grant Brittain conducted by Arkitip.
Q – How did you first get introduced to skateboarding and then photographing skateboarding?
A – My brother and I got skateboards one Christmas when I was 10. We also got BB Guns and Walkie Talkies, sounds dangerous. I worked at the Del Mar Skate Ranch from 1978-1984 and borrowed my roommate’s Canon in February of 1979 and started shooting my friends. It all just started as a hobby in the beginning.
Q – Having worked with many of the same people (skaters, brands) for so long, what keeps your interest and motivation?
A – I just like the way skateboarding is so photogenic, the action, the energy and how it’s always progressing. As a job, I like how it’s not like any other job. It’s pretty cool.
Q – Have you or do you have a favorite skater to shoot?
A – I have certain skaters that I still get stoked on shooting. I know that we together will get something stylish and timeless. Chris Miller, Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero and Christian Hosoi are still all good friends of mine and they make getting a good photo easy.
Q – With the introduction of digital photography and the popularity of social media, how has that changed or not changed your approach?
A – I dig it all. Digital photography speeds everything up and social media just gives me more avenues to get my photos out there and promote skateboarding, the Skateboard Mag and myself.
Q – How would you like to be remembered in the annuals of skateboarding history?
A – I just want to be remembered for shooting some quality images and that I shared my skate photography with the younger photographers coming up after me.