Chris Reed's Blog

About Chris Reed:
Chris Reed was born during the Summer of Love in the Southerly region of California where he has amassed a body of work that gives evidence to his affinity for skateboarding, surfing, music, friends and family. Clients include Alien Workshop, Etnies, Vans, etc.

Lenny Kirk

by / Published on March 19th 2015

Last week Chris Nieratko wrote an article about a new photo book about Lenny Kirk by Dennis McGrath. check the link below from Vice Magazine.

Not much gets me as stoked as Lenny Kirk and Alien Workshop around this era. It brings back a great time in my life when I sucked at skating (oh… i still do but now I am older). Lenny’s innovation and raw craze throughout San Francisco really pushed the limits and his Timecode part could be my favorite skate part ever.

enjoy! Now I should buy the photo book and support Dennis and Lenny. I hope he gets the help he needs. Escape Hell.

I used to have a copy of Timecode but I let a friend borrow it and never got it back. dang it.

Pole Smokers

by / Published on December 21st 2013

Back in the day….. This band ruled the streets and drove the kids wild.


Ethan Fowler’s Sweet Ollie

by / Published on November 23rd 2013

Ethan Fowler frontside ollie
Behold… An older picture of one of the best gentlemen out there and Broadcast Wheel team rider, Ethan Fowler. Taken by yours truly around 2001 or 2002 in Portland, Oregon. At the time I was all about shooting skating with a 300mm lens which really makes it a little different. It is kinda like shooting wild elephants or lions in Kenya (which I have never done… maybe one day). As you can see I was using some flash slaves given to me by a friend and I really highlighted Ethan’s backside and armpit. Classic. But this ollie off the extension over the hip is one of my favorite skate photos I have taken and brings back good times skating with some good friends. Thats what make skating wonderful.

Melvins 30th Anniversary Tour

by / Published on June 16th 2013

So as the title suggest. One of the best bands ever to grace us with sounds, The Melvins, are about to head out across the US for a 30th anniversary tour. I first saw them in 1991 in Olympia, Washington when they played outside in a park at the International Pop Underground Convention. It was nice and sunny and  they played a sweet soundtrack to the picnic crowd. It was loud and heavy and perfect for digesting egg salad sandwiches. Ever since then I have been a huge fan and have seen them live more than any other band and each show has been great. They are one band that is constantly evolving and growing and I really appreciate that. No one wants to be stale and stagnant. For the past few years King Buzzo and Dale has joined forces with Jared and Cody of Big Business. Now with 2 drummers they are really killing it. From what I have read on the internet, Jared will be replaced on this tour with Jeff Pinkus from the Butthole Surfers ….which will not be a bad thing at all…

With all that said…..I would strongly recommend getting off the couch for a night and get off to your local club when they visit a town near ya.



30th Anniversary Tour with Honky
July 12, 2013 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
July 13, 2013 – Albuquerque, NM – The Launchpad
July 15, 2013 – Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
July 17, 2013 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
July 18, 2013 – Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Brewing Company
July 20, 2013 – Minneapolis, MN – Grumpy’s (Bash-13 Festival)
July 21, 2013 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom (w/Mudhoney)
July 22, 2013 – Chicago, IL – Double Door
July 23, 2013 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
July 25, 2013 – Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop
July 26, 2013 – Detroit, MI – Small’s
July 27, 2013 – Syracuse, NY – The Westcott Theater
July 29, 2013 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
July 30, 2013 – Hartford, CT – Arch Street Tavern
July 31, 2013 – Brooklyn, NY – House of Vans
August 1, 2013 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
August 2, 2013 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
August 3, 2013 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
August 4, 2013 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
August 5, 2013 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft at Center Stage Atlanta
August 7, 2013 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s
August 8, 2013 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
August 9, 2013 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
August 10, 2013 – Dallas, TX – Trees
August 13, 2013 – Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
August 14, 2013 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
August 16, 2013 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
August 19, 2013 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
August 20, 2013 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
August 22, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
August 23, 2013 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
August 25, 2013 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
August 26, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
August 27, 2013 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy and Harriets

Watch this rad interview with King Buzzo himself.


And here is one of my favorite songs by Portland Oregon rockers covered by them. Wipers …Youth of America


The Sounds of Oranssi Pazuzu

by / Published on June 15th 2013

Just got a hug from my daughter and made me smile. This too makes me smile.

Sweet sounds from Finland. Nothing bad there. I also like the bell bottoms or wide legged trousers. It pays to be comfy on the stage.

Buy all their albums and support your local Psychedelic Black Metal


by / Published on April 11th 2013

As you might know I am a big Mortiis fan. From Vond to Emperor to just plain old Mortiis, its all good to me. I actually went to Berlin many years ago to see him play and it was great (I was in Paris so it wasn’t too far, just a train away). I enjoy his Stargate look the most but I think even now he is in tip top form. stargateBack when I lived in Portland I made this little video with a dear friend. Please sing along to one of the greatest songs ever. I do always. Stuck and cold……


Memory Screen by The Alien Workshop

by / Published on April 9th 2013

This wonderful skateboarding video from 1991 or so was a major inspiration in my life. I watched it many times how it was supposed to be watched ,”in complete darkness”, as well as during the day. The music, editing and the skaters makes this video my all time favorite and made me a fan for life of the Alien Workshop. I have since been able to meet the great guys who started the company as well as some of the skaters in this video and have had the great privilege to even be part of the brand as an AWS KTC artist (i have a board out now…shameless plug). So rad! I know you all have a copy of this VHS so put it on… adjust the tracking (or not)…. and turn the lights out and enjoy. Or just watch it here….. not the same as TV but you can stream it there I guess. Someone else posted it on Vimeo, not me, just poaching the link. So thanks for the link in advance. You can download it too from this vimeo so that’s awesome…take it on the road for mobile inspiration!