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Scott Oblow, Kahala Hawaii, 1987 Back Den 100

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Editor’s note: Today is the 100th Back Den we’ve done with photographer Mark Oblow. It’s really an honor to get to show you these every Monday, the depth and scope of his work, the variety, the legitimacy of his career, past and current blows our minds every week. Take a minute today and peruse the archive. You’ll see one of the most authentic archives of our culture you’ll find. And we’re at 100 but I know we’ve barely scratched the surface of this archive.—Travis 

“back den 100!!! my big bradda soblow backside grinds over the light at poppie’s pool, kahala hawaii circa 87.

i could not think of a better photo to post for my #100 than one of my big brother. he is the reason i surfed and skateboarded.

shot with a canon ae-.” —Mark Oblow

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Billy Deans, Waimanalo, Oahu Back Den 122

“billy deans throwing down that aggressive 80’s punk rock frontside grind. waimanalo, oahu shot on canon ae1 with a wide angle adapter.” —Mark Oblow

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Nathan Fletcher and Koby Abberton Back Den 121: North Shore, 2008

“nathan fletcher and koby abberton on the north shore, oahu 2008. the conversations between these two are always priceless. shot on canon Eos-1ds mark ll, 28-105mm.” —Mark Oblow

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Keith Meek at Wallows, Circa 1986 Back Den 120

“keith meek, aka the slasher pops a stylish air at wallows. circa 86″ —Mark Oblow

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Malakai Montes, Long Beach, Ca 2017 Back Den 119

“malakai montes in long beach, california, 6/08/17. i love seeing diy spots pop up. shot on a canon Eos 5d mark IV with lomography neptune convertible art lens system, 2.8/50 despina lens.” —Mark Oblow

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Jenah Yamamoto and Mahina Alexander Back Den 118: The higher level at the RVCA Pipe House

“jenah and mahina kicking it on the higher level. HGO rvca pipe house, oahu. shot on impossible film 2015.” —Mark Oblow

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The Quik shoot Back Den 117 with Tyler Newton, Mark Healey, Danny Fuller and Ola Eleogram

“i had to shoot the retro shorts campaign for quiksilver way back. this is when trunks were long as fuck so these shores were super short. i had an idea of taking them into the cane fields and shooting them the OG way back when the quik boys were hard as fuck. circa back den,…

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Jake Johnson and Arto Saari, Australia, 2009 Back Den 116

“march 2009, gravis australia tour. jake johnson and arto saari on a spot check at the train station. hunting for spots is a big part of the battle. its like waiting for a swell to hit.” —Mark Oblow

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Lanna Lyon, Studio 35 in Costa Mesa, 2013 Back Den 115

“hands down lanna was my main muse of the studio 35 days. she inspired me to create so much art it was crazy. her natural beauty, her style, her music and the art she created was so inspiring. this shot is a favorite. lanna lyon, shot at studio 35 in 2013. shot on canon eos…

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Chris Sen, Europe Back Den 114

“chris sen shows us how. when you have no papers, when you have no fruit, when you have no foil… use a bottle and a coin. some where in europe, circa back den. shot on yashica t-4.” —Mark Oblow

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Paris, 2012 Back Den 113: A break from Antwerp

“in 2012 i was doing a photoshoot for analog and gravis in antwerp, and my right hand man “taylor dunfee” and i decided to take a few days in paris. i love PARIS… shot on leica m9 with 50mm. from paris with love…” —Mark Oblow

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Stefan Janoski and Greg Hunt, 2007 Back Den 112: Underwater Fight in Greece

“2007  we went to greece for an analog trip. greg hunt and stefan janoski got into an underwater fight. luckily no one was hurt but man was it intense.” —Mark Oblow

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Kareem Campbell and Colin McKay Back Den 111

“kareem campbell & colin mckay. our distributor got us our rooms and gave us cash. some of us got drinks, some of got food, some of us got weed. amsterdam, circa 90’s. batter up.” —Mark Oblow

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