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Nathan Fletcher and Jason Dill, Palm Springs, 2000 Back Den 001

Nathan Fletcher and Jason Dill Photo by Mark Oblow
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PHOTO: Mark Oblow

Editor’s note: Mark Oblow usually rides up, on a motorcycle, with a beautiful woman (often his current photographic muse), several recent tales from the road and several tales from the past. Oblow has maintained the same boyhood zest and fascination with our lifestyle that he’s had since his early days and that has allowed him to continue being creative and documenting throughout his adult life. He is youth on the run defined, eternally.

We decided to dedicate a department on site and in our quarterly book to his incredible archive of moments. To begin the online portion is a photo hand picked by Oblow of Nathan Fletcher and Jason Dill in Palm Springs. Now that’s the beginning of a good story.-Travis

MARK OBLOW: “This photo was taken at the Merv Griffin Hotel in Palm Springs — now called The Parker Hotel. I remember this was the hotel Robert Downey JR. was at when he got busted for drugs back in the day. We actually asked for his room when we checked in but they declined.

It was the year 2000 and we were out there for a Quiksilver denim shoot. I shot it with a Canon EOS – 1.”

To see more of Oblow’s incredible archive, check out his website, tumblr and Instagram: @markoblow

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Chris Miller, North Shore, Oahu Back Den 128

“add some style to your week! chris miller sk8ing dinosaur dean’s ramp north shore oahu. this was his 18th birthday. shot on a canon ae-1 program with a wide angle adapter on my 50mm.” —Mark Oblow

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Tony Trujillo in Marseille Back Den 127: Everyday Halloween with Tony T. France, circa 2000

“everyday is halloween for tony trujillo. marseille france circa 2000. shot on contax t-3.” —Mark Oblow

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Bruce Irons and Nathan Fletcher Back Den 126: France in 2001

“bruce irons & nathan fletcher in france. we were there to film for nathan’s movie but got skunked on waves. with the frustration of getting nothing we almost extend the trip for another week. thank god we did not because 9/11 happened a few days later. photo taken with a yashica t-5.” —Mark Oblow

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Steve Caballero, Oahu, 1986 Back Den 125

“steve caballero at grants ramp oahu, circa ’86. shot on canon AE1 with a wideangle adapter.” —Mark Oblow

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Nathan Fletcher in France Back Den 124: September 10, 2001: The day before everything changed

“we were filming for his movie these colors taste like music. this was a few days before 9/11 in france. we were going to extended the trip because we got no waves. so hyped we decided to split.” —Mark Oblow

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Mark Gonzales in New York Back Den 123 By Mark Oblow

“innovators innovate, mark gonzales inspires. a break from the studio straight to the curb. nyc.” —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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