“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
Jake Johnson and Arto Saari, Australia, 2009 Back Den 116
The Quik shoot Back Den 117 with Tyler Newton, Mark Healey, Danny Fuller and Ola Eleogram
Nathan Fletcher and Kelly Slater, San Diego Back Den 031
“2 completely different humans. 2 people who have helped change surfing. 2 legends. 2 guys I’ve had the pleasure of working with for a long time. 2 guys who did not want to be at a shop promo. s.d., ca. circa back den, yashica t-4, 35mm kodak 400nd” —Mark Oblow
Sean Sheffey, Europe, late ’90s Back Den 030
“this is sean sheffey with a cocktail and a small hipper. sean has always been a hero to me, pure fucking power on a skateboard, his life video, “a soldier’s story” was a life changer! i loved watching him sk8 the early contests, he’d rip the shit out of the place then end up beating…
Peter Mel, Jason Dill and Strider Wasilewski in New York Back Den 029
Peter Mel, Jason Dill and Strider Wasilewski in New York
Camille Rowe, Los Angeles Back Den 028
“camille rowe is more then what you see. she is such an inspiration, and such a gift. to call her a muse is a blessing. shot in l.a. with a canon markIII, 50mm zeiss lens.” —Mark Oblow
Perry Farrell, Coachella 2001 Back Den 027
Editor’s Note: Coachella has been at it for a long time. And leave it to Oblow to still manage to find a moment, from the stage in the desert that feels timeless, and timely. This time, on a grandiose scale: Perry Farrell, live. In Oblow lowercase. —Travis “perry farrell, live with jane’s addiction at coachella in 2001….
Marilyn Manson, Los Angeles Art Show, Halloween 2007 Back Den 026
Editor’s note: You got to be kidding me. Since we stormed Mark Oblow’s Back Den to load back up on images from his archive, we’d seen everyone from Kelly Osbourne to Reese Forbes to Jason Dill to Wayne Lynch. And now he does this. That’s range. Mr. Oblow, you have the floor once again. —Travis …
Wayne Lynch, Hawaii Back Den 025
From a kid surfing in the late 70s wayne lynch was the man! His style, his attitude, his surfing was mind-blowing.
Kassia Meador, Hawaii Back Den 024
I met Kassia about 10 years ago shooting for Roxy. The first time I saw her ride a surfboard i almost cried!
Jason Donald Dill, New York Back Den 023
It was one of the raddest shoots for me only having Dill, and Nate, and we got to do what ever we wanted to do.
Tom Carrol, Hawaii Back Den 022
Tom is a pure inspiration, a fucking legend, and an epic human.
Reese Forbes, Costa Mesa Back Den 021
Reese Forbes drips of style just as he pushes down the street. His eastern exposures parts are life changing.
Nathan Fletcher, Brooklyn Back Den 020
Marks first shoot for Quicksilver of Nathan Fletcher, late 90’s in Brooklyn, NY.