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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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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

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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…

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Peter Mel, Jason Dill and Strider Wasilewski in New York Back Den 029

Peter Mel, Jason Dill and Strider Wasilewski in New York

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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

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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….

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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 photographed by Mark Oblow What Youth

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 photographed by Mark Oblow What Youth

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I met Kassia about 10 years ago shooting for Roxy. The first time I saw her ride a surfboard i almost cried!

Jason Dill

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 photographed by Mark Oblow What Youth

Tom Carrol, Hawaii Back Den 022

Tom is a pure inspiration, a fucking legend, and an epic human.

Reese Forbes photographed by Mark Oblow What Youth

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 photographed by Mark Oblow in Brooklyn What Youth

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Marks first shoot for Quicksilver of Nathan Fletcher, late 90’s in Brooklyn, NY.

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