Mehring’s Bearings: Gilbert Crockett Appreciation Week

With the upcoming premier of Venue Skateshop’s new video “Old Dominion” I’ve put together a post of Gilbert Crockett photos from over the last few years. Also a couple of Richmond ripper Josh Swyers. Enjoy.
-JM

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Here’s the before and after of Gilbert’s Skateboarder cover shot in Richmond, VA.

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This was Gilbert’s interview portrait. We shot it in the vault of an abandoned bank in Richmond. You could skate there for a while and the locals had numerous boxes and DIY spots built inside. The marble ground was amazing.

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A spot in my hometown of Charlottesville, VA. This rail always seemed like a complete fantasy growing up but Gilbert front feebled it with finesse.

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The same spot as the front feeble this rail is a bit too close to hit in a line but equally as epic. This was Gilbert’s first double kink boardslide.

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Gilbert Crockett the business man. Richmond, VA.

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I think this was one of the first things we shot. Bump over bar kickflip in Richmond, VA.

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Same trip as the kickflip, this back tail is at an old spot I had shot at before when I went to VCU for photo.

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Revisited a couple years later. Gilbert takes himself out with a kickflip back tail on the same A-frame rail.

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Fisheye angle of the kfbsts.

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Venue Skateshop crew in downtown RVA.

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Josh Swyers blasts a lien air while a dude named “Hippie” blowtorches his moped seat in the background. The bike lot, Richmond, VA.

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Same spot, Josh 5-0’s the table.

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Pre-skate yoga?

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Gilbert back 50 transfers in RVA.

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Classy Richmond swimming hole.

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Gilbert diving off the rope swing into the James River and bump to crook in DC.

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Skating at UVA in Charlottesville is highly illegal. I grew up evading the cops here and getting arrested a few times too. I was so paranoid shooting this I wore all black and hid in the bushes with my telephoto lens. When the cops came I took off into the woods. Luckily no one went to jail that night.

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Backside 50-50 to nutsack is what really happened here.

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Another old high school spot. Gilbert frontside bluntslides in Waynewboro, VA. On the right at attempt at kickflip 50-50 in LA.

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Pre Vans sponsorship Gilbert frontside flips in RVA.

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Kickback from a rifle scope got Gilby in the forehead. Then he got the bass in the lip. Covesville, VA.

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A couple days in NYC was pretty productive. Ollie over the rail and cellar door into the bank. Pure Brooklyn crust.

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I’ve been showing this to people for years. Gilbert was the one to step up and handle this gap to 50-50 in south Brooklyn.