It's a wonderful and blessed life I've been able to live. Having snowboarding come into my life at an early age allowed me opportunities right out of high school. I was able to get out of a small town (Auburn south of Seattle), travel the world and snowboard at mountains I could have only dreamed of.
I’ve had the opportunity to not only ride my snowboard, but also to work on a pro model and paint the graphics for it. By doing that, it kind of helped me develop the ability to paint, or be artistic, in a way that I’m happy with. It’s helped me develop relationships with the companies that I ride for, and they’ve turned more into a family relationship. Working with Mervin to do my board graphics all these years and now doing Mark Landvik’s board graphics each year gives me the opportunity to continue to paint and develop creatively. With Vans I have the opportunity to help them design a boot that I’m happy with, or that I know if I’m happy with, hopefully it works for other people that buy it and enjoy it. Volcom has always been a company that has celebrated the arts and utilized their vehicles to get stuff out there. They used artists or the team riders to really support it. Even through their art series shirts, or just art in general, it’s always something that’s been a focus for Volcom. They’ve helped me develop as an artist because of it.
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