Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Instagram Year In Review: October - December

Cutting it close with this late post of the 3rd part of my 2015 Instagram Year in Review: April - June.

Previous post:
2015 Instagram Year In Review: January - March
2015 Instagram Year In Review: April - June
2015 Instagram Year In Review: July - September

Date:   10.2.15
Caption: The new Search & Destroy shirts hot off the press! Haha
Geo-tag:  Search & Destroy
User-tag: @kenntawatanabe
Additional Comment:  They went there.

Date:   10.4.15
Caption: IKEA on a Sunday is murder.
Tags:  #chucky #childsplay
Geo-tag:  IKEA Brooklyn
Additional Comment:  This kid is the real life Chucky.

Date:   10.10.15
Caption: Like a kid in a candy store...
Geo-tag:  It’s Candy
User-tag: @tarela
Additional Comment: Tarela loves candy.

A video posted by Eby Ghafarian (@elasticback) on
Date:   10.12.15
Caption: Abbreviated version of a 1.5 min clip I made for @hdofnyc called Why I Ride. #hdofnyc Filmed by @dmitrybrylev Full video on my tumblr (link in profile) and Facebook.
Geo-tag:  Harley Davidson Tribeca
Additional Comment:  I spent a lot of time editing this footage Dima filmed for me. You can see the full video here. It was for contest to possibly win a new motorcycle, but they didn’t get enough entries and canceled the contest.

Date:   10.13.15
Caption: My dawg is a cat.
Tags:  #Orion
Geo-tag:  Da Lower Eastside
Additional Comment:  I’m kinda his nanny actually…

A video posted by Eby Ghafarian (@elasticback) on
Date:   10.23.15
Caption: @prizefighterny in Tokyo video is up over at @vhsmag, go check it! Here are a couple of the maneuvers I did.
Geo-tag:  Japan Tokyo
Additional Comment: You can see the full video here.

Date:   10.24.15
Caption: Making skate spots with #JHAKX belts... Thanks @morishitayuuki
Additional Comment:  This actually worked…got a clip.

A video posted by Eby Ghafarian (@elasticback) on
Date:   10.31.15
Caption: I present to you all, my 2015 Halloween in profile. Filmed by @dmitrybrylev and skating by myself and @leothelipski
Geo-tag:  New York, New York
Additional Comment:  See full video here.

Date:   11.5.15
Caption: Some clips from Japan in the new @toriotoko_____ clip. Repost from @kingpinmag
Additional Comment:  My homies in Japan called this the Eby jump. You can see the full Toriotoko clip here.

Date:   11.6.15
Caption: Issue 2 of @stoopsmag is being printed now. Release party very soon...special thanks to everyone involved.
Tags:  #allenying
User-tag: @stoopsmag
Additional Comment: I put out the second issue of Stoops. Overdue but people seemed hyped on it.

Date:   11.16.15
Caption: When you get to the sold-out @actuallygrimes show just before it starts and it's standing room only but nowhere to stand...
Geo-tag:  TERMINAL 5
User-tag: @heyemilieschwenk
Additional Comment:  My new go-to at Terminal 5…

A video posted by Eby Ghafarian (@elasticback) on
Date:   11.23.15
Caption: Check the new @kcdcskateshop clip "friends section" (link in profile) ft. @stillweii @nitrohydro @skeenan_f @bogdamnit @walls1 @essy_munsta and myself...
Geo-tag:  KCDC Skateshop
Additional Comment:  I opened up the KCDC video. See the fullvideo here.

A video posted by Eby Ghafarian (@elasticback) on
Date:   11.28.15
Caption: Night sesh with @dmitrybrylev ... first time skating here since Deerman of Dark Woods @barrierkult was in town.
Additional Comment:  This barrier is actually pretty hard to skate but I filmed a trick I was going back for on it after these warm-up tricks.

Date:   12.3.15
Caption: pt.2
Tags:  #whiskeydick #hetried #theyentertainedthemselves #disappointment #heblewit
Additional Comment:  This was the second part of two photos I posted of this incident where a dude totally blew it on an attempted 3-way with two girls. I have video too but didn’t post. He drank way too much whiskey and couldn’t get it up.

Date:   12.5.15
Caption: No shirt, no shoes, extra service...
Additional Comment:  This woman decided to take her shirt and bra off and sing a few songs. Eventually she put her bra back on and stayed like that until she got too much attention from people walking by, haha.

Date:   12.5.15
Caption: Chill day in the Chi with @mdfilms
Geo-tag:  Chicago, Illinois
Additional Comment:  I took a gamble by going to Chicago in early December, but I found super cheap tickets and went for it. Luckily the weather ended up being really nice, in the 50s and sunny! Mark let me stay with him.

Date:   12.9.15
Caption: Shout out to all my friends in Chicago for skating with me for the last few days. @thesteffenitionofwatts @under_ceej @brett_weinstein @schmoldt_enterprises @mdfilms etc (Nico, Shawn, Gamma, Hupp...)
Geo-tag:  Chicago Midway International Airport
Additional Comment:  It was fun skating with my friends in Chicago, including a couple new ones. Brett was out of town most of the time but got in the night before I left so I got to skate with him too!

Date:   12.15.15
Caption: One of a couple photos of me in the @amigoskatecuba article @emmy_park shot for @the_garment_district_journal. Happy to be heading back to Havana in 3 weeks...
Additional Comment:  Hyped to be heading back to Cuba next week.

A video posted by Eby Ghafarian (@elasticback) on
Date:   12.17.15
Caption: Sing Sing not only has karaoke...but now slides also! Note me seeing it happen but then walking away, haha.
Additional Comment: Victoria: “You’re so foul.” Mori: “Your work is hard!! Because always abnormal”

Date:  12.25.15
Caption: Beach Day.
Geo-tag:  Sea Isle in Galveston
User-tag: @heyemilieschwenk
Additional Comment:  We went to Galveston Island in Texas for Christmas, spending a week there with Emilie’s family (her parents just moved there). It was foggy the whole time, but Galveston is a super chill town.

A video posted by Eby Ghafarian (@elasticback) on
Date:   12.27.15
Caption: Finding chill skate spots on the island and getting my girlfriend to film me. Still cloudy, currently raining.
Geo-tag:  Galveston, Texas
Additional Comment:  I didn’t get to skate too much on the trip because of the weather and family time without a separate car, but we did make a few stops here and there to do some. Emilie filmed these. The first spot is a helipad. I really want to go back to it and film more legit tricks…

Date:   12.29.15
Caption: Photo from the Brooklyn Invitational in September shot by @jamesstonephoto ...more photos in his profile link.
Geo-tag:  Root Studios

Happy New Year!!! Here's to the good times to come. Follow me on Instagram for real-time updates. @elasticback or @stoopsmag.

2015 Instagram Year In Review: July - September

Cutting it close with this late post of the 3rd part of my 2015 Instagram Year in Review: April - June.

Previous post:
2015 Instagram Year In Review: January - March
2015 Instagram Year In Review: April - June

Date:   7.1.15
Caption: A pile of hearts on Mott St at midnight last night.
Tags:  #chinatown
Additional Comment:  Sometimes I hate where I live. :(

Date:   7.2.15
Caption: Finally got to skate the new park in Williamsburg yesterday. 50-50 shot by @c.jaramillo_
Geo-tag:  50 Kent
Additional Comment:  The temporary Nike skatepark in Williamsburg was pretty fun, got a little pop back this day.

Date:   7.7.15
Caption: Darnell is my friend. I like that about him.
User-tag: @_darnellscott_
Additional Comment:  Someone randomly shot a photo of Darnell standing on this phone booth from across the street and a mutual friend tagged us in it. Should have saved it, haha.

Date:   7.7.15
Caption: @northskatemag ran a photo I shot of Eric Koston on Go Skate Day 2014.
Geo-tag:  LES skate park
User-tag: @erickoston @nikesb @northskatemag
Additional Comment:  This angle has been used to shoot photos at the park many times since, but I don’t recall anyone else shooting any skate photos at the park prior. You have to climb under the bridge to get it.

Date:   7.14.15
Tags:  #ruffryda
Geo-tag:  Williamsburg Bridge
User-tag: @heyemilieschwenk
Additional Comment:  Emilie put in a lot of practice while waiting for the next available date to take the class for her license.

Date:   7.17.15
Caption: This hill is the worst. Second attempts are chill tho.
Tags:  #dumpedbothourbikes
User-tag: @stephenmmarino
Additional Comment:  Went camping and they told us to follow them on their 4-wheeler to our site, but didn’t tell us about this quick turn to super-steep, rocky mountain face we had to climb. Neither of us expected it and we were not going nearly fast enough around the corned to climb it with our street tired. We both dumped our bikes and it was a pain getting them back started and up the hill from the middle. This was Steve’s second attempt after rolling down to get his bike started.

Date:   7.17.15
Tags:  #airbnb
User-tag: @stephenmmarino
Additional Comment:  We went upstate to the NY-PA boarder for a bachelor party/camping trip for Alex Porta. No phone service/internet. It was chill.

Date:   7.18.15
Caption: Boys day out…
User-tag: @kyleiles @aporta @rickysprinkles @stephenmmarino
Additional Comment:  What better way to end your bachelorhood than floating down the Delaware River with your dudes?

Date:   7.22.15
Caption: Paul is street legal now! Bi-Boro Bike Tour.
Geo-tag:  Williamsburg Bridge
User-tag: @mlohaesluap
Additional Comment:  The roomie decided to get his motorcycle license too! Itching to ride after, we let him take Emilie’s bike for a ride.

A video posted by Eby Ghafarian (@elasticback) on
Date:   7.27.15
Caption: Check @jono_film 's profile for the link to the promo for his video Still Cruizen, which is coming out in December. I got some footy in it.
Tags:  #stillcruizen #jonosinclair #nyc #havana #cuba #skateboarding
Additional Comment:  The video recently premiered, looking forward to seeing it soon.

Date:   7.28.15
Caption: New addition to the squad! Paul got himself a Harley too... '03 Sportster (center).
User-tag: @mlohaesluap @elasticback @heyemilieschwenk
Additional Comment:  I helped find this bike on Craigslist in Jersey…and it was a really good deal. Super nice bike. Paul was hyped.

Date:   7.31.15
Caption: The dopest show!
Tags:  #marilynmanson
Geo-tag:  Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
User-tag: @marilynmanson
Additional Comment:  This was the best show I’ve been to. I’ve been wanting to go to a Marilyn Manson show since I was in middle school and finally make it happen. The Smashing Pumpkins also headlined this show! Both performances were amazing.

Date:   8.2.15
Caption: Shout out to @_darnellscott_ @heyemilieschwenk @mlohaesluap for making the trek out to Pennsylvania today for cliff jumping, rope swinging, and rock sliding.
Tags:  #peacerock

Date:   8.3.15
Caption: Selfies at 70(mph). @heyemilieschwenk @mlohaesluap
Additional Comment:  Emilie officially got her motorcycle license so we decided to take a trip to PA to get her and Paul their highway legs. They killed it.

Date:   8.6.15
Caption: Emilie.
User-tag: @heyemilieschwenk
Additional Comment:  Look at this biker babe.

Date:   8.8.15
Caption: Found this baby #kestrel bouncing off moving cars in Chinatown.
Additional Comment:  I was working on the motorcycles in this intersection and saw this bird flailing around in the intersection and ran out into traffic to try and save him.

Date:   8.8.15
Caption: Okay, last one. He made a friend, another young #kestrel brought in recently. Scope their mouse friend playing in the bowl. I think it's playing dead...
Geo-tag:  Wild Bird Fund, Inc.
Additional Comment:  I took him up to the Wild Bird Fund on the Upper Westside (where I have taken birds before). After getting checked out, he was put in with another young kestrel that was brought in recently to recoup. The Wild Bird Fund is a great place that relies heavily on donations for support, which I gave, of course.

Date:   8.9.15
Tags:  #happilyeverporta
Geo-tag:  Full Moon Resort
User-tag:  @aporta @okduhwhatever
Additional Comment:  Alex and Lacie went and got hitched upstate in the Catskills.

A video posted by Eby Ghafarian (@elasticback) on
Date:   8.10.15
Caption: Went to a chill swimming hole in the Catskills today.
Tags:  #happilyeverporta
User-tag: @randommountain
Additional Comment:  This place was called Peekamouse. The water was freeeeeeeezing.

Date:   8.10.15
Caption: Ran into @stephenmmarino & @jeremysco on the highway en route to the Porta wedding yesterday. Jeremy took this.
Additional Comment:  We were supposed to leave together but things didn’t work out. Ended up running into each other on the way anyway…

Date:   8.12.15
Caption: Virginia Beach bound with Emilie. Currently in Philly.
Additional Comment:  Off to another wedding. This is Emilie’s first big road trip on the motorcycle. The trip to PA was a warm-up for this. After a pretty bad start with her battery dying multiple times before we left the city, she killed it the rest of the way.

A video posted by Eby Ghafarian (@elasticback) on
Date:   8.13.15
Caption: Emilie at eighty. Fires in the sky and liquid lights...
Geo-tag:  Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Additional Comment:  At the last leg of the trip, Emilie was finally comfortable with the ride and started opening up her throttle.

Date:   8.16.15
Caption: My sister got married today and I got a creeper angle, since (ironically) being in the wedding party means you get the worst view.
Geo-tag:  First Landing State Park
User-tag: @catin3hat
Additional Comment:  My sister got married on the beach to a super chill dude.

A video posted by Eby Ghafarian (@elasticback) on
Date:   8.16.15
Caption: My dad bellydancing again...
Geo-tag:  City of Virginia Beach

Date:   8.16.15
Caption: Squad! North Carolina bound with my Aunt Linda and Emilie.
Additional Comment:  My aunt rode her Road King up to VA for the wedding, so we accompanied her back down to the mountains of NC. She’s the one that originally got me psyched on Harley’s when I was a kid; she’s been riding them for over 40 years.

Date:   8.17.15
Caption: It's a family affair. My aunt refused to let me leave her mountain without cleaning my bike first and having Emilie's bike checked out.
Geo-tag:  Union Mills, North Carolina
Additional Comment:  I woke up to my aunt cleaning my bike. She got all her grand kids in on it too, haha.

Date:   8.17.15
Caption: My braids at the Cherokee Reservation are totally like "when in Jamaica..."
Geo-tag:  Cherokee Indian Reservation
Additional Comment:  I haven’t been to the reservation since I was a kid. Things are really different but still pretty cool.

Date:   8.17.15
Caption: No service in the Smokies.
Geo-tag:  Great Smokey Mountains
User-tag: @heyemilieschwenk
Additional Comment:  Looking forward to going back…

Date:   8.18.15
Caption: The few moments of sunlight that crept in today. Been trapped by the rain, making a run north in the morning if the rain holds out...
Geo-tag:  Union Mills, North Carolina
User-tag: @heyemilieschwenk

Date:   8.19.15
Caption: The rain has been nipping at our heels since dusk and finally caught up.
Tags:  #somewhereinvirginia
User-tag: @heyemilieschwenk
Additional Comment:  It rained on us most of way back to NYC from NC. :(

A video posted by Eby Ghafarian (@elasticback) on
Date:   8.23.15
Caption: When your bike light isn't charged and you need to ride home, but work at a karaoke bar with glow glasses and glow wands... @mort3kai
Geo-tag:  Sing Sing Ave.A
Additional Comment:  It died before he got home, haha.

Date:   9.8.15
Caption: Beach (B/D)ae!
Geo-tag:  Fort Tilden
User-tag: @heyemilieschwenk
Additional Comment:  Squeezing out as many beach days as we can.

A video posted by Eby Ghafarian (@elasticback) on
Date:   9.10.15
Caption: Um, that's not how you sing karaoke...
Additional Comment:  People like doing it in karaoke rooms.

A video posted by Eby Ghafarian (@elasticback) on
Date:   9.10.15
Caption: The sequel. The 'ol microphone in my pants trick.
Additional Comment:  “What song were they singing?” “Partition” by Beyonce. “Driver, roll up the partition, please. You don’t want to see Yonce on her knees..." or maybe "Lollipop" by Lil' Wayne?

Date:   9.14.15
Caption: Parks close at dusk...
Geo-tag:  Staten Island, New York
User-tag: @leothelipski @hityouoffmanagement
Additional Comment:  Night filming mission in SI for Paul Young’s video Bleach. You can see it here.

Date:   9.17.15
Caption: Sup?
Geo-tag:  Art Book Fair At Moma Ps1
Additional Comment:  My favorite thing I saw at the Art Book Fair.

Date:   9.19.15
Caption: They forgot their's chill tho.
Tags:  #greasemonkeyblockparty
Geo-tag:  Indian Larry Motorcycles
Additional Comment:  I went to Indian Larry’s Block Party and the Brooklyn Invitational and these dudes showed up on their “choppers.” Haha.

Date:   9.19.15
Caption: Electra-glide?
Tags:  #electraglide #greasemonkeyblockparty
Geo-tag:  Indian Larry
Additional Comment: One of my favorite bikes…

Date:   9.19.15
Caption: Werkin (it) hard...
Tags:  #themissfires
Geo-tag:  Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show
User-tag: @heyemilieschwenk
Additional Comment:  Portraits at the Invitational. You cansee more here.

Date:   9.22.15
Caption: When you find a chill spot in the forest on accident...
User-tag: @leothelipski
Additional Comment:  On the way upstate we randomly pulled off to find a place to pee in the woods. I rode up a bit further than the rest to turn my motorcycle around and found this!

Date:   9.23.15
Caption: Basically a bald eagle. #america @chriszack
Geo-tag:  Manhattan Bridge

A video posted by Eby Ghafarian (@elasticback) on
Date:   9.29.15
Caption: Set this up at the Nike Park yesterday. Filmed by Angel @mr.fisheye
Geo-tag:  50 Kent

Additional Comment:  Last day of the Nike park before they tore it out to build some new condos.

October through December coming soon. Stay tuned. Follow me on Instagram for real-time updates. @elasticback or @stoopsmag.