Excerpt from The Creative Lives - "Passionate and humble, John Trippe created a website to share his photos and art in 2000, what ended up happening was the creation and curation of a successful art sharing template that would inspire an entire movement online. John moved to San Francisco to pursue skateboarding and art. Before long he was publishing his own art 'zine called Fecal Face, and when digital publishing when in its infancy he released fecalface.com. The website would go on to spread art across 50,000 unique visitors a day and inspire generations on how you can adapt to do what you love on your own terms. Fecal Face celebrated it's 10 Year anniversary at The Luggage Store Gallery, a location he had been inspired by as a young art fan in San Francisco. In this episode we follow John as prepare for the blowout group show and reflect on the website's past and future."
I spent most of my time behind the camera, but here's a little footage of me in front of it skating around the streets of San Francisco in the late 90s.
*Random interesting facts: Josh Kalis did the filming at Hubba, and I was on crutches for 3 months after that ankle break.
Fecal Face is an art and culture site that has been showcasing street art, painting, design, video and more. Since 2001, John Trippe and his global contributors have been discovering and promoting unique and emerging artists.
The Hundreds did a feature on Deluxe Distribution where I'm the ECommerce Manager. It's an incredible privilege to be working at one of skateboard's legendary companies. I grew up idolizing this place and all that it stood for. Never imagined I would be coming and going everyday helping to contribute everyday.
One thing I love about traveling is getting a chance to link up with people you respect. While up in SF on a trip, I had the chance to visit Mickey Reyes and Jim Thiebaud and the rest of the good people of Deluxe Distribution, who house such brands as Real, Krooked, Anti-Hero, Spitfire, and Thunder, to name a few. Coming from a skate background, you could understand the excitement I felt to pay a visit to their HQ. I love getting a glimpse into different working environments, especially when it is a group of individuals who truly love what they do and who they work with.
Through the past couple of years, I have admired and looked up to the work ethics of Mickey and Jim. The positivity they give back towards the community of skateboarding is simply awesome as well as inspiring. In this day and age, with skateboarding becoming more and more corporate every other day, it’s great to know that behind such rad brands there remains a solid core. Coming from a time when skating made you an outcast, there were amazing pros, but no lucrative shoe deals or energy drink sponsors. People, back then, did it because they loved it, because it was an outlet, because it gave them a sense of individuality. By the time I left, it was reconfirmed that Deluxe still maintains those feelings to this day. Thank you again, Jim and Mickey, for allowing me to see some “Willy Wonka shit.”
In the late 90s and early 2000s I filmed skateboarding in San Francisco on almost a daily basis for companies like Thrasher, Transworld, 411VM and many others, and every evening, after a long day of filming, I would go through and log the footage and add edit onto VHS tapes so I could watch the footage over and over without wearing out the HI8 tapes (remember analog?).
I’ve been slowly going through these VHS tapes and posting some of the footage up on YouTube.com/c/JohnTrippe/ - There are some gems in there highlighting a time and place in San Francisco’s skate scene.