Photo Journal: Etnies Atlanta
Bringing Heat and Broken Feet.
Words and photos by Andrew White
There were no riots in Atlanta, though while bringing up unexpected events there was a plane crash the day after we left. It hit the stretch of highway we took on our daily commute to caffeine and spots. Other than that, it was straightforward. Etnies planned a ten day trip in Atlanta so Nathan, Aaron, and Chase could continue filming for the long-term Chapters video. It was the usual Econoline trip as I like to think of them.
Wait at the van before 11AM.
Where should we get food?
I don’t know, maybe ask a local.
I want to go to that spot for sure.
Think we’ll get kicked out?
I mean, I’ll eat Chipotle again.
Whose trash is on the floor?
I need to stop for water.
What’s the weather looking like?
It’s actually back the other way, sorry.
I think I’m just gonna chill tonight.
We’ve done this trip. All of the invited have been to Atlanta many times. Been on etnies trips together many times. Clocked clips for Will’s video camera, been photographed for the magazine. Stayed in a non-descript hotel just far enough out from the city that the rates are cheap but the surrounding strip still decent. Held back on some nights to be worthwhile the next day, let loose on others when the day’s accomplishments warranted. Ate enough breakfast to hold over till dinner, most days being the last table before the chairs are put up and floors swept. Dealt with the distance from home by becoming slave to the device.
What completely slices the buzz of these BMX footage missions though, is the camaraderie and nonstop interaction between the crew. Through the background noise is a constant bullshitting between everyone. It’s incredible. Really no different from anything you’re used to with your crew. Discussing the latest video, talking shit about what that guy’s doing wrong, obsessing over how this guy’s untouchable, girls, home life, observations, aspirations, etc. It’s the intangible that makes these excursions so great. And having Chase in a van will ensure constant entertainment.
To sum up, Nathan destroyed Atlanta, Aaron broke his foot early on (though still filmed and shot more photos afterward), and Chase rode well, though not up to his standards as the winter lag hadn’t fully thawed. On to the next one! - AW
To sum up, Nathan destroyed Atlanta...
...ate enough breakfast to hold over till dinner, most days being the last table before the chairs are put up and floors swept.
“I’M OUT OF THE COMPETITION ERA AND INTO THE BARBECUE ERA.”
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