Work and Progress

October 3, 2011

Rolling City A Graphic Short in Blockprints Vol 6. Frame to Frame

Frame to Frame

In the 19th century Eadweard Muybridge’s scientific approach to photography made the study of movement observable in a frame-to-frame photograph. His investigation of movement changed how the world understood the body in motion and became a pre-curser to moving pictures (cinema). Muybridge’s aesthetic allowed my generation the experience of  moving pics on paper.

More importantly, the sequential photograph of the 80’s made magazines much more realistic and captivating for me as a kid.

I can remember skate magz, like Thrasher, would put out a feature spot w/ a professional skateboarder doing a Step By Step trick.  This was hard gotten information in a society before Google and YouTube, and the step by step, wasn’t only used in skateboard magazines.

For a moment, my brother was a Ninji-tsu student in the alleyway adjacent to our apartment complex. There, he studied his monthly tutorials put out in Black Belt and Karate (KaratAY!) magazines.


As a chubby kid any hand-plant or hand-stand trick sucked for me. I benefitted from  what were known as “lip tricks”: ollies, kick flips , nose picks, boneless plants, 50/50 grinds, slides… you know… tricks that had little to do with gravity.

Shelly: “Boneless Plant”

“The Crail Snatcher”  was one of those gravity street tricks, I was horrible at. In 1986, pro-skater, Eric Dressen, came out in a June Thrasher Magazine, teaching the world of street skating how to do a Crail Snatch.

it was a wall ride that required the skater to #1.  Ollie into/up the wall. #2. Once on the wall, use it as leverage to pull the board toward your torso w/ feet. #3.  In the moment before gravity pulled you back down, take your off-hand and pull the board away from the wall. Then #4. Land with feet on the board.  Easy in the hands of a pro skater.

I could never pull it off.  But I knew some one who could, and I recall the moment he did it.

Richard: Crail Snatch

For days Richard practiced.  Over and over.. falling… bailing…Crashing!  Until he finally stuck it. And when he did,  he could virtually do it on anything and everything……..walls, park benches, the sides of taco trucks. Richard was performing this trick flawlessly and with technique and height to back it up. He did it as good as I’d ever seen anyone do it including the skater in the magazine that taught it to him.

Stay tuned…..

Text and original block-print Images © by Sergio Teran

Rolling City Vol.1

Rolling City Vol. 2

Rolling City vol.3

Rolling City Vol. 4

Rolling City Vol.5

Rolling City Vol 6.5


  1. Awesome work and interesting post! This year I’m studying history of art (among other things), so thank you. I will remember Muybridge’s name! 🙂

    Comment by dontchawannadream — October 9, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

    • Thank you Cha. Are you in art school…sounds fun.

      Comment by Work and Progress — October 10, 2011 @ 1:50 am

      • Actually I want to become a tour guide/interpreter, so I need to learn many different things first… like history of art. Thanks for commenting on my blog!

        Comment by dontchawannadream — October 10, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

  2. Oh! that makes sense. I mean Your subject matter and the traveling. Very cool. My last post is a graphic short I do about every month called Rolling City and its images that I make in the studio from blockprints and its about pop culture and skateboarding in the 1980’s seen through the eyes of a 11yr old.

    Comment by Work and Progress — October 10, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

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