COLDSMOKE CHRONICLES: IRELAND

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MODERN NATIVE HUNTING CABINS

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With images that feel thoughtful and observant rather than prying or exploitative, photographer Eirik Johnson, explores the seasonal hunting cabins of the native Iñupiat in Barrow, Alaska.  The cabins are constructed using found materials along the Chukchi Sea, a marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean.  By photographing these structures in both summer and winter Johnson’s series becomes “a meditation on the passage of time and seasonal shift along the extreme horizon of the Arctic.”

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COLDSMOKE CHRONICLE: ICELAND

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ON THE ROAD WITH COLDSMOKE WINTER FILM TOUR

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2 weeks, 2,200 Miles, 41 hours behind the wheel,  five states, one province, three mountain ranges, gallons of beer, tons of new friends, and countless memories. Needless to say, the Coldsmoke Winter Film Tour was a blast. Thanks to everyone who came out, got inspired by the latest winter films, shared the stoke, and picked up some Coldsmoke gear! Its all added up to the Coldsmoke Awards show, January 10th in Bozeman MT, at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture. There’s still time to vote for the people’s choice award and be entered to win a cat skiing trip for two at Powder Mountain, in Whistler, and $1000.

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WINTERTIDE IN WHISTLER

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The boys from KSM collective were given 7 days to shoot and edit a 5-7 minute ski/snowboard film all within 100 km of our second home, Whistler B.C. They called it Wintertide. 

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HIGHLINERS TAKE ON THE FRENCH ALPS

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TIME TO DELIVER

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Justin Kizzart, our very own screen printing wizard, was up in Whistler delivering the Tantalus Guide Jacket to the Powder Mountain Heliskiing guides who inspired them.

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NYC SKATEBOARDING 1965 x LIFE MAGAZINE

Thus did LIFE introduce to the magazine’s readers its own unique (if somewhat shrill) take on a toy that would evolve into the emblem of a singular subculture and, eventually, a lifestyle. Skateboarding, LIFE opened in 1965, is “the most exhilarating and dangerous joyriding device this side of the hot rod. A two-foot piece of wood or plastic mounted on wheels, it yields to the skillful user the excitements of of skiing or surfing. To the unskilled it gives the effect of having stepped on a banana peel while dashing down the back stairs. It is also a menace to limb and even to life.”

Today, when grown men and women make a living (in some cases, a very nice living) inking endorsement deals and competing at skateboard tourneys around the globe; when skateboard video games sell millions of copies; when skateboarders like Tony Hawk and Marisa Dal Santo (and their winter doppelgangers, snowboarders like Shaun White and Gretchen Bleiler) are stars who not so much straddle sport and pop culture as transcend both; when industries (clothing, gear, skateboard park construction) have grown as the appeal of the sport has exploded — today, it’s difficult to imagine a time not that long ago when skateboarding was so new, so absolutely marginal, that a major national magazine could safely assume that  at least some of its millions of readers had absolutely no clue what skateboarding entailed … or what a skateboard was.

Here, LIFE.com looks back at the early, thrillingly anarchic days of a quintessentially American sport and pastime that, over the years, has been embraced by millions around the world while still, somehow, retaining its rebel cred.

Skateboarding, as the old saying has it, is not a crime. But as these pictures show, riding a deck can feel criminally fun.

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DARK SIDE OF THE LENS

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I never set out to become anything in particular, only to live creatively and push the scope of my experience for adventure and for passion… The raw brutal cold coastlands for the right waveriders to challenge – this is where my heart beats hardest…

At Coldsmoke we cherish creative individuals who push the boundaries of human capability in the world’s most challenging elemental conditions.

Meet Irish surf photographer Mickey Smith in this brief yet resounding visual poem Dark Side of the Lens. As Smith reflects on a life lived in dangerous intimacy with the North Atlantic coastline, his words pull us like the light of the majestic imagery he photographs, back through the camera’s lens into the being of the artist himself.  In only six minutes we come to understand how an entire life is physical and philosophically formed by the elements in which it is lived.

Smith’s life and work is an example of the coldsmoke edict, “become one with your environment” as he curates treacherous beauty into images that are shared with those of us less daring, but no less inspired.

 
 

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CLIMBING PINNIS VALLEY

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Unless you speak German, you won’t understand what these guys are saying, but judging by their goal of ice-climbing 8 frozen waterfalls in one day, it’s probably lunatic babble anyway. Nevertheless, these stunning visuals are not to be missed. Watch Guido Unterwurzacher and Christian Hechenberger attempt to climb the icefalls of Pinnis Valley – in one day.

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WORKING FOR THE MAN? LIVE VICARIOUSLY THROUGH THE VAN

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While resisting the 9-5 grind for over a decade and travelling all over the world, living vicariously through other people’s travel images isn’t something I’ve felt compelled to do.  But now that I’ve joined the ranks of the gainfully employed, it’s become a mild addiction, as painful as it is pleasurable.

To appease and prod my pain, I’ve started following Foster Huntington’s blog Van-Life and instagram. It’s mildly comforting to know that I’m one of more than 720,000 followers, most of whom like me, are parked in front of a computer screen rather than in a personalized hybrid van/truck/home at one of the remote and wondrous locations he’s snapped during the years he’s spent travelling since quitting his NYC design job.

Check out Foster Huntington’s lusty (wanderlusty that is) images featured in the new Monsterchildren #41 that Coldsmoke helped inaugurate last weekend in Vancouver.

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SPACES&PLACES

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Mark Bramley’s pictures raise a feeling of desolation. In each picture there are obvious clues that indicate mankind was here someday, but they seem long gone. The places where Bramley (UK) takes his photos seem to concentrate in the USA. His style is peculiar. Although people could always be around the corner, he never tends to focus on them. Instead, empty landscapes or objects tell the story humans don’t.

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VIEW THE ALPS VIA THE EYE OF AN EAGLE

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For their Most Innovative Companies 2014 issue, Fast Company assigned Nick Meek to the GoPro. In classic Meek style, Nick set off to the alps to photograph an eagle wearing a GoPro camera, a reenactment of a video-gone-viral last year exemplifying the limitlessness of this hot new device. View them in his gallery in addition to some of our favorite cold weather themed landscape shots from his collection.

 

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STASH ‘#VISUALMAINTENANCE’ PRESENTED BY LEICACRAFT

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LeicaCraft presented a really great photo exhibition by one of the all-time legends in the world of graffiti, Stash. Stash is a really prolific all around artist. He’s worked on some incredible projects throughout the years with brands such as Nike and Reebok, including his own brand, Subware; and in addition to possessing incredible skills with spray paint, he’s pretty handy with a camera. LeicaCraft put together a great visual representation of his abilities with a Leica that is being exhibited at their LA store off of Beverly. In case you can’t make it, check out our photo gallery for a recap.

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