I really think Chad Muska is an interesting person, and he's always involved with a lot of different projects, whether it's making music or designing clothes and shoes. I've been trying to shoot some kind of video with him for a long time, like a "day in a life" story or some kind of short skate video, but the both of us have always been busy and our paths never crossed—until this past summer, that is.
One day, I was surfing the Internet, looking at photos on Instagram, and that’s when I noticed Chad was posting pictures of some art project he'd started working on. It caught my attention right away. I started asking some of my friends about Chad and fired off a few text messages asking him what’s going on, but he wasn’t responding. Then one night I ran into Chad at the local watering hole and that’s when I put him on the spot, asking him what he’s up to. We both ordered some drinks and soon he was sharing his vision with a lot of enthusiasm and passion and he invited me to come over and check out the space. Chad started laughing and mentioned that maybe we could shoot that the video I’d been asking about after all this time.
So I finally made it over to Chad’s studio—or the "Flat 425" as he called his workspace—and Paulo Diaz, a friend of Chad’s and legendary skateboarder, was hanging out helping Chad with this project, too. At first Chad wasn’t sure if this video idea I’d been pushing for was going to work out. I guess he’s sensitive about peoples' energy, and if you kind of bug him he’ll just ask you to leave. But after the first night of the three of us hanging out, he knew I was going to work out—or at least that’s what he told me.
Originally I'd wanted to film Chad for a few days and then just edit the video and put it out, but after a few times hanging around the studio and noticing what was going on I decided to keep filming throughout the entire summer. I felt like I was capturing what I would call some really good “moments of madness”, and they happened frequently. I felt if I kept this up, I would eventually have a better video to edit.
Now that the video is finished, I’ve been looking back and thinking about the time I spent hanging with Chad over the summer. I had a lot fun and it was inspiring to see what Chad was pulling together. It caught a lot of peoples' attention, and one of the things that stoked me out during the filming was how Chad would take the time to interact with all the people who would stop by the Flat. That’s when I learned Chad truly is a people person, and he would take the time to share his vision with anyone who walked through the door. It didn’t matter who you were. Chad also brought something positive to the LA art community that not many people can achieve—or even try to achieve. He’s generous like that, and I’m just thankful I was able to document this little moment in time. I learned a few things in the process, and I can’t think of a better way to have spent my time during the summer of 2012.
This video was originally made to help promote Andy Bell's fight against Jason Ellis at the Ellismaina #8. I had finished the video right before the fight was about to happen, and that's when Andy dropped out the event. Leaving me hanging with this video and no reason to put it online. So time has passed and I thought what the hell, let's put this video out so the fans can at least watch it. It's better then sitting in my computer. Who knows, maybe it will inspire the rematch to happen after all.
Video directed by Rick Kosick
There’s a bunch of free pianos placed around Los Angeles right now, and anybody can go up and play them. I guess it’s a way to inspire the public to play music or something. So Gerry Nestler, Donald Andrews and myself happen take advantage of the piano in downtown union station with our cameras. You know what, I think this free piano thing is a good idea, but now I’m waiting for them to put out a free drum set and some electric guitars to play. Now that would be fun.
I remember the day I first met Earl Parker back when I started out working for Big Brother magazine in 1992. The day I showed up for work to get to know everyone—mainly to get some film—that’s when Jeff Tremaine had Earl take me over to South Bay Photo. I couldn’t help but notice that Earl was a little different. When driving in his car to get the film, Earl had made a bong that was attached to the driver side door with a hose that would reach to his mouth, and he would smoke pot while he was driving his car. He would be packing weed, trying to light the bowl, taking hits, and steering his car at the same time. It was crazy! I looked over at him kind of confused and said something like, “Shouldn’t we just wait until we get there to get high?” Not for Earl. When he wanted to do something he pretty much did whatever he felt like doing, which usually was the case because he was a free-spirited individual.
There’s one thing I had in common with Earl: We both shared a passion for photography. Earl would always talk about becoming the master at street photography, like being able to shoot pictures without anyone knowing their picture was being taken. Earl also seemed to have some knowledge about what cameras to use to get the best photo when shooting covert-style.
For some reason though, Earl was never able to keep anything for long. He’s very careless and would always lose everything—even his camera. All that nonsense happened like 20 years ago, but when jackassworld.com was still around, Jeff and I bought Earl a digital camera. When he opened the gift his eyes lit up and was really excited! This was the first camera he’d had in over five years and he was ready to hit the streets again.
I really have no way to describe his shooting style or anyone that I could compare him to, but I know he really likes to take pictures of buildings, street signs, bums sleeping, girls’ behinds, and anything with a lot of color. He also has a good eye for composition and can capture some great images, but he usually ends up burning out and giving up.
When I started filming this short video on Earl it was right before I started making jackass 3D, so I had to stop and put all my energy into making the movie and shelve the project for a while. Now that I have more free time, I’ve decided to open up the files again and finish what I started out to do: Show you the beautiful mind of Earl Parker.