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A Space Between Mediums: The Art of Ngrained, Inc. August 15 2017, 0 Comments

Asymbol very proudly presents “A Space Between Mediums”: The Art of Mark Landvik and James Johnson. As the founders of industry art collective Ngrained Inc., Mark and James utilize mediums and methods that skillfully dance between innovation and tradition . Both of them use art to honor their respective heritages and paths, James by using the ancient Tlingit “form-line” of his ancestors, while Mark continues to broaden and push the wood working skills that he cultivated in his youth. A Space Between Mediums opens on the eve of the Total Eclipse, a fortuitous event that highlights both Mark and James’ vision significantly. Join us August 18th at 7pm for a uniquely Asymbol event that will be nothing short of illuminating!

Alignment: A Collaborative Exhibit March 31 2017, 0 Comments

Alignment - Bryan Iguchi, Jamie Lynn, Schoph
Print Edition's Now Available

In this industry timing and luck make up a huge part of the recipe. When the right people end up in the right place at the same time, magic happens. And magic, like all things made up of smoke, can't be manufactured and it certainly cannot be contained. As luck and timing would have it, three of those magic makers came together in Jackson this February for HMNTR 3, a renegade art exhibit helmed by one of Asymbol's artist, Schoph Schophfield, and HMNTR co-creator, Kyle "Maynerd" Lunneborg.

This years HMNTR had a pretty ridiculous lineup made up of Jamie Lynn, Bryan Iguchi, Iuna Tinta, Forest Bailey, Peter-John de Villiers, Desiree Melancon and of course, both Schoph and Maynerd. Asymbol was extremely honored to host the show and the attending artists at our new Jackson gallery.

That in and of itself was plenty epic. However, all of the artists, photographers and moments aligned to create a week where Jamie, Guch and Schoph had the time and space to collaborate on half a dozen murals and other pieces of art. The result was amazing and productive enough to give birth to its own exhibit, a show that we decided to call, rightfully, Alignment.
Alignment by Bryan Iguchi, Jamie Lynn & Schoph

Independently Schoph, Bryan and Jamie create dynamic and iconic pieces, art that hangs on our walls and covers our boards. But when the three come together, that's when the magic happens. The result was a harmonic mix of earthly elements that weave seamlessly with symbolic and supernatural imagery. These things cannot be forced, they either come together or they don't. And luckily for us, they did.

Every year local snowboard legend Rob Kingwell hosts his JH Snowboard Pow Wow, an industry event that centers around the connection and progression of our sport. The Alignment exhibit seemed like a stellar fit but it was missing something. One of the most interesting parts of the collaborative murals was watching the guys create together.

And again, timing and luck put photographers Andrew Miller, Aaron Blatt, Alex Yoder, Thibaut "Pom" Pomorat and James Sweet in Jackson during the HMNTR show. They did what professionals with cameras do and took a metric ton of photos and video. As we sifted through the process and candid shots of the week it became clear that if we could combine these photos and videos with the murals, we'd have ourselves a proper show.

Like every gallery show we've had, Alignment was more a community affair than typical art show. We were supported by local beer maker Melvin Brewing, Wyoming Whiskey and Beehive Productions. Everything aligned. And the rest is history.

* all photos by Thibaut Pomarat, Andrew Miller and Scott Davidson

" As an artist I know how hard it can be to motivate creativity with in your own work.  Finding that flow state can be tricky but when surrounded by friends who all share the same passion its so much easier to get into the groove.  It was such a rad experience to document Guch, Jamie & Schoph doing their thing each night after shredding. The alignment between these three within their own styles to be able to come together and collaborate on all these art pieces was amazing.  To witness the process and quick transformation of a blank canvas into a finished work of art was mind blowing. The vibe was there and it was hard not to feed off all that creativity.  Powder and paint where flying all week and it was one of those times and hangs I will remembered forever.”  

-Andrew Miller

Legacy of Disruption : The Story March 24 2016, 0 Comments

Legacy of Disruption

 Purchase works of art from this collection here

Asymbol's 'Legacy of Disruption’ exhibit explores the beating heart of snowboarding through the art, boards and riders who have come to define it.

More than anything, this show is about the intense creativity that continues to flourish within snowboarding culture. A snowboard can be a raw canvas for artistic expression, but this expression isn’t complete until a rider lays down his or her line on the mountain, literally inscribing one’s mark into the snow. 

It’s this connection between board, rider, nature and gravity that gives snowboarding its enduring, rebellious spirit.  

Asymbol Gallery | Sam Mellish

The second week of March in the Asymbol Gallery was a mind blower, a watershed moment if you will. The party started on the tenth with a private exhibition of our newest artist, Schoph Schophfield, and culminated on the 15th with a show of the snowboard art of our past, present and future. The Legacy of Disruption exhibit has been much more than just an art show, it is a lifetime of love and community packaged together for everyone to enjoy.

This event has been a grand collaboration and wouldn’t have happened without the help of many.  Asymbol would like to thank those that went way above and way beyond: Lib Technologies and Mervin MFG, Pete Saari, Hugues Beauchamp, Elf Ellefsen, Travis Rice, Adam Haynes, Alex Yoder, Scott Lenhardt, Dave Costello, Franco Snowshapes, Josh Fisher, Jackson Treehouse, Clayton Curley, Rob Kingwell, Jackson Hole Stillworks and Roadhouse Brewing. You guys rule!

 If you weren’t able to attend, no worries, we had the mega talented Sam Mellish capture the week for your viewing pleasure.  When you're done head on over to the collection and make parts of this epic show yours. Enjoy!

Approaching Storm by Jamie Lynn

2006 Lib Tech Jamie Lynn


"Sometime between ‘06 and ’08 I found a painting of an epic ship battle in a thrift store.  I did a quick review, flipped it vertically, and in my mind I saw a board graphic.  The piece is tattoo influenced, with Japanese style finger waves and a soft color harmony.  It’s peaceful but brooding, which is reflective of the title, Approaching Storm.  I left some of the original gilded frame unfinished as a subtle homage to the original.  And if you look closely you can see a sock puppet in the waves." -- Jamie Lynn

Generously on loan from Elf Ellefsen

Terje Balance Quiver by Mike Parillo

2000 Burton Terje Balance Board Series
Artwork: For Jamil by Mike Parillo

The 2000 Burton Balance board series with artwork designed by Mike Parillo stands as one the most significant graphics to ever grace the snow. Painted in memoriam of a brother taken too soon, For Jamil has done exactly what Parillo intended, kept the spirit of Jamil Khan alive in the hearts of us all. Avid collector Hugues Beauchamp very generously offered up his full Balance Board quiver for Legacy of Disruption, and the impact of all five boards together is beyond description.

Generously on loan from Hugues Beauchamp

Sam Mellish

Nothing brings the community out like free beer and stellar art.


Adam Haynes

2013 Gnu Altered Genetics


I headed out to Colorado last winter to see an old friend. I hadn't seen her in a long time, so we decided to take a road trip to some of her favorite riding spots. One of these was Silverton, which has always been high on my list of places to visit. I flew into Denver, got in the car, and we drove six hours straight to get there in time to ride the next morning.

It was a sunny semi-pow day, but the real jewel was the terrain and vibe of the place itself. I fell in love with the janky old recycled chairlift, the worn-out Phazer snowmobile half-buried in the mud, the hut at the top, and oh—that ridge line.

A few months later I was preparing a number of new paintings for a show in L.A., and I found an old solid piece of wood behind the dumpster at one of my pickin' yards. I knew what I wanted to paint on it the minute I saw it. The old paint, the expressive wood grain—it was perfect for a tribute painting to Silverton. I put all my favorite parts of that day in there. - Adam Haynes

Board generously on loan from Adam Haynes



2016 Lib Tech Banana Magic
Board: ‘Send Your Demons To The Grave’ by Schoph


The 3rd of a series I worked on last year for the first Human Nature Exhibit, an art show that myself and Kyle Maynard curated in Seattle. I wanted to bring my resin work as a series and experiment more with this type of media. The result a series of three, representing the ins and outs of the people around me, including myself and those close to me. The skulls represent the demons that I think in some way everyone has (to some its clear, to some it isn’t), the hands representing the push, the understanding and getting through to where it is good for you. -- Schoph

Generously on loan from Pete Saari/Libtech

 Jamie Whale

1994 Libtech Jamie Lynn “Whale Board”
Artwork: Jamie Lynn

This bad boy is a super rare example of Jamie Lynn’s first pro model for Lib Tech. Now the longest running pro model in snowboard history, the Whale is the board that kicked it all off.

 Board generously on loan from Pete Saari/Libtech

The Postcard - Travis Rice + Tim Tomkinson 2014


A collaboration between two of Wyoming's finest, Travis Rice and Tim Tomkinson alongside the Wyoming Office of Tourism, The Postcard is a tribute to the unique landscapes of our fine state.  This piece is made up of seven different vignettes, all telling a singular story of life in Wyoming.  Tim used his distinctive style, with a nod to the kitsch of postcards and souvenirs, to craft an unmistakable ode to our sprawling landscapes.  Originally created as a graphic for a series of handcrafted boards by Libtech, The Postcard, whether flying high or hanging on a wall, is meant to be seen.   

 Rat Tail - Jamie Lynn

#Passitonproject 2015 : Year of the Rat Tail


For 2015, Asymbol teamed up with the legendary Jamie Lynn in honor of his 20 years as a pro snowboarder to launch #passitonproject 2015, #yearoftherattail in collaboration with Lib Tech. Finally, you can get your hands on this special edition color way.

Left to right: Peter Line D23 Gwar, 1996 Terje Burton Balance 52, 1995 Burton Craig Kelly, 1995 Lib Tech Matt Cummins Pool Skater (story below), 2005 Lib Tech Travis Rice Donkephant (story below).

His board was a ground breaking concept. It spear headed twin tip freestyle snowboarding, it created a genre. To have that kind of a brick in the foundation of snowboarding is truly a special thing. Matt deserves and is owed every ounce of that brick and it’s a big one. Matt and what he stood for and the way he rode and why he rode Lib Tech made me want to ride and be a part of what he stood for as well. Throughout the years having him build such a legacy with his board, he packaged all that awesomeness up, put a nice little bow on it and handed it right off to me and for that I can’t thank him enough. I owe him everything. What I’ve been able to achieve in my career came from Matt Cummins. I don’t think he gets enough credit, so this is the opportunity, Matt, thank you so much brother. - Jamie Lynn

 Travis Rice's Donkephant Board by Quincy Quigg

2005 Lib Tech Travis Rice “Donkephant Board”
Artwork: Quincy Quigg

So the story begins around 2004, I was working in the Mervin mfg. factory laying up skateboards. I had turned in some art, and they used some on skateboards. One day Pete Sarri comes to me and says, "we got this new pro rider Travis Rice and he's got this crazy political snow graphic idea, here's his email.” Since I just rode and skated I didn't pay too much attention to the industry or who was who. I was like ok, I'm going to check out this Travis dudes footage. When I saw him ripping the mountains, and throwing down all these crazy flip variations, I was like: holy shit, dude really kills it. After emailing back and forth for a week with Travis about his graphic I felt like I had a good grasp on the situation. He spoke of elephants (republican) dropping bombs on donkeys(democrat),that were just sniffing each other's asses and not doing much, and little bugs and caterpillars (Green Party) just chilling out smoking the hookah… It was right around the election during the Bush family era and they had already done so much damage to our country and basically the whole world. We really wanted to make a statement through this board graphic, and still have it be fun, because that's what this life is all about. Fun. -- Quincy Quigg

Generously on loan from Dave Castello 

Legacy of Disruption | Sam Mellish

 Limited Edition Legacy Sticker Pack

Bryan Iguchi | Mike Parillo | Schoph | Chris Brunkhart


Ross Powers 2000/2001 by Scott Lenhardt

 2000 Burton Ross Powers, signed by Ross Powers (left)

I really like this graphic. Not only because it was located mainly on the nose of the board (a big no no for TV sponsorship placement), but because it started what would be one of my favorite collaborations to date. Ross and I worked together on five more signature models after this, including the board he rode to win Olympic gold the first year snowboarding was allowed in. That was a big one for me to see. It made my parents very proud. --Scott Lenhardt

From the Asymbol Collection

2001 Burton Ross Powers (right)

When we called Scott to see what he’d like to add to the show it turns out that not only did he do two hundred different boards for Burton but he still had every single one of them and the original art to correspond. That, dear friends, is what one would call a proper lineup.

I painted this in the summer of 2000 in a studio I was renting in Southern VT. It was the second graphic for Ross Powers and we wanted to do something darker with more mood than the first one which had a very scenic Vermont feel with fiery trees and trippy water. I wanted to sneak that graphic from the year before in it somewhere, but other than that I had no ideas for it. I was going nuts trying to come up with something and usually when I'm trying to think, I just stare out the window. There was a street light out there and at night the bats would come out and I would watch them swoop around and eat the bugs. I guess that's where the idea came from to paint a bat carrying a severed head of a mutant that was eating the board from the year before. --Scott Lenhardt

Generously on loan from Scott Lenhardt


Sam Mellish

1965 Snurfer signed by Sherman Poppin

This Snurfer, built in 1965 and signed by Sherman Poppin himself, is an artifact of snowboarding’s roots. Before there was Burton or Sims or Winterstick, there was the humble Snurfer.

Generously on loan from Mikey Franco/Franco Snowshapes

Iuna Tinta - Roxy

2016 Roxy Radiance
Artwork: Iuna Tinta

I started working with Roxy Snowboarding back in 2013. At the time I was living on Vancouver Island, far away from my Swiss origin. It was the first big job I got within the snowboard industry and also as a fully self employed artist – what a start. I wanted to include a bit of my own story into this project, as I knew this was something I would always remember. So I came up with a concept around colorful mountains, that were all located back home. The black outlines and silouette-like trees are heavily inspired by traditional Swiss paper cut and folk art.

The following model was then more focusing on free-riding and the natural playground within snowy trees.

The first model in 14/15 was at the same time the very first time the mountains emerged in my work. One could say that with this project everything kicked off. -- Iuna TInta

From the Asymbol Collection

2010 Lib Tech Attack Banana



Like all mountain ranges the Tetons seem to sit unmoving and indifferent to the human condition. Looming like Mordor in the distance these jagged peaks do crazy things to people. The Tetons sit quietly while we paint them, climb them, photograph them, worship them or any combination there of. Easily one of our most iconic pieces, Mike Parillo’s Red Tetons looms large. Just try to look away...

Generously on loan from Pete Saari/Libtech

Franco Snowshapes

Franco Snowshapes

I've spent 26 years in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I've been fortunate to watch snowboarding evolve in its own soulful way, uninterrupted by the terrain park style that dominated every big resort in the world. Big lines, backcountry pow laps and the artful expression of free riding have always been at the heart of Jackson Hole and its riders. It's what we do here.

I decided to start shaping boards after a season-ending injury that happened shortly after landing in Tokyo years ago. THis is when I met Taro Tomai, the founder of the legendary Japanese brand Gentemstick. This meeting changed my life. The beauty, the curves, the finish and the intentional design of Taros shapes was what I had been looking for for a long, long time. This is what snowboarding was destined to be, I thought. At that moment I had a new mission: to bring the Gentem style of "snowsurf" to the U.S., only with a uniquely American take and an American made board.

From Japan I headed home to begin a lifelong pursuit of shaping snowboards. I began my apprenticeship under the guidance of Michael Parris and Mot Gatehouse of the infamous Igneous Ski Factory in Jackson Hole. After training four years under Michaels's guidance, I set out on my own. I now design, shape, and finish my boards at the Maiden Factory, also located in Jackson Hole.

Generously on loan Mikey Franco, Founder & Shaper 

 Schoph Originals

They Have Gold in their Eyes; They Speak a Language of Lies (left), The Wise Man And the Fool (right)


Bryan Iguchi Arbor

2016 Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Model, signed by Bryan Iguchi
Artwork: Bryan Iguchi


Inspired by the graphic that I did for the Jackson Hole Snowboarder Mag. The art for the board was derived from the natural process of nature, following the hydrological cycle and the landscape around me. It is always amazing to work with Arbor, they are incredibly open to new ideas and very supportive of the artistic side of board making. -
- Bryan Iguchi

Generously on loan from Bryan Iguchi

 Ian Walsh (Walsh Brothers)

The Walsh brothers flew all the way from Hawaii to view the exhibit (or at least that's what we are telling ourselves).


2014 Libtech TRS (right)
Artwork: Carl E. Smith


Carl E. Smith is a master of symbolism, a creator of mind bending imagery and a wildly dedicated promoter of all art. The 2014 TRS board is a stunning riot that shows how one must, as Carl says, “confront death in order to see life.”

Generously on loan from Pete Saari/Libtech

Mike Parillo | Travis Rice

2009 Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro Model


1. The natural sequence through which water passes into the atmosphere as water vapor, precipitates to earth in liquid or solid form, and ultimately returns to the atmosphere through evaporation.

Board generously on loan from Travis Rice

Jamie Lynn

2007 Lib Tech Jamie Lynn


This graphic has undoubtedly become as iconic in snowboarding as the artist and legend himself. The use of negative space and his cat Cole in this piece have, in his words, made it one of his all time favorite board graphics. This is Jamie at his best, with elegant curves, a subject matter that's easy on the eyes, his straightforward approach, and vibrant color.

From the Asymbol Collection


Gentem Stick

Original Gentemstick designed by Taro Tamai in 1998


The shape is the most essential factor in board design. The beauty of snowboard design is to create an ideal three-dimensional curve resulting from a harmonizing outline, bottom-line and the actual warping of the board when riding it. Gentem's commitment is to create a shape that allows a smooth and stable ride whether in powder or on packed snow. In order to realize this concept, they have adopted classical designs, such as swallowtails, which were already established in the '70s, and modern designs driven by their own experiences. The core wood is made of a combination of soft maple, bass wood and walnut. 

 Generously on loan from Alex Yoder

From start to finish the Legacy show has been a dream come true. The depth of our community and it's commitment to the culture of art in snowboarding is beyond description and without a doubt this was one the most amazing things that we have been involved with. Asymbol heartily thanks every single person involved with making this fantasy come true. 

Check out the complete Legacy Of Disruption collection here.  


Chris Brunkhart

Legacy Of Disruption : Snowboard Art and Community March 13 2016, 0 Comments

Join us at our Jackson gallery for the exhibit of a life time

Legacy of Disruption

Tuesday . March 15 . 6PM

Snowboarding, like it’s four wheeled or finned predecessors, started out as an act of disruption. It came from a place of defiance. It was an ugly interruption to a perfect Sunday on the slopes, a renegade sport that had skiers shaking fists and damning the hooligans that wanted to strap, not click, in. From the beginning, snowboarding meant something ‘different’, it was a bus with no breaks filled with screaming youth on fire, it was a “fuck you”. Most importantly it was a thing belonged to us; there were no rules, nothing was sacred and nothing defined. 

In our lifetime there has been a crazy stream of innovation in the snowboarding community. From the boards themselves to the things that can be done on them, the industry has continued to morph from one thing to the next with only one constant: an aggressive commitment to aesthetic.  

Asymbol's 'Legacy of Disruption’ exhibit explores the beating heart of snowboarding through the art, boards and riders who have come to define it. More than anything, this show is about the intense creativity that continues to flourish within snowboarding culture. A snowboard can be a raw canvas for artistic expression, but this expression isn’t complete until a rider lays down his or her line on the mountain, literally inscribing one’s mark into the snow. 

It’s this connection between board, rider, nature and gravity that gives snowboarding its enduring, rebellious spirit. 

If that doesn't get you hyped then maybe this list of represented artists and riders will...



Mike Parillo

Jamie Lynn

Carl E Smith

Iuna Tinta

Gentem Stick

Bryan Iguchi

Adam Haynes

Schoph Schophield

Scott Lenhardt 

Quincy Quigg 

Tim Tomkinson

Chris Brunkhart


Travis Rice

Ross Powers

Craig Kelly 

Peter Line

Pat Moore

Temple Cummins 

Matt Cummins

Bryan Iguchi

Jamie Lynn 

Terje Haakonsen


The Emergency Exhibit: Redux aka We Descend Upon The PNW January 28 2016, 0 Comments

 It isn't often that the Asymbol crew gets to physically leave Wyoming.  Mentally and socially we are citizens of the world, however....they don't call it Jackson HOLE for nothing. So when an invite to bring our Emergency Exhibit to Seattle and Portland arrives we check the yes box and start packing for rainy weather.   As luck has it our artist Iuna Tinta was down for the trek from Switzerland to Washington as well, which from experience we know makes for good times.  As was the case last year, the evo staff helmed by the unbelievably affable Chris Shalbot, laid out the red carpet and made us feel completely at home.

Here's a little recap of the Seattle and Portland show as seen through our eyes. 
Nothing feels as good has having your name on the marquee.  It's a feeling right up there next to seeing Bill Murray in the grocery store.
 The room comes together real nice.  
New pieces meet classics, the Emergency Exhibit vibe gets better and better with time. 
 Iuna's range of style, skill and topic creates a completely unique dialogue.  
The art under our feet.
That magical red dot!  And another Iuna piece finds its forever home.
Iuna brought us two new mountain scapes, Luminous Lights and Pers & Morteratsch Glacier.  
New friends and old filled the room, another stellar art opening in the evo compound.
Iuna and crew.
The team.  
Portland walls.
The Portland show hangs until January 31st.  If you haven't stopped in and gazed upon this stunning display then by all means, do.
*All photos taken by Asymbol staff.

Lindsey Ross: The Alchemistress January 20 2016, 0 Comments


 Video by Ian Avery-Leaf



A long, long, long, long time ago Henry William Jackson brought what is now called a mammoth plate camera but was then just called a camera, to Yellowstone National Park.  The photographs that he took showed the world that our wild Wyoming lands needed to be protected.  So thank you Henry.  And thank you Lindsey Ross for seeing the beauty in resurrecting this stunning method of capturing life and the people who live it.  Lindsey returns to a place that she once called home, Jackson, and brings with her the cameras that her and few other mavericks have rescued from history.  Asymbol is pleased to announce she will be hosting a demonstration of 'wet plate collodion' photography on January 21st, at 5:30pm & 7:45pm along with individual tintype portrait sessions at Asymbol Art + Essentials Gallery on the 22nd and 23rd from 10am to 9pm by appointment. Lindsey will be demonstrating the wet plate collodion process with her 5'x3' Levy Process camera from the 1920's - very few of these cameras are still operational in the world.  Portraits will be shot on her 11" x 14" Seneca Field camera from 1905 and they are gorgeous!  We had a little chat about what she does and why she does it...

 Photo: Ian Avery-Leaf

Asymbol: What exactly landed you behind such a unique piece of equipment? 

Lindsey Ross: I was pursuing a master in fine arts and came across some mug shots from the 1900's and became interested in the vintage processes of photography in that era.  Later on I found myself in an independent study learning underneath photography legend Luther Gerlach.  He works with a host of vintage cameras and processes and after assisting him in his shoots and learning the chemistry and rhythm of the process I was intrigued.  I love the idea of making things from scratch and being completely autonomous from manufacturers.  

Photos: Ian Avery:Leaf

Asy: You have been to Jackson numerous times to do tin type portraits, what makes this trip unique?

LR:  I will be demonstrating shooting with a mammoth plate camera that utilizes 20x24 inch plates.  It was made in the 1920’s and was intended for making enlargements and reproductions of original art work. The camera itself is 5x4 feet long, it is very big and difficult to move.  I bought it from Luther many years ago and have been restoring it for some time. 

Asy:  Why these methods?

LR: I like building things that aren't proprietary.  Camera companies have made it impossible to deviate from one type of product.  It should be more open than that.  I like to take raw materials and use them to make photographs. I use vintage cameras and processes to create contemporary photographs. 

Photo: Ian Avery:Leaf

Check out our local paper's write up on the event. 


 To learn more about Lindsey Ross check out her website: http://www.lindseyrossphoto.com/ and follow her @thealchemistress

Further, Deeper, Higher: The Jeremy Jones Trilogy Collection January 06 2016, 0 Comments

 Last year we were extremely lucky to work in tandem with the photographers Jeff Curley and Andrew Miller in creating what is now one of our most beloved collections, Higher.  When Jeremy Jones called us this year and asked if we wanted to curate a collection around The Trilogy: Deeper, Further and Higher, naturally that was an affirmative.  

By tapping into the entire series we were able to add legendary photogs, Dan Milner, Yoshiro Higai and Tero Repo to build an even broader collection.  Working with these fellas was an unbelievable honor, their mark on snowboard photography is broad and innovative.  

The Trilogy Collection is an homage to Jones' decade long journey in to the unknown, a mission that spawned three movies and as well as his new book, No Words For The Way Down.  

With the help of their team of photographers, filmers and friends, Jeremy and the crew at Teton Gravity Research have defined big mountain riding and environmentally aware adventure seeking. The book and the collection not only a deep look into his life's work thus far but have also put a fine point on the vision that drove them all to seek this version of paradise.  
Travis Rice joined Jones at our book and print signing soiree this Christmas week, a party most certainly to remember.  We called on local shredder, documentary filmmaker and good homie, Phil Hessler, to capture the party.  So go ahead and sit back, grease up your scrolling thumb and take a little walk through a night filled with friends, beers and photography.


Travis Rice at Jeremy Jones Trilogy Launch
asymbol print wall
Travis Rice and fan
No Words For The Way Down
Blake Paul
Travis Rice Asymbol
Jeremy Jones
Tim Durtschi, Travis Rice, Jeremy Jones, Blake Paul, Cam Fitzpatrick, Brolin Mawajje

Adam Haynes and his Pillow Dreams: A tale of murals and bindings. November 12 2015, 0 Comments

 The Adam Haynes designed 2016/17 Asymbol x Union Collection is here.

As much as we may fancy ourselves each a unique snowflake, experience shows that we're more alike than we are different. Most of us are a combination of the wildman, the recluse and the good guy (or girl) - a mixed bag that gives us a spectacular array of humans.

Adam Haynes is, without the slightest whisper of doubt, a good guy. Sure, he’s got a bit of recluse and wildman in him, but spend two seconds with Adam and ‘good guy’ flashes like neon in Vegas. Adam's a hard working, fun loving family man who distills the lighthearted and profound aspects of mountain life into art that connects the dots of fantasy and reality.

Adam was our dream designer for the 2016/17 Asymbol x Union binding collab. His inventive style and work ethic aligned seamlessly with what it took to handle this kind of endeavor. We asked, and being the good guy that he is, he said yes to our project and all the deadlines it entailed.


Enter evo, a Pacific Northwest retail institution that's been a faithful supporter of the Asymbol mission and bastion of action sports art and culture. As Adam’s artwork started to take shape, evo presented us with a rare opportunity: an invitation for Adam to paint a mural on their massive south facing exterior wall in collaboration with evo, Union and Asymbol.

As a self proclaimed “amateur muralist,” Adam took his artistic concept for this project and breathed buckets of paint and hard work into it, turning evo’s wall into a sky high sea of dreamy snow pillows and wooded goodness. The result is unbelievably stunning. Not gonna lie, there may have been happy weeping here in the Asymbol office when the first still photos landed in our inboxes.

The icing on this epic cake is Adam's 2016/17 Asymbol x Union binding, a marriage of art and function if there ever was one. In the words of our co-founder Travis Rice, “these bindings aren’t just for show. Adam is a seriously demanding rider, and these bindings deliver ultra high-performance through their strong, lightweight and responsive design.”

While these bindings won't officially launch until next year, through our collaboration with Union, we've secured a limited stock of these bad boys for pre-release this season, along with an apparel line featuring Adam's artwork.

When we say get them while they are hot, we mean get out your oven mitts because these bindings are on fire!

Check out the entire Adam Haynes designed 2016/17 Asymbol x Union Collection.

Emergency Exhibit: The Art of Iuna Tinta August 31 2015, 0 Comments

Iuna in her studio

Swiss artist Iuna Tinta (aka Corinne Weidmann) has a unique ability to take a majestic thing and give it even greater majesty.  Her art doesn’t pander or preach, but instead shows the viewer another side of something, a deeper dive into the natural world that is largely taken for granted.  

As with most great artists, her style and skill grows and changes, taking on the vibrations of her beliefs and experiences.  In the short time that we have known her, the tenor of her work has continued its swing towards artistic activism, a response to the drastic climate changes of her home.

It is our great luck that Cori is a life long snowboarder and world traveler; she believes in nurturing the art and physical space of our community just as ardently as we do.  Her rapidly growing connection with the board sport community is what brought her to our attention, but it is her heartbreakingly beautiful and unique vision that has made her a vital member of our family.

Global Warming
In 2011, Iuna created her first board graphic for Unity Snowboards, a Moby Dick inspired design called, wait for it, “The Whale”.  Between then and now, she has done five boards for Roxy, countless custom skate decks and surfboards, as well as multiple fabric patterns used for Roxy jackets, gloves and apparel.

Iuna's board graphics for Roxy

She was a part of our group show, Wandering Eyes, and was most recently shown alongside some serious heavyweights: Jamie Lynn, Corey Smith, Schoph Schophield to name but a few, in the HMNTR show.  She is without a doubt one of the hardest working ladies in the game, traveling the world, painting, doing graphic design and typography, snowboarding, and still answering her emails.  And perhaps most amazingly, for us at least, her painting, Koma Kulshan, adorns the broad side of Travis Rice's sled trailer in the upcoming Brain Farm movie.

 Travis's Trailer featuring Koma Kulshan

 Soon the world will see what we’ve known all along, Iuna Tinta is a force to behold.  Our one hope now is that the force of her art will shine a badly needed light on the environmental issues that are threatening our way of life.  
At Asymbol, our job is to preserve our visual culture and to communicate with the world through art and photography.  Through the work of Iuna Tinta, we hope to express how precious our planet is and how much we stand to lose if we don’t stop seeing this as someone else's problem and start understanding that our environment is in a state of emergency.

Delve deeper in the story of Iuna by reading this interview from travisrice.com.

Master Craft: Stefan Hofmann and The Art Of Storytelling August 19 2015, 0 Comments

Stefan Hofmann, the mastermind behind Spacecraft and co-founder of Electric Coffin, is above all a storyteller. 

photo: Chase Jarvis

View Stefan's collection of original art, prints and apparel

His work, artistic and otherwise, is a jolting distillation of known imagery, pop culture and society at its most absurd.  It is worth mentioning that he deftly operates within an industry that can be indifferent to current issues. A man who has shined the brightest light on iconography, Stefan is now the maker of icons; his snowcat and post apocalyptic muscle cars to name but a few, have become beacons.  He enjoys “creating these narrative structures with multiple levels of meaning. Each image a vignette from a larger unfolding story. I work to capture the concise moment of transition in these stories capable of translating insight and change into this space.”  And due to that vision, our world is a far more interesting place.

 Bats One & Two | Acrylic on Hand-turned Ash Bats | 2015

In a great many ways Stefan’s vision aligns perfectly with ours; we are both here to tell a story in the best way that we know how, through art. “The visual enunciation of ideas represents the most ubiquitous form of communication,” he says.  

It is with great respect and honor that we weave our stories together by welcoming Asymbol’s newest artist, Stefan Hofmann. 


Nowhere | Acrylic on wood panel | 2015


Take a deeper look at Stefan's collection here

And here...www.spacecraftcollective.com

And here…www.electriccoffin.com

Vintage Alchemy: Lindsey Ross Shoots Jackson July 31 2015, 0 Comments


10am - 9pm (Book Here)


A long, long, long, long time ago Henry William Jackson brought what is now called a mammoth plate camera but was then just called a camera, to Yellowstone National Park.  The photographs that he took showed the world that our wild Wyoming lands needed to be protected.  So thank you Henry.  And thank you Lindsey Ross for seeing the beauty in resurrecting this stunning method of capturing life and the people who live it.  Lindsey returns to a place that she once called home, Jackson, and brings with her the cameras that her and few other mavericks have rescued from history.  Asymbol is pleased to announce she will be hosting a demonstration of 'wet plate collodion' photography on August 6th at 6pm along with individual tintype portrait sessions at Asymbol Art + Essentials Gallery on 7th and 8th from 10am to 9pm by appointment. Lindsey will be demonstrating the wet plate collodion process with her 5'x3' Levy Process camera from the 1920's - very few of these cameras are still operational in the world.  Portraits will be shot on her 11" x 14" Seneca Field camera from 1905 and they are gorgeous!  We had a little chat about what she does and why she does it...

Asymbol: What exactly landed you behind such a unique piece of equipment? 

Lindsey Ross: I was pursuing a master in fine arts and came across some mug shots from the 1900's and became interested in the vintage processes of photography in that era.  Later on I found myself in an independent study learning underneath photography legend Luther Gerlach.  He works with a host of vintage cameras and processes and after assisting him in his shoots and learning the chemistry and rhythm of the process I was intrigued.  I love the idea of making things from scratch and being completely autonomous from manufacturers.  

Asy: You have been to Jackson numerous times to do tin type portraits, what makes this trip unique?

LR:  I will be demonstrating shooting with a mammoth plate camera that utilizes 20x24 inch plates.  It was made in the 1920’s and was intended for making enlargements and reproductions of original art work. The camera itself is 5x4 feet long, it is very big and difficult to move.  I bought it from Luther many years ago and have been restoring it for some time. 

Asy:  Why these methods?

LR: I like building things that aren't proprietary.  Camera companies have made it impossible to deviate from one type of product.  It should be more open than that.  I like to take raw materials and use them to make photographs. I use vintage cameras and processes to create contemporary photographs. 


Join us for some old timey and good timey fun at our Jackson Hole gallery Jan. 21-23rd.  To prebook an appointment for your tin type portrait with Lindsey click here https://www.bookingbug.com/home/118445-La-Chambre-Photographique

 To learn more about Lindsey Ross check out her website: http://www.lindseyrossphoto.com/ and follow her @thealchemistress




One Down And The Rest To Go: Our First Year In Images July 23 2015, 0 Comments

This past year is proof positive that big dreaming, endless elbow grease and the support of our loyal community can yield results far beyond our wildest fantasies. What started as an impossible dream is now a gallery space in Jackson that has hosted epic parties, legendary guests and houses an unparalled collection of art and photography.  Taking stock of this year's milestones makes it impossible to doubt that we will definitely be lighting up year two.  So without further ado, go ahead and join us on a tour through the moments that made up one hell of a first year.


To celebrate the incredible art, artists, riders and fans who have come into our lives over the past 12 months, we are offering a 10% discount on our special one year anniversary collection. And just because we can, spend over $95 and get a never-before-released print of Jamie's Asymbol mural. (Order must be over $95 before tax and shipping) 

Sale ends August 1st at midnight. 

Click here to take a look at the goods  http://asymbol.co/collections/one-year-anniversary

Alex Hillinger breaks ground.

Bird's eye view of the finished product.

 Travis Rice presents Asymbol Art + Essentials.

Jeremy Jones' Higher Collection comes to Asymbol.


Jimmy Chin enjoys the party. 

Legend Jamie Lynn customizes the space.



The three wise men, Guch, Jamie and Trav.


Pat Moore recently dropped by Asymbol for the premiere of the Mr. Plant Collection, featuring photography by the ultra-talented Kiwi/Swiss Vernon Deck. In this video, Pat and Travis walk through the gallery while discussing images from the Collection. Check it out.


Mike Parillo's show of originals, The Dirty End Of The Rainbow, blows minds.


Asymbol's founding fathers, Mike Parillo and Travis Rice have a proper chat.


Trav looks over Asymbol's newest artists, Iuna Tinta and Ten Hundred.


We fly the Wyoming colors in a colab with Jackson artist Tim Tomkinson, Travis Rice and Libtech.


And that's only one year in....







B. Proddy x Asymbol: The Blake Paul Curation July 07 2015, 0 Comments

Check out Blake's curated collection.

One way to the explain the interesting parts of a person is to use clever parrallels, something along the lines of "he snowboards like a someone who hasn't seen the ER yet." Or there is the almighty metaphor,"this kid has the heart of a lion with the style of a golf caddy."  

It could be said that Blake Paul is like this thing or that thing, that he is similar to this person or reminds you of that. Though all of these are certainly true, the most compelling path is the straightest one.  The best way to know Blake Paul is to travel the direct line from who he is now back to where he came from.

Being a snowboarder in Jackson Hole, especially if you came up under the tutelage of Jeff Moran, Brian “Cutter” James and Rich Goodwin, means that having a hyper-vibrant sense of humor is paramount. A mountain raises a rider just as much as a parent does. The Tetons are benevolent but unforgiving benefactors. Just about every Wyo rider has those two things in common: a fluency in the silly and a respectful approach to an untamable mountain.

Blake is the epitome of that upbringing. He works when work needs to be done without ever losing track of the good times. He is unbelievably smart and creative, not only as a rider (which is why he stands head and shoulders above the fray), but most importantly, as a human. That is why Mr. Paul's influence on the snowboard community will endure long after he lands his jumps and reaps all kinds of proddy. That is also why Asymbol is beyond honored to introduce Blake as our newest guest curator. And without further ado, we hand the mic over to B. Proddy…

 "After winter wrapped up, and the traveling settled down, I made my annual spring return to Jackson Hole for a bit. Nestled right downtown, is the snow/surf/skate-inspired gallery known as Asymbol. Their purpose is to assemble the like-minded artists who share a passion for expression, innovation and adventure. “We created Asymbol to honor the image makers whose passion fires our imaginations and captures our spirit of wanderlust.” The kind ladies from Asymbol, Josi Stephens and Ashley Rice, asked me to come by and do a curation of all things that I liked and appreciated in the gallery. I enjoy looking at things. It's as simple as that. Whether it's people, art, photographs, objects, clothing, honestly it can be whatever. Your mind can become a product of your environment. Having amazing art, pictures, the style of clothing and product you like, around can add flavor to your life. Walking around the Asymbol gallery put me into a cool deep mindset and brought tons of feelings into my brain. All of the artists and pieces featured are truly unique. It’s inspiring to look at their work and get personally moved by it. Here’s what stood out at me and made me feel that certain way."


 Obsolete Dreams - Corey Smith



I picked this piece because I am into Skeletons and space. Just two things I’ve always admired. It was my first pick, the first thing that stood out at me when I browsed around the gallery. Maybe it’s the heavy gloss finish or the simple black and creamy white colors. It’s symbolic to me in a few ways. With N.A.S.A ‘s government funding becoming reduced in the past few years, many humans think that space exploration is gone and N.A.S.A is shut down. When it is actually alive and well, as one of the government's independently run agencies. To me, the dead skeletons in the piece represent the naïve humans thinking space exploration is no more. Humanity seems to be very sheltered from information about space. All involved in this tiny place we call Earth, when there is infinite galaxies, planets, stars, and just empty space out there. There’s a lot of information and wonder out in that vast darkness.


Indicators – Trent Mitchell


Subconsciously humans are affected by water. Whether it’s being in it, on it, around it, or in this case simply looking at it. There’s a science behind the fact that being subjected to water can bring happiness, relive stress, allow a stronger connection to ones self, and ultimately help you becoming better at what you do. I suggest reading the book “Blue Mind” by Wallace J. Nichols if you have a love for water in anyway.

This piece gives me a calming feeling. But also puts out an impression of escalation, as the wave is just about to break. This photo really extenuates that simple “moment caught in time” vibe that most great photographers can portray through their imagery.  


Tunnel Vision-Vernon Deck



Mike Ravelson is one of my closest friends I’ve met through snowboarding. Every time we get together, we have an awesome energy to go out, skate, ride, be creative, and just generally do whatever. He’s an insanely talented rider. Standing out today, as one of the more unique snowboarders in the industry. I respect nothing more in people that have their own individual style, that stay true to what they want to do no matter what other people think. This image portrays just that about Mike.


Partners In Crime -Ten Hundred


This piece stood out to me because it’s completely obscure. It reminds me of when I draw, how my mind just wonders, random things happening with no control. When you look at it you kind of just say “What the fuck?” in you’re head. Also the pink bird has a cool backpack and shoes.


The Other Girl – Jamie Lynn


Jamie’s blue girls have become such iconic pieces. I like how “The Other Girl” feels like a new take on a classic. I’ve always loved character in art, faces and expressions. This girl almost looks like a beautiful dream. From the swirls in her hair to the way she is just deeply starring into nothing. I will never take for granted the time I get to spend with Jamie, true legend!


Breathing Light – Scott Lenhardt


I appreciate any art that comes with a story and a purpose. It brings so much more meaning to the piece. This one being about a girl and a break up hits even harder than most. It is very relatable to anyone that has ever fallen in love. You can really tell Scott painted this out of feeling. It hits me in a certain way, after just breaking up with my first love and having to move out of her house. That knife that the girl is holding and the reflection it has in her eye. That gives me an intense gut drop feeling.  



A Playground – Danny Zapalac



            This photo really exerts a certain feeling from snowboarding, a feeling of bliss. How the rider is sprawled out on his back at the bottom of a powdery track. It shows that connection we have as snowboarders to powder. To me the playground represents that snowboarding is really just playing on a piece of wood. This piece also portrays how accessible snowboarding can really be. All you need as a hill and some snow. Doesn’t matter where you come from or who you are. The mix of the blue sky, red slides, and golden yellow light soothes the eye.


Base Camp – Andrew Miller


I just recently met Andrew Miller this winter, after seeing his amazing photographs from all over the world. He is quiet, calm, and collected, very professional but also fun to be around. I love how he has stood out in snowboard photography by taking that step away from normal action and trick based shots. This is a very inspiring image; it gives the viewer a feeling of what’s really out there in the world.



Asymbol Crew Sweatshirt


I’m into simple looking clothing pieces and small logos; people are not billboards. The Asymbol logo is small and rests in a unique way on the arm. The logo and name represents a community of artists and photographers, all brought together into this inner creative circle.


(The picks below are only available in our Jackson Hole gallery)



AI WEIWEI – Middle Finger T-Shirt


I enjoy the look of photos on clothing. I think that it’s cool to represent art rather than a brand. This photo of the middle finger puts out a statement, which makes it interesting to wear.


Gold Lomography Camera


I don’t know if there are many people out there that would think a gold camera is not cool. I don’t know if I’ve ever even seen one. This gold fish-eye 35mm camera bridges the gap between trendy and unique.


Field Notes


Everybody has thoughts, feelings, and insights that happen everyday. I think it’s important to write those things down. Good way to learn from yourself and you’re environment around you. Doodle, draw, write poems, thoughts, whatever. Escape from you’re day. Get off your phone and connect more with you’re mind. 


Leather Keychain


Love the simple leather with brass look. I hate having keys in my pocket making a bulge; this is the perfect thing to attach them to your belt loop or whatever. There is also a feeling you get when you walk with a little jingle in your step.




And In The Distance: The Grand by Iuna Tinta June 09 2015, 0 Comments

The Tetons have that effect on people, the ‘I want to paint it, conquer it, photograph it, leave my life and live here forever’ kind of effect. There is a surplus of things that we take for granted but when the Tetons are your back yard, geography is not one of them. Anchoring the wild expanse of Wyoming (and Idaho), the Teton Range is an honest to god Mordor and its highest peak, The Grand, is without a doubt ‘The Precious’.


Iuna Tinta 

As people of Jackson there is no shortage of Teton inspired art, yet when we saw Swiss artist Iuna Tinta’s take on the Grand we had to have it.  Painted with acrylic on canvas, the piece is wild with color and texture, drama and magnificence. Iuna’s continuing reverence for the natural world and its hold on us brings a heartbreakingly beautiful representation of our most beloved mountain range. It is with great pride that we present our newest addition, “The Grand” by Iuna Tinta.

The Grand

Get the precious at http://asymbol.co/products/the-grand

Ai Weiwei: Raise Your Finger June 03 2015, 0 Comments

"The art always wins."-Ai Weiwei

Luck of the draw and some serious perseverance on the part of a Jackson curator has brought acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Heads to the National Museum of Wildlife Art here in Wyoming.  Juxtaposed against Jackson Hole’s famous landscape, the 10 foot bronze heads loom like a silent menagerie, goofy and strangely serious at the same time.  The recreation of these ancient Chinese artifacts that were looted and lost to time has continued to nurture the bad blood that flows between the artist and his nation.  As innocuous as they seem to many, the Zodiac Heads represent a very heavy statement about repatriation and mimicry. 

"Art is life, life is art." -Ai Weiwei

 Ai Weiwei is one of the most influential and controversial artists alive today. His stand for freedom of expression and human rights, in opposition to the Chinese government, has landed him in prison on several occasions, while his movements are highly restricted and under heavy government surveillance. 

Friends Of Free Expression is an organization that is dedicated to furthering the message of Ai Weiwei and has chosen Asymbol as an outlet for a selection their merchandise.  This is a great honor for one very important reason: we believe very strongly that art and the creation of art is a basic freedom that every single human should have.  Not allowed to leave China and in a constant state of danger, Ai Weiwei continues to give the middle finger to the repressors of artistic expression.   If in any way, however small, Asymbol can support him and his message, we do so with not just him in mind but with everyone. 

 Never sorry.

For a deep look into the Heads check out http://www.zodiacheads.com

Shop for Ai Weiwei merchandise here http://asymbol.co/collections/friends-of-ai-weiwei-collection

The Frozen Chase: A Book Of Self-Portraits by Mike Basich June 01 2015, 0 Comments

The closest thing to a road map for how to live right might be the story of Mike Basich.  It goes like this: be yourself, snowboard like a bat out of hell, make money, save money, spend money on own personal garden of Eden, build tiny house, build chairlift, dream up and produce a book of photographs of ones self reveling in snow and fun, have a furry dog, be approachable and humble, or something along those lines.


One of snowboarding’s most enduring personalities, Basich has produced a book of self-portraits called The Frozen Chase.  Not surprisingly it is filled with solid shots of snowboarding and out door shenanigans.  What makes this book special is the front seat view of a life lived on the snow and a lo-fi, organic take on photography.  Mike split the book in to three parts, film, digital and GOPro, all executed with his DIY methods of crafting pov and portraiture.  The Frozen Chase bounces between classic action shots, fun loving lifestyle pics and unique points of view. 


For a man who lives his life in the mountains “life has no real time frame and is constantly random and exciting”.   This book captures 15 years in the life of a snowboarder, craftsman and wild spirit who has positioned himself perfectly to chase whatever he feels inside, frozen, thawed and everything in between. 

To procure this amazing book click your mouse on this.

Many Drops Will Fill Up A Bucket April 28 2015, 0 Comments


All photos by Andrew Miller

Written by Josi Stephens // Asymbol 

When an earthquake lays waste to a land that both nurtures our dreams of treasures untold and harbors one of the kindest, most gentle and hardworking of cultures, every idea of fairness and justice is called into question.  It is an insanely helpless position to see from so many miles away the destruction of Nepal; an entire community and its most sacred areas brought to its knees; a place that has already seen so much tragedy. It is gut wrenching.  Especially close to the heart of the action sports community, Nepal is the gateway to what is for us a Shangri-La: you’ve been there and it’s changed your life, or the dream of the Himalayas has followed you around like a stray dog for as long as you can remember. Either way, the dreams of Nepal are wound tightly with the fibers of our highest imaginations. 


This is a land that is no stranger to Mother Nature's wrath.  We have watched from the safety of our computers how angry and unfair the natural world can be.  It seems especially hard on the gentle and kind people of Nepal.  The death toll on this most recent disaster rises daily and aside from those numbers is the loss of so many sacred and ancient monuments and places of worship; the beating heart of any community.  It is a terrible thing to know these things and feel the helplessness that comes along with distance and scant access to funds.  Some of us may be in a place to aid the relief efforts either with time or money, while most are left with a feeling of powerlessness. 


 This isn’t the first time that we have been faced with this situation.  Gnarly shit happens all over the world all of the time and there doesn’t really seem to be much that can be done.  Not by him with a below poverty retail salary. Not by her with a job that won’t allow a long weekend off let alone a month to do relief work in Asia.  Yet this thing that acts like an undeniable reality (everyday life/ responsibilities/financial barriers) is just a hazy veil that separates us from being a help to those that need it.  In order to make myself a part of the solution in situations that seem so impossibly fucked I have taught myself a few crucial things. 


  1. There is no act of financial help that is too small.  We are strong in numbers.  Find a relief aid organization that you trust. I look to Jimmy Chin, Renan Ozturk and other adventurers in our community.  These folks have done their homework and are deeply invested.  Five dollars when multiplied by all of us is no small number.  So do that first. Shelterbox is a great one. 
  2. Participate in the educated spreading of information.  Keep this crisis on the forefront of the daily discussion.  Sardonic stabs at politicians and celebrities can find the back burner (or perhaps the trash).  The people of Nepal will be dealing with this for the rest of their lives. Let’s keep it in our hearts as well, there is a lot of power in intention. 
  3. Educate yourself about what is truly needed.  The knowledge is out there and it is our responsibility to access it.  We all have a special skill that can be a great boon to those in need.  Can you throw parties that have donation jars at the door? Can you organize fund raisers?  Are you a builder? A crafter? A famous athlete that has the ear of the youth?  Without a doubt you have something inside that can help. 
  4. Be proactive.  Keep an eye on the future.  Mother nature is clearly beyond pissed.  Our winter was proof of that.  There is always something that can be done on the home front to staunch some of the bleeding. Amazing organizations like Protect Our Winters, Surfrider Foundation, and 1% For The Planet are keen to utilize all of your extra energy. 
  5. And finally (perhaps most importantly), don’t be discouraged by how insurmountable this feels.  Do not hide from this because it seems too big to even make a dent in it.  If you have seen ants build a hill then you know that if we work together there is nothing that can’t be done.  The Nepalese are predominately Hindu, a religion that reminds us that we are all one and that life is about harmony and freedom.  Which means that your part, however small, still matters.


As a human I stand alongside the people of the world as we find our own ways to get Nepal back on it’s feet.  In the famous words of one very small but very powerful Jedi, “There is no try, only do.”

*All photo credit goes to the wickedly talented Andrew Miller.  His journey to Nepal with Jeremy Jones for the film Higher yielded some of the most stunning imagery that we have seen.  You can check out more of Andrew's photography from the Higher expedition here

Asymbol will be making a donation to the aid organization Shelterbox for every print of Andrew's sold through May 15th, 2015.




Dispatches From The Road: Wandering Eyes Seattle to Portland March 27 2015, 0 Comments

Many months ago in a land far, far way....
    The first leg of the Wandering Eyes journey started some months ago in a windowless room in the back of a Jackson Wyoming gallery. What started as a “what if”..."that’d be cool” conversation now has me sitting on what is probably only one size above a bush plane for the second time in as many months. What is it about flying coach that makes even the coolest cat feel like a gorilla in a clown car? But the juice is worth the squeeze.  Especially when the journey is this much fun. But I digress. The real story is in the details, the moments and people that make this endeavor so incredibly interesting.
Asymbol has always been a company that sees the world as it’s playing field. It was imagined and made real by people who have seen so many things and done so much.   Yet somehow the Wandering Eyes project has felt like a leap into the blind abyss. We brought in two new artists (Peter ‘Ten Hundred’ Robinson and Corienne ‘iuna Tinta’ Weidmann) and curated a show that put them side by side with marquee Asymbol artists Matt French, Corey Smith, Adam Haynes, Mike Parillo and Jamie Lynn.
 There was no real way of knowing how it would come off. So when I hopped on a plane and made my way to Seattle I had no idea what to expect. Thanks to the insanely accommodating and enthusiastic crew at evo, led by the forever helpful and kind Chris Shalbot, the Seattle show was a raging success. The cavernous building was packed to bursting by 7pm while Alex Hilinger manned the gallery I talked story with folks at the merch table. To see so much hard work on everyone’s behalf come to such a rocking fruition is the fuel that keeps this thing moving. It is also worth mentioning that during the set up Jamie Lynn showed up with a stack of paintings and drop cloths on is head. In that stack was the original Beauty and the Beast and Blue Girl. Seeing the generously curved lines and oversaturated hues sent shivers through every one that walked in the door. If you aren’t moved by moments like this you might be dead. When all was said and done I left Seattle feeling like the community we have been trying to reach was getting the message.
3/26/15 4:45pm
 And after a short regroup in the homeland we are on the road back to the Pacific Northwest, Ashley Rice by car and me by bush plane.
Despite being cramped and uncomfortably upright I am so stoked for this next chapter. Portland is my home zone and a town that always opens its arms to the new and adventurous. It is also the home of one of our original artists and contributor to the show, Corey Smith. Corey has always been a thought leader in the snowboard world, there is nothing linear or predictable about what he creates or how he creates it. I met him in person for the first time at the Seattle show and was immediately drawn in to his intellect and no bullshit vibe. Smith will be front and center at the Portland show along side Adam Haynes and Matt French. Both French and Haynes created originals just for Wandering Eyes, two pieces that solidify and compliment what Asymbol is about. In a few minutes, god willing, this plane will land at PDX. I will take the required photo of the carpet there and get down to evo to help my cohort hang the second leg of Wandering Eyes. Excitement level: High.
3/26/15 8pm
We hit the ground running, all hoped up on the warm city air.  Naturally Chris Shalbot was already on scene ready to patiently tolerate our "1/2 and inch to the left...no, to the right, wait..up a little..".  After a few hours of work we retired to a little spot called Teote and made quick work of their delicious margaritas.  Thus beginning a proper Wyoming hello.  Let it suffice to say that 2am came a little too quickly, as did the alarm clock.
 3/27/15 12pm
Seeing the work in a different way is awesome!  The space is so unlike the Seattle shop that it feels like a whole new line-up.  Apparently the building is 125 years old which explains why everything tilts. 
Nobody does a lady like Jamie Lynn.
And with so many small details needing attention I sign off.  See you at the show!
3/28 The morning after.
What a night!  So many friends, old and new.  So many amazing moments.  There are the times in life that show you blatantly that things are being done right and this was one of them.  
Adam Haynes and his lovely family showed up, Matt French sat in the corner drawing inadvertently keeping the children occupied, beer flowed and fun was had.  It is a wonderful to look out into a sea of faces and feel the love and kinship that our community shares.  Though the two shows were different in many ways one thing remained the same, the appreciation of what these artists created had every one there feeling damn good.  Being a part of such a momentous show has been an honor and a true experience.  I can't wait for the next chapter.  
Until next time Portland!  You foxy little minx!
(If you didn't get a chance to check the show out it will be in evo for a few weeks along with some epic merch.  Prints and originals are for sale on the website of course.  Hit us up with any queries.  We stay up late.)

The evolution of Asymbol: Wandering Eyes in Seattle March 06 2015, 0 Comments

Thursday, February 26th, was the first night of a nearly two month run of Asymbol art lining evo walls. An action sports mecca in Seattle, evo is a hub in the Fremont neighborhood for apparel, art, equipment and it's maintenance. 

   evo Seattle: Show Time

For the past few months we have been working in tandem with evo to put together a show of Asymbol artists to hang in both Seattle and Portland. The evo crew, helmed by the tireless Chris Shalbot, bent over backwards to welcome us and our artists, making the work infinitely more enjoyable.

   iuna tinta's Koma Kulshan.

The walls of the evo gallery are now a (temporary) home to the legends of the actions sports industry, Adam Haynes, Jamie Lynn, Matt French, Corey Smith and Mike Parillo. Along side these iconic painters are two new Asymbol artists, Ten Hundred and iuna tina who completed the collection perfectly.

  Ten Hundred's Tangled 2.

 The result is a riot of color, movement and beauty, Wandering Eyes encapsulates the past and the future of art in snowboarding.

   Jamie brings the goods.

If there was ever a 'you had to be there' moment, this was it. Jamie, Corey, Matt and Ten Hundred wandered the floors with fans, fellow artists and every other beautiful person in Seattle. It was a party and if you missed it...there's always Portland.

  evo transformed. 

For more info on the pieces in show and how to make them yours take a trip over to our website.

Chase Jarvis, Ten Hundred with their lovely gals.                                                        


Excerpt from Wandering Eyes: A Show Of Asymbol Originals


Salad Days by Matt French


Tantalizer & Eight Ball by Mike Parillo

 Elders by iuna tinta

Beauty & The Beast by Jamie Lynn

Capoeira by Ten Hundred

 Obsolete Dream 1&2 by Corey Smith 

Runnels by Adam Haynes

To view complete collection and purchase prints or originals go to asymbol.co

Must be love: Welcome Ten Hundred and iuna tinta to Asymbol February 23 2015, 0 Comments

         The act of bringing someone new into the Asymbol fold is like falling in love.  You don't really need someone, life is way too busy, you are already complete, there is barely time for what is already there but...you've got to have it.  Everything they do is good and god damn, they are so perfect.  Not perfect for everyone, but perfect for us.  
        The Asymbol office is home to a million ideas and "we should do this" moments, most of which rest on the back burner while we tend to a fire that flickers and rages.  A collaboration with evo (keepers of the PNW flame) on a show of originals has given us a chance to nurture some of these ideas.  One of which is an artist that goes by the alias Ten Hundred, the other, a Swiss painter called iuna tinta.   Mapping out the Wandering Eyes show gave us a chance to bring in new artists that can do the impossible, flesh out a bulletproof lineup.  
        A large part part of this job is making fantasy a reality. When you get a chance to live out a dream, it is good medicine to do so.  For us, the dream of Wandering Eyes was to create a show that brought vision, skill, craft and fearlessness on to the same plane.  Asymbol artists Jamie Lynn, Mike Parillo, Matt French, Corey Smith and Adam Haynes hold the highest places in our culture, as artists, athletes and creators. Finding new people to join these ranks requires nothing short of love.  Along side iuna tinta, Ten Hundred joins Asymbol in bringing in another chapter of art and community.  It must be love....
Meet iuna tinta:
iuna tinta (Corinne Weidmann) is a bridge between illustration and art, with a pinch of typography thrown in.
"I’m a nomadic Swiss-born artist, who has spent the last few years living in Costa Rica and Canada while producing board designs and artwork for Roxy Snowboards, Quiksilver, Red Bull and others. I’m inspired by the colours and shapes of pre-Columbian America, dark northern fairytales and the representations of animals in Japanese Shintoism. I have always been interested in foreign art, but it’s only a few years ago when I went back to my own roots.
I became very affected by Swiss folk art as well as the landscape of the country itself. Living abroad probably makes you become more aware of where you come from but also of what shaped you are as a person. Everything that happens in life, is a source that influences you eventually, and since I’ve spent most of my years in Switzerland, it’s not a big surprise that for example the mountains affect my work so much."
And Ten Hundred:

Ten Hundred (Peter Robinson) is an artist and designer from Seattle, WA. He was born raised in Michigan and moved around the United States before settling in Seattle in 2006. He specializes in bright, colorful, imaginative character work. He is inspired by cartoons and anime, street art and graffiti, childlike imagination, comics, world cultures, religions, and folklore. He spends his time creating fine art, gallery shows, clothing, toys and figurines, designing art for businesses, and creating large murals. Recently he has done work with Nordstrom, Converse, Jet Blue, Caffe Vita, Sasquatch Music Festival and more. Ten Hundred is creating his own alternate reality one piece of art at a time.


 Please join us in welcoming Peter and Corinne to the Asymbol team.  The future has never looked so bright...and covered in paint.  
More about Peter "Tenhundred" Robinson here.
More about iuna tinta here.

Wandering Eyes: A show of originals hosted by evo Seattle/Portland February 18 2015, 0 Comments

A collective show of Asymbol artists, Wandering Eyes is about the intersection of life’s journeys, both worldly and internal, and the spirit of wanderlust that fuels them. Each artist, in their unique way, shows us that our existence is a place of chemistry, oddity and exhilaration. Together for the first time under one roof, Asymbol artists Jamie Lynn, iuna tinta, Matt French, Mike Parillo, Ten Hundred, Corey Smith and Adam Haynes give an impressive glimpse of what the world looks like through their constantly wandering eyes. 

Hosted by evo and Asymbol, this event will be one for the records!  Wandering Eyes will be the debut of new Asymbol artists, iuna tinta and Ten Hundred, both of whom hold a metric ton of talent, vision and style.  Putting them in the mix with Asymbol legends Haynes, Parillo, Lynn, French, and Smith cooks up something that must be seen.  Teaming with evo to bring these artists together, not to mention doing so in such dynamic locations, has been a dream come true for all involved.  evo carries the torch of the snowboard community in the Pacific Northwest and it is our distinct honor to collaborate with them on these shows.  

So please, join us in a celebration of art, community and vision.  

Entranced: Andrew Miller Finds His Focus January 29 2015, 0 Comments

Guest writer Colin Wiseman of Frequency takes a look into the mind of photographer Andrew Miller.

Andrew Miller grew up as a Socal park rat. But you wouldn’t know it by his imagery. Expansive landscapes with a snowboarder as a diminutive-yet-effective focal point are his specialty. His travels in the past year have included an epic Himalayan expedition with Jeremy Jones for Higher, AK missions with Absinthe Films, and extensive splitboard explorations around his adopted hometown of Salt Lake City, UT, among other destinations. His clientele includes the likes of Patagonia, The North Face, Jones Snowboards, and editorial titles worldwide. So how did the 28-year-old lensman become a rising icon in the world of snowboard photography? It certainly wasn’t intentional.


Shangri La PC: Andrew Miller

Miller grew up in the southern California town of Loma Linda, about 45 minutes from Big Bear and the same distance from the beach. He skated, surfed and rode at Snow Valley. He took some photography classes in high school, but he was more interested in chasing sponsorship in front of the lens rather than contracts behind it. He moved to Mammoth in ’05 after graduating high school. “Mammoth had one of their biggest years in ’05-’06 and I remember being bummed that the park wasn’t up because it snowed so much,” Miller says. “It’s embarrassing to say it now, but that’s where I was mentally, I just wanted to hit big jumps. Moving out to Utah was an eye-opener.”

It started with a blown knee in 2006, then a trip to SLC with two feet of new snow the next year. Miller relocated in 2008 with his girlfriend at the time so she could attend nursing school. He’d shot a bit of park stuff after his knee injury “just to stay involved with the scene” and sold a few shots, but didn’t see photography as a career path. Then Miller linked up with the now-defunct snowrev.com. For two years he chased the contest scene, learning the ropes by studying the process of other photographers in attendance. “You go to the US Open and Blotto [Dean Gray]’s out there, and Nick Hamilton, a bunch of different photographers from the major magazines,” Miller says. “I would see where they were shooting from and the camera they were using, and study their style. I would then look at their web galleries and compare my photos to theirs. To see their different perspectives helped me out a ton with learning my way around a camera, and different angles, and trying to get creative.”

Nepali Baba PC: Andrew Miller

After two years, Miller was over contests. He built a splitboard in Chris Coulter’s garage and spent his free time exploring the Wasatch. He quit Snowrev and went to Alaska in the spring of ‘09. It was the antithesis to the contest scene—rather than focusing on a certain rider doing a certain trick off a certain feature, the mountains became something worth documenting in and of themselves. “If you can show a cool scene then someone who isn’t necessarily into snowboarding can even look at it and say, ‘Oh, that’s a cool image,’” Miller says. “I tend to have a looser style when shooting big lines because I want to see the whole line—I want to be able to envision myself riding the line, or at least see what the guy’s doing. I love those shots where you see the whole track and the big turn—you can really imagine yourself doing it.”

His big break came in the biggest mountains of all. In the fall of 2013, Jeremy Jones offered Miller a spot on his Himalayan expedition for Higher on a week’s notice. Miller jumped on board. A shot of Jones’s impossibly-heavy spine line at 21,000 feet landed on the March, 2014 cover of TransWorld SNOWboarding along with a lengthy feature article. “It blew my mind, it was so surreal,” Miller says of the experience. “It sounds corny, but I didn’t even have time to think about it. I was really scared, thinking of the Himalayas and the fear of the unknown. But I just had to do it. It was a life changing experience, for sure.”

    Throne Room Of The Gods PC: Andrew Miller

That trip led to extensive travel for TransWorld last winter, including stints in Revelstoke, BC and Haines, AK with the Absinthe Films crew, carving out a niche in the big mountain arena. He shot the cover of Absinthe’s 2014 release, Heavy Mental, an image of Manuel Diaz ripping a heavily-exposed face. It’s an unlikely niche for a contest kid from Socal, that of the big mountain specialist. But Miller feels there is more to his imagery than just big lines. “I want to be well-rounded so if anyone wanted to hit me up in any situation they could count on me to produce good images no matter the conditions or the vibe,” Miller says. “This past year I proved that to myself—I went to the Himalayas, I went Japan, I went to Mica [BC] to shoot out of the heli, and to snow camp for seven days. Then I went down to Chile and had some of the worst conditions down there, but still came back with images, and also shot the [Mt Baker] Banked Slalom and Dirksen Derby. I don’t want to be pigeon holed into any particular genre—I just want so bad to get a good shot because these riders are risking their lives and putting themselves in danger, counting on us to be able to do our jobs and get the shot.”

Indeed, more than anything, Miller is driven to continue to progress his photography just as his subjects progress their own abilities. His goals for the future are simple: “I want to continue to produce good images and get better and shoot more and see more places man, because it’s never ending. With photography, there’s always something to learn, always some new place to go, something new to see and something to capture in a new way. The more I shoot snowboarding, the more I’m entranced by the process.”


On top of the world.  

See more of what this stellar individual has done here.  

A Ride Down Memory Lane: The History of The #passitonproject January 14 2015, 0 Comments

As we prepare to unleash the new 2015 #passitonproject board into the world, we thought it was a good time take a little walk through the history of this brave board and its journeys thus far. 

This is the video - and the board - that started it all, back in 2013. 

It began as a way to connect riders with the world, their heroes, and most importantly, each other.   The initial idea was to take an old board of Travis’ and send it off into the universe and see what happened.  Naturally it needed to be a Lib Tech, the company that makes boards for the people, by the people. T Rice thought it would be way more interesting to use his next years board, the Speedodeeps pro model for the project.  With this special piece of equipment, a dream became a reality, one that's evolved every year since then.  

The original project was about building a bridge between snowboarders by encouraging our comrades to ride the hell out of it and find a worthy friend to pass it on to, all the while telling a story about where it went and what it meant to them.  It has been this and so much more.  

The second year #passitonproject board ripping Japow lines.

 Do you remember your first board?  Chances are it was passed down to you from someone.  Maybe, like it was in my case, it came to you from the person that got you stoked to ride.  Perhaps the board felt like it was already infused with magic, seeing that it was already broke in, the baseplates scratched into the top sheet, your screws nearly stripped.  Boards will come and go but this one lives in your heart for eternity and you will give it name.  If you're our friend and writer Melissa Larsen, it will be “The Precious” and no other board will compare. 

Fredi Kalbermatten takes his turn with the #passitonproject board in Switzerland


That is precisely why this experience is so amazing; the snowboard comes to you already loaded with mojo and ready to ride.  When you put this thing on snow, it will have already been under the feet of people who truly love nothing more than riding.  

With the new, one-of-a-kind Jamie Lynn designed snowboard about to be set free to roam the planet, Asymbol and Lib Tech have two hopes for what lies ahead.  1) We want this project to connect our community and foster the best parts of snowboarding -- truckloads of fun and epic adventures.  And 2) We truly hope to see this board blaze a path all around the world spreading the message of loving what you do, doing what you love and passing that stoke on to friends who will do the same.


Jamie infused the 2014 #passitonproject board with Mt. Baker mojo.

*All images are from the #passitonproject image gallery.  Check them out here!  


The Dirty End: A Show Of New Mike Parillo Originals January 04 2015, 1 Comment

Mike Parillo's Dirty End Of The Rainbow show at Asymbol was the kind of opening party that you always hope to have.  Wall-to-wall with friends, artists, fans, patrons, and curious travelers, the room was bursting with good vibes and great times.  Mike's homecoming was so much more than just a visit and a show, it was the reunion with a company that he helped found and a chance to see how much it has grown.  

View the complete 'Dirty End Of The Rainbow' collection

This was his first time in the new Asymbol gallery space and was the first show of his originals that our new walls have seen.  To say that it was a special night would be a huge understatement.  The turnout and the rate at which the punch bowl was drained is a testament to how much the community craves Mike and his unparalleled vision. 


Mike will tell you about the alchemical experiments that make up his methodology or how many hours it takes to exact such intricate line work, no problem.  One thing he will not do is tell you how to see his art; that part of the process is up to the viewer. What you make of it has to be personal.  Parillo taps in to that strange space in the mind that pulls iconography, color, texture and shape together and spits them all out -- an experience that can be thrilling or frightening or both.  This collection is a little bit like a back door into the mind; what is seen there is beyond explanation, it is more of a feeling.  

As the keepers of many Parillo pieces, Asymbol is a visual map of the evolution of Mike's journey as an artist (and possibly as a human).  He never rests on what was done before and is on a constant search for ways to express his insides to the outside world; a cause that makes for heartbreakingly good art.    It was an honor to ring in the holidays with the work of Mike Parillo hanging on our walls. They will be missed when they are gone.  Like Mike as a person, his art changes the air around it and the brains of the people that behold it.  Even if just for a moment, the veil is pulled back and the dirty end of the mystery is exposed.  


Parillo taking a break from making art to make some turns at Kingfisher Heli.  Shot by @ripzinger.

Are You Experienced?: The Grand Expedition of Jeremy Jones' Higher December 25 2014, 0 Comments


  The Grand.  PC: Chris Bezamat

"It's way more real being that close to it, the reality of how big it is, how steep it is, the shear mass of it."  Bryan Iguchi

     Perspective is everything when looking the Grand Tetons, at a distance they loom like Mordor, up close (if you can get there) they are impossibly big and humbling in a way that is beyond words.  However close you can get to these peaks the reaction is always the same, awe.  Most folks think of them as a lovely photograph or postcard that gives evidence that they have been somewhere great, a crazy few see them as a challenge.  

The Otter Body.  PC: Chris Bezamat

        In 2013 Jeremy Jones, Bryan Iguchi, Exum guide Zahan Billimoria, and the TGR filming crew, in the process of creating Jones' film Higher, began the final steps of a life long journey to snowboard the Grand.  The work that goes in to something like this begins long before you put board to snow, every factor is examined excessively, knowing that when the time comes it may not even be possible.  "We can't fool ourselves into thinking that we can eliminate the risk on a line like that."  Zahan Billimoria, as a life long mountaineer and guide for Exum, knows that the amount of variables in a trek like this create situations that are impossible to get out of.  

 A powder field on the Grand.  PC: Chris Bezamat

On December 28th Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is hosting an evening with Travis Rice, Jeremy Jones, Bryan Iguchi, Zahan Billimoria, and Steve Jones where the unique elements involved in creating Higher will be discussed and examined.  Join Asymbol, TGR, and JHMR for a very special event that will illuminate a part of snowboarding that is very rarely seen.  See you there! 

For more information check out www.jacksonhole.com/blog/anotterbodyexperience/ 


We have gathered a few of the choice shots from the stunning collections of Higher photographers Jeff Curley and Andrew Miller, available here or at our Jackson Wyoming gallery. 

Hit The Deck: Mr. Plant Through the Eyes of Vernon Deck December 17 2014, 0 Comments

Pat Moore recently dropped by Asymbol for the premiere of the Mr. Plant Collection, featuring photography by the ultra-talented Kiwi/Swiss Vernon Deck. In this video, Pat and Travis walk through the gallery while discussing images from the Collection. Check it out.

Volcom's Mr. Plant reminds us of what snowboarding movies used be: fun, unscripted and hesh.  

By Josi Stephens

In it's truest form it is a fire poker, moving the coals around and sending sparks flying. A good flick can burn the house down.  Mr. Plant is a lean 35 odd minutes that feels like one hell of a day on the hill, and when it's over, all you want to do is f*%^king ride.

The fellas at Volcom recruited the wildly versatile and talented photographer Vernon Deck to capture still photos of the movie and capture them he did.  Narrowing down the shots to gather into a collection for Asymbol was a monster.  They are all so damn good!  Deck's lens exposes the dirt of the city and the grandiosity of the mountains with the same level of respect and creativity.  

For those of us that have already worn the DVD out, Vernon's photographs bring to life moments that beg to be re-examined.  For those of you who remember what snowboard movies used to be like and long for that time, this collection puts the kind of ink on paper that doesn't fade.  

View the complete Mr. Plant Collection.

Asymbol very, very proudly offers you the Mr. Plant Collection by Vernon Deck.

About Vernon:
"I grew up in a tiny beach town, played Rugby and raced moto-x. I dropped out of school at 16 and backpacked around Australia for 2-1/2 years. During this time I got my first camera. Somehow I wrangled a job in a Formula 1 racing team for a year. After that I moved to Switzerland and saw snowboarding for the first time, that was 1997. Since then I've been basically shooting snowboarding. I've been with Volcom for nearly 10 years now, I get to shoot with some of the most talented and interesting creatures. 
The future is what you make of it."

Nothing For The Grave: Jamie Lynn's Asymbol Mural December 12 2014, 0 Comments


He is one of those photos where the edges are blurry with movement and the subject perfectly clear, everyone and everything in constant motion while he holds a strangely still center. Despite what folk’s think that they know, around him there is a calm. This man, a snowboard legend, an accomplished artist, a musician, doesn't think about what's going to happen or what has happened, he just lives. Jamie Lynn is a cat; he comes and goes as he pleases, actions are reflex and instinct. That is why he is still here and why there are, after two decades in this industry, still things to say about him.

“Maximum fun is the plan. I don’t really think about what needs to happen or why, it’s just a matter of living a completely full and fun life. Not knowing makes it interesting, it keeps me moving forward.”

Lynn's art is a large part of the core Asymbol quiver, now and in the beginning. His work makes up a good chunk of the original collection put together by Travis Rice and Mike Parillo back in 2009. Inviting him to the new spot in Jackson to paint a wall was the next step, the result, vibrating color and dreamy visions. Jamie’s art, very much like his board riding and music making, sends it off of the map that he himself has designed. There are nods to his roots and swings towards a fence that only he sees, the rules, whether he knows them or not, don't really seem to apply. The mural puts all of life’s driving elements, mountains, sun, snow, water, on a linear plane. His simple, harmoneous approach to color and subject is a companion to his snowboarding style, visceral and classic. After all of these years Jamie is still true to these basic ingredients.

"When I was young there was this neighbor kid who had a cat that was sick. I watched him try in many ways to kill it. He hung it up, kicked it, and finally drowned it in a sack. It was fucked up, probably the worst thing I had seen at that point. After that I just found myself harboring wounded cats. They would just show up and I’d nurse them back to health. That's partially the reason that I paint them. Cats just do what they want. Mine usually end up lying down on top of what I am trying to paint, or putting them selves directly in my view so that I have to draw them. They demand attention."

As he hits the 20-year mark of riding for Libtech the time is ripe for digging into Jamie's mind a little bit. He is the keeper of snowboarding’s evolution, he has seen and done more in 20 years than some will do in a lifetime. Sitting with him and listening to his stories is like gathering around a campfire with those that came before as they share our collective history. Almost immediately all of the questions I had planned on asking went out the window along with any hope of a traditional interview. Jamie quietly rejects conventional methods, which isn’t to say that he won’t share everything with you. He does. Nestled deep in rambling off topic conversations were nuggets of information that if put together make a strange sort narration.

“My grandpa Floyd always said, “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.” Some of what I do its brilliance, some of it, bullshit. I just go with it.”

Jamie travels with a skateboard, a small backpack, and a guitar. And that is all that anyone really needs to know about what matters to him. The first stop for him was a skate session with Bryan Iguchi that didn't end until blood was drawn. Lynn skates like a demon on fire embracing the burn, pain does not stop him. When he's not on wheels he has his guitar in hand. There was music for everything, he is constantly strumming.

"Music is just as important as the art expression for me. I have been playing with Wes Makepeace (*Tittyfish* front man), which is amazing. He has the most amazing voice, which lets me focus on playing guitar. Tittyfish is like a variety show with an evolving line- up, most of us have been playing together off and on for a while."

The process of getting Jamie to Jackson, pinning him down for a proper interview, and the subsequent crafting of this article were illuminating experiences. Jamie is like smoke. If you grab at it or try to capture it in any way it disperses. Every conversation with him, despite any efforts to the contrary, take on a Confucius like form. One sentence from him on any topic is concise and clear enough to end the entire conversation. We never talked about snowboarding, but by the time he left I understood the sport better than I ever have. I suppose that I understand quite a few things better thanks to him. It all just goes off the rails when Jamie is around. You have to just go with it. If I forgot to ask him about his life long career in the industry it was because it seemed irrelevant in the face of his current existence, his band, his art, traveling, story telling. When the time came to start the mural, Jamie worked tirelessly, sometimes as late as 3am. What I thought was going to be a rock star experience was more like hanging out with your grandpa in his work shed. He tinkers; you drink whiskey and get high off of spray can fumes.

On the way to the airport I told him about a quote I had just heard. “The richest places on the planet are the graveyards. That’s where everybody takes their dreams, their wishes, and they die there, undone.” To this he said, “I am leaving nothing for the grave. I am going to spend every part of myself before I get there.”


The Straight Dope November 24 2014, 0 Comments

There is a trusty old adage that says, "You can't know where you are going until you know where you have been."  This may be true in politics and economics, it certainly matters when building a house or choosing a car.  Art, it seems, has little need to hedge bets with history however.  This is especially the case with the work of Mike Parillo, he very rarely looks back or too far ahead.  Take a walk through the new Asymbol Art + Essentials space and you can see the evolution of an artist who clearly takes steps away from the origin towards a destination unknown.   Each of his collections bring up a whole new set of questions and emotions, Parillo never lets you rest on what is familiar.  

The 22nd of November was Mike's birthday and to celebrate him Asymbol released a piece, Dopamine Receptor, from his new collection, Extra Dopamine.  A riot of color and energy, Dopamine explores the brains response to chemistry.  The vacillation between electric and muted hues coupled with other worldly shapes creates a map of the minds many avenues and reflexes.  Parillo taps into years of experimenting with context, space, and color, the result is exciting and vibrant.  This piece offers a glimpse into the deepest parts of the human experience, blurring the lines between what we see and what we feel.  This painting invites the viewer to fully engage in an experience that is illuminating and unique, the strange beauty belongs fully to the beholder.  


There is little to link his first creations with what has been and is to come, no one will know where he goes next.  The one thread that connects Parillo's ever expanding body of work is his unquenchable need to illuminate the deepest corners of the heart and mind.  He will take you there, the rest is up to you. 



Dopamine Receptor prints are available on our website and in the Jackson Wyoming Art + Essentials space.  Please contact us with any inquiries or if you just want to chat.  We stay up late. 



Heavy Light: The Higher Movie November 19 2014, 0 Comments

It takes a special kind of deftness to make a movie where everybody knows the end but is still held riveted, as if any outcome is possible. There are so many moments in Higher that pin you to the chair, breath held, eyes wide, with the kind of anticipation that hurts. It is a beautiful trek through physical and emotional terrain, the kind of quest that makes careers, takes lives, and pushes back on everything that we know about adventure. The scope of this movie is further and deeper than you may have bargained for.  While he is mic’d, Jones gets sloughed off a never before ridden spine in Nepal after multiple scenes endearing viewers to his family. It is brutal, stark and merciless. His dust-it-off-and-get-back-in-the-game mentality returning to the hike at hand is nothing short of heroic. Teton Gravity Research fills in so many blanks about what it means to be a true big mountain rider that there is no way to walk away unmoved, unchanged, or without insane stoke.

Higher does something very unique in the action sports genre. It builds a mission that is virtually impossible to complete, then, in a blink, turns around and makes you see that it is your right to stand at the highest peak in your life, holding the dream of greatness with both hands. This movie offers everyone a way into this place on the edge. It gives a quiet but unmistakable permission to live, to “drink up life.”  These guys exist in a way that shows by example how we are all a bit under gunned in the face of our ambition. The difference between a full life, the joyful kind, and death, is picking a line that challenges you and committing yourself completely to it, heart and soul. That’s what Higher is about, the heaviness of living in the light.

The film was built around boot-powered, never or rarely attempted ascents and descents of the Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park, Mt. Timlin in the Eastern Alaska Range, and Shangra La in Nepal’s Khumba Valley. Two of those peaks may seem unfamiliar, and they should. They received their names by the crew, one to honor the fallen and the other in reference to the delights that the summit held. The film is peppered with stories about Jones, his family, and the genesis that would culminate in the Further, Deeper, Higher trilogy. For the final piece in the puzzle Jones tapped an illustrious and fitting team to join him: Ryland Bell, Bryan Iguchi, and Luca Pandolfi, all legends and mountaineers.

Behind the scenes he had the renowned TGR filmers, as well as Jeff Curley and Andrew Miller, ripping snowboarders with serious camera habits. Higher will mean different things to its viewers. Some will hear the call to physically overcome fear, others will understand that it is a reminder to live life as fully as possible.

Jeremy and I exchanged a few words on the subject...

JS: What is it that drives you to spend the better part of your life on the edge?

Jeremy Jones: It’s not that I need to go to the super sharp edge to feel good about myself, I do a lot of low-angle riding and feel really good about it. I just see these lines and mountains and they just consume me. What I am doing and when I do it makes sense to me; I am looking at it going, ‘that’s awesome.’ I’m always looking for reasons to turn around but if things look good and feel good, I go for it.

JS: Higher is the culmination of a very full and groundbreaking body of work. What does that mean to you? What’s next?

Jones: It is overwhelming, but I just focused on one trip at time. I never knew that I was really going to do three films over six years. One film just led into the next. Higher got started when I just got fired up to get into the Tetons, on a whim. Conditions were good, TGR was on board and we did it. Same with Alaska and Nepal – it’s all so present-moment. That makes it difficult from a production point of view but I find that that is how I work the best at this point in my life. The mountains have their days and it needs to come from within.

JS: Is there a dream peak/project that eludes you?

Jones: My home range [the Sierra Nevada] is what I am most excited about. It’s where I make my decisions. There are a lot of places I’d like to go. I am as excited about snowboarding as I have ever been. What’s really pulled me the most – it’s always come from within – happens in the mountains.

Js: How do you prepare for a boot-powered trip?

Jones: I get outside consistently no matter what and push myself on the snow. I have no real gym program; I just try to be on snow as much as possible.

JS: The nonprofit you founded to engage the snow sports community in climate change issues, Protect Our Winters (POW), just participated in the largest climate change march in history. What did you take from that experience?

Jones: [POW] is a rallying point for the winter sports community – those who are on the front lines and share the urgency that we need to do something about climate change. We’ve been able to make progress because of our support but the reality is we still have less than 1 percent of the sports community on board. We are grateful but we need more. Enough is enough.

JS: You field a lot of questions. What do you want to tell me?

Jones: I look at Higher as a complete story of what I am, what I believe in, and where I am going.

Plant and Harvest: The Pat Moore Curation November 19 2014, 0 Comments

If Volcom's new flick Mr. Plant is an indicator of things to come, snowboarding culture is heading back to its roots.  It is shedding its day glow skin and synth pop soundtrack, growing out its beard and cutting the crap.  The winter gods are showering us with sugary snow and ushering in a new day, one that looks a lot like the old days.  

Pat Moore's rise is a sure sign that natural, cowboy riding and dirty, technical style is finding its way back.  If his bag of tricks is so fat it's because he takes the time to honor his predecessors, all the while keeping a steady eye on progression.  You will be hard pressed to meet a more humble or hardworking fella in this industry.

Mr.Plant threw down some roots at Asymbol with a Pat Moore curation of our offerings, old and new.  Moore handpicked some of his favorites, his collection reflecting his riding style, inventive and explosive.  

Take a look: Curated by Pat Moore.




"I enjoy art that pulls an emotional connection from me, whether thats a past memory, a feeling, or energy that's both positive or negative.  Sometimes those connections are direct, like my love for Parillo's piece "For Jamil" because I rode the Burton Balance where it laid as a graphic.  Other times there is just an energy to an image, like Andrew Miller's "Shangri-La" or Tim Zimmerman's "Deserted Mountain", both places I've never been but their sight makes my stomach drop.  

Different types of art litters my house and most of the time goes unnoticed, but every once in a while a piece will capture my attention and bring me to a completely different place. To me thats art's greatest attribute and why I continue to collect."  Pat Moore


Help Brunkhart November 03 2014, 0 Comments

The board riding community is being hit squarely in the heart by the cancer attacking one our own.  Chris Brunkhart, a photographer of giant talent, is having the fight of his life and each of us in our own way will stand beside him in this battle.  Chris has documented some of the most iconic moments, places, and people in the board industry.  It’s not clear whether the courageousness of his personal life has shaped the art or if it’s the other way around, either way, he has changed the optics of the game.   His images are honest and unflinching; they give a glimpse into pieces of the world that are rarely captured, let alone made arrestingly beautiful.   He is a true master of his craft.

Asymbol has been honored to have Brunkhart in our lineup for quite some time.  His pieces have always added something exceptional and enduring to our collection.   We simply will not imagine life without him.  On this note, Asymbol will humbly be donating a percentage of all Chris Brunkhart prints purchased to his cancer fund.    Prints can be bought online at Asymbol.co or in our Art + Essentials Gallery in downtown Jackson Wyoming.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions about this or other ways to you can help him out.  Let’s hammer this home! #fuckcancer


Behind The Scenes: Jeremy Jones and the Higher Collection Launch Party October 15 2014, 0 Comments

Asymbol was honored to host Jeremy Jones, Jeff Curley and Andrew Miller, along with tons of crew members, athletes and filmers at the VIP party celebrating the launch of the Higher Collection.

Jeremy, Jeff and Andrew discuss some of the key scenes in the film, and how they translated into the  photography in the Higher Collection.

About the Higher Collection:

In the universe of human-powered snowboarding expeditions, Jeremy Jones is in a league of his own. With Higher - the final film of his groundbreaking trilogy - Jeremy ventures into some of the most remote mountain ranges on the planet, enduring massive storms and grueling ascents that push him and his crew to the absolute limit.

Shot by award-winning photographers Jeff Curley and Andrew Miller, Asymbol's Higher Collection captures the defining moments of this film, conveying its intensity and audacity through a series of images spanning from Alaska to Nepal.

The Higher Collection: Available from Asymbol as open edition and limited edition prints.

Shout outs to: Jeremy Jones, Andrew Miller, Jeff Curley, Teton Gravity Research, Jones Snowboards, Phil Hessler, Adam Schellenberg and Bryan Iguchi. You're all legends to us.

Video: Bryan Iguchi on the Asymbol x Union binding collaboration October 02 2014, 0 Comments

"…they were leaping into the next world or the next life with confidence. I thought that was a pretty powerful and symbolic image. I wanted to capture that and create this sort of spirit animal with the buffalo skeleton that represented this symbol of strength and positivity." - Bryan Iguchi

Creation Incarnate: The Intuitive Process of Bryan Iguchi October 02 2014, 0 Comments

Words by Colin Wiseman, frequencyTSJ. Photos by Andrew Miller

SoCal to Jackson Hole. It’s not a typical migratory pattern for a snowboarder. Especially one who grew up in Los Angeles and came up at Big Bear in the late 80s and early 90s like Bryan Iguchi. Indeed, Iguchi started riding at a time when jib-centrism was taking over the sport, when big mountain pursuits were hardly a blip on the radar of the skate-influenced snowboarding boom. 


The 2014/15 Asymbol x Union collab bindings, designed by Bryan Iguchi

Iguchi was, no doubt, at the forefront of that freestyle scene for a few years. A pro skateboarder at 13, he started snowboarding at 15 and did the whole park rat thing through his late teens and early 20s. But it was also there at Big Bear that he met Asymbol co-founder Mike Parillo, who, at the time, was living in a tent in the woods and sharing rakes and shovels with Iguchi on the Big Bear park crew. They connected through artistic pursuits.

“When I was young, I was always drawing and doodling,” Iguchi says. “But when I met Mike Parillo I started painting.”

While Iguchi wouldn’t be known as an artist for a few more years, his exploratory tendencies were already leading him beyond well-groomed features as a conduit for creative snowboarding. 

“I had this realization that I was a professional snowboarder but I didn’t really know anything about the mountains,” Iguchi says. “It was when I was filming for Volcom’s [1994] ‘The Garden’—I realized that there’s endless terrain, but you have to learn how to access it safely. I wanted to learn about the mountains and riding in the backcountry. I saw Jackson as a place I could do that.”

So off he went. It took a couple years before Iguchi dropped anchor permanently, but he was immediately entranced by the small community vibe and endless terrain. “Everything that I wanted was here,” Iguchi says. “I was finding this satisfaction every year and just getting really inspired to snowboard.”

Fast forward almost two decades and Iguchi still calls Jackson home. He is still a pro snowboarder at age 41—his media presence seems to have increased in the past couple years, in fact—and serves as something of a backcountry mentor to young riders. He is raising a family there with his wife, Lily, and their two sons Mylo (age 5) and Silas (2 in December) and continuing to find new lines, new sources of creative inspiration in the burly expanse of the Tetons and beyond.

“With snowboarding, the landscapes and natural world inspire my artwork,” Iguchi says, “just the light and the lines of nature, what exists in nature, I get to feel the most amazing compositions out there. I want to try to capture and remember that… when I’m splitboarding, laying a good skin-track that’s straight, efficient, to the point—it’s an art form that takes years. I’m constantly trying to improve my awareness of moving through the mountains and picking a clean line, and being as efficient and fluid as possible. Drawing lines and splitboarding is a connected kind of art form.”

Although Iguchi maintains that his art work is primarily a personal passion, it can regularly be seen and purchased via the product lines of his sponsors like Volcom, Electric and Bluebird, and, of course, through Asymbol. His most recent project, a newly-released collaboration between binding sponsor Union and Asymbol exemplifies his approach. 

“I wanted to do something that was symbolic of the strength and connection to your board,” Iguchi says of the binding. “I started thinking about it and I was fascinated by the buffalo, the spirit, what it represents. I thought it would be a good, iconic, traditional image—the buffalo jump. The buffalo jump is this old Native American hunting technique. The natives would run the buffalos off a cliff. There’s a famous photograph of these three buffalo going over the cliff with such good style—it’s kind of a haunting image, but graceful at the same time. So I went with that and used that for a symbol of strength to represent the connection from you to your board.”

Iguchi is the type who sees deeper connections and artistic tendencies in the interactions of humans with the land—in his case, through his pursuits as a snowboarder. 

“On my snowboard,” Iguchi explains, “when I’m trying to learn a new trick or riding a line, you get this thing that obsesses you. And you work towards your goal. I find that process of trying to make something happen, to make an idea become a reality in the artistic sense, a physical feeling much like snowboarding… Riding is obviously very physical and the art is more mental, but it’s that feeling that you get, the high that you get, you know?”

Snowboarding, art, the pursuit of that feeling—for Iguchi, it’s all connected. His art is an intuitive extension of his life—the process of creation incarnate. 

For an extended Q&A with Bryan Iguchi, head over to frequency The Snowboarder's Journal.

Check out the video of Guch at Asymbol's Jackson Hole gallery talking about the design of the new Asymbol x Union collab binding.

The Lost Prints: Mike Blabac August 28 2014, 0 Comments

We've seen it all this year at Asymbol.  Change and growth have dominated every moment of every day.  

Among all of this new ground, one thing has become clear - the road to this place has been paved by the a stellar group creative minds.  The best part about building something new out of something established is getting another look at the start.  And if you can't go to the beginning, occasionally you get lucky and the beginning comes to you. 

A few months back, a package unexpectedly landed on our doorstep.  In this box was a set of prints in perfect condition: two iconic pictures shot by Mike Blabac, legend of skateboard photography.  'Mid-Session' and 'Danny' had been tucked in the back of a San Diego warehouse for some five years.  In the shuffle of creating and nurturing what was then our new company, a portion of Blabac's contribution to Asymbol went missing.  

As they say... what goes around, comes around. Dusted off and unpacked, we proudly reintroduce 'Mid-Session' and 'Danny' by Mike Blabac.  

'Danny' was shot at the '05 X-Games in LA,  about three weeks after Danny Way had fractured his foot jumping over the Great Wall of China.  He won that year—on his broken foot.  

Colin McKay, pushing down the center of the DC ramp in Vista California, cuts a tranquil vision in 'Mid Session'.   Blabac recalls, "I remember him looking up and asking me what I was doing taking pictures of him pushing. I told him not to worry about it, that I was just having fun. But I knew that the picture would look rad. Because no one ever sees that, they only see photos of these guys in the air above it, or on the lip. And I've spent so much time in that place, shooting every part of that ramp, from every angle, I figured why not shoot a photo of the flat bottom as well?"

Limited-edition signed and numbered prints are available at asymbol.co and our new Art + Essentials Gallery in downtown Jackson, Wyoming.  

Learn about Mike and view his complete Asymbol collection here.

Adam Haynes: The Bounty Is Plentiful August 07 2014, 0 Comments

Words by Colin Wiseman

Adam Haynes doesn’t look like an artist. You won’t see him walking around town in a paint-splattered t-shirt. He doesn’t have any visible tattoos. No deep bags under his eyes from late nights in the studio.

Haynes looks more like, say, a small-town carpenter—a healthy, active human who typically blends into a social gathering. He’s friendly and polite. A typical mid-30s dude raising a family in the outdoor-oriented central Oregon community of Bend. Indeed, Haynes identifies with the laborer set as much as he does with the creative crowd, at least when it comes to his day job.

“[Commercial art] feels like more of a craft than just creating,” Haynes says. “I’m not just splashing paint on paper. Commercial art, a lot of the time, feels more like drafting or architecture where you’re building something through methodical steps.”


See, commercial art is how Haynes makes his living. With clients ranging from Red Bull to Nike to Gnu Snowboards to Specialized Bikes to Patagonia to Smith Optics, he’s damn good at it, too.

But behind his average Adam façade, Haynes is a painter. A fine artist. An inspired and inspirational dude, spreading his perspective through a refined palette that is largely brought forth from the mountainscapes in which he invests the bulk of his spare time.

Haynes is a snowboarder, a mountain biker, a devotee of mountain culture. He came from the small town of Camp Sherman, OR, grew up riding the community-oriented slopes of Hoodoo Ski Area. He chose to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design at Montana State University, Bozeman, because of the quality riding at Bridger Bowl and Big Sky. After a stint in Portland designing t-shirts for mainstream audiences, he moved back to Bend to be closer to the mountains. Now, he snowboards 70-plus days per year, rallying his home mountain of Mt Bachelor with the whole Bend crew, exploring the northwest backcountry on multi-day missions with dudes like Josh Dirksen and Temple Cummins. He regularly places well at the Dirksen Derby and Mt Baker’s Legendary Banked Slalom, both of which he has won in his category. And both of which have inspired his art—one need only look as far as the piece “Mt Baker Park & Ride” to see a work that came straight from his experience at the LBS.

Mt. Baker Park & Ride

“There are few things I’ve experienced in life that compare to the feeling that envelopes me when traveling and snowboarding in the mountains,” Haynes says. “There’s the vast stillness, the great beauty, and the delight of being able to move within a frosty landscape with comfort and purpose in pursuit of pure joy. The crisp air and lack of the usual distractions allow my senses to focus and gather, and the bounty is often quite plentiful. Whereas I sometimes feel stuck and uninspired when staring at a blank sheet of paper, it’s the exact opposite when I’m up in the mountains. There’s so much inspiration everywhere that it’s difficult to choose what shape or form or feature to put down on paper. Usually, I try to remember to take lots of pictures and make a quick sketch or two, and then try to carry that feeling back into the studio.” 

It’s simple, really—Haynes is inspired by the life he leads, and it’s a life built through sweat equity and no shortage of alpine inspiration. So while you shouldn’t expect Adam to be mailing anyone his ear anytime soon, you can expect to cultivate an intimate relationship with his work underfoot and on your person for years to come. And, if you so choose, find inspiration from creative pursuits hanging on your living room wall.

For Colin Wiseman's extended interview and Q&A with Adam Haynes, check out frqncy.com

Asymbol's New Gallery Opens in Jackson Hole, Wyoming July 31 2014, 0 Comments

Since the day Asymbol began, it's been our dream to create a space where art, passion and board riding culture intersect, showcasing this company's unique and electrifying vision for the world. 

Our community of artists and adventurers is fueling a movement of innovation and expression unlike any other.  As we've carved out our presence online, our desire to truly connect with each other has become increasingly essential.   

For years, we searched for the ideal spot to house our dream gallery - a physical space for Asymbol to call home, and a meeting place where our art and stories can be shared with our friends around the globe.  

In the shadows of Wyoming's immense Teton Mountain Range, we found just the right location. Over the past several months, teams of contractors and artisans worked tirelessly to help us make this dream a reality. 

Home to Asymbol's co-founder Travis Rice, along with some of the most adventurous and passionate individuals we know, it is with great pride that we announce the new Asymbol Art + Essentials gallery, located in the heart of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  

Asymbol Art + Essentials
50 W. Broadway
Jackson, WY 83001

The adventure continues...

Trent Mitchell's Award-Winning Turtle Glide Series April 28 2014, 0 Comments

In 2012, The Turtle Glide series was selected as the winner of the International Photography Awards - Special category, by a jury of top photographers and gallery curators. Several images from this series also won the PhotoShoot Awards - Oceans 2013 - Beauty and Emotion category. 

Prints of Turtle Glide are available here.

Below is Trent Mitchell's Turtle Glide series in full. Enjoy...

(All photos © Trent Mitchell)



Brunkhart Vision: The Beauty of Simplicity and the Legacy of Chris Brunkhart April 21 2014, 0 Comments

By Colin Wiseman

photo credit: manuel pompeia

Chris Brunkharts imagery goes beyond snowscapes, beyond documentarianism. Using simple equipment for the most part—usually a Leica rangefinder and black and white film—Brunkhart’s vision developed during the northwest uprising in the early 90s. His unique, clean style advanced snowboard photography just as the riders around him progressed the sport.

(Check out Chris Brunkhart's copilot series of photos in honor of Craig Kelly)

Born and raised in the Midwest, Brunkhart started riding in 1988 after moving to Portland at the age of 18. Boarding day in and day out he met up-and-coming riders from the northwest, guys like Jamie Lynn, Matt Donahue and Peter Line, and the photos came naturally. “All of a sudden I had all these amazing snowboarders around me,” Brunkhart says, “and Id always been a photographer—that was always my passion. So I just combined the two.”

Indeed, before he was a snowboarder, Brunkhart was a photographer, and it showed in his work. He found creative outlet beyond the confines of the action shot, in the quieter moments in-between—in the simple powder turns, in the style of a rider as much as the riding itself. “Theres a lot of beauty in snowboarding,” Brunkhart explains, “and its not just about backside 360s or 720s or whatever. The little simple moments can help tell the story so much more.”

The first public offering of Brunkharts vision was through a ‘zine called Boardsports Northwest, which he created with his friend Scott Hickox at the start of the ‘90s. It wasnt long before established titles came calling. First it was Concrete Powder up in Canada, then Transworld Snowboarding ran a shot of his featuring Craig Kelly. Brunkhart went from working in the airport to pay the bills to a Senior Photographer at Snowboarder Magazine pretty quick. By 95, Brunkhart was traveling the world with fellow northwesterner and Snowboarder editorial staffer Jeff Galbraith and his upstart crew of riders from the PNW.  This lasted through the rest of the decade—near home at Mt Baker with Jamie, Donahue and Jeff Fulton, Chile with Craig, and everywhere in between. Through it all, Brunkhart built a special bond and appreciation for Craig—for his riding, but also for his dedication and perspective and approach to snowboarding.

“Two or three years after that first photo in Transworld,” Brunkhart explains, “I saw Craig at a Mt. Bachelor event. We were riding the half pipe. It was raining. It was shitty. And he said, ‘Oh, you took that magical photo.My shot had made the jump look bigger than it was, or something like that. We talked a little bit and the next season I got a phone call from him inviting me to Alaska. He was an amazing individual. I was really honored to become a friend and hang out and travel the way we did.

“With Craig, it wasnt just a photo shoot. We would go to Chile for a week-long Burton shoot then spend six weeks on the road going to different mountains and finding all these hidden beaches to surf and being on the road. Those are some of my best memories ever. Not just with Craig, but all the other snowboarders—when you travel with them you get more intimate on a personal level. When you are on the road with someone day in and day out you totally learn all their quirks.”

This is what comes out in Brunkharts photography: intimacy. Yes, he is capable of timeless action, of transferring the perfect moment to a broader audience. But he is also a master of the subtleties that make life as a snowboarder something special. Moments of quiet reflection. Sadness. Exuberance. Pain. Transcendence.

“Thats the beauty of traveling,” Brunkhart continues, “and getting to know Craig like that was just really awesome. Seeing him read Gandhi and Dantes Inferno, and then seeing him charge up the mountain. I went to Alaska a few times with him and Chile four times, Austria, and then we traveled the Northwest and Wyoming, Montana, Canada. He was quite the visionary, leaving the half pipe when he did to go and explore the backcountry. He was the catalyst that kind of opened up the backcountry to the rest of us. He had a vision of what he saw the future of snowboarding would and could be. There were no selfish motives. He wanted to share his experiences and his education and pass it on to others and open up the mountains and the culture and the life to everyone. Its pretty amazing for a top athlete to care about the industry and the sport and the people.”

And Brunkhart was able to spread his own vision alongside Craig and his compatriots from the Pacific Northwest, a vision of snowboarding that cuts through the hype and brings a human element into snowboarding superstardom. That is his legacy.

For Colin Wiseman's extended interview and Q&A with Chris Brunkhart, check out frequency TSJ

Photo credit: manuel pompeia

View Chris Brunkharts ongoing work at www.chrisbrunkhart.com and on Instagram @28f2.