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Bouncing Souls/Tattoo Artist Bryan Kienlen for NJ Monthly

By |July 5th, 2022|Editorial|

About 13 years ago, I was hanging out with Bryan Kienlen and he said, "Hey bud, I should tattoo you." I admittedly waited a bit as he got dialed in but then he put the iconic Bouncing Souls anchor heart on my calf, a piece I will always love for its association with New Jersey punk, independence and the friends we have in common. After interviewing Bryan Kienlen for Souls ...

Sunny Singh, Hate5Six for Huck Mag

By |January 6th, 2022|Editorial|

Courtesy Hate5Six “I got into hardcore and punk for some of the political aspects,” says Singh, “[Social justice] issues can be at the forefront of this music that brings all these people together. I’ve always liked the idea of subverting people’s consumption of entertainment and giving them a dose of reality. I’ve been covering political protests since 2011.” If you've been to a hardcore show in Philly in ...

Backyard Parties for Surfline

By |August 31st, 2021|Editorial|

We are fast approaching the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. I wrote this piece for Surfline as something of a primer but then we had Hurricane Henri and sadly the mess of Hurricane Ida. Check out Backyard Parties for Surfline. We love to run around and chase swells. But for this one, my idea was to record stories off East Coasters who stayed home and scored. So I did ...

Ronnie Green for Anglers Journal

By |August 13th, 2021|Editorial|

First off, if you have any interest at all in fishing, check out Angler's Journal. It's an amazing magazine with gorgeous photography and really thoughtful stories. Green Outdoors It's actually crazy that I should pen a story for such a publication, or any fishing magazine for that matter. When they asked for my bio, I included "Jon Coen knows enough about fishing to know that he knows nothing ...

Right Coast Tattoo Move for the Sand Paper

By |July 15th, 2021|Editorial|

For the first time in 22 years, Long Beach Island does not have a tattoo shop. The town of Barnegat, however, just got a new shop with a solid legacy. Dan Binai opened Right Coast Tattoo in Ship Bottom 14 years ago. Set back from the Boulevard in one of the cut-outs, the shop flourished right along with the industry that saw massive growth from the mid-2000s. The shop had ...

NJ/NY Winter Surfing for RedBull.com

By |April 13th, 2021|Editorial|

This winter we had a great project lined up for Red Bull around winter surfing in New York and New Jersey but alas, there was a huge pandemic spike in December and there was no way to hold a live event in January. Instead we had to make the change and make this an online project. See the full piece at RedBull.com. Working with the Red Bull editors, I helped ...

Jamaican Surf Team Scores Swell and Support

By |April 8th, 2021|Editorial|

Jamaica is very much on my bucket list. I have long heard about Jamnesia, the idyllic rootsy and charmingly ramshackle beach enclave that every wander-curious surfer in the hemisphere has read about. It’s the surf camp/music venue/homestead/skate spot established many years ago by the patriarch of Jamaican surfing, Billy Wilmot, aka, Billy Mystic, frontman of the internationally acclaimed reggae group, the Mystic Revealers. (Saw the Revealers at Reggae Sunsplash in ...

The Camel Finds Water for Power & Motoryacht

By |March 25th, 2021|Commercial Work|

  “There’s something just so satisfying about bobbing around in the ocean on a boat you’ve resurrected from the ground up, knowing every nook and cranny as it hurls you forward on epic little adventures. It’s knowing the vessel’s story from beginning to end,” says Gordon. “Boats are funny that way; superstitions and folklore add to the depth of the experience.” This is a piece I did last year for ...

Kemper’s Superhuman Recovery for Men’s Journal

By |March 22nd, 2021|Editorial|

As of Sunday, the World Surf League has released several weekly episodes on the phenomenal story of Billy Kemper's recovery. A little over a year ago, Kemper was fighting for his life in Morocco after a brutal bounce off the bottom. By December, he was back out charging Jaws. I interviewed Kemper specifically on his fitness program in rehabbing from his injuries. He's not only a certified XPT Trainer, but ...

Talking to a Made Guy from a NYC Crime Family

By |March 11th, 2021|Editorial|

Growing up in New Jersey or New York, you learn a lot about Italian American culture, even if you're not Italian.  Combine that with the amount of classic mafia movies made in the last 40 years and you definitely feel how organized crime, or at least the legend of organized criminals starts to expand. I think we're all aware of stories and myths of who's a "made guy" and the ...

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