Over the past 20 years, I have built a healthy freelance relationship with numerous publications while developing a solid career as a storyteller: journalist, video director and marketing writer. This has ranged from long form dig-your-heels features to community journalism, travel features, product reviews, in-depth character portraits and even coverage of world class snowboard and surf competitions.
From epic trips to great swells, tattoo culture, underground music, the surf world, environmental issue, festivals, snowboarding, boating, local happenings, and social commentary, I love to tell the story. I’ve even started writing for some fishing publications. And I know just enough about fishing to know that I know nothing about fishing.
Publications I’ve Worked With
Escape to LBI in Angler’s Journal Magazine
Today, my feature on LBI is front and center on The Anglers Journal website. It was also in the Winter 23 print issue with photos by Jessica Haydahl Richardson If you aren't aware of this magazine, it's a radically departure from other fishing mags. I'm always honored that they give me assignments considering I am a relative newcomer to angling. This feature takes a look at our home, as the way of life we have known is changing rapidly. I'm thankful ...
Bouncing Souls/Tattoo Artist Bryan Kienlen for NJ Monthly
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 related stories for so many years, it was cool to ...
Sunny Singh, Hate5Six for Huck Mag
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 the past 5-10 years, you have likely seen Sunny Singh, ...
Backyard Parties for Surfline
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 this with my friends Rob Kelly and Jamie DeWitt as ...
Ronnie Green for Anglers Journal
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 about fishing." They edited that to soften the blow, but ...
Right Coast Tattoo Move for the Sand Paper
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 a consistent year-round clientele. Summers always saw traffic from visitors ...