Cre-8 or Die 8: Tattoo Artist Dan Paone

I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know and skate with Dan Paone recently, but his history with ABF Skate Shop runs much deeper than that.  If you shopped ABF in 1990 or 1991, Dan may have helped you.  Dan worked at ABF then and even drew up some of our sticker […]

Cre-8 or Die 7: Mark Sisom & Mark Sisom Design

One of my favorite things about returning to skateboarding as an adult has been getting to know all the amazing people doing it.  Skateboarders, in my experience, are more creative, artistic, and entrepreneurial than the average person, and I’ve found Mark Sisom to be especially so.  Not only has Mark been riding […]

Cre-8 or Die 6: David Farrell Art and Frame

It’s always exciting when a new family moves in on your block. But a couple years ago, I got the added bonus of a skateboarder moving in! Husband and father David Farrell lives right across the street from me, so we get to skateboard together just about whenever we want. While our […]

Cre-8 or Die 4: Todd Laffler & Laffler Photography

Back in the late 80s when Todd Laffler wasn’t riding his board he was taking amazing skate pictures & publishing his Skateboarding Zines Fish Eye & Zoom Lens. Todd turned his passion for photography into a successful career as owner of Laffler Photography. Todd credit’s his Mom with first teaching him how […]

Cre-8 or Die 3: Corey Pierce & God Forbid

Cre-8 or Die 3 back in 2011 was about my old friend Corey Pierce and the success he was experiencing drumming for his metal band God Forbid! Updating this for 2016, Corey and the band have gone their separate ways. Now Corey says he is “producing and booking NJ local and underground […]

Cre-8 or Die 1: Ian Halliday & Coffee Slingers

Before starting new Cre-8 or Die posts, allow me to retell the four 2011 stories. Our first Cre-8 or Die post was about former Team ABF rider Ian Halliday and his friend Melody’s nationally renown Coffee Slingers Roasters in Oklahoma. Now time marches on and Ian is no longer involved with Coffee […]