Livestock Block Party

by Ed Lau on September 10, 2007

It was a lazy Sunday afternoon and most of my friends were playing golf. Not that golf isn’t fun and I wouldn’t mind taking it up but I have too many expensive hobbies as it is. Cars, computers and generally being awesome isn’t cheap. Neither is photography so this past Sunday, I decided to go get some more practice with my new camera. Fortunately, one of the my favorite stores in Vancouver, Livestock, was holding a block party downtown with live DJs, a mini-skateboard ramp and food.

I arrived a bit after 2pm when the crowd was just starting to form. By the time I left at around 4:30, the entire street was incredibly crowded and that half-pipe had about 10 people on each side. It grew increasingly more difficult to take pictures with so many people in front of you and people were playing it safer on the ramp since the population doubled. Not to mention that the garbage strike was still on in Vancouver so anytime you’re near an alley, the smell begins to get to you.

Livestock, Livestock block party

Either way, there was some great music from a fantastic list of DJs and a lot of friendly people around so it was a good time. I actually wish I stayed longer since some fellow photographers told me they showed up around the time I left.

Here’s some shots I took of the half-pipe. Click ‘em for bigger ones.

Livestock, Livestock block party, skateboarding, skateboard ramp, half-pipe

Livestock, Livestock block party, skateboarding, skateboard ramp, half-pipe

Livestock, Livestock block party, skateboarding, skateboard ramp, half-pipe

Livestock, Livestock block party, skateboarding, skateboard ramp, half-pipe

And I can’t ever seem to leave Gastown without buying something. On Sunday, I picked up a couple new t-shirts. This one was made by Livestock specifically for that day.

Livestock, Livestock and two smoking barrels, livestock shirt

And this is an unreleased Subdivision X N.S.B.Q. collaboration that I convinced SUBDVN owner Anthony to sell me before anyone else. It looks damned awesome and the lower half of the back side is half of a Chinese chess board signed by N.S.B.Q. artist MC Yan, a Hong Kong graffiti artist, probably best known as a former member of rap group LMF and for his design work with CLOT and Phillippe Starck to name a few.

Subdivision, SUBDVN, NSBQ, collaboration, MC Yan

Only 50 of this particular shirt will be made worldwide.

Subdivision, SUBDVN, NSBQ, collaboration, MC Yan

in Entertainment,Fashion,Photography

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Derrich September 11, 2007 at 8:05 am

Looked like a ton of fun. Can’t go wrong with TShirts. So…um…are you giving one of those away? :P


Nomar September 11, 2007 at 1:20 pm

Some nice pictures you took with your new camera! You also edit these in photoshop or any other photo editor?


cloudstrif3 September 11, 2007 at 6:10 pm

nice! nice pics as well!

what camera did you use to take those pics?


Leo September 11, 2007 at 10:52 pm

Ahhh, skaters. My dream is to buy all of Vicks’ abused pit bulls and set them free on them.


Ed Lau September 12, 2007 at 9:18 pm

Nomar: Those pictures in particular were just resized and cropped in Lightroom. Borders were added via Photoshop CS3. Conditions were good that day so not much editing and developing was required. Usually I need to play with the developing settings more.

cloudstrif3: I just posted regarding my equipment. Check it out here.


derek September 14, 2007 at 12:02 pm

Love the pictures. I’ll have to share them with my son as he is an aspiring skateboarder, lol.


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