LS is not really a skatezine but all of us here did grow up skating and appreciate it as much as the next grom. Here are a few flicks from previous issues of the zine that standout for whatever reason. If you have any epic photos, feel free to submit them to us. #spreadthelurk #skateswithbeers
Intro– I chose to stalk Muchnik on Insta and then ask for an interview because the dude’s photos are GNARLY. Motivational at the least; fucking discouraging at the most. COLD GRAVY and Daniel Muchnik are on the front lines of some really good and honest skateboarding journalism to come. KEEP AN EYE OUT.
1. Tell us something about yourself?
Well, I live in Hayward, California – the east bay – in my good friend Tony’s back yard. I have a tent back there and just live really low-budget in the effort of focusing on skateboarding and shooting as much as I can. It’s really amazing actually – everyone should experience living in a tent.
2. From the little I know about you it seems like you have jumped in head first into this photography thing and as scary as that may be, it is probably the only way to see if you can make it. Sink or swim kinda. What is your motivation?
I’ve been shooting seriously for about four years now, but I’ve been skateboarding for about 15. I realized early on that I would never go pro or get any real sponsor in skateboarding, but I wanted to skate every day, so photography and film were a way for me to stay involved and be on the session all the time.
3. Average day in the life in 3 sentences?
I wake up with the sun on my face. I bike around town to take care of my errands until we hop into the car to go skate. I relax with a cold one or six after the session.
4. What are your favorite publications?
I’m from Boston originally, so I’ve got love for Focus and Steez. I love all the small publications who do it out of passion, so definitely yourself and Skidmark out here on the west side. It’s not print, but Metro Skateboarding fucking rules. I’m also really stoked on this new deal called Curb Cut from Portland. A good friend of mine is working with them. At the same time, I love Thrasher, and definitely Transworld. I had the pleasure of interning with those guys and it was excellent.
5. If you won the lottery would you take the payments or the LUMP SUM?
Hahaha nice. Maybe if I were more knowledgeable of the stock market, I would take the lump sum and invest it; but as of now, I would take payments so nobody would have to worry about the mortgage around here.
6. What projects are you currently working on?
I’ve been shooting a lot of film just documenting my life here in Hayward – but I feel like its more from a documentarian point of view that from a sentimental one. I’ll develop everything in a year or so and see how I feel about it in hindsight. I’m also working a lot in the local darkroom – printing a series I recently shot while in Washington. Man, I need to get a website together. I’ve been blowing that for so long.
7. Do you believe in any types of conspiracies or like Aliens, Ghosts or Sasquatch?
Hahah, nah man. Well, maybe aliens. I have no doubts that the government, and folks in power all around the world keep shit from the common folk, but I think it’s more along the lines of fucked up financial records and corporate schemes than anything else.
8. You like backpacking? That is rad. Are you more of a nature/granola type or a pizza/city slicker
type or the rare hybrid form who enjoys it all?
Dude, I need both but not in a hybrid way. I have to have full on city life – going out, getting hella turnt with the homies and whatnot – you know, all the modern vices. But I also have to get the fuck away from everything regularly and just go be in the wilderness for a while. I really do love backpacking. After a few nights – after 3 I’d say – you get so in touch with what things you need and what you just want. Everything starts to taste better, and you become more aware of everything around you. It’s wonderful. So, yeah, I like pizza – especially making it from scratch. And yeah, I’ve been known to stuff a ziplock bag of granola in my backpack as well. I’m not a fucking lazy goddamned hippy though.
9. How can people contact you or see more of your work?
Dude, yeah anybody can hit me up by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to chat. I post to insta pretty regularly, so if you just wanna check my shit out it’s @muchnikphoto
10. Thanks a bunch for doing this. I think your photos are super sick and the crew you roll with is seriously getting shit done. You got any shoutouts?
Thanks Orrian. I appreciate it man. I love my crew. Cold Gravy are a family like no other. Thanks to everyone who has given me a chance. Thanks to my family and the Potenti family. Thanks to everyone who is stoked on life and motivates the people around them.