Keenan Milton, Switch crooked grind. Cook Phillip Park, Sydney, Australia, 1999.
To launch the work of Mike O'Meally on Parade, he choose one of his all time favourites, Keenan Milton in Mike's hometown of Sydney, Australia. Keenan needs no introduction to those that know, he was a major influence during the late 90s and early 2000 period that has since defined so much of todays skateboarding style and aesthetic.
Mike was a staff photographer for the legendary Slap Magazine at the time and this photo originally ran as a full page spread in 2000. It was shot during one of Keenan’s extended trips to Australia. Riding for Chocolate and DVS during the late 90s height of their fame, Keenan was almost a local in Sydney, hanging out with the local skaters and enjoying all Australia has to offer. He and Mike O’Meally spent many months hanging out, skating and shooting photos in both Melbourne and Sydney.
Keenan sadly pasted away on 5th July, 2001 in an unfortunate accident. His legacy is powerful and lives on through the skateboarding he created. He held such grace and skill and his tricks that were ground breaking not just in that moment, but are still revered today.
About the photographer:
Mike O’Meally was born in Sydney, Australia where he started shooting skateboarding before moving to the USA. First settling in New York City he documented the rising scene before going on to shoot around the world and producing some of the most iconic skateboarding images ever. Currently living in Los Angeles, he continues to build on his huge archive regularly shooting the pinnacle of skateboarding.
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