THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF SCOTT POMMIER | MAX SCHAAF IS BIG IN JAPAN

Scott Pommier, photographer and good friend of yours truly, shared these pivotal pics of the force behind 4Q Conditioning and well, frankly– who can resist a great Max Schaaf pic, for chrissakes?

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— Image by © Scott Pommier

“Max Schaaf lives in Oakland, California where he skates, builds bikes, lords over land, watches movies, paints, writes, dog-walks, loves, hates, rides bicycles, talks on the phone, quotes, quips, scoffs, praises, and plays by his own rules. He drinks coffee in the morning, tea at night, he prefers to pee outside, he made me tear up once during a scolding, but he’s also been gracious, generous and patient beyond all expectations. He knows how to tell a story, he knows how to listen to one. He ollies out of smith grinds, he skated to Too Short, Johnny Cash and Fugazi. He went big on a Japan, and hung up, and now he’s big in Japan. He has the unflinching stare of a convict, but the eye of an artist. Self-made and self-destructive. “Uncompromising” can mean difficult or it can mean “principled.” Max is uncompromising. Every decision is from the gut. every move has meaning.” 

–Scott Pommier

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17 thoughts on “THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF SCOTT POMMIER | MAX SCHAAF IS BIG IN JAPAN

  1. Second to last photo is the best thing I’ve seen in a long, long time. Thanks for sharing, as always.

  2. Surprised to see anybody young ride and older Harley. And then most just do it for the image….

  3. Oh dear. Now I don’t know if I have a bigger crush on Scott Pommier or Max Schaaf. Fantastic photos and great words telling a brief story of a seemingly great friendship. Thank you.

  4. Old school . . . just another name for timeless . . . genuine cool shit never goes out of style, cars, bikes, skates, threads, movies, literature, whatever, and like most who follow this perpetually cool site, Max and his ilk all over the world realise that very thing. Keep up the great work JP – going back from the future.

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