Throwback Thursdays: Billy Bones in Portland

For this TBT, I am throwing it back to good times with my friend and old Portland housemate Billy Meiners, also known as Billy Bones. While we lived together in Portland back in 2014, I shot photos of Billy for a “Day in the Life” feature in the Skate Slate # 19 Late Summer issue. Unreleased on the web until now, I present to you these photos.

Last year, Billy moved up to Vancouver to work for Landyachtz, and many skaters and friends in Portland and I miss him. He was an active member in the longboarding and skateboarding community, both on board and off, standing up for skaters rights to ride in the city. He was consistent with his skateboarding traditions and patronage in Portland, so shooting this “Day in the Life” feature was a pretty accurate representation of a day of skating for him. He was a faithful customer to the Albina Press coffee shop, Brass Tacks Sandwiches, and the Boiler Room Karaoke Bar (R.I.P.). He loved skating Portland’s West hills, the skateparks around the city, and the National Forest roads in the region. One of his long held skate traditions was a morning sesh at Burnside skatepark.

After a stop by the Albina Press, we are at the old Burnside parking lot, which is now in 2016 a high rise apartment building. Billy’s coffee tolerance is so high, it barely hits him and he sleeps with his eyes open.

This session was shared with our friend Danny Tumia, who now lives in San Diego and is pursuing his motion graphics career.

Billy gets a solid slash in the eye bowl.

Danny Tumia boosts a FS ollie.

Danny Tumia blasts into space with this tuck knee air.

Billy also blasts an air into space.

After a good morning of skating and coming back to the house to answer emails and take care of business, Billy’s morning coffee wore off and it was time for a nap.

A disco nap in Billy’s bedroom.

Feeling refreshed in the early afternoon, we went out for some street skating.

This spot is janky and unforgiving. Billy perseveres with a frontside rock & roll on the steep and short bank.

This happened on another day from the Day in the Life shoot, but I want to include it anyway. Billy layback tailslides on a big steep bank, showing his street side. This photo was used for a “Finish Line” feature on Billy in the magazine a while back.

Later in the day, it was time for some downhill. We went to a place we used to call McGnarly, known for its rollercoaster corner that dips down slightly before dropping and turning, making it a difficult corner to stick safely. It’s also known for the old train bridge with a collection of trolls attached to the tressle.

“If You Wanna Get Into That Boy’s soul,
You gotta pay the Troll Toll” – The Nightman Cometh

Holiday festive troll

Mardi Gras troll

If you fall, you become one of the trolls.

After paying the troll toll, Billy takes a few runs down McGnarly.

Cool, calm, and collected.

One big drop!

After a full day, Billy’s favorite way to round out the night was to sing a few and drink a few at the Boiler Room, which is now closed permanently. I couldn’t miss a chance to include this in the feature as it was an integral part of Billy’s lifestyle in Portland.

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

Though Billy is gone from Portland, he is not forgotten. Here is a video of him enjoying Portland with his pro model board:
Landyachtz: The Osteon

His work with Landyachtz continues to make it to our homepage, usually in the form of videos he’s had a part in producing. Here are just a few of the more recent ones:
12 Days of Landyachtz
The Landyachtz Dinghy
The final 2016 Skate & Explore Europe Series video