my initials are BA. stands for badass


Go to the extremes. That's where your audience will be.

Why be average?

Is it because it’s safe? I don’t think anyone really wants to be average. I think when we were all younger, we wanted to be the best. However, something along the way influences us to not give that much anymore.

I’m trying to figure out what that is for me.

Yesterday, Tyshawn Jones, 19, of the Bronx, NY was crowned Thrasher’s Skater of the Year 2018. The guy is only 19 and he’s accomplished a lot already. Now this isn’t a comparison when I say, I’ve achieved a lot such as graduate from the number 1 public institution with honors. Both hold significant merit. However, TJ knew what he wanted when he was younger and went for it. Me, I started skating when I was 12, but didn’t think a career in skateboarding would be feasible. I’m a child of immigrants. The weight of their dreams were on my shoulders so not graduating college was out of the question. But here I am. 24 years old. Not entirely sure if I just want to be a graphic designer at an agency. Or go into the skateboard industry and be a graphic designer there. Regardless, I’m going to be a graphic designer. I think what has been bothering me is getting a 401k and health benefits. I don’t want to be working for the rest of my life. At some point, i just want to do what I want to do. I kind of am already right now. It’s just that I have a lot of time, but not a lot of money. I do have a lot saved up though and I have my college fund that I never used thanks to financial aid. Every single year since graduation, I’ve gotten a bit more focused on what I want to do. I’m a little out of focus right now because I want to be a graphic designer, but I just don’t know what would be best for me. Keep myself inside the world of skateboarding or leave it as a hobby and go to an agency.

Decisions. Decisions.

Below, is a collage of 35mm photos. These are of the friends who kept me company during the cold winter nights in New York. This is probably my favorite thing to make right now. I can’t wait to shoot more things and make more collages like it.

Bradley Afroilan