I met John around 1997; I was living in the industrial South Side of Chicago. John had just moved to the city with some recent transplants from Traverse City Michigan. Living far outside of the city always proved to be a pain in the ass and kept me from enjoying the finer points of the great city of Chicago. I would make my way in every weekend, crashing on couches and living a generally bummy broke lifestyle trying to be part of city living.
John has as long as I have known him been a well-adjusted person and an amazing skateboarder. Chicago in the late '90s had a really tight knit skateboard scene comprised mostly of few groups friends. It really was the best time in skateboarding for me. To this day you can find most of the originals around the city still hanging out together and still keeping things the way they should be.
As this new group of skaters from Michigan started to skate the city we all started to hang out. It was very soon after that I was paying the dudes from Traverse City $100 here and there to crash on their hard linoleum floor in Humboldt Park. Living and skating with John and the guys are some of my best memories of life in Chicago.
These videos are a little of what Mr. Methvin has been up to over the past ten-plus years since we got to do some real catching up.
I had the chance to go back to Chicago for New Years 2009 and do some catching up with some good friends. On New Year's night I ran into John partying at this bar my friends had rented out for the night. John informed me that he was to move to LA fairly soon and we should hang out when he got there. It was not until eight months later that I got a chance to catch up with him.
It seems that John happened to move to Southern California in a similar way as I managed to be relocated down here. As it happens a small opportunity opened up here in Southern California and life around him in Chicago was growing too routine and stale. He had spent over 10 years in the same loft in Wicker Park, gone to all the same bars seeing the same faces, the same places, for too long.
On a whim John said fuck it, moved across the country, and found himself living outside Echo Park working for the same Coffee company that he worked for in Chicago.
Found herein is a small documentation of my catching up with John over a few days in and around Los Angeles.
Some sources that The Ofad suggests if you have the chance you should check out.
When in Chicago and being a skateboarder you must go and checkout some of Chicago's Finest over at Uprise. If you consider your self a coffee cynosure then head over to an Intelligentsia - near you and have a different type of coffee experience. - Mike