He’s weird yet calculated. He’s confident yet humble. He’s a country boy with good ol country style and he fucking rips on a snowboard. Travis parker’s protégé and our good buddy, Ben Lynch. We expect to see more from this hill billy in the near future but for now take a look at what Ben’s been up to so far this season.
Snowboarding shouldn’t be stresful…, it’s fun! Among snowboarding’s elite “athletes,” or artists as I like to call them, Travis Parker exemplifies the epitome of fun. When the concept came up of highlighting old board graphics and revolutionary board design I knew immediately I had to call on Parker. Always stoked to share his thoughts, Travis let it rip. Here he is, uncensored giving the inspiration behind the 02/03 K2 Parka. FYI, if you haven’t heard, Travis is back on the K2 Pro team and has been riding the new K2 Raygun.
“I meant no disrespect to Chad Muska, only respect for his ability on a skateboard and as a musician too. The silhouette of me on the toilet with large headphones on and rolling toilet paper was meant to show that sometimes I felt down in the dumps but I tried to make light of the situation, through design and flipping on my board. Snowboarding was good and fun and the stuff I heard on the radio (large headphones) about war was not so fun. In a lot of ways I suppose I didn’t feel worthy of my position in life when others around the world were suffering so much. I snowboard for a living, or, I used to. It was my lively hood and I felt dumpy about it at that time with what was on the news. Life isn’t fair. Hell, it seemed really good to me, but I didn’t feel I deserved such a posh lifestyle. It’s a humbling graphic. Everybody poops. I hope folks didn’t take the design expression the wrong way. In hindsight, what I / the world needed was a metaphorical, spiritual, and healing “Parka”, to be draped over me / us to keep me / us warm and protected from the bitter, cold, and war torn world. We have a big Parka on here in America. Folks were fighting and dying while I was snowboarding and getting paid for it. Crazy world. I like it, but it’s crazy. The graphic can be looked at in a lot of ways. Shit happens. I think the following year we (K2, Travis Kennerly Parker, and Nemo Designs) designed the “Wild Style” graphic. I’m not extremely formally educated. I’m a snowboarder, cross country skier, and an artist, among other things. I like to have fun and be creative and I’m very fortunate and thankful for this every day.
How’s it going suckas, Pete here. In case you didn’t know, K2 Snowboarding has been in the game now for just about 25 years. During this time not only has K2 been supported by many of the industry’s top snowboarders but they’ve executed damn good work to progress the product side of our beloved sport as well.
Over the next six weeks we are going to excavate some of the fossils, taking a look at the most revolutionary moments in K2 Snowboarding’s history. Centered around influential riders and the boards they rode we’re taking a step back in time (some further than others) as a way to investigate progressive moments in snowboarding. You can look forward to the voices of Shawn Farmer, Chris Engelsman, Travis Parker, Bobby Meeks, Wille Yli-Luoma and Gretchen Bleiler walking you through board design and the inspiration behind their board graphics.
Legend big mountain rider, Shawn Farmer will be kicking things off next week. In the meanwhile, here’s one of my favorite snowboard parts of all time. SNOWBOARDING IS FUN, SO HAVE FUN SNOWBOARDING!