A Girl Skateboards + Champion Select Series collaboration. 2017.
Craig Abell-Champion finds writing about himself in the third person strange and slightly off putting. He grew up on a small farm in Oregon and became involved in some high school sports that involved running. He excelled at these activities and raising sheep. Punk rock and a Bones Brigade video were discovered and a large athletic scholarship was declined and replaced with the military because fuck you.
Craig was honorably discharged a short while later due to injury. He dove back into punk and skateboarding poorly right away. A bunch of snowboarding happened in Colorado and a girl named Jen stole his heart.
A compulsive soul, Craig made a risky move to a Midwest college town to be with Jen without telling her. She punched him, things worked out.
He enrolled, a college degree in art followed and met fellow B Team member Andy Mueller along the way who, coincidentally, was going to the same college earning a degree in art.
There was a small wedding in a sunny pasture on Lopez Island, Washington with a French horn and lots of yellow jackets. After, the newly wed Abell-Champions moved to Chicago. Craig and Andy started working together on projects under the roof of Ohio Girl Co. A great deal of making creative things went on by way of photo taking, film shooting, designing, and general art making at all times.
The very first QUIET LIFE t-shirt was made.
Ohio Girl Co. was an avid devotee to skateboarding. Craig set out to make a different type of skate film, all on film, all Midwest, artfully, all style, all flow, and fun. Andy produced it. The film was Cornland. You can see it somewhere on the computer but soon to be on a better place on the computer, Bend Press.
Again, compulsively, in ’98 Craig moved himself and Jen to Los Angeles for the fuck of it. Today both still live in the same rent controlled bungalow in the Hollywood hills and as far he knows she doesn’t resent him too much yet.
Professionally Craig has worn a sundry of hats, freelancing for many entities and corporations for years. Directing TV commercials, shooting photographs, creative consulting, writing, making art, designing, brand consulting and all that shit.
Oh yeah, Craig went AWOL for more than a decade throughout all this because his horrific alcoholic and opiate issue that began all the way back on the farm in Oregon with Demerol and sheep tranquilizers finally caught up to him.
Today he’s a sober man and no longer lives in that hazy pit of despair. Craig is grounded, happy, and creating everything from “things” to “projects” including a full spectrum in between from his studio in Echo Park. He is a proud and grateful B Team member.