Spencer Morgan Knuttila
A little about you:
I grew up here in the Northwest; across the river from Portland in Vancouver. Traveled around the world a ton. Settled down here in Portland. And now I'm just trying to have as much fun as possible with the spare time I can snag.
What’s your role at Quartet?
Co-head of operations, photography and design, and making sure things run smooth!
Creative Influences / Inspiration?
In terms of art, anyone who doesn't say "old album covers," is lying to themselves! Even with CD's as a teenager, I would collect the booklets and geek out on the art.
In terms of photography I have way too many. For skating it would be Warren Bolster, Craig Stecyk, or going more modern... guys like Atiba Jefferson (he shaped mags when I was a teen). For stuff outside of skating it gets trickier. I've been obsessed with Andre Wagner (Abstract Elements) and his ability to work with complete strangers on the street for a while now. There are so many photographers out there, though. I usually just look up a film, a camera, and a lens on flickr and see what people are doing. Gets me so inspired.
Favorite place you’ve ever skated?
All across Japan, hands down. South Korea was pretty sick too but Japan takes the cake. Being a few beers deep, pushing through Shibuya at midnight, and having to navigate like a madman isn't something you can experience anywhere else in the world. Plus, the normal skate spots in Japan are fucking surreal.
What gear do you use?
Canon 6D, Voigtlander Bessa R3M, Canon AE-1, and a wide range of other random old film cameras.
Colin Sharp, Johnny Turgesen, Daniel Evans, Ethan Bettencourt, Anthony Sims, Garric Ray, Joey Martin, and really anyone else I have been working on skate stuff with over the past 5 or 6 years or so... You all know you're my friends and you all know the kind of work we have put in together to try to make skateboarding better.