DANO Pendygrasse

odds and ends from an unusual life

Life before this life

Right around the time I started getting pictures published, I had to quit my real job, and make a go of being a photographer. Those were lean years and I was broke. I did all kinds of strange things to make a buck and keep paying the rent until the photo thing took off. Coming from a background of being a sponsored snowboarder, I would do whatever jobs I could get relating to that. I modeled winter clothes for Japanese magazines, snowboarded and had lines an early Kokanee beer commercial, was an extra in that movie "Ski School" and on and on.

One of the best jobs I got though, was being a stunt guy for a Hong Kong action Movie called "Black Cat". Legendary shredder Kevin Young and I spent a few days getting chased off cornices by snowmobiles, riding through gunfire, lobbing grenades, and doing methods that knocked guns out of peoples hands. I think I made a couple hundred bucks. It was really bad, but the job was fun and I got to see how a movie set worked.

I never saw the movie. And now, by the magic of youtube, I have. I guess someone included it in some euro shred movie back then. Weird.


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some other stuff

Brian Hockenstein and Lenny Rubenovitch made a little documentary about the early days of snowboarding in Whistler. I did a little interview for him and parts of it are sprinkled in the movie. Brian was good enough to finally put it on line today and I got to watch it for the first time.

check it out here

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One reason I stopped working in an office is because it made me look like that! Damn son.

D.
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