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  • Ghost Writer: Jamie Thomas - The Long And Winding Road


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    Jamie Thomas:  Chief, Dad, Mentor, Friend.  The list goes on and on and on.  If you’ve followed his career and how he’s built his empire with his bare hands, you would probably agree that to try to put one label on Jamie is impossible, but maybe the closest one would be Visionary.

    Most know Jamie for his drive and passion for perfection in skateboarding.  From how things felt while doing a trick, versus how it was filmed, and vice versa.  The guy will travel the world to get that last shot for a video part, and put blood, sweat and tears into it until that hunger is fed.

    But there is another side of Jamie that many don't know about...yet.  He has just as much passion for art (photography in particular), and travel as he does for skateboarding.

    For this installment of our Ghost Writer series, we have the pleasure of presenting that side of Jamie.  The aspiring photographer, always working to blend patience, with his perfectionist eye.  Decades of being in front of the cameras of some of the best photographers around, like Daniel Harold Sturt & Grant Brittain (to name a few), provide him a unique base of influence.  But then Jamie takes it from there to capture his own emotions and moments in a style all his own.

    We hope you enjoy these exclusive images of family, friends, and legends, as well as a few of Jamie's thoughts on the subject.

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    As an aspiring photographer, I thrive on the different feeling you get from capturing experiences on different cameras.

    Whether it’s the spontaneity or convenience of an iPhone, the anticipation of a Polaroid, the versatility of an SLR or the engagement of a Rangefinder; each format provides a different and unique emotional experience.


    It's often said that 'the best camera is the camera you have with you', so as Apple continues to improve the quality of the iPhone and companies like Olloclip make high quality lenses for our phones, the iPhone will continue to be the camera I use most.

    iPhone Lien Air

    John Rattray blasts a lien melon in Winnipeg on a Canada tour in 2011 | Shot with an iPhone 5S with an Olloclip wide-angle lens 

    iPhone Louis Mendes

    Louis Mendes, street photographer NYC 2014 | Shot with an iPhone 5S

    iPhone Motorcycles

    Brian Hansen & Tommy Sandoval entering the Sequoia National Forest on the Road Less Traveled trip 2012 | Shot with an iPhone 5


    Similar to digital photography, you get the satisfaction of your photo experience relatively quickly, but that few minutes of mystery is just enough time to build the anticipation for the result, and when it’s good, it feels so good.  It’s also an amazing that you can be holding a small but good quality print in just minutes.


    Kurt Hodge, pole jam in Encinitas, CA | Photo taken on a Polaroid 195 Land Camera with FP 100 film


    Ruby watching | Photo taken on a Polaroid 195 Land Camera with FP 100 film


    Steve Caballero with one of his boards from the 1980's | Photo taken on a Polaroid 195 Land Camera FP 100 film


    With auto focus and a high speed shutter, new DSLR cameras seem to do a lot of the work for you.  While this may seem like cheating, it actually enables you have more headspace to focus on lighting, composition, and getting creative.  With unparalleled efficiency and feedback, the learning curve of photography is shortened and you’re well on your way in just a few short weeks of shooting manual.

    SLR Cat Ba Vietnam

    The 'Cat Ba Imperial' in Halong Bay, Vietnam | Shot in the water with a Canon 5D MK III and a 24-105mm lens

    SLR Umbrella Sunflare Vietnam

    Vietnamese woman walking with her herd of water buffalo in a small village in Northern Vietnam | Shot with a Canon 5D MK III and a 24-105mm lens


    Dane Burman frontside ollie on the Northern California coast | Shot with a Canon 5D MK III and a 24-105mm lens


    A rangefinder camera is a camera with a split-image focusing mechanism that allows you to measure the subject's distance in order to help obtain sharpness.

    This focusing process is 100% manual and takes some practice to perfect, so the result is a slower more intimate photo experience, which requires your undivided attention.  It’s also often hard to tell if your photo is tack sharp on your LCD screen and since the process is more limiting, it feels very rewarding when everything comes together and the photo turns out just as you imagined.

    Leica Otis Tracks

    This is the first photo I shot with my Leica and it may be my favorite. My dog, Otis, on the tracks, Cardiff, CA 2014 | Shot with a Leica M9 and a 35mm lens

    Leica Afghan Girl

    Young Afghan girl with soulful eyes in the alleys of Kabul, Afghanistan | Shot with a Leica M9 and a 50mm lens

    Leica J Roy & His Dog

    J-Roy and his dog Molly Los Angeles, CA 2014 | Shot with a Leica M9 and a 50mm lens

    I like to have options, so I try to have at least 2 cameras with me at all times.

    The beautiful thing about photography is that you don't have to know much about the technical side of the craft to experience the joy of the process.  Once you just start taking photos regularly, you begin to see life as a photographer.  Whether it be the opportunity of amazing lighting or the intrigue of an interesting person, everything is a photograph waiting to be taken.

    - Jamie Thomas

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  • Introducing The Century Collection

    Introducing the Century Collection, a 14 -piece range of bags, sleeves, carry-alls, and cases.


    “The Century Collection is our take on classic workwear,” says Dan Maravilla, Co-Founder. “The crisp blue twill is oil-waxed to patina and age with use to achieve an heirloom feel that is perfect for the season.”


    The collection features a fine gauge, cotton twill that is oil-waxed for water resistance. Brown leatherette provides the accents and trim with style and durability. HEX combines this with their signature surplus grade cotton web strapping and interior micro fleece lined pockets for ultimate device protection, achieving both looks and performance. The Century Collection is classic with a modern twist that will compliment any wardrobe and is priced from $39.95 to $139.95.


    One brand-new style making its debut in the Century Collection is our Convertible Tote. The tote is a great East/West carpenter bag silhouette, but is still engineered with padded protection for up to a 15” laptop as well as separate tablet storage and a roomy main compartment. There is also a padded front access pocket for your phone or other essentials. Additional custom-sized snap pockets adorn the back and are perfect for metro cards, spare change, and more. The tote can be hand carried or worn over-the-shoulder and also comes with a removable shoulder strap. This strap can also be woven through an ingenious loop on the back of the bag to enable it to be worn as a backpack. As always, expect the unexpected from HEX, as the Convertible Tote delivers a minimal form factor with maximum use and efficiency.




  • Introducing The Convoy Collection

    The Convoy Collection, a 23-piece range of bags, sleeves, wallets, and iPhone, iPad, and tablet cases.


    "The Convoy Collection blends menswear and modernism for a clean look,” says Dan Maravilla, Co-Founder. “A black and white palette in geometric pinstripes works as both classic and progressive at the same time."


    The collection features a water-resistant, woven stripe with black, coated canvas accents.  HEX combines this with their signature surplus grade cotton web strapping and interior micro fleece lined pockets for ultimate device protection.  Bright blue custom logo lining and leather zipper pulls finish off the dapper package.   The Convoy Collection is a perfect addition to any style-conscious wardrobe and is priced from $39.95 to $139.95.


    One bag to highlight is the brand-new Convertible Backpack.  It features a roomy main compartment plus padded laptop storage for up to a 17” laptop.  But the real innovation is that it has both a top handle to function as a tote as well as hideaway padded shoulder straps that can be attached at a moment’s notice to transform the bag into a sharp backpack.  There is also a great front accessory pocket that is padded for phone or other valuables.  The Convertible Backpack definitely continues HEX’s reputation for ultimate functionality blended with premium style.

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    Another notable point is the introduction of wallets.  The Convoy Collection includes 3 new wallet styles: A Bi-fold, a Card Wallet, and a Vertical Card Wallet.  These wallets follow HEX’s signature modern aesthetic, while also incorporating integrated shielding technology for protection from illegal contactless scanning of your credit and debit cards that have an RFID or NFC chip. The new HEX wallets are priced from $34.95 - $49.95


    The Convoy Collection is available now for purchase at and other select high-end retailers near you.

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