In a time when the internet was in its infancy and social media wasn’t a thing, Patrick O’Dell created a blog called Epicly Later’d. His photos showcased what was going on in the Downtown New York scene, and was eventually turned into a show on Vice in the mid 2000s.
When it debuted on Vice, Epicly Later’d was ahead of its time. Consisting of mini documentaries on up-and-coming and legendary skateboarders, it created a format that is still widely used today. Patrick’s technique of mixing interviews with archival footage allows the viewer to really get the skater’s perspective on their career, and his professional approach makes skateboarding appear more like high art than pop-culture fodder—which is a sharp contrast to the majority of the skate media that existed at the time. With big names like John Cardiel, Alex Olson, and Jason Dill being featured in early episodes, Epicly Later’d quickly became the most popular skate-related show on the internet.
O’Dell is also an accomplished photographer. He served as the photo editor for Vice, was on staff for Thrasher, and has shot for various brands and other publications over the years. Even though he’ll tell you that he prefers his portrait work, he’s taken some great skate photos as well. Part photographer, part documentarian, and part skateboard historian, The Hundreds sat down with O’Dell to talk about his history and unique line of work.