Not even the grave can keep this skeleton from doing what he loves most: skateboarding.
In a new video by artist Darren Pearson called "Light Goes On," a fun-loving bag of bones goes on a tear all over Los Angeles, leaving a trail of stars in his wake.
"You're never too old to skateboard," wrote Pearson on the YouTube description. You're apparently never too dead, either.
Pearson spent a year making this stop-motion film, which is made up of over 700 photographs. He used a technique called light painting, in which he takes a photo of himself with a camera on slow shutter speed. While the camera is taking a photo, Pearson uses an LED light to scrawl a picture (in this instance, a skateboarding skeleton) directly at the camera. The finished product: a photo of the "light painting" that Pearson drew with an LED light into the air, while he's completely blacked out.
"Having skateboarded most of my life, I wanted to pay homage to some of the most amazing professional skateboarders I've seen first-hand and in magazines/videos," said Pearson in an email to HuffPost.
In addition to LA, the video includes scenes from San Diego, San Pedro, Austin and Yosemite, said Pearson. Check out this 2012 interview he did with HuffPost, complete with photos of his other light painting works.
<strong>"Light Fossils" is inspired by Los Angeles' pre-historic past. What sparked that idea? </strong> I'm sure it had something to do with Jurassic Park, or visiting the La Brea Tar Pits when I was young. This is basically an affinity for dinosaurs I had as a child, scribbled all over LA with a light. <em>Pictured: "Brachiosaurus" from "Light Fossils" series. </em>
<strong>Did it make you realize something new about the city's beginnings? </strong> It made me more aware of the diverse terrain Los Angeles has, where the high and low points are and that the freaks actually do come out at night. <em>Pictured: "Raptor Fight" from "Light Fossils" series. </em>
<strong>What's your best memory of scoping out the city for your art? </strong> The night I shot the saber-toothed cat above downtown was interesting. I was visiting a friend's loft and decided to explore and see if it had roof access; it was an older building. After pushing open a hatch with a busted lock on it, scaling a ladder and climbing out a dusty window, the roof opened up to the best view of downtown LA I've ever seen. <em>Pictured: 'Sabre tooth" from "Light Fossils" series. </em>
<strong>"Light Fossils" makes Los Angeles look magical. Is there something mystical about the city that you wanted to convey?</strong> I felt like doing something to contribute to the creative magnet that is Los Angeles; I wanted to bring something unexpected. <em>Pictured: "Break An Egg" from "Light Fossils" series. </em>
<strong>What is your advice to other young photographers and artists in Los Angeles?</strong> Do it every day. Practice makes perfect. <strong>Give a shout out to your favorite galleries!</strong> MOCA, LACMA, GETTY, CarMichael, Known Gallery, Thinkspace <em>Pictured: "Under The Bleachers" from "City of Angeles" series. </em>
<strong>What are you working on now? </strong> I'm working on a series called "Spirits of California." It features different skeletons surfing, skateboarding, biking and doing wheelies on motorcycles... living it up in the afterlife. <em>Pictured: "Plesiosaur" from "Light Fossils" series. </em>
<strong>Your favorite Angeleno, living or dead? </strong> Dennis Hopper. <strong>Who are your greatest artistic influences? </strong> Pablo Picasso, Stanley Kubrick, Banksy, Gary Larson, Dr. Suess and Tim Burton. <em>Pictured: "Tijuana Lights" from "City of Angeles" series. </em>
<strong>When you're not working on your photography, where can we find you?</strong> At work designing graphic tees for True Religion, skateboarding around LA, at the beach and all along the California coast visiting family in San Diego, Santa Barbara and San Francisco. <em>Pictured: "Leap" from "City of Angeles" series. </em>
<strong>What surprises you most about Los Angeles?</strong> The people that live here, where they're from, and why they came. <strong>Where are your favorite places to take a date? </strong> El Matador Beach is a great spot to explore if it's nice out. <em>Pictured: "Grace" from "City of Angeles" series. </em>
<strong>What's your take on mobile phone cameras, filter apps and the way people share photos with each other now?</strong> I believe photography is more democratic than ever. It's a constant competition for your attention. I think "the best camera is the one you have on you," and I like seeing my friends' photos on social photo sites like Instagram and Flickr. It keeps me inspired and motivated. <em>Pictured: "Midnight Snack" from "Light Fossils" series. </em>
<strong>What was the moment you knew you wanted to make Los Angeles your home? </strong> I was sitting in morning rush hour thinking, "This is the best, I need more traffic in my life". Just kidding. I love it for all the creative professions it supports. <strong>Any reason to hate Los Angeles? </strong> I'm a "glass is half full" kind of guy. I think if you hate this city, you're looking at the empty part. <em>Pictured: "Candelabra" from "City of Angeles" series. </em>
<em>Pictured: "Pterodactyl" from "City of Angeles" series. </em>
<em>Pictured: "Allosaurus" from "Light Fossils" series. </em>
<em>Pictured: "Velociraptor" from "City of Angeles" series. </em>
<em>Pictured: "T-Rex" from "Light Fossils" series. </em>