How Did All This Get Started and Why Rollin’ From The Heart?

ian-sitting-on-skateboard“A love for choppers, his 1969 Iron Head, surfing, skateboarding and most importantly friends made him one of the best dudes I knew. If it was the hard way, it was his way. His OCD, little quirks, fear of driving cars and disdain for condiments, though would sound like negative attributes, were what made up his charm. All the weird things, from collecting nuts and bolts to bikes he had yet to own, to carrying around crumpled up pictures of Gen-Shovels from years past, his little shuffle dance he would do whenever he got excited, the suede vest, boots, the large brimmed hat, the massive amounts of Murrays pomade enveloping his curly hair and his shades resting lightly above his head were just a few of the things that made Poods, unmistakably “Poods”. The 90s baby with an old soul made a deep impact on that many lives that surrounded him in his 22 short years on this earth. May he rest in peace. Chopper Love.”- Jay Lee

When Ian “Poods” Barry accidentally passed on September 27, 2012 many of his friends, family members and acquaintances were left with one huge question. How did such a quiet, shy, simple guy who struggled with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and anxiety inspire so many people to spread more love, kindness, compassion and acceptance? Ian had a unique personality. He always did his own thing, in his own way and in his own time. He was born and raised in Encinitas, California by his parents John and Alison. The family expanded to four when his sister Kiva arrived when he was two.
Ian attended Park Dale Lane Elementary School, Dieguino Middle School, San Dieguito High School Academy and Mira Costa College.

ian-sitting-on-skateboard Ian was a kid that was in constant motion whether it was skating, surfing, hiking, camping and in the last few years building and riding vintage Harleys. These were just a few of the ways he always kept “Rollin”. Ian was intense about his passions and focused his energy on doing the things he loved to do. Ian competitively surfed while in junior high and high school. He claimed 2nd place at the National Scholastic Surfing Association championships when he was 14. Ian started skateboarding when he was in 2nd grade. He bought his first board at a garage sale for three bucks. Ian was relentless when it came to learning new tricks. He continued to skate throughout his life. Ian worked at the Encinitas YMCA as a skateboard instructor where he loved teaching kids how to skate. In his last few years, he worked at Brixton where he developed many wonderful friendships and truly felt a part of the Brixton family.

More importantly Ian made people that he came to know feel like their “best friend”. He had a quiet, humble, disarming charm combined with an attitude of accepting everyone for exactly who they were without judgment. He truly made you feel better when you were around him. We think his personal struggles simply made him more compassionate and accepting. Ian always tried to see the good in people but never understood acts of unkindness. An enduring image of Ian for all those who knew him was his hint of a smile and flash of the peace sign.

ian-sitting-on-skateboardThroughout Ian’s life he never let his mental health issues be an excuse for anything and he rarely talked about it. It was his desire to just “Keep on going”. Skating, surfing, and building and riding his custom vintage Harley became healthy outlets for his OCD and anxiety. These activities helped him to stay in the moment, which we believe was his form of moving meditation. In the last few years, his intense love of nature and being outdoors, especially sleeping under the stars, combined with camping and motorcycle trips with his friends were some of the things he did to quiet his mind and find his inner peace. Ian used to say, “Less technology, more nature.”

We were so moved by the incredible outpouring of love and compassion from Ian’s friends and people he hardly knew that we were compelled to start Rollin’ From The Heart. Many people were inspired to be kinder to others and were moved to give back in some way. By combining Ian’s passion of skating, surfing and his love of nature we created this living memorial in honor of his spirit.

“Poods didn’t have any tattoos but when he decided to get one he gave himself a stick and poke tattoo of a heart. My brother Peter asked him, “Why a heart?” He replied, “Because I love everybody.” We all love you Poods.” – David Stoddard



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