Putting the word ‘fun’ in a clip descriptor seems to be the lingua franca for ‘this isn’t going to be that good’, ‘we don’t care about being sponsored’, ‘this is the filmer skating’ or, in this case, ‘Lil Wayne is in this clip’
Constructive criticism. Yaje has the internet.
Tyler Surrey (a good-look for a N# new recruit and one of Skatemafia’s finest, as well as Gustav Tonnesen premier their part in Stee and it’s fantastic.
Locally, it looks like a staple backyard ramp will be biting the dust. Say goodbye to bamboo forests.
The sauna has hit hard and Endless Grind is working on something.
This Saturday, June 15th, CAM Raleigh will have free lunch for those who come visit the amazing artwork of Ryan Travis Christian and others. Skate on over or ride your bike, walk or drive. Just come hang out with the homies for a short time, check out some images, eat some great food and keep our art community strong!
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It’s a sad day in skateboarding when some Goofy-boy reincarnation doing 360 hardflips is favored over someone with solid tricks and style.
Mike Sincair’s brain-child, X Games real street, has had a few unique entrants this season, including Austyn “Blame the loss on your editor” Gillette in what Durand boldly named a “Powerpoint Part”
as well as a casual Saturday line with Marc Suciu. (Sadly, I, like many, was expecting a brand new part…standards…) An anonymous source was heard saying “If I traveled around the world killing myself and some kid beat me with one line at a foundation spot, I would be so fucking pissed. Fuck that.”
Thisisfeelthis Real Street Votes: Gravette
Blind puts out a great video with a remarkable soundtrack. Manzoori was the first guy I ever saw with a VX attached to a hard drive while filming. Bill Weiss keeps his roots within the company by manning the main steed and taking charge. A slow-motion repeated trick and a passer-by’s BGP ollie during a Radio Korea line were huge stand-outs. I was thrilled to hear Goathead, as Wold Music has been in heavy rotation for me throughout 2012-13. The Blind video felt authentic, genuine. I realized how sorely I missed classic video introductions and credits after watching Damn! The 4:3 aspect ratio with mixed High Def and VX footage saved the video from the turmoil of mixed-ratio vomit that some videos of the past have not have the decency to address. Could we as viewers already be ready to return to the days of traditionally segmented documentation? Maybe not yet, but there’s a reason why eagle tattoos never go out of style. On a side note, let’s hope that 2014 will be met with actual fun-to-watch super-kids that Blind’s newest addition, Yuri Facchini embodies.
If you choose to skateboard and own or represent a brand, please do not put stickers on spots and ruin them for everyone else. The only people who care about your company are those who outwardly express interest. There’s going to be no conversion rate based on a piece of vinyl with a sub-par logo shit on top of it, especially if it makes it more difficult to get away with something that is already frowned upon for everyone else. From a marketing perspective, you’re putting a bad taste in people’s mouths, the same people you’re depending on to feed you. So take a hint from the elementary levels of common sense and keep the graffiti and stickering to yourself or somewhere where others who share no common interest in your brand aren’t frequenting. This message brought to you by pretty much every fucking skateboarder with half a brain.
It seems like yesterday when Robbie was mentoring young Andrew, bringing him to spots with us. It’s so incredibly rad to see him come into his own style in such a small amount of time. The strange thing about skateboarding in 2013, is that despite having such an influx of stimuli in their developmental phases, young skaters tend to gravitate towards many of the same pre-harvested styles. This is something that I’ve noticed Andrew hasn’t done, and it’s refreshing. He’s also not fucking annoying and entitled like many kids his age, especially locally, which is also refreshing. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m blinded by the progress, but to me, this part is a great reference for the direction I wish for skateboarding to continue to head. The switch varial flip and 360 flip beside the NC State cop are absolute standouts. Stoked:
Wells is officially welcomed to Creation Skateboards, congrats dude!
My band Bedowyn, who I seldom promote via this blog, will be playing at Backdoor’s Thrash For Cash contest this Saturday, which will surely be a good time, so if you’re planning on coming out, stick around for the after party at the Tipsy Teapot.
The only thing that should be mentioned this week is a new 2 and a half minute Bobby Puleo clip:
Cellar doors meet their maker.
Alex Olson has officially called it quits with Girl Skateboards via the only social channel that has banned both young and old fanboys from requesting a teary-eyed ‘follow back’. Based on varying reliable sources, the heart-throb will teaming up with Brian Anderson and Austyn Gillet to make moves at the Skate Mental camp, AND HE PUSHES GROCERY CARTS JUST LIKE US!
Blake Carpenter makes his way onto sister Tum Yeto teams ToyMachine and Dekline with some stellar advertisements and moves:
One can argue that the nimble-wristed 3ccd video techniques that used to hold true among most all skateboard videos in times past has become an ‘east-coast’ cliche in today’s world of over manipulated megapixel hell. In light of this, Nick VonWerssowetz presents a great and gritty retrospective through LurkNYC’s CCT Surveillance Master Tape.
Stylistically speaking, if these are premeditated choices, in my eyes, they would be more than acceptable. Summoning the now-past allow the city streets to scream while maintaining the emotional connection the pre-high def viewer desires. With most all nostalgia mongers sucking at the teet of The PWBC’s dementia filled VHS-bandwagon, simple and low VX footage will always hold the right place in any thriving metropolitan arena.
Adrian Vega, a standout in Outdated kills it among a variety of other city slickers.
Ambig releases Modern Art via Thrasher. In a similar directive and cinematographic light as Benny Maglinao’s aesthetic, this short video offering tastefully and fluidly moves. Like the sound of a warm tube amplifier, the HD footage sits well, un-apologetic because it works. Jerky fisheye shots and over saturation don’t have a home here. Clive Dixon, whom I was admittedly unfamiliar with, and glad that’s not the case anymore, shines with the video’s opening part combining power and style. A short section featuring JT Aultz, Sean Connover, and Moose all sharing the same threads and drastically different skateboard styles, fills the middle. Carolina’s favorite visitor, Matt Bennett successfully stamps another part in most innovative parts section of the skate-history books, getting in what he’s great at: fast feet, unnatural turns and backside grinds. Clint Walker’s part is available for public consumption. A mad-man.
Not overcompensating, and beautifully done, the Ambig video should be a staple in any High Def filmer/editor’s book of best practices with some video parts that will be referenced for years to come.
Myself and roughly 200 others rode about 650 miles on motorcycles for the 4th iteration of the Death Science/Showclass Revenge Run. Had a blast, but no time to post the usual weekly wrap up on Friday.
The next issue of the digital zine magazine under the Order Of The Moth will feature a full story with photos of the now dubbed, Escape From Ocracoke.
Since AVE and Dill shattered hearts late last week what’s left to write about. FuckingAwesome may be making Dill Yen overseas, but the name doesn’t quite roll of the tongue easily for a seven-ply corporation. Could SEX SKATEBOARDS come to fruition as suggested by the high and might Bosco? Only if Dylan and A.O sign on.
Speaking of dynamic duos, Figgy and Nuge prove that long-hairs can throw down: #WORLDSTAR.
NB# announces their official team: Levi Brown was a curve-ball. Was Marquis Henry’s logo-header on his personal website premature, or is there an onslaught of new riders emerging in the future? One can hope.
With the release of the Deathwish video, legendary pros Erik Ellington and Jim Greco really aren’t showing their age, only experience. Greco’s part, riddled with different hair styles and dark slide variations, is his most superior to date. Moose has come a long way from his notorious backside 360′s, giving seasoned ledge dancers a run for their money. Slash’s ender…watch that front truck, a SOLID part full of incredible stunts. Lizard King has embraced the firecracker. Furby and Neen both exemplify sound style. I respect Jon Dickson, not only because he’s incredible at skateboarding, but like him, I have the ass of a female tennis player, and it makes things a bit more difficult.
And if Greco is opening the doors for #darkslidefever then Wes Kremer is riding in on the black horse:
Clint Walker’s death-defying invocation of Heath Kirchart and Evil Knievel has thisisfeelthis 10 best of the year written all over it. After a brief stint on Youtube, Thrasher caught wind and dismantled it. Still not sure whether or not this was a clever publicity stunt by Ambig or just a privileged viewer with the capacity to upload.
Diamond Days are back with Lord Zalfa as a budding inspiration for any unsponsored skateboarder over 25-years-old, as well as a wintry mix of skatepark footage and some telling photos of Keith Denely’s bar adventures.
Stereo introduces relatively unknown Nate Greenwood who gives Boston spots a beat-down.
As the world turns, The Berrics re-introduces it to the forgotten Royal Trucks team, which is incredible. Totally thought Vince was an Indy guy..Mariano proves that no one can step to tech rail tricks like him: the man is a living monster. Also Lakai’s latest, Miles Silvas shows how to shuv out of a nosegrind..watch that back foot.
Jerry Hsu’s culture and heritage is questioned by raving Youtuber’s in Crailtap’s We Shred It, You Said It, We Read It.
NC Native and black-armed skateboarder turned poet/author, Scott Bourne releases his book Room With No Windows. Check the site here. I will be buying and reading.
Jackson Casey presents a promo for AZ based Pyramid Country, which is sure to deliver well timed psychedelia among burnt-out rippers.
Dan Murphy turns 19 again.
Sturgill turns 16 again.
Connor returns to North Carolina and Bojangles.
Winston Salem’s Colin Snoke is welcomed to the Exodus Skateshop team with this awesome clip:
Refreshing to see some creative filing/editing from that area.
‘NO TRESPASSING’ signs have been posted at Yellow Ledge.
Order Of The Moth was called “Some Illuminati Shit” by a curious skatepark patron, and heroine is the drug dujour at Marsh Creek, which yesterday looked more like the gathering of the juggalos. Good news is the skatepark might be a few kooks lighter in the coming months.
A shit week for Boston, total bummer about all the mess going on in the area.
Damn Am Atlanta wraps up and Bob shows me cellphone footage of Yoshi doing backtail blizzard-flip on transition. Still think you’ve got a shot at getting free swoosh?
In other news, Lacey Baker shows us what Dylan would look like if he gained a few lbs. (but in all seriousness, nose manual nollie-inward heel was truly fucked up, she rips.)
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In the land of are-you-fucking-kidding-me, Jake Brown does a an ollie 720 over the mega gap.
The Institution For Mallgrabs America, aka Zumiez calls Vertical Urge and asks them to host their contest.
Phone calls flood Endless Grind as the footwear obsessed contemplate whether or not their fellow clothing-matchers will be in line for the Concord release tomorrow morning. Getting shot for skateboarding shoes has never been such a stylish adventure.
Vine has begun to unveil itself outside it’s early adopters which leaves room for cheating lines, moving selfies and mediocre jokes.
However, Riff Raff solidifies himself as my favorite celebrity/human being ever.
With Damn Am Atlanta on the horizon and the weather getting incredible here in NC, I’m on my way to Ohio. It only makes sense.
The legendary, and in my opinion, best outdoor park in the area, the Chapel Hill Skatepark, will be handed back to the city at the end of the month from the hands of Vertical Urge/Project 58.
Get there while you can before politico full-pad laws are enforced and the gem is lost.
Yellow ledge seems to be striving, as well the TJ’s ledges that seem to be getting tons of attention lately. A far cry from the solo Bob Reynolds sessions that were the only action those things were accustomed to for the past year and change.
Connor is in NY filming and skating with the Quartersnacks crew. Some screengrabs from QS:
Speaking of Quartersnacks, a great BA interview here.
Transworld’s Perpetual Motion released in stores and Tom Remillard skates to the same Red Fang song as Pedro Barros. Now, I’m not trashing anyone, but that’s like..well, that’s like skating to the same song that someone that skates the same stuff better than you skated to in a skate video. Josh Mathews dances those quick feet to The Greatful Dead’s Touch of Grey. Silas doesn’t get a well deserved last part, but Julian Davidson shines. Walker Ryan’s switch game is on point. Berard has one awesome trick.
The raw footage of Ben Rayborn’s death-defying drop ins at Burnside…twice surfaced.
Suciu and Delatore are pro for Habitat. (about damn time)
Joey Pepper’s part re-edited for the Berrics here.
Elusive Yaje footage:
Hopefully this weather won’t lead to a staggering number of male-selfies.