Culture

Switch Big Spin / Lisa Jacob and Jean-Marc Soulié

Jean-Marc and Lisa are very involved in concrete skatepark building throughout the world. They respond to many a local non-profit organization that's looking for volunteers to help materialize such projects, in countries where not much exists for skateboarding thus far, and the governing powers of which usually aren't too ready to embrace its practice. Another way of living skateboarding and experiencing Irak, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bolivia, Palestine or India. Switch Big Spin is a new twist on the French Big Spin podcast, still talking skateboardings and its activists, from a different, fresh perspective.

Bigger Spin / EP 006 - Soy Panday

Once again, Bigger Spin - the text-, image- and link-based complement to every new episode of Big Spin, the French skateboarding podcast interviewing key actors of the scene - is back and this time, Soy Panday is disclosed to be their latest interviewee. The man behind the Magenta Skateboards art direction as well as some pretty good frontside noseslides has a story we've shun light on before, but no one better than Soy himself to tell it; this Bigger Spin retraces his flow of thought throughout the interview just as much as his personal development along the years, dot by dot.

Graham Thoms / "Trabajando 4" / INTERVIEW

The Loop - you're either in, or out of it. But Graham Thoms is special as he's from there aka. Chicago, Illinois, a location with an equally special place in his heart; armed with not just "street cred" but a true urban upbringing, and the friendliest, most optimistic attitude to boot, he's been spreading Chi-love a big chunk of the old continent over as he's been fascinated by it, regularly taking trips to (and filming parts in) Barcelona for years until he eventually made the move for good and relocated to Paris, France. Now an international spokesman from My Kind Of Town, together with his homie Corey Henderson, they've been dropping full-length indie vids under the alias "Trabajando" on a strict annual basis for a few years, intertwining footage from foreign lands with their super strong hometown clips. The fourth installment is now dropping; and the winning duo was kind enough to grant LIVE Skateboard Media the diffusion of two of its segments: the Paris part, and Graham's (incredible) part. Not just that, but they also felt like contributing with words of love and boys did they have plenty to give.

Bigger Spin / EP 005 - Benjamin Deberdt

It is now a LIVE Skateboard Media tradition that whichever new episode of the French skate podcast "Big Spin" comes out instantly sees itself supported by our very own complement of it, the Bigger Spin providing you with easy access to research matter regarding the subjects getting brought up in the interviews. And if you can't grasp French, then at least here you get to enjoy links and obscure references only the real will get! Today's interviewee on the brand new Big Spin episode just so happens to be the man, the myth, the legend from Barcy (with an "a", and no "-lona") and beyond: Benjamin Deberdt! Strong of the wisdom of someone having encountered skateboarding as soon as the seventies (which he will keep liking claiming!) and the playful mind of a child, Benjamin naturally grew up to become the man long time in charge of a lot of initiatives within the skateboarding press network, most notably launching the French magazine SuGaR twenty years ago, then extending his research with the creation of the European Kingpin then even beyond, with this worldwide takeover of a website LIVE Skateboard Media is. Broad is Benjamin's experience and urge to get more life out of people via countless public recollections of incredible skate stories (complete with photo proof), a way for him to exchange little fragments of existence and humbly help piece the world together. Marks of his personal experiences and relationships keep overflooding his office further and further from "oh, the boxes" and into people's minds, by the means of magazine contributions and self-publication (see This Was Just Now). Anyway, it is for certain that Benjamin took our opportunity of an audio podcast as yet another modern way to get to reach out to whoever would like to hear the quirkiest skate anecdotes, or laugh about life with him!

ALOHA SUPER!

Who remembers Mark Gonzales' "retirement" from professional skateboarding in the mid-to-late nineties as he was actually on a retreat, wandering here and there in Europe, soaking it in, nurturing his perspectives and sharpening his reputation as an artist? Well now, twenty years after Cheryl Dunn's short film, "Back Worlds for Words" - a documentation of the Gonz's effort to export his vision (no pun intended) all over the world and in this case, precisely, in Germany, "Aloha Super" is quite the anniversary gift. Because yes, Mark has done it again; in New York City this time, as the location proved easier to misspell than Monchengladbach. And of course, the music is a given!

Soy Panday / B&B / PREMIERE

Soy Panday, the one and only; now, not content enough with just providing you with a new part of his, the man himself decided to chime in and answer a few of our, and hopefully your, questions. The tortured Magenta Skateboards graphic artist who turns into Roy if (preferably comfortably) fed tofu past midnight, proud owner of several Parisian fountains and with equally good eye for urban spots, taste for lines (of whichever form) and form on backside flips is now live on LIVE, cruising through twenty years of street footage on video as well as through your mind with his words.

Takahiro Morita "Freehand" / 5 W's!

Unless you are new to this website or to independent skateboarding altogether, Takahiro Morita no longer should need any introduction by now. The genius behind the underground video hit "Overground Broadcasting" that helped spread awareness about the Japanese skate scene exactly a decade ago (!), the Far East Skate Network enterprise and the clothing brand LIBE has yet again produced something conceptual. A passionate skateboarder but also a plastic artist, "Freehand" is the name of his new performance exhibition at the Ichihara Lakeside Museum, for which he built a skate course and, well... Peep the video recap to try and get it! LIVE Skateboard Media also got to briefly exchange with Morita regarding the happening. His words below.

MIMPI FILM FESTIVAL / "Ruído" / PREMIERE

Despite the ongoing exponential development of instantaneous Internet connections, social network platforms and low-cost airlines - technologies bound to help the average skateboarder meet some others as to contemplate new perspectives, new landscapes, new souls - certain particular horizons still seem to struggle more than others in terms of retranscription. Oftentimes the idea erupts, but gets stranded on the way, exhausted from the length of the journey, eventually hitting the language barrier face first. Not everybody has to be an English speaker, a media nerd or even aiming at reaching out to others, after all; nevertheless, those ruptures in communication will get in the way of those trying to comprehend as much of the world as possible, like crackling on the line. Today on LIVE Skateboard Media, it is Pedro Damasio you are getting introduced to, along with his peers' work on the Rio De Janeiro, Brazil-based skate film and photo festival: Mimpi. We went there - twice - and we loved it: beyond all appearances and behind the banners, Pedro and his friends like to play around with crazy concepts. Last year's edition's was the one of noise, or "Ruído", and the resulting clip, featured above, is pretty experimental; a daring stand from an event this popular, only proving the sincerity in Pedro's progressive will, and the love in his approach. Plus there's a lot of skateboarding to boot, as a tribute to the practice we all owe everything to!

Good vibes

Spend the whole day on a spot, without necessarily skating, know the story behind the few graphs on the spot, maybe film some tricks and take the opportunity to immortalize what’s going on around. “Being part of that shit”, as states Josh Kalis. Marcos Lozano Cantillo makes us discover this late 90’s vibe, still alive nowadays in the heart of Barcelona, at the spot of Sants.

And for the most interested of you, we have three "Demokratia 2" zines by photographer David Susko for you to win.  Head over now to LIVE Instagram account.

Maker

You would have met  him, just like us, pushing around the French capitol streets, via the Parisii edits, which he was one of the main alumni for, before having to let him move him back to San Francisco, where he quickly realized his dream of creating clothing that goes a step or two further the yet genius enough concept of slapping a skull of sorts over a t-shirt produced in the Third World… Yes, Evan Kinori is a fashion designer, sailing his little boat in the exact direction he chose. Which does not stop us from being the of skater you would to share a session with, whether in Paris or S.F. as proved here, through the magic eye of Zach Chamberlin

learn way more about Evan, here, thanks to this interview done by our colleagues at Theories!

Tavu alert!

If, just like us, you have been following Olivier for a while now, you do know he isn't exactly the neither expansive nor exuberant kind, and that you do have to push him out of his shell a little! Especially if you want to make him speak art or skating. Let's salute Olivier Fanchon's work here, as he managed to capture both sides of him, in complete honesty! Ladies and gentlemen, here is Monsieur Tavu, discussing ruining perfectly good maps, and also proving his very theory –according to which he doesn't really skate anymore– completely wrong… A man of talents, but you would know that!

Bigger Spin / EP 004 - Bertrand Soubrier

Bertrand Soubrier has been on the board since the late eighties, and never once did he step off since. A man of phases, he's been a ginger, a Le Dome local, a professional, a tourist and more, successively, throughout the years. Beber is the man in charge behind the Haze Wheels and Basement Hill scenes, in addition to handling the fatherhood of his boy Martin.

Pages

Live Skateboard MediaLive Skateboard Media

Wait to pass announcement...
Close