Bigger Spin / EP 008 - Alix Malnati & Shani Bru

French skate podcast Big Spin is proud to have hosted two blossoming young women as skateboarding's representatives on the latest edition of their show. Alix Malnati and Shani Bru's voices make for an audible breeze of fresh air in a practice populary dominated by testosterone and the occasional macho attitudes, so you better catch that opportunity to listen to what the girls have to say! The satisfaction of skateboarding often comes with the price of a certain social emancipation (for better and for worse), even moreso as a female and this is exactly where individuals like Alix, Shani and hopefully you get to shine, unaffected by peer pressure and well determined to be their true selves, genuinely dedicated to their sincere passion with honesty and no damns given about any potential phantasmal prejudice. Get inspired by their strength (the kind of which you wish you had in your kickflips), and if you can't make any sense out of their delicate sentences due to being unable to grasp the French language then fear not, this Bigger Spin article comes to the rescue and punctuates their stories with photo et video illustrations. All you need is love!

"PORTALS" / Eric Mertz / PREMIERE

In the year two thousand and eighteen, anybody pushing their vision as far as releasing a DVD independently deserves at least a mention, if not praise depending on how refined of a work the resulting product turns out to be. Well, "Portals" is Strasbourg, France-based filmer Eric Mertz's new labor of love - some years after his original piece "Pathos", then quite the hit on the Magenta Facebook page - now available on a disk you can get from here or maybe here. Eric spent some time fine-tuning the many scenic shots, elaborate transitions (oftentimes involving Michel Gondry-esque handicrafts) and overall tones of the strong aesthetic of "Portals", resulting in a proper cinematographic effort in the footsteps of Pacôme Gabrillagues' with "Crosswalk" or resembling the "Frame By Frame" crew's stylistic touch, both major, classic independent french skate videos of the past decade. The vertebrae of "Portals" fits just right into that skeleton of artfully-documented local skate culture, strong of its fifty-minute running time, spliced into many chapters (with one specific theme for each) that Eric has been starting to share on his YouTube account, recently. Now, LIVE Skateboard Media is proud to be presenting you the fifth segment of this oneiric trip of a film, "Fantasy", along with some comments and answers from the man himself, who couldn't escape the "5 W's" treatment!

UNEMPLOYED / "Avance l'Arrière" / PREMIERE

The jobless (really?) accomplices of d'Unemployed Skate Co., more usually specialized in the production of colorful grip tape, recently went off on a tangent in the general direction of Algeria, a destination just as exotic as their art direction which in turn led them to meet new souls (most often intrigued by this breath of fresh air from the North, on wheels), and touch practically unskated spots. Despite being under supervision the whole time, they still managed to sneak two broken VX's into the country then leave it with full tapes! Their new edit is called "Avance L'arrière", a title Brian Bunting of Unemployed was happy to explain below, besides many more things because no, he didn't escape the 5W's treatment!

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.

Bobby Blue

Bobby De Keyzer? You might think he could have gone missing since the recent release of the Converse video Purple. Well, the guys from Blue Tile Lounge Toronto are offering us a new full-length entitled Baby Blue. Here is Bobby’s part, powerful, straight, not the slightest imbalance, as usual.

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