Pea and Ham

A.k.a. "Odran's tip" (remember "JUST ON TIME"?), "PEA AND HAM" is an australian skate movie by Charlie McGowan, someone Odran coincidentally met due to the former living just above the latter's workplace. The product transcends the typical skate video codes under many an aspect, its approach being resolvedly contemplative - marking an instance of well-utilized H.D. towards the crafting of an original and particular universe wrapped up around the tricks. An effort in coherence that was pushed as far as into the soundtrack, homemade by the featured skateboarders at the service of what really is pretty remarkable production quality for an independent video. Holla'd at, Charlie recounts:

"A little about the film - "PEA AND HAM" is a skate video featuring Melbourne spots during the Covid lockdowns between 2020-2022. At many times, the streets were basically empty due to isolation restrictions.

The film features an array of electronic music created by guys featuring in the film and other friends. These people are Riley HolmesRyley BarryIzaak AshleyMax Wrangles and Aidan Doherty.

The titles were made by Tom Woodman and the filming and editing was all done myself!" - Charlie McGowan

 

FILM x EFREM

As now conveniently observable via this new, two minutes and forty seconds-long video, the twenty-eight-year-old Italian Efrem Sapienza represents Film Trucks. Also equally supported by Plaza Skateboards, he connects wallies with incongruous tricks aplenty for our (and no doubt, first and foremost, his) greatest pleasure. Creativity is present, as far as in all the unusual spots. To be noted: his light feet and their tricks-per-minute ratio, all filmed by Alberto Della Beffa in one month under Catania, Torino and Fuerteventura's respective sunlights! 

Tavu Alert!

If Olivier "Tavu" Ente has been a fixture on our digital collumns since day one, it is because he checks all the creative boxes that matter to us, including the "board control on falsely mellow spots" one! And this new part for Zeropolis will remind you to  keep on eye on him at all times, even when he lays low, far from the spotlight…

PREMIERE / Dino Coce "SHAOLIN SPONZOR ME TAPE"

One could argue that not having heard of Dino Coce by now essentially means they fell out of the loop - his independent, conceptual, full-length video "FINTA" unquestionably being one of the most original skate products of the recent years, embracing inspiration from always celebrated, now classics of the genre such as Colin Read's "SPIRIT QUEST" but with a personal twist, borrowing from as far as Michel Gondry's aesthetics, or Takahiro Morita and "OVERGROUND BROADCASTING"'s style of quick cut-based editing, and exporting what's really blending into a unique approach to skateboarding all the way from Croatia with love.

Since the release of "FINTA" (of which you can still - and are being heavily recommended to - get a DVD straight from the man himself, here), Dino has also been experimenting with the format of Instagram skateboarding clips under the moniker Orionskate, on the constant hunt for moves of his own that themselves explore the boundaries between useless wooden toy maneuvers and literal magic tricks. The emphasis on illusion in particular is so certain, one is bound to wonder what really is up with every other seemingly reality-warping clip - not unlike Gou Miyagi's late career output, just picking up from it all the while based in a completely different corner of the world.

LIVE has actually interviewed Dino a couple times before: one time to celebrate the release of "FINTA", in the makings for five years, which you can browse over here alongside many of his conceptual sketches and one part from the video; and once more regarding "TABULA RASA", another independent croatian skate film by his compatriot Raul Žgomba in which Dino had a part back in 2019, which you can watch here alongside words from the duo. Speaking of which, it is worth noting that Raul has since dropped a brand new video: "QUICKSAND", released online via the great U.K.-based Grey Skate Mag, featuring many a local scene head (and we mean that), which was paired up with one more interview by Vladimir Film Festival co-founder Nikola Racan, to be discovered here.

All caught up? Well, you're most likely still not prepared for Dino's newest offering: "SHAOLIN SPONZOR ME TAPE" is a clip really meant as an appetizer for his upcoming video (yes, he's been working on another one), but also one inherently strong of, once more, exploring definitions, formats and concepts. What's a 'web part' (actually yes, really, that term - what is it?), what's the most technical trick possible - achieving enlightenment, perhaps? Surely that one is up there at least. And so, here's the video record of Dino transcending himself, in more ways than just one too.

Dino suggested that we would release this on 22/2/2 at 22:22 (that is 10:22 P.M.) and of course we embraced the flow. It was filmed by Dujma and Butko, salutes Dino's longtime appreciation of both Japanese skateboarding videos and Eastern spirituality at large in the best way possible and, as a single, online skate piece, will definitely make you reconsider at least part of what you think you know.

"VELVET" / Spencer Legebokoff / INTERVIEW

Spencer Legebokoff has been shooting skate photos and videos in Canada for a long time now, but especially got his name out there on the international scale a fistful of years ago with « WALTZ » - an edit filmed around his region of origin that is West Kootenay, British Columbia - which he submitted and came to showcase at the 2018 edition of Vladimir Film Festival, the now classic independent event and cultural phenomenon occuring yearly thanks to the passion-driven locals of Fažana, Croatia. Being the uplifting experience it's really crafted to be, Spencer then came back home inspired to fully pursue his own vision in his skate filmmaking and what logically ensued is this new piece: « VELVET », a video willing to lean towards a more contemplative direction - but not at the expense of some great, sincere local skateboarding - which we are happy to bring you today, alongside a full interview with Spencer himself regarding the project, just below!

Hobbies

"HOBBIES" is the title of this new Parisian edit by Rémi Chautant filmed throughout the tumultuous ride that all of twenty twenty-one really was, and a fantastic opportunity to catch up on the talents of some otherwise rarely mediatized locals who, in fact, do decipher, reinterpret and reinvent their turf really well - oscillating in between some spots that hardly earn such a designation and yet still work, and strong takes on some of the more renowned plazas. Everyone really is just naturally displaying their freedom in the midst of a certain ambient insanity, by the means of some improbable slappies, creativity paired up with good taste, backside kickflip landings that send dead leaves flying and even a considerable amount of "hammers" as Babylon would have it, taken as far as some of the most classic skate destinations within and around the French capital. That's seven minutes you most likely won't see go by, signed by Andre TreijinhaHamza El Hagry, Huscar Alcala, Antoine PlainfosseBenoit DelaportePierre DeckonskiMax Landegren and Santiago Valduga in addition to Rémi himself, and will result in you getting on your board for the day, for sure!

PREMIERE / "Blunt x TACo." / Alfredo Franco / INTERVIEW

"I met Alfredo “Blunt” Franco on a skate trip in Mexico City back in 2006. At the ripe young age of twenty-one, I was immediately impressed this thirty-one-year-old was skating as hard as he was - still seeking out spots, filming, and getting photos, doing legitimately impressive stuff. This was the mid 2000's, where staple nineties pros were about the same age, and we were just beginning to learn what longevity is. And here's this guy from an unfamiliar skate scene, skating just as hard (or harder), but doing it only for the love.

I had a blast skating with him, hearing the early stories of Mexican skateboarding, and checking some of his spots; crazy transitioned fountains and old skateparks. We stayed friends and have been in regular contact since, visiting each other's cities.

As years progressed, my skating has slowed down, but Blunt seems to only progress. At my 36, I look at his 46, and can only be in awe. He's in the small group of skaters that seem to have found the fountain of youth.

But there's another layer for Blunt; he’s one of the originators in Mexico, skating since the eighties, and still keeping it moving to this day. He's seen his scene grow from nothing, evolve, progress, and explode. I can say from my first trip in 2006, every time I've returned I've noticed the changes: more skaters, more skateparks, brands, videos, and the level of skating has grown and grown. Blunt has lived it since its infancy, and still keeps the wheels turning as the years pass."Brett Nichols

PREMIERE / Rubianda "MELLOW"

Remember Rayis Bisyir's stellar Sony VX-1000 edits out Jakarta, Indonesia for the local Malacca Skateboards, or Workshop Skate Orchestra with "KHIDMAT"? The luckiest of you may have caught a screening or two sometime during Sergej Vutuc's itinerant festival, Roundabout, even. Well, it is with great pleasure that today, LIVE can announce his great return and present his latest works: "MELLOW" is one more impeccable, eight-minute Mini-DV-meets-Super-8 piece - this time featuring the urban skate talents of Rubianda Rachman aka. Rubi Anda, one smooth operator with some floaty backside ollies, unique body language and a keen eye for interesting spot selection and interpretation; all set to a, well, mellow soundtrack (that does get a bit angstier later on, as noise from the Seventh Chamber starts kicking in), and video work so pristine it really isn't without paying due respect to perceptible inspirations such as Zach ChamberlinColin Read or Far East Skate Network.

PREMIERE / Odran Fernandez "JUST ON TIME"

Montpellier-based, Five-O Skateshop affiliate Odran Fernandez (who hasn't been without getting some LIVE love already before) and his Melbourne holiday are both looking real sweet, or so do they at least via the 3CCD prism of local filmer Hunter D. Micaleff we're inclined to believe is truthful, since Hunter's own holiday footage doesn't lie.

Now about Odran, in between two considerably long noseslide maneuvers, the man himself recounts:

"Melbourne is just an incredibly, crazy city packed with spots! So as far as the back story goes, the place has been quite lockdown-heavy since Covid and the last instance of lockdown we had spanned for just about three months. That whole time period, I was getting more or less 'paid to skate' due to being unable to work and so, I was being supported by an organization called Centrelink, benefitting from some weekly program... Which was pretty sick, actually!

And so during that lockdown, I first met Hunter; we randomly got a couple of clips together one day and the dynamic was just working, so we naturally went on and filmed more! "JUST ON TIME" was filmed over two months, two months and a half, so quite the dense, fast process - we really were productive because, well, we both had nothing else to do and that's a fact [laughs].

Really, big up to Hunter since, whenever we would be going skating, he really would be coming to film and not with that mindset of mostly skating and then maybe getting a few clips on the side. We'd meet up at spots with specific ideas... For instance, that whole session for both the first and last trick - I probably spent two hours at that spot that day, it really was one of my most intense battles I ever fought - and here he was the whole time, sitting down with the camera, switching tapes and batteries... Because yeah, we did choose to film with the VX!

"JUST ON TIME" as the video title actually comes from how one certain line was filmed just that, five seconds prior to the end of one of the tapes..." - Odran Fernandez

Minuit Exp. 3

Yoan Taillandier of Minuit fame and glory just came back to leave his yearly mark on your retinas via the web release of "MINUIT EXP. 3" (thus the sequel to "EXP. 1", "2" and really so much more skate video history): four minutes and some crumbs worth of the best maneuvered Sony VX-1000 in the game for over a decade now, and mostly Bordeaux-based action with, notably, footage of Futoshi Tokuyama's French vacation way back in 2015. Coincidentally making for the perfect Magenta-tinted transition to also point at this new Soy Panday Lyon clip by Bastien Regestehere!

Between here and now

Brazil definitely digs being one step ahead on trends and one good display of that is "SOMEWHERE BETWEEN HERE AND NOW", a film by Fabiano Rodrigues for Perfume Pleasure (the back of your mind may or may not, but should trigger flashbacks of "LOCKSLEY") in which FeijasDavi and Johnny can be seen excelling at skateboarding at the meager price of their last names for the sake of João Fenope's lens. Seven minutes worth of wild styles, improbable maneuvers and inaccessible spots; as far as the soundtrack, potentially much to the dismay of certain Tony Hawk's Pro Skater fans after such a video title, no Ernies kicking in but an original piece by BFRND.

Almost there

This week's underground gem is, without a doubt, Tristan Mershon's YouTube channel, one that's loaded with amazing edits and the latest one to date, "ALMOST THERE", really scores so many points. First things first, the skateboarding in itself is beautiful and of impeccable taste (with a couple of really mean 360 flips thrown in the mix, too), but the filming also isn't without evoking strong Dan Wolfe influences, maybe with a hint of early Josh Stewart. Y'all already know: we're talking East Coast-flavored VX-1000 here for a three-minute timespan, still the ultimate format for a quick pre-skate video stream in a style that may be oddly reminiscent of the most classic gems from independent skateboarding's YouTube golden days (the ones that saw the raise of Josh Roberts' first edits in Australia, Robert Brown's mystery montages, the New Jersey-boiled Stay Stackin' or even "MAMA'S BOYS" if still hungry for more Big Apple).

Shout outs to Wes Allen for sharing the goods with us - revisit "SALVAGE TITLE" here!

Pages

Live Skateboard MediaLive Skateboard Media

Wait to pass announcement...
Close