Yoshi's Crafted World

Kento Yoshioka, we've introduced him to his footage before - first in this fantastic Tightbooth online edit (which is most certainly worth rewatching), then recently here, in Ricardo Napoli's full-length "Ciao". Well now, he just dropped another brand new part, straight to the Internet this time, for his own brand: Kento Hardware, that doubles up as a clothing brand the imagery of which matches the visuals in this clip. The filming can be a bit weird, and so can the tricks (nollie double body varial?), but the young (he's rumored to be just twenty) entrepreneur's creativity, eye for non-spots, street sweat, raw black and white and overall vision can be recognized, singlehandedly synthetizing every Instagram trend there ever was into a modern style that isn't without being reminiscent of some of the most renowned Japanese pioneers. And all that, on Maison Shake Junzi griptape. Quite punchy.

Singularroiz

Plural Skateboards is a board brand ran by Adelmo Jr. - now that's a name you should know about. Those contrasts, singulars and plurals (one quick glance at Instagram and you'll get it) sound like abstract concepts but what's known for sure is that one of our favorite Brazilian connexions, Luís Moschioni aka. Tao Arroiz rides for them, and also happens to have a part in their new video, which was just put online. So here it is in all its glory, featuring some of Luís' finest and most inspired footage to date, always with his trademark smooth flow, and on spots that alone are quite the trip.

What best occasion to remind you that the Vale do Anhangabaú spot that he skates a few times here needs your help to stay the staple to the local scene he is!

Mili-Thanos

In an era of everybody looking oh-so-great on Instagram, and the imagery of skateboarding constantly overflooding minds to the point where it's now become uncommon to get to take a mental breather long enough to ever miss watching footage, it's probably even more rare to actually stumble upon a video part that's exceptionally impactful - at least enough to instill the spontaneous desire to rewatch it one, if not several (!) times. Traditionally, though, that was exactly what made or broke the subsequent legacy of a skate section in a video, or at least part of it.

"Vanish", a new independent video from Philadelphia and signed by the boiling mind of the young Zach Sayles (twenty-three years old), nonetheless proves to be one remarkable - and memorable - little gem in two thousand nineteen. Zach's skilled, spectacular utilization and maneuvering of the VX-1000 indeed help, but that's not just it; his vision transcends the clips and skating themselves, as he claims enjoying experimenting with musical scores and generally trying to convey a certain cinematographic feel to his videos, in this interview of Zach for Skate Jawn.

In an unexpected way, that makes many a parallel to be drawn with the Ty Evans of a particuliar era, the one of "Modus Operandi" and "Fully Flared", the pre-drones one.

The whole video is a trip, most of its segments are online here and there already, the DVD can be purchased here and Matt Militano, whose name you may remember from the SLAP show "One In a Million", his Instagram prowess or his numerous other great parts in various local videos, kind of makes for the aforementioned Lakai video's Marc Johnson of this beautifully-crafted artisanal film.

Which is a section you'll watch once, then maybe rewatch one, if not several (!) times...

VANS Thursday Sessions / WEEK 3 / REPORT

Similarly to the second one, this third installment in the series of the French Vans Thursday Sessions was seemingly cursed by poor weather conditions, thereby driving each shop to conduct the event on separate Thursdays, accordingly. Skateboarding nonetheless won again in the end, as many great times were had, content aplenty was produced, tricks were landed and soles resembled waffles. As usual, here's the report of each and every of those individual sessions, highlighting the drive and importance of local scenes, now, on LIVE!

Mexican Medium

Medium Skate Mag - remember - we already introduced its two co-founders Will Jivcoff and Joel Watamaniuk to you a while back, around the time of their enterprise's earliest steps. Well close to two years later already, and despite Love Skateboards unfortunately being out of the equation by now, Medium looks like it's still going strong, still deeply rooted in Toronto but also now demonstrating the energy to export itself on the occasional skate vacation, which is just what they did here for "Jungle" - a new clip by Joel (still very much the VX-1000 fan) filmed in Mexico City, featuring skateboarding by Daniel Ravenal, Diego Brown, Felipe BartolomeJohnny PurcellScott BalkwillSkylar Kehr and Ty Beall. Everybody hucked their carcasses down some quite a few unfamiliar spots that look just as rugged as exotic. Check out the Medium website for more info!

Around Midnight

Yoan Taillandier's visual craftsmanship and sharpest fish-eye skills than most is what you can thank for - amongst many other influential video pieces - the first "Minuit" video, as early as 2011 - the underground hit that shook the world, and made refined street skating presented well a focus in the whole Western skate world again, all the while itself being directly influenced by the minutiae of a sophisticated Japanese skate scene. Word on the street is that whoever it is that the relevancy of the aforementioned film may have flown over the head of at the time, due to being spiritually phagocitized by the hottest Californian trends and accustomed to a religion of wooden skatepark-based podcasts, is still trying their best to recreate that video and instill it with just as impactful long-term significancy to this day, and that's eight years later...

Anyway, even though Yoan, the filmer, never really left anywhere himself (as can be attested by his works for clothing brand Futur), this new edit displays the willpower to bring Minuit altogether back in full force, notably by the means of a new series of web clips this piece is the first installment in, so far; consisting in footage filmed from Paris to Italy, going through Marseille and exploring even the cuttiest spots, then consequently experienced by Pat HoblinJames ColemanYaje Popson, Logan Lewis, Yensi Lama and Evan Kinori - more European than ever for the most part, and even in broad daylight, much to our delight!

No limit

For the release of their two little pairs of shoes, the Polar skate team flew to Puerto Rico. The landscape and the spots are beautiful! There is really something to galvanize the troops. Of course, the Polar guys were unleashed, ready to taste concrete with an ever more incredible speed. They have not lost a gram of their madness since "We blew it at some point", and of course Tor Störm is still in at the filmmaking. Frankly difficult to find a team that can transmit as much energy in a video. Here is a proof in picture that we must perhaps forget the wax for much more speed, there is never too much we have to believe.

ABS x LVB Gratien

Straight out of Annecy, France, ABS skateshop (also a regular player in the French Vans Thursday Sessions - side note) just dropped a new collaboration capsule of boards and garment with Gratien Hass aka. LVB Gratien; an occasion celebrated straight to the Internet-style by the means of this little edit by Kévin Deschamps. All the ingredients of the simple, but efficient homemade clip are present: homie vibes, random cutty spots, street vibes and round fish-eye vigs!

Dom Henry alert!

Our fellows over at Free Skate Mag just uploaded one more section from Sean Lomax's latest full-length video: "Cottonopolis", and it just happens to be our beloved Dom Henry's part that incredibly enough, also has to be - arguably - his best (a commendable feat given the man's steady quality output, and that his footage was apparently collected in a relatively short timespan). Indeed, in "Cottonopolis" Dom can be witnessed skating faster and more aggressively than ever, all the while never breaking out of his trademark smooth flow and making ledge prowess look offensively easy (that switch backside nosegrind shove especially looks like it felt good to land). And of course as always with Dom, we are talking about endless lines infused with nineties plaza flavor, complete with a strong note of switch stance and such a natural tendency towards consistency and form many witnesses are bound to reach consequential peaks of self doubt. All hail Dom Alexander the Third!

Ciao

Little information has been surfacing about "Ciao" besides it being a new, mastered H.D. 16:9 full-length filmed entirely in N.Y.C. by Ricardo Napoli, already the author of the 2017 "Making It Happen" which followed a similar concept. Ricardo appears to be very much into documenting not just the established locals, but also the prowess of 'skate tourists' visiting from worldwide, and developing their take on interpreting the Big Apple. His Brazilian connections run deep as in addition to Kaue Cossa having a full partFelipe Oliveira repeatedly appears, not too far from a more American, but just as exotic Connor Kammerer who comes through with over a minute of opening clips. Even certain French speaking heads such as Bastien Regeste or Quentin De Briey earned their clips! But a major link Ricardo especially seems fond of cultivating is his bond to Japan, the scene of which gets the heaviest overall representation here, with full parts for Kento Yoshioka and Ryo Motohashi.

Evil Pansies

Well... It's nothing new, the guys from London are diabolically good. What's even crazier is that they've found a filmer that really suits them. With this somewhat messy aspect, Grant Dawson manages to create a truly unique atmosphere, almost a bit disturbing. Which however like previously in “diary of a” serves the video very well and makes it much more interesting.

Switch Big Spin / Stefan Janoski

U.S.-based professional skateboarder Stefan Janoski's popularity blew up in the mid naughts, subsequently to a switch flip rampage over, across and down literally any set of stairs he would find on his way. In two thousand nine, he picks a simple and uncluttered silhouette for his pro model shoe on Nike SB; now, fast forward to just a few years later and said shoe is established as an all-time best seller in skate footwear.
 
"How does a skate shoe gain iconic status?" is only a logical question to ponder upon the witnessing of such an explosive destiny. To try and address it, the French Big Spin Podcast crew went and interviewed pro skaters, designers, a fashion theorizer as well as Stefan himself - all streamable in English. And in the usual fashion, here is the complementary Bigger Spin article for even more info!

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