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It had been a while since our last news from the Texas front from local VX-1000 tape slayer Eric Nguyen who operates, notably, for Houston-based Select skateshop which just celebrated its tenth year anniversary with a new full-length video by Eric, available here. The piece features the talents of many a local skateboarder, including the ones of Ben Havran (also known on social media as @chunkyspliff - you shouldn't be surprised either) who, on his own end of things, also just turned pro for Dead On Arrival, Steve Fletch's labor of love and nostalgia of a company. The footage will have you instantly grasp why: Ben's skating is particularly well-rounded, mixing together ingredients such as improbable pop, handrail mastery, brave tech and the occasional ambitious ambidexterity into a blend of always-clean style. Add the flavors of Eric's filming and editing to the formula, and you're bound to get quite the explosive cocktail!

Retro-Future

D.O.A. is another name LIVE has brought to your attention before: also known as Dead On Arrival, the enterprise is ran by Steve Fletch, formerly of Northern Co. who eventually decided to move on to do his own thing. For their newest promo video, he attempted to "make the A Tribe Called Quest 'Scenario' video into a skate edit"; a description as exciting as the final result, very punchy and full to the brim of efficient skateboarding. Let's highlight the return of the great Kyle Cielencki and Eric Nguyen duo, in front of and behind the camera respectively, and that Stephen Buggica got involved as well, amongst others.

Wu Tex

Over the past months, LIVE hasn't been without reporting to you about the works of Eric Nguyen, the skilled and hyperactive VX-1000 enthusiast from Texas, Kyle Cielencki's skateboarding, or Steve Fletch's brand Dead On Arrival, an initiative founded on his past experience with Northern Co.. All folks who've been patient enough to recount their respective stories to us, and to you, in the links above.

Today, what the aforementioned folks have been cooking up was just revealed to be a new promo for the equally aforementioned Dead On Arrival (D.O.A. if you're into them catchy acronyms). On the menu: classical music, and some quite exquisite urban roller planking signed by the feet and general body languages of Chris Saint-HilaireKyle CielenckiChris JataJohn DevineKyle RemondinoAndrew Grabowski, Jimmy ChungP.J. Castellano and Ben Havran. Eric handled the editing, although he didn't film everything: the list of contributing filmers is quite lengthy (although that doesn't result in any visual inconsistencies here) and comprises some familiar names such as the one of Stephen Buggica, the man behind the Shaqueefa "Mixtape" videos, interviewed here.

Birthday Pool party

After treating us well with La Armonía, Eric Nguyen comes back, with the same team in front of his fisheye, to celebrate the nine springs of the Huston’s Select skateshop by offering us a video that smells like summer, holidays and pool parties.

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