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Divided we fall

We just got this U.F.O. of an e-mail from a certain Rens Verbruggen, Rotterdam-based but not -bound and coincidentally, that's the very point about geographical borders he's trying to make; that individuals and their chances idealistically shouldn't be defined by the randomness of their geographical localization. As a reaction to Western public entertainer number one and forty-fifth president of the United States Donald John Trump's overwhelmingly publicized oompahs about reinforcing the Mexico-United States border with a fortified wall (the construction of which is estimated up to twenty-five billion dollars that surely could benefit more critical causes), an unfortunately popular candy cane he's been obnoxiously brandishing for a while as part of his campaign, Rens and his friend René took it upon themselves to start Wallies Against Walls. The idea is essentially simple: "build wallies, not walls"; as opposed to encouraing the division of the people and the silencing of select voices, the two homies instead invite you to federate your pals around a new funny-looking, colorful toy that you can assemble yourself: so communicatively playful you're bound to catch some looks out in public with it, or Snapchat requests even. Really what we get to witness is the celebration and expression of freedom of thought, and the victory of interaction over abstraction in a form that's only a natural reaction to the times. Download the templates and print out the designs from the website, and never skate alone ever again!

Oh, Rens' friends that he skated with for this clip happen to be Rob Maatman, Robbin de Wit and Remco Stolze - must be nice. The website also links to charities to help victims of closed borders and immigration issues.

Bigger Spin / EP 012 - Eric Antoine

The name of Eric Antoine is bound to bring a smile to many a faces, most especially to the longtime, French skateboarding enthusiasts that is as the Photographe Célèbre's photos used to bring the warm tones of a unique vision to the pages of the national magazine SuGaR, for many years. But more than a lens man, Eric is a true character: a trait he just exposed as the guest in the new episode of French skate podcast, Sébastien Charlot and Arnaud Dedieu's Big Spin. Business as usual, as though to ensure nobody gets spared by the splashes of information the aforementioned episode contains, LIVE Skateboard Media's Bigger Spin comes in to complement Eric's anecdotes with both still and moving visuals, and links aplenty!

INTERVIEW / George Booth Cole / GALLERY

To start things off with a pun only the most experienced with Japanese skate videos of you will get, George Booth is tight! Now past the cringeworthy introduction point, let's still dwell over how justified the prior remark is. For the past few years, Gee Bee Cee has been very involved teaming up with George Toland and the Serious Adult crew (the one that recently brought you the full-length video "Teddie"); all of them are fueling their scene, having a hand saving the classic London spot Southbank, and documenting the current generation of London rippers - one they are part of. Booth's language of choice happens to be the one of photography and for a while now, he's been sharing his works and displaying his zines quite visibly on Instagram, a curated yet abundant selection of quite unique fragments of time frozen on black and white film, then self-developed. Last September, the whole crew went (again!) to attend the Vladimir Film Festival in Croatia for a few days; to tease the resulting edit by George Toland, coming out on LIVE real soon, here's a gallery of George Booth Cole's works, images from the latest Vladimir but also from the making of "Teddie" and some from a project in Japan. And the lad looked like he had things to say aplenty, so we caught up with him for a few!

Dorkanime

Combine Phil Evans and the Mortensen brothers, what do you get? Some "fun", caught the right way… Add illustrator Mike O'Shea, and you're in for a deep dive out of this grey reality of ours, and a breath of fresh air! Come on, now, just click on it…

Franck Pierron / PREMIERE / "Tracked Movements"

Here comes an improbable U.F.O.! If the name of filmer Franck Pierron doesn't ring a bell to you, you don't necessarily have to question your street cred: Franck was always the man in the shadows, masterfully documenting skateboarding from afar out of pure passion without ever feeling the need to put himself out there, as to keep it all nothing but pure fun. From the nineties to the mid-naughts (the era of the French Chill Magazine, for those who remember), Franck has been shooting every format from VX-1000 video to Super 8 or 16 mm film. His eye is of the kind that cultivates the detail and celebrates the energy; and his genuine excitement seems to translates over into the resulting footage, as his drawers are full of tapes and film imprinted by timeless stylings performed by some of the most classic skaters. The years went by and Franck ended up pursuing an audiovisuel career in the television field, but thankfully for us he never shed his youthful first love for skateboarding away and last month after we asked him if he had any unseen footage to contribute he would be sitting on that we could screen at the (now recent) Das Days Movie Night in Paris, he did not hesitate once. #Fortheculture! What this whole exchange eventually resulted in is this clip: "Tracked Movements", an improvised project title reflecting the process of that quest for lost footage, but also the one of the basic act of filming skateboarding to begin with as well as many more, even deeper meanings we will leave up to your imagination as you duly deserve. Regardless of its designation, what counts is how Francks's passion and enthusiasm have survived the past fifteen years time span and today, LIVE Skateboard Media is proud to get to present it to you under the form of this time capsule of an edit, timelessly tracking the movements of many a Parisian skate activist who eventually contributed a lot to the local culture, history and scene, each in their own respective ways. And of course, we caught up with Monsieur Franck long enough to introduce him to our classic "5 W's" treatment!

France's Larance

A coincidental, yet perfect complement to the latest episode of French skate podcast Big Spin that just came out and featured Paris O.G. Stéphane Larance as the guest (if you can't grasp French, fear not: the Bigger Spin is awaiting for you here): Paco, renowned to most as the Lordz filmer just came through with the online posting of this three-minute edit of old Stéphane footage. The spots, continents, memories and impeccably formed flip tricks all zoom past; Stéphane was a professional in the truest sense of the term, always putting in the work throughout the year - most often switch - and each and every of those clips aged like fine wine. Stay tuned for more unseen oldies on LIVE, very soon!

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.

D.O.A. "Winter 1997" Promo / PREMIERE

Modern enthusiasm around a short-lived clothing brand from the mid-nineties surely could appeal to many a nostalgic geezer or youthful wannabe these days, except this is Steve's board brand this new web edit is a promo for. A longtime fan of the original FIT "Industry" section from 411VM, the late institution of a skate video magazine (pre-Internet days...), Steve is going all the way in with a recreation of said clip accompanied by a FIT-inspired line of D.O.A. product (with Pat Washington as a living common denominator). Two decades later, the wheels have turned! Here's what Steve had to tell us about the whole process.

Bigger Spin / EP 011 - Stéphane Larance

Again, here arrives LIVE Skateboard Media's Bigger Spin complementary article to the freshest episode of French skate podcast Big Spin; punctuating the guest's course of speech with photos, videos and links aplenty, business as usual! And the latest Big Spin guest just so happens to be the man, the myth, the legend Stéphane Larance, a long-standing pillar of Paris skateboarding, and one of the first heads to ever come out of France and get on the radar of the industry, paving the way to the open, worldwide horizons skateboarding now strives under. If you can't grasp the French language, fear not: we did our best we could to come up with a sweet recap!

Bigger Spin / EP 010 - Ludovic Azémar

You're probably used to how it works by now, for every new episode of the French Big Spin podcast coming out, LIVE Skateboard Media drops the Bigger Spin, its complementary article packed with links and images aplenty, pertaining to the latest guest's words. And in this case, said new guest just so happens to be the Paris-based filmmaker Ludovic Azémar, and he's the author of videos that have most likely caught your attention before. Even if you can't grasp the spoken word in French, feel welcome to use this page and still flow through whatever it is Ludo has to say!

Do get Huffy!

Real Skateboards and HUF just teamed up to drop this retrospective web clip of the aforementioned shoe company's founder: the ever-so-gracious Keith Hufnagel, whose legacy is strong of having left a huge mark on both the East and West coasts of the U.S. throughout the nineties and naughts (his N.Y.C. prowess being notably documented in the Zoo York video "Peep This", in which he turns those streets upside down alongside a certain Quim Cardona). Huf has been pro for Real since 1993; and that span of twenty-five years of repping the brand is exactly what this edit aims at retracing, recycling a curated selection of clips from the past Real videos, ranging from "Non Fiction" (1997) to "Since Day One" (2011), without forgetting about "Real to Reel" (2001) and "Roll Forever" (2005). We're even gifted with some small talk and recent crusing clips; eventually, the resulting edit is as easy on the eyes as Huf's floaty style, the cameras will make many an OG nostalgic and most importantly, the whole thing is a great history lesson and source of inspiration, hopefully, straight from one of street skating's timeless pioneers!

Bastien Marlin "Iretge" / 5W's!

"Iretge" is the title of the book telling the journey of artists ADEC, Brokovich and Arkane, gone to paint, perform, and build along the way. From the Vercors region to Carcassonne, they were bound to run into flesh-and-blood "iretges", and Bastien Marlin was one of them. Long-time skater and D.I.Y. enthusiast, he is just the iretge we needed, so why deprive ourselves of a small interview?

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