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Daew-ON Video

"DAEWON" is a full-length documentary on the eponymous skater (with Song as his last name): a longtime fine technician with Korean origins who pretty much started writing the chapter on technical street skateboarding in the history of the activity, stringing together lines of complicated maneuvers and flip-in, flip-out prowess on anything resembling a potential obstacle - all in between two gloomy, grimy L.A. carparks or concrete schoolyards. Joe Pease directed the film, for TransWorld and Adidas. Coinciding with the recent launch of Thank You Skateboards, Daewon's board company with Torey Pudwill, the release of such a piece is a considerable push for the pair all the while succeeding at remaining an indirect one, as the narrative really focuses on Daewon's background, covering from as far as his Beryl Banks days in the era of the World Industries video "Love Child" (with Steve Rocco as a godfather), and up to his current Instagram skate king status. "Trilogy" and the tragic fate of Daewon's background track also gets brought up, as well as his symbolic, symbiotic skate tech wrestling with Rodney Mullen, or the Deca days; the DVS video, "Skate More", too, and also "Cheese And Crackers". Certain specific happenings in Daewon's career - such as the short-lived Artafact, or the occasional profusion of tanktops - were left out it seems but globally, the eventual depiction is a great representation of one of skateboarding's technical pioneers that isn't without suggesting the taste of what an episode of ON Video on him could have been. In actuality though, here's the one they did on Mullen in 2002 as a bonus.

Elijah Berle / INTERVIEW

The Elijah Berle Pro Shoe is a new model now available from Vans that's got everything to do with the eponymous skateboarder. For those who need to catch up, Elijah also recently made the switch from Chocolate Skateboards to Fucking Awesome, Jason Dill and Anthony Van Engelen's company, and appeared in the latest Supreme video (always instant classics, regardless of one's taste), despite having been incapacitated for a while by injuries. A hectic schedule Elijah himself was nice enough to find some time to cover for us, for you, below!

Bigger Spin / EP 015 - David Manaud

Finally, the Bigger Spin is back! The hard-hitting (as far as sweet info goes) complement to French skateboarding podcast Big Spin, punctuating each new episode as to illustrate the guest's words with still and moving pictures, plus various useful links. And the guest on the latest season two, episode three of Big Spin just so happens to be, this time, a name that should be familiar to the French scene: David Manaud, a longtime activist from the region of Bordeaux, albeit mostly on the cosier side of the lens. A renowned skate photographer whose works have been printed in magazines aplenty throughout the past decade, David's schedule also comprises the role of the team manager for DC Shoes, and his past the one of a witness of miracles authored over the years by the likes of Tom Penny, Bastien Salabanzi, or the local Jean-Philippe Trioulier (who once had a mislabeled switch kickflip shifty in a TransWorld Magazine 'check out'), Leo Valls, Guillaume Dulout, Ben Chadourne... Needless to say, David is quite experienced with managing skateboarders, making for a background he just covered in full in the aforementioned Big Spin episode - which we are, in turn, covering now - smooth!

PREMIERE / "Skating Is Easy" / Pete Spooner / INTERVIEW

« Skating Is Easy » is the title of N.Y.C. transplant from Minnesota Pete Spooner's seventh (!) full-length video in thirteen years; you might remember him as one of the names behind the 2006 underground hit « Boondoggle » or the filmmaker behind the more recent « Insano ». Still a VX-1000 aficionado after all these years and consumed by making skate videos, Pete was kind enough to take the time to work with us on the release of Grady Moquin and John Manoles' shared section of « Skating Is Easy », as well as reply to an avalanche of questions; all now LIVE, for you!

Iran trippin'

Original Copy (or Copies?) is the name code of the ongoing project of Slovenian photographer, videographer and extraordinaire skateboarder Tomaž Šantl, who coincidentally just happens to have  a new website up. You may remember him from earning the last part in Nikola Racan's Euro full-length epic "Solsticij" or, from more eons ago, being the filmer of some local shop videos that notably helped bring the name (and demented style) of a certain Ali Jusovic under the spotlight.

Tomzi's new baby is an Original Copy production, as expected, and also an audiovisual recap of an expedition to Iran that doubled up as a skate trip. Everything up to the musical score is original. The resulting piece is a quite conceptual one, more subtly appreciated in a quiet environment as opposed to a rush. Don't hesitate to take a gander at Tomzi's works, and skating, if you ever get such a chance.

Bigger Spin / EP 014 - Charles Collet

The second episode in the second series of French skateboarding podcast, Seb Charlot and Arnaud Dedieu's Big Spin, just came out! You may be familiar with the routine by now - such an event is synonymous with the corresponding complementary Bigger Spin article. In both cases, Charles Collet gets the spotlight this time, as the show's latest guest. The Grenoble grom inspired by local names such as Soy Panday and Nicolas Levet, but also by Dustin Dollin in the early 2000's promptly grew up into an early Cliché staple head, relocating to Lyon, hanging out with the Antiz guys and revealing himself throughout his career. Well, much more about that in the new episode of Big Spin, stremable above, and if you can't grasp the French language then fear not: the Bigger Spin on this page should help you comprehend all you need to know!

Bigger Spin / EP 013 - Seb Daurel

French skate podcast Big Spin is back in full effect for a second season still hosted by Sébastien Charlot, Arnaud Dedieu and featuring, as this year's first guest, the living institution from the South of France: Sébastien Daurel. A man strong of thirty years of skateboarding, a length professional career revolving around Powell Peralta, Cliché and Adidas, and an artlessness only equaling his spontaneous curiosity - although nothing beats his acting skills, and humor. These days, Seb manages the skatepark at Hangar Darwin, a job he doubles up with the one of a full-time dad, all the while being Instagram famous thanks to Leo Valls' Sebdoshow. In between tasks, he still managed to come through with enough history, anecdotes, jokes and banters to spread his silly over not just one, but two episodes of Big Spin. So now it's the Bigger Spin's time to get relaunched, and provide you with complementary commentary, links and moving and still images of various kinds as to illustrate Seb's stories, also in an effort of transmission to non-French speakers!

PLAY!

"PLAY!" is the name of a new exhibition of colorful, ephemeral and skatable structures soon to be scattered throughout Bordeaux, here and there from June 20th to August 20th, 2019. An initiative pushed by local non-profit organization Board'O as part as the municipal program "Liberté !", conceived by Leo Valls and Nicolas Malinowsky who again ponder the evolution of the quantity of space left within the urban environment for playful, skateboarding purposes and other fundamental individual liberties. As a teaser for this summer, here's a skate clip filmed by Doug Guillot, Pierre David and Yentl Touboul inside the Bordeaux National Opera - pretty please!

Inside O.U.T.

Arthur Chiron - you might remember his name as the performer of many a demonstration of urban prowess, notably frozen in time in « Frame By Frame », the French classic independent full-length video by Romain Batard, Olivier Fanchon, Greg Dezecot and Aymeric Bertrand from a decade ago - already… Well, Arthur made some wise use of said time span, focusing on his studies as a plastic artist whose interest revolves around one’s personal exploration and interpretation of the physical space, as influenced by Raphaël Zarka, who supports him. Anyway, the latest expression of such reflections just manifested itself, under the name Inside Out: an exhibition of uncommon structures all extracted from one same core then peppered throughout the main hall of Théâtre Le Quai in Angers, France, since last Saturday and up till June; a time period during which space will keep getting explored, as the structures will regularly be flipped over and moved around… Now, let’s salute this remarkable demonstration of cultural avant-gardism from the organizers and sponsors, and celebrate Arthur’s works the way he would really like everyone to: by jamming wallies everywhere at this skatepark that really isn’t one!

Inside O.U.T. will be skatable till June, look it up here, if you want to visit!

More, here: www.arthurchiron.com

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!

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