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Intêrstate magazine / Rafael Gonzalez / 5W's!

Launched in 2017, Intêrstate is a highly qualitative skateboarding magazine with a focus on beautiful images, exposed film and an explicit motto: "skateboarding culture and visual arts". The third issue just came out, and one of the co-founders tells us more.

Bigger Spin / EP 016 - Jérémie Daclin

Jérémie Daclin is another of those names anyone even remotely familiar with skateboarding and its scene (not just French, but global) should be familiar with, along with the classic style and character he's commonly associated with. Notably the founder of Cliché Skateboards then Film Trucks, he contributed to put Europe on the map back when it was still foreign to a California-centric perspective, and had the clue to sponsor certain undeniable talents such as Lucas Puig, Jan Kliewer or Pontus Alv at key moments, in between various trips of the unprecedented type and constant displays of effort to help the general status of the French sponsored skater gain in credibility.

Jérémie was recently the guest on the French skate podcast Big Spin by Sébastien Charlot and Arnaud Dedieu; an opportunity for him to cover his background as a skateboarder, then as an entrepreneur. His adventure started out with the skateshop All Access, then Cliché in 1997 and Film in 2018. Throughout those experiences, G.G. remembers and recounts many a trip, encounter, clip and industry-related matter: collaborating with photographers, managing a team, skating with Mark Gonzales, witnessing ups and downs and keeping skating fun past forty years young.

The French audio of the interview is available above and now, here's the complementary Bigger Spin article on LIVE - business as usual!

Switch Big Spin / Skatedads

"Skatedads", LIVE vous en a déjà touché un mot au moment du Bigger Spin de Stéphane Larance, ou encore sur Instagram à l'occasion des expositions éponymes de Benjamin Deberdt, en collaboration avec la marque parisienne Leroy République. Le concept s'attarde en profondeur sur le parcours de skateurs français de longue date devenus papas, et leur rapport hors du commun avec leurs enfants devenus skateurs, ou skateuses, puisque la pérennité de la culture le permet désormais - à une échelle grandissante.

Ce nouvel épisode du podcast du skate français Big Spin, par Sébastien Charlot et Arnaud Dedieu, est dédié à cet axe de recherche ; l'occasion d'interviewer Franck Barattiero, Toni Brossard, Ben Aurélien, Sébastien Daurel, Jean-Marc Druesne, leur progéniture respective, au sujet d'une passion commune et des bénéfices de sa transmission intergénérationnelle !

Et comme d'habitude, le Bigger Spin vient se poser en complément, à nouveau en Switch !

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!

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!

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