Trip

Eric's tip: "PULL UP"!

Barely surprisingly from such an indie video fiend, Eric Nguyen, the filmer behind the Select videos - amongst others - recently took it upon himself to get us in touch with Juan Reyna, a fellow filmmaker from Texas. From Laredo, more specifically - a city just bordering Mexico, and that's where Juan operates and runs quite the prolific YouTube channel from. But for the sake of "PULL UP", it is to N.Y.C. that he and his crew went, for some skate tourism that really doesn't look like such on footage as those eleven minutes of dynamic VX-1000 and savantly exposed Super 8 highlight a certain ease on the spots that suffices to make them blend in as locals. The immersion is real, the atmosphere so specific to the Big Apple is duly captured and rendered, and the creativity is also present, with the occasional nollie 540 flip out of nosewheelie - a trick Ron Knigge would have golf clapped for!

For some complementary content, please enjoy this photo gallery, a contribution by Rene Reyes.

Film Trucks / "INTO THE WILD SUNDAY"

"INTO THE WILD SUNDAY" is a yearly initiative by Jérémie Daclin - the longtime Lyon, France and worldwide activist, formerly via Cliché Skateboards and currently via Film Trucks (a brand already strong of quite the video output, always involving la crème de la crème of locals everywhere and on both ends of the camera, that is). A secret spot somewhere in the South of Lyon, a lengthy list of associates that isn't just for business calls and boom: there goes the recipe for an invite-only weekend treating a selection of the most active shops in their area with some chill vibes in the French countryside, also making for an opportunity to discuss around some solid skateboarding and sustainance as opposed to through the untangible frequencies of pseudo-connected technology.

Even though, last year, this event that's only really one on the human level (which just so happens to be the one that matters) couldn't take place due to some wet weather, this time it did occur, as this video recap by Vendôme O.G. Hugo Bernatas and photo gallery by renowned curve appreciator Loïc Benoit both testify.

And the shops who earned their rights to this summer weekend this time were the whole ABS Skateshop family (LyonGrenobleAnnecy), but also L'Appart Skateshop from Saint-Etienne and of course, Wall Street. Just as many operations that, to this day, remain crucial to their respective local scenes and are thus worthy of your support!

Vega in Malmö

What was an impossible scenario in Street Fighter II is now a thing: Vega in Malmö, thanks to the initiative of the eponymous Parisian skateshop whose crew followed their common star all the way up North to Malmö, the skate capital of Sweden if not all of Europe (and suddenly, the water under the bridge since "STRONGEST OF THE STRANGE" seems that much more enormous).
 
The video is by Léonard Berne featuring, as guest stars: himself, but also Samuel VromanGorka De FranceGabin Herman and last but not least, the homie Eric Mo.
 
François, of Vega, recounts...

 

A Studio in Lisbon

The Montreal-based brand Studio Skateboards recently set up a trip for the whole team to Lisbon, Portugal, which just so happened to painfully coincide with the timing of the closing of national borders in fear of the Covid-19 pandemic. We caught up with one of them in order to contextualize the video that did ensue: Andréa Dupré, who narrates...

"SUGUS" / ABS Annecy / PREMIERE

Part of the crew of the Annecy, France-based ABS Skateshop - Kevin DeschampsQuentin CaillatLudo MendezLilian Ceccon and Marc Leblanc - recently went on a skate holiday to Alicante, Spain, and made it back through the customs with "SUGUS": eight minutes of fake VX-1000 (we'll expand on that) and real skateboarding between homies, and productive ones at that seeing as the entirety of the edit was filmed over just a handful of days. The finished product is what LIVE is presenting to you today and Marc, its author, explains...

Far East Coast

Strush Wheels is a Japanese wheel company with a great video legacy ("COLLECTIVE IMPROVISATION" and "CITYSCAPE" have to belong inside your DVD player at some point), and its very specific art direction as this new edit "N.Y.C. 2019" can confirm again. Shinya Nohara aka. PORI and Shinsuke Haruta aka. HAL are the two main heads here, visiting New York City and catching up with Connor Kammerer; as a result, the world gets this two-minute gem reflecting some impactful, stylish and original skateboarding, comparably to the lens of an impeccable VX-1000 and supervising by Ryuchi Tanaka, that's only willing to shine for you.

Still hungry for more Strush Wheels? Please feel free to revisit "ON THE RUN"!

And last but not least - one can still sign the online petition to preserve the legendary Brooklyn Banks skate spot in N.Y.C., here.

"Gringo Diaries" / PREMIERE / Chris Komodromos / INTERVIEW

« GRINGO DIARIES » recently hit our inbox, courtesy of its London, England-based author Chris Komodromos and consisting in an eighteen-minute patchwork of VX-1000 clips that were rather obviously collected in quite the atypical settings, from absurd metal skateparks in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle to crazy D.I.Y. spots built in some local's backyard, if not literally inside their house. Those « GRINGO DIARIES » were obviously brimming with tales of human interaction, so quite naturally their history raised many a question that Chris turned out to be enthusiastic about answering - the resulting complementary book is available below!

"18$ 3 TIGERS" A Derby SG promo / PREMIERE / Thomas Courteille / INTERVIEW

Thomas CourteilleLIVE hasn't been without showcasing his works before, most notably for Balargue skateshop; today, it is from Singapore that he's reaching us, in the midst of the lockdown but still strong of the capacity to introduce us to Derby, a new France-based bearing company and also to the accompanying promo video: "18$ 3 TIGERS", summing up one story amongst many that the man himself was enthusiastic to share, as well as more anecdotes and perspectives, as you can now read just below!

"COUCH-VID 19" / Couch Raiders / PREMIERE

LIVE already introduced you to the Couch Raiders just the other day (via their full-length video: "CONNECTIONS") - so you might remember this crew from Poland, orchestrated by Polish filmer Booshek of Half A Brain, aka. Michał Buśko who's been living in Manchester for some years now. Despite such a move, the universal aspect of skateboarding still prevails over the arbitrary order of geography and, this time, it is in Barcelona that everyone caught up with everybody.

The resulting piece, brewed by Michał before the Big Lockdown: "COUCH-VID 19" is infectious with gritty VX-2100 vibes, and varied styles aplenty as many generations punctuate the timeline, comprising skaters from fifteen to forty-five years young.

The soundtrack is homemade, too, by Szwed Sed, big time hip-hop and rap producer in Poland and also a former skateboarder (if there's such a thing), who knows how to modulate the pace of his beats to the flow of the skater his creation is then tailor-fit for.

"It was a few months ago - before the virus - when my friends and I went on another trip to Barcelona; it's a tradition of ours to go there every year, to skate and forget about all the bad aspects of England and Poland, such as the bad weather.

Nearly everyone knows Barcelona is one of the best cities in Europe for skateboarding but, this time, we tried to explore the city in a different way than we normally do. We focused on skate spots that aren't near the city centre - we'd travel by train.

We were there for eight days and that's obviously not much time to stack a lot of clips.

We were very lucky to have our friends on board with us: Stu and Tommy, as our guides. They had been living in Barcelona for some time before the virus, so they knew more about the skate spots and places around than we did - this was a bonus for us. Stu still lives there to this day, and he's one of our connections from Manchester. We hope you're good, G!

Anyway, it was very interesting to see how many diverse age groups could participate on this trip - there were at least four generations of skateboarders present." - Michał Buśko

Calentar

David Soda from Serbia - LIVE already introduced him before via an interview regarding Belgrade skate festival, Summit of the Non-Aligned. Well today, his agenda has all to do with "CALENTAR", an adventure flick starring the PRVNS crew hitchhiking their way to Barcelona - a true story that eventually took them through the Spanish cities of Valencia, Murcia, Granada and Huelva, then Faro and Lisbon in Portugal, marking just as many chapters and slices of life, amongst others.

Oh yeah, them guys skate and as a trained viewer, you're bound to realize that soon enough, just like many folks at the latest edition of Vladimir Film Festival realized a few months back already, in between drinks on the Brioni islands...

Exclusively, David recounts:

"Snow was coming, and it only took us two days to decide how to avoid it.

Our jobs were behind us, and the Iberian peninsula would be our destination of choice for our sun-soaked hitchhiking journey into the unknown.

Pockets full of rocks, socks of mushrooms, and wishes of freedom - we ended up there, somewhere in an industry-ran society where art stands on a slippery edge.

Famous cities beat, and each beat we felt.

On our way in search for the lost, only to find the worst, we tailored a suit for our the mirror of our phantasmal reality. Stolen beverages, crispy stars, known strangers and the dizzy motorway is what you will see in said mirror. Enjoy!" - David Soda

To Rome with love

Poland-based skate filmmaker Krzysztof Godek is, as of recently, running his own brand Repeat and, more generally, somebody whose works have been placed on display on LIVE quite a few times before; and today, he's back with an edit filmed, this time, in Rome - quite the unpopular destination for a skate trip despite being the capital of Italy, as it seems commonly overshadowed by the much more practical Milanese marble. Well, the task to restore a certain balance is up to Varsaw's SH Store riders in this case, and the results are now live for you to watch, for a little audiovisual holiday!

As a complement, here are some words straight from Krzysztof, and a photo gallery by Jakub Suwiński.

Pristina affair

Generally, any new incoming video transmission from the Rios warrants stopping in one's tracks - and that is, for as long as they can appreciate the subtleties of gritty street skating footage. Bence Bálint is a filming and editing wizard, forming with illustrator Buta Jani quite the efficient duo and with the Budapest locals, a combo the feats of which have only been documented in succession. Their output is always raw, brimming with group energy of their own and today, they're back at it with this new edit of a trip to Pristina, the capital and largest city of Kosovo. Sweet Skateboards and Vans gave them a hand, the VX-1000 was the weapon of choice and in order to learn more about the Rios, click here for a classic interview with the crew, on the Magenta website.

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