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Head Lamp

No LIVE regular should need an introduction to Texas-based filmmaker Eric Nguyen anymore by now - the man is just as prolific as gifted with the Sony VX-1000, we've interviewed him before and due to their quality, it's only natural that his successive works (oftentimes associated to local skateshop Selectconsequently punctuate our news feed.

Today, his new montage "HEAD LAMP" is looking bright under many an aspect, and it's a rough dozen of homies whose feats are getting peppered here in there onto its progression. Worth remarking, Ben Havran is still killing the game, without a pause and that's since the recent release of an epic part in the latest Select skateshop tenth anniversary video.

And this same day, the same Ben Havran happens to be delivering even more footage in the new web clip courtesy of Steve Fletch's company LIVE has introduced you to before, too: Dead On Arrival, alongside a bunch of other familiar heads. Eric seems to be just as ubiquitous, doubling up with a contributor to this one's timeline as well... Mere coincidence, or organized crime? Up for you to decide.

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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.

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.

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