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"STILL KICKIN'" / SNT Crew / PREMIERE

LIVE's Barcelona - Sants plaza, to be dead accurate - connection Marcos Lozano Cantillo is hitting the Internet just as hard as his homies have D.I.Y.'d the heck out of the aforementioned skate spot last summer, today, with "STILL KICKIN'", a new, punch VX-1000 edit from the SNT Crew that testifies to how directly and strongly the scene has adapted to an era where the famous tables are now relegated onto the list of endangered species.

Comprising footage of Tony López, D.I.Y. savant already strong of the Bobilly project and Marcos Gómez, of Feel Skateboarding.

"DILL" / Jonathan Rentschler / INTERVIEW

Jonathan Rentschler is another name that should ring familiar to most LIVE regulars as we've shared about his photography works and even interviewed him before - around the time of the release of his "LOVE" photo book on the last days of LOVE Park in Philly. Well, today, he's up to presenting a new zine: "DILL", focused on Jason Dill as its subject but not just any Dill, or the most publicized Dill for that matter: casual Dill, with an emphasis on documenting spontaneous moments in the man's natural environments.
 
The opportunity was to great to miss for Benjamin, who caught up with Jon in order to learn more, and spread the word!

"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

PREMIERE / "Brotherhood" / Max Guyot / INTERVIEW

The last time LIVE presented one of Maxime Guyot's skate video works was back in 2016: he had then just published the second episode in his web series, "NCY Brotherhood". A "NCY" and not the most common "NYC" that stands for Nancy, France - the ancient capital of the Duchy of Lorraine, way prior to being the one of American fashion. Since then, Max hasn't been sleeping nor slipping and today, he's back with no less than a full-length video: "Brotherhood" (now a general concept) consists in exactly twenty minutes of urban skateboarding, coming in three slices: the first two are dedicated to the underrepresented Nancy locals and scene, and then the last one has a taste of Paris, foreign lands represented by quite the amount of Magenta heads. The eventual result is a little gem of an independent video, much in the vein of some of the best French classics of the genre and featuring rare styles, meticulous editing and intense VX-1000 swordsmanship. Which is obviously synonymous with many a question, so we logically caught up with Max himself for an interrogation he promptly gave in for, very much under the influence of our trust serums and various variations on the Stockholm syndrome.

Kraków Bulls (Byczki) / "If You Don't Skate, Don't Start" / Repeat / PREMIERE

In just the span of a few months, Polish skate filmmaker Krzysztof Godek really has become a LIVE regular; we've featured his works quite frequently and even introduced you to his new brand: Repeat. Well, after the recent presentation of one of the sections from the new Repeat video (starring quite the unique creative individual too, and not just on the board - but LIVE will cover that as well, soon...) via our peers over at Free Skate Mag, for today, here's a new one, led by the charge of the "Kraków Bulls".
 

Said animals are, in fact, the local young blood - including some names LIVE readers should be familiar with already, most notably via Kuba Kaczmarczyk's Grey Area videos (also definitely worth a peek for those still somehow oblivious to them despite their effervescence over the past decade).

Well, this all sounded too intriguing not to catch up with Krzysztof around the bend - once more - as to ask him a few questions and, hopefully, clarify everything you may be curious about!

"OUT OF THE LOOP" / Corey Henderson / PREMIERE

If Corey Henderson's name rings a bell to you, maybe that has to do with how he's the author of the "Trabajando" video series, which LIVE has brought up before. Most notably, we'll send you back to the Paris segment, and Graham Thoms's section in "TRABAJANDO 4", not coming without an in-depth, joined interview with both the skater and the filmmaker, just because!

Anyway, Corey is still based in Chicago and, despite his yearly routine of traveling to Europe (especially Barcelona, his crew's connection of choice) to film, he didn't go to in 2019 which, in fact, didn't deter him from directing a new project... And going for something unique.

"OUT OF THE LOOP" (available for download, here) consists in fifteen minutes of skateboarding not in, but around Chicago, in the outskirts - namely in the cities of Oak Park, River Forest, Berwyn, Cicero and Forest Park. What originally started out as the concept for a more humble solo project only grew exponentionally bigger as Corey's crew really came through with the motivation he needed to bring a full montage to completion (that's including the soundtrack, all original and also orchestrated by Corey), as well as their shared thirst for spots of a special kind - one that Corey himself recounts, below...

PREMIERE / Zeropolis "LOCAL"

Zeropolis skateshop has been persisting in Lille, Northern France, for over twenty years now.

Lille is one of those places where the local, both meteorological and architectural conditions essentially require a certain degree of passion in anyone there trying to take up skateboarding, in such a landscape of wet bricks (formerly the regional norm before the edification of skateparks such as Halle de Glisse: one of Europe's first modern "street parks", the avant-garde construction of which was tackled as early as 2005, just as every European skater and their neighbor were getting sick of prefab ramps).

The motivation we're talking seems unwilling to discriminate against specific generations, judging from the impression resulting from this new (Zeropolis) video production: "Local" is a twenty-one-minute audiovisual collage in mostly high definition, carefully crafted by Thomas Larive.

PREMIERE / Film Trucks "Colorway" / Thomas Guérin / INTERVIEW

Just a couple of months after the release of "Nouvelle Vague", fifteen minutes of video collected and assembled by Guillaume Colucci for ex-Cliché Skateboards founder (the whole story hereJérémie Daclin's brand: Film Trucks, today, said firm is dropping "Colorway": a montage by Thomas Guérin. The most hardcore (or Grenoble-based) of our readership might remember his name, as LIVE has put it out before via his audiovisual contributions to the reports of last summer's Thursday Sessions.

As its title rightfully suggests, "Colorway" is also announcing the release of three new colorways of Film trucks on the market, each of them attributed to a French up-and-comer: namely, it's Arno WagnerFred Plocque-Santos and Victor Campillo who happen to be on the receiving end of that skate Power Rangers treatment. And right now, as telephone switchboards all over the world are imploding from the mass reaction to these news and the most in-the-know skateshops are already reporting being low on stock, LIVE is keeping you distracted from the chaos via this interview with the aforementioned Thomas Guérin: the man behind this new edit, who turned out to be more than ready to recount his recent rise to absolute success - with a symphony of metal grinding and bushings squeaking punctuating his words to the beat of his hands rubbing together in satisfaction.

PREMIERE / Videostill / Dom Diaz / INTERVIEW

Now, the name of Dom Diaz might be unknown to a lot of you as the man himself is still young and also operating from Guadalajara in Mexico - another country the skate scene of which comes with its lots of criminally underrepresented local talents, on the worldwide radar. A longtime big VX-1000 and film enthusiast, Dom has released a few web edits before under the alias Zimm Skateboarding and now, "VIDEOSTILL" is the title of his new full-length video, four years in the making. The whole film is the subject of today's premiere and, to celebrate, we caught up with the author for some public chit chat.

Blacks and whites

If in Paris tonight, this thirty-first of October, then let's meet as early as 6 PM at Carhartt WIP Store Paris Le Marais, for the launch of the brand's new collection, a collaborative effort with our Amsterdam homies over at POP Trading Company!
 
In order to get you amped for Friday's edit, you can already get in the mood via those photos by Hugo Snelooper and Dave Van Laere, above!

 

"The Stack" / Northern Co. in Paris / PREMIERE

In the desperate effort to taste new grounds, some of the most savory cuisine the old continent has to offer - ranging from every almond chocolate croissant one can cram into a pocket to the most exotic cheap street pizza - and endless cruises around the skate Mecca of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Northern Co. team riders Jesse NarvaezJameel Douglas and Tobin Valverde hopped on a plane (or two) to Paris last summer and stacked many a thing up to the ceiling - including clips!

Today, LIVE Skateboard Media is presenting this exclusive montage of some of what went down... Stay tuned with @northernco and @liveskateboardmedia for more news!

Jonathan Rentschler / 5W's!

Jon Rentschler aka. Euro Jon recently released "LOVE", a photo book with the intent of immortalizing the last few months prior to the unskatable remodelization of LOVE Park, the iconic plaza and historic skate spot in Philly - frequented throughout the ages by the likes of Ricky Oyola, Matt Reason, Stevie Williams or Josh Kalis, just to name some of the most obvious. Logically, timeline-wise, that project coincides with the time period around which Brian Panebianco was also crafting his own time capsule of the spot's destruction, just in video form, with "Sabotage 5"; but without further digression, let's let Jon himself talk, and invite us to his upcoming photo show in Tokyo, Japan, the opening of which is on this 18th of October, doors at seven P.M.!

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