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MEMENTO / Spot 01 - Stade du Ray / GALERIE

 
Well today, the duo is back and here to stay with "MEMENTO", a new project again with a focus on location, just of the decaying type this time around. Indeed, for this reoccurring column of theirs from now on, Florent and Fred will be coloring not just spaces still in use via the addition of external components, but mostly very specific corners sharing the common denominator of being incongruous per se, be it due to their construction or their current, more or less obsolete or disused state, and without the need of any big tweak.

Rave Skateboards x Nike SB "H.A.C.K" / ARTICLE

Since the beginning of the lockdown in France, the local geniuses behind Rave Skateboards have teamed up with the big shoe sizes over at Nike SB in order to come up with one special sort of "H.A.C.K.": the "HOMIES ALONE CONFINEMENT CONTEST", consisting in a succession of weekly Instagram-based contests but, also and most importantly, a constructive initiative for the scene nation-wide - as one intended to shed some popular light onto the finest, widely unrecognized local creatives' talents and their respective regions, including the skateshops that inhabit them, by being open to all entries regardless of geography, pre-established notoriety in the field and consideration for potential industry ties.
 
Such a modern, progressive social and cultural initiative definitely warranted some attention from LIVE and today, we are providing you with a full report of the second round of that game which, at this stage, had to do with the spontaneous creation of amateur board graphics for every participant's local skateshop. A great way to content everyone involved, really, all the while injecting new blood, visions and aesthetics into the body of French skateboarding (an ambitious enterprise still currently ongoing with a third round revolving around constructions of the most original and unique skateboard possible, entries being open till Friday night - please feel free to click here for more info!).

Around the corner of said third round, LIVE went to interview a selection of five participants in the last one - all now strong of the experience of creating deck graphics for their local skateshops, on the same level of merit as the other seven hundred and sixty people who also submitted designs for a good seventy stores throughout the country (!), but whose works caught the organizers' attention well enough to officially earn them the win in round two, eventually materializing as freebies aplenty for all parties involved but most importantly in the actual, limited-edition production of the submitted decks for everyone to enjoy. Quite logically, LIVE just had to catch up with those five chosen ones and now, we're also inviting you to meet them and their respective universes, below!

 

Giddy 11

Romain Batard, the French skate filmmaker LIVE really shouldn't have to introduce to you by now just on the basis of his longevity in the field, is back today with the eleventh chapter in his series-turned-saga "GIDDY" - and pretty clearly the most ambitious one that is, also including contributions from some equally prestigious video fiends, for a timeline just short of twenty minutes in total - but rest assured you won't catch a break!

On the menu: stunts from the usual suspects - Edouard DepazValentin BauerJoseph BiaisLilian FevMarc-A BarbierRemy Taveira - but also many others (including Max Palmer, Sylvain Tognelli, Mika Germond, Dustin Dollin... Quite the universal roster!), immortalized on Parisian spots aplenty - some classic ones and some more rare nugs, all approached with a sweet creative twist. Out of many examples, one of Soy's many fountains gets reinvented (and that's despite the mysterious disappearance of the corresponding Instagram account), but really it's the whole landscape of the French capital that gets dripped into new colors here, from the most famous plazas to the most unknown street corners possible (e.g.. le Dôme's three-flat-three, or the benches at République)... All in great fun as well, just bathing in the rhythm of the daily sessions.

Chic, chic, chic!

And as a complementary bonus, we are happy to share with y'all this photo gallery, by Max Verret!

"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!

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.

Against Le Corbu

At this point, introducing you yet again to Murilo Romão of Flanantes productions would almost qualify as insulting; an offense that still would not strike as deep as Le Corbusier's approach to architecture and urban planning, notably based on the division and structuring of public space according to the singular, primarily intended utilisation of each element of its design - basically summing up, and stripping down the city to nothing but its most basic, uttermost practical functions with no space reserved for the wandering of the soul and other vagrancies - both of the spiritual and physical type, whether or not on wheels. Highlighting the dangers of such a vision, most notably the breach it creates between individuals and a certain innate right of theirs to freely enjoy their direct environment, Murilo hits back with "Against Le Corbu", a sixteen-minute audiovisual trip to Brasilia, a location intended as "the city of the future" as soon as its construction in the sixties following in the footprints of Le Corbusier's bleak utopia, only in order to take over its spots with one fine crew of gentlemen (including LIVE regular Cotinz) as accomplices.

As far as the spots themselves, well... Let's say that just rolling up to most of them already makes one ponder all the possible parallels between skating and taming some kind of wild beast.

Also featured: a sweet photo gallery courtesy of Renato Zokreta.

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!

 

"Polygone" / Florent Theron / GALLERY

Consciousness of the urban space has to be a hot topic this day: amongst many other things, LIVE has told you about the Bordeaux, France-based project "PLAY" before and, recently, Ocean Howell even reconciled with his first love long enough for a few talks at the recent Pushing Boarders in Malmö (as well as a three-sixty kickflip).

If the fruit of such considerations is only now blooming here and there throughout the surface of the globe in apparently a rather simultaneous manner, that's only because it's been nurtured underground by the skateboarders' perpetual frustration regarding the inadequacies of the established society with the reality of their practice of choice - for a long, long time.

In Nice, France, Florent Theron has been working on "Polygone" for over a year already; a personal project that he eventually materialized in fanzine form, for the lack of an additional, better-suited dimension. Oddly enough, despite both projects being completely disconnected at the root, Florent's interpretation of the skatable structure shares sensibilities with Leo and Nicolas' take on the subject with "PLAY": the obstacle is summarized to its most basic geometrical shape (in this case, three triangles), and primary colors that inspire a Mondrianesque cognitive deciphering.

Images aplenty were captured by Fred Schwal, and then laid out on paper by Florent himself, strong of his Le Huit experience as he is. Let's hand him the mic for a sec.

Squad Up / Paris / GALERIE

The Paris Snipes Squad Up took off last Friday, under the form of qualifiers based on the completion of a variety of challenges (sometimes skateboarding-related, sometimes not) scattered throughout the City of Lights, during which close to thirty crews from all over Europe met up to try and earn one of the sixteen top spots and thereby make it into the finals, which went down the Saturday. Those were at République, on many skatable obstacles that were set up just for the event and LIVE's Instagram video recap of the day can be watched here. Eventually, it is the Man Dem Crew that ended up taking first place; a wild herd consisting in Vincent Milou, Tryone O'Hanrahan and Amiel Kornicki, all now stronger of some prize money and even more general acknowledgement from their peers.

A day captured in still pictures by Adrian Rios and Dennis Scholz.

UNEMPLOYED / "Trial Period" / GALLERY

Our favorite self-proclaimed Unemployed people actually run a griptape company from Marseille, France, and just put out a new edit: "TRIAL PERIOD", as though to showcase a willpower to make their own designation lie. They are indeed super productive, with still plenty in the works; as far as recent productions, one might remember "AVANCE L'ARRIERE". This new edit is about fifteen minutes long yet will leave you wanting for more, as the (trip) footage will cocoon you in a world of perfect spots of all kinds like the South of France altogether has to offer: Marseille, Lyon and the general region, although they did go to Paris for some tech prowess.

Among the featured skaters are Victor CampilloNassim LachhabMatisse Banc and many more; watch the video on this page, and take a gander at the photo gallery above that Brian Bunting was kind enough to contribute, just so we could present it to you.

"Entre Deux" / Louis Perruchaud / Galerie

Tomorrow, we will release "Entre Deux", a short by Ludovic Azémar about the quite dynamic duo that are Quentin Boillon and Mickael Germond. Between their hometown of Lyon and a visit to their friend "Pepe" in Turino… In order to not fall into the video only movement, another buddy, Louis Perruchaud joined in on the fun little adventure…

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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