nicolas malinowsky

Vid(éO) Days!

(éO) is the video that was handicrafted by the locals of the defunct spot of Bercy, Paris - a very frequented one two decades ago, which might just sound equivalent to the times of the invention of writing nowadays. David Luraschi was the main culprit alongside, most notably, graphic designer Nicolas Malinowsky (a character one can learn more about via his interview on French skate podcast Big Spinhere) and really, what they ended up writing there just so happened to make for a page of skateboarding's history, on the sole basis of the initiative of a homie video - no pretention, no ambition, just sessions and motivation.

The full-length video came out back in 2001, 2002 and as the web you're most likely surfing right now wasn't popular yet (we had just invented the wheel and the Mini-DV tape, remember), the odds of a non-Parisian managing to get their hands on the limited edition VHS tape weren't looking too good. Which means, it is most of humanity that - till this day - had been missing out on a crazy amount of footage from not just the Bercy locs but also the original Cliché team riders, a bunch of Lordz affiliates and other various Toulouse heads: a young Lucas Puig who had barely hatched his way out of the Teenage Tour egg, Thibaud Fradin, Vincent Bressol, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Fabien Martin, Guillaume Dauriac, Xavier Orsola, Mathieu Levaslot, Paul Allard, Luy-Pa Sin, Bertrand Soubrier...

A whole generation's France skate clique represents in there, and not just them either as some filming trips were taken, plus Nilton Neves earns himself a whole part (and recollections of a funny nickname). Make sure to stick around after the credits have rolled, too, or you'll miss the cherry atop the cake: the notorious "secret Bastien Salabanzi part", then barely sixteen-year-tall and already on a path of destruction and discovery that traverses Dortmund, Hyères and Bercy - eh, oh...

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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