The Manwho Souled The World

We've mentioned works from the Japanese crew Manwho before, although without ever really getting to give them a proper introduction; today, we're happily righting this wrong with their new montage - dedicated to Jupiter ("木星") - and quite violently so, too, as it's got to be one of our favorite edits that came out this year. We're talking six minutes of peak VX-1000 maneuvering around some very remarkable urban skating - all killer no filler - resulting in precious, pristine footage then set to an upbeat and surprisingly joyful soundtrack, making for quite the hypnotic motivational watch; one you'll probably find yourself going back to. And, while all of that sounds just like their classic recipe (given that they're already strong of several full-length DVD's, in between more creative productions, and also of quite the YouTube channel), even the most initiated fans are bound to be shocked by how much everyone is upping the ante here - all in front of Kazuya Yokoe's lens. This even includes Magenta Skateboards rider Shogo Zama, for even more clips after his very recent appearance in Kenta Okamoto's latest video: "PALE". Just beautiful!

PREMIERE / "Pale" / Kenta Okamoto / INTERVIEW

Kenta Okamoto, from Tokyo: LIVE has had the pleasure of sharing his works before, and some great local videos they are, most often pairing up remarkable urban skating from underrepresented rippers with rather dreamy soundtracks, in a style only made even more particular by his fondness for the less popular Sony VX-2000, which he actually puts to stellar use. Today, LIVE is presenting "PALE": Kenta's brand new twelve-minute film, his most ambitious one to date and for the occasion, we got to ask him a few questions regarding the process and intent, as to complete the picture. An exchange you're welcome to read, available in both English, French and Japanese (again thanks to the gracious help of our good friend Connor Kammerer), just below!

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.

Ba-Singha!

Quentin Delebecque - aka. Mr. Singha on the Instagrams and YouTubes - just dropped a smash hit with "LES ZINVAHISSEURS", just short of ten minutes of Parisian VX-1000 brimming with brillance, but also humor. The roster is as colorful as it gets, with plenty of unique profiles you wouldn't expect to ever share a timeline yet just so happen to do it so well; it notably comprises Elson Patrick and Auguste Fenez (the same duo behind "JARDIN D'HIVER"), Tyrone O'Hanrahan does not seem to mind Léo Spartacus' or Paul Gallelli's company whatsoever, and Masaki Ui goes in with what's got to be the crooked bonk of the year - complete with crazy outraged pedestrians.

LIVE can only encourage you - again - to look into Quentin's YouTube channel as it's chockful of quality productions, including this great edit of Lille O.G.: Olivier "Tavu" Ente (as of today, strong of a grand total of fifty views; make sure to also check out Tavu's Instagram feed), or "CUSTOM", Quentin's former video - which we somehow managed to miss sharing around the time of its release last winter, but to this day remains well worth your time.

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...

 

Lipstick

Just prior to entering global skate festival season (just the existence of which is fantastic, led by the likes of VladimirRoundabout or Summit of the Non-Aligned), our Brazilian connection Pedro Damasio (interviewed here regarding his own local initiative of such an event: Mimpi) coincidentally hit us up with some news regarding his recent work with Lipstick Skateboards. More than a hard goods company, Lipstick is a non-profit organization which "with your donation, [is] helping connect kids with skateboarding across borders, encouraging education, meaningful friendships, and the power to dream", and this video offering of theirs, handicrafted during quarantine, is one of the many manifestations of the project.

For more, we'll leave it up to words directly from Pedro, below, as well as a photo gallery by Marcelo Duarte and Pedro, too, since he just won't stop.

More to the West

The MONO WEST TOKYO collective, whose incessant video productions have been featured on LIVE quite heavily in the recent times, is back with a new clip solely devoted to highlighting the on-board talent of Yohei Hirano. This makes for four minutes of urban skating sharply captured by a surprisingly dynamic H.D. filmer: Shigenari Kaguma of Take Action Films, then edited to the pace of the reveal of crazy spot after crazy spot - as expected from the capital of Japan, oh-so-notorious for its (unlawfully) skatable architecture. Cherry on the cake has to be one of the best ledge frontside lipslides ever done, too - as though to shatter the lifelong certitudes of those who like to criticize that move.

Graham Thoms "En Limbo" / PREMIERE

The most assiduous (or Parisian) elements of LIVE's audience will most likely feel at home at the simple mention of Graham Thoms' name - originally from Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., the man picked the French capital as his new official residency some years ago already now, as though to better import the colors of Uprise Skateshop.

With filmer Corey Henderson, their mutual hobby is work - but not just of any kind: "Trabajando" is the code name for their family operation, the extension of which transcends national borders all the way till Barcelona, and has been for many a year and video production now. LIVE already introduced you to two parts from "TRABAJANDO 4" here alongside an interview with the duo; and while the full video is still available from the best-connected skateshops or via Palomino in home-burned DVD form, the entirety of Corey's latest local montage "OUT OF THE LOOP" can still be watched here.

So as far as today, what's up? Well, we're talking the continuation of Graham's skate peregrinations ever since he set up camp on the old continent for good. Again, Corey is behind the editing, and also the filming with contributions from Jimmy Cholley of Trois CCD, Deric Esparza and Matthias Ellinger. Lotso' Paris lines, bearing witness to Graham's ease as he develops solid familiarity for spots now local to him (although he's really been skating most of them since 2005), paired up with some fine Chicago clips to rep his roots and loop the Loop.

His relocation was a big moment for Graham, after all as seven years later, he's still digesting the experience, unable to stop taking it all in; a new French reality that he exploits by obsessively haunting each and every Paris spot possible, as though in the perpetual quest for an endless partition of benches to dot with his own notes from back home.

"EN LIMBO" is now LIVE and to be appreciated as the slice of life of a U.S. cousin that it really is! For proof, Graham felt like going for a TransWorld check out type of format to express himself, which explains the segment below - including some commentary straight from Florentin Marfaing. Qualité !

 

"LIQUOR BANK #2: SPOTAHOLICS MIXTAPE" / Jack Fanning / INTERVIEW

Skate filmmaker Jack Fanning contacted us straight from the small city of Chico, California to introduce us to his newest brainchild: "SPOTAHOLICS MIXTAPE", twenty minutes of hard-hitting VX on rare spots in the name of their crew and imaginary company: Liquor Bank #2. The consequential viewing turned out to pack so much energy and good taste, LIVE just had to address the hype and so we went and asked Jack a few extra questions, which he enthusiastly replied to - as the conversation below can attest!

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