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  1. Tightbooth alert!

    "SECURITY LEVEL ∞" is the title of the newest contribution from the Japan-based Tightbooth to the screens and feeds of all those in-the-know, consisting in four minutes testifying of how difficult urban skating in Japan really is due to the omnipresent police and security, directly in spite of how easy the locals usually end up making everything look regardless. Obviously on the menu here, the usual perfect filming and razor-sharp editing and also some damn fine maneuvers courtesy of some heads with great style the crew otherwise only highlights ever so often. Shinpei Ueno really knows who to work with and, while the most avant-garde of hypebeasts may already be lurking the web in search for the retail price of those silver Tightbooth decks, some others will instead be inspired to dust off the backside boneless, too. Oh and just like last time, the soundtrack is by Killer Bong.

  2. Shinpei Ueno x Daidō Moriyama

    A new audiovisual gem from Japanese genius Shinpei Ueno, most renowned as the head of Tightbooth (the collective responsible for the video series, "Lenz"; the third of which is on the way, and may we recommend to the more curious of you to try and get their hands on the rare "Dialogue Between Insiders"), and as an Evisen rider. For those of you who haven't kept up - Evisen is Katsumi Minami's board company - the man behind the excellent independent full-length video "Night Prowler" about a decade back - clearly a must see, if only for Deshi's and Rich Adler's equally mindblowing, respective sections...

    Anyway, Shinpei seems to be rolling and has been up to collaborating with world famous Japanese photographer Daidō MoriyamaWe were in the know about the Evisen board series, but unaware of the following installation! Which took place at Qucon Tokyo, Shinpei's new skate, shop and gallery space it seems like, and consisted in photo print-scented transition sessions, literally moving negative film projections and brillant skate performance by some of the local modern style icons as a means of live human interaction. Oh, and Moriyama's interpretation of our absurd little urban stunt boarding thing has to be worth one's time as well!

  3. At night in the country of the rising sun

    TIGHTBOOTH and musician KILLER-BONG just delivered a little gem. A video featuring the Japanese skateboarding in all its glory through Koichiro Uehara and his crew. The spots are exploited to the fullest of their potential, every ingredient is present - from creativity to technique, all infused of the very subtle scent of craziness that usually makes this scene so particular.

  4. Yoshi's Crafted World

    Kento Yoshioka, we've introduced him to his footage before - first in this fantastic Tightbooth online edit (which is most certainly worth rewatching), then recently here, in Ricardo Napoli's full-length "Ciao". Well now, he just dropped another brand new part, straight to the Internet this time, for his own brand: Kento Hardware, that doubles up as a clothing brand the imagery of which matches the visuals in this clip. The filming can be a bit weird, and so can the tricks (nollie double body varial?), but the young (he's rumored to be just twenty) entrepreneur's creativity, eye for non-spots, street sweat, raw black and white and overall vision can be recognized, singlehandedly synthetizing every Instagram trend there ever was into a modern style that isn't without being reminiscent of some of the most renowned Japanese pioneers. And all that, on Maison Shake Junzi griptape. Quite punchy.

  5. Shinpei alert!

    Usually, missing the beat of the release of a new Shinpei Ueno piece isn't a habit of LIVE's but here, that's pretty much what happened, just as much as this one did seem to hover below the radar of most Western publications in general (with the notable exception of Vague's, more power to them!), and as far as we're concerned it took a SLAP message boards O.G. to notify us of the existence of today's main course. It is all the more unforgivable that we almost skipped this video as it consists in no less than a two-minute "web part" (as the kids say) of crazy-looking spots and tricks, typically in Shinpei's unique style, coupled with a technical-looking editing in the typical Tightbooth tradition. If one gets carried away and start imagining (rightfully or not) that the footage might be some leftovers from the imminent "LENZ III", well, the year twenty twenty suddenly starts opening up in terms of bright perspectives!

  6. Senses working overtime

    "OVERTIME" is a new H.D. edit meticulously crafted by Adam Todhunter, consisting in just short of eight minutes of mostly British, sometimes Scottish cobblestone overcome by throbbing lines courtesy of some of the most exquisite crème de la crème of the local scene... and beyond - as alongside the stylish Tom DelionDom HenryKeanu Robson (himself quite the interesting filmmaker - try and catch a glimpse of "HAWAIIAN PEEL") and Conor Charleson amongst many others, Shinpei Ueno - boss of the Japanese production crew Tightbooth - also makes some remarkable appearances.

    The whole piece was mostly filmed in London over the course of last summer, but also on the occasional mission to Manchester, Stockport and Glasgow; it's hosted courtesy of the homies over at Free Skate Mag, used by Vague Skate Mag as the occasion to catch up with Shinpei for an interview in their latest issue, and only confirms that the incredible energy the U.K. scene is timelessly renowned for still runs oh-so-strong to this day, one of a now clearly universal skateboarding. Regardless of the time of day, and number of hours logged - too much work is never a thing when it comes to conveying such a spark.

  7. Third base

    "Third Base" is a new little audiovisual gem brought to us by a certain Thomas Ormonde, dropping out of the blue and retracing a year of skateboarding around Tokyo with the local Adidas riders. The list of which is quite prestigious, including - amongst others - Hiroki MuraokaShin SanbongiYoshiaki ToedaSeimi Miyahara and Kento Yoshioka, but also some occasional transplants such as the worldwide Laurence Keefe, or a Glen Fox whose section is rumored to have been filmed in a three-hour streak - nothing surprising as the man obviously has the ability to bend time and space. The cherry on the cake here is the filmmaking which, with some nice sixteen millimeters and actually well-made, probably alone warrants a peep. Another good reason would be to get a nice appetizer for the upcoming "LENZ 3" (which we were bringing up just earlier), the next Tightbooth full-length, out no sooner than when it's done.

  8. G-JAP Unit!

    Well, the week could not start better… If this Tightbooth edit does not make you want to cross the ocean in order to be able to stand aside them arguing with cops from over there while being clad in baggy camo, you are not really alive anymore…
  9. Meeting… Koichiro Uehara!

    You may have heard that Magenta Skateboards just recruited a Japanese rider… Even if the connection makes sense, we thought we would try to get to know who was their pick.

  10. Yoan Taillandier / 5 W's!

    As to better accompany his new Bordeaux montage, here's another dimension of Yoan's perspective on all things MINUIT, through the prism of our classic treatment-by-the-5 W's!

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