Anthony Lopez

Restless

"RESTLESS" is an independent video straight outta Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A. that caught our attention for the brilliance of its alliage of simplicity and efficiency. The at times experimental, always pristine production makes for a fifteen-minute watch that is sure to remind you of the essence of good local skateboarding, with its transparent 'tight crew' feel, crazy moves peppered here and there throughout, cascade of spots and classic soundtrack.

The skaters are Ryan O'Rourke, Josh Burns, Anthony Lopez and Levi Gleghorn, who doubles up as the author and recounts the process:

"The video was filmed primarily in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A. over the course of roughly two years.

We're a small crew - down to four at this point - that have been skating, filming, and the best of friends for nearly fourteen years now.

The title 'RESTLESS' represents the overwhelming feeling I often had throughout this period. This resulted in frequent day trips to nearby towns and surrounding states such as Kansas and Arkansas, with a couple of longer trips to Texas and Colorado.

While Oklahoma may not be the most ripe with spots, we're fortunate to be in close proximity to a good amount of outdoors destinations.

That feeling of restlessness also led to many non-skate nature-based trips, both individually and as a group.

This is our sixth video project we've put together, and most everyone has had last part prior to this with the exception of myself (if you watch the video, you will probably understand why [laughs]). Because I put a lot of work into this project and to mix up the formula, I gave myself last part. I already regret this decision but hope everyone enjoys the video regardless!

So in closing, keep skating, look for spots, travel as much as possible, and tell your friends you love them!" - Levi Gleghorn

Mongrel

Now that is a great idea: get two skateshops to collaborate! Sure they are usually more into (not always friendly) competition, but in this case, with about 1200 kilometers separating Beast & Arrow and FTC, nothing to worry about on that side… And the end result is topnotch with a punchy edit filmed on Catalonian land, and a sweet mix of styles and point of view on the streets… Hopefully, an idea to inspire more?

Consistency

This must be the strongest points of Anthony Lopez –apart from a real talent to manipulate his board with dexterity, off course– : his total absence of wanderings to follow dress or trick code phases, to stay true to himself since day one. And strictly following the precepts of the School of Kalis must have been quite lonely during the heights of the Piss Drunks era… But Anthony never lost his track, and this perseverance in a tech but powerful skating as well as in the sweatpants game just allowed him to turn pro for one of the most respectable brands out there, for the exact same reasons… Let's just celebrate this!

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