Mátyás Ricsi

Buta's finest!

It's been since the very beginnings of LIVE, pretty much, that we've been sharing the corrosive edits from Budapest's finest, the Rios crew and for an undying reason, too: it's been almost a decade since they started regularly mailing the Internet their unique brand of audiovisual anthrax, every time representing all the urgency of a skate scene that's forever been boiling in spite of the spikes of quite the antagonizing local sociocultural context. The inhabitants don't get it, the bystanders get pissed, the cars freak out on the road first and then their drivers too, in the YouTube comments. A landscape dipped in stress, yet one which doesn't suffice to block the movement of several generations of skateboarders who persist to grow and blossom in between the local pavement cracks, constantly stealing clips from destiny.
 
Mátyás Ricsi is one of those; and, if you may have distinguished his silhouette before in earlier Rios edits or in Push Periodical's "PARTIAL WORLD TOUR", today, he's the main star of the five minutes of footage on the menu. Well, that would be underestimating the role of Bence Bàlint, behind the lens capturing all the moving but also still images - since he also caught many of the tricks in photo form. You can check out a gallery of that, as well as a great interview with Risci on the Grey Skate Mag website. Speaking of which, as Henry Kingsford rightfully observes, most of the spots are bound not to look familiar, regardless of how many Rios clips one already might have watched; that's only testament to the intensive scouting from the crew, focused on exploration before exploitation for close to a decade now and counting.
 
For more things Rios, one can still (re-)read this interview with Bence for Magenta, here; and since just one skater being featured in one of their releases is so rare, might as well send you back to this five-year-old other instance in particular, still as fantastic as when it first dropped and featuring the genius Attila Fehér.
 

 

Take Five (Pushes)

Push Periodical, the independent, print photography-oriented skate mag orchestrated by legendary photographer from the U.K. Richard Hart (interviewed by LIVE here), celebrates its five years of existence (only? already?) as a petite entreprise with "5", an exclusive edit signed by just-as-legendary Sony VX-1000 wizard Zach Chamberlin which revisits a past half-of-a-decade mostly spent on the road - or when the San Francisco hills decide to lead you somewhere in between Portugal and Hungary... On the program: nearly forty skaters documented throughout that timespan, whose most footage has found a home in different productions in the meantime and yet, they manage to take a whole new flavo(u)r here - which isn't that surprising as Rich can definitely school anyone on how clementines really make camembert come alive, and that's in spite of all their preconceived notions. Behind the camera, in addition to Zach: Colin ReadRomain BatardChris Thiessen, Grant Yasura... And Dan Wolfe, for the final tribute to Keith Hufnagel - of course. The soundtrack is by a longtime friend of Richard's: Brigid Dawson.

Panic In Butapest

 
Butapest's [sic] RIOS crew has been the most reliable of go-to's when it comes to punchy skate video output for a while now, accessorily writing their own chapter of the book of European skateboarding via relentless YouTube uploads of just as brutal montages over the years, successfully putting Eastern Europe on the map of a global scene that's otherwise popular for its tunnel vision, in the process.

Activists and active for eons in a local, seemingly just as indomitable society that still holds out against the cultural invader skateboarding is perceived as, you better believe those guys' teeth are sharpened by now; although, if Bence Bálint (interviewed solstices ago on the Magenta website here) hasn't had to prove that he's one of the most crucial (and gifted) skate filmmakers of his generation for a while now, it's still always surprising how the entire crew somehow manages to surpass the quality of their past video productions with every new offering, all the while adding more to the structure of a common style - under their own form as an authentic crew.

LIVE already shared Victor Turcsik's part from their latest release: "TOLÓ 2" just a few days back, after it was broadcasted by Quartersnacks; today, it is the whole piece that we're featuring, straight from the RIOS themselves.

Twenty minutes of raw, ferocious and inventive street skateboarding essentially equates to a full-length video nowadays, and that's exactly what's in the cards here, with love from the finest street ambassadors of a Hungary they help modernize further than it looks ready to, judging from all the pedestrian reactions punctuating the edit with just as many displays of raised guard. Bence documents his local skateboarding as part of a bigger, traditional ensemble that the RIOS love to vandalize with progress, whether the local public likes it or not.

Meanwhile, they also keep weaving the most positive of networks and recently, France's national pride Mickaël Germond as well as Samu Karvonen also chose to jump into the picture - that was before the quarantine, will only fuel your desire for it to end and whatever the case might be, LIVE will extensively cover how that visit came about - real soon, and most likely before you can even recover from the impact of "TOLÓ 2"!

RIOS power!

They are back, and in full force! As a complete troupe, as they state themselves! The RIOS even have a French guest, with Masaki Ui, here… The Magenta connection is palpable and confirmed in that interview, but they definitely have something else to themselves, their own thing. The dark music? The raw spots? Now matter how hard to pinpoint, all you know is that those videos smell like the streets. For real.

Inspiration

This new edit from the RIOS Crew drops at a perfect time to remind us how much that group of young men from Budapest has been making sure we realize how skateboarding is something we should still cherish above all, and that during all of 2014… Thanks, guys, don't change a thing in 2015!

FAKOPÓ / premiere

Crew life… The Budapest RIOS seems to push the idea quite far, and remind us that skateboarding is a social activity, at the end of the day. One that should be practiced on an incline! It seems that they do spend a good amount of time skimming the hills of their city, but don't limit themselves to that… This new production by Bálint Bence should have you on the border of your seat more than once, literally out of fear! But the best thing about it all might be that, despite the fact that they skate together all the time, you will not see the same spot twice in the video. Now, get yourself comfy, most likely with the homies, and prepare for quite a trip to Hungary, as a Live Skateboard Media exclusive!

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