Ricky Oyola

Viva Via!

Avid LIVE Skateboard Media readers should remember the noise around the latest Traffic Skateboards (East coast pioneer Ricky Oyola's board company) full-length video release: "Look Left", as it wasn't without causing quite some waves amid the underground scene last year and we also jumped on the opportunity to interview team riders Mark Wetzel and Joe Yates. For the past few years now, Theories of Atlantis' Josh Stewart (of "Static" independent series fame) and Pat Stiener have had a hand in the image and distribution of the company, something in the name of which they just put up its first ever full-length offering from 2006: "Via", on their YouTube channel, in its entirety. Along with Josh's "Static II", that film is a true pearl of culture in that it helped shine some more light towards an East coast scene that really had never slowed down since Dan Wolfe's "Eastern Exposure" saga ten years back, or the Zoo York "Mixtape" video from a few years prior. Of course, Ricky's direction for Traffic had to be pure street only, straight from some of its best East coast representatives with a visionary eye for trick and spot aesthetics - something that's become a standard since, but those guys were part of setting that whole imagery! Namely Mark Wetzel, Ricky Oyola, Pat Stiener, the incredible Rich Adler, Henry Panza, Andy Bautista, Brannon John, Shaun Williams and some guests of choice along the likes of Bobby Puleo all make appearances. The twenty-minute format makes "Via" a perfect pre-skate watch, oh and the soundtrack is as incredible as the skating. Homework of a pleasurable kind!

The Year Zero

Perfect time of a times (the mid-nineties) long gone, Eastern Exposure Zero ends up also being the best way to get convinced of an evidence: the skateboarding of the likes of Matt Reason, Ricky Oyola, Fred Gall, Donny Barley and a few others remains the one that aged the best, to the point of certainly being the most appreciable for the young people of today. Come on, kids, do your homeworks, and we promise, it will NOT be a bore!

Soup time!

We had relayed the Boston skateshop, Orchad, video, and now that the parts are coming out one by one, it would be a shame to miss on three minutes of Kevin Coakley, especially when everything is good like that!

The return of Traffic

This time, it's official, Traffic is back, under the benevolent wing of Theories of Atlantis, Josh Stewart's mega corporation! And the underground at its best will give you a Rich Adler who still got the sharpest eye, fine lines on rough spots by Pat Steiner, and a batch of new faces fitting the esthetics of a brand that always championed the meanest streets, like that Yonnie Cruz kid. Only good news, right!?

Caste Quality / The Philadelphia Experiment Off-Cuts

As promised yesterday, here is, premiering on Live, a new Chris Mulhern production for Caste Quality, mixing archival footage from Ryan Gee and Andrew Foote, and the newest guard from modern days in Philly.

The experiment did work

Recommending this video by speaking of history, or nostalgia, would be the best way to put some of you off; and just plain wrong, as The Philadelphia Experiment is at the opposite of the train of thought stating that “things were better before”.

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