Yaje Popson

Around Midnight

Yoan Taillandier's visual craftsmanship and sharpest fish-eye skills than most is what you can thank for - amongst many other influential video pieces - the first "Minuit" video, as early as 2011 - the underground hit that shook the world, and made refined street skating presented well a focus in the whole Western skate world again, all the while itself being directly influenced by the minutiae of a sophisticated Japanese skate scene. Word on the street is that whoever it is that the relevancy of the aforementioned film may have flown over the head of at the time, due to being spiritually phagocitized by the hottest Californian trends and accustomed to a religion of wooden skatepark-based podcasts, is still trying their best to recreate that video and instill it with just as impactful long-term significancy to this day, and that's eight years later...

Anyway, even though Yoan, the filmer, never really left anywhere himself (as can be attested by his works for clothing brand Futur), this new edit displays the willpower to bring Minuit altogether back in full force, notably by the means of a new series of web clips this piece is the first installment in, so far; consisting in footage filmed from Paris to Italy, going through Marseille and exploring even the cuttiest spots, then consequently experienced by Pat HoblinJames ColemanYaje Popson, Logan Lewis, Yensi Lama and Evan Kinori - more European than ever for the most part, and even in broad daylight, much to our delight!

Eli alert!

We dig Eli, here, you know it, and just love his skating, a rather refined mix of different eras, styles and techniques that can boil up to nugget like like switch hurricanes on tight natural transitions… And he shows up in great form in this, on top of his game, taming whatever surfaces and shapes the streets have waiting for him.

Meeting… Chris Thiessen!

Chris Thiessen, the man (most notably) behind the latest Transworld videos "Substance" and "Riddles In Mathematics", sat down with us to discuss his background in skate filmmaking, editorial choices, influences, his relationship with the magazine and more.

Voodoo child

Ah, Yaje… He sure has come a long way, the once prodigal and promising son of New York! Now full grown, having been through injury, and even an expatriation to Brazil, he has come back to us still as unpredictable, and strong minded in his choices, as unorthodox as they can be, whether we talk color of pants, music or ways to use a spot. And we just love it!

They pros!

Not much more to say, apart that this makes us even more anxious for Yaje's part in the up-coming Transworld video, after this short but sweet dose of smooth yet powerful skating!

Extra Yaje

Sure, Yaje's part from Dany, the recent independent project from New-York is being held hostage on Thrasher, but this bonus edit got your covered as it is a little gold mine for mister Popson, but also all his buddies from the full-length. Good, good stuff, some infra bass and even a kiss to the filmer's grandmother. Perfect!

High def'!

This clip despite being filmed on an advanced technology mobile telephone does not suffer from the "let's get this one real quick" syndrome, as the skating is quite up there, while RB Umali, thanks to his OG New York filmer status, can assemble some often too rare old timers, like Akira, and the youth of the moment, like a Yaje in fine form, and one guy named Jarrod Brandeth that –despite being Canadian– is more than at ease in those NYC streets. Let's also note an always versatile Ron Deily!

Yaje!!!

New York's prodigual son really is back, isn't he!? And stomps grounds with the finesse he always had, even on the quirkyest tricks… He even delivers a catch / drop of a falling beanie in the middle of a line that might be NBD!

(Almost) raw Alien!

A look back at Bunker Down, first real project of the revived Alien Workshop, with the totality of the footage produced for it during a Detroit trip. Prepare yourself for a lot of skating, in the ever so-photogenic quasi-ghost town, and a nice windown into the "real level" of the crew, on a daily basis. Let's actually note the omnipresence of Brandon Nguyen, whatever the spot might be!

Bronze, unplugged!

The whole crew is in this, and even on the steepest streets of SF, the NYC heads hold it down!

Bean Bag

A buddy video that appears to be dedicated to a coffee, now that is rare enough to be noted. Lots of dope featurings, including our boy Charles Lamb, and the always great Max Garson! Let's also note an often surprising Christian Miller…

Yaje!!!

We thought we had "lost" him due to his knee problems and an exile / new life in Brazil, and then he reappeared, seemingly skate thirsty! And here he is joining Alien Workshop ranks, with the same smoothness whether he goes tech, or goes harder in the paint. So, yep, everything is good in the world, this morning… One thing, though, hold on your breath for that last clip. You might get a severe stress dose there!

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