Tightbooth

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.

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!

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