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A Studio in Lisbon

The Montreal-based brand Studio Skateboards recently set up a trip for the whole team to Lisbon, Portugal, which just so happened to painfully coincide with the timing of the closing of national borders in fear of the Covid-19 pandemic. We caught up with one of them in order to contextualize the video that did ensue: Andréa Dupré, who narrates...

PREMIERE / "Haiiro" / Teppei Ono / INTERVIEW

"HAIIRO" is a new independent video production out of Toyota, Japan, brought to our attention by Max Guyot and glued to it by the sheer strength of said work. More so than a parade of athletic performances, it's Toyota itself as perceived then meticulously retranscribed by author Teppei Ono that takes the leading role, here, co-featuring the local scene and its struggle with and against the color grey. With its landscape of car production factories, Toyota may feel more desolated than the more contrasted or colorful spots in the style one can be used to expecting from skate videos out of the larger cities in Japan. Still, there is a persistent scene and to reflect this very identity, Teppei didn't shy away from taking an experimental route with his film, as to convey the rough feel of the settings not just as an afterthought, but actively emphasizing on it with intriguing tricks and a home-made soundtrack. The result being an impactful watch (and available in DVD form here and via Shelter Skate Distribution), we just had to ask the man himself a few questions and with the generous help of Connor Kammerer at the translation duties, along with this showing of Teppei's own segment in "HAIIRO", the following exchange ensued!

Second rite of Passage

The Polish Passage Skate Co., anecdotally strong of quite the quality Norwegian connections we were introducing you to just a few days ago, are back online today with a hit, under the form of the second chapter of their new video offering, by Marcin Jakiel - and this one is dedicated to featuring some impressive talents of the more local origin this time, displayed skating around the cities of Wroclaw, Warsaw and Milan, and what's there to express - but a warning on the next seven minutes slapping you in the face. The combination of a clean production and such a raw style really does function, and even more so that the skateboarding itself is particularly insane. Difficult spots, surprising tricks, style all the way through : one more reason to reflect on how many skateboarders just kill it around the world from a gazillion of places relatively isolated from the industrial hotbeds.

Riga radness!

Ed, of Rajon TV (whose LIVE has presented some of the past productions before, here), keeps going strong in terms of skate activism and coverage of the Riga, Latvia scene, as exemplified today with this VX-1000 recap of the latest local Go Skateboarding Day to date, masterfully orchestrated from the looks of things and that's in spite of the quarantine-related restrictions in place, that have mostly been lifted for a few weeks now but still technically forbid social gatherings and insist on enforcing a two-meter (that's six feet) distance in between individuals, ideally. While we're not especially encouraging you to break such measures (like, at all), here, everyone involved in the event lived it like the release it probably was or so it appears, given the frenetic assault those D.I.Y. constructions - an initiative by Fricis Štrauss via Clockwise Skateshop - received throughout the day, complementing original, organic spots that already look crazy enough to begin with. As usual coming from them guys, the sincerity of their passion for skating can be felt through the intricacies of the edit and in terms of productivity over just a few hours, nobody even thought of slacking because really, why should you? The resulting edit makes for one more incentive to go visit and skate Riga, as though such a thing would be needed - and the best thing is, no need to wait a year for the next similar event to do just that - unless one's into that very slackin'!

Gatekeepin'

Just a handful of weeks after "KINK", skate filmmaker Kyle Madden is back with "GATE", a new edit filmed in San Francisco featuring some new heads here, but also some familiar (and more soon-to-be-familiar?) ones - such as, once again, Bobby Groves. Three minutes of H.D. footage only asking to hit your retinas, while Kyle in person recounts his knack for Bay Area-scented video titles.

"'GATE' is in reference towards San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge. I'm trying to keep the titles all S.F.-related - for example, 'KINK' is related to Kink Castle in the City, where the famous spot three-up-three-down is, as that building was once home to the eponymous adult film studios..." - Kyle Madden

Abstract

In the same timeless, classic vein as "CLOSURE", the video retrospective of Dan Wolfe's works throughout the years that LIVE also shared recently, but with a more accute emphasis on the Philadelphia and New Jersey scenes this time (with some San Francisco still thrown in the mix for good measure), and far less renowned: that is "ABSTRACT", by Vern Laird. That first video effort of his came out just in time for the beginning of the twenty-first century after having been filmed (on both a VX-1000 and a VX-3) between 1997 and 1999, and judging from the impeccable roster, Vern knew the right talents to pick: bear witness to just that, a historical section by Tim Achille (for the longest time, the only one available online), a part for Rich Adler then in developing embryo form, an insane friends section featuring all the epoch's monarchs (from Bobby Puleo to Jake Rupp without forgetting about Tony Cox, Josh Kalis and Stevie Williams - already an iconic duo, Brian Wenning, Andre Page, Pat Corcoran, A.J. Mazzu, Sergei Trudnowski, Will Harmon or even Rob Pluhowski...), accompanying footage of quite the speedy, aggressive yet original Damian Smith and of Brennan John, claiming the curtains to a Bad Brains song. Oh and Vern has his own segment, too! All for a VHS that only came in five hundred copies, and the content of which only just recently reached the shores of the Internet. Now, what a relief for the culture!

Lottery alert!

The works of Logan Matthews, LIVE has introduced you to them before - not long ago, actually - namely with "LUCK OF THE DRAW", one very tasteful San Francisco edit demonstrating Logan's smooth VX-1000 skills. Well now, barely a few weeks later, he's still busy with - and on - Lottery and the soberly entitled "LOTTERY. MIA", another new video production, directly bears witness to just that, this time consisting in footage stacked in Miami, Florida. The style remains just as impeccable on either side of the lens, and the line-up here consists in Josh Narvaez, Hal ScarboroughMikey HigueraBrian Powderly, Eric Torres and Marcus Levi, with Mikey Bueso occasionally helping with filming duties. This new clip packs one groovy punch, the vibe is just as refined to the beat of both some damn good music and the staccato of the urethane wisely embracing the urban textures - and whoever doesn't feel like instantly getting on their board upon its viewing has to be a lost cause of sorts!

First rite of Passage

Barely a few days after the Couchraiders' newest video offering, it's now the turn of another crew based in Poland: Passage to get featured on LIVE, via the first chapter in a dyptich of edits filmed in Oslo and Worclaw, respectively, by Marcin Jakiel. So, this one prominently features the Norwegian capital, where Marcin obviously has his share of connections seeing as besides himself, here, no less than twenty skateboarders can be witnessed over the sixteen minutes of screen time. Passage has been particularly active on YouTube over the past year and now, we're eagerly waiting for the second part in the series - one that will represent Marcin's peregrinations in his home country this time, camera in hand and wheels under his feet, just like the tradition recommends!

Select all players!

Eric Nguyen, whose talents - Sony VX-1000 in hand - no longer need an introduction (or if they do, then feel free to check out his past productions here), is back with "SLOPES": just short of eight minutes filmed in between his Texas home and San Francisco that honor both Select Skateshop and the Black Lives Matter movement (represented by several organizations whose respective websites are linked to in the YouTube description of the edit). There, one gets to see the usual suspects again - including Ben Havran and Kyle Cielencki to name just two out of many more, but also some of the kings of the Bay Area hills: Ben GoreRyan BarlowChris Athans and even Magenta Japanese flow rider Futoshi Tokuyama - who, from the looks of it, was really set on making the most of his S.F. vacation! Also worth mentioning: the appearance of a certain Fred Gall...

Eric's productivity being particularly upbeat, it can even exceed our workflow at LIVE sometimes - therefore we strongly encourage you to check out his YouTube channel to catch up with his recent activity - and more edits such as "CURFEW", for instance!

(215-)867-5309

For those of you still hungry for Theories of Atlantis content despite the very recent drop of the first ever Picture Show Studios montage by Josh Stewart, this time, it is filmer Jake Todd's turn to present "DIAL 215" for wheel brand Dial Tone (also brillantly backed up in the task by a handful of colleagues). Here, we're talking four minutes worth of VX-1000 featuring Philadelphia as the portrayed playground of choice, and canvas-meets-punching bag for talents such as Mark Del Negro, Neil Herrick, Kris Brown but also Kevin Liedtke and Tyler Dietterich, apparently not tired in the slightest from their performance in the aforementioned Picture Show edit. And then there's a new addition to the crew: Shawn Macmillan, the new am for Dial Tone, straight out of Boston. The whole piece is really well made and one can only notice how, in the year twenty twenty and despite many comparable miles under the trunk, KRS-One's conscious rap is still as fitting as ever when it comes to complementing the noise skateboards are known to make!

Couchbuilders

If quarantine was spent locked down on the couch for some, almost ironically, the Couch Raiders' interpretation of the situation was one less passive and more constructive - literally, as their C.E.O. and Polish filmmaker Michał Buśko of Half A Brain Productions, now residing in Manchester, U.K., involved a whole crew into building a D.I.Y. spot of their own, just around the next street corner. And what a spot! "THE SHORT HAZARD STORY" recaps the bunch of frenetic sessions that went down alongside the evolution of the project, and intertwines that footage with fun narrative elements (in a style that can be reminiscent of "BLOKES", the recent video production out of South London by Ed Hubert). Thus, it's multiple forms of grinding that's really being highlighted here, for five minutes musically orchestrated by Szwed Sed, complete with lens hits aplenty - life goes on, after all, that's for sure!

Now for even more Couch Raiders, feel free to revisit their past video output, conveniently available here!

Pop-orama

With summer, The Pop homies find their color back! At least a chunck of them… For one of those punchy edits they are known for, filmed on their home turf, and therefore full of those bloody bricks, the one that hurt your ears rolling on, and this time hurt your eyes from how red they are!

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