Zach Chamberlin

Northern Jammin'

Just weeks after a remarkable first part in Ryan Flores' recent San Francisco video: "MERLOT"Jameel Douglas of Northern Co. can still move, and just as smoothly too as demonstrated via this dance step of an online publication of his part "HELEN", the aforementioned board brand's latest full-length offering, handicrafted by the great Zach Chamberlin and available here. Just on the basis of those two involved on either side of the VX-1000, one would be right to expect quality already, but that would still be underestimating the duo's tendency to shine over all possible expectations when it comes to the printing on tape, then pressing on DVD of skateboarding in the purest tradition of a rich Bay Area heritage. Decades just can't filter out the timeless!

Still yearning for more? Here's a reminder of Jam and colleagues' latest Parisian peregrinations, just in case!

Cricri d'amour

Despite the cancellation of its Parisian premiere last month and, more globally, a release just on time for the current apocalypse, "HELEN" still is the new Northern Co. full-length video, handicrafted by San Francisco VX-1000 maestro Zach Chamberlinthe DVD is available here and today, we even have Chris Athans' section gracing our screens, and making us dream of this abstract, downhill kingdom of steep and rough lands the man reads between the City's lines and reigns over, it seems - all the while never missing one beat, and marking wallies of various intonations onto the streets' music sheets.

Oh, just because we can, we'll send you back to the Northern Co.'s Parisian peregrinations from a few summers back, right here!

Max's tip: "MERLOT"

Max Guyot (interviewed on the topic of his video "BROTHERHOOD" filmed in Nancy and Paris, here) most definitely knows what's up as he was the first to bring "MERLOT" to LIVE's attention - that is, two whole hours before its author could even find the time to e-mail us the link!

So, this "MERLOT" tastes like forty strong minutes of San Francisco brillance, equally brillantly collected by Ryan Flores featuring, on the other side of the lens, la crème de la crème of the modern local scene: Jameel Douglas (whose Parisian peregrinations you might remember from here) wraps up no less than a part in the pure tradition of the genre, then followed by the likes of Chris Athans, Ryan Barlow, Jesse Narvaez, Tom Farrell, James Sayres, Alex Greemann or Harry Hafner, amongst others, dotting the timeline... Even some classy visitors showed up: Léo VallsConnor KammererJimmy Larkz or César Dubroca too are in, and that's without even counting Tobin Valverde, Kyle Cielencki (to get more familiar with here), Justin Henry, Simon Isaksson, and even renowned filmers such as Zach Chamberlin and Brett Nichols who both broke free from the record button for a minute. And then more, with Evan Collison and finally Cody Rosenthal, who completes an eventual picture that's vibrant of many a color, style and spot (all read with science, those ones).

"MERLOT" is the result of years worth of skating and filming; it is therefore only logical that its aromas feel so fine and sweet, with a punchy aftertaste to boot!

So, will you be grabbing that bottle or what?...

EVENT / Roundabout Festival @ Nozbone / Sergej Vutuc / Richard Hart

Paris-based skateshop Nozbone is proud to invite you to an exclusive edition of Sergej Vutuc’s Roundabout festival, on location, this Tuesday, March 17th at 7:00 PM.

Originally an initiative organized in Berlin since 2017 under a more classic, less itinerant skate festival form, its success (notably warranted by an always meticulously curated program) eventually drove Sergej to push the concept to evolve and as of recently, Roundabout now just pops up here and there at the pace of Sergej’s frequent trips and various stays all over the planet; marking just as many opportunities to catch up with the varied works of skate filmmakers, photographers and artists with a wide range of backgrounds, with an accent on the quality of the presentations - as to offer an alternative to the commonly rushed standards set by an industry founded on instantaneous consumption.

For this edition at Nozbone, Sergej - himself a longtime artist of multiple talents whose photo-, video-, paper- and sound-based productions are regularly exhibited all over the world - joined forces with U.K. born skate photographer Richard Hart - most notorious for his documentation of the U.S. scene (with a particularly remarkable eye on San Francisco) since the nineties and then his own print publication: Push Periodical, which he also utilizes to export his sharp vision across the oceans. Both creatives happen to share a common passion regarding the tangible; consequently, their works tend to revolve exclusively around the axis of analog, and the manipulation of physical matter - most commonly film of various types.

This specific, one-of-a-kind Roundabout meeting makes for an occasion to discover or rediscover the works of those passionate characters, as it will feature an exhibition of a selection of their photographic works - in addition to a Super 8 film projection meets live sound performance, courtesy of Sergej.

Also on that night’s program: the European premiere of « HELEN », the newest video offering from San Francisco’s most renowned independent skate brand of the modern times: Northern Co, handcrafted and orchestrated by Sony VX-1000 genius Zach Chamberlin; and a screening of the unpublished « TOLÓ II » video out of Hungary courtesy of the Rios Crew - essentially the hub of Budapest’s longtime skate activists, all duly involved in their scene, and strong of YouTube montages aplenty that only increasingly caught the attention of the rest of the world throughout the last decade.

One particularly interesting evening for which we await you - let’s reiterate - at Nozbone Skateshop in Paris this Tuesday, March 17th as soon as 7:00 PM!

 

S.F. butter

Once again, our mates from down under over at Butter Goods demonstrate the extent of their networking skills since after a recent collaboration with DC Shoes which most notably produced this exquisite mix of Josh Roberts' filming and Josh Kalis' skating, today, they're back with another one: this time with FTC, San Francisco's most legendary skateshops that already sponsored some of the original writers of modern street skateboarding, as early as in the early nineties. We'll send you back to "Finally" for the basics, then to "Penal Code 100A" for applied physics.

In order to celebrate the launch (both online, and in-store at the S.F. and Barcelona locations) of the corresponding product, the world is granted two minutes of raw skating straight out of the downhill mecca, and from the lens of Zach Chamberlin's beloved VX-1000 (at least since the Rasa Libre videos), which is always unarguable. On the other side of the lens is quite the all-stars roser: Ben Gore crushes the spots, Ryan Barlow views them as hurdles, Roger Krebs improbably kickflip frontside wallrides and Chris Athans jumps from truck to truck.

All is right with the world!

And for an extra bonus of similar flavors, here's a reminder of the Magenta x FTC promo from a few years back, already...

Six pack!

We haven't been without introducing you to Loophole - the S.F.-based wheel company piloted by some of the best - before; and if the name of Zach Chamberlin still eludes you to this day somehow, then we strongly encourage you to do some research!

Anyway, this time, the whole roster (and what a roster, even featuring a couple of new heads) visited Seoul then Osaka, Tokyo and finally Kobe, only to bring back a twelve-minute-long piece of VX-1000 handicraft that's bound to make you mentally travel - and physically, at least as far wherever your board is resting right now.

Magenta "Balade" / Meeting... Vivien Feil!

Finally on your screens, for you to watch no sooner than right now, right here: the new Magenta full-length, "Balade", prominently filmed in the United States of America but not exclusively. The resulting mix is a twenty-minute long upbeat edit - perfect to watch before skating - that was put together pretty spontaneously, actually. You know how LIVE works by now: the opportunity was too great not to try and ask the busy Vivien Feil (one of the founding fathers of the brand, besides offspring duties of a more organic type) what's up and surprise, he did manage to find the time to come through with answers aplenty for you to absorb alongside the video, making for a solid package we are stoked to present you today!

S.F. alert!

We hinted to it already in this previous post about John Lindsay and Chris Thiessen's new garment-related enterprise, Free Travel; business-wise, a bunch is boomin' in the Bay Area these days with, equally, Loophole wheels, the uprising independent brand manufacturing soft and hard goods all destined to take a more downwards path - such as, in this case, zooming past the colorful landscapes of the streets of San Francisco, the nooks and crannies of which are hereby documented undergoing heavy physical inspection by trucks belonging to quite the epic team: co-founders Ryan Barlow (Magenta flow), Jesse Narvaez (Northern Co.) and filmer extraordinaire Zach Chamberlin, a solid roster already also happening to comprise flow master Jameel Douglas, quick feet kings Glen Fox and Chris Athans, and Roger Krebs. Glen's S.F. footage in "Stack Your Bread" especially makes it an instant classic (with impeccable timing as Glen also has a part in the new video Magenta video "Balade", currently premiering and just about to drop), and more generally everyone involves is featured playing their own role which is exactly why we love them for, and we'll definitely be keeping an eye on the certain progression of Loophole!

S.F. State!

The Internets and the current weather in France are currently on the same boat, fashion-wise: it's raining gems of clips bound to make you want to skate! And this one strikes like sunshine: State (the skater-owned shoe company on the rise) just dropped a shared montage featuring Northern Co.'s youngest Chris Athans and Brian Powderly zooming through and past the streets of a boiling, abrasive S.F. landscape of dreams as captured by one of the best to ever do it: Zach Chamberlin. Ben Gore even steals the show with an improbable guest trick!

Better late than never…

Because, well, yes, that new Yoan Taillandier edit is made of footage filmed in San Francisco five years ago, but the great thing about skateboarding, just like for wine, is that it ages well, and even often really well. Well, unless you are on team managing duties… One will notably note what could almost make a full part of James Coleman and his signature powerful yet flowing style.

Static power

Ben Gore’s part from Josh Stewart's notorious « Static IV » 2014 full-length (double!) epic just went live! Filmed between San Francisco and New York City by Josh Stewart, Ryan Garshell and Zach Chamberlin. Two minutes of beautiful images captured on sixteen millimeter film and mini-DV tape, speed aplenty, clean maneuvers: everything one needs in order to feel like asking for some more!

Marseille, le zoo!

Wait, those Marseille kids are popping, these days! Could they be border-line hyper-active? Well, maybe not… But they sure now how to make it look good and fun, right!?

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