Trio

"TRIO" is the latest surprise edit released by Strush Wheels (the Japan-based, quality urethane and audiovisual production provider LIVE has been focusing on for years). As per usual, one can count on Ryuichi Tanaka's handling of the direction, and on his longtime, signature style comprising meticulous editing and stellar soundtracks; on the sessions, he was assisted by Kyota Kamei and as far as the eventual product goes, we're talking representing three skateboarders all renowned for their pairing up of efficiency with fine taste: Issei KumataniShogo Zama (you can still watch his latest video part for Magentahere) and Shinya Nohara, for exactly as long as five minutes on the clock!

Louison Bobet Forever

The new video production courtesy of Louise Skateboards consists in no less than ten minutes of creative urban skate creative magic all assembled together via elbow grease and helium by Stéphane Feugas, high wire filmer extraordinaire who didn't fall asleep at the wheel of the editing either, as the final product is as meticulously crafted as the most suspect of devices. The devil went down to Bordeaux and Montpellier for the most part, Vincent Dallemagne technically wins the race but each and every of the numerous participants owns their individual merits. The general universe is as captivating as it is delirium tremens-inducing and should put a face on most faces or at the very least, get them out of the house!

Inferno Verde

"INFERNO VERDE" is one nifty twenty-minute Sony VX-1000 trip to Manaus, Brazil, essentially the pulsating metropolitan heart of the Amazon, round trip and all expenses paid by Costume, the local brand LIVE hasn't been without sharing some of the former productions from before, itself led by Adonis Perfeito and his intrinsic drive to represent. To the equally-on-point platform Black Media Skate, he recites:

"« Green hell, green paradise; this is the classic Amazon where the past is common and synonymous with gigantic snakes and magic fish... » once said Glauber Rocha in his short film 'AMAZONAS, AMAZONAS' (1966).

For five years, we've been conducting ethnological studies, digging deep searching Manaus' alleys and landscapes for the summits of this 'green hell'.

A region rooted into the very old world, entranced by its situation in between water aplenty and luxurious vegetation that cracks concrete and asphalt, where alligators, jaguars and sloths fight for civility. One odd mix of creation and creatures, natural life and artificial death."

For the average skater now, this notably translates under the form of original - and crazy - spots, duly exploited by a collective of efficient and creative individuals, including Felipe OliveiraCotinz, Luis Moschioni and many more remarkable stylers. Ah and the editing and soundtrack are top notch, too!

Uccsó

It is by the means of no less than a twenty-minute video that the Hungarian Rios Crew strikes again and through your screen with parts for nearly everyone, notably including Attila FehérMátyás Ricsi, Viktor Turcsik and so many more! As per usual (which their production history can attest, here), both skateboarding- and atmosphere-wise, we're talking flirting on equal terms with authenticity and Budapest street shenanigans - and that's as far as the spots and tricks are concerned, too! The filming and editing are once more incredible, still with the elusive B. Bence at the wheel, and the full soundtrack in the YouTube description.

All about lines!

This new conceptual edit by Marcelo Garcia and his friends just dropped via Brazilian platform Black Media Skate and is as fresh and revigorating as some good local açaï. The principle is simple and tackled to perfection, resulting in a five-minute video piece that might even inspire you to question your own surroundings under a new light, as though in order to find your own lines of fugacity.

If you can read Portuguese (either on your own or thanks to the www), an article exists here - by Fabio Luiz Pimentel - and an interview with Marcelo about his approach can be found here; all top notch stuff!

Aka. Ser Superstar

Sergio Cadaré, without a doubt this planet's biggest ever Slick Rick fan, when not busy tattooing, officializes his stay on the DC Shoes team roster with an eponymous clip where his impeccable technique and west coast-influenced style really shine. But his two minutes of footage only are the introduction to what then turns out to be a full-fledged Bordeaux edit featuring a plethora of other faces, from Léo Valls to Benjamin Garcia, Nick Dias and even Tom Penny with a surprise appearance. Drew filmed it all, the titles are by Emilien Bonnet, the music notably by Simon Algéo and everything is dedicated to the memory of Adrien "Canardo" Blanc.

PREMIERE / "REDRIFT"

"REDRIFT" is the latest indie skate homebrew and REDRE crew audiovisual production directly extracted from the unstoppable dynamics of the Nantes, France scene (remember: "L'ELDORADO" & "CHRONICLES OF THE PAST""NANT'ES SERIEUX?"...), the timeline of which was finally orchestrated by Mattéo Gaudin, of local magazine Ob'Session fame and already interviewed here. On the menu: seventeen minutes of documentation of the city being exploited in a manner as spontaneous as modern, natural diversity in all the individual styles and approaches with some creativity and originality to boot, and aesthetics equally influenced by the local aquatic fauna and by the "ATLANTIC DRIFT" series. So, really, one fine window into a slice of life of a youthful, D.I.Y. spirit-fueled crew which only testifies - again - of Nantes' intrinsic skate potential throughout the decades ("CHRONICLES OF THE PAST"), all the while inputting one more wake-up call to the authorities when it comes to the current needs of the average citizen for better tolerance, if not recognition of their freedom to naturally enjoy "public" space.

Mattéo in person says:

"Nantes, June 21st, 2021: World Music Day, 'go skateboarding day' and the summer solstice: really, all the stars seemed aligned enough to at least hope for a wonderful day.

But no, that would be without considering the then confirmed tendency of rainy weather commonly coming crashing onto the city of the Dukes of Brittany, also complicating perspectives for skateboarding. Also, the powers that be - perhaps already a little too oblivious of some other recent mistakes of theirs - chose to gas the whole of a downtown only packed with crowds of people who had come to enjoy the music. That is the kind of somber mood about a dozen of upset versions of us were sharing that one night, when we went to gather and chill along the Erdre.

The shenanigans that ensued: beer can duct-taping, sardine in-box cooking (paired up with the smell of gas too, still filling up the air), and the initiative of finding a crew name.

Hanging right overhead was this piece of city-commissioned 'contemporary' art consisting in giant metal letters, except several of them had gone missing and now, instead of "REVER ERDRE" ("DREAMING ERDRE"), all that was apparent was "RE DRE". It just clicked all at once and from that point onwards, 'REDREEE' became the rallying cry for that night and then many more.

REDRE was born.

One year later now: the crew is even bigger and still loving to skate and film, party and even make miniatures, cocktails and postcards.

Bon visionnage!" - Mattéo Gaudin

DC420

The indie gem of the moment once again happens to originate from Indonesia, authored by local collective Major Depressive; all shot on a Canon DC-420, most likely more or less directly influenced by "MEMORY SCREEN" (or maybe not!) with some remarkably inspired editing, as well as a whole pack of locals now immortalized representing their home turf like true kings. Please feel free to keep up with their fresh ways of ruling by the means of their YouTube channel.

Malacca alert!

Most anyone having been following the worldwide independent skate scene (or maybe even LIVE!) probably hasn't escaped the heat of Jakarta, Indonesia-based Malacca Skateboards' boiling steam from the past couple of years; if you're one exception, though, we can only recommend you to catch up via "KHIDMAT" or "MALACCA 2020", both remarkable video pieces at the time and now still, in terms of both quality and inspiration. It seems to be the posse's default mode to honor their local spots with some particularly intense care, energy and a very certain lean towards fine taste.

This new no-less-than-a-full-length, "SELEKTA", only confirms such an impression; once again handicrafted by the Malaka Sari Film Production crew. The soundtrack too is typically Indonesian; a slice of culture one owes to Diskoria Selekta, also justifying the project title! Roughly twenty minutes of VX and exposed film that are bound to take you on a trip - at least to your own next spot, if anywhere.

Jamal Smith alert!

Jamal Smith has indeed come quite the lengthy way since his "tornado spin" trick tip clip, one of the first manifestations of the viral YouTube skate video era - as early as back in the mid naughts. In the meantime, he has gotten very acquainted with the crew behind "SABOTAGE", hired and hailed as an official Palace representative and then, now, Adidas Skateboarding is reviving the Adimatic via a new colorway to his name. As far as your screen is concerned, the party lives on under the form of a minute and a half of new Jamal footage, where he can be spotted only confirming his simultaneously loose and crazy approach, but one that comprises ledge heelflip frontside bluntslides and various instances of urban insolence within its equation. And what a joyful surprise to see Chris Mulhern behind the lens, too!

Pea and Ham

A.k.a. "Odran's tip" (remember "JUST ON TIME"?), "PEA AND HAM" is an australian skate movie by Charlie McGowan, someone Odran coincidentally met due to the former living just above the latter's workplace. The product transcends the typical skate video codes under many an aspect, its approach being resolvedly contemplative - marking an instance of well-utilized H.D. towards the crafting of an original and particular universe wrapped up around the tricks. An effort in coherence that was pushed as far as into the soundtrack, homemade by the featured skateboarders at the service of what really is pretty remarkable production quality for an independent video. Holla'd at, Charlie recounts:

"A little about the film - "PEA AND HAM" is a skate video featuring Melbourne spots during the Covid lockdowns between 2020-2022. At many times, the streets were basically empty due to isolation restrictions.

The film features an array of electronic music created by guys featuring in the film and other friends. These people are Riley HolmesRyley BarryIzaak AshleyMax Wrangles and Aidan Doherty.

The titles were made by Tom Woodman and the filming and editing was all done myself!" - Charlie McGowan

 

FILM x EFREM

As now conveniently observable via this new, two minutes and forty seconds-long video, the twenty-eight-year-old Italian Efrem Sapienza represents Film Trucks. Also equally supported by Plaza Skateboards, he connects wallies with incongruous tricks aplenty for our (and no doubt, first and foremost, his) greatest pleasure. Creativity is present, as far as in all the unusual spots. To be noted: his light feet and their tricks-per-minute ratio, all filmed by Alberto Della Beffa in one month under Catania, Torino and Fuerteventura's respective sunlights! 

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