At the drive-in

Picture Show Studios is the new deck company recently initiated alongside Theories for your soft goods-related needs by Josh Stewart - the man behind the "STATIC" videos - and his friends (of Theories Of Altantis, the N.Y.C.-based independent skate distribution platform - can you still keep up?). The enterprise bears the strength of supporting names that otherwise regularly fly under the mainstream radar, such as the ones of Taylor Nawrocki or John Baragwanath - something the two minutes of VX-1000 footage accompanying its public reveal only bears witness of! Special mention for John's apparent ease on that ollie up, then nollie backside heelflip down applied at quite the unpractical spot for this type of maneuver.

$3.29

LIVE has already introduced you to Wes Allen and his approach to the VX-1000 with "SALVAGE TITLE" (alongside an interview with the man himself), a video production for which he had chosen to orientate his focus towards the outskirts of San Francisco rather than the heart of the City. Well, with this new clip: "$3.29", a fresh balance is found as now, in addition to the cutty - when not downright unpractical - spots, one can also feel the wind of S.F.'s residential areas with its near infinity of hills, and the rumble of the bricks paving the downtown area. The video wraps up on some Paris clips too - leading the viewer to expect even more exciting things coming soon, maybe?

Let's rock!

We already warned you whilst presenting "SUGUS": "GRRRND ZERO" is the new project by Julien Paccard, already the author of "COLOR FOOLS" which LIVE broadcasted half a decade ago, no less. Now, we're talking about an audiovisual production in the most literal sense of the term as in addition to the skate footage, the soundtrack is also home-made by Tommy Buder, and the multimedia aspect of the whole deal also takes a new dimension in how the focus is over the patient documentation of the textures skateboarders use and abuse, over an emphasis on individual prowess with little room for context. In every clip (because yes, this is a series), everybody just skates together - with the type of surface glided over as one common denominator.

Today, we're featuring "ROCK", the clip with an emphasis on, well, stone textures. In between many a performer, the wisest of watchers will instantly recognize Dino Coce, whose part in "TABULA RASA" LIVE presented here a few weeks back - DVD's are still available - beanplanting around Berlin. But Julien has been dropping some others too - respectively dedicated to mosaicwood and marble spots - and is about to release more on his personal website, daily, throughout this whole week. So keep your eyes peeled!

"NANTESLAJOLIE" / HY Skatebag / PREMIERE

The mighty fine, youthful roster of HY Skatebag, the French brand LIVE has already been featuring quite a few times upon the respective releases of video productions such as "PAR-HY" or "PLUS BELLE LA HY" (we even interviewed one of its C.E.O.'s, Paul Austinhere), is back on your screens y'all, and once again thanks to the filmmaking talents of Julien Dellion who just so happens to live in Nantes, France - and that's exactly where the whole plot takes place this time, for the entire duration of the seven minutes this new edit runs for.

Answered the call of the board, in addition to Paul himself: Alex Richard, P.J. ChapuisVictor CampilloFlorian MertenMatisse BancVictor Cascarigny and Fred Plocque-Santos aka. Yeah Le Yeah... But not just 'em:

"The original idea was to go and skate a city that's notoriously under the mainstream radar.

Julien Dellion lives in Nantes, so picking the destination was easy! And we even managed to get a Thibaud Fradin clip!" - Paul Austin

The photo gallery above is by Clément Chouleur, of Déjà Vu.

Stéphane Larance alert!

If the name of Stéphane Larance really rings no bell, then you have lots of European skate history to catch up (something French skate podcast Big Spin can help with here, and LIVE here for non-French speakers), despite many generations worldwide having kept up with his skateboarding prowess since as early as the late eighties.

Well today, the man behind the Instagram for la Plaza Créteil is also coming to the cultural rescue with no less than a retrospective of Stéphane's (copious amount of) footage at said home spot of his throughout not just the years, but the decades, and with class so timeless it's seen many a generation of camera technology come and go!

"SUGUS" / ABS Annecy / PREMIERE

Part of the crew of the Annecy, France-based ABS Skateshop - Kevin DeschampsQuentin CaillatLudo MendezLilian Ceccon and Marc Leblanc - recently went on a skate holiday to Alicante, Spain, and made it back through the customs with "SUGUS": eight minutes of fake VX-1000 (we'll expand on that) and real skateboarding between homies, and productive ones at that seeing as the entirety of the edit was filmed over just a handful of days. The finished product is what LIVE is presenting to you today and Marc, its author, explains...

Very Nice

The new installment in Rémi Luciani aka. Marseille Zoo's web saga "N(i)CE THE SHORT CUT" is online, and consists in five minutes of street skating from Southern France, masterfully captured via the good ol' VX-1000 per usual, performed by quite the handful of too-rarely-seen names and then orchestrated to a song by The Smiths. Amongst the aforementioned names, one can spot Ben Botta whose talents Rémi has already showcased here, or Sergio Cadaré who, in the span of one line, gets us to reminisce about "MONSTRO DE RUA" for a moment. Nice one!

Magentech!

With the imminent approach of this new season comes Swedish ledge wizard and longtime ambassador of the three stripes Günes Özdogan's turn to duly earn his first pro model on Magenta Skateboards. A knighting celebrated as expected with the complementary digital drop of 'BENIM', a new clip in which Günes once again doesn't fail to demonstrate his trademark complete indifference when it comes to his own supposed stance, or the optimal flip trick to lock into given positions onto whichever object. Jasper Lindgren mostly filmed and edited, although one can find Makke Bengtsson in the list of guest filmers and, as far as guest skaters are concerned, well... Let's say the roster should keep you entertained - and that's till the tech eventually reaches its paramount!

Colt 21

Today, it is (one of many) legendary Marseille O.G. Colin Bonino's turn to honor the memory of another local institution: 21 Skateshop via this remix of old footage of his, collected and featured in various projects throughout the past two decades, now live in hopes to "generate worldwide viral attention and this, redirect awareness of all the things not to do for one to ruin their own education". All clips gathered on a gazillion trips around France and beyond, and bound to have old timers reminisce over a certain era in SuGaR's timeline, as well as younguns realize the existence of the 2011 Magenta video: "HILL STREET BLUES".

Now to perfect the history lesson: the 21 Skateshop video "KARMA 2" is still up on YouTube here, uploaded by Rémi Luciani whilst to this day, Colin keeps repping Bud Skateshop.

Midnight caffeine

Just the other day, LIVE was suggesting "MONO WEST TOKYO #2" to you from a new crew just emerging out of the capital of Japan (and apparently quite excited to do so, as, since then, they've already managed to drop "MONO WEST TOKYO #3", which you can now watch here). Well, the local scene really seems in great shape as today, we get to introduce you to another new collective of die-hards, again: Ugly Weapon, whose Instagram is brand new but whose YouTube channel is packed with edits and various former audiovisual works - and it's looking like the guys have ties with KP Tokyo.

If they normally put the timeless Sony VX-1000 to great use, for this particular new production: "MIDNIGHT CAFFEINE", they instead favored a VHS camera, black and white aesthetics and Charlie Parker as the musical score. Although a classic recipe, the sauce can only work - especially when paired up with Kohei HayashiRyusei Sakurai or Naoya Kato's smooth stylistic practices in the kitchen, for an eventual three minutes and a half of cooking time. Dinner is served!

On a side note, for those willing to extend the spiritual trip and also go back in time - VHS Mag has been keeping up with their uploads of classic Japanese skate videos and, after the recent sharing of the legendary "COLLECTIVE IMPROVISATION", the platform just let "SILENT WHITE" slip on YouTube, which one can find here. The video consists in twenty minutes of vintage Japanese street skateboarding intertwined with footage of various demos courtesy of DC Shoes, with the likes of Josh Kalis, Stevie Williams and all of 'em guys immortalized on tape sharing spots, tricks and moments with the locals.

Mono West Tokyo

The only available hint we can give you regarding the origin of today's gem is in the name of the crew that authored it: MONO WEST TOKYO, whose activity one can follow on their quality YouTube channel but thus far remains pretty obscure otherwise. In the same effort of simplicity, their newest edit is entitled "MONO WEST TOKYO #2", and consists in over four minutes of pristine VX-1000 spent by Yuma YamanakaOsaka DaggersShingo Yumiyama and Keishiro Takashima having fun passing it around, from the looks of it. Which is a game most skaters have played before - but very rarely with such class!

"VIDEOSTRAKH" / Dom Diaz / PREMIERE

At least some of you probably remember Dom Diaz, the young skate filmmaker from Guadalajara - that's in Mexico - whose first four-years-in-the-making production "VIDEOSTILL" LIVE has presented to you before. Today, he's back at it with "VIDEOSTRAKH", a spiritual sequel and new chapter in the Zimm Skateboarding series, the narration of which is brimming with original maneuvers and colored spots aplenty, and told by a clean combo of the classic VX-1000 and Super 8.

Now available on your screens and so are Dom's words, below:

"After finishing the almost impossible-to-complete 'VIDEOSTILL', we just kept going out, several times in a group, sometimes only the skater and the filmer, to get this edit eventually.

Everything was much more organic and flowed better because we didn't have to make parts for each person, simply a montage composed of skateboarders from Guadalajara, Mexico City and the few clips that we filmed in Barcelona with some friends, before the camera started to fail on an unexpected tour around Europe." - Dom Diaz

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