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

Collective Improvisation

We were just bringing it up the other day whilst sharing "N.Y.C. 2019", the newest Strush Wheels edit: "COLLECTIVE IMPROVISATION" is the first full-length video by the brand, which came out in 2008 and had been available exclusively on DVD since. Well as a matter of fact, Japanese skate media platform VHS Mag just put it up on YouTube in the whole glory of its entirety - like a chapter that had been eluding the Western history books for too long a time despite featuring incredible parts from Shinpei UenoLui Araki or Takahiro Morita amongst others, and all filmed between Osaka, Kobe and Tokyo - just like that. A mandatory viewing for sure - at least one of those crucial classes that if you skip it, then you'll for sure fail your tests!

Inside the Boxx

"DORKZONE 2: LE BOXX" is a new trippy montage by Dr. Phil Evans (already interviewed here) based around illustrations by Mike O'Shea, produced by Nils Svensson for the notorious skate school in Malmö, Sweden: Bryggeriet. Now, the luckiest of you might remember its premiere at the latest edition of Vladimir, and some might even remember the first "DORKZONE" (that the crew also just dropped online); this rather experimental piece remains funny and beautifully crafted regardless, and it might tickle your urges of pouring concrete and finding almost-spots, too!

"LE BOXX" is also the name of the latest skate café in Malmö and, as of recently, the whole Dorkzone universe is available under the form of material products one can already peep here.

Sunk costs

"NOT WASTED" is Thomas Larive's newest montage - you might remember his name as the one of the editor of "LOCAL", the Zeropolis Skateshop video, or maybe from his output for Quotamine. On the menu today: ten minutes of footage collected in between Lille, Paris, Montpellier, Barcelona, Toulouse and Brussels, featuring many a representative of each scene as just as many toppings on quite the hefty meal. Most of them rarely documented, too, including a certain Ibu Sanyang and his style coupled with good taste when it comes to spot selection, but really the credits roll by to quite the generous pace, resulting in variety. All on the basis of leftovers from different projects, or previously unused clips - besides some mandatory Instagram premature unloadings, long after the expiration of their fifteen seconds of fame. Gourmet crumbs right there!

Immortali

Well, it just so appears that the Italian folks running Meaningless Productions aren't playing around (or if they are, then they do it just right); after getting us all accustomed to Patrick Frunzio's skills behind the lens and computer, and all the while he's busy working on more, today, they are being represented by Matteo Ricci via "IMMORTALI": fifteen minutes just as beautifully crafted in a style typical of the one of the house, now well established, featuring a cascade of mostly Italian skateboarders sharing the dislike of getting stuck in one place it seems - indeed, the footage was collected all over Italy (Florence, Milan, Trieste, Naples, Rome...) but even beyond, too - from Slovenia to Los Angeles, and going through Malmö, Copenhagen and Barcelona... Exactly the nearly irresponsible stimulus one needs right now to fuel their hatred for quarantine - watch at your own risk!

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