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!


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!


"RESTLESS" is an independent video straight outta Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A. that caught our attention for the brilliance of its alliage of simplicity and efficiency. The at times experimental, always pristine production makes for a fifteen-minute watch that is sure to remind you of the essence of good local skateboarding, with its transparent 'tight crew' feel, crazy moves peppered here and there throughout, cascade of spots and classic soundtrack.

The skaters are Ryan O'Rourke, Josh Burns, Anthony Lopez and Levi Gleghorn, who doubles up as the author and recounts the process:

"The video was filmed primarily in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A. over the course of roughly two years.

We're a small crew - down to four at this point - that have been skating, filming, and the best of friends for nearly fourteen years now.

The title 'RESTLESS' represents the overwhelming feeling I often had throughout this period. This resulted in frequent day trips to nearby towns and surrounding states such as Kansas and Arkansas, with a couple of longer trips to Texas and Colorado.

While Oklahoma may not be the most ripe with spots, we're fortunate to be in close proximity to a good amount of outdoors destinations.

That feeling of restlessness also led to many non-skate nature-based trips, both individually and as a group.

This is our sixth video project we've put together, and most everyone has had last part prior to this with the exception of myself (if you watch the video, you will probably understand why [laughs]). Because I put a lot of work into this project and to mix up the formula, I gave myself last part. I already regret this decision but hope everyone enjoys the video regardless!

So in closing, keep skating, look for spots, travel as much as possible, and tell your friends you love them!" - Levi Gleghorn

MEMENTO / Spot 01 - Stade du Ray / GALERIE

Well today, the duo is back and here to stay with "MEMENTO", a new project again with a focus on location, just of the decaying type this time around. Indeed, for this reoccurring column of theirs from now on, Florent and Fred will be coloring not just spaces still in use via the addition of external components, but mostly very specific corners sharing the common denominator of being incongruous per se, be it due to their construction or their current, more or less obsolete or disused state, and without the need of any big tweak.

Far East Coast

Strush Wheels is a Japanese wheel company with a great video legacy ("COLLECTIVE IMPROVISATION" and "CITYSCAPE" have to belong inside your DVD player at some point), and its very specific art direction as this new edit "N.Y.C. 2019" can confirm again. Shinya Nohara aka. PORI and Shinsuke Haruta aka. HAL are the two main heads here, visiting New York City and catching up with Connor Kammerer; as a result, the world gets this two-minute gem reflecting some impactful, stylish and original skateboarding, comparably to the lens of an impeccable VX-1000 and supervising by Ryuchi Tanaka, that's only willing to shine for you.

Still hungry for more Strush Wheels? Please feel free to revisit "ON THE RUN"!

And last but not least - one can still sign the online petition to preserve the legendary Brooklyn Banks skate spot in N.Y.C., here.

Into The Sun

This Monday's delight is courtesy of no other than Josh Stewart, who should no longer need an introduction (and LIVE has arguably done its share to spread the knowledge, too!), but always seems to surprise and here, it's under the form of a new Hopps edit that he's doing it. In fact, Jahmal Williams's brand just welcomed some new ams and thus, quite logically, this new piece features such heads as Joseph Delgado or Elijah Cole coherently intertwined with footage of, say, Mark Del Negro, Dustin Eggeling, Steve Brandi and even Jahmal himself, still out there and going strong from the looks of it!

George Toland globetrotter

Too hyperactive for us to even get to keep track of his pace, George Toland, the London-based Sony VX-1000 piloting expert who's normally a regular on this website recently dropped not just one, but two remarkable montages of footage collected throughout the Americas - more specifically in Queretaro, Mexico (where he notably skated with Daniel Peña and Adán Belío, whose video "EL OMBLIGO DE LA LUNA" LIVE recently presented, for Milquinientosveintiuno) and in Heredia, Costa Rica (where he wasn't without catching up with Miguel Castro and Francisco Saco, both formerly met at the Croatian Vladimir Film Festival where they had showed their video: "CANASTA"). That's two times short of twenty minutes brimming with colorful spots and organic styles, masterfully captured by a Serious Adult increasingly prone to the itinerant lifestyle.

For more Costa Rica, we may send you back to the recent "GRINGO DIARIES" by Chris Komodromos and, for more Mexico, well, just stay tuned for the next few days...

All or nothing

"ALL OR NOTHING" is the name of Nîmes, France-based skateboarder Victor Naves' new "web part" (as the most artless kids insist on calling those things), and you might remember his name and proneness to impact from the Diligent Skateboards videos, another local brand gone as of last year. Victor is one of the hyperactive suburban breed - when it comes to collecting clips, quite obviously but also when it comes to media activism in general, on his very personal scale via his Instagram feed @skatedashit - one he utilizes as though to make up for the attention (or lack thereof) the regions the most isolated from the industrial hot spots are regularly missing throughout the country. The same kind of sheer work is what he also put in this new clip, filmed over five years spent between Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Paris, Barcelona and the Nîmes region - just to put it on the map - looking for a collection of all the classic terrain types, and showcasing his take on every one of them. For Victor, skateboarding really is all or nothing!

Valls around the world

Chris Thiessen, longtime indie skate filmmaker brought under the worldwide spotlight as a participant in the Threads Idea Vacuum artisanal think tank and then via his direction of some volumes of the TransWorld SKATEboarding full-length video legacy, LIVE hasn't been without presenting his works before and we even interviewed him regarding "RIDDLES IN MATHEMATICS", that one time. For a little bit now, he's been dropping fresh edits of raw footage on his YouTube channel and after, notably, Yaje Popson and Brad Cromer's respective turns, it is now time for a Frenchman to be treated with the same deal: Magenta Bordeaux rider Léo Valls, to be accurate, on the basis of clips collected between 2016 and 2019 in Atlanta, N.Y.C., Los Angeles, Long Beach, Miami, Bordeaux, Paris and Barcelona - with some guest data in the mix, contributed by Yoan Taillandier. Quite the frenetic dance around the world, as though in hopes to tame that crispy VX-1000, eventually!

Shinpei alert!

Usually, missing the beat of the release of a new Shinpei Ueno piece isn't a habit of LIVE's but here, that's pretty much what happened, just as much as this one did seem to hover below the radar of most Western publications in general (with the notable exception of Vague's, more power to them!), and as far as we're concerned it took a SLAP message boards O.G. to notify us of the existence of today's main course. It is all the more unforgivable that we almost skipped this video as it consists in no less than a two-minute "web part" (as the kids say) of crazy-looking spots and tricks, typically in Shinpei's unique style, coupled with a technical-looking editing in the typical Tightbooth tradition. If one gets carried away and start imagining (rightfully or not) that the footage might be some leftovers from the imminent "LENZ III", well, the year twenty twenty suddenly starts opening up in terms of bright perspectives!


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