Film Trucks / "INTO THE WILD SUNDAY"

"INTO THE WILD SUNDAY" is a yearly initiative by Jérémie Daclin - the longtime Lyon, France and worldwide activist, formerly via Cliché Skateboards and currently via Film Trucks (a brand already strong of quite the video output, always involving la crème de la crème of locals everywhere and on both ends of the camera, that is). A secret spot somewhere in the South of Lyon, a lengthy list of associates that isn't just for business calls and boom: there goes the recipe for an invite-only weekend treating a selection of the most active shops in their area with some chill vibes in the French countryside, also making for an opportunity to discuss around some solid skateboarding and sustainance as opposed to through the untangible frequencies of pseudo-connected technology.

Even though, last year, this event that's only really one on the human level (which just so happens to be the one that matters) couldn't take place due to some wet weather, this time it did occur, as this video recap by Vendôme O.G. Hugo Bernatas and photo gallery by renowned curve appreciator Loïc Benoit both testify.

And the shops who earned their rights to this summer weekend this time were the whole ABS Skateshop family (LyonGrenobleAnnecy), but also L'Appart Skateshop from Saint-Etienne and of course, Wall Street. Just as many operations that, to this day, remain crucial to their respective local scenes and are thus worthy of your support!

Vega in Malmö

What was an impossible scenario in Street Fighter II is now a thing: Vega in Malmö, thanks to the initiative of the eponymous Parisian skateshop whose crew followed their common star all the way up North to Malmö, the skate capital of Sweden if not all of Europe (and suddenly, the water under the bridge since "STRONGEST OF THE STRANGE" seems that much more enormous).
 
The video is by Léonard Berne featuring, as guest stars: himself, but also Samuel VromanGorka De FranceGabin Herman and last but not least, the homie Eric Mo.
 
François, of Vega, recounts...

 

Lipstick

Just prior to entering global skate festival season (just the existence of which is fantastic, led by the likes of VladimirRoundabout or Summit of the Non-Aligned), our Brazilian connection Pedro Damasio (interviewed here regarding his own local initiative of such an event: Mimpi) coincidentally hit us up with some news regarding his recent work with Lipstick Skateboards. More than a hard goods company, Lipstick is a non-profit organization which "with your donation, [is] helping connect kids with skateboarding across borders, encouraging education, meaningful friendships, and the power to dream", and this video offering of theirs, handicrafted during quarantine, is one of the many manifestations of the project.

For more, we'll leave it up to words directly from Pedro, below, as well as a photo gallery by Marcelo Duarte and Pedro, too, since he just won't stop.

More to the West

The MONO WEST TOKYO collective, whose incessant video productions have been featured on LIVE quite heavily in the recent times, is back with a new clip solely devoted to highlighting the on-board talent of Yohei Hirano. This makes for four minutes of urban skating sharply captured by a surprisingly dynamic H.D. filmer: Shigenari Kaguma of Take Action Films, then edited to the pace of the reveal of crazy spot after crazy spot - as expected from the capital of Japan, oh-so-notorious for its (unlawfully) skatable architecture. Cherry on the cake has to be one of the best ledge frontside lipslides ever done, too - as though to shatter the lifelong certitudes of those who like to criticize that move.

The art of taming a relunctant brick

You know those two from many a Pop clip, so you won't be too surprised by their abilities when it comes to tackle the not so hospitable grounds of their very own Haarlem… But, they do go another step, here, when skating grounds most would not even bother put a wheel on!

Five on five

Very well placed in the list of Parisian collectives to follow closely, here is the Cinquième Terrasse back with a new video entitled "SINK", filmed by Elliot Bonnabel. In this new opus, they obviously continue to find new ways to use the streets of our beautiful capital. When the spot is huge, they are not shy and when it lacks scale, the originality of their skateboarding complements it perfectly.

Graham Thoms "En Limbo" / PREMIERE

The most assiduous (or Parisian) elements of LIVE's audience will most likely feel at home at the simple mention of Graham Thoms' name - originally from Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., the man picked the French capital as his new official residency some years ago already now, as though to better import the colors of Uprise Skateshop.

With filmer Corey Henderson, their mutual hobby is work - but not just of any kind: "Trabajando" is the code name for their family operation, the extension of which transcends national borders all the way till Barcelona, and has been for many a year and video production now. LIVE already introduced you to two parts from "TRABAJANDO 4" here alongside an interview with the duo; and while the full video is still available from the best-connected skateshops or via Palomino in home-burned DVD form, the entirety of Corey's latest local montage "OUT OF THE LOOP" can still be watched here.

So as far as today, what's up? Well, we're talking the continuation of Graham's skate peregrinations ever since he set up camp on the old continent for good. Again, Corey is behind the editing, and also the filming with contributions from Jimmy Cholley of Trois CCD, Deric Esparza and Matthias Ellinger. Lotso' Paris lines, bearing witness to Graham's ease as he develops solid familiarity for spots now local to him (although he's really been skating most of them since 2005), paired up with some fine Chicago clips to rep his roots and loop the Loop.

His relocation was a big moment for Graham, after all as seven years later, he's still digesting the experience, unable to stop taking it all in; a new French reality that he exploits by obsessively haunting each and every Paris spot possible, as though in the perpetual quest for an endless partition of benches to dot with his own notes from back home.

"EN LIMBO" is now LIVE and to be appreciated as the slice of life of a U.S. cousin that it really is! For proof, Graham felt like going for a TransWorld check out type of format to express himself, which explains the segment below - including some commentary straight from Florentin Marfaing. Qualité !

 

"LIQUOR BANK #2: SPOTAHOLICS MIXTAPE" / Jack Fanning / INTERVIEW

Skate filmmaker Jack Fanning contacted us straight from the small city of Chico, California to introduce us to his newest brainchild: "SPOTAHOLICS MIXTAPE", twenty minutes of hard-hitting VX on rare spots in the name of their crew and imaginary company: Liquor Bank #2. The consequential viewing turned out to pack so much energy and good taste, LIVE just had to address the hype and so we went and asked Jack a few extra questions, which he enthusiastly replied to - as the conversation below can attest!

S.O.D. II

Arguably more exotic than the eponymous band but just as raw, S.O.D. appears to also be the name behind which Alexis David and his friends (barely) hide: now, we're talking a crew which, just after its first video (exclusively filmed in the streets of Toulouse, and available on Alexis' YouTube channel), instantly chose to explore even further. Thus, for "S.O.D. 2", they also visited Nîmes then Marseille, in order to skate more spots and cause more traffic accidents (as the very end of the video can attest - you've been warned).

But let's have Alexis recount the whole story, including his survival:

"A crew of homies, an iPhone, a city as playground and that's how it all started. If "S.O.D. I" was more of a sketchy edit of strictly Toulouse clips, "S.O.D. II" took some more involvement. 

Its own story began with acquiring a real (small) camera, three destinations: Toulouse, Nîmes and Marseille, and a true spark of motivation - we wanted to create something that would actually be significant to us, and representative of our identity and shared years worth of fun times.

Now after five months of editing and struggles, the edit is done and, generally speaking, we're all content with it. When it first came out, the last sequence did leave quite a lot of our friends in shock - feel free to see if you can stomach it..." - Alexis David

Rob Railman

All terrain, creative, efficient and flawless, Rob Maatman gives us some new escapades for Vans and Pop Trading company. A few tricks which especially highlight his ability to slide on any rail, from the very long to the very short, including the least well fixed and the one that zigzags (the famous one).

Morgan Campbell "ABOUT NINE" / Josh Roberts / PREMIERE

You'd better remember Josh Roberts - the Perth, Australia-based filmer behind, most notably, the Domingo series, and once head operator for the Magenta Skateboards classic: "Crossing The Perth Dimension" - because today, he's LIVE again (we've featured some other works of his before) with a new piece, and an exclusive one this time. "ABOUT NINE" tells the story of local legend Morgan Campbell (also interviewed earlier regarding his visual project: "DEJA GLU") regularly waking up at dawn to meet up with Josh at the local bowl 'around nine' (hence the title), and get footage in peace with the whole place to themselves. The VX-1000 by-product of those morning skates, that's exactly what this edit is - and also, an explosive two-minute uppercut of good taste, sunshine, creativity and mellow vibes. Also featured: Nick Maughn, Daniel Luxford, Lewis Rodan and Louie Dodd as guests, to complete the whole picture with homie presence! Just what your legs could use to get kicking as early as coffee time.

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