Franck Pierron / PREMIERE / "Tracked Movements"

Here comes an improbable U.F.O.! If the name of filmer Franck Pierron doesn't ring a bell to you, you don't necessarily have to question your street cred: Franck was always the man in the shadows, masterfully documenting skateboarding from afar out of pure passion without ever feeling the need to put himself out there, as to keep it all nothing but pure fun. From the nineties to the mid-naughts (the era of the French Chill Magazine, for those who remember), Franck has been shooting every format from VX-1000 video to Super 8 or 16 mm film. His eye is of the kind that cultivates the detail and celebrates the energy; and his genuine excitement seems to translates over into the resulting footage, as his drawers are full of tapes and film imprinted by timeless stylings performed by some of the most classic skaters. The years went by and Franck ended up pursuing an audiovisuel career in the television field, but thankfully for us he never shed his youthful first love for skateboarding away and last month after we asked him if he had any unseen footage to contribute he would be sitting on that we could screen at the (now recent) Das Days Movie Night in Paris, he did not hesitate once. #Fortheculture! What this whole exchange eventually resulted in is this clip: "Tracked Movements", an improvised project title reflecting the process of that quest for lost footage, but also the one of the basic act of filming skateboarding to begin with as well as many more, even deeper meanings we will leave up to your imagination as you duly deserve. Regardless of its designation, what counts is how Francks's passion and enthusiasm have survived the past fifteen years time span and today, LIVE Skateboard Media is proud to get to present it to you under the form of this time capsule of an edit, timelessly tracking the movements of many a Parisian skate activist who eventually contributed a lot to the local culture, history and scene, each in their own respective ways. And of course, we caught up with Monsieur Franck long enough to introduce him to our classic "5 W's" treatment!

We care about Hockey!

You do too, most likely! And for the best reasons, since the crew is never afraid to get dirty, if not bloody, when it comes to skate the less beaten paths. And when they take the road towards the frontera, rest assured they found places to get hurt at! Meanwhile, in a quiet killer way, young Diego Todd wins everybody's heart…

"OSTALGHIA" / Guillaume Périmony

"OSTALGHIA" is a new edit by Guillaume Périmony, the man notably behind the notorious "Fishing Lines" clips with Michael Mackrodt, among many other productions you most definitely have encountered before browsing the Internets sometime over the past decade. Well for this one, Guillaume captured Micki again and took him to Belarus, accompanied by a certain Denny Pham (newly pro for Flip, for those who follow) and Giorgi Balkhamishvili. The spots are fresh in every possible sense of the term as most of them were nearly untouched to this day, as the country just opened its borders to foreigners without the need of a visa, facilitating access to a marble paradise. That's what's awaiting you, paired up with slick filmmaking and exotic lettering, like a sweet tender hug from good ol' Périm!

Fresh.

This will be the breath of fresh air that is always needed to start the week! James Craven follow through on his series of videos for Grey dedicated to the real adventure of hunting for spots where there really should not be any, and if they were, they would most likely not be skatable… All this documented in a style that is very much his own. And what destination would fit all this better than Iceland? Do put your muffler on to watch this, seriously.

Berzerk Dutch koala's

"The End" is the unlikely title of Ziggy Schaap's new edit straight from the Netherlands, horizons the average LIVE reader should be familiar with by now given the percentage of articles on this platform that have to do with the Pop guys! Although this time, the aesthetics are something else: crispy VX-1000 complete with pristine export settings and catchy colors (once the intro outlived). But fear not, as the weird moves and awkward spots (comprising some Berlin nugs) remain, all set to a soundtrack that wouldn't have felt out of place in the best Rare Skateboards-era Euro productions, whatever you think that might mean. Anyway, if this upbeat clip could suffice to initiate a trend of clean VX footage on YouTube, then that would for sure be something to give it credit for!

P.A.'s tip : "Ether"

After watching, it's hard to say if you're intrigued or impressed, but Cooper Winterston's "Ether" is something! Twenty minutes of creativity through the pirouettes and the balance games of Grace Ahlbom, the Cooper in question and especially Stephen Ostrowski. On one side we can find everything that will work in any video, speed, technical flip tricks almost perfectly executed. Awesome! But why limit yourself to that? Here the way to approach spots is really unique, at any time can spring a banger as confusing as breathtaking. Imagine if we could see Ben Kadow or Kevin Rodrigues in it! 

France's Larance

A coincidental, yet perfect complement to the latest episode of French skate podcast Big Spin that just came out and featured Paris O.G. Stéphane Larance as the guest (if you can't grasp French, fear not: the Bigger Spin is awaiting for you here): Paco, renowned to most as the Lordz filmer just came through with the online posting of this three-minute edit of old Stéphane footage. The spots, continents, memories and impeccably formed flip tricks all zoom past; Stéphane was a professional in the truest sense of the term, always putting in the work throughout the year - most often switch - and each and every of those clips aged like fine wine. Stay tuned for more unseen oldies on LIVE, very soon!

Grey Area Alert!

The most core of you may (or may not) have fond memories of "Grey Area", the independent video effort from Poland that got everybody talking a few years ago when it dropped and introduced the world to the labor of love of the eponymous crew, through the prism of a very Pontus Alv-esque visual touch. Among the ranks: a certain Michal Juras, then acquaintances with Polar Skate Co., particularly stood out. This winter, a new Grey Area full-length is just around the corner: "Neverwhere". You're expecting it, we've seen it: it's a true gem both filmmaking- and skateboarding-wise, marking a comeback to the roots of sorts and immortalizing incredible stylings at unique spots. We'll be presenting more to you soon, in the meantime here's Michal's part from "Neverwhere". Dzięki!

Graham Thoms / "Trabajando 4" / INTERVIEW

The Loop - you're either in, or out of it. But Graham Thoms is special as he's from there aka. Chicago, Illinois, a location with an equally special place in his heart; armed with not just "street cred" but a true urban upbringing, and the friendliest, most optimistic attitude to boot, he's been spreading Chi-love a big chunk of the old continent over as he's been fascinated by it, regularly taking trips to (and filming parts in) Barcelona for years until he eventually made the move for good and relocated to Paris, France. Now an international spokesman from My Kind Of Town, together with his homie Corey Henderson, they've been dropping full-length indie vids under the alias "Trabajando" on a strict annual basis for a few years, intertwining footage from foreign lands with their super strong hometown clips. The fourth installment is now dropping; and the winning duo was kind enough to grant LIVE Skateboard Media the diffusion of two of its segments: the Paris part, and Graham's (incredible) part. Not just that, but they also felt like contributing with words of love and boys did they have plenty to give.

D.O.A. "Winter 1997" Promo / PREMIERE

Modern enthusiasm around a short-lived clothing brand from the mid-nineties surely could appeal to many a nostalgic geezer or youthful wannabe these days, except this is Steve's board brand this new web edit is a promo for. A longtime fan of the original FIT "Industry" section from 411VM, the late institution of a skate video magazine (pre-Internet days...), Steve is going all the way in with a recreation of said clip accompanied by a FIT-inspired line of D.O.A. product (with Pat Washington as a living common denominator). Two decades later, the wheels have turned! Here's what Steve had to tell us about the whole process.

Bigger Spin / EP 011 - Stéphane Larance

Again, here arrives LIVE Skateboard Media's Bigger Spin complementary article to the freshest episode of French skate podcast Big Spin; punctuating the guest's course of speech with photos, videos and links aplenty, business as usual! And the latest Big Spin guest just so happens to be the man, the myth, the legend Stéphane Larance, a long-standing pillar of Paris skateboarding, and one of the first heads to ever come out of France and get on the radar of the industry, paving the way to the open, worldwide horizons skateboarding now strives under. If you can't grasp the French language, fear not: we did our best we could to come up with a sweet recap!

Gilette alert!

It is short, but sweet, oh so sweet! The two younglings are killing it in a slightly similar vein, but seeing Austyn back to his Mach 2 beautifully crafted lines self just make us happy…

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