Tokyo Transfer II

Traffic Skateboards, the longtime running brand of East Coast street skating style pioneer Ricky Oyola (whose urban interpretation some are unknowingly biting to this day, still), is the fruit of a conscious effort to try and do things proper - an apparent motto they've been adhering to since the start. Most remarkably, they were some of the first to cultivate an active connection with the Japanese skate scene, by sponsoring Deshi (his incredible section in "Night Prowler", by Katsumi Minami who now runs Evisenhere) and producing quite the legendary trip video there: "Tokyo Transfer", back in 2009.

A decade later, and some months following the release of the Traffic full-length video "Look Left" (an occasion LIVE celebrated with you by interviewing Joe Yates and Mark Wetzel), well, they did just that again and returned to the Mecca of spots that are perfect for the first twenty seconds (and then rigorously forbidden, unless you enjoy getting clubbed by flashing red neon sticks). The line-up might have changed over the years, but the approach never did.

Japan is one of those places where the uninitiated tourist should watch both sides of the road before thinking of attempting to cross, due to the Japanese driving on what is, to most Westerners, the unusual lane... Hence the title "Look Right" (or one of its aspects, that is), as covered in the full article (with photos) on the TransWorld Skateboarding website.

And if you're still eager for some more, very fine Hiroki Muraoka, feel free to revisit one of the best video parts of last year, here...

P.A’s tip : "Homies Network"

So yes! They are not skateboarders with an irreproachable style. Yes, they are not the greatest technicians that skateboarding has ever known. But is it really necessary to be the best when you have so much fun while being on a board, just riding, succeeding or even missing tricks? Everyone sees things and enjoys the sport in his own way, all we can say about "Homies Network" is that they all found what makes them happy in this discipline. Beyond that they are all very good skaters full of passion that brings a real breath of fresh air on the current skateboard scene. Here, there is no good or bad trick, just something you want to do at a certain moment because it can be funny, and that's it! That's how we end up doing noseslide to pop out tailgrab or good big ollies barefoot. When you don’t care about much, the only limit is surely your imagination.

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A new Tonic Skateboards production - need we say more? The purpose of those new eight minutes of a delirium that just won't get old is to promote the release of a mixtape by DJ Ahroun, which one can acquire here under the form of a physical object, alongside some sweet independently-produced garment and various art pieces such as a fanzine by Clément Harpillard, the notorious. Meanwhile, the footage flies by, and the ensuing emulation is bound to make many sweat it over their next session already!

Existential urbanism

Renato Riguetti is Brazilian; but still, maybe you haven't heard of him yet. When he isn't riding his skateboard or working behind a camera or some editing software, he takes part in his own familial ambulant circus in Rio and, altogether, qualifies as a street artist in the strict sense of the term. An open defender of free expression in a country that tends to watch just that, Renato's videos (as yes - as you might have guessed by now - he's also a filmmaker) are usually driven by political messages; already the author of the great "Perspectiva" but also of a first "Ruexistencia", he recently reiterated and struck with a second installment one can watch in full here. The subject of this article is Renato's own part in said "Ruexistencia" volume two, as to better introduce this funny, really quite fantastic character to you.

The Rocky Aurora Show

"Signal From The Aurora" is a new independent full-length skate video from Poland, handcrafted over the past two years by local duo Jan Mioduchowski and Wojtek Sobecki. As the local tradition suggests, quite a handful of dirty, rugged spots are on the menu (redundant tastes of ours aside, honestly, just watch the intro here), as well as a side dish of grey tint - from the skies to the buildings continuously scrolling past in the backgrounds. A visual style that is commonly exemplified by the popular "Grey Area" productions by Kuba Kaczmarczyk and his younger recruits, that he himself inherited from Pontus Alv - "Strongest Of The Strange"-era, years before Polar. And Pontus originally borrowed his fonts from Woody Allen, too - but now we're only getting sidetracked towards Sweden...

Disquette 2x100 Kb

Disquette Club is a collective based in Montpellier, France (most of the time at least) consisting in skateboarders who like to take over everything local from bunkers and bus stops, all the while crediting themselves in @'s.

Their second video production is the first one their author Edouard Lemercier is actually happy with; the former installment being a compilation of phone clips, fifteen minutes of not-just-local-street skating indeed sounds like quite a step-up. You may recognize some of the spots from the Vans Thursday Sessions, meaning that they didn't only explore Montpellier but also went on trips to locations such as Marseille.

As a result, such good energy stems from the video that if you can make it through the terrorism in the intro, then you might find yourself caught in the vortex of the Montpellier experience sooner than you think, until you make it to the terrorism in the outro, that is - and along with just as much fun as them guys on a skateboard, that's the very least we can wish you!

 

Switch Big Spin / Skatedads

"Skatedads", LIVE vous en a déjà touché un mot au moment du Bigger Spin de Stéphane Larance, ou encore sur Instagram à l'occasion des expositions éponymes de Benjamin Deberdt, en collaboration avec la marque parisienne Leroy République. Le concept s'attarde en profondeur sur le parcours de skateurs français de longue date devenus papas, et leur rapport hors du commun avec leurs enfants devenus skateurs, ou skateuses, puisque la pérennité de la culture le permet désormais - à une échelle grandissante.

Ce nouvel épisode du podcast du skate français Big Spin, par Sébastien Charlot et Arnaud Dedieu, est dédié à cet axe de recherche ; l'occasion d'interviewer Franck Barattiero, Toni Brossard, Ben Aurélien, Sébastien Daurel, Jean-Marc Druesne, leur progéniture respective, au sujet d'une passion commune et des bénéfices de sa transmission intergénérationnelle !

Et comme d'habitude, le Bigger Spin vient se poser en complément, à nouveau en Switch !

Dúvidas

"Dúvidas" is a new full-length video from Brazil (we keep telling you how boiling hot the scene is there...), by Guarulhos, São Paulo-based Cleverson Maniglia - notably a friend of Murilo Romão's, whose incessant, quality Flanantes productions (of a certain introspective kind) LIVE regularly features.

The video serves as the first audiovisual output of Cleverson's brand Tupode (that mostly produces garment, but also the occasional, exceptional one-off such as "50-50 Grind", the skateboarder's perfume - unfortunately out of stock). The film features parts for, and footage of Leonardo Fagundes, Marcos Augusto, Lucas Cicolo, Lucas Antônio, Diego Ramos, Diogo Ramos, Cleverson Maniglia himself and many more local heads, going hard on some regional spots those of you familiar with the Flanantes videos might recognize, and then a bunch more of others, all quirkier and rougher than one another.

The whole deal wasn't without sparking our curiosity, which Cleverson was patient enough to address, below...

Yoshi's Crafted World

Kento Yoshioka, we've introduced him to his footage before - first in this fantastic Tightbooth online edit (which is most certainly worth rewatching), then recently here, in Ricardo Napoli's full-length "Ciao". Well now, he just dropped another brand new part, straight to the Internet this time, for his own brand: Kento Hardware, that doubles up as a clothing brand the imagery of which matches the visuals in this clip. The filming can be a bit weird, and so can the tricks (nollie double body varial?), but the young (he's rumored to be just twenty) entrepreneur's creativity, eye for non-spots, street sweat, raw black and white and overall vision can be recognized, singlehandedly synthetizing every Instagram trend there ever was into a modern style that isn't without being reminiscent of some of the most renowned Japanese pioneers. And all that, on Maison Shake Junzi griptape. Quite punchy.

Singularroiz

Plural Skateboards is a board brand ran by Adelmo Jr. - now that's a name you should know about. Those contrasts, singulars and plurals (one quick glance at Instagram and you'll get it) sound like abstract concepts but what's known for sure is that one of our favorite Brazilian connexions, Luís Moschioni aka. Tao Arroiz rides for them, and also happens to have a part in their new video, which was just put online. So here it is in all its glory, featuring some of Luís' finest and most inspired footage to date, always with his trademark smooth flow, and on spots that alone are quite the trip.

And what better occasion to remind you that the Vale do Anhangabaú spot - that gets skated a few times here - needs your help to remain the local staple that it is?

Mili-Thanos

In an era of everybody looking oh-so-great on Instagram, and the imagery of skateboarding constantly overflooding minds to the point where it's now become uncommon to get to take a mental breather long enough to ever miss watching footage, it's probably even more rare to actually stumble upon a video part that's exceptionally impactful - at least enough to instill the spontaneous desire to rewatch it one, if not several (!) times. Traditionally, though, that was exactly what made or broke the subsequent legacy of a skate section in a video, or at least part of it.

"Vanish", a new independent video from Philadelphia and signed by the boiling mind of the young Zach Sayles (twenty-three years old), nonetheless proves to be one remarkable - and memorable - little gem in two thousand nineteen. Zach's skilled, spectacular utilization and maneuvering of the VX-1000 indeed help, but that's not just it; his vision transcends the clips and skating themselves, as he claims enjoying experimenting with musical scores and generally trying to convey a certain cinematographic feel to his videos, in this interview of Zach for Skate Jawn.

In an unexpected way, that makes many a parallel to be drawn with the Ty Evans of a particuliar era, the one of "Modus Operandi" and "Fully Flared", the pre-drones one.

The whole video is a trip, most of its segments are online here and there already, the DVD can be purchased here and Matt Militano, whose name you may remember from the SLAP show "One In a Million", his Instagram prowess or his numerous other great parts in various local videos, kind of makes for the aforementioned Lakai video's Marc Johnson of this beautifully-crafted artisanal film.

Which is a section you'll watch once, then maybe rewatch one, if not several (!) times...

VANS Thursday Sessions / WEEK 3 / REPORT

Similarly to the second one, this third installment in the series of the French Vans Thursday Sessions was seemingly cursed by poor weather conditions, thereby driving each shop to conduct the event on separate Thursdays, accordingly. Skateboarding nonetheless won again in the end, as many great times were had, content aplenty was produced, tricks were landed and soles resembled waffles. As usual, here's the report of each and every of those individual sessions, highlighting the drive and importance of local scenes, now, on LIVE!

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