Word is bonus

According to the word of Guatemalan skate filmmaker, photographer and overall documentarist Gerardo Sosa, "la yapa" means "the bonus": that free sample at the counter, the extra cheese thrown in for free by the cook with a quick wink of the eye, the complementary sheet of grip tape at the skateshop from your homie who works there when the boss isn't looking. Anyway, it's already been a year since LIVE interviewed Gerardo regarding "SITUACIÓN DE CALLE", his independent full-length video showcasing the scene in Argentina and, as to duly celebrate this anniversary, today, the man is dropping a new edit: "LA YAPA" is, as you might have figured out by now, a bunch of unused footage and extras from "SITUACIÓN DE CALLE", compiling many an otherwise seldom seen colorful spot and style within eleven minutes of quality H.D. footage. And one can even follow Gerardo and his next video peregrinations on Instagram, too, here!

B. B. Kings

For this Sunday's brunch, it's one savant cocktail of savors that awaits you right now under the form of this edit by legendary N.Y.C. skate filmmaker R.B. Umali (yes, the one behind "MIXTAPE" for a golden-era Zoo York, amongst many other works). As its title suggests, we're talking a retrospective of footage collected throughout the decades and video productions, nowhere but at the mythical skate spot of Brooklyn Banks. One that just so happens to be under quite the imminent threat of destruction, by the way - a decision one can still help oppose via this petition right here. Anyway, in the silly hypothesis that such a landmark would need a video resume of sorts to certify its cultural importance to the masses, then this one would have to be it, featuring a who's who of some of the most classic East Coast styles and pretty much a compilation of the most memorable moves and moments ever spent on those bricks. Just look at that roster!

JKwon Mix Pt.1

Let's end a long work week with the first chapter of a new series: "JKWON MIX" - part one then, in this case - is how L.A.-based skate filmer Jacob Flores chooses to refer to his collection of clips collected at JKwon, which might resonate to our Parisian readers as the local equivalent to République. Laying at the bottom of the Radio Korea tower, the plaza is notorious for its ledges, its steep banks, its ledges, Guy Mariano's handrail and last but not least its ledges, too. So, for this first installment, be prepared for some stimuli to the beat of the landings of Ishod Wair (we've seen worse), hereby captured cruising through the spot and rifling down tricks with ease all the while making the viewer feel like they're part of the session. Finally, "JKWON MIX PT.1" also marks the announcement of Jacob's new company: Shoplift for which he's working on a full-length video already - and that's in between more JKwon sessions to come as the show must go on on every stage!

Fake news

If LIVE insists on shining light on Costume, the home brand of Manaus O.G.: Adonis Perfeito, and its consistent output of video productions so much, it is first and foremost because the man behind all of this is one passionate worker with no real reason for stopping (as this list of past works testifies). Today, we're talking about a teaser edit doubling up as an announcement to the world of the upcoming release of the Costume full-length video "INFERNO VERDE", sometime in the year twenty twenty; "FAKE NEWS" is the title of said short, and Brasilian platform Black Media its original broadcaster. Prepare for your jaw to drop on the dance floor out of all floors, for the span of five minutes of crispy VX-1000 on crusty, colorful spots featuring many a favorite of ours. Whatever's next is looking bright, for sure!


You favorite street theoricians are back, led by Josh Stewart and his fearless no-comply! Pretty much everybody is in here, even the least expected one, and everybody's got something to add!

And now my teardrops start...

Just some weeks ago, LIVE was introducing you to "MONO WEST TOKYO #2": a very solid VX-1000 edit straight out of the notoriously effervescent capital of Japan. Well, one has to give it to those guys that they do live up to such local reputation since today, we're already all the way up to "MONO WEST TOKYO #7" - the crew's YouTube channel being fed with new videos several times a month, from the looks of it and very frankly, all of them vibrating of the same positive energy within, smooth urban skateboarding, quality soundtracks and overall impeccable production, no one's going to complain! Anyway, this new chapter in the Mono saga consists - maybe more than ever - in a kaleidoscope of individual underground stylistic talents, with surprising moves aplenty for each - signifying that them guys are well in place already - with even a handful of S.F. clips thrown into the mix. Also worth mentioning: they just recently launched their own Instagram feed, for those willing to keep track of their adventures and general activity, which we surely hope you are!

Bluntman Jr.

Except for his few appearances in front of Grant Dawson’s camera, Sam Sitayeb has been very discreet since his last real part in the Yardsale video. Yet, he has one of the most unique and striking styles the team comprises.

Tokyo semester recap

Kenta Okamoto, the man already behind the imminent full-length video "PALE", the trailer for which LIVE recently shared, is back today with a new edit of his: "2020年上半期の思い出", a compilation of his favorite "memories from the first semester of the year twenty twenty", as the literal translation of the title gives away. Although a couple of clips from that trailer have been reused, for the most part we're gifted with new lines aplenty, again orchestrated to a dreamy soundtrack, as though to better put you in skate trance before you even get to step on your board today - hopefully at night, too, and in and around Tokyo, if you're amongst the luckiest!

World War Three

Dead On Arrival perpetuates its tradition of a faultless series of video productions with "WORLD WAR THREE" - seven-and-a-half minutes packed with editing references aplenty (for those in the know) and, most crucially, some hard-hitting VX-1000, documenting urban prowess courtesy of the entire team. And as the credits roll too early, one can be delighted - but not surprised - that on the other side of the lens, the likes of Stephen BuggicaEric Nguyen and Ryan Flores were involved! Regarding the war, no one knows for certain yet, but as far as the battle goes, this edit is quite the undisputed victory...

Heitor's country life…

Heitor Da Silva and a mini ramp, need we really say more? A small demonstration of style and nonchalance in company of the talented Charlie Birch, who had already shown us his ease on transition with the Yardsale video at Mwadlands.

We'll put this little historical bonus here

Freedom, consciousness, unity

'tis how one translates the title of this new video from Crail Trucks, a Brazilian brand strong of three decades of local operation; and what's new, behind the wheel of the production, one can also be delighted to find the duo of Luis Moschioni and Cotinz (the man behind the independent video "DOPPELGANGER", interviewed about said piece here); quite the quality seal, and a commitment so strong they also appear to be the M.V.P.'s from the other side of the camera, having gotten quite the collection of remarkable footage. What was supposed to be a more ambitious production eventually had to be summed up into an eight-minute capsule, due to the introduction of Covid-19 into the worldwide equation; no biggie here though as far as the impact is concerned - as in terms of originality, styles and landscapes, this edit packs quite the punch!

Fashionable frogs!

Even after these few years following them, it's still hard to figure out what they do (skateboarding, I think). But whatever it is, I fail to see who does it better! Every time Chris Milic's frog gang pops up, we can expect to be pleased with an impressive collection of tricks, mostly on two wheels. Not to mention the fact that we may hold the slappy of the year here. In any case, as for fashion week, we hope many new editions will happen soon.


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