Le Pop sportif

You probably remember Bastiaan van Zadelhoff's latest lo-fi-inclined montage from just a few days back? Well, on more Amsterdam-related news, here he is again as a guest in Sami El Hassani's newest video production for the Netherlands-based garment company Pop Trading Company, per usual. But this time, the two main heads are fellow LIVE regulars Noah Bunink and Logan da Silva Ortiz, whose cobblestone-mounted stunts just won't stop scrolling past Sami's lens, attached to a camera set to 4:3 format settings, to then be given the black and white treatment for a general impression that's always reminiscing of the original VHS tapes of "EASTERN EXPOSURE" (Dan Wolfe's revolutionary video, from which a lot of footage was later compiled in "CLOSURE"). Of course, here, the style calendar is on the year twenty twenty page, implying many inventive tricks on awkward spots - all of which we'll now leave up to you to appreciate!

Giddy 11

Romain Batard, the French skate filmmaker LIVE really shouldn't have to introduce to you by now just on the basis of his longevity in the field, is back today with the eleventh chapter in his series-turned-saga "GIDDY" - and pretty clearly the most ambitious one that is, also including contributions from some equally prestigious video fiends, for a timeline just short of twenty minutes in total - but rest assured you won't catch a break!

On the menu: stunts from the usual suspects - Edouard DepazValentin BauerJoseph BiaisLilian FevMarc-A BarbierRemy Taveira - but also many others (including Max Palmer, Sylvain Tognelli, Mika Germond, Dustin Dollin... Quite the universal roster!), immortalized on Parisian spots aplenty - some classic ones and some more rare nugs, all approached with a sweet creative twist. Out of many examples, one of Soy's many fountains gets reinvented (and that's despite the mysterious disappearance of the corresponding Instagram account), but really it's the whole landscape of the French capital that gets dripped into new colors here, from the most famous plazas to the most unknown street corners possible (e.g.. le Dôme's three-flat-three, or the benches at République)... All in great fun as well, just bathing in the rhythm of the daily sessions.

Chic, chic, chic!

And as a complementary bonus, we are happy to share with y'all this photo gallery, by Max Verret!

Trunkil

Real recognize real and, therefore, clearly remember the previous installment in the adventures of Montpellier, France-based Disquette Club collective and crew, for "DEUX FOIS CENT", definitely left a mark of its own kind on whoever somehow ran into it - online, or at the local bus stop... Well, get ready for more today as "TRUNKIL" does ease the vibe, but the youngsters still went out on some trips, and ate the consequential amount of slams just like they landed their share of tricks - and most importantly, all of that, always in the midst of some shared energy radiating from the homies; so, feel free to tune in onto their frequency in case you need a reminder, which is always welcome in these weird times!

"El Ombligo De La Luna" / PREMIERE / Daniel Peña / INTERVIEW

Daniel Peña is a longtime skater and activist from Mexico City, strong of peregrinations in zine and garment production and, since 2017, the mastermind behind Milquinientosveintiuno - or "1521" - his current point of focus, having put together a team of homies with a common interest for urban skate aesthetics and general creative processes. "EL OMBLIGO DE LA LUNA" is the brand's newest (and first official) audiovisual offering, originally introduced to LIVE by mutual connection Jesse Narvaez and now available for y'all to watch, and stare at now ever-so-foreign skies but also study the variety in architecture, approaches and styles Mexico can put on display. And of course, we also caught up with Daniel himself in order to learn more, resulting in this interview, below!

A. A. alert!

One one hell of a pop-out trick!

Cricri d'amour

Despite the cancellation of its Parisian premiere last month and, more globally, a release just on time for the current apocalypse, "HELEN" still is the new Northern Co. full-length video, handicrafted by San Francisco VX-1000 maestro Zach Chamberlinthe DVD is available here and today, we even have Chris Athans' section gracing our screens, and making us dream of this abstract, downhill kingdom of steep and rough lands the man reads between the City's lines and reigns over, it seems - all the while never missing one beat, and marking wallies of various intonations onto the streets' music sheets.

Oh, just because we can, we'll send you back to the Northern Co.'s Parisian peregrinations from a few summers back, right here!

Bats news!

A postcard coming from Haarlem (Netherlands) and its surroundings (from the look of those cobblestones) in what once was called VHS and is now low-def, thanks to our favorite Bastian! Aahh, one day, those streets will be ours again…

Nick Jensen / INTERVIEW

The strongest modern representatives of the legacy of a particularly rich British skate scene, Isle Skateboards, visually carried by filmmaker Jacob Harris's poetic touch behind video duties and by the whole crew as a collective, but most notably Nick Jensen (longtime local style icon, historically popular as early as the first Blueprint then Lakai videos all the while remaining open to independent projects, such as "SCRUM TILLY LUSH" by Phil Evans), are back with a brand new collaboration, with Nike SB.

The video accompanying the shoe release is, as expected, signed by the aforementioned Jake Harris (whose past works include full-length features such as "ELEVENTH HOUR" and "VASE", in addition to his currently ongoing Atlantic Drift productions) and, lockdown situation or not, just that warrants some particuliar attention from any skateboarder. In order to learn more and generally catch up, LIVE naturally contacted Nick Jensen, and the following exchange ensued!

Max's tip: "MERLOT"

Max Guyot (interviewed on the topic of his video "BROTHERHOOD" filmed in Nancy and Paris, here) most definitely knows what's up as he was the first to bring "MERLOT" to LIVE's attention - that is, two whole hours before its author could even find the time to e-mail us the link!

So, this "MERLOT" tastes like forty strong minutes of San Francisco brillance, equally brillantly collected by Ryan Flores featuring, on the other side of the lens, la crème de la crème of the modern local scene: Jameel Douglas (whose Parisian peregrinations you might remember from here) wraps up no less than a part in the pure tradition of the genre, then followed by the likes of Chris Athans, Ryan Barlow, Jesse Narvaez, Tom Farrell, James Sayres, Alex Greemann or Harry Hafner, amongst others, dotting the timeline... Even some classy visitors showed up: Léo VallsConnor KammererJimmy Larkz or César Dubroca too are in, and that's without even counting Tobin Valverde, Kyle Cielencki (to get more familiar with here), Justin Henry, Simon Isaksson, and even renowned filmers such as Zach Chamberlin and Brett Nichols who both broke free from the record button for a minute. And then more, with Evan Collison and finally Cody Rosenthal, who completes an eventual picture that's vibrant of many a color, style and spot (all read with science, those ones).

"MERLOT" is the result of years worth of skating and filming; it is therefore only logical that its aromas feel so fine and sweet, with a punchy aftertaste to boot!

So, will you be grabbing that bottle or what?...

Luck Of The Draw

In addition to managing LotteryLogan Matthews is a good friend of Zach Chamberlin's, which can be felt as far as in their common passion for the collection of efficient, impactful VX-1000 footage amidst a San Francisco notorious for its ups, but mostly for its downs - apparently, very much to the joy of the likes of Chris AthansBen Gore or Sean Greene, who love using this type of sloped terrain to their advantage...

All things considered, "LUCK OF THE DRAW" will definitely hit you with a taste of what a year twenty twenty version of "HILL STREET BLUES" could look like with its impeccable production, an author who's bound to instantly become one of your favorite filmers, and an overall inclination for good taste be it as far as spots, tricks, presentation and even the soundtrack are concerned, directly relying on the strengths of the most classic S.F. videos, refreshed with up-to-date actors and approaches!

For more on the personal activity of most of the stuntmen involved here, in this wheel of fortune falling downhill in the best possible way that's "LUCK OF THE DRAW", may LIVE send you back to Loophole - Zach, Ryan and Jesse Narvaez's company of urethane-hard and silk-soft goods, all screen-printed on location in the purest D.I.Y. tradition. Although, one might argue - who needs a push in a realm of hills, right?

Right?...

Jardin d'Hiver

As just as much worth of memories of a pre-apocalyptic world, Auguste Fenez's latest offering is a three-minute audiovisual postcard from Paris, honoring the tradition of the genre with an original touch via the style of filmmaking.

Word on the streets of the French capital is, he spent some time last year riding just them alongside fellow talented and motivated skater Elson Patrick (notably a Wasted representative), in order to collect this footage, then assembled by a real production team.

Another interesting glimpse of Paris and a bit more of its scene - without directly exposing yourself to the urban germs. You might end up finding yourself missing that asphalt, though...

"CLOSURE"

When Dan Wolfe himself uploads "CLOSURE", the legendary full-length video recap of his filmmaking career - between 1993 and 2003, precisely - with the best clips he ever filmed for classic releases such as "EASTERN EXPOSURE" and "REAL TO REEL" paired up with a lot of never-before-seen footage, with a healthy dose of S.F. in the mix as well, in the original quality and even clickable chapters, every man's quarantine is bound to suddenly get a lot smoother!

We'll also take the opportunity to link to the man's interview by Eric Swisher of Chrome Ball Incident, from the yesteryear. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and doses of culture can only be beneficial to one's immune system!

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