Slightly later than planned run-down through stuff from last month here… but who’s keeping tabs anyway? Here’s some decent bits harvested from the web recently. Photo by Nic Gironda (I think).
At the top, the SAF video from 2013 (or 2012?), Searching Acronyms Forever, has made its way to the net. Standout bits include some bodacious Eric Schalles manoeuvres, Jason Byoun on two wheels and Jesse Susicke riding in a particularly comfortable looking body-warmer.
At least six years old, and as far as I can tell, one of the last DVDs to come out of New York. If anyone from NYC is reading this – stop schmoozing about at art gallery openings and rooftop parties, buy a real video camera and make something – it’s all on your doorstep.
After a bit of Vimeo-faffery due to some copyright issues – the second Flukelife DVD is back online. Obviously a bit irritating when the powers-that-be take videos down and demand songs to be removed, but the sound of bikes rattling around is infinitely better than any lawyer-friendly, 4Down-flavoured keyboard rock.
Following on the theme of ‘videos that were initially on a little round disc of shiny plastic now being on your computer too’, Bobby Skerbz has uploaded Skapegoat 11 from a few years back. Joe Rich zipping around the T1 ramp to the smooth sounds of Pearl Jam? It doesn’t get Eddie Vedder than this…
And then there’s this gem from 1995. Show Us Some Skills is an old one from James White featuring plenty of flatland wizardry and a full section of prime dreadlocked Dan Price. It’s probably a bit of a tired thing to say how “this part would still stand up today,” or something, but still, the holy trinity of athletic hop prowess, high-speed manuals and rapid-fire grinds grinds will always look good.
Meanwhile in Croatia – Lord Leopold and co continue to ride around town at night smacking their pegs into stuff.
Here’s a video of Fathead and Emerson Morgan dotting about on the red bricks of London. Over five minutes long – and not a touring car in sight.
This is a pretty good photograph.
And finally, here’s one for the podcast fans. Challenger-man Nick Ferreira talking about magazines and stuff. On a related subject, the new Challenger is available here.
The ‘youth’ often get a bad rap when it comes to riding, but contrary to what various bitter old men would have you believe, you don’t have to have been raised on a diet of VHS tapes and OX Platinum tubing to earn the right to ride a bike… and there are plenty of riders born well after Domination was sent to the duplicators who are doing decent stuff.
Minnesota’s Rahlin Rigsby is one such rider. Whilst he’s still a year off being able to stroll into a bar and legally purchase a cool and refreshing bottle of Miller High Life, he already has a fine understanding of the time-honoured holy trinity of going to different cities, riding interesting spots and occasionally documenting the motions for something more than an eight second Instagram video (as can be witnessed here and here).
Here’s a few video parts he’s into. Wallride snap by Brandon Galosi.
With April nearly over, here’s a few alright bits from across the wild frontier of the world-wide web. Tom O’Boyle fence-carve photo by Wozzy (as seen in this quick phone video that’s worth a watch).
First off, here’s a quick promo for the new Skapegoat video with appearances from Lino, Clarky, Edwin and Bob himself. On a side-note, are trailer run-times decreasing to comply with Instagram’s 60-second limit?
Plenty of picturesque wooden houses and back-alley rust in this new one from 90 East Connecticut-connection Sam Jones.
On the subject of 90 East, here’s an interview that Lino did with two hardened DVD hoarders.
Sitting down to watch a twenty minute Federal video might sound comparable to Chinese water torture – but this Epicly Later’d-esque King Hamilton vid is alright. This shorter video is decent too.
Seeing as we’ve just got a few copies of AMPM3 and Joey Piazza’s pre-AMPM video, Prototype, here’s one that a few people might not have seen. Various unused footage from 2008 until 2012 featuring clips from the usual suspects. Those Chris Johnsson clips are really something.
Not really sure what’s going on here, but if you can handle it then there’s a few decent Fathead clips hidden in this touring car video.
And finally, Snakebite have been uploading the parts from an old Dirt Bros video from 1994. Can’t really relate to anyone riding dusty drainage ditches in blazing sunshine, but there’s some pretty dope late-night flatland sessions, bold peg-pioneering and Primus-style attire in this Manuel De La Cruz part. Good song for all the Egyptians in the audience too… was Josh Stewart a secret Dirt Bros fan?
In a format shamelessly stolen from the exemplary Quartersnacks website – here’s a few odds and ends from the last few weeks that may or may not be worth looking at…
This one was uploaded a while back but it looks like it slipped under the net a bit. A few of the 90East lads made the voyage over to London late last summer, and here’s some video proof. Lots of lesser-soon (or never-seen) spots in this – and a few cameos from Dan Niles and Sandy. As a side-note, will 2019 be the year that Sandy’s much anticipated video is finally exported?
Here’s over eight minutes of stateside flatbank action courtesy of Minneapolis main-man Rahlin Rigsby and Canada’s Derek Morgan. A lot of prime rust in here.
Have to admit that my mind is usually too slow to process those fast-paced Japanese street clips – this video is decent though.
Mr Lurpak himself, Chase Dehart talks about riding and spots and stuff over on the Street Mystics site.
For those with ears, here’s about an hours’ worth of Chicago house courtesy of Challenger Radio.
An oldie, but not necessarily a goldie – ever wondered what Gaz Hunt watches in his free time?
From the prehistoric concrete crust of New Zealand to the hallowed streets of New York – Wozzy’s camera has seen much action over the years.
But where did it all begin for Chesterfield’s favourite son? How did the man known to some as Adam Wasylenko become one of England’s most prominent documentarians of bicycle motion?
I’m not too sure if this article answers those questions, but here’s some old gems he found in a dusty old Etnies shoebox from the early days of his photographic odyssey…
Featuring riding from Wozzy, Tommy Gore, Gaz Hunt, Tim Evans, Addy Snowdon, Sam Waller, Sandy, Jambul, Clarky and Leo McKenna.
Full video in the works.
Pieced together with a similar free-jazz flavour as such under-the-radar classics as Skapegoat 6 and What Goes On, Andrew Mick’s Volume Tape 2 is a twenty minute voyage across the lesser-seen portions of the United States, featuring rusty banisters, enviable concrete skateparks, honed skateboarders, scenic mountains, frosty waterfalls, freight trains and dogs leaping down stairs.
Unrestricted by the shackles of individual rider sections and the ‘no skatepark footage’ rule enforced by militant spot bores, the video is a true visual mezze, served with both the flavoursome salad of laid back vibery, and the chunky halloumi cheese of some highly bodacious motions.
Without going into a thorough Roger Ebert style synopsis of the whole video and churning out a comprehensive list of all tricks accomplished, I will say that Animal 1 Brooklyn Banks fence hopper Grimaldo Duran has a couple of clips in there, Ratkid ice-picks someone’s windowsill and someone (presumed to be Eric Schalles) does a very satisfying looking wall-carve.
Andrew himself probably deserves a mention too. Along with some particularly aggressive, puma-esque leaps on some decrepit prehistoric flatbanks and a fair few tetanus-inducing handrail assaults, he also throws in a few left-field curveballs such as the seldom-seen nollie-feeble-hardway and a very dodgy, high-risk leant out icepick on the side of a multi-storey car-park. It should also be noted that whilst he does some fairly bold moves, he does them all in clothes that fit correctly, and there’s no sign of any leopard print blouses or Seinfeld-esque puffy shirts.
What else is there to say? Does it matter that there’s no credits apart from some handwritten names on a sheet of lined paper? Do you care what camera it was filmed on? Is 20 minutes the optimum running time for a video before ‘trick fatigue’ sets in? Where abouts is that massive full-pipe? Are endless questions mildly irritating? Stop reading this waffle and watch the video.
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