February 20, 2015


Movie theater premieres still happen! I took a film study course at The Bell. The day is only heightened by KG BACK (Forget basketball reasons and pissed away first rounders; I've learned to stop worrying and love the madness).

February 16, 2015


Skate campus while you attend campus; it's a beautiful thing. Travis Wood with some help from Shane Brown host a cast of tens in a quick hit that seems shorter than its 12 minutes, and that's a good thing. We're late for class.

Technical difficulties are denying me the upload of the DEBRI2 flyer as a reminder to see everyone Friday. Scroll down for details.

February 5, 2015

DEBRI2 Premiere

7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20 at the Bell Museum on the University of Minnesota campus.

Also, Village Psychic has a different Jan Jacobson part, "Divine Hammer Loops", which we back because we love The Breeders allusions. You know.



Update II:

Other renditions:

January 30, 2015

Make-Up Work

Can skateboarding be portrayed in the non-skate media as anything more, still, than a strange unknowable mystery? Political journalism vet Mark Leibovitch can do a profile on Tom Brady on a whim, a change of pace, and DFW can do tennis (albeit with a background in the sport), but when a magazine like Wired wishes to foray into skateboarding, we still get shaky presumptions like, "Skating aficionados would be shocked to see how frequently he falls while practicing: When he was at his athletic zenith as a member of the Bones Brigade, the most celebrated team in skateboarding history, Mullen was known for never making mistakes in public."

That lack of understanding of a basic truth in skateboarding is understandable for an outsider--missing tricks A LOT is a part of the game--but is it too much to wonder if Wired has some correspondent who skated in junior high? Here's a link to the much-linked piece, Rodney Mullen in Wired. Moving past unimportant shortcomings, the piece looks into the unknowns of Mullen's career as of late, the speaking and the consulting and more personal aspects that are normally not spoken of in the skate press, and really gets into the hyper-moneyed weirdness that is the Mutt's life right now. Choice cuts: the near 50-year-old Mullen, griping about video culture:

Three days later, as we sipped green tea on the balcony of the Redondo Beach home he shares with his girlfriend, Mullen expanded on his distaste for how avarice has altered skating. “Don't frickin' skate in front of the camera, don't practice in front of the camera, don't friggin' publish it on YouTube every time you get a new trick—it's not about that,” he said as he gazed at the setting sun through wraparound shades. “If you do it for the sake of loving it, and you don't care whether you're seen or not, or paid or not, all that stuff will come. But enjoy the process! If you start doing things for the sake of selling up front, for rewards, then it's going to catch up to you. The other guys not chasing money are going to outdo you in the end, because real innovation and grit come from loving the process.”
Then there's this shit:
Mullen is struggling to perform a difficult trick, a challenge made tougher by the unusual confines in which he's skating: a tiny geodesic dome encircled with 100 digital cameras that are programmed to shoot in rapid sequence. This contraption is located in the Manhattan studio of Steven Sebring, a photographer and filmmaker who is trying to capture Mullen's balletic movements from every possible angle. All was going well enough until someone replaced Black Sabbath with Metallica on the sound system. Now Mullen feels out of sync, and his board is squirting out from beneath his feet with frustrating regularity.

Once Ozzy Osbourne's bansheelike wail returns, Mullen starts to nail the trick again, flipping the board a full revolution as he thrusts his body clockwise. Every time the camera shutters finish clicking, Mullen takes a moment to confer with Dhani Harrison, the only child of the late Beatles guitarist George Harrison, who is crouched inside the dome with a bottle of Stella Artois. The two of them intend to use Sebring's photos to create an iOS app—a guide to the Mutt's vast encyclopedia of tricks, which users will be able to analyze in minute detail.

It's worthwhile to take in the whole thing. I really wish Daewon could have been in there as a source because I really think he'd be more insightful, in line with the pieces angle, than Stacy Peralta. Also, when does the Bones Brigade cease being referred to as the unhedged "most celebrated team in skateboarding history?"

CJ Tambornino in Midwest Marauders is a time capsule of gear, music, and a dude who's been ripping for a long, long time. Previous navel gazing on the Internet led to a stumbling upon of the part, and I'd been meaning to post about it for a bit. Also: Narloch and "Dirty Work" in a video suddenly way older than I thought it was. Been running that song all week.

Elsewhere: I interviewed Randy Ploesser about the unrest in St. Louis starting last summer, and Ian Michna, the dude behind Jenkem, filled in some of the blanks in the interview. The latter half of 2014 was terrible, news-wise, and one of the places that my mind kept returning was wondering what it was like in St. Louis from Randy's point of view--the one guy and skateboarder down there who I know well enough to just ask. Randy is really smart and doesn't pull punches. He did all the heavy lifting for that one.

Also, a long time ago, now, I interviewed Emerica TM and Duluth native Casey Morrissey over at the Ride Channel. Casey is an insanely positive dude and doing awesome things, such as that "Stay Flared" tour that we can only hope will swoop through Minnesota.

January 12, 2015

ACS Forever

Truth be told, there seems to be about 15 All City Showdowns every year, the fault of the consistent branding for all stops and the teasers man, the teasers. It's a year round affair, but it's not. The dudes down I-94, doing business as Sky High but typically seen here as Josh and Matt and Hank from Wiskate won ACS in Chicago handily and looked amazing doing so. Fine work.

Village Psychic's Dane Vaughn master mix is some fine work, something to piggyback on what SMG Dane is calling "The era of bosses."

Mastercut of Sammy Winter skating without his shirt.

January 1, 2015


Dig the concept films:

Filmed entirely at the University of Minnesota, the big man on campus skates the little things on campus. Travis Wood (Class of 2015), Vice-President of the Skate-U-Mah student group and member of Phi Sigma Kappa, is studying broadcast journalism and will graduate in May.
Murphy Hall represent.

December 31, 2014

'14 Platty's

Getting the trophies done legit this year, guys.

A note on the '14 Platty's:

"For a long time I used to go to bed early. Sometimes, when I had put out my candle, my eyes would close so quickly that I had not even time to say 'I'm going to sleep.' And half an hour later the thought that it was time to go to sleep would awaken me; I would try to put away the book which, I imagined, was still in my hands, and to blow out the light; I had been thinking all the time, while I was asleep, of what I had just been reading, but my thoughts had run into a channel of their own, until I myself seemed actually to have become the subject of my book: a church, a quartet, the rivalry between Fran├žois I and Charles V. This impression would persist for some moments after I was awake; it did not disturb my mind, but it lay like scales upon my eyes and prevented them from registering the fact that the candle was no longer burning. Then it would begin to seem unintelligible, as the thoughts of a former existence must be to a reincarnate spirit; the subject of my book would separate itself from me, leaving me free to choose whether I would form part of it or no; and at the same time my sight would return and I would be astonished to find myself in a state of darkness, pleasant and restful enough for the eyes, and even more, perhaps, for my mind, to which it appeared incomprehensible, without a cause, a matter dark indeed."-Swann's Way
Arbitrary local skateboard awards done in the style of the T-Eddy's. PAST YEARS: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014.

Video Out Soon?: DEBRI2.

Back At It, Thankfully: Aaron Christensen.

The Professional: Davis Thomas Torgerson.

SP: Steve Nesser.

Red Skull, Et Al: Jack Olson.

Mad Scientist: Anthony Hart.

VX Entrepreneur: Benji Meyer.

Hoodie Company/Rap Blog: TheHeshDotCom.

So Close, For Comfort: Shane Brown.

Filmer Freshman: Vinnie Nanthavongsa.

Kiddie Pool, Company Man: Tabari Cook.

After Bedtime: Emeric Pratt.

Film A Part, Man!: Alex Uncapher.

To The Wind: The Boondoggle Dudes (From West to East, Fulton, Schwartz, Spooner).

The Replacement: CC Club.

Dangerous Minds: Kirian Stone.

Out To Pasture: Glue Factory.

Milk Carton Photo: Gabe Alsaker.

Rad Dads: Nate Compher and Matt Parker.

He Still Skates?: HQ 30+ Sessions.

Nearly A Teenager: Platinumseagulls.com.

Quit, Returned: Dennis Burdick.

Shit's Getting Realer: The Hiawatha.

Video Out Soon, Too?: New 3rd Lair Flick.

Now You're A Man: Corey Millett.

Spot Death: Government Center Planters.

#Ojibreport: Woodbury Scene.

Back Again: Ryan Damian.

Beer Man: Tucker Gerrick.

30 Second Part: Dana Ross.

Dental Damn: Kevin Chartrand.

Slappy Sentral: Joe Hall.

Like A Rock: Chad Benson.

Video Part, Same Deal?: Dan Jackson.

Real Retail Retirement: Myself.

ZED LIVES In Colorado, Now: Seth McCallum.

Grizzled Vet: Jan Jacobson.

No Shows: Local Vids*.

Crocodile Tears: Nye's.

2 Broke Bones But 2 Parts: Davis Torgerson.

*In the haste of making deadline, worthy titles such as The Joy of Skating and No Collar were overlooked.

Update: Also, don't miss Village Psychic's "The search for Ty Dickey."