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

First!

Update:
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."

December 29, 2014

"Lines Only"

Holiday interlude with a Grant Taylor Nike pro model wear test at the neighborhood indoor park. Full disclosure: I got some shoes. More importantly, I'd say the 30-plus crowd did alright on this one, the score being one separated shoulder, seven Heinekens and some buddy lines. Thanks to Shane Brown for filming and Rob Sissi for making it happen. Uncapher's switch backtail revert was something else, too.

December 19, 2014

"Treelogy" Upload

Found the Treelogy DVD on a bookshelf, loose, mixed in with some LOTR discs and other such forgotten technology. Elijah Collard churned out videos through the first half of last decade, seemingly filming just about anything he and a select group of shredders did on board, by The Falls, or off in the woods. He put out seven videos in all.

The third video, its apt title seen above, is a rangy mixtape of the previous two flicks with new footage mixed in, a chronicle that takes a specific look at the scene around here spot by spot, zone by zone, with voice-overs from the maker, himself. Truth be told, I was a bit flummoxed by the sheer sprawl of the project when it first came out, but upon its rediscovery I've found myself basking in the potent nostalgia.

Treelogy features Elijah Collard, Little Dane (Dane Vaughn), Tony Lanners and just about everyone else who was around to film a clip. Key to much of this is Elijah's nollie boardslide and backlip at Ty Dickey Rail, the throwdown on grass at The Roofs, all of Dane's outfits, Tony's nose wheelies forever, that 12-15 trick line or whatever at S-Benches.

Pretty sure the next post'll be the Platty's.

December 18, 2014

Quarterly Report

Matt Nordness backside nosegrind revert. Photo by Bradford Bishop via Wiskate.

One of the best dudes out down I-94 East, Milwaukee's Matt Nordness was interview on Theories of Atlantis and talks about having diabetes, being a nurse at a children's hospital and skating here in the middle.

Nike SB "Salt Stains" Session from Anthony Hart on Vimeo.

Anthony Hart came up with the concept for a Dunk and put some stuff together for it, above, and got interview about it by Complex, here.

Cross promotion: Wrote about bonus skills you learn from skateboarding.

Required reading from BTO about the Plan B video (yeesh) and Sheckler.

Fairly psyched on what The Hesh found in the Lair card system, especially that American History X-ass looking photo of Jack. Should dig up more gems. Speaking of Jack, watch 'til the end: Oh, Jacky.

December 2, 2014

Cliiiiiiiips

If you'd have told me ten years ago that Steve Nesser and Tabari Cook would share a part in the waning days of 2014, I don't know what I would have thought. Nowadays, firmly in the future, well, this just makes perfect sense.

@cj_tambo getting his morning lines in #hiawatha

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CJ Tambornino is back on board after a series of unfortunate events. Good things to see. Late to the party by two weeks, but it's worth it: Former loc and social media genius Dane Vaughn ripped a clip for my preferred truck company that's too sick not to post, even late.