March 18, 2011

QUESTIONS


A new poll, less opinion driven and more based on just what happened on the ground. The criteria for more recent videos is that they had an announced premiere, and that they're Twin Cities based, nationally recognized. Older videos that I tried to include outside of my 15 year purview may not have been all that local, or premiered. I did my best to order them by release date, but I already know that I messed that up, and I probably left something out. Let me know, but the poll won't change. Vote with your memory, as proposed by Philmer Phil.

A full 29 percent of voters on the last poll would love to see the downtown Fobia (site updated?!) reinstated. I for one, wouldn't mind having the parking lot back as a "skate spot," AND, I'd also love it if they'd reverse the two way on 1st Avenue so the roadway adjacent to the old shop was still perfect for warm-up games of skate before heading into downtown. The only other sizable voting bloc was behind bringing back The Fed, most likely as it was in '94.

What's interesting about the poll results reiterated above is that the minority-majority (50 out of 170) was all about having a skate friendly meet up/hang out spot over an unskate-stopped, rebuilt spot from the past brought back. Retail memories aside, an interesting question arises.

What makes a good skate scene, like ours in Minneapolis, thrive? Is it the spots, the skaters, the shops, the local companies, the local reps, or due to our geographic location, the indoor spots? There's not an easy answer.

A proposal: In a month or two we should have a panel discussion to discuss and just maybe figure out the answer to the question above. We'll tap into people past and present involved with the scene. We'll drink beers and hash shit out. It'll be a first. If you're into this, say so in the comments, and then convince your friends that they'll be in it too. If you're interested, say so, and it'll happen.

Happy weekend.

Edit: Blew it on a video name. Twice now in fact. Poll re-re-polled.

Also: Word seems to be that The Hut is going out of business. Can anyone confirm or deny?

17 comments:

Kevin said...

lol at "Who Dat?"

platinumseagulls said...

Oh shit, "Who What?!" Breaking what I said, new poll.

sprntrl said...

Down for this discussion. There's some heavy rumors afloat that the other half of the plat is considering a mini doc about the Fed. Let's hope this happens sooner than sh%theads the sequel....

GG said...

Open Iris! Blew it on Midopoly (Monopoly) as well...

Wylie Tueting said...

I, personally, am so down for such a discourse! Down, I said!

platinumseagulls said...

After blowing it on the second poll posted, glaring fuckups and typos have been fixed.

GG said...

http://www.sportshut.com

Badger said...

your missing D.L. (1994 or 1995) on the poll list. Think that would be the first one I saw.

platinumseagulls said...

Damn, also missed "Joy and Pain" on there. Sorry dudes.

Zach said...

It may not have been the first local video that I saw, but I always thought Atosennim was sick.

cb said...

anonymous. my parents bought it for me at the 3rd lair booth at the state fair. watched it until the tape wore out.

pete said...

What is Purple?

sprntrl said...

Purple was a video put out by Brian MCguiness when he was going to MCAD around 95. It featured a lot of the guys that weren't in the Roots promo (Danny Jensen, Brad Marr, Emeric "Olu" Pratt, Kyle Ross, Darren Navarette, Dave Leroux and many other locals. Good times for sure. Maybe Badger can upload the video to youtube?

buckingham said...

None of the Roll videos? I think Roll One was the first I saw, a friend bought it at some block party in the city where 3rd lair had some demo.

badger said...

I am working my balls of to get HARDflip to be an easily searchable database of everything MPLS skateboarding. Loaded with all the videos, articles, photos, etc. D.L. and Purple will for sure be included. I did upload Darren's part to Youtube a while ago.

Cody Girl said...

Believe it of not, first time I have seen that video. Nice work.x

PhilmerPhil said...

I'm down for that panel discussion by the way! (I think that question got drowned out by all the video talk... maybe ask again in a new post.)