What’s happening digital peoples? I would assume you’re already aware of this, but Thrasher has posted up Jake Johnson and Jimmy Lannon’s Static IV parts live on their site to help bring Static to as many eyes as possible. And there’s one finally video part to come. Although I would much rather that most of you see these parts w/in the context of the full length video, I agreed to this because I know that the vast majority of skaters not only don’t know what Theories of Atlantis is, but probably have never even seen a Static video. I actually like being lesser known. I think it’s better to remain under the radar a little. You tend to appreciate things more when you discover them on your own. But, I also know that since Thrasher was interested in helping to promote a few guys’ parts, it was an opportunity that could help bring more attention to the underground scene and maybe even encourage some brands to think twice about ignoring the talent of some of the skaters they flow shoes, apparel, or whatever else to but never really step up beyond that.....Read More
It’s a great feeling when a friend has a turn of good fortune. But it’s especially satisfying when somebody who we’ve all been rooting for finally gets recognized after years of hard work. Kevin Coakley is one of those rare few that has fans and supporters spanning from the east coast and into the west. Fans of not only his talents on a skateboard, but also of his overall demeanor as a generally nice and likable person. That’s why I think his finally turning pro for Traffic is having such strong reverberations around the world of underground skateboarding, because we were all rooting for him. Kevin’s debut pro boards just released from Traffic this week and Thrasher just released his brand new pro part online today. Check it out and get some inspiration for your weekend shred.
If you have ever met Kevin you can’t help but be an instant fan. But his long running commitment to filming incredible video parts and finding unique and interesting skate spots has also earned him fans solely based on his propensity to entertain us on a skateboard. It’s not often this day and age for a skater who has put out a popular, strong video part to remain am for a long time. Kevin has put out THREE. And today, Thrasher is hosting yet another dope offering from this Boston shredder brought to us through the solid work of producer/editor Joe Bressler
James Coleman, originally from Georgia, is a vagabond who floats around between San Francisco, Miami, NYC, Atlanta, Arizona and even France and shreds the whole time along the way. Recently, Mike Atwood, maker of the dope 2013 underground video out of Miami “Incognito”, sent James’ part from the video over our way. A part which I’m pretty sure was my personal favorite from the project. And, considering that we here at TOA are pretty big fans of this little known shredder, we were stoked when Mike allowed us to post it up on the TOA Youtube page. So kick back and enjoy some stylish ripping before heading out of the house today.
As if you don’t already know……Bronze’s new promo “Enron” just went up into the cyborgsphere. And if you didn’t know, now you do and you can pretend like you did in front of all your whack friends. So get to clicking and see why the NY skate scene is kinda crushing everything right now
It seems that for about as long as we were working on Static IV, Quim Cardona has been working on finishing his newest album. Working with producer, fellow Newark, NJ local Teddy Becks, Quim has been in and out of the studio for years. We even caught up with him for a Ride Channel show and got a little glimpse behind the dope little recording studio that sits above the old Newark Theatre. Well, the album is not only done, finally, it’s actually online for free. Quim just let us know that it went live yesterday so we wanted to share it with everyone…..Read More
It’s pretty much a given that the staple skate shop video is a torturous test of patience as you suffer though a seemingly endless parade of Lil’ Jimmy’s and Tiny Timmy’s to reach the final part of the local handrail hero. But Boston, Mass’ Orchard Skate Shop is definitely not your staple skate shop and they’ve had the benefit of cutting their editing and video making teeth on several other video projects already. And although they’ve brought us some awesome s probably the most amazing mix of talent and personalities I’ve seen in ages. The video went live today on the Thrasher site and if you haven’t gotten to check it out I urge you to do so and get hyped for a weekend of shredding…Read More
You can film for a month, go through 15 tapes and be lucky to capture 3-4 clips. And then randomly you’ll end up getting 6 months of footage in just one week. I was digging through some old tapes the other day and came across a group of 3 incredible tapes on which we happened to capture some of the strongest and more memorable clips from Static III. Specifically of Pat Stiener. These demonstrate just how much Pat was on fire during the latter part of filming for Static in summer of 2006. This version of ‘3 Tapes’ includes dope clips of Pat Stiener, Olly Todd, Danny Renaud and even Jack Sabback. Check it out.
Soon after I moved to NYC in the summer of 2006, Pat Stiener migrated north and found a couch to post up on for a little bit. The combination of both of us being anxious to wrap up Static III and having New York City at our disposal while most of skateboarding was still sleeping on the amazing city, proved to be insanely productive. As you can see in this version of ‘3 Tapes’ Pat filmed a large portion of his video part w/in the 180 minutes confines of just 3 mini-DV tapes in 2006. Amazing. Sit back and check out the countless takes and additional makes Pat performed in some of these lines that you probably thought he only did once. Also featured on these tapes are the likes of Danny Renaud, Olly Todd and Jack Sabback.
Ben Gore’s new Transworld interview was just released and TWS posted up an awesome short video part with Ben to go in conjunction with it. This part is one of the best examples I’ve seen of attempting to adapt HD to feel more organic and analogue. Really well done. And Ben’s skating is top notch as always. That last trick is bananas and made my soul weep a little to know that I don’t get to use it in Static 4 :(
Ben rips SF like no other and I’m hyped to see him getting more recognition for it. Excited to see the interview as well since Dave Chami and Ben worked together to create something pretty different and I’m a fan of Dave’s photography. Anyways, check it out and then go out and try to back 50 to front wallride something and then just give up and go drown your sorrows at Starbucks.
Chris Mulhern, co-owner of Caste, and video maker extraordinaire does some of the best work I’ve seen in capturing the essence of a brand or a personality on video. This new piece just released last night as an announcement of the new Caste colab with Magenta, is by far the best profile I’ve seen yet on the growing French brand Magenta Skateboards. It’s difficult sometimes working with brands like Magenta, Polar, Traffic, Isle, Hopps, etc because I often wish that the rest of the world could see the personalities behind what makes these brands what they are. Because they were all just our friends before they started their brands and it makes everything they do that much more interesting and genuine to those of us who know them. Chris Mulhern has done a great job of capturing the real people behind the face of Magenta. Check out the first installment ahead.
Part 01 of CASTE‘s collaborative project focusing on the history, perspectives and approach surrounding the identity of France based, Magenta Skateboards. During travels to Paris, Bordeaux, and San Francisco over the past year, Magenta’s Soy Panday, Vivien Feil, Leo Valls, Jimmy Lannon, Ben Gore and Yoan Taillandier have helped illustrate the ideas that embody a brand pushing in their own direction. For more info visit: castequality.com
After realizing the other day that we’re at the 10 year mark from the release of ‘Static 2: The Invisibles’, it seemed like as good a time as any to catch up with the skaters who made the video what it was. So in this first installment we’re catching up with one of my personal favorites, Paul Shier. There are some friends who you could go for 5-10 years without seeing and then w/in 5 minutes of running back into them you’d pick up like no time had passed at all. Paul Shier is one of those friends. Probably one of the best dudes I’ve met through skateboarding and definitely one of the funnest people to travel with, Paul and I have traveled together from London to LA, Cairo to Transylvania and from Texas to San Francisco mostly in pursuit of the ever elusive goal of ‘footy’. And, mostly, while working towards the ‘Static II’ video released in 2004. We caught up with Paul to stroll down memory lane and check out where he’s at now.Read More