I finally got the chance to visit the Magenta HQ and the home of Leo Valls this summer when I flew into Bordeaux, France for the premiere of Static IV. We figured it was as good a time as any to shoot a SKATE Bordeaux episode for Ride Channel so we could capture all of these things together in one swoop. It was a rad time and I have to thank Leo and the skate scene of Bordeaux for their hospitality. Enjoy the show!
In this installment of 'Versus', we have Polar's Hjalte Halberg and Aaron Herrington, Bronze's Joseph Delgado, and Hopps' Brian Clarke facing off before a session starts in downtown Manhattan. Really sick to see these four skaters, who usually roll with their own respective crews, here in one place. Warning: video contains a Right Said Fred song, nollie bigger spins, and middle aged tourists.
In this piece Nick Jensen takes us inside of his studio in London to give us a glimpse at the process behind the creation of several Isle graphics from conception to realization, and provides us with some insight into some of the symbolism and meaning behind the boards. Nick's attention to detail and meticulousness behind the method he employs to create these images is remarkable and we're stoked to be able to provide you with this look into his work.
Kevin Tierney's part was the introduction to the surprise 'Static V' video at the world premiere in NYC on May 1st for good reason. Kevin was one of the earliest choices for the Static IV project because of his original style and his overall hilarious personality. And also, as a Queens native, Kevin's skating maintains a truly New York City vibe and flavor and added a lot of the overall feel of the video.
While working on his part over a span of a couple years we had Kevin's part edited to an insanely long list of different song options. Kevin was about as indecisive as anybody I'd ever worked with, aside from myself, so every time we'd think we had the song nailed, Kevin would text me a new song title to check out. I was pretty stoked on the song we finally settled on (originally found by NY videographer Joe Bressler) but there were several options that hit the cutting room floor that were pretty sick as well. So we decided to do a re-edit of his part using one of the songs I really liked as well as of the songs he really wanted to use. This new version also features some new angles, some different makes of tricks from his original edit and some new clips never seen before. Take a peek and see which you like better.
On 'Inside the Skater's Studio' we sit down with our favorite skaters and revisit the video part that made them a household name; getting some inside stories and behind the scenes details you may have never even wanted to know. This week's edition brings us London's Nick Jensen and his classic part from Blueprint Skateboards "Lost & Found." Nick sits back with some tea and shares some stories about skating handrails, reflective jeans, and working with Dan Magee. Cheers.
We are proud to bring you an electrifying and suspenseful game of skate from two of Long Island's greatest and most stylish skateboarders, Keith Denley and Brian Clarke. Keith and Brian have been friends since they started skating and it's sick to be able to have a chance to watch them not only skate for the same company but to see them battle it out here for our entertainment. Keith's mastery of flat ground makes it apparent that his training has been working well for him, and an overall disappointing performance by Brian Clarke is a bit of a surprise here. Click on to see the action for yourself.
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