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Introducing “Caste”

There is a veritable blitzkreig of news stories popping up all over the interwebs this morning. With a million things to choose from, we’ll just keep this to the bare essentials. First things first, I’m stoked to be able to link to this new Politic edit announcing some incredible news about one of my favorite skaters. Also, the new GX-1000 edit just went up and the skating and cast is epic. And finally, we have the honor of getting to host and announce a new project from out of Philadelphia which is destined to be a hit. Please read further for an exclusive interview with Chris Mulhern about this new incredible video piece and the project it’s connected to.

What’s happening Chris? So you moved back to Philadelphia last year
after a stint in LA. What brought you back?

Yea, I was in LA for about 8 months working for The Berrics, handling a lot of the documentary style content that you see on their site. Colin Kennedy had reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in working with them and so I decided to give it a shot. It was really difficult for me to adjust to LA, and before moving out there, I had never even visited. I worked with some really awesome people on a daily basis, but it was hard to relate to a lot of the projects I was on. Luckily, those guys understood where I was coming from, and we worked it out so that I could be here in Philly getting them some east coast content. I had made so many connections here over the years, that it really made perfect sense. And with NYC only a couple hours away, there’s just endless projects to work on. Everyone at The Berrics has been really good to me and I’m psyched I can work in skateboarding from this side of the country.

Having seen what I believe is your entire body of skate video work, I would surmise that you’re a pretty huge fan of the city of Philadelphia. What is it about the city that you’re so in love with?
I do really like it here, and right now there’s such a good scene. I think for years that was missing, but a lot of people are skating again. Obviously it’s not the best city on earth, but it’s far from the worst. I hear so many people say this place sucks, or why do you want to live there? That actually really motivates me to stick around and continue working on projects in Philadelphia. I think Center City just looks so good in footage, so much better than most other cities. I think I’ve filmed/photographed City Hall a thousand times, but I still never get tired of looking at that building. And when you film a line at LOVE or Municipal, you have this amazing backdrop… you see that clock tower looming in the footage and you just know it’s Philadelphia.

It seems like the city’s popularity has always been on a roller-coaster ride through time. For the longest time it wasn’t even on the map and then BOOM it exploded in the mid-90’s. And then it died down and then BOOM it went off again in the early 2000’s and then there was another lull and another revival with Ricky and Traffic guys. What was the era that most inspired you as a skater growing up in the area?
When I first started taking the bus to Philly, it was during the “Photosynthesis/Mosaic” era, the tail end of the 90’s. I remember seeing Kalis, Wenning, Pappalardo… just all these guys from the videos. And back then videos were such a big deal, really because only a couple came out a year. So when you saw someone from “Photosynthesis” in real life, you were really fanning out. One time while at City Hall, my friends and I were sitting on the bench, too intimidated to skate. Ricky Oyola was there doing front 5-0 to front board across the long curved bench, and he skates up to us and says, “How you guys gonna get any better just sitting around?”  So we started skating a little bit, and within minutes he was screaming at all of us for getting in his way.

Haha….that’s awesome.
Well, I personally felt like for a while there you were the main voice of the Philly area with all of your indie video work. It’s been one of those scenes that’s always had a dedicated filmer or photographer that was really pushing the local skaters. From Kelly Ryan to Ryan Gee and from Dan Wolfe to Bill Strobeck. It’s a pretty impressive history of video/photography. Did you ever know any of those guys and or feel a particular affinity to either of their styles?

Most of these guys were filming well before my time, but I would see Bill Strobeck and Gee almost every weekend at LOVE when I was a kid. It didn’t even dawn on me back then that what they were doing with
their cameras would have such a long lasting impact on skateboarding. And I didn’t meet Dan Wolfe until last Summer when he was here filming a REAL clip with Ishod Wair. He actually saw me filming with the VX3 Hi8 camera and just said “What the hell are you doing with that thing?”.  What he did for Philadelphia in the mid-90’s basically inspired this entire “Philadelphia Experiment” project. I really wanted the whole thing to be a nod to what he, Ryan Gee and Bill Strobeck did here. The goal of the edit was to touch on every era of Philadelphia skateboarding, and have it be represented as accurately as possible.


Yeah, when I first saw that Rick footage pop up I was confused for a second, it took a minute for me to figure it out. But once it clicked I got really stoked.
Well, so I know you’ve been doing tons of work for the Berrics, but I kept seeing samples of other stuff you were shooting (patricularly that VX-3 stuff) and was wondering what it was going towards. What has motivated you to keep shooting street skating on top of all the other work you do in your day job?

I just really enjoy using cameras, so even when I’m not working, I’m still using one. And like I said before, there’s a really awesome skate scene here right now, so I can’t help but go out and film late at night or all weekend long. And what got me into filming in the first place is the idea of doing independent projects and working with whomever I want. It’s been 3 years since I put out “This Time Tomorrow” and so I felt like it was time to find a project of my own to really put a lot of effort into.

So…...Caste. I think people will immediately start Googling this name the second they see this new video piece. What exactly is it?
CASTE is a brand that myself and Chris Fireoved have started. We’ve been brainstorming for a long time now, just trying to come up with a creative outlet where we can produce video pieces like the “Philadelphia Experiment” and have tangible products to accompany it. I think in the beginning a lot of people will assume we’re just a skate clothing brand, but that’s not the case. We’re going to create
all kinds of different products that correlate to each individual project.

So there isn’t an actual team then? None of the skaters in this edit “Ride” for Caste?
No, we don’t ever plan on having a team, as the whole point of the brand is to collaborate with as many people as possible. Independent projects are increasingly rare these days, and so I want to have an outlet where I can work with anybody, regardless of who they are and what they’re passionate about… whether that be skating, art, photography, music, the possibilities are endless. It’s not necessarily about having certain people wear or use CASTE products in the edit or anything like that.  We want to start on the video pieces first, and work to formulate something physical that can relate.

So it’s just more of something that represents your creative video efforts. Like, almost, an excuse to keep producing original video pieces but without tying yourself to any specific skaters or team?
Yea, exactly. It’s a way to work with friends and whoever we end up meeting in the future.  Obviously it will be difficult, as this is only a side project for all those involved but the goal is to take our time with the media pieces and make sure they’re done right. CASTE has been a collaborative effort thus far and has linked all our ideas to create something we all support.  Although we all share the same vision for the brand, the handful of individuals that make up CASTE come from many different fields, backgrounds and tastes. We feel like this culmination works really well though, as we hope to cater to a broad audience.

Well, I hate about 90% of videos I see online these days. But this new video was exactly the opposite for me. I was really inspired on many levels. And the idea by tying it into the Philadelphia Experiment as a way to go retro was fucking brilliant. Where did you get ahold of those vintage clips from the 90’s?
Most of the old Hi8 footage was given to me by Ryan Gee. I worked on a “Shoot All Skaters” clip with him last year, and must have logged close to 50 of his Hi8 tapes… the nostalgia on those tapes was unreal.
I had no clue that he was filming with Ricky Oyola, Matt Reason and Serge Trudnowski just prior to Dan Wolfe coming on the scene in the mid-90’s. And the best footage from those tapes was the moments in
between all the skate tricks, just incidental stuff that was so insignificant back then… but looking back on it today was just incredible. I actually got the initial idea for the “Philadelphia Experiment” clip while working on this Berrics project with Gee. I thought it would be cool to fix up the same exact Hi8 camera that he shot on, and maybe just go out and make a little montage with it. But that idea for a little montage turned into a year long project… and I’m really glad it worked out that way. Ricky’s “Quicker, Quicker!!” clip from LOVE was obviously filmed by Dan Wolfe. I think everybody has seen that one, but it’s just such a classic that I felt it had to be in there. And as for the unseen clips where Ricky is yelling for the cars to hold up… they were shot by a filmer from Washington D.C. named Andrew Foote. I think that nollie flip that Ricky does in the opening line to the Hi8 section is my favorite trick in the entire clip. Obviously there are so many key people missing from this edit, namely Josh Kalis, but I just wasn’t able to track down any unused Hi8 clips of him. I really wanted to avoid reusing footage, and kind of use this edit to shed some light on some unseen gems from the past.

Well, I’m jealous. This is such a sick idea. I mean, the video was done really respectfully by showing who’s holding it down in Philly right now but paying respect to the skaters who built the foundation and gave the city it’s original vibe. You must’ve had a blast working on this?
Yea it was an awesome project to work on, especially filming the Hi8 stuff. With HD, you have to be so damn precise and if you’re in the wrong spot at the wrong time, the footage just looks terrible.  But with the Hi8 footage, I almost had to intentionally film it a little sketchy, just to give it that 90’s feel. It was nice to not worry so much about how the footage looked… I could just go out skating with my friends for a day and basically film everything. We didn’t stress over how hard the trick was or how big the ledge looked. That stuff was completely irrelevant in 1997. I was really psyched that Ricky Oyola was even down to push around a few days and get some modern day Hi8 clips for the edit.

How many different formats did you guys shoot for this project? I think I counted at least 3.
The majority is HD and Hi8 footage, but we also shot a bunch of 16mm Tri-X film. I really wanted to include the “Photosynthesis/Mosaic” vibe in this clip, and I felt like shooting on actual black and white film was the best way to do that. Sure, we could have shot HD stuff and made it black and white, added grain, etc but you just can’t beat the feel of real film. One of my favorite shots is the time lapse on Broad Street, where the camera is on the median as cars pass by… I think it’s just before Suciu skates the blue rail at LOVE. Just the way the headlights streak on actual film emulsion is something that HD can never recreate. We even tried to replicate a couple shots from “Mosaic”, like the SEPTA bus passing by City Hall… if you watch the intro to “Mosaic”, a bus passes by the camera to reveal Danny Renaud cruising around the fountain. I wanted to reproduce the same shot, but this time after the bus passes, a demolished City Hall is revealed. The edit is just full of subtleties like this that most people will never even pick up on, but those who look closely will see it.

So are we to expect more pieces like this in the future?
For sure, we already have a few ideas for our next project, so if all goes well, you’ll be seeing more from us in the coming months.

Dope….well, I hate that things have to cycle so quickly these days so let this one simmer a while.
So, as people will notice, we’re carrying some of the Caste stuff here on TOA, how else are you going to be getting it out there?

A few select shops in the states carry our stuff, as well as our own online store. As we grow, so will our stockists, but for now, we’re just maturing as a brand organically and taking things slow.

Well, thanks for sharing this with us on the TOA site. As usual, amazing job and thanks for keeping our attention focused on one of the raddest skate cities in the world.
Thanks.

So here is the first offering from Chris Mulhern and Caste. Dope stuff. Enjoy.

The Philadelphia Experiment from CASTE Quality on Vimeo.

from March 04

37 comments

So, so, good.  A perfect infusion of new and old.  Easily one of the freshest clips in some time, in skating, filming and editing.

Also, bonus points for using a Talking Heads track.

1. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 04 at 10:27 PM

Yeah man, I scared my cat. I got live when the video came on. Real hype, nice little taste of new to the old.

2. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 04 at 11:33 PM

Awesome homework lesson combined with some new stuff.  Can’t wait to see where this project goes.

3. by Luke Physioc on March 05 at 08:15 AM

$30 for a blank off white t-shirt, no thanks. Fuck Mark Choo-Choo btw.

4. by HacksawJimDugan on March 05 at 06:52 PM

I wish I had my last ten mins back. That was like this time tomorrow with that hot VHS trend all in one. Poor Ricky for being in that mess

5. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 05 at 10:11 PM

Hacksaw and TimeLapse…....I respect differing opinions when they’re honest. But I don’t think those comments are based from unbiased opinions. The whole concept behind that piece is brilliant. And coming up with a way to include footage of the old Philly classics and relating them to the current scene is amazing. Plus all the skate footage was really quite dope. You can have differing opinions but to speak so harshly about it is kinda silly if you ask me. I agree that the VHS/analog trend is annoying. Any trend is annoying. But Chris made it very relevant in this piece and it was befitting. Plus it was dope to see a city that I SO heavily associate with analog footage being filmed in that manner again with the same camera we filmed with in the 90’s. EVerybody is on that VHS trend, but nobody else is on that Hi-8 gimmick.

6. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 05 at 10:51 PM

To me it was the unseen footage and the “homework” aspect.  There are legends about some of these cities and their spots and it’s rad to see them portrayed in such a quality way so that a new generation can see the “olden days”.  I loved the new footage, but to see Reason on a board again?  That’s a treat.

7. by Luke Physioc on March 05 at 11:44 PM

I never said shit about the video, it was good, but is it reasonable to think everyone is going to love everything posted here? Also is it not reasonable for someone to complain about $30 blank shirts?

The only thing I did “unbiased” was hate on a rich kid from Cali that comes to your spots and skates likes he owns the place, and talks shit on the OGs. You can tell he thinks he’s so good.

Sorry, but Theories is getting too hip for my taste. Seriously promoting Choo-Choo and the Cosmic Vomit bleached haired black socks hipster boys? C’mon, where’s the grit? Skateboarding has lost its balls.

8. by HacksawJimDugan on March 06 at 11:25 AM

Hacksaw are you referring to Mark Suciu? and who did he talk shit on?

9. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 06 at 12:38 PM

Hey Hacksaw, sorry you’re upset about the price of the shirts, I wish you could actually see and feel them in person, but through the internet, well…Anyway, the whole concept of the products that coincide with caste are that they relate to the project we’re all currently working on. Through the photo it may seem like a blank t-shirt, but it’s actually a garment dyed tee with an embroidered typeface and two (inside and out) labels sewn in. We also had them specially washed through an enzyme process to make the fabric super soft. So, it’s not just a wholesale tee with a plastisol screen print. I really want to justify the ‘extra-mile’ mindset we’re pushing with Caste. But shit man, everyone has tastes

10. by jeb on March 06 at 02:16 PM

Haha….yes, Hacksaw, you’re right actually. TheoriesofAtlantis IS getting mad soft. Thank you for setting me straight. Shew! And your nick name for Mark Suciu as “Choo-Choo”? Wow, holy shit, you really should write for our site. With that kind of wit and creativity who KNOWS what you’ll say next. Indedd, Hacksaw, Indeed.
But don’t worry, lil buddy, our NEXT video piece will get things back on track. And I know you’ll approve. We’re doing a behind the scenes day in the life with Snuggles the Fabric Softener bear. Shit is gonna be raw. So be ready.

I actually LIKE it when people are critical in the comments. Everyone is too accepting of everything these days and doesn’t question things or form their own opinions on much. So I really do think your opinion is valid. I’m not hating on your dissent. I just don’t think the negative comments have much validity to them because I consider Eastern Exposure 3 to be the best street skating video ever. But does that mean I like every part in it or every skater? No. There’s a fucking WOODWARD part in EE3. Woodward Skate Camp. Let me say this again. There is a fucking Skate Camp section in the best street skating video ever made.
But do I cancel that video out completely and say it’s garbage and that Dan Wolfe has turned soft and wack and I should stop supporting his videowork?
This is very similar to the rederick in our fake US politics where people will write off a candidate entirely because he is pro gay rights or because he’s a member of the NRA. The world isn’t so black and white. It’s ridiculous to live our lives that way and discount entire bodies of work because of one small ingredient we don’t agree with.
Anyways, do your thing Hacksaw. I dig you being a regular commentor on the site. And I’ve said it many times but I welcome criticism. And I’ve agreed with a lot of things you’ve said. But this one I must argue against. Chris Mulhern has done an amazing job on this edit and Chris is also my friend. If you look through the TOA storefront you’ll find two things. Indie skate videos that are important because they showcase a scene or city that is little known or underground. And the products and brands that are owned/operated by my friends. Polar, Magenta, Palace, Caste, Domestics, Politic, Hopps….all the people behind these brands were my friends before they even started a brand. And I use TOA as a way to help promote what they’re doing because they’re all skaters who started their brands because of their love of skateboarding and the freedom of expression that it allows. At least when it’s still underground and not bought out by a corporation.
And that is my dissertation on that. Word to your moms.

11. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 06 at 10:23 PM

I am a little hurt. Can’t believe the dude who makes the Static videos ripped on me. But, if you do read through some comments, you’ll definitely find one where I give you props on the store. I’ve bought quite a few things from it. I’m down.

Sorry my distaste for a bratty kid from so cal got everybody worked up, but I call tripe when tripe is served.

12. by HacksawJimDugan on March 07 at 12:51 AM

Remember that time Hacksaw said “I’m down.”

Sucka ass.

13. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 07 at 11:02 AM

I gotta agree about the Suciu comment.  Dudes are on his dick like no other.  He is doing technically amazing shit.  I can’t deny that, but there’s just a certain lack of… I don’t know, can I saw “rawness” without sounding cliche?  I just get a forced feeling from his style… On the other hand, this was the first time I’d seen footage of that Shaun Williams kid.  That kid has it.

14. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 07 at 12:52 PM

I think Hacksaw is talking about some shit that Sucio talked on New Jersey to Petillo. I saw something about it on Slap…yes i was lurking the Slap boards.

*embarrassed*

15. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 07 at 12:53 PM

So…......When is that Snuggles, Day in the Life droppin?

16. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 07 at 01:02 PM

Oh, and anywho, the Philadelphia Experiment was tight as fuck! I was super confused when the old clips popped up but i really dug the vibe. Def a cool idea, for sure.

17. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 07 at 01:09 PM

I personally really dig Chris Mulhern’s stuff.  He slays with the HD better than most.  And this particular project is amazing, paying homage to some of the big dawgs of Philly.

It always refreshing to see smaller brands/companies pop up. And yo Theorizer! you softer than the Pilsbury Dough Boy!

pillsbury_doughboy.jpg

18. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 07 at 02:05 PM

Just to say, I wasn’t necessarily saying Theories is soft, but some of the things, that I mentioned, are definitely soft, and are not things that I, as someone who believes in the ethics of skating, would back, and is something that I, a diehard fan of Theories and the Static series, would think Theories and Statics would want to associate themselves with, as it doesn’t really coincide with the ethics and clout that Theories and Statics have represented and presented themselves to be.

I guess I just got the idea that this was a forum for skateboarding that existed as an alternative to the norm, a rebellion to the black socks scandal, not doing your hair before you go film, and not promoting trendy looks and skaters that do trendy tricks and force a fake style. Not that any of these are wrong in themselves, just what they represent, herding, unoriginality, and a lack of autonomy. But this site increasingly includes those things that I once believed it was not a part of. I feel like its slightly becoming a part of all those things that it was the antithesis of.

The site is not soft, just a little prettier, you could say. I do have to say though, I though Theories would promote all this new Renaud footy more than it has.

19. by HacksawJimDugan on March 07 at 03:42 PM

There’s a difference in being critical and being negative.  Instead of being negative about shit I don’t care for, I just don’t talk about it.  Critical is different.  Josh brought up EE3 and I’ll use Dan Wolfe as an example.  Dan’s videos and photos in the 90s were amazing, however some of the stuff he did in the recent Real “Pushing” series was a little lazy.  Hell, a lot of dudes on Real who shred got ripped off by the filming in that series.  But being negative all the time, especially online, gets old.  I’d rather promote what I dig.

20. by Luke Physioc on March 07 at 06:09 PM

Yeah, there’s definitely a difference between being critical and negative. Criticism is the act of passing judgement, which does not mean anything than expressing opinions over a subject. The word critical does not mean being harsh on a subject. It literally means expressing an opinion over it, whether it positive or negative. One word only have to look at movie reviews to see this: a positive or negative critical response.

I’m an English major, you’re not going to out argue me on diction, my dude. I was simply expressing an opinion. The dudes behind Caste responded respectfully and took my negative criticism well, and gave me a mature, educated reply. On the other hand, Theorizer got at cha boy, not completely, he’s tight, I got nothing but love for the Theorizer. But as a moderator of a public forum, negative responses to subject matter should not inherently be responded to with harsh criticisms in themselves. It is simply a misunderstanding. I said something about expensive clothing and a skater that I find to be tripe. I got a whack response, and people agreed with me and people did not. At the end of the day, not everybody is going to be democratic or share a unanimous concordance. That is fine. But one should not be ridiculed for submitting a vaild and sound argument against something. Whether or not it accord to another posters ethics of posting or not; we are all different. I know I’m not going to sway opinions here, but that’s not the goals. I was simply calling tripe where tripe was presented.

So to conclude, I feel a little bit of this animosity is carried over from my comments about Shawn Powers. Whatever. He’s tripe, too. Maybe I’m pulling a Towel on this, but you know he was pretty right about a lot of stuff, so I wouldn’t take that comparison negatively. I’m sorry that my views are not consensus with the Theories as a whole, but I have an unalienable right to express them without fear of retaliation, especially from the moderator. Remember, I only called out the cost of product and a single skater, not the video. Peace and chicken grease, my dudes.

21. by HacksawJimDugan on March 07 at 10:29 PM

Try harder.

22. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 08 at 11:39 AM

Wow, Mr Dugan! You’re a tad sloppy, I must say. Your argument was littered with grammatical errors and then was prefaced with a boastful comment about your impeccable diction. So you may wanna pull up ya drawers, wipe the apple sauce off your chin and tuck in your shirt. And to compare yourself to The Towel is a delusion of grandeur. One thing I can say about The Towel is that he always made sure to cover his tracks and clean up the murder scene before the authorities arrived. You may want to take note for future blogging endeavors.
Now, on to the original comment that started this most recent cyber-carnival.
If you’re going to start swinging your fists like an epileptic with an attitude, don’t cry foul when you get smacked….especially if the blows come from your own fists. You dismissed this entire post with a “no thanks” and followed it up with a “Fuck Mark Choo-Choo”. And then you soon followed up by insulting me personally, this website and the things it supports. I followed with a rebuttal that was written in the same vein as the insults. Again, you made the rules, I only played by them. To read your last comment it makes it sound as if I’m a terrible despotic overlord of the cyber world who launched an all out blitzkreig of uncalled-for insults upon you unprovoked. When all I did was make fun of your insults and the lack of creativity with which they were levied.
I want more dissenting opinions on the site. It keeps it interesting. People buy everything hook, line and sinker these days without really using their brains to form their own opinions. So I encourage people to be critical. But they can’t expect me not to offer a counter-argument, especially considering that almost everything I carry and support on TOA is the product of the hard work of one of my friends. Yes, including Cosmic Vomit and the Blonde Bombers. But if you’re going to start a debate or, rather, a game of insults, you should do a better job of hiding your tears or someone might just decide to call YOU ‘soft’.
Imagine the shame.

23. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 08 at 03:22 PM

Sorry, I don’t take my blog comments seriously enough to proofread them, my dude. I cannot believe I’m in an internet argument with Josh Stewart, someone I think highly of. This is stupid.  Pretty much, I’m to the point to where if you were Anthony Poppalardo, I’d tell you to fuck off and go make a bench. You claim to welcome dissent, but then get all butt-hurt and then defend yourself and try to insult people. That’s hypocritical. It also serves to make you look soft. Sorry I don’t like the price of the shirts, a few skaters, and some fashion choices, but you never even engaged in responding to anything else I said, you know, like you guys losing your way a little bit. Never in a thousand years did I think you’d associate yourself with such tripe garbage. But whatever, it’s only skateboarding.

Now I got to go study for an exam so I can get my college degree and not be a thirty year old man who gets soft when someone calls tripe on me.

24. by HacksawJimDugan on March 08 at 04:19 PM

Yeah, looks like you have a lot of respect.

25. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 08 at 05:57 PM

Josh are you not bothered that Mark Suciu is in this type of Philadelphia retrospective clip? I thought it was insulting to their scene and am surprised that just cuz dude is “good” that everyone is overlooking or being very cordial about it. There’s plenty of people in that clip that are a contributing part of Philadelphia’s skate scene, Mark Suciu isn’t one of em

He’s the kind of guy that cries when he can’t land tricks down the love gap and spot jocks people 15 years later

http://policeinformer.blogspot.com/2009/01/ricky-oyola.html

26. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 08 at 06:54 PM

“Poppalardo”

27. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 09 at 12:41 AM

Ok, so if I leave this topic unaddressed, then it appears as if I’m skirting the issue on purpose. So I will answer your question to the best of my ability. Although I’m sure it won’t be satisfactory for those begging for an explanation.
  The hot button issue here seems to be the presence of Mark Suciu in this Philadelphia “retrospective” piece. (The term “retrospective”, in my opinion, is a bit of a misnomer here because I don’t think that’s the idea Mulhern had in mind. But I’ll just leave that alone) Basically, this piece focuses on the modern skate scene of Philadelphia and then takes us into a flashback sequence that pays homage to the greats of the past who helped put the Philly scene on the map. Transitioning from the current standard of the HD format into the format with which the original Philly street scene was captured in, the Sony VX-3 Hi-8 camera, the modern street skaters are brought into the world of the original 90’s Philly skaters and we see them all together on the same playing field.
  Now, all I have seen above on the cons side of the argument against Suciu is hearsay and rumor about things he may or may not have said like the claim that he’s “the kind of kid who cries when he can’t land tricks”. Really? Were you there? You saw him cry? You heard first hand when he talked shit to Petillo? This is the kind of shit that gets blabbed on and on about on the Slap message boards. It’s the stuff of tabloid news magazines and celebrity gossip blogs. THIS is what I’m supposed to base my judgement of this video piece by?
Sure he’s not from the east coast, but it is my understanding that Mark Suciu is currently living in Philadelphia. Is this correct? If this is true is he not part of the current Philadelphia scene? Why is he the cause of such disdain when I noticed other skaters in the piece who aren’t from Philly and don’t live there? Because he’s super talented he’s just bound to get over-analyzed before everyone else. SURE one could argue that he’s too prominently featured in the piece. You could have a case there. But Chris obviously went WELL out of his way to include a lot of elements from the history of Philadelphia skateboarding. And let me ask you, why do they set off fireworks at the end of a parade? Because it brings a greater draw to the event and brings more eyes on the parade as a whole. Like Suciu or not, his presence in this piece brings a lot more eyes and attention on the Philly scene and it’s skaters. And likewise more attention to Philadelphia’s history. It educates more young skaters to the dopeness that was the Philly street scene of Matt Reason, Ricky Oyola, Kevin Taylor, Fred Gall and many more. There’s a long laundry list of skaters who would be very fitting to be featured in an edit like this.But as a human being with a full time job I think he pulled off an impressive feat as it is. Is it perfect? No, nothing ever really can be but it’s an amazing concept and it’s beautifully executed.
I am possibly world’s biggest fan of Ricky Oyola and the mid-90’s Philly scene. So I can see that it’s pretty difficult to do anything surrounding those subjects and not piss someone off. But at least they WERE included in this edit and were given the respect they deserve instead of forgotten or dismissed like so many other magazines and media outlets have done.

28. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 09 at 01:50 AM

Adding to the above subject it might be worth pointing out that most of the Philly skaters of the 90’s and early 00’s weren’t actually from the city. Kind of hard to control where you are born and raised.
Hacksaw’s comments remind me of a sort of faux “rawness” that is no less orthodox than what it critiques (that may call for elaboration). And the last sentence in particular, reminded me of this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnZ0Y4rvz6E
On another note, I really enjoyed this. I was most impressed by the little subway motion graphic that appears before Suciu’s first clip. Definitely missing those in today’s videos, Habitat and Blueprint used to do them so well.

29. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 09 at 03:52 AM

the shit with petillo is posted on his own tumblr. its a screenshot of a somewhat apologetic text, implying that marc said some shit about jersey to petillo that pissed him off. hence young cali kid talking shit to east coast OG.

30. by HacksawJimDugan on March 09 at 11:13 AM

I was interested in what you had to say, thanks for answering. I think the clip would have received more attention if red bull sponsored it to, maybe jaws can ride off the big love drop switch next time, that’ll get some views.

All jokes aside I think Chris did a good job besides the Suciu smoke and mirrors. I like that he’s motivated and figured out a unique way to edit this retrospective or whatever you want to call it.

People can move to Philadelphia all the want, it’s safe to say a lot of their scene moved in from Jersey/surrounding Pennsylvania suburbs. What bothered me was that dude moved there for the sole purpose of faking an aesthetic to improve his skate career.

31. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 09 at 11:57 AM

I could use a synonym.

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If you think an “East Coast” aesthetic improves your career, then Ricky Oyola, Robbie Gangemi, Quim Cardona (I could go on) would be rich off of skateboarding.

33. by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 10 at 11:53 AM

all those dudes are good that you named pennypacker, but none of them were on the same platform of skateboarding as guys like koston, henry sanchez, lavar mcbride. Now imagine someone as good as those dudes were but in current times and moved to the city of philadelphia, now tell me he isn’t going to stand out compared to filming his amazing video parts that he has had before in california.

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