No, I do not know how you can obtain this video. You can either hope it is being sold at 12th and A on a day that you are there (shouldn’t be until April), or you can go to Homage Skateshop where it is supposedly being sold. Otherwise, I am unaware of any online outlet selling the video, or any skate shop in Manhattan for that matter. I do not believe it is supposed to be going online either.
Many people have been trying to figure out why Billy Lynch fell off the face of the earth. Various accounts have been made of his whereabouts – some provide plausible explanations of seeing him at Union Square with a small personal bottle of Hennessy, decked out in Dunks explaining to people why he has not been skateboarding, and others tend to exaggerate his circumstances, emphasizing how he fell off the beaten path and allowed acid and other morally objectionable substances to lead him into the woods where he leads a congregation runaway blonde girls from Long Island.
The big question behind Trife, better known as Flipmode 4: The Second Flipmode Video, was, “what in the world happened to William Lynch?” Sadly, much of our inquiries were left unanswered.
Despite the controversies that arose surrounding Lynch’s various wardrobe switches, he had a valuable role in the constantly changing landscape of northeastern skateboarding. He remained the last relevant fifteen-year-old link between the post-Chomp On This world of ironic hip-hop and the mid-to-late 90’s era of “Wow, this is a genuinely good song that I want to skate to for some other reason besides the fact that people will find it funny if I skate to a song by a bunch of fat black people with gold teeth when I’m just a kid in slim corduroys and a flannel.”
Sadly, with Lynch being in jail, or more realistically, floating around the Pennsylvania wilderness with a tribe of 5’ 3 white girls dressed in paisley tunics with tulips in their hair, this connection has been lost, rendering rap and skateboarding a giant contest of how ironically one could utilize the other.
Various directorial choices taken throughout the Flipmode video were very unsettling. Blogs, water coolers and message boards have been ablaze with questions asking about Lynch’s role in the project, and it was expected that the video would take some minor steps towards setting the record straight throughout its 53-minute duration, but unfortunately, that was not the case.
This is not to say that the other “space taking” portions of the video that were meant to distract you from possibly the biggest child abduction controversy of the century were a complete waste of time – the majority of the parts were very good, several of which were outright surprising in their level of quality – but if we were to judge this much anticipated project solely on these portions, we cannot ignore certain missteps.
Two-song parts should be illegal. If your last name is not Hsu, Kalis, Carroll, McBride or Nazario and you allow your video-maker to make you a two-song part, you should have your skateboard license revoked for 18 months.
And even though Lakai made it cool to do tricks that do not make sense, 360 shove its out of things should also be illegal. Same goes for nollie kickflip noseslide nollie 270 flip outs. The only person allowed to do those is a certain custodian who inhabits Tompkins Square Park during the warmer months of the year, and makes more money than the people from the law firm who play baseball there.
Speaking of Lakai, Ty Evans and the annoying precedents he sets for everybody who points a camera at wooden boards, really ruined a lot of people’s lives. The limited, but still present, HD footage in this video is distracting and would have looked way better if it was replaced with a VX1000 for consistency. Otherwise, from a wholly technical standpoint, they really stepped up the care taken in the editing and filming processes for this video, which was rather unexpected, but very welcome.
Tierney’s and Black Dave’s parts were largely previously seen footage from their respective Transworld website appearances. And if the “Ooh’s” and “Whaaaaat’s” of a bunch of 17-year-olds at a premiere are any indicator, it seems like kids today not only want to see really good footage, they want to see really good new footage. Kids are the worst.
Otherwise, the video is sick. Personally, the standout parts were Joseph Delgado, Rob Gonyon, Joey Lanzone and Shawn Powers. Delgado’s part deserves a lot of bonus points for differentiating itself from the rest of the crowd moreso than any other homie video produced around here in the past few years. If you are still hating on people for wearing baggy clothes, you are an asshole.
Although the larger questions of a young adolescent’s disappearance from the face of the earth tend to overshadow any impressive skateboarding in this video, if you were to judge it solely on the questions it does answer, not the ones it leaves up in the air, then it is a pretty impressive video, ranking as probably the best New York based video in the past five years.
Video features Shawn Powers, Billy McFeely, Joey Lanzone, Xavier Veal, Pedro Garboza, Rob Gonyon, Dave Willis, Kevin Tierney, Bill Pierce, Dan Zvereff, Joseph Delgado, Derick Ziemkiewicz and others in the montage.
Supposedly available at Homage Skateshop in Brooklyn. Otherwise, distribution is a much-predicted mess.