In an age of “four video parts in a year,” overexposure is easy. Just as there were montage heroes in the video magazine era (who you were hard-pressed to find more than 45-seconds of consecutive footage from), favorite skaters now thrive on the explore page. Scarcity breeds value, and fifteen-second samplings leave you wanting more than two-song parts. Brandon Biebel elevated himself into numerous people’s favorite skater status this year off Instagram alone — despite having been around ~15 years. I was at a skatepark in Chicago earlier this fall where grown-ups were literally in shock that they were watching @jscott_handsdown skate IRL, and mulling about whether they’d seem too crazy asking for a photo with him.
Most stateside people were up on the Blobys since Café Clope dropped last year. Since then, barring a quick part here or a remix video there, the majority of their output and ascent to being the most recognizable Parisians on skateboards, has lived on IG.
A random guy on YouTube (“MrManeBeast”) came through with a serviceable IG comp of all of them. Keep in mind that the skating stops at the 5:48 mark, where the video turns into a Fetty Wap / anime mash-up, making it feel like the dude taped his Instagram comp over an old VHS tape.
Also IG related — what?