Photo by Jonathan Mehring
You’d think that by targeting someone in a younger demographic for one of these — Sean’s is probably the youngest person to do one — we’d steer selections away from the more recurring choices. Then you realize there’s a reason certain things are classics, yaknow? There’s always gonna be some thirteen-year-old who is just discovering the Rolling Stones, just as Gino’s nollie back heel off the three is never not going to be #relevant to anybody who enjoys the act of skateboarding ;)
Mark Gonzales — Blind: Video Days (1991)
I didn’t catch onto Gonz until I was a bit older. I didn’t watch old videos when I was growing up; I’d just watch whatever videos were coming out. The classic stuff came later. Someone would tell me about the Gonz or other skaters like that and I’d look them up.
The first time I saw this part, I must’ve been confused: “He’s not doing that hard tricks, I don’t really get it.” As you mature as a skater, those older parts resonate with you. You re-watch a lot of that stuff and realize why everyone still talks about it. It looks sicker than what a lot of people are doing now, even though it all happened over twenty years ago. Now, that’s the sort of shit that makes me the most psyched to skate. You have a moment with it, like “that’s why people respect Mark more than anyone.” His style is something people talk about for a reason.
Ethan Fowler — Stereo: A Visual Sound (1994)
He has the sickest style of all time. I was actually flow for Stereo for a bit when I was a little kid. The first time I started going out to New York and meeting a lot of the people I know now was when I was riding for them. One of the dudes at Stereo told me to watch the old videos: “These are history bro.” It’s the same thing with Video Days, where you start to “get it” when you’re a bit older. A Visual Sound is a skate video, but there are a lot of other aspects to it. There’s nothing else that looks or sounds like it.
I also feel like he did the whole cut-off Dickies and white collared shirts look before it became a thing for anyone else to do.
Brian Anderson — Toy Machine: Welcome to Hell (1996)
I couldn’t decide between this and Templeton’s part. They’re both favorites, but something about B.A. is insane to me. He looks so different on a skateboard. He’s literally the nicest human ever, but on a board he looks so giant, crazy and scary. He has like a BIC’d head, charging at everything and popping tricks so high. I also like that he cruises for a lot of the part. He’ll ollie up curbs, cruise down sidewalks, but then in the next clip, he’ll be front blunting down a hubba looking insane.
I never owned a lot of these videos. I had A Visual Sound on the re-released DVD, but I had to watch it on my computer. Actual VHS tapes look so sick. They’d have colored cassettes and cool covers — I wish I had some of them. Watching a DVD on your computer is kinda not the same.
Van Wastell — Krooked: Gnar Gnar (2006)
He skates unlike anybody. He didn’t give a fuck about how he was dressed or doing the right tricks. His natural style is crazy good. He just looks perfect. There’s nothing forced to it; he doesn’t add anything to how he naturally skates. That video is just so raw and I love the New Order song he skates to.
Jason Dill — Alien Workshop: Mind Field (2009)
When I was growing up and starting to phase out of only skating stairs —you know how every kid has that phase where all they want to do is jump down shit — it was around the time Mind Field came out. Dill’s part in that video stuck out to me a lot. It influenced the way I started to skate from there on. He had a different look and style than what was going on at the time. He himself would admit that it’s not a favorite part of his. He told me before that he thinks it’s not long enough, but I think it’s one of his best, and it resonated with me a lot.
Previously: Wade Desarmo, Chris Milic, Chad Muska, Hjalte Halberg, Danny Brady, Bill Strobeck, Aaron Herrington, Jerry Hsu, Brad Cromer, Brandon Westgate, Jim Greco, Jake Johnson, Scott Johnston, Josh Stewart, Eric Koston, Karl Watson, Josh Friedberg, John Cardiel, Pontus Alv, Alex Olson, Jahmal Williams