By some act of inadvertent telepathy, Manolo put together a New York montage for Already Been Done, sourced from the same material as yesterday’s Quim Cardona Revisited re-edit. Two re-edits in twenty-four hours from a hard-to-come-by DVD series is the best you’re going to do at this point. That is, if DVDs even matter in 2011.
Since The Chrome Ball Incident is skateboarding’s deepest archival institution of printed material, Manolo Tapes would inevitably be the video equivalent. The edit includes some non-Revisited bits peppered throughout the section, but most importantly, it has perhaps the only outfit in the history of northeastern nineties skateboarding to supersede the sacredness of camo pants: Navy blue Adidas swooshy pants with the three stripes down the side, complete with matching shoes, and topped off with a U.S.A. tank top worn over a tee shirt. See here. If the word “swag” didn’t barge 145 MPH into a rapid death these past few months, now would be an applicable time to use it. But then again, it’s only a Forbes cover away from the ubiquity expected of “crunk” and “bling bling.” (“Goin’ ham‘” isn’t far away either — there’s a good chance you will see “Goldman Sachs Goes Ham With Bonuses” on the cover of a paper in December.) Anyway, the outfit is intense. Few people, even in the nineties, have stepped in front of a camera and been able to do justice to such a kit, so the line’s inclusion in the video is commendable.
Falling into the same “sitting around on a Final Cut timeline from the dead of winter” category that last month’s most most fashionable clip ever was a part of, this is another reworking of old footage. In this case, it’s really old footage, originating from R.B. Umali’s NY Revisited compilation that was released around 2004-2005, spanning two DVD volumes (which were in somewhat of a limited run) and about three years (1995-1997.) The winter may have provided the time to sit there and throw this on a timeline, but the inspiration came from the Chrome Ball Incident’s interview with Quim, and the realization that despite his clear allegiance to camo pants, Quim never really had a full-on New York skate part in the nineties. A lot of this footage wasn’t exactly “unreleased” prior to when Revisited came out, but was still reserved for more montage-oritented outings. While this is sure as hell no Non-Fiction, it is somewhat of an attempt at getting on that Manolo archival program (Although nobody can really compete with what that dude does…) and filling the void in a coherent way. Plus, this guy’s highly unorthodox approach to just about everything — from doing two frontside 5050s on ledges in the same line, to using garbage bags as makeshift skate obstacles, to doing nollies onto ledges for no reason whatsoever — should be an inspiration to everyone that enjoys riding a skateboard.
And while typical protocol around here is editing things to Travis Porter, Young Jeezy, and all else intended for gentlemen’s cabarets situated below the Mason-Dixon line, we went the more tasteful route of channeling things actually released at a time and in a region synonymous with when the footage was filmed. So, our apologies go to our “core” fanbase. Even further apologies to purists who know that if this was actually released in 1997, it would be edited to some wild Jamaican conga drum voodoo music most commonly listened to by experimental yoga groups.
The real question is: What’s going on with Revisited Volume 3?
Related: Here’s another Revisited edit someone put together in 2009 after dropping out of Cooley High.
It begins today, the long winding eleven day road that will end ten years of glory and pain. The first ten after the jump.