Yesterday, TWS uploaded a longform “Summer Trip to N.Y.” clip from Spain’s Villians Conspiracy brand. It features Ruben Spelta, Juan Virues, and an even more charged up Zach Panebianco than the one who recently appeared in Sabotage 5, skating around New York and Philly with an #aesthetic that is reminiscent of the seminal early offering from The Triangle™, “Gangbanging At Ground Zero.”
Part two of our annual countdown series. Part one is here.
20. Marble at the T.F.
Throughout its history, Tompkins obstacles have been wood, steel, rubber, and sometimes even glass. The ability to move these materials without much manpower has been essential to the spot’s transient nature. Only the flat and The Crack™ remain — everything else is just passing through until some green-suited bandit musters up the nerve to remove it.
T.F. culture experienced a shock this summer when a foot-tall, slanted slab of marble mysteriously appeared inside the baseball diamond. It became the first marble obstacle in Tompkins history, and dubbed The Tombstone™. This two-foot-wide piece of rock broke the record once held by the blue rail for the longest-standing loose object of the post-Autumn era. Claims of liquid-nailing it to the ground were abound in May and June, except that was, like, way too much work for anyone to do. The spot was gone as mysteriously as it appeared by the end of the month.
A little known fact that came up at the time of our noseslide research in 2012: Eric Koston was not the first person to noseslide the curved rail at Philadelphia City Hall. James Frankhouse was. Even if Koston was the second to do it, he was still really the first. Why? Koston’s was in one of the biggest blockbuster skate videos of all time. James Frankhouse’s was in some Colorado shop video. (BTW, we’ll send anyone a care package if they could procure the part for online viewing.)
Any rich girl who vacations for a living can tell you about the value of #marketing and having a strong #personalbrand. Why would skateboarders assume that they are exempt from the rule?
Another commenter offered some friendly advice: “Mike from da Bronx need better marketing people fam.” “Cheese” took note and went on to make a 240p re-edit featuring the trick in question, as an effort to give M.N.M.F.T.B. the accolades that he never received. His publicist still has much to learn about the marketing world, but to his credit, he did edit it to the #2 rap song from 2013 that us white people cannot openly enjoy in public. (#1 being this obvs.)
The fancy angle from the Tengu video is cool and all, but you realize how little space there is between the board throwdown and the edge of the platform more here.