Two white cups and I got that drink, could be purple and could be pink…
(Just realized the phrase “Winter Video Round-Up” originates from Boil the Ocean, so shout out to that guy.)
It will be snowing in a few weeks, and the average length of a skate video in 2011 is about as long as the original cut of Once Upon a Time in America. So, if you didn’t watch a lot of full videos this year, you’re about to have an opportune time to do so. (Just kidding, we’ll all probably just go to the bar, right?) Here are three that came out in the past few weeks, and will likely be the last major releases until the spring.
Shake Junt — Chickenbonenowison
Shake Junt is the only company with the luxury of being able to make a digestible, 68-minute video. They are self-aware enough to acknowledge their position as mainstream skateboarding’s last remaining purveyor of ignorance and hi-jinx. Their latest can thus justify straying away from the skate video’s natural function of being watched as motivation prior to actual skating, because the company’s videos serve as a superior post-session viewing experience. While watching Chickenbonenowison, thoughts of beer and similar intoxicants are as, if not more, prevalent as thoughts of nollie flips, which is why it was made to be viewed as an interlude between the day’s skate session and the night’s party-related activities (hopefully with a thirty pack and a group of friends.)
While we solved the question of why this video would allow itself to run so long, several other questions remain. For instance: It’s good to know that Antwuan Dixon and Shawn Powers have the same “Song of the Year 2011” vote, but why on earth does he own a Drake shirt? How responsible was QS in the video’s inclusion of a lighter, more rap-oriented Andrew Reynolds and Bryan Herman shared part, given that we fixed the two that originally appeared in Stay Gold? And finally, could Steve Nash possibly be Bryan Herman’s father?
Nike SB — The SB Chronicles: Volume 1
SB Chronicles proved a few things. Paramount to everything, it proved that Nike learned from the mistakes of its first, hour-and-a-half long video. At a time when every major skate team has more than two dozen people on it, it’s nice to have a company split their gargantuan team into three slices and release one video a year, each at a comfortable duration. (This one is 27 minutes.) Out of the three videos in this post, SB Chronicles is the easiest one to watch at 11 A.M. before leaving the crib to go skate. Beyond that, it proved that Youness isn’t a Mike Mo-esque ledge dancer like many assumed he was. He skates sketchy spots with tight landings and quick set-ups, and has the right amount of sketch (or is un-video-game-like enough) to where he looks like an actual human landing difficult skateboard tricks. It also showed the world that Stefan, Chet, and Shimzu still have plenty left in the tank, even if they seem to be living more leisurely lifestyles given their fondness for shorts. Perhaps most importantly for New Yorkers (a.k.a. those of us who see Clark Hassler lurking around sans skateboard at least once a week), it proved that he actually does skate, and strikes a wonderfully tuned balance between California ditches/schoolyard banks, and east coast spots-that-aren’t-actually-spots.
You probably need to smoke a lot of weed to nollie 360 flip over a picnic table.
Weiger had the best part in the five-hour Nike video, but he’s in a video with Youness’ first part, and Grant Taylor’s post-S.O.T.Y. part, so he has the third best one here.
Generations of street kids who couldn’t care less about transition skating usually have their exceptions. For those of us in our early-to-mid twenties now, it was Cardiel in Sight Unseen and Tony T. in In Bloom. Maybe Cash Money Vagrant in its entirety. For the kids who are 12-16 now, it’ll definitely be Grant Taylor in this video. Everything that could be said about that part, has been said, so we’ll leave it alone.
Sk8Mafia – The Sk8Mafia Video
The Sk8Mafia Video feels like you’re watching a crew video from the early-2000s. Nothing is calculated, and there is no real consistency to the finished product beyond the Southern California home base, and the fact that all these dudes are good at skating ledges in baggy pants. Sure, they all do tech combos, but the tricks range from high-brow cab/bigspin back tail maneuvers that would fit nicely in a Josh Kalis part, to horrendous tricks like noseslide nollie big flip outs, to tech (frontside) smith grind combos, right down to tricks-that-aren’t-supposed-to-look-good-but-somehow-do, like frontside crooked grind nollie big spin outs. Most of the music is rap, but it goes from Waka Flocka to Sir Mix-A-Lot to Ice Cube, while stopping off to give the Asian dude some Sam & Dave, and leaving The Rolling Stones for Tyler Surrey’s amazing ender part (presumably as a safety precaution to avoid offending any larger company scouts that are scared of rap music.) It’s great to watch a video where it’s obvious that all the skaters vibe with one another, but use their childhoods of growing up on Peter Smolik parts to yield several vastly different results.
If there was a venn diagram of the Sk8Mafia team, the only things in the middle would be southern California, rap, and tech ledge tricks. A tech SoCal video where everyone doesn’t look the same might have ended up being the best video of 2011. Wow.
One final note from the Quartersnacks Fashion Desk…
If Kellen James garners more influence following his part in this video, could the sock-tuck theoretically kill off the highwater?