“They flew me everywhere, I had to meet kids and stick in front of people and sign autographs. I had no time for myself. I had to video all the time. This wasn’t stickin’ to me. I was getting bummed. All the kids that saw me doing it first started getting sponsored, but they all had wack styles.”
Skate video skits are an odd place for prophecy. The exaggerations of skateboarding’s progression in Yeah Right! didn’t seem so exaggerated ten years later. The amusing take on Brian Wenning’s party habits in The DC Video wasn’t as amusing when it turned out to be his final, non-shared video part.
Recently, a pogo sticking video where a kid backflips off the sculpture at Black Hubba and hops onto the ~six-foot-high fence off the bank at St. Vincent’s has been making the rounds. Spike Jonze and Lance Mountain’s skit from Goldfish, where they draw a parallel between the skate industry’s absurdity and a then-hypothetical pogo industry, becomes another example of reality surpassing skate video skit satire. The pogo video even ends with a shot depicting a supportive guy with a skateboard, proving that maybe all of us extreme bros CAN all get along!
Who would’ve thought that late-nineties Transworld video voiceovers would eventually make their way into pogo videos?
(Thanks to Willy Staley for connecting the Jonze skit to the pogo video.)