Someone under the moniker “Froggery Jones” has been uploading anywhere from four-to-fourty second slices of any and all Brooklyn Banks footage on YouTube.
These go back to the 80s, and are not exclusively clips from R.B. Umali’s videos or old 411s; whoever Mr. Jones is, he’s digging deep. For example, nobody we’ve asked (ok, didn’t try that hard)
has any idea where the footage of Quim and Mike Cardona below is from or what video that Peter Bici line was in. EDIT: Those are from R.B’s Instagram, but weren’t in Revisited 1 or 2.
I know I’ve seen that Mike Carroll frontside flip somewhere, same with the Rick Howard tre, but it was definitely with music, and even so, hard to put a finger on exactly where it was. (Literally spent 45 minutes researching which FTC video it was until admitting defeat. Well aware that the answer is going to end up being so obvious.)
Some of the stuff has years, but most doesn’t, same goes for origin and context. There’s stuff from the current millennium in there as well, as you’ll see a big-shirted Spencer Hamilton on there, long after the days when the small Banks met their unfortunate demise.
Considering the only non-Banks related uploads on the page are three-year-old TV screen caps relating to Irish soccer, we have our suspicions that Mr. Jones might be a non-American aficionado of our country’s dirtiest famous skate spot.
And as our first reportage of the Banks being fenced off for bridge restorations nears its ten-year anniversary, “Hey, I’m coming to New York for vacation! Do you know if the Brooklyn Banks are skateable?” remains one of the most common e-mails in the QS inbox. The #skatetwitter dudes uncovered a PDF that all but confirms we won’t be skating there anytime soon, so play them classics ;)
Originally spotted this on NY Skateboarding.