Like Frank Costanza and Jay-Z, Smalls had no choice but to come out of retirement and bring us Who Leg, an unanticipated half-sequel to the Stop Fakin’ series that canonized so much of D.M.V. skateboarding in the 2010s.
Who Leg is remarkable in the economy of its editing. Though we all know there are plenty of skate filmmakers who could extend 23 minutes of footage into double that runtime, the video’s quick cuts make it feel like the perfect full-length pacing for our modern attention spans. It pulls it off without forsaking any of that feeling of being right there with everyone, which the original three videos were so great at capturing.
The video plays like a Pulaski extended family barbecue: you have the younger generation finding new ways to skate a spot in its fourth decade of usage, Rahzel ending a line on an obstacle that’s only there for as long as the light is red, Kevin Augustine returning for the ender to crush shit, the boys skating the
Meridian Hill Malcolm X Park fountain like it’s a backyard pool, Bobby and his quick feet, Myquel and his otherworldly pop, a friggin’ Ross Norman cameo, and Jersey Dave off in the corner drinking a Heineken, just happy to get off a nollie shuv manny 200 miles to the north.
It’s the D.C. that only the locals can show you — in other words, it’s the D.C. that some team’s trip edit never even gets to see ♥