In Continued Trust Of Crust — Dan Ryuichi’s ‘Roughers Connective’ Video

There is something refreshing about a great video appearing from seemingly nowhere.

Dan Ryuichi’s “Roughers Connective” edit is the only video on his YouTube page. It popped up in Thrasher‘s Junk Drawer on Monday, and at press time, still has under 1,000 views. It has a couple recognizable names, even fewer recognizable spots, and it earned the immediate runback treatment as soon as its ten minutes were up — something rare in the social media age.

The video’s spiritual predecessors are the NJ classic, In Crust We Trust, and its all-Newark follow-up, Brick City Street Styles (maybe with a bit of Bruns sprinkled in.) It opens with an all-Trenton, NJ section and closes with an all-Newark one, while its middle kicks around everywhere else between New Jersey’s capital and its largest city. The stars of the show are Soma Sugiyama and Sergio Rodas, with contributions from Akobi Williams, Caroline Duerr, Anthony Gordon and others.

The spots in this video range from manny pads that look like they survived a few minor earthquakes, banks unsure of whether they are brick or asphalt, and ledges where you land in a literal grate. They illustrate the resourcefulness of those enamored by New Jersey’s grungiest corners, and how creative you can get holstering a lack of interest in anything going on in that big city toward the state’s bottom corner — or that even bigger one near its top right.