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When you’ve religiously watched the same three-or-so minutes of footage throughout your life as a skateboarder, explaining the significance of your favorite video parts becomes pretty instinctive. Perhaps casting the spotlight in other directions takes the edge off, or maybe it’s because this format feels like a means of thanking those who have had an impact, but even the most interview-shy skaters are usually to down to talk about their “Five Favorite Parts.” In doing so, we can decipher a lot about their personality and approach to skateboarding.
Mark Suciu, however, is no stranger to interviews. You can count on him to deliver whether you’re musing over his own back catalogue or the finer details of others. Without spoiling what’s to follow, I can tell you his “Five Favorite Parts” are Jake Johnson in Mind Field, Anthony Pappalardo in Mosaic, Jerry Hsu in Bag of Suck, Paul Rodriguez in In Bloom, and P.J. Ladd in Wonderful Horrible Life because they aren’t going to be discussed whatsoever.
Rather than weigh in on those which have already been celebrated in this series, what follows are “more about what a video part can do,” and, as a result, have influenced him in ways that are more nuanced and personal.
Photo by Jason Lecras
Watch Michael Nicholas’ Untilted video if you have yet to do so.
“Through It All” is a rad 11-minute New York edit from James Vail. Blackbyrds on any skate soundtrack is getting posted here :)
“I’ve died a thousand times but I’m still alive.” The Warm Up Zone wrapped up its series of Fred Gall tributes. Truly blessed to share the 2020 internet with a “new” blog dedicating half-a-summer to writing #longform posts about every crevice of Fred Gall’s career ♥ Fuck starting an Instagram, everyone write a paragraph.
A lively week, but Michael Nicholas’ Untitled was the thing that felt a few pinches more *special* than just a piece of #content. Free summed it up pretty well — even the fact that there’s *a website* to commemorate the release of a video rather than a flurry of #linkinbio posts makes it feel like an anomaly in 2020. Every now and then, there’s a video that you just know is the nascency of something great, and this is one of them.
These kids, this videographer, this crew — they made something that breaks through the daily video avalanche and makes you feel something. We need that now, more than ever :)
Have a good weekend.
Photo by Daniel Weiss
“Summer Trip to New York” season has obviously been affected by COVID travel bans, yet it has not full-on stopped skate travel into the city. It’s a really interesting time to visit New York, and videos from right now will stand out a lot down the line. Can’t tell where these dudes are from, but enjoyed every bit of “Pull Up,” a new nine-minute trip edit from Juan Reyna. (They got the memo that Times Square is fun right now.)
“The one thing that has stuck out in my mind from early on was that clip of you backflipping off the Love Park sign after that contest. What the hell were you thinking?” Josh Stewart interviewed the forever inspirational Jahmal Williams for Germany’s Solo magazine.