The Art of the Intro — Five Favorite Parts* With Bobshirt

Intro, Video & Interview by Farran Golding

Given the timestamp on Tim Anderson’s Bobshirt interviews, you might expect to find a somewhat definitive “Five Favorite Parts” of the 1990s here. However, the Five Faves selection process isn’t easy and that filter proved too tough even for one of the decade’s most reliable scholars. Tim’s enthusiasm for skate videos also extends beyond that perceived “golden era.” (Although, Tim confirmed that Gino Iannucci in Trilogy and Dick Rizzo in Mother would have ranked.)

Quartersnacks has, on occasion, turned to our fellow media nodes for “Five Favorite Parts.” It’s a fun spin on the format, but this installment comes further out of left field, honing in on Tim’s favorite introductory sections from skate videos.

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Five Favorite Parts With Brandon Turner

Intro + Interview by Adam Abada
Portrait by by Mike Blabac

There’s a tendency for skaters from a certain era to have favorite parts from a certain era. Brandon Turner isn’t really an exception to this rule, but instead of piling praise onto the heap of what can be considered modern street skateboarding’s founding documents, he can specifically recall how they related to him in the timeframe he’s remembering. They’re inspirational pieces fueling skaters’ second — and sometimes — third career acts. Brandon Turner still skates today like these are his favorite parts.

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Name Dropping — Four Videographers On Putting Skaters’ Names in Videos

Intro & Interviews by Mike Munzenrider
Illustrations by Requiem For A Screen
(H/T To Memory Screen on the research)

More than two decades ago, Rusty From Maine became the avatar for all viewers shocked by Ty Evans’ departure from skate video norms.

“I just bought your video number nine, The Reason. Man, the opening montage there, no little captions with the skaters’ names on it? What are you guys doing? You know how annoying that is?” asks Rusty in a voicemail immortalized in the opening minutes of 2000’s Modus Operandi.

At the time, the lack of skaters’ names in a Transworld video was a jarring experience, when — for the better part of the preceding decade — 411VM had served up captioned names for all. Then again, such titling wasn’t always the case. Go into the distant skate video past to a time before name titles, and skaters had to play the same detective games we play now, albeit without social media clues.

Do such clues mean we no longer need to be told each skater’s name? Is it a simple aesthetic choice to leave titles out of a video, or is there a responsibility to let the world know who’s in what clip?

We spoke to four videomakers to find out where they stand on the question.

Each interview is condensed and edited for clarity. They are presented in the order in which they were conducted.

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Five Favorite Parts With Shari White

Portrait by Norma Ibarra
Interview by Farran Golding

Was almost about to lose out on the “one of these a month” goal we try to pull off every year (to no avail), but here’s the March edition just in the nick of time. Three for three, baby!

The latest moodboard comes from videographer, Mess Skate Mag editor, and obviously incredible skateboarder herself, Shari White.

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Picking Up Steam – An Interview with Will Rosenstock

Intro + Interview by Farran Golding
Photos by Thomas Goldman
Venue Gospel Cover by Brent O’Donnnell

Whether behind the camera or in front of it, skateboard careers often begin with the humble shop video.

In 2012, Will Rosenstock released Old Dominion, his first full-length for Richmond’s Venue Skateboards. In the decade since, Will has worked with Alien Workshop, Vans and picked up a regular gig at Quasi while diligently documenting his hometown and tight-knit group of friends – Bust Crew – across several full-length, physical videos.

He is responsible for presenting the majority of Gilbert Crockett’s output, but lesser-known friends have always taken equal billing in Will’s projects. He has drawn eyes on Richmond’s scene simply by following an example set by those who came before him.

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