With “Five Faves,” there is a tendency for older skaters to lean towards classics like, say Mark Gonzales in Video Days, and there’s a tendency for some of our younger counterparts to lean towards, well, also Mark Gonzales in Video Days. But really, the vast diversity of the skateboard landscape is often reflected among people’s choices. Filmmaker Naquan Rollings proves to be such an example, where the late-period Transworld videos that were side-eyed by those who grew up on Modus find favor with a younger generation.
It is convenient to think of Andrew Allen’s love of flatbanks as a post-Propeller phenomenon. However, winding back a decade reveals the bank to be as intrinsic to his output as a flannel shirt.
His onscreen career begins in 2007 with 522 On The 411, a Krooked/DLX-themed installment and one of the video magazine’s final. We open to A.A. surfing through a schoolyard, calmly hitting a Lockwood-style bank-to-bench before hopping a handrail switch, landing into a sizeable bank. Prevent This Tragedy came a few years later, and with it, the “breakout part” status earned by the first clip alone.
Words by Frozen in Carbonite
Early this summer, Hulu released a Rick James documentary — a tour de force that I cannot recommend highly enough. In addition to the “trip the fuck out” moment of James being in a band with Neil Young, the film features a number of “reenactments” using 3D computer animation. These reenactments depict some really wild shit, including, yes, a coke-fueled orgy.
You know — what summer 2021 was supposed to have been!
The longer you stay in one place, the more you get to know the people there. If you’ve skated in New York anytime since the Autumn era, it probably didn’t take long until you ran into Keith. As around as he was, though, you somehow never got as much as you wanted. Closer friends saw him skate on trips or sessions between work, while co-workers got some of his hardest working hours.
The skating that did trickle out to the public was always timeless, though. As it turns out, one of those co-workers turned him pro. It is this kind of steady, thoughtful, genuine living that makes Keith’s personality and skating alike so delightful to be around. It’s been long overdue to hear, in his own words, what makes Keith …well, Keith.
Missed the chance to run a “Five Faves” in September, but 8-for-10 so far on the promise of doing one a month in 2021 isn’t so bad ;) The latest comes from a young man bound to be in consistent S.O.T.Y. contention for the foreseeable future. We are also now two-in-a-row on people born after the release of Video Days citing Guy’s part as a major influence.