The Brotherhood of the Tri-Color Camo Pants — An Interview With Stephen Lawyer

July 11th, 2018 | 12:10 pm | Features & Interviews | 7 Comments

Intro & Interview by Frozen in Carbonite
Top Collage by Requiem For A Screen

From time to time, skating functions as a nexus point for a cultural #moment. Case in point: the old X-Large store on Vermont in L.A. — a locale squarely in the middle of a venn diagram of streetwear, rap, and what we now know as street skating:

1. Backed by the Beastie Boys, who used footage from Questionable in the video for “Time for Livin’”
2. Neighbored by Los Feliz School, home of legendary hip/bump/stairs etc.
3. Frequented by the most progressive World/Girl/Choc riders of the time, who, as Clyde Singleton noted in his legendary 20 Shot Sequence commentary, blew thousands of dollars on Pumas and “weird Ben Davis pants.”

The internet — or more specifically, the only thing on it that anyone cares about, Instagram — functions as the modern-day X-Large store. And in a few short years, Sk8mafia rider Stephen Lawyer has mastered this convergence by capitalizing on both the #attentioneconomy and Instagram-as-Content-Management-System.

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Where are you from, and how did you get into skating?

I’m from San Diego. I was playing hella baseball as a kid, and I saw some neighborhood kids skating. I got a board together and started skating to practice ‘n shit. And one day at practice I was just like “Man, I’m tired of this shit. I just wanna skate with the homies.” I quit baseball and here I am.

Who was most influential on your skating coming up?

I’m sure you’ve heard of Jordan Taylor. I was best friends with his little brother, and we always used to skate together. It was pretty dope watching Jordan and all the other homies do their thing. They had a crew called More for Less, and they’d always make videos and shit. We pretty much followed in their footsteps.

Parisian Notes on Cons & Ben Chadourne’s Purple Video

May 4th, 2018 | 3:10 pm | Features & Interviews | 3 Comments

Words & Photos by Zach Baker

It is wild to me that a person could ever get to a point in their given field where they could even consider the idea of making something perfect. In skating, I’m reluctant to say that it is even possible, given the subjectivity that is part and parcel of anything creative. Be it the way a person holds their arms, or the viewer’s disapproval of whatever “bullshit fuckin’ trap song!” was chosen — in 2018, considering the our varied and fickle tastes, no video is going to make everyone happy. I doubt that the people involved in the making of Purple had any delusions in this regard.

Quartersnacks Top 10 — May 4, 2018

May 4th, 2018 | 1:33 am | Features & Interviews | 2 Comments

That Brad Cromer clip got me thinking how insane all the stuff on the old Philadelphia City Hall five down / five up spot would be if it were around in 2018. #1 is obvious for sheer “did you see”-factor over the past week with real humans.

Have a good one. Shout out to the summer ♥

EDIT: #2 is Victor Campillo.

Original Clips:

Spoiler

Intro via @hjaltehalberg on IG [link] 10) Mark Del Negro via “King’s Row” part [link] 9) Mike Vidal via “Gronze Island – Episode 1” [link] 8) Brad Cromer via IG [link] 7) Korhan Gayle via “Hectic” [link] 6) Leon Chapdelaine via IG [link] 5) Chris Jones via “Hectic” [link] 4) ??? via Nike SB’s “George” video 3) Sean Fredrickson via “Gas” 2) Gauthier Rouger Victor Campillo via “Un printemps avec les gars” [link] 1) Tyshawn Jones via IG [link]

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Previously: April 27, 2018

Branding Masterclass — Trucks

March 27th, 2018 | 5:00 am | Features & Interviews | 21 Comments

Words by Frozen in Carbonite
Collages by Requiem For A Screen

Few choices in life communicate as much about their owner as the skateboard truck. Board companies vary by woodshop, clothiers get bought out by global conglomerates, shoe brands come and go at the mercy of the vicissitudes of fashion, but the Big Three (plus one?) truck brands remain with consistent brand narratives that — for whatever reason — synergize with the most mindblowing slogans in the culture.

With that in mind, and with no end in sight to the #trend of starting brands, we will deconstruct the marketing tactics of the Big Three (plus one?) truck companies, focusing on their most iconic and immortal slogans.

Join me, won’t you?

Five Favorite Parts With Tom Knox

February 15th, 2018 | 5:00 am | Features & Interviews | 4 Comments

Photo by Alex Pires

Never not on a perpetual break from the days when we were doing one of these segments a month. 2018’s first one comes from Tom Knox, one of the leading line choreographers working today. As always, open to any requests for future 5FPs.