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.
Having been out of town for the Bronze premiere two weeks ago, one naturally feels compelled to ask for opinions from those who were present. But truth be told, “how was the Bronze video?” is a stupid question; it’s the skateboard media equivalent of “will this water be wet?”
It is a testament to the endurance of the Bronze franchise that not a single project in an over-a-decade-long run has ever fell short of expectations. Here is the most imitated independent skate video series of the 2010s, and it is still as fresh as it was when Drake told you about knowing too many people in here right now as a helicopter shot spun around the Statue of Liberty in Solo Jazz.
Dutchy ❤️ Photo by Zander Taketomo
Added Simone Rocca’s “BILLET DOUX” video, filmed entirely at Rome’s D.I.Y. spot, Ponte Della Musica, to the QS One-Spot Part Map. It is where we discovered 12th & A design principles had made their way to European skate spots while visiting in 2018.
“Is that an NFT on Mike Carroll’s opening line in Modus Operandi?” New Michigan-heavy Bronze 56k radio just dropped.
Mostly the Palace video, a bit of Coots’ video. Have a good one ❤️