Last installment of the more local wrap-up. Readers Poll results, Top 10 of the Year, etc. on the way ❤️
Had to make it an all-Bronze affair this week considering a new Bronze video is basically an office holiday around here. Could’ve been a Top 20 from that video alone. Shout out to Andrew Allen’s Vans part, Will Marshall’s line at Natural History, and the “10:34” video on the Free site.
Happy birthday Pryce Holmes! 💕
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.
In the blink of an eye, we’ve had a decade of Bronze, a homie video series turned brand that reshaped the runtime required to deem a project “full-length.” Quasi transcended their birthright as a successor to Alien Workshop, carved out a singular path, and released two of the best longform productions in recent memory. The moniker “HUF” now covers not only the guy whose video parts defined less is more, but a longstanding brand.
Dick Rizzo – or Richie to those who know him — has in one way or another, intersected with these moments in contemporary skateboarding, which makes it all the more surprising that his story hasn’t been more thoroughly explored.