Five Favorite Parts With Mark Suciu

Intro & Interview by Farran Golding
Collage by Requiem For A Screen
Original Photo by Zander Taketomo

When you’ve religiously watched the same three-or-so minutes of footage throughout your life as a skateboarder, explaining the significance of your favorite video parts becomes pretty instinctive. Perhaps casting the spotlight in other directions takes the edge off, or maybe it’s because this format feels like a means of thanking those who have had an impact, but even the most interview-shy skaters are usually to down to talk about their “Five Favorite Parts.” In doing so, we can decipher a lot about their personality and approach to skateboarding.

Mark Suciu, however, is no stranger to interviews. You can count on him to deliver whether you’re musing over his own back catalogue or the finer details of others. Without spoiling what’s to follow, I can tell you his “Five Favorite Parts” are Jake Johnson in Mind Field, Anthony Pappalardo in Mosaic, Jerry Hsu in Bag of Suck, Paul Rodriguez in In Bloom, and P.J. Ladd in Wonderful Horrible Life because they aren’t going to be discussed whatsoever.

Rather than weigh in on those which have already been celebrated in this series, what follows are “more about what a video part can do,” and, as a result, have influenced him in ways that are more nuanced and personal.

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Five Favorite Parts With Justin Henry

Photo by Anthony Acosta

Skateboarding’s recent history has felt less centered on moving out west to chase the industry, and more open to skaters making a name for themselves on their own terms. Most people first became aware of Justin Henry through his OPM part for Embassy Skateshop out in Columbus, Ohio. Justin’s skateboarding since then has always felt grounded in this hometown (or home-state) pride, and his influences highlight how there’s always a pinch of something special when you do it for the town ;)

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Five Favorite Parts With Jarne Verbruggen

Photo by Guillaume Perimony

There’s no “formula” to making an engaging skate part anymore — whether its trick, trick, trick until the ender or a full narrative, there’s no guarantee anything is breaking through that barrier of a second-viewing. Jarne’s past two, however, did. Both “What Paradise” and “Professional Life” leave you knowing a bit more about the skater than your average section, but in a tact way that never feels like they’re trying to be more than video parts.

Given that those two have felt the right degree of different, it felt worthwhile to get a glimpse of what inspires the mind that got a flower pot dropped on it.

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Five Favorite Parts With Breana Geering

Photo by Jonathan Mehring

Inspiration arrives in different forms. It could be as superficial as an outfit of a pro that you admire, or as profound as a video that changed the way you look at everything. Other times, it’s subtle — that Eureka moment when the slightest nuance of how someone does a trick makes you figure it out for yourself. A dear friend with a perfect nollie flip said specifically this nollie flip gave way to the realization: “Oh, you jump UP.”

But inspiration is not always about the finish line. It was refreshing to hear that Breana chose one of her favorites partially because he excels at a trick that she has yet to figure out. By the same token, I’ve always been jealous of how much fun people who can impossible on command look like they’re having, and expended far too much brain power on trying to figure it out. I’ll probably learn French before I learn impossibles — but personally speaking, nobody has ever made them make more sense than Breana here, in this .gif from her Wisteria part, which I’ve stared at for way too long, way too many times. In those moments of hypnosis, the puzzle is solved, at least enough to keep trying again and again and again.

Anyway! The latest is with Credits‘ closer.

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Five Favorite Parts With Sage Elsesser

Photo by Ben Colen

We spoke to Sage about the pivotal moment he realized he was a heelflip guy, and how pop is skateboarding’s greatest superpower. Any young QS readers would be well-advised to put a certain Maple part in their viewing rotation, given it’s a recurring bit of inspiration for those with good verticals.

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