Some people’s influences are tucked in their jacket pockets (thinking of Gino’s mini ramp-heavy “Five Favorite Parts” outing), while others wear their influences on their sleeves. The lineage of 2020’s S.O.T.Y. is traceable through the generations that came before him, but it is especially endearing to hear him talk through it so direct — right down to the longstanding spot aspirations spouting from this series’ most-oft-discussed part ;)
We are never not in the midst of a perpetual stop and go with “Five Favorite Parts.” (The last one was Suciu in …September!) With just three days left in January, going to make a public pledge on here to do one of these a month for all of 2021 ♥
The year’s first installment comes from the first lady of F.A. who has made straight-on no comply mechanics make sense to my no-comply-deficient brain more than anyone else — but not enough for me to actually have a breakthrough because no complys will never make sense ;)
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.
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 ;)
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.