Homies Network — An Interview With Kei, Kyota, Mark & Sully

Photo by Mark Custer

A crew’s first video is always an experiment. It is an experiment in finding the tone, the pacing, and even the overall understanding from everybody that yes, you’re making a video. Everyone in The Homies Video would have started skating after Instagram came around, but it didn’t affect the idea that there is something unifying and special about creating a full-on video. We chatted with Kei (the video’s filmer + editor), Mark (the crew’s photographer), and Kyota + Sully (both of whom have full parts in it) about what it was like filming for the first Homies Network video.

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How did all of you meet each other?

Kei: I’ve known Kyota almost since birth. My parents moved here from Japan around the same time as his [moved from Japan]. We were both born here, and we lived like two blocks apart. I was best friends with his older brother, who is 20, and I’m 18.

Sully moved from Florida, and started skating with Kyota and them. It’s really just mutual friends between everyone. I’ve known Mark through his Instagram and his photography. I asked him to take some photos for the video.

What is Homies Network?

Kei: It’s me filming my friends. Everyone in the video is one of my favorite skaters. I took my parents old TRV-820 because I didn’t have any money to buy a new camera. I wanted to make something small — like, a short video, and it turned out to be way bigger than it was.

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Homies Network — ‘The Homies Video’

Photo by Mark Custer

The Homies Video is the first full-length by Homies Network, featuring a ton of upcoming skaters you’ll recognize if you spend any time pushing around downtown, or lurking by Labor. Filmed + edited by Kei Tsuruta.

We have an interview we did with Kei and a few of the guys, but a lot of it was in reference to stuff that actually happens in the video — so we figured we’d give this one a day to marinate and post it up tomorrow ;) There’s a lot in their first full-length to get hyped on and reassure yourself that the future is in good, enthusiastic and creative hands.

Support the Homies Network webstore, too.

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The Grip Is Jessup Black, Got The Bolts & Nuts To Match

Let’s begin this Tuesday edition of Monday Links with some inspiration from those wiser in their years than us…

“All love is self-love, all hate is self-hate” via this nice mini interview with Andrew Reynolds.

“You tell people what you think is rad and that’s all that matters” via Skate Jawn‘s interview with Lance Dawes.

No pro part (yet?), but if Bond Street Gap was three or four feet longer than it already is, he still would’ve cleared it.

New York magazine has a quick Q & A with T.J. for their “They Seem Cool” series.

Kyota and Homies Network threw a new iPhone edit up on YouTube.

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