We took a quick 3 days to head to the desert and ride some new concrete, just to mix things up. The feeling of discovering something new and doing a trick on something you haven’t done is around every corner. Even if you skate poorly you probably will get something new. Trips like this rule because you get to shake out all the dust that is accumulating in the corners of your comfortable routine.
I only went back and watched this part because he skates to Lil’ Wayne and I was listening to some weezy during my flatground session; think of it like gym music. Watching the part though made me realize how long ago 2014 was. If Theo was a rapper he would release a boring album packed full of features from OG’s on Death Row. He skates slow and mostly skates manuals. He does double flips. He made his career in Baker 3 just being a little black kid with a hug smile and a love for skateboarding. Well now we have Kader who is much more enjoyable to watch. I can’t help but feel like skateboarding left Theo behind with this part. He already didn’t party so he just moved on to skating his backyard spot and saying “Belee Dat!” Even 4 years later skating to Lil’ Wayne would seem too corny to put in a mainstream video. Skating likes to think of itself as a small secret club, so someone bumping top 40 artists, wearing athletic gear and sports team hats makes skateboarders skeptical. Theo does not care about your trends. He will crack a Mt. Dew and get to have a session with the same Lil’ Wayne he skated to and they will laugh about how corny we are.
The man behind the magazine tries to prove his worth in front of the fisheye. Filmed over the 2 years I worked through getting sober and it shows in the skating. Keep em coming.
We went to Arizona for a week to skate parks and get a change of scenery. I am still recovering. Full article (overly long, like pages of writing I don’t think anyone will read it even me to proof.) and full montage coming very very soon. Meanwhile to get the mood set here is the friends section in a a Pyramid Country video called Worship FRIENDSHIP seems like this must be the part right? These guys rip and make Phoenix look amazing.
These three are some of my favorites to skate with recently and it is awesome to see them getting love from Krux together. June and Mike have a habit of taking it way too far, and when things get weird and you start to get uncomfortable, they are just getting warmed up. They are up in Norcal getting rained out right now, here is to hoping they get some tricks for another vid like this.
The first Shep Dawgs videos were named like the first Led Zeppelin albums and the comparison stayed true with Shep Dawgs 4 where it was clear the kids had grown into men with long hair the heavy metal chops to back it up. Not just being fans of the rock n roll life, but living it in that smoky bubble of Oceanside where the 70s are very much alive.
After Zeppelin released 4 they released Houses of the Holy and stopped numbering their albums. While one of the greatest Rock N Roll bands of all time got into studio experiments and cocaine after their 4th entry, the Shep Dawgs continue to produce another classic album.
Most of the team has gone on to bigger things since Vol 4. Let’s just do a tally to keep score. Riley went pro, Kirby went pro, Rowan went pro, Stephen Lawyer lost his mind and went Instagram famous, Tron made manbags the must-have skate accessory right now.
With skateboarding moving in whatever direction it is, the Shep Dawgs stay true to what they know, huge rails and heavy metal and blue jeans. It has to be noted that there is very little nonsense when it comes to tricks, there is a single step off trick in the whole video, provided by a homie (I think Noah Lora?) and the clothing is black t-shirts and blue jeans. This is skateboarding not a fashion show. Continue reading
After a bit of time running in similar circles with similar friends, nerding out about skating on twitter (@etb_scott) and a feature on his SkateFillet Podcast I finally got around to doing some skateboarding with Grant Fiero and fellow MSCSPB starting power forward Billy Jackson. Billy is good, he got it like that, like how you want it. He was trying some nosegrind – flip out variation on a little flatbar and just sitting in the nosegrind showed master control. This video shows some of that good, the stuff on the bump over rail is all really well done and looks way too easy. See you around boys.