This clip is my favorite parts of Mike’s skating. It’s kinda like he is making fun of skating. It’s not taken too seriously and bits of magic float to the top while the soup is cooking. The best part is being able to skate anything and this translates to when he skate skateparks too. Probably why PQ is his favorite park because there is so much to try and make happen. Skating with him is a blast I need to find a way to capture that for the zine.
From the issue 5 artist section comes Louis doing the one true art, skateboarding. Lots of hard tech tricks and things done the hard way. I’ve never done a handrail so I can’t relate to that, but i have a craving to grind every ledge and this part speaks right to that.
Joe was one of my favorite skateboarders from back in Ridgecrest and is totally responsible for much of my trick selection. This was some tricks at Home Ave followed with the ollie on Valley Parkway in front of Barnes and Noble in Escondido that was the back cover of Issue #1.
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.