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adidas Skateboarding | Danny Kinley

Trashfilter: We’ve had a few emails recently from people asking how they can get into the shoe design industry – mainly from students or skaters who are trying to work the angles and find a way in. What’s your role and what was your personal journey to get where you are now?

Danny Kinley: I think you can go all different routes, but I went a more traditional route: I went to design school for industrial design. It was a five year program, which seemed like an eternity when I was in college! I did that for five years, had a bunch of internships but my first introduction to working on footwear was working for Salomon, which at the time was in Colorado. I worked on some trail shoes and that kinda thing and then after college I got a job at DVS. I worked there for a couple of years and then came up to adidas.

I’ve known a lot of people who’ve gone from graphic design into footwear, such as C-Law here, so there are different ways you can translate those skills into footwear design.

Do they cross over much, do you think? Is having a background in graphics advantageous to design footwear?

Yeah, I think especially for lifestyle shoes there’s more of a crossover, because a lot of the time it’s based on a graphic or a focus on logo placement. I think on the Performance shoes, there’s another level. I think there are a few Performance shoes where the focus has moved away a little too much from the graphic side of things.

What’s your official job title at adidas?

I’m the Senior Designer for Skateboarding. I work on footwear, apparel and accessories. We have an ad agency called Juice who handle the ads, website and everything else.

Ahhh… They’re the guys down in San Francisco, right? I think we pitched against them once! They’re really good.

Haha! Yeah! They get the whole skateboarding thing, which is great: Dennis Busenitz will call into their office to see stuff and they know people in the city down there, so they’ve got a good handle on what’s going on. We work quite closely with them, especially when it comes to catalogue time. They’ll have certain ideas on what they want to do and we’ll go through it together. It’s nice to work with guys you can really trust to do things properly.

Trashfilter: So what is the process you go through to create a skate shoe? How do you take it from concept through to final product? Do you get briefed on what’s needed on every project?

Danny Kinley: Yeah. Marc Holcombe – our crack marketeer, I guess you could say! – will come up with a plan for the whole season. How many new shoes we’re gonna do and how many colourways of each shoe and, if there’s a new shoe, what direction it should be. He does a really good job and we work well together – he’ll give me a loose idea of what’s required, not too constraining.

From there, I’ll go and sketch for a week and work on it over and over again and then sit with Marc and we’ll refine it some more. We’ll have lots of arguments and discussions along the way, but we’ve been working together long enough to communicate really well and we’re on the same page usually.

After you’ve worked out the sketches to take forwards, what’s the next stage?

So, yeah, the first thing is the sketches, which I’ll refine to a point where we’re happy with the initial look. Then we’re in a position to take it to the German office and we’ll get feedback and make adjustments based on that. So after the presentation stage, we go to the sample making process. If it’s something we’ve never done before, like a new technology, we start the sampling process a bit earlier.

After a month of sample making, we go to Asia and revise all the samples and make sure the salseman samples are ready.

When you take your designs to Germany for sign-off, does everything translate easily? I don’t mean in terms of language, by the way! I just see the US skate market as being slightly different to the European one. We certainly get different models and colourways here in the UK to what the US stores are carrying.

Luckily, it’s a pretty international bunch of people in the German office. As long as we’re confident in what we’re presenting, they’ll back us up. The only conflicts are if there’s something they’re already working on that might crossover too closely.

Do you have to do different products for different territories specifically? Do certain areas take certain colours and models?

As far as Skate goes, it’s generally all international these days. I worked on some projects that were under the Coastal division category that were more targeted, but not any more. Some of the lifestyle models tend to be US-only: things that are catering for the shopping mall crowd, with bigger logos and graphic treatments.

Trashfilter: What’s it like to work on a pro model shoe for one of the skaters? Do the skaters generally want to have a lot of input?

Danny Kinley: Yeah. I’d say that each person is different: some pros are more involved than others. Dennis Busenitz was really involved in the design of his model. In fact, he just called me and is still trying to tweak things on his shoe, even though it’s been out for over a year and a half! Which is good, because it gives us the chance to continually evolve the design.

Some other guys just trust you to make it cool and you’ll show them the sample and we’ll just revise it from there.

So which skaters have you designed shoes for? You did Tim O’Connor’s model, right?

Yeah – those were all colourways of the Roster. We have our pro colourways of existing models and Dennis’s shoe was the first full-on pro shoe we did. The next one is the Silas Baxter-Neal shoe, which (at the time of this interview) is due out in a month or so.

And Pete Eldridge’s shoe was another colourway, right?

Yeah – in order to keep the product line tight, we can take an existing model and just adjust things a little bit to tailor it to the skater. This time it was a colourway and adding his name to the shoe, but next year it might be something else.

With Dennis’s shoe, that really surprised a lot of us who were waiting to see what was coming. The absolute antithesis of bulky skate shoes, it looked more like a football shoe. It seemed like a really bold and brave move by adidas, considering you guys were still fairly new to the core skate market. But it was really well received – I don’t know how it went in the US, but in Europe, the stores couldn’t keep it in stock.

Nice! Yeah, that was all Dennis’s direction: he really liked the Copa Mondial model. He grew up playing soccer – as we call it in the US! – in Germany up until the age of joining junior high (school). So that shoe had a big influence on him and he definitely wanted something with that toe detail. With the tongue, we were a little nervous about it, as it was our first pro shoe in the line…

Oh – I loved that detail though! The extra-long tongue, with scissor marks to guide you if you wanted to cut it down! I thought that was pretty cool, as it reminded me of when we used to cut down our Airwalk Prototypes!

That was actually something that came in right at the end. We were down at Juice doing an interview – Dan Wolfe (Eastern Exposure) was filming – and bouncing ideas across with Matt Irving, the idea of the tongue came up. We put the text on the back and had Dennis translate it into German for us

We were a little nervous about the tongue, but it seems like it’s been well-received.

I love that shoe, but to be fair, I think that’s a perfect example of a model that you needed to see in the flesh to fully appreciate. Photographs just didn’t do it justice.

It was a challenge to get it in front of people, but halfway through the season it seemed to gain more momentum. I think seeing any shoe that Dennis was skating in… well, he could be wearing Ugg boots and it’d look good! So we definitely had that going for us!

Trashfilter: The adidas skate team is pretty much second to none. Look at the videos, like ‘Diagonal’: amazing stuff.

Danny Kinley: Totally – lots of different styles on there. Maybe not the biggest X Games type characters, but the managers here have always understood about quality not quantity.

The European and Asian team seems to be as well-respected and considered as the US team, which definitely helps. I’m a big fan of Chewy (Cannon), so there’s a sense of UK pride when I see him on ‘Diagonal’ for sure.

Yeah, Chewy‘s amazing! Jascha (Muller) has done a great job directing the look and feel of the team, just like George here in the US. All the decisions about who’s going to join they discuss with the whole existing team first. Once you have that good base of pro riders, you can ask their opinions and get a good idea as to whether certain people will fit.

I was reading something recently where a sponsored skater was being asked in a magazine interview, ‘Oh, so what do you think of this guy who’s on your team?’. And he was like, ‘I don’t even know who that is’. Dude, that’s your teammate!

I guess one other thing that seems pretty apparent here in the adidas design area is that everyone seems to be involved in skating. Do you still skate?

Yeah! I’ve got two kids, so it gets harder and harder! But I keep telling myself that I gotta keep my skills up for when they’re old enough to start asking, ‘Dad, how do I do a tre flip?’. We have a day during the week – Thrash Thursday – where we can all go out for a skate in the afternoon, which is pretty cool.

Make Friends With The Colour Blue (MFWTCB) | Blueprint Skateboards DVD

blueprint make friends with the colour blue

Skate DVD reviews are probably one of the most time-consuming things to prepare. You need to watch the film repeatedly, make notes, occasionally do a little research, take screengrabs (which is trickier off an actual DVD than from downloaded content) – and then write it all down. As a result, I try to stick to the cream of the crop. Blueprint’s latest film, Make Friends With The Colour Blue (or MFWTCB, as I’m going to refer to it from now), fully deserved my time.

Blueprint is one of the UK’s finest exports and something that all skaters over here feel an affiliation to. When we heard on the grapevine that the company was going through a difficult patch a while back, we kept our fingers crossed things would sort themselves out – and with Paul Shier and Dan Magee steering the ship, it’s clear that things are on the up again. Look through the Blueprint video archives and you’ll find one of the strongest back catalogues of skate film history from any company. The exposure might’ve been limited to Europe mostly, but with ‘MFWTCB’ things have gone global.

And with a global reach, you need to adjust things accordingly. The Blueprint team is now international with a few new additions from the US, some continental Europeans and the backbone of UK riders, making for a well-rounded feeling to the proceedings. There are still plenty of the expected homegrown references (rain puddles, grey rooftops, Greggs bakery shops), but this has less of a ‘yes mate, we’re from the UK’ vibe and more of a ‘it ain’t where you’re from, it’s where you’re at’ feel. I’m a big fan of the traditional style, but this time you really feel that Blueprint’s arrived on an international level. And, to be honest, things like the Marty Murawski promo and the week at The Berrics have all reinforced this new feeling of growth. ‘MFWTCB’ feels like springtime after a long dark winter.

blueprint make friends with the colour blue

Enough babble: on with the review. Kicking things off with a ‘this is our mate’ intro, Dave Mackey has a short but amusing pre-title sequence section. He skates fast, spends a fair amount of time on the floor and does a dope bluntslide up and over an angled ledge. The title sequence follows, nicely edited to ‘Birdhouse In Your Soul’ from They Might Be Giants (with a couple of little references to the band’s original music video in for good measure). Colin Kennedy is first up, with a super-fast, super-powerful section from one of the original members of the team. Great music too. Next is my old mate Paul Shier, who shares the same music with Colin (as they did back in 2001’s ‘First Broadcast’). I grew up skating – and filming – with Paul at Fairfield’s in Croydon and every time I see him these days, I jokingly remind him he’s ‘not getting any younger’ and he might ‘need to think about a future career’. Well, he can put the job applications on hold indefinitely: this section is probably his best yet. It’s so good. Lots of speed (a quality that seems to run throughout almost all of the Blueprint team), plenty of amazing combination tricks and lashings of style. Without peaking too soon, this is definitely one of my favourite sections. Congrats Paul. My Fairfield’s pride is at optimum levels.

Sylvain Tognelli from Lyon, France is up next with a great section packed with flippery and shove-it lines: he does a perfect fakie 360 flip/switch manual/pop-up on this disgusting-looking icy road gap. Bench-king Danny Brady follows with an as-expected gem of a section – loads of nice lines and a few rather unique tricks to make you hit rewind. His half cab bluntslide to flip out was particularly memorable. Thoroughly good.

blueprint make friends with the colour blue

Tuuka Korhonen from Helsinki shares his section with Arizona’s own Marty Murawski, whose ‘Make Friends With Marty’ promo video apparently utilised a lot of his recent footage due to camera compatibility issues. It’s not an issue though, as he still rips it here. Tuuka’s lines of tech balance nicely with his bigger stuff and I liked all the little ‘rewind’ tricks he does. It doesn’t need saying that Murawski is a fine addition to the team.

Fuck YES: Chewy Cannon. If you’ve seen his part in the adidas ‘Diagonal’ video, you’ll be well accustomed to how good this dude is: his blend of power and style is perfect. Lots of solid and confident tricks, executed with finesse. Adding to the Blueprint US roster, Boston’s Kevin Coakley has an amazing collection of footage. Fakie flip/switch crooks on the Pyramid ledges in NYC, lots of nimble-footed quick hop action over and down steps and blocks and a sick frontside tailslide to drop off on a big block/red brick bank combination. I really liked his music as well: Cheap Trick’s ‘Oh Claire’ was a great choice.

I’d sympathise with anyone having the duty of following Coakley’s section, but Sheffield’s Jerome Campbell has got what it takes. Loads of great tricks and lines (the catch on his flippery is always spot-on). Neil Smith’s section is next and although his part in 2005’s ‘Lost and Found’ was good, this is a real progression. Big BIG ollies (the one over the rail to bank is massive) and some smooth tech makes for another stand out part of the film. The huge nollie heelflip down the steps blew me away. I liked him wobbling the road sign as well. The guest clips of teammate Tom Knox (no, not the Santa Cruz guy) are also really impressive: I look forwards to seeing more from him in the future.

blueprint make friends with the colour blue

Nick Jensen is the second half of the Royal Family to feature – and, as you’d expect, his section is a testament to how natural he looks on a board. Powered by the sounds of Portishead’s ‘Sour Times’, he shows a vast array of tricks with plenty of style. He switch ollies the Liverpool Street station steps (where I broke my ankle back in 2002) and makes every difficult nose blunt transfer and grind-flip combination look incredibly easy.

And so we get the final part: curtains duty deservedly goes to Mark Baines, who’s been at the forefront of UK skating for over a decade and is showing no signs of slowing down. Super good. Plenty of tricks that no-one else does, all executed at vast speeds: half-cab nose grind, nollie big spin out, switch backside heel noseslides and lots of manual trickery. To be fair, the closing honours could’ve gone to a number of the team riders here, but I’m stoked that Baines took the podium. Check out his ‘leftovers’ in the little DVS promo film that is doing the rounds online.

blueprint make friends with the colour blue

This is definitely a DVD to come back to. I liked it upon first viewing, but it’s the subsequent viewings that have really made it a firm winner. At only £10, you’re doing yourself a serious injustice if you’re just watching downloaded clips on your computer: this is one to experience in front of your TV set. Well done to all who made this film possible: Blueprint are truly on the up and up.

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Blind ‘Video Days’ | skate video

The Blind skate company was formed when Steve Rocco approached legendary street skater Mark Gonzales (AKA The Gonz) to start his own company under the World Industries umbrella. Mark’s previous sponsor, Vision, was regarded as one of the ‘big 5’ companies, generating a lot of money for the owners and shareholders but not necessarily an equal amount for the skaters it sponsored – and whose names kept the Vision products flying off the shelves.

People have analysed the Blind name and come up with their own ideas on the name (perhaps it was the opposite of Vision?), but that’s always been ‘officially’ denied by both Gonz and Rocco. Regardless of any in-jokes or private inspiration, skaters immediately latched onto the fact that one of their long-term icons was now in creative control of his own entity.

And we could hardly wait.

The roster of riders in ‘Video Days’ might have been short, but it was certainly sweet: Guy Mariano, Jordan Richter, Mark Gonzales, Rudy Johnson and Jason Lee. At a period when skate videos were few and far between, to have such a concise team was considered an unusual and brave move, especially for a new company. Established competitors such as Powell Peralta and H-Street would happily make a 90-minute film showcasing 20 different riders and sell it for £20: by comparison, Blind were barely a few years old and ‘Video Days’ featured five riders over 24 minutes – and for £25. The other companies had full-colour VHS cases: ‘Video Days’ had a grey cardboard box with a sticker on it.

If you’ll pardon the pun, in this case, less was clearly more.

Whilst The Gonz’s creativity made Blind a force to be reckoned with in terms of skate companies, there was another big contributing factor to the success of ‘Video Days’.

Enter Spike Jonze. Today, Spike is known for his Hollywood productions and music videos as much as anything else, but ‘Video Days’ was the starting point. With a genuine background in the BMX and skateboarding scenes, Spike was the perfect person to direct Blind’s debut video.

Creating ‘Video Days’ as your first commercial skate film production certainly didn’t do Spike’s resume any harm.

The camera work by Jacob Rosenberg was amazing and upped the ante for all subsequent skate video releases. ‘Video Days’ had an all-star cast, from every angle.

The video kicks off with the Blind team driving around Los Angeles (well, four of them: Jordan Richter is busy rolling down hills, it would seem) in an old blue Cadillac. As they cruise the streets and drive dangerously close to the edge of the freeway, we get to see glimpses of the skating abilities within. And a rather spectacular stack down a large double-set of stairs from Mark Gonzales.

Once the 60-second intro sequence is over, the individual sections begin…

Guy was fresh from the Powell team, along with fellow Blind team-mate, Rudy Johnson, even wearing a Powell ‘Supreme’ t-shirt at various points in his video part.

Skating to the sounds of the Jackson Five, Guy’s section is nothing short of incredible. We’d already had a small taste of his skills in Powell’s ‘Ban This’ video from ‘89, but by ’Video Days’ his skills were honed to perfection.

Riding a board that was almost as big as himself (Guy was 14 when much of the video was shot), he did the first noseblunt slides I’d seen on film, an impossible lipslide on the infamous Hewlett-Packard handrail and some incredible flatground lines. One of the best opening sections of any skate video ever.

Jordan had a short section compared to the rest of the team – and to be fair, he had his work cut out to hold our attentions. Whilst vert ramp skating was the popular style of the ‘80s, by the time ’Video Days’ came out, vert was in a lull and everyone wanted to see street skating. It didn’t help that the person who’d brought him to Blind – ramp genius, Danny Way – had moved on, leaving Richter as the lone ‘ramp guy’ on the team.

That said, his part shows the beginning of the period where vert riders began bringing street-inspired moves to the ramps: nollies, nose manuals and other tricks.

Opening with clips from ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’ (not to be confused with ‘Charlie & the Chocolate Factory’…) and skating to John Coltrane, Mark Gonzales produced his first full video section anyone had seen. We’d seen the photos in the magazines of his incredible tricks, but watching them on the TV screen was something else altogether.

There aren’t any highlights: his whole section is outstanding. The first to ollie the infamous Wallenburg steps (see middle picture above here), the handrail manoeuvres, the cruising down the street, the long linked lines of flatland… Nothing had ever been done of this calibre before.

One of the best video sections of all-time.

Having joined Blind from Powell with Guy, Rudy’s section was just as impressive. High speed lines, technical trickery (the manual to 360 flip at Embarcadero being a prime example) and crisp style made Rudy’s section the perfect follow-on from Gonz’s section.

You can tell how good Rudy was by the visible clue that many of his tricks were filmed in the same day: just look for the same clothing in a number of clips.

Another skater who we were used to seeing in the magazines but had little idea just how good he actually was, Jason Lee’s section is still a benchmark twenty years later.

Skating fast, with plenty of big moves, you get to see a number of outstanding tricks in this part. The 360 flip over the sand gap (see above left) is one of the best 360 flips of all time. We’ve heard numerous times that Jason’s part doesn’t actually show just how good he really was. But it was still enough to blow our minds.

The blue Cadillac device continues at the end of the film, with our rowdy skate team grabbing some alcohol and taking to the dirt tracks of Tijuana. Alas, it all ends in tears when they go over the edge of a cliff and crash, resulting in a eulogy-style credits section that could bring a tear to anyone’s eye.

Whilst it seemed pretty clear that it was all a joke, I recall people asking ‘Wow… did they all die?’ after seeing this for the first time.

Phat Magazine | Hot Stuff For Hoodlums

My good friend Mr. Warnett covered Phat Magazine tremendously well over on his blog already, but I feel it would be an injustice to miss out on an opportunity to write a little about it myself.

Drawing parallels with other magazines doesn’t really work so well for Phat: it was a unique compendium of different topics, perhaps centred around skateboarding, but progressive enough to go off on a tangent at any moment. The only other real comparison might be with Spike Jonze, Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman’s ‘Dirt’ magazine, but that’s a topic I’ll return to at a later date.

Before Phat, there was R.a.D. (Read and Destroy) magazine. And before R.a.D. was BMX Action Bike. When skating slowly infiltrated the pages of my much-beloved issues of BMX Action Bike magazine, I was initially dismayed! How dare they cut pages of BMX only to replace it with skateboarding photos? In 1985, I was still fully immersed in riding my BMX: trying to race very occasionally for the Bexhill Burners and then learn flatground tricks by copying people such as the Curb Dogs. Skateboarding was not on my radar at all at that point, so when December 1985’s issue of BMX Action Bike came around, I was surprised to see a 16-page ‘Skate Action’ special tucked into the magazine. Today, I would kill for a replacement copy of that pullout (please get in touch if you have one), but at the time I felt slightly annoyed.

Seeing my buddy Rich on his Variflex Twisted soon changed my mind and I gradually swapped two wheels for four, as BMX Action Bike morphed into R.a.D. magazine at issue 53.

R.a.D. was a complete anomaly on the shelves of the newsagents. Whilst there were other attempts to take ownership of the UK skate demographic, editor Tim Leighton-Boyce and his editorial team were by far the most influential. Freestyle BMX magazines tried to cram skating into their pages, but fell by the wayside early on, whilst Skateboard! and the abysmal Sk8 Action slowly faded into obscurity (Skateboard! was all ready to relaunch as ‘Crack’ or something, but it never materialised: I’m not surprised, with a name like that). R.a.D. truly held the banner aloft for the UK skate scene.

Due to a variety of shenanigans (Robert Maxwell being a main culprit), R.a.D was put up for sale and despite being offered to the staff who were running things, it was sold to another party who went on to ruin the magazine. Speak to anyone today about that period of R.a.D. and they might recall how the mag halved in content overnight. Meanwhile, the original R.a.D. team went and launched their own magazine: Phat.

Phat had a loose but unique structure that made it particularly accommodating to anything that was deemed worthy of publication. A cover feature formed a major part of the content, but the other parts of the mag were broken down into three different sections that went far beyond the realms of skate-only content. In short, the magazine hooked you in with the skate stuff, which was just as good as it had been in R.a.D., and then took you somewhere completely else. Little amusing lists (ie. ‘5 Reasons Not To Be A Ragga’ or ‘5 Fashion Items We Never Want To See Again’) were peppered between UFO articles and interviews with graffiti writers and comic book artists.

30,000 went out to the newsagents, ready for a hungry audience to consume. So what happened?

It was the cover feature on issue 1 that caused irreparable damage to Phat. A feature in The Sunday Telegraph picked up on the gun culture cover feature and used it to fuel a diatribe on how the teenage gang phenomenon was being encouraged by publications such as Phat. The reality couldn’t have been further from the truth: the gun culture feature was actually a fantastic argument against guns, written by the late, great Gavin Hills who wrote some truly great articles in his time. The cover photo (well-respected UK skater Matt Stuart, holding a replica Beretta with a daisy stuck in the end of it) and the ‘teenage gangsta’ headline gave the media the perfect ammunition to cause uproar from nothing. If they’d actually taken the time to read the article, things might have been very different.

The end result: some backers pulled out, John Menzies insisted on vetting every page before stocking it and in the end WHSmith decided they wouldn’t stock the mag at all. With their monopoly on distribution, it meant there was nowhere to go with the magazine, despite a last-minute attempt to move things under the Time Out wing.

So, with a limited sales outlet and a negative media frenzy, the magazine seemed doomed. Throw into the mix that the lead designer (the extremely talented Steve Hicks) was poached to work on another magazine (Mouth 2 Mouth, based over in the US) and that sealed the magazine’s fate. That said, the fact that Tim and co. managed to get the third issue out there before the coffin was sealed is a testament to their determination. In three issues, they’d made more of an impact on my life than any other magazine has done since.

On a personal level, I’ll always be extremely grateful to Tim for giving me the chance to contribute (a small number of product and music reviews) to both R.a.D. and Phat – something that inspired me to keep writing and led to me writing for a number of other magazine titles down the line. I still find myself pulling the old copies of Phat off the shelves and reminiscing. Thank you Tim.

C21 Publishing (the publishers of Phat) were genuinely innovative. Phat was one of the first magazines to begin using the Internet (in the early CIX guise) for both internal communication and inviting outside participation. Remember, this was 1993: most of us hadn’t even sent an email at that point, let alone logged onto a website.

As early adopters of email and other forward-thinking technologies, Phat was truly practising what it preached. Part of the mission statement said it was ‘a revolutionary new magazine for those who will be 21 in the 21st Century’.

The infamous ‘first issue’ that ultimately caused the unfair media backlash, Phat was talked about in a hush-hush tone as ‘the new magazine that Tim and the guys were doing’. My friend Ray (who was working as an editorial assistant) told me what was going on, and I was excited when I finally got hold of a copy. The thing that stood out was that there was plenty to read. I found myself spending ages trying to absorb everything in Phat.

‘The fun, the facts, the fear. Your guide to gun culture’

A great feature that ran through the facts and opinions on whether guns needed to join fashion and music as a complimentary (but often visible) accessory to youth culture. The ending paragraph simply states, "Practically all this world’s problems are caused by men with guns. Life may be tough and we all might want to be cool, but shooters are strictly for losers. Because the thing about guns is: they kill people. From Moss Side to Sarajevo: from Somalia to South LA; Bang-Bang and you’re dead sucker."

The reviews section in Phat was something else altogether. Where skate magazines had kept to equipment, clothing and perhaps the occasional video review, Phat delved into anything that had interested the team that month. As a result, you’d get little insights and personal opinions about anything from hip-hop albums through to television programmes. To someone ‘not in the loop’, it may have appeared disjointed, but to us, it was all relevant. The term ‘peer to peer’ never felt so appropriate.

The cover poked fun at the media backlash from the first issue (Lewis Goodyear holding a banana in a gun-like manner). The little bar down the side of the cover let you know what was going on inside, in case you felt nervous and the lead feature – ‘The top 100 babes’ – was more Viz than FHM.

One of the funniest and bizarre female run-downs I’ve ever read. ‘Seven pages of charming chew’ had me laughing and grimacing in equal amounts: there were clearly some diverse tastes at work on this feature! Nicole (French actress, Estelle Skornik, from the Renault car adverts) sat alongside Katie Puckrick (c’mon now…) and Jessica Rabbit (yes, the cartoon character) in a lighthearted and amusing celebration of the female form. The fact I had some video footage featured in the article (a chance liaison with a girl who’d been watching me skate Fairfield halls in Croydon) only added to my excitement.

Before Geoff became globally renowned for his skating abilities after emigrating to the US, he was practically a household name in the UK. Known for balls of steel and style, his little feature in this issue of Phat was nothing short of great.

Perhaps my favourite issue of any magazine of all time. With its ‘International Info Overload’ tag line on the cover and the cover’s ‘Theft special’ feature, the boundaries were blown to smithereens on the the final issue of the magazine.

OK: it’s not a full feature, but the little interview with James Lavelle, when he was in full flow with Mo’Wax was both inspiring and encouraging. The DIY ethics that Phat promoted were instrumental in my wanting to write later on in life. A great piece that really sums up the positive and realistic angle of Phat’s journalism.

An in-depth article that looked at the facts behind the question ‘does crime pay?’. With a shoplifter interview, a section on how much prison will cost you financially and a review of ‘The Italian Job’, it was a great (and unique) piece.

My friend Ollie was the model for this feature, which was pretty cool.

Deathbowl To Downtown | Skateboarding in New York City DVD

deathbowl to downtown dvd

To say that I was excited about seeing this DVD is an understatement: I’d been reading about the production for a while on various websites, blogs and magazines, and I was keeping my fingers crossed that it would reach the UK. Luckily for all of us here, the distributors realised they had a gem on their roster and made sure it was available for all.

Skating in New York had a beginning far removed from the Californian image of a long haired surfer guy weaving in and out of crowds on the sidewalk. And, although drawing a parallel might seem like a tenuous link, skating for us here in the UK wasn’t like that either. Cold winters (anyone else remember that dope Zoo York ‘wind chill factor’ advert and the Blueprint ‘we thrive on cold winters’ messaging?) , dirt, traffic, no legal spots… these are things that we shared with the NYC skaters. They had the Brooklyn Banks, we had South Bank: tolerated skating locations, but far from legal until more recent years. They have Supreme, we have Slam City. I could make a million of these connections, but that’s not what this review is really about.

I didn’t need any endorsement or positive reviews to know that this was going to be a real representation of skating in New York City. The role call of who was involved in the production and included in the footage was more than enough validation. Rick Charnoski and Coan Nichols were behind the excellent ‘Fruit Of The Vine’ film back in the late ’90s, which focused on the hunt and uncovering of backyard pools – another worthwhile viewing session, if you can find a copy.

deathbowl to downtown dvd

deathbowl to downtown dvd

So, what’s the film actually like? The main feature (ie. disc one of the double DVD pack) is phenomenal. It takes you from the very start of skating in NYC, from the ’70s and brings you up to around the ’98 or ’99 era. The photos and articles I’d read in Transworld or the Supreme/ Metropolitan/Zoo/Illuminati/Rookie/Shut ads I’d clip from Thrasher were great, but there really wasn’t too much visual material outside of that. Zoo York’s ‘Mix Tape’ or the incredible Eastern Exposure series were my first proper video introductions to what was happening on the East coast, but I knew there was more in the archives somewhere. So, that’s what you get here: the story of skating in NYC, with historical context and plenty of background information.

There’s nothing to question here. From Chloe Sevigny’s role as narrator through to Futura talking about the Soul Artists or Pete Bici, Bobby Puleo and Jefferson Pang on the ’90s Zoo York movement, it’s all totally legit. It was good to see the Sheffey and Coco Santiago shots from the first Shut era in there too: I remember seeing those in the magazines at the time.

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There’s a bonus disc with a whole host of extras – well worth the price alone – but the main feature is where I’ve been hitting rewind again and again. With the passing of Andy Kessler in 2009 and the loss of others such as Harold Hunter, Justin Pierce and Ali, this is a timely tribute to all those who’ve ever put urethane to concrete in New York.

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I suggest you hit up the official website here, and place an order at your favourite online film source. Peep the YouTube trailer below:

World Industries | skateboarding and anarchy

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Nike SB | Fluff book

I have to be honest – although I consider myself pretty well-informed in anything skate-related, this book initially confused me. A little exploration and research quickly informed me that Fluff is a respectable skate mag based in Holland, with a little more focus on creativity than most other magazines. Flick through a copy of the mag and you’ll notice that photography is given a priority over pages and pages of text.

So it’s very appropriate that Nike SB collaborated with the Fluff guys to create this incredibly impressive promotional book. My buddies Ray and Pete sourced us a copy (thanks!) to check out on Trashfilter and I’ve spent the past couple of weeks combing through the weighty lexicon: at 610 pages in length, it’s incredibly heavy (we’re talking around 4-5kg) and will give you dead-leg syndrome quicker than a long-haul aeroplane flight.

Photographer Marcel Veldman was given creative freedom to give his insight into the 19 European countries that form the background behind the visuals. You get plenty of full-bleed action, lots of great sequences and enough text to give you something to sit and read once your retinas retain their focus.

A very limited (ie. a rumoured 12 pairs per country, to coincide with regional exhibition spaces) Nike Bruin model was created as well, in a very nice light grey suede and canvas combination: the as-expected ‘overnight queue’ system kept the hype levels at a premium. Standing outside a closed store overnight in the depths of February’s icy conditions shows dedication!

The book must have taken a hell of a lot of hard work to compile and in some ways it’s a shame that it seems to be a limited item, considering the amount of skaters who’d probably like to own a copy. That said, it’s free (seriously!) and there do seem to be copies available through selected skate stores, so check if your local skate store has any left.

Check out the Nike SB Fluff website for more information.

Dom Marley | photographer

Flip Skateboards ‘Extremely Sorry’ DVD

With every modern-day skate film release, the online community proves a harsh and difficult audience to please. Peppered amongst the continual requests for download links and torrent files are opinions and spoilers – and although it’s good that anyone can voice their thoughts to a huge number of readers, it must drive the people behind the films nuts. I like to read what people think, but I also try hard to remember that these are opinions and not rock-solid facts. Some kid in Nebraska might not appreciate a bunch of flip-in-flip-out ledge trickery as much as I would, so I can’t let his damnation influence my preconceptions.

With a six-year gap between this and their last effort, Flip had a lot to prove with this one. Would ‘Extremely Sorry’ carry on the tradition of next-level progression that the guys have shown time and time again? I tried to avoid reading too much about the premiere reports. I couldn’t attend the London one, due to work pressures, so aside from hearing that it was favourable, I didn’t need to know the intricacies of the individual sections.

When people talk about Flip, they usually mention the team changes and other surrounding events that have happened over the past few years. Bastien, Arto, PJ, Boulala and, of course, Shane Cross have all come up in conversation many times – could the new video be able to fill the gaps that these guys left? Well, in short, yes. One of the things I’ve loved most about Flip is their nurturing of talent. Every year you hear about a new team rider who’s apparently amazing and who you’ve never heard of before. Their talent scouting is second-to-none and reminds me of the early ’90s World Industries strategy: doesn’t matter what your name is, if you’re good, you’re good. After Flip scooped up what was remaining of The Firm, it appeared that all angles were covered. You’ve got unheard-of mini-rippers sat alongside skating legends – and it works.

So, I picked up my copy via Slam City and pressed ‘play’. And this is how it went down.

As an opening curtain, Shane Cross’s section is a fitting tribute to one of the best skaters to ride for the team. His section only reinforces the thought that he was taken from us way too soon. Huge rails (including an unbelievable nosegrind), that nollie flip down the Rincon set, massive 360 flips and a fast and solid style makes this section one of the best openers you could have asked for. I didn’t even object too much to the added graphics and bits either. Rest in peace, Shane.

After Shane’s section, the general intro kicks in, with a rapid-fire minute-long assault of what’s due to come. If the website trailer didn’t get you excited enough, then this certainly will. Who better than Geoff Rowley to follow on from there? Half of us expected Geoff to have the final section maybe, but seeing him this early on in the structure only increases expectations for the rest of the film. Mixing the ‘big stuff’ up with some more of the controlled trickery that some of us UK skaters will remember him for years ago, this is his perfect part. Carefully edited, well filmed, interesting and slightly more diverse than most would expect. Box ticked.

I’m not going to run through the entire video piece by piece – there’s already enough spoilers out there – but I will pick out a few choice snippets that I particularly enjoyed.

Rodrigo TX’s part was always going to be impressive. The smiling man with the flip tricks excels beyond your wildest expectations. Plenty of pop, ledge trickery and body-contortion makes for an amazingly-good section. I could hardly ollie a bench off a bump, let alone switch frontside flip one from flat – and his kickflip frontside bluntside fakie on the rail in China was perfect.

Bob Burnquist’s section belongs as much in a stunt show as it does a skate video. Whilst I’m not a huge fan of the flamboyant canyon-jumping stuff designed to appeal to the X-Games crowd, I can appreciate the incredible trickery that goes down on the Mega Ramp. Watch it carefully, as he’s an absolute switch monster. Some people have claimed this to be a genre-defining piece of history, which it probably is, but how you ever aspire to conquer vert in a similar manner is beyond me. Entertaining as opposed to inspiring. But that’s because I’m a pussy who can’t skate vert, I guess.

One of the best sections on here. Luan Oliveira’s part is professional standard from start to finish. An amazing line of bench tricks right near the start sets the level for the rest of his section – and things only get more impressive from there. In my opinion, Luan skates a little like Mike Mo Capaldi which is an indication as to how good he really is. Ali Boulala’s got enough to deal with without people breaking down his section piece-by-piece: it’s entertaining, diverse and the perfect continuation of his part in ‘Sorry’.

A little three-skater section in the middle features Curren Caples (tiny/good/amazing pop and catch), Ben Nordberg (amazing! How come I haven’t seen this guy skate before?) and Willow (who does the best hardflip down a set of 13 stairs and has an incredible part overall). Can’t help but want to see more of those guys. Then Rune Glifberg turns up with the grind on those massive curved walls in the desert (I can’t remember the name of them, but they’re some crazy film set leftovers and absolutely stacked with vert) and a full-on concrete onslaught without any pads. Fast as hell, with some great backyard pool lines to interrupt the skatepark footage. Tom Penny’s section is classic Tom. People have already said, ‘Oh man – it’s not as good as I hoped… blah blah blah’, but you’re missing the point. The fact that Tom could hibernate for a year in the countryside and then turn up at your spot wearing Timberlands and still make the local hero look like a sniveling baby says it all. Watch for the smoothest ever tre-to-manual on the picnic table: dude looks like he’s on his way to buy groceries.

Lance Mountain’s section is so good. A great ‘family photo album’ intro, some lovely filming and editing and a whole lot of stylish pool skating. Whether it was intended or not, watching this part reminded me of Stacy Peralta’s production style.

Appleyard’s section is as good as better than you hoped for. That’s all I’m going to say on that one.

So, onto the last section. Dav-veeeed Gonzales. You’ve seen this once-little dude shoot up through the ranks of skate media for a few years now, so expectations were high for his part in this film. They gave him the final section for a good reason. Whilst I’m not into the ‘recklessness of youth’ (call me too old to appreciate a kid biting into a dead pigeon), this is a monster of a video part. He might do a huge backside 50-50 down a Hubba, but he’ll also do a kickflip-manual-to-front-foot-impossible on a manual pad too. A well-deserved ending section.

So, what’s the verdict? This is a damn good video. Some people have ripped it apart – editing, music (both of which I actually thought were great and appropriate), whatever – but approach with a clear mind and I’ll be surprised if you weren’t blown away.
You could download it, but pick up the DVD box-set and experience it full resolution on your TV as it was intended.

éS and Crooked Tongues | The Foothills Project

Call me a cynic, but I’m critical and unforgiving on most skate-related collaborations, especially on anything that feels like it was shoehorned into a release schedule. I’m no longer part of the target audience for pure and functional skate product perhaps, but seeing companies unite over projects that have nothing in common with each other repels me from both brands. As a result, I don’t feature anything on Trashfilter unless I feel there’s some thought and substance behind it. Or unless I just like it a lot.

I was still part of the Crooked Tongues family back when the éS guys approached to work on a collaboration, and whilst I’d have liked to have been involved on this project, it was clear that Charlie and Gary at CT had the skills and foresight to do a more than adequate job. Once I’d moved on, I occasionally heard small progress updates on what was happening behind the scenes, and as soon as the guys had been invited over to Sole Technology’s headquarters I realised that this project was definitely happening.

Seeing an established brand such as éS take a slight detour from their regular path strikes a small amount of fear into me. Visions of past experiments from other brands flood my mind – it’s better to be a master of one area, than a jack of all trades when it comes to skate footwear. So it’s a pleasant surprise to see the resulting product range looks original enough to be a departure from the usual, but also something that holds true to my perceived image of the brand.

The Foothills shoe itself is something new, but looks familiar. Taking a little ACG inspiration (the side panels have more than a hint of Humara about them), but mixing it up with a more precise silhouette, the result is something that looks like it’d be at home on the trails or the pavement. If the toe panel had introduced a little ollie protection, I can’t see that you wouldn’t be able to skate in these too: the System 02 airbag is one of the best cushioning systems out there at the moment. The asymmetric tongue gives a similar fit to a Footscape, holding the foot nicely in place without becoming a hindrance.

As well as the shoes, the CT guys created an accessory for each of the colourways. Actually, ‘accessory’ isn’t the right word: the 3-layered jacket, Oxford weave backpack and ripstop cap would quite rightly be the key elements of most other projects.

The jacket is something that deserves to be seen in person, as no level of photography can do it justice in terms of design and quality. First thing you’ll notice if you pick it up, is that it’s not a flyaway cagoule. There’s some seriously good construction here, giving you the feeling that even if you encountered the low pressure weather systems depicted on the shoebox packaging you’d still emerge unscathed. It’s one of the best jackets I’ve seen since the last series of Acronym pieces. The backpack is no different: a heavy-duty piece of luggage, tough enough to deflect bullets. Sturdy zips, comfortable straps and plenty of securing mechanisms. The cap is a simpler affair, but still matches the quality shown elsewhere.

I have a feeling that these will be slow-burners, as the project is a bold move for both brands. Instead of going for the hype-market – the easy option of re-presenting established crowd pleasers in new colourways – this is something new and progressive that doesn’t target anyone in particular. If you want something that’s both functional and looks good, then you don’t need to look any further. And if for some reason they don’t resonate with you, you can’t do anything but applaud a genuine approach to creating something new.

The éS & Crooked Tongues Foothills collection has been produced in extremely limited numbers, going on sale at crookedtongues.com and in selected retailers from 20th August 2009.

Hold Tight London DVD and t-shirts

The Hold Tight London project is one of those little shining examples of motivation and creativity that deserves some coverage. Bringing together groups of skaters throughout London and presenting the accumulated video footage as a series of regular episodes online, it’s one of those things that you can easily lose a few hours working your way through. The skating is top notch and the filming and editing by Henry Edwards-Wood and Morph raised the bar considerably.

The recent ‘Extended Episode 12″ is a 24-minute DVD production that adds a little competitive fun in the form of ‘North V. South’. Hailing from Fairfields in Croydon, I’ll always be biased towards the southside, but I’ll grudgingly admit that the Northern section is equally impressive. With the support of Slam City and DVS, the guys were able to get this one professionally duplicated and out in the shops. Check out the saucy little Quicktime trailer below that I’ve poached from their website.

To celebrate the release of the project, DVS got a couple of shirts printed up, featuring the photography of Sam Ashley and my good buddy Dom Marley. I’m always partial to a photo of Fairfields, so, as nice as Sam’s photography always is, the South shirt gets my vote here!

Pick up the DVD directly from the HTL mini-store here – or head over to Slam City and purchase the shirts and the DVD in person.

Blabac Photo | The Art Of Skateboarding Photography

Mike Blabac was always on my photographer radar if I ever needed to name one of my favourites. When I heard that PowerHouse were releasing a book of his work, I knew immediately that this would be a definite purchase. I tried to work the angles to get a review copy through, but ultimately it was my man Ray who came through for me by grabbing me a copy at the book launch night in London. I wasn’t keen on Amazon’s ‘6-8 week’ delivery projection.

The first thing to note is the weight and size of the book: it’s really not a ‘pop it in your backpack’ type of deal and truly deserves a key spot on the coffee table. 224 pages deep, with a hardback cover and bold black sleeve means that it’s going to be hard to ignore. Whilst the nicely composed pages of text that break the book into rough chapters are really nice, it’s the presentation of Blabac’s photos that make this such an epic release. All of the major image highlights get the deserved full bleed page treatment, but there’s some nice slide and contact sheet presentation pages as well. Stevie Williams holding a manual perfectly still for a DC shoot? Check. Josh Kalis launching a freshly caught tre over a bin? Check. Danny Way flying over the Mega Ramp? Check-check-check: all the boxes are ticked in this one.

Whilst I recognised a lot of the photos from past magazines, it’s great to be reminded how amazing some of them are. One of my favourite photos of all-time is included, which is the shot of Bobby Puleo and Brad Staba rolling through Union Square in SF back in 1996, disturbing a flock of pigeons. The shot of Scott Johnston doing a backside smith behind the parking meter is another photo that was pinned on my walls for a while.

As I flicked through the book, I noticed that a lot of the photos didn’t have captions, which was fine for most of the pages (as I could usually work out who it was skating), but frustrating on others. Needless to say, I had jumped the gun: everything’s taken care of properly with a nicely laid-out index/caption section at the back of the book, with little stories and info about each shoot. Absolutely flawless.

It’ll cost you in the region of £30 to own this book, but it’s well worth it. Check out all the info over at the special section on the DC site right now.

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Matix ‘This Is Progress’ Book: Celebrating Ten Years of Matix Clothing

This landed on the Trashfilter desks with a hefty thump: the large cardboard box was quickly opened, as I had no idea what was inside. A 280-page book about the past decade of Matix clothing? Call me ignorant, but has it really only been 10 years since the guys started the label? It feels like they’ve been part of skating’s DNA for considerably longer.

If you’ve never stopped to appreciate the work and thought that goes into creating one of the truly genuine skate brands, this book will blow you away. From the original 4th July conversations in 1997 between Tim Gavin, Daewon Song and the guys, through to the first collection in 1999, via pages of initial identity and design ideas, and right up to the some of their most popular and interesting pieces, this book is far more than your average backslapping catalogue.

The Matix team members (and a host of affiliates, such as Giovanni Reda) get asked the same five questions based on the idea of progress, each giving a little insight into their own thoughts. Whilst there’s enough reading material in there to keep you occupied for a few nights, it’s the collation of the stunning photography that gives the book permanent coffee table rights. Mike Dytri’s fantastic design and layout skills shine throughout: the result is a clean, easy-to-follow, and (most importantly) interesting journey through the brand’s archives.

Seeing the September ’98 cover of Thrasher in the book brought back memories: Marc Johnson frontside heelflipping in the original yellow Matix promo tee took me back to standing in Slam City Skates discussing what the range was going to bring. Over the years, Matix have managed to get a bunch of tees (and several other items) into my wardrobe. Association with the right names gave the brand immediate credibility: the original team line up of Rodney Mullen, Rudy Johnson, Tim Gavin, Marc Johnson, Daewon Song, Sean Sheffey, Jeron Wilson and J.B. Gillet has gotta be one of the strongest line-ups for any clothing label launch.

I was initially led to believe that this book was a promo-only treat, but I’ve found a bunch of places online offering it since, so make sure you jump on it and grab one. Thanks to the guys at Revival/Podium for sending this one across – book of the year for me, so far!

Lakai Limited Footwear ‘The Final Flare’ DVD

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When I received my review copy of ‘The Final Flare’, I was slightly nervous. How the hell was I going do justice to a 3-disc special edition version of one of the best skate films ever?

If you’re looking for a breakdown of the main feature, then the first thing to do is to go back and re-read the original ‘Fully Flared’ review here on Trashfilter. The bonus material – we’re talking SIX hours’ worth! – in this special edition is well worth a completely separate review, so I’m going to briefly break down each of the three DVDs in this box one-by-one.

Let’s kick things off and set the scene with one of the official ‘Final Flare’ trailers:

Looks good, huh? Read on homebones…

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Disc One (SD DVD)

Contents:

Original Fully Flared Release
Fully Flared Trailer #1
Fully Flared Trailer #2
Koston Speechless
Fully Fished

I’m not sure if there was anything on here that I hadn’t already seen, whether it was on the original release of ‘Fully Flared’, on Crailtap or on Lakai‘s site. That said, if you didn’t already purchase the original release, then you’ve got your money’s worth right here already: the two extra discs in the box are just icing on the cake. If you did buy the first release of ‘Flared’, then just stick this disc in, remind yourself that this is the best skate film since ‘Video Days’ and ‘Questionable’ and re-watch the main feature again.

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Disc Two (SD DVD)

Contents:

The Final Flare Documentary
Unused Footage
Beware Of The Flare
Alternate Edits
Photo Galleries
Commercials and Video Vaults
Battle Commanders (Koston and Mariano)
All Blu-Ray Features (from Disc Three) Converted To SD
Australia Promo
Canada Promo… and a few other bits n’ pieces

As I already owned ‘Fully Flared’, for me, disc two is where the full value sits. There’s a hell of a lot of extra footage on this DVD. The ‘Unused Footage’ alone is almost 25 minutes long – and has a lot of sections you won’t have seen before. Watching this just re-emphasizes the effort and work that the team went to on this production. It might have been nice to see it grouped and arranged by skater perhaps, but that’s just a personal preference and being picky – this footage is better than most other skate companies would put out as their final edit.

Everything on here is worth watching (alternative edits have never really appealed to me, but I liked them here), but the two killers come in the form of ‘Beware Of The Flare’, which documents the team travelling through Europe over a period of three weeks in March and April of 2002. I’d seen this before, but it’s a great bonus feature to own here. Biebel and Johnson totally annihilate the continent, while the French Connection (and my fellow Londoners Jensen and Brady) do themselves proud.

‘The Final Flare Documentary’ is a sixty-minute extravaganza showing you the behind-the-scenes point of view. If you thought making a skate video was simple, then you should educate yourself. The amount of time, effort and money that went into making ‘Fully Flared’ is unbelievable: gruelling tour schedules (seriously), injuries and stress (let alone the amazing filming and editing)… It’s amazing and inspiring to hear the team talk about the pressure they felt on making this the best film ever. For me – and probably many other 30-something skaters out there – it was Guy Mariano’s ‘comeback’ that resonated the most. Guy talks openly and frankly about where he was in his life before deciding to pick up his board again. To hear how Rick Howard and the Lakai guys embraced his return and helped nurture his desire to be back at the forefront of skating again is genuinely heartwarming – and reminds you that the supportive and involving nature of skating is well and alive. An amazing film that everyone should see.

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Disc Three (HD Blu-Ray Disc)

Contents:

New Full Length HD Feature
Weekend At Biebel’s
Guy Medical Leave Of Absence
Vincent Alvarez commercials and Chocolate Introduction
Fully Flared Intro
Fully Fished
TWS Awards Interviews
Photographer Photo Gallery

For those of us fortunate to own a PS3 or a regular Blu-Ray player, this is a great addition to your DVD library. All the juicy visuals and grading from the original feature are shown as they should be in glorious HD quality – but it’s not the original version of ‘Flared’. It’s extra unseen footage cut to different music. Unbelievable… Just how much footage did they manage to collect? The intro sequence viewed in this quality will blow you away, if you’ll pardon the pun. Brandon Biebel is definitely one of my favourite characters on the team and I really liked the ten-minute ‘Weekend At Biebel’s’ documentary that they put on here.
Guy talks about his injury and subsequent surgery without making you squirm too much and the Vincent Alvarez ‘Welcome To Chocolate’ commercials previously only seen as web-quality clips are here in HD, which looks great. A perfect end to the trilogy of discs.

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Mike Mo’s Easter Egg footage and Carroll’s section from TWS’s epic ‘Modus Operandi’ are worth seeking out if you can find them (try ‘cleaning’ someone’s ear on the second disc’s menu…) and the bonus 46 page booklet that comes in the box is a great read, packed with all kinds of old ads and giving you a real idea of the production timeline.

The Lakai guys should feel proud of this contribution to skating. This special edition set surpassed all expectations, even after everyone had seen ‘Fully Flared’. That’s not the kind of goal most sane people would set themselves.

P.S. For anyone who was hoping to see the ‘Slow Motion In Regular Motion’ section from the second disc, which had to be axed after the packaging was printed due to lack of disc space, the Lakai guys have put it as a free download on iTunes via their site for all to see. Thanks dudes. Or you can simply watch it here on Trashfilter courtesy of the official Lakai YouTube channel.