Tired Skateboarding

Tired Skateboarding embodies everyone who loves skateboarding, but sucks. I mainly share professional videos, but I felt the need to shed some light on the average skateboarder. I found this video so entertaining even though most of the tricks these guys do are not that complicated. But it really does capture the authenticity and why skateboarding is great. It’s all about just being outside with your urethane wheels riding on your 7-ply deck. It’s a total freedom and so many people find love in it. It makes me very happy that Thrasher Magazine is promoting a video where nothing that special happens. Being such a cornerstone when it comes to skateboarding, Thrasher pulled a very classy move in my opinion.

To quote Tired, “Some of us had it, then lost it. Most of us never had it, but still love it. This video is for you… and you too. Welcome to the team.”

Go skateboard, who cares how good you are.

OG Carroll

Mike Carroll has always been one of my favorite skateboarders. His style is so timeless and I wanted to share an older part of his. Mike is a wizard when it comes to skating ledges. As you can see in this part he can be seen flying through school yards ripping picnic tables and anything else he can shred. I can’t fail to mention his manuals to flip tricks. He does some massive manuals to even more massive flip tricks out. That is something you see on a regular basis in modern skateboarding, but at this time, Mike was pioneering modern skateboarding doing tricks like that. It’s crazy to think of how relevant this man still is in the industry. He still puts out amazing parts and is a leader on the Girl and Lakai skate teams. He is truly a legend when it comes to skateboarding and there is no argument that he is one of the reasons skateboarding has evolved into what it is today.

A Project of Mine

Today I wanted to share a video I actually made myself. For this I chose to take old skateboarding clips and add rotoscoping. For those of you that have no clue what that is, it is when you take film and draw layers over it. This creates an illustrated look to a film. There are many different ways that you are able to rotoscope and this video was an experimentation of a couple different ways.

My favorite animation that I made was the first two clips. The pure vector drawing over my footage allows me to make a very authentic animation. I was extremely happy with how this video turned out. Overall, it took me about 11 hours to do this. I stupidly did my animations at 25 fps which led to a fluid animation, but a lot of time was needed to just make that 40 seconds. If I ever find a bunch of free time, rotoscoping might just be the activity to do. A painstaking but rewarding process.

Love Park Footage

Nothing like some classic Love Park footage. I chose to bring this video up because who doesn’t love the legacy of Love Park. It is no longer a place that exists to skate, so it’s vital that we never forget the amazing things that have happened there. Josh Kalis and Stevie Williams are Philadelphia LEGENDS. It was only fair to share a video with both of these Philly OG’s. I hope you enjoy ledge tricks, tile kickers, and of course skating over the garbage cans. Such an iconic skate spot and even more iconic skaters. If you don’t know much about Love Park and it’s history, time for you to do some research.

Jamal “Tornado-Spin” Smith

First of all, Jamal Smith has been one of my favorite skaters for the past couple years. He’s from Philadelphia and if you don’t know him, he’s one goofy guy. He became known for his viral, hilarious, and weird Tornado Spin 720 Tutorial. His style when he skates is extremely laid back. In his old 10-deep video, he skates shoes with no laces. I was always amazed how he kept his shoes on while skating so good… Anyways. Most of this Sabotage part was filmed in LOVE park and is always crushing the ledges around the fountain. One of the most famous skate spots on the East Coast and this guy still finds stuff no one has ever done. Some of his tricks aren’t that technical but just the way he is able to skate so smooth makes it incredibly entertaining to watch. It’s good to see Jamal still crushing it years after he became known and that he is actually filming full length parts!

Walking the Walk

Kyle Walker absolutely destroys this part in Volcom’s In Color. He knows one speed, fast. It truly is amazing how he attacks every spot with such speed and precision. At 1:45 he does a huge back lip to front shuv out… He is nuts! This part came out in 2013, and it really explains why Kyle Walker is one of the dominate pros in the industry at the moment. His style makes everything look almost effortless no matter how big the obstacle in his way.

The editing in this film intrigued me because of the way they include rotoscoping. Rotoscoping is when you edit film that has been already shot and you draw over that. This stylistic touch added a lot to the frames that had them. This definitely fits Volcom’s style, the team who released In color. Volcom is always putting out some gnarly videos and it never hurts to look back at them.

A Love Like Mine is Hard To Find

I chose this video to discuss today because it pertains to a professional skateboarder, but has little to do with skateboarding. I really love the passion that drives this video. Jerry Hsu is not only a great skateboarder but he also finds passion in photography. My favorite quote from this was “its a lot like skateboarding, you know? An interpretation of your environment.” This stuck out to me because this is very applicable to skateboarding. Once skateboarding takes over your brain, you see every ledge, bench, stair set, as a skate-able object. People who don’t skateboard probably don’t look at those objects the same way we do. Photography is exactly the same way when it comes to inspiration. You see certain things and you want to capture that essence. It’s total freedom to shoot anything that you want. I’m glad that Jerry Hsu finds such a passion in both skateboarding and photography. I wonder if he ever thought about getting in to skateboarding photography once he can’t skate anymore?

RIP Dylan Rieder

(my first video was taken down so I replaced it)

This week skateboarding lost an amazing skateboarder. He was battling cancer and unfortunately the cancer won. Dylan’s death seemed to affect the whole skateboarding community. Even skateboarders who did not know him were moved by what he had done for skateboarding. He was a young kid when he came into the industry and he always had his unique style of clothing. This came with criticism but that only drove him to skate harder.

(The video I originally used was taken down so this commentary wont hold 100% true about the video above. but it still speaks volumes about Dylan’s style so I chose to keep it.)
I chose to talk about his part in Cherry, the Supreme video that came out last year. This whole video is in black and white, something stylistically that I love. It keeps it simple and is unique. Dylan takes on huge gaps and he does them really fast. His skating is on 100% all the time. I don’t think he knows how to skate slow. His precision is amazing. The first line in this video part is him just skating around a basketball court. Usually this would be incredibly boring, but the amount of tricks he can do, and how clean makes this seemingly boring line, interesting. Everything he does just seems so natural and everything flows together. Style in skateboarding is huge, and Dylan’s style was one of a kind.

It’s sad that skateboarding lost such an influential and important person at such a young age. The outpouring of support to his friends in family is truly a testament of how he touched so many lives and how the skateboarding community is one big family.

Brian Anderson’s Big News

For this entry I chose to focus on Brian Anderson. He recently came out, exposing to the whole skateboarding community that he is gay, and always has been gay. This came as a big shock to whole skateboarding community, but he has received an overwhelming amount of support from us all.

This video is his interview that he released to tell the world.

What struck me was how accepting the whole community was. The skateboarding community, as well as most, is historically homophobic. Careers have been ruined before because of skater’s decision to come out. That is ultimately why he kept it a secret the whole time.

This brings me to my next point, how awesome the skateboarding community is. You can be black, white, red, brown, zebra, tall, skinny, fat, short, anything, but as long as you love to ride a skateboard you will have respect from the community. Because of Brian’s star status as a skateboarder, he already had the respect of everyone in the industry. Him being gay was irrelevant because he was an amazing skater. I think that’s a good lesson for everyone and Brian is a great example of gay acceptance in a male-dominant industry.

Hopefully this a step in the right direction to acceptance of all people in this world. He is a role model to so many people, and everyone still sees him that way now that he is openly gay. With this ugly, harsh world, it really takes a special person to receive such warm acceptance. I’m really happy for Brian and wish him the best in the future.

Anti Hero/Volcom

Let me start off with saying that Grant Taylor absolutely kills it in this video. Filmed in Brooklyn, NY and “Dirty Jersey” Anti-Hero teams up with Volcom to make an authentic street skating masterpiece. Filled with unique animations and hilarious “B” cuts, this video is truly one of a kind.

The skateboarding in this varies from aggressive street skating to tranny in Jersey. In Brooklyn they bomb hills, skate hand rails, and of course some buttery ledges. When they arrive in Jersey its straight to the backyard pools and the DIY skate parks under a highway.

But my very favorite part of this video is the way it is edited and put together. Between the animations, the skating, and the “B” cuts I talked about earlier, it never fails to entertain. Simple things like punk rock being introduced as the skating turns more aggressive is what glues this together. Did I mention Grant Taylor kills it?