"Skateboarding 101 - The Art Part"
by Alyx Gorman
The Vine, Australia
The first thing you need to know about skateboarding is that it is not meant to be consumed in the moment. Unlike your typical sport, the most transcendent aspects of skate do not emerge from a second of play watched in person or broadcast live. The best way to appreciate virtuosity is not at a park, or on a street corner; it is in your living room.
As much a performance as a sport, skateboarding is perfect for video. Truly great skate films, the kind watched repeatedly and obsessively by fans of the genre from Brisbane to Vladivostok, come together over weeks of skating, months of travel and hours editing. People will wait years for releases from their favourite teams, and then ponder the minutia of every trick and stack.
Sten Guns was Hagop, Mark, Lance, and Lance. This was recorded sometime in 2002 or 2003. X-Ray Spex cover -- check out the original.
One of my favorite vert parts ever. This is Lance Mountain... the only thing missing is the goofiness that Lance always brings to a session, that feeling of ease that his presence exudes.
"Here We Are Nowhere" from the Sessions Noisses comp from 2003. It's a Stiff Little Fingers song, fun, easy, short. Perfect.
Ryan Sheckler's streak ended this weekend when Carlos De Andrade ripped his way to first place in Oceanside. Sheckler ripped, though. I like that kid! As usual, it was good to hang with friends--Senn, Swift, Scott Taylor, and Dan Sturt, even!
Thanks to Chris Ortiz, who gave me a photo from 1991 of me ollieing over the hip at Skate Zone in Tucker, Georgia. I have two photos of myself sort of hidden somewhere on this site, and now there may be three, soon. After checking out my friend Rob Mertz' website once again, I don't feel so bad about having the three--he's got hundreds of himself!
The Sten Guns version of Stiff Little Fingers' "Here We Are Nowhere" comes out today on the Noisses comp! Check it here.
If you haven't seen "Yeah Right" yet, what are you waiting for? Amazing parts from Marc Johnson, Brian Anderson, and Mike Carroll, as well great stuff from new Chocolate/eS am Justin Eldridge, Paul Rodriguez, and Eric Koston. The extra parts are amazing, too. Even freaky Nate Sherwood's got a trick--talk about cred building. And what's up with that guy? Making a porn sponsor-me video is a wacky as it gets. But I digress. Get "Yeah Right" if you can find a copy and enjoy a future classic today.
My good friend Hagop gave me these photos he shot in the early to mid eighties. Awesome, thanks, Hagop!
Haven't had the time to write for a while, but couldn't be stopped after a discussion with Lance Mountain last night. Seems that the Game of S.K.A.T.E. that we did at the trade show last Friday was another one of Lance's co-inventions. It was a game that came from Whittier Skate City, the same late 70's park that John Lucero, Neil Blender, Jeff Grosso, Hagop Najarian, and many other skateboarding greats came from. S.K.A.T.E. was invented by Lance, John, and Hagop on the trannies of that park along with Skate Slave and Add-A-Trick, two other fun skateboarding games.
I saw the new Firm Video "Can't Stop" last night--amazing skateboarding, great video. Bob Burnquist, Rodrigo, Matt Beach, and a couple of the Upstarts are killing it. The premiere was at the Art Theatre in Long Beach and was packed, fun, and understated. You'll want to check it. And just wait until you see the cover of the new Transworld! Omigosh!