Issue 1 / Winter 2010 / £1.50
VIDEOREVIEWS TONYLUI Boardroom Insanity
CONTENTS The glorious innards of this magazine pie.
02 / Ramblings of a madman 03 / Video reviews 06 / Tony Lui interview 11 / Boardroom
These people do stuff: Ade The Terrible / Makes it all happen, plays with Adobe products and spouts drivel. Joxa / Creates words and falls hard. Chris Mander / Conjures imagery and excretes letters in a sensible order. Rosko / Here for the beer. Alex Burrell / Uses his soul stealing machine to capture images and brings the style. George Conneely / Junior soul capturing. Cover Photo / Kyle Smith goes to the Boardroom and goes all feeble. Toughen up lad! Photo: Ade The Terrible. Back Cover Photo by Alex Burrell
RAMBLINGS So this is it, is it? We’re in 2010. We’ve finally gotten into the full swing of the new millenium. And after decades of opposition and claptrap about skateboarding being an anti-social act, it’s still here and has very much become a defining factor of the beginning of this century. With the “noughties” well and truly over, what can the 2010’s bring to the world of skateboarding? What ridiculous fashion statement will skateboarding create next? What skate video will the BBC be watching to see what “cool” music they can use on their new ident? Which children’s programme will be the next to cash in on the skateboarding trend? You may be getting shit from security guards and community support officers during your weekly street skate, but the proof is in the pudding, and the pudding is in this case the general public. Look at the media; references to skateboarding are all around and have been integrated into the fabric of mainstream entertainment for over a decade now. Everyone’s noticed that DVS sticker on Joey and Chandler’s fridge in Friends. We’ve seen the countless kids in soap operas who are stereotypical skateboarders. If you flick through a Matalan catalogue I bet you see a kid holding a skateboard to make the brand seem hip and with the times. Face it, ladies and gentlemen; the public secretly love skateboarding. Why else would they give TV shows to Bam Margera, Rob Dyrdek and Ryan Sheckler? Gone is the image of skateboarding being something you do for fun, where you enjoy the company of other misfits in a mish mash of atheleticism, art and social interaction. Now, if you skate you have to be “going somewhere” with it. The public are watching with their filthy eyes and they demand that you land that McTwist. And if you don’t do it? Then you’re wasting your time and you need to get a “proper” job. Who said I even want to skate for a living? Suddenly we have arguments involving people who know nothing about us, telling us we shouldn’t be skateboarding as it’s a waste of time and that we’ll never get anything from it. The thing is these people are having a horrendous affect on OUR skateboarding. Events are no longer fun; you turn up expecting to have a great day with old friends and get a couple of laughs, and instead you’re snaked by tens upon tens of success hungry kill-joys who want to one up you simply because they can. As a sub-culture we appear to have stopped caring about what actually makes skateboarding fun. Regardless of how many pro skaters get TV shows, how many people start to wear the outfit you’ve been wearing for the past year, or how many people snake you at the next comp you go to; keep laughing, keep skating and pray it calms down by summer.
VIDEO REVIEWS Text by Ade And Joxa
The Holy Mountain Tour (Heathen Skateboards)
Heathenâ€™s Holy Mountain Tour was a mental road trip that took place in the late summer of 2009. It took the Heathen team (as well as a few extra friends who tagged along) on a trip from Derby all the way up to the north of England, shredding transitions of all sizes and shapes. The DVD of the tour has been steadily flowing out of the Rollersnakes warehouse since December 2009, and I managed to track down 1 of the 100 copies for viewing.
Joxa ascends the holy mountain with this triumphant judo tailblock on some ancient derby concrete. Photo: Burrell
For starters, the video is a short, 20 minute burst of gnarly ramp skating, doom metal and ultimate slams. It’s perfect in length, shows off some of the best parks to be found up north, and comes in an awesome package with a sticker and a little booklet. You’ve basically got some bare bones editing courtesy of Andy Rayner; music, skating and fast cuts to avoid the arty shite, with the odd bit of comedy from the team members, Derby Daz and the all star Sidewalk forum cameo squad. All of the team kill it, but as always those bloody moshers Daryl Nobbs and Ben Devine provide some killer bits of footage, as do the Scottish rippers Mark Burrows and Colin Adam, who put down some utterly ridiculous tricks and further add to the opinion that all Scottish skaters are fucking mental and can land any trick. Other highlights come from the ever awesome Josh Walters, who I’m giving severe props to as I know he’ll appreciate them. As much as he reminds me of Daryl, he’s quickly developing a style all of his own and I’m surprised at how insanely good he’s getting. There’s a 5 minute web edit of the tour online, but in all honesty I’d say you’d be much better off with the 20 minute DVD, as it’s the first video release from a rad company that seems to be getting bigger and bigger every day. There are no extras on the DVD but for how rad the main video is, I’m not even really sure if extras would be necessary. Support the UK scene and pick up a copy of this DVD now!
Hesh Law (Creature)
When I finally managed to actually see the new Creature video, I felt so stoked that I honestly thought I’d reached the pinnacle of skateboard video home entertainment. My exact thoughts were; “Finally! After the letdown that was Extremely Sorry, in a post-Fully-Flared world, where people won’t let you set no complies in games of skate because of the Berrics, Creature are finally here to show us what REAL skateboard videos are like! METAL! RAMPS! NEON GREEN! I CAN’T WAIT!”. Now I feel a little silly; it almost seems like I over-hyped the video. I know a lot of people were disappointed with Hesh Law; but the bottom line with the video is that is attempts to cater for all viewers. You can’t
please everybody all of the time, though, and there were definitely some bits of Creature’s new offering that I found to be particularly annoying. I’ve never been one for HD shots of birds taking off and 30 minute intros that show close ups of people’s shoes as they prepare for that gigantic 360 flip attempt down a grass gap, and luckily Hesh Law doesn’t really stick to that kind of setup. There are a few arty shots of travelling, and a few shots of guys climbing up onto ramps and stuff, but it’s balanced fairly well and doesn’t outstay its welcome. It makes sense in context of the video and doesn’t come off like the video is blowing it’s own horn or something. Hesh Law might not be as fast and frantic as the previous two Creature releases, but the changes in editing that have been made only help to expose the company to a larger audience who may not be partial to a Thrasher video and probably preferred the “Beauty” edit of Beauty and the Beast. Now when I say the video has exposed itself to a larger audience, I’m not just talking about the editing. It would seem that, unlike “Born Dead”, the guys at Creature have decided that parts from Darren Navarette, Sam Hitz, Stu Graham and the rest of their ramp shredders weren’t really necessary, maybe because the cool kids don’t really like transition footage. Full parts have been allocated to the street skaters, including Truman Hooker, Devin Appello, David Gravette and some others. Whilst the ramp skaters do get to appear in montages of all shapes and sizes (as well as holding the curtains in an epic Vert skating montage), it’s been a while since we saw a Creature video; seeing as Creature was pretty well known for it’s transition heavy team when it first came around, it would’ve been awesome to see the original rippers get full parts. Hell, even SOME full parts from the transition skaters would’ve been nice. What we get instead is some street heavy sections with a few people teasing a bit of ramp skating (David Gravette with some crooked grinds on concrete transitions) and an almost “old skool Zero” style mix of bangers on handrails and giant leaps across stairs and grass. Not necessarily what I was thinking when I hear the name Creature or Hesh Law.
The problem with street skating of this manner is that people got bored of it 5 years ago. Remember the debate about videos of back to back bangers where the end trick was a 5050 on a 30,000 stair handrail? Creature has brought that argument back with a vengeance. This kind of skating is old hat now, we’re talking a time before ledge-dancing, before super complicated flip tricks into boardslides on handrail (remember Billy Marks in Good and Evil?) and before the “novelty skating” of Richie Jackson, William Spencer and (dare I say) Todd Falcon. So not only is the street skating pretty boring, the music that’s been chosen for the main parts just isn’t that good, and hardly “Hesh” at all. Truman Hooker skates to a song by the Sonics that has already been used brilliantly in “Mall Grab”. Devin Appello skates to some…. noise… of some kind, and Taylor Bingaman’s song is an embarrassment to the video. He has a 100% legitimate, baggy trousers, DGK, “makes you want to Ghetto Bird” hip-hop/ rap song with the proper cusses and appropriate lyrics about getting drunk and wanting to hump ladies. With a name like “Bingaman” though, it had to be expected – that last name alone sounds like the ultimate hip-hop moniker. If I’m being honest, it was halfway through Taylor Bingaman’s section that I started to think the whole “Hesh” part of Hesh Law must’ve been a complete joke, as surely a tech street skater who wears fairly baggy jeans and listens to hip-hop is in no way “Hesh”. If he’s Hesh, then my brother could be the next Corey Duffel if he started skating, considering he’s in a drum and bass band. I’m focusing on the bad things, which I told myself I wouldn’t do, but in all honesty I was really let down by Hesh Law, after looking forward to it for so long. The team is so insanely awesome that I was genuinely expecting something truly great to wash the bad taste of Extremely Sorry out of my brain. Instead we have a video that’s a little over-hyped – it’s certainly watchable and the montages from the ramp skaters are worth the asking price, and a few of Gravette’s tricks are pretty bonkers as always, but it’s nothing to get excited about and certainly doesn’t live up to Creature’s reputation.
Strange World (Zero)
The latest Zero video is suposed to be a change for the company. Jamie Thomas’ lovechild has long since been linked with epic videos with 5 minute long intros, and amazing trick after trick after trick for an hour’s worth of relentless bangers. Strange World, however, is very different. From the outset, you can see that Zero’s team has pretty much doubled in riders since it’s last video. Here we have an amazing mix of interesting street skaters, from the complete and utter unstoppable nature of Chris Cole, to the classic stylings of J.T. himself, and the raw energy of John Rattray. We also have a lot of new faces in this video, with Marissa Del Santos giving possibly the best section I’ve ever seen from a girl. I know what you’re thinking, that girls aren’t usually “that good”, but Marissa has just pushed the boundaries for female skateboarding, and laughs in the face of the guys who doubt her skills. She can skate better than most male pros and I honestly think she’s headed for big things. The video as a whole is great, but the one section I didn’t enjoy was the joint section from Tom Asta and Chris Cole. Now both of these guys kill it, and I enjoy watching their skating, but the music was awful (I like rap music, but not in the context of video with a heavy “rock n roll” themed soundtrack). Not only that, but Chris Cole lets the section down - He got skater of the year for 2009, I was genuinely expecting some more mind-blowing skating. I mean, I know he put in a killer section for Ride The Sky, but this is a man who is constantly breaking the barriers of skateboarding. I felt like I’d seen most of his tricks in this section before. Overall, Strange World is a short, sharp blast of gnarly street skating from a company known for dropping some epic videos. It’s a good watch, and I’d honestly say it’s worth the asking price for Marissa Del Santos’ part alone; No comply kickflip up a stair set? If that doesn’t get you interested then you need to see a head doctor.
Tony is one of those kids who’s most likely going to go far. He doesn’t give a fuck what people think of him, and whilst some people may find that to be a negative way to begin an interview, I honestly don’t think he’d care. His unique and careless style on a board has made sure that everyone in Coventry knows him, whether they skate or not.
TONY LUI interview by ade
Tony rocks you with a hurricane, sort of like the scorpion song. Photo: George
How old are you and where are you from? 17 turning 18, born in Hong Kong, but now I live in shitty Rugby. How long have you been skating? About 5 years. Didnâ€™t you used to rollerblade? Yeah, donâ€™t talk about it. Fucking embarrassed. So what got you interested in skateboarding? My mate Jeevan used to skateboard; we used to be proper good mates, so I started skateboarding, and it went on from there. That kid was sick, but peer pressure got to him.
In the middle of winter tony takes to kenilworths flatbar with a feeble grind. Photo: George
What happened to him? Oh you know... The old “I’m bored of skating” excuse. More like he wanted to be one off the “cool” kids. He had all the flip tricks! You have a pretty unique style as far as skating goes, who are your influences? I like to skate a bit of everything; well I try aha. My main influences? Well I’d say Swampy, Nick, Dogtown, Duffel, just people with sick style. Style before tricks. Oh, and don’t forget TNT, watching his video parts before I was skating. So you’ve always liked Anti-Hero then? I hear they’re currently “so hot right now”. Fuck them, dude, everyone just bums companies and logos. Respect should go to the skaters, not the company; the skater puts the name out there. You know what I mean? Is that your attitude towards the whole “ fashion” element of skateboarding? popular tricks that everyone does and fads based around certain teams and images? Well I guess you could say that. It also depends on what skaters they hang around with, and the music, skateparks and spots. Some people just don’t give a shit; they wear what they want and don’t give a fuck about the whole deal of what company is better and what company is “hot right now”. Like right now for example, everyone is learning no comply’s and sweepers. Ha! Yeah, I’ve noticed that! We were doing them way before they came back into “fashion”! It’s all because of Creature! They were around a long time ago doing the same stuff, and then they went bust. They made a big come back, and now they are like the biggest company out there.
Is running a company something you might want to do some day? I mean Creature aren’t really you’re average industry trendsetters, yet everyone seems obsessed with them these days. Running a company? Fuck that, I’d end up like Creature the first time around; going fucking bust. And you’re right about Creature. As soon as that shit kicked in everyone was like “Fuck street, skate ramp.” even though deep down inside they love street skating. I see what you mean. personally I just don’t like dealing with security and moving around between spots. I find park skating much more convenient and hassle free. I don’t know, I like the feeling of dodging cars and people. You know, hassling everyone. So what are your thoughts on security guards? Well, I know they’re just doing their jobs, really. Some of them just act like they have the right to be a dickhead and act like they own the fucking world, and I don’t agree with that. I guess you’ll get dickheads in any job, really. It’s down to social skills, isn’t it? Well yeah. Chav security guards are the absolute worst, they don’t know shit. Who do you want to give shout outs to? Kyle, Swampy, Terribleco, Faceplant Skateboards, Hellcrew, Harry, and people who are having a laugh skating and keeping it real.
Tony heads back to blader territory and styles out this back smith whilst hiding the evidence that he ever fruit-booted. Photo: Burrell
BOARDROOM Text by Ade Josh Walters bashes where no man has ever bashed before with this frontside wallride rag. Photo: George
Rosko proves once again he’ is without a doubt the coventry definition of atv frontside 180 handplant. Photo: George
The Boardroom is a sick little indoor park in Leicester ran by a bloke called Dave. It may only be roughly 5,000 square feet, but in that small space they’ve got something for everyone, including the most perfect 5 foot bowl that the midlands area has to offer. I’ve decided to feature a few photos from the winter sessions we’ve been having there, as well as to give a shout out to Dave and the Boardroom locals who have skated with me and other Cov locals over the past 2 months.
Mike Simons doing what he does best skating very fast and performing stylish overcrooked grinds. Photo: Ade
Andy buswell sounds the mayday alarm. Photo: George