Towards the end of 2019 I was invited to contribute to The Quartersnacks Reader Survey.
Giving readers a chance to vote for the examples of skateboarding media they felt had biggest impact on skateboarding culture over the preceding decade; the survey was split into two halves: standalone video parts and full-length videos.
The ensuing articles included contributions from Anthony Pappalardo (Jenkem Mag), Kyle Beachy (Vent City/Pushing Boarders), Adam Adaba, Boil The Ocean, myself and many others.
I wrote about Gravis Footwear’s short filming featuring Dylan Rieder –dylan. – and Isle Skateboards’ 2015 video, Vase, for the standalone parts and full-length films instalments, respectively.
Here’s an excerpt from both, hit the links for the full versions of both articles.
The shift towards standalone parts as the predominant medium for skate videos is one of our most significant developments over the past decade. Inarguably before its time, “Kalis In Mono” offered the first taste of what was to come, arriving with Habitat’s Regal Road as a DVD feature back in 2006. The internet wasn’t the main home of skateboarding media just yet. Hard copies reigned, print mags thrived and iPhones didn’t exist. Mind Field, Greg Hunt’s magnum opus for Alien Workshop, was the decade’s curtain call. Then, like Heath Kirchart, full-length videos reached their finest hour and entered early retirement after Stay Gold. In retrospect, would we ever have it better than we did in those final years of the 2000s? Maybe it was time for the format of skate videos to evolve and a handsome man in black to take centre stage.
Vase draws us along by hypnotic shapes, reflections, and glimpses of the team with silver balloons spelling their initials. Roy Orbinson’s “Running Scared” reaches an abrupt climax, and we drift into the video’s dreamworld of greys and blues. Tom Knox takes the opener, constantly switching between imaginative footwork and being outright fucking gnarly. A lap around St Paul’s Cathedral here, a switch ollie down a back alley stair-set in the double digits there; the amount of tricks in his lines might seem superfluous if anyone else could perform them.
Illustrations by Cosme Studio