Long Island's finest talks about some of his all-time favorite flicks.
**The Gino Incident**
It's hard to choose a favorite photo of Natas so I just picked this fence plant. It sums up that era pretty well. His style you don't need video to love.
This photo brings me back to a spot in Long Island (Lynbrook West End school) where we'd do fence plants all day.
One of my original favorite skateboarders and had the pleasure of working with him during my 101 days. One of the most creative, humble and down-to-earth guys I've met.
When I think of Matt, the best back lips come to mind first. Great style... hunchback, low to the ground.
Second is the sequence of a quarter pipe ollie to 50/50 on some weird rail. I would rewind the video footage of this trick in Hokus Pokus all the time. He did it so smooth... popped the board up into his hand and the crowd went crazy. He was extra skied, too. It just looked like it felt amazing to him.
I was never really a Hosoi fan (sorry Christian). I guess because he was high on himself and cocky and all that... I've always hated that shit! Plus I'm the complete opposite, more reserved... but shit man, everytime I see this photo of his staple Christ air, I wonder how it must feel to fly like that.
Now that I'm older, I have mad respect for the man. He's done a lot, been through a lot and he's a legend for sure.
One of the best street skaters ever with one of the best styles ever.
Don't sleep cuz if you remember his part in Video Days, his vert section was just as smooth and stylish as his street footage. Thats why I choose this buttery backside ollie. Very influential to skateboarding.
Like Jason, one of my faves on street. If you check out Rubbish Heap though, you'll see Mike V has just as much style and skills on vert. Therefore, I chose this tailgrab on a mini.
Another very influential skater.
I always loved this flick. Lady bitching and Brian either keeping the peace or being sarcastic... can't tell but love the 39mm wheels.
After he disappeared from the scene for a few years, he came back around and through Dave Schlossbach, I got to meet and skate with Brian for a few weeks while trying to start a new company under World.
His switch frontside flips on flat were butter!
The best skateboarder ever!
I cant remember why he was in NYC but I was at the banks this day. I think he landed this noseslide and cracked his tail to the ground but still rode away. All the heads were buggin.
D Way skating the banks on some raw shit was memorable.
Henry on the EMB bricks! Nuff said.
Pack of Lies will always be on the top of the favorite vids list. So raw. I first saw that vid while I was on a trip to Cali staying with Lucero. I was at the Black Label warehouse in the editing room and after the vid was over, I can't remember if I got skied and went to Huntington High will Dill or felt like going home. Either way, I was moved.
You too, Tim!
I think this came out after his part in Video Days which was weird cuz there was no reason to check him out after that vid. Still, as we all know, that vid is a classic and to see such a young kid come correct like that... you couldn't help but love him.
Transworld cover was amazing. Switch pop fake 5/0! Nobody was getting teck like that on rails back then and that was a legit rail. Ahead of the times always.
This video changed skating forever for me and I gotta believe for everyone else so I had to pay my respects.
After Hokus Pokus came out, I started skating in NYC a lot more... meeting skaters from all over. Basically it was on from that vid forward to today. Slo-mo skatecamp footage was mesmerizing. Lovely!
Thanks a lot to Eric at Chrome Ball for letting me reminisce a little and remember why I love skateboarding.
special thanks to Gino, Ray Mate and the Mighty Healthy.