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Baker 420 with T Funk and Tyson Peterson

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

Well fuck me! This one’s bonkers. Baker 420 with T Funk and Tyson Peterson dropped with minimal fanfare on international stoner days.
Otherwise known as ‘420’, for some never completely understood reason, weedheads across the world decided upon the 20th of April to celebrate inhaling THC-laden smoke into their lungs. In order to honour this, Baker Skateboards, a brand well known for their team’s interest in smoking weed, have dropped this Baker 420 video led by the perma-baked duo of T Funk and Tyson Peterson.
Interestingly, April 20th also happens to be the birth date of none other than Adolf Hitler which, if we’re honest, puts a bit of a downer on this weed ceremony but hey ho, it’s 2022, everything is permitted I guess.
Anyhow, onto matters of state: T Funk and Tyson Peterson, (or Tristan Funkhouser to use his official name).
These two bookend what I suppose is technically ‘Baker 5’, following up 2021’s ‘Baker 4’ full-length piece (which you can watch below). Anyone who was on the bench about T Funk’s recent China Banks Thrasher magazine cover being a claim – prepare to soil your kegs. Little bull neck not only lands the seemingly impossible frontside ollie over the long China Banks bench; he also makes it look piss easy. That trick sits in a part full of insanely high speed hits of SF spots which have either lain dormant for decades or have never been previously touched. T Funk is on one.

Baker 420 with T Funk and Tyson Peterson

T Funk’s foil, and the man who dresses like a stoner’s couch, namely Tyson Peterson, comes very much correct with a brace of swan-like backsmiths and stair hopping tech-gnar bangers. In between the bookends of T Funk and Tyson Peterson, you’re treated to various cameos from Baker and Deathwish heads ranging from Andrew Reynolds to Erik Ellington. Basically, it’s a two-man led Baker and Deathwish skateboards video released to celebrate weed-smoking. You know what to expect, right?


Martino Cattaneo rides for Madness Skateboards and is a lunatic

Monday, April 4th, 2022

Madness Skateboards own Martino Cattaneo has been on the radar every since his 5 minute intro to the world courtesy of Vans 2020 Tom’s Tales video dropped.
Emerging from effectively nowhere at that point, this Swiss ATV turned heads with the aforementioned Vans part, then followed it up with his inaugural release for Madness Skateboards, which you can see up there. The combination of his non-ironic man bun and his seeming ability to tear up transitions that are either too mythological in size for your average human, or so tight as to be unskateable, marks him out for greatness. Go watch the first minute and a half of the Madness Skateboards clip at the top of this text and ask yourself this: ‘has anyone else ever started a street line with 25 seconds in a super tight street fullpipe? (Pro tip – they haven’t).
True originals are hard to come by in 2022 so Martino Cattaneo is a breath of fresh Swiss air across the bow of the good shit Predictable if we’re being honest.
It just so happens that we’ve had a huge drop of Madness skateboards this week which, aside from giving you the chance to get your hands on some of the most diverse and beautiful skateboards currently on the market, also gives us an opportunity to gas man bun up as he deserves.
From 10 inch wide beasts, to slicks, to shaped boards with wheel wells and amazing graphics – don’t spare yourselves the madness.

Martino Cattaneo rides for Madness Skateboards

In case any of you missed it, you’ll find below the Vans EU Tom’s Tales video containing Martino’s first foray into global consciousness. It’s absolutely fucking mental.

Additionally, post Madness Skateboards hook up, Martino also appears on 2021’s Am Scramble from Thrasher which is worth watching in its entirety. Bonkers as ever.

To wind this one up, it’s probably also worth mentioning that we’ve also had a massive delivery of the perennially popular Blind Skateboards this month too which functions as a suitable reminder that Blind Skateboards‘ 1992 classic ‘Tim & Henry’s Pack of Lies’ is 30 years old this month. If you’ve never seen it, go watch it now. If you have, go watch it again.
Black Sabbath and Henry Sanchez – goosebumps!

 Martino Cattaneo rides for Madness Skateboards


Ishod Wair the GOAT, Baglady supplies and Grey Area Polish enders

Sunday, March 27th, 2022

Any month that sees a new video part dropping from Ishod Wair the GOAT is welcome, right?
Fans of Real skateboard‘s finest are not going to be disappointed here. Prepare your souls for ten minutes of new footage from a man who absolutely deserves the oft-overused appellation of Ishod Wair the GOAT.
It’s almost inconceivable to think that Ishod won Thrasher magazine’s coveted SOTY 9 years ago (back in 2013) and yet is still going in this hard. Pure natural ability and work ethic combined: it’s that simple.
So much incredible skating here and loads of extremely cruisey lines too, well, ‘cruisey’ for Ishod, not for everyone else obviously. Tech, rail gnar, style – what more do you want?
Extra lelz available in this one too with Ishod running various pairs of Nike SB Dunks that’ll make the StockX reseller heads cry. “Ben & Jerry Chunkys? Yeah just kickflipped the shit out of them mate – go resell them if you like, they’re in the bin.”

Ishod Wair the GOAT

Next up on the ‘videos that have jumped out at us this month’ list is the premier release from UK-based Baglady Supplies. According to their website, Baglady is a ‘brand from South East London’ who appear to be making boards and a huge range of clothing and accessories. I’m hoping that Daryl Dominguez has a hand in it business-wise as he has been dangerously overlooked by the skate industry (outside of Vans) for far too long.
Anyhow, peep below for more from Double D, Davide Holzknecht, Luka Pinto, Aref Koushesh, Tom Delion, Henry Gibbs, Ranga and Joel Banner. This is a banger.

Finally, or as they say in Poland, Wreszcie, we come to the latest release from the ever productive Polish skate crew behind the Grey Area videos. The rather aptly titled ‘Push Button to Destroy the World’ is the latest from Poland’s premiere lensman Kuba Kaczmarczyk and features a heavy cast including The National Skateboard Co pro Michał Juras, Finland’s Eniz Fazliov and various others. Whilst the whole piece is great, special attention must be directed towards Agata Halikowska’s last section which bangs. Big up Poland!

Ishod Wair the GOAT


Natas Kaupas and Ray Barbee Vans capsule released

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

There are few skateboarders who’ve had more influence on the culture than Natas Kaupas and Ray Barbee.
From playing major roles in establishing street skating as a recognisable thing to trick invention: Natas Kaupas and Ray Barbee are pivotal figures.
So, when these two titans of skateboarding come together with this new Natas Kaupas and Ray Barbee Vans capsule – you know it’s going to fly off the shelves.
Which brings us nicely on to the bangers you can see below.
First up is the iconic Vans shoe, well at least as far as we’re concerned anyway.
Dropping as part of the 30th anniversary of Vans footwear‘s most celebrated shoe – the Steve Caballero endorsed Half Cab – this is a collab of epic proportions.
(For those unaware of the back story of how the original Half Cab evolved into its current mid top manifestation – give yourselves a history lesson via Part 1 of Vans ‘Cut Down’ above.)

Natas Kaupas and Ray Barbee

Featuring Natas’ distinctive artwork on the heel referencing Ray Barbee’s board sponsor Krooked skateboards, along with an oblique reference to Natas’ seminal SMA Panther graphic – these are a must for fans of Natas Kaupas and Ray Barbee or for fans of the Vans Half Cab. And I mean really, who isn’t a fan of all three?
Along with the Half Cabs, Vans have also released a Vans Skate Old Skool and a Vans Skate Slip-On, which you can see below. Both feature more graphics by Kaupas on the uppers and side walls and both come with the full Duracap construction for durability.

Natas Kaupas and Ray Barbee

If you need a reminder/history lesson about why Ray Barbee is one the greatest skateboarders of all time to further prod you to jump in on these bangers: go watch Jan Maarten Sneep’s recent Barbee Memory Screen edit for Free Skate Mag. Every ‘trendy’ no comply variation that you’re running on Insta for ‘creativity points’?
Ray did it all first about 25 years ago. Recognise.

Natas Kaupas and Ray Barbee

And, since we’re on a history tip – if you’re not up to speed with why Natas Kaupas is as celebrated as he is, then dive into this masterclass of skate history via the much missed On Video.


February round up – Jake Wooten, Una Farrar, Cons x Krooked and more

Sunday, February 13th, 2022

Time flies when it’s bastard freezing eh? As such, here’s a February round up of content. These days it’s as though there are 5 sick videos dropping daily so it seems legit to do multi posts. Plus, we’ve slept on posting in February so far I guess, I blame the weather. Anyway, to the matter at hand: a February round up of recent content.

First up, is the video announcement that rubber-limbed transition slayer officially joined etnies (as of January 27th). If you’re aware of Jake Wooten’s previous behaviours, you’ll buzz off this power move. If you don’t already know who he is – get to know below. His etnies welcome part was filmed by Mike Manzoori too so there’s another bonus.

February round up – Jake Wooten, Una Farrar, Cons x Krooked and more

Once you’ve watched that, we strongly recommend catching up with Dime’s female representative and Vans head Una Farrar. Una has just dropped a short but banging section to coincide with landing the cover of new US publication Mess Skate Mag.

In related Vans video content news, the UK’s Skateboarder’s Companion magazine dropped a banger too. With Ben Broyd and Jordan Thackeray leading the charge – you know it’s going to be deece.

February round up – Jake Wooten, Una Farrar, Cons x Krooked and more

Next up in our February round up is the first (?) collab video of 2021.
Middle Earth serves up a Krooked skateboards rider captained clip to celebrate Mike Anderson’s Krooked x CTAS Pro Cons shoe. Alongside Mike you get Frank Gerwer, Brad Cromer, Eddie Cernicky, Raney Beres and Zered Bassett – so a half arsed shoe hawker this is not. Fire up the screens then get your nail scissors out – it’ll make sense later.

Penultimately, we come to Carharrt’s first video release in a decade. Inside Out is a slightly more cinematic take on a team video. Accidental Gullwing video references aside, there’s not a lot to dislike here. Go peep.

Last, but by no means, least comes a truly British clip courtesy of The Skateboarder’s Companion again. Stoked to see that they’ve resurrected the OG Sidewalk magazine ‘Raiders of the Lost Park’ series. Is there anything more authentically British than fannying around on dogshit council parks?
Thought not. Behold Mexborough in all its tin glory!

Rest in peace Bruce Kelliher AKA ‘Bruce the Ox’

And, as always, rest in peace to our dear friend Chris Barrett. Shine on mate.


November round up: Mark Suciu, FA, Andrew Allen and more

Saturday, November 27th, 2021

Goddamn. November has been a heavy month for video drops. First up, the ever productive Mark Suciu with yet another part, this time for Spitfire wheels.
Internet gossip regarding his (possible) thirst for that elusive SOTY trophy aside, this is textbook Mark Suciu. Insanely difficult ledge, hubba and manual tricks thrown together in long, flowing lines and performed with consummate ease.
The Blubba tricks alone will make this one a much rewound clip for sure. Will it be enough to get past Thrasher’s post-Phelps SOTY panel? Who knows, either way Mark Suciu must be one of the most prolific pro skaters in history at this point.

November round up: Mark Suciu, FA, Andrew Allen and more

Next up, Vans very own portly bank manager. Andrew Allen footage never disappoints and this Pixies scored 5 minutes does exactly what you’re hoping for. Watch it, go buy a bowling shirt and some Vans Eras and then skate those near-vertical banks that you usually avoid.

November round up: Mark Suciu, FA, Andrew Allen and more

Tangentially connected to the above through AA riding for Hockey, Fucking Awesome’s sister co, is the latest video release from Dill’s FA vehicle.
Clocking in at a frankly unnecessary 14 minutes, ‘420 E. 9th Street’ is far from FA’s greatest work. I love Louie Lopez as much as the next guy but do I really want to sit through a few minutes of mediocre (by FA standards) LES footage to get to him? The good stuff in here is really good – Louie Lopez continues to blow minds, newer heads Diego Todd, Joe Campos and Nik Stain come through with the goods and Ben Kadow does some ironic high ollie stuff, so FA fans will probably dig it but I struggled to maintain interest if I’m honest.

In direct contrast to the lukewarm reception to the FA clip above is Dime’s latest clip. The explosively powered tech of Will Marshall rarely fails to hit the target for me and this high energy pop music scored banger is another winner. For such a pint-sized dude, Will Marshall has an insane amount of pop. Crazy ledge lines, huge bump to bars, getting tattoos in the middle of heaving night clubs: brilliant. Dime do it again.

Did you all catch this one? Jante – 10:34 a video filmed predominantly in Stockholm and featuring a bunch of Scandinavians you should already know (Gustav Tønnesen and Nisse Ingemarsson) plus a load of others who you’ll want to know more of after watching this. With truly outstanding camera work and follow filming – Jante showcases some of the most gifted skaters on the planet. And the spots? Rougher than a dog’s arse. Invest 10 minutes in this, it’s worth it.

Last but by no means least comes a new 10 minutes of fun from UK clothing crew Serious Adult. If the po-faced tone of that new FA clip got on your tits, watch this straight after for a palette cleanser. With a cast of Serious adult regulars plus Shaun Currie, Zeta Rush and Jeremy Jones – you can’t go wrong here. Peep their previous clips over at the Serious Adult You Tube.


Vans Skate X Magenta Shogo Zama skate shoes

Friday, October 1st, 2021

Vans Skate X Magenta Shogo Zama skate shoes

Strong collaboration power here via two of our favourite brands and this Vans Skate X Magenta Shogo Zama skate shoe collection. What’s not to like here honestly? First up, Magenta is one of founding skater-owned-brands of the modern era (alongside Palace etc). It’s owned by legit French legends Viven Feil and Soy Panday. Its focus is style and aesthetics over number-crunching bellendery and, perhaps most significantly, they have championed Japanese skate culture through their brand since the very earliest days.
In line with this focus on glorious Nippon, this Vans Skate X Magenta shoe collection combines Magenta’s flair for aesthetics with direct Japanese influences as Magenta team rider Shogo Zama gets his name on these two bangers.
Secondly, it terms of things that ‘can’t be fucked with’ (as the Wu Tang would put it) is the use of two of Vans’ most beloved silhouettes in this Vans Skate X Magenta collab. If you’re not a fan of the Vans Era or the Vans Chukka then, you’re dead to us basically.
Anyhow – if Shogo Zama is new to you, you can update your brains via the clip above that welcomed him to Magenta skateboards last year. As you’d expect with all things Magenta – it’s steez heavy and about as far removed from the ‘let’s jump off a building’ approach as possible.

Vans Skate x Magenta Shogo Zama skate shoes

As we’re on the topic of the mighty Magenta skateboards and by extension their home town of Bordeaux, France, this seems like a reasonable excuse to champion the work undertaken by Magenta pro Leo Valls.
Following an attempt to criminalise skating in Bordeaux, Leo approached the local authority and created a working relationship that completely flipped the script and has ended up with the city embracing skateboarding. Similar to Malmo, this embrace has gone way beyond decriminalisation and has instead seen the city fixing up existing spots, building new skate-specific spaces and recognising the cultural value of their homegrown skateboard community. If you’re listening Manchester City Council/ Andy ‘king of the North’ Burnham – maybe that’s a slightly more forward thinking approach than this bullshit? You with us, yeah?
Anyway, enough with that – to see the fruits of this, watch the recently released Bordeaux Exposure 3 video featuring Leo Valls, Vivien Feil, Aymeric Nocus, Gauthier Rouger, Tom Penny and numerous other heads.
It’s sick, it’ll make you want to visit Bordeaux and it’s got Tom Penny footage. What more do you need?

Bordeaux Exposure 3 from Julien_Januszkiewicz on Vimeo.


Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter to Japanese skateboarding

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

Here’s a bittersweet delivery of gold courtesy of Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter to Japanese skateboarding. When the great man tragically passed on March 31st 2020, SixStair (the company behind Loveletters) let it be known that Jeff Grosso had filmed a number of as-yet unreleased episodes prior to his death. In true Mothra fashion, both of these turned out to be highly poignant and focused, as always, on the lesser-known creative cultures beneath the previously-monolithic rockface of ‘mainstream skateboarding’. The first of these, (also pitched as ‘Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter’) paid homage to currently unstoppable force that is skateboarding’s LGBTQ+ community. If, for whatever reason, you missed that one – click here for a masterclass in non-patronising inclusion and community love.

Fast forward a year and with skateboarding’s inaugural Olympic inclusion only a month away and Vans have seen fit to deliver what I hope isn’t but probably is, Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter to Japanese skateboarding. Shrouded in mystery (partly self-imposed and partly down to the US-centric world view of much of the legacy media) until fairly recently, this here is a 30 minute tour of Japan’s skate history. With the land of the rising sun set to host the first Olympics to include skating, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. For those of you who know nothing about the Japanese scene, get ready for a shock because Grosso doesn’t hold back. From Japan’s first ever pro skater to a strong focus on Japan’s female scene; it’s all here. I can guarantee you that Japan will blow minds next month but it’s very likely that the biggest shock will come from their female contingent so get ready – there is a hell of a lot more to Japanese skating than Yuto Horigome, believe me.

Jeff Grosso's final Loveletter to Japanese skateboarding

With the above in mind, if you fancy a bit more insight into the creative forces that are touched upon in Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter to Japanese skateboarding, then worry not. Scroll down and peep a glimpse of the end section of Yuri Murai‘s all female Japanese skate video ‘Joy & Sorrow 2’ as discussed in the Loveletters episode. Also, bear in mind that this footage is 5 years old now so get your expectations in line with what’s clearly going to happen in Tokyo next month.

Rest in peace Grosso. We love you.


Vans Skate Classics – Vans Skateboarding

Friday, March 5th, 2021

Vans Skate Classics – Vans Skateboarding

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You can’t fake the funk as they say and Vans certainly can’t be accused of this ‘Main Source’ 90’s quote. This time round Vans have seen fit to re-establish the original Classics lines with a update from the ground up. Taking what was the Vans Pro Skate range and updating with some longer lasting tech, the all new Vans Skate Classics are born. There’s no denying Vans has been an integral part of skateboarding since there inception in ’66 and also present day supporters of one of the most heavy hitting teams we’ve ever witnessed. Always developing products and working with the team riders to bring you the most adapted skate shoes for modern day skateboarding.

The all new Vans Skate Classics are truly reworked and basically a whole new construction of the most known Vans silhouettes of all time. Featuring the Skate Authentic, Skate Slip-On, Skate Sk8-Hi, Skate Old Skool, and Skate Era. Take your pick and enjoy some of the finest re-worked skate shoes of the century.

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The fresh faced Vans Skate Classics with all-over revised uppers incorporating checkerboard patterns plus an the all-new moulded inner heal counter for better fit. Lock-in elasticated tongue straps keep feet locked in for better control. The Vans Skate Classic DURACAP underlay creates a new comfort fit shape, added flexibility along with removing excess bulk. Overall resulting in an essential skaters fit for long lasting durability in the areas that matter most. Two-part side wall foxing featuring a heavier harder wearing knurl texture, as well as the highly regarded Vans Sick Stick Waffle gum rubber compound sole unit. Increased deeper waffle durability along with the grip to match. In addition, Vans designed PopCush energy-return insole foot-beds that won’t pack out and help maintain legs feeling fresh to skate longer.

Vans Skateboarding coming correct! Go get some.

Along with introducing you to the all new Vans Skate Classics we also felt inclined to delve into the video archives and let loose on some of the most impactful Vans Skate videos of the past. Keep scanning down for more skate classic waffle induced footage!

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Gilbert Crockett and Elijah Berle – Vans ‘Alright, Ok’

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

What a pair! Brought together for Vans under the auspices of contemporary skateboarding’s most celebrated film maker (Greg Hunt of course) – Gilbert Crockett and Elijah Berle smash it here.
If you’re a certain age then the title of the blog post might make you think of Miami Vice.
Or, if you’re a wrong un, maybe Whitney Houston. However, if your skateboarding brain works, then you’ll know we’re on about the lastest Vans release.
(Do we still call then ‘videos’ now everything’s online?)

Gilbert Crockett and Elijah Berle - Vans 'Alright, Ok'

Needless to say, Gilbert Crockett and Elijah Berle come through hard here. It’s difficult not to be fans of either of them and with Greg Hunt manning the editing controls, this is another classic following previous Vans releases such as ‘Spinning Away‘ and ‘Take it Back‘.
Long enough to justify the hype and the online premiere but short enough to fit the brain patterns of 2020. Gilbert’s slimmed down the trousers and upped his manny game even further, taking us on a switchstance dalliance around his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. You have to be impressed by his ability to stay local spot-wise whilst still pushing the boundaries of where his majestic pop and tech abilities can take him. Fellow Quasi head Justin @wukeeper Henry pops up in Gilbert’s part and manhandles street furniture with ease.
Looking forwards to that Quasi video featuring them both slated for release this year.

Gilbert Crockett and Elijah Berle – Vans ‘Alright, Ok’

FA’s Elijah Berle takes the curtains of this two act Greg Hunt masterpiece and fills it with an array of truly fucking mental skating. Pupeki grinds, fakie 5.0 reverts and nosegrind nollie flips on rails plus impossibles a plenty. Say what you like about Elijah’s gear switch ups but there’s absolutely no arguing with the skill.

There’s not much else that needs saying really. Go watch it and consider keg sizing.
One last thing that bears a mention – some of the music has been exclusively scored by ‘Reverend Baron’ AKA Danny Garcia.
For extra information on the man in charge – go check out Speedway Mag’s fantastic interview with Greg Hunt.