DJ’s been filming non-stop recently, with 4 clips filmed and released since the beginning of the year.
Starting off, we have “Lifecycle” – a Shanghai skateboarding video featuring a laundry list of homies.
(Vlad Derkach, Zhenya Buzukin, Saizhi, Pasha Pin, Sasha Tingachuk, Xu Zhao, Eduard Shmel, Johnny Tang, Anisimov Dmitrii, Per Asplund, John Saw, Brian Kleiber, Florida Orange Christian, DJ, Dick Specht and Winston Wang).
Next up are a couple skatepark edits at the newly-discovered winter-refuge, MX Skatepark; Brian Kleiber & Dima
Lastly, we’ve got a quickie from LP. This past Sunday we had a rare 25C day and nearly everyone was out skating. DJ had his VX and caught a few lines with Malik, Pikai, and Brian.
EZ is a good homie of mine whom I met out here in Shanghai. He just made the move back to the United States, but not before spending a year in Seoul and collecting a few minutes of footage. Here’s what he came up with.
As always, for optimal viewing we recommend full-screening this one. Also, be sure to grab your favorite beverage, smoke ’em if you got ’em and sit back and enjoy.
suggested listening after getting through the “bad” news
What’s the preferred order of delivery for sharing equal parts good and bad news? Good question. I almost resisted the urge to Google that one, but since my will is weak, here you go. Since 78% of people on the receiving end of the news prefer to hear the bad first, I’ll start with that.
You can’t skate Homies Plaza, aka The Center anymore. Not even on weekends. As a matter of fact, you can’t even bring your dog or pets there anymore. The place is officially a no-fun-of-any-kind-whatsoever zone. This shit sucks. First it was LP being 66% physically destroyed and now we’ve lost our only other plaza/meet up spot. Rumor has it that LP’s remains are now a bust as well.
As bad as this news is, try not to let it overshadow the following good news. I’m personally heartbroken in regards to the state of skateboarding and spots in Shanghai right now, but I’ll get to that some other time and in longer form.
It’s been quiet around here, and no, I can’t blame lack of time for the lack of updates…I’ve been straight-up lazy. Despite achieving what we often refer to as “millionaire status” in regards to days off and lack of obligations (read: unemployed) over the last few months, I’ve slipped. I’m one of those people who gets more done with less time; it’s a blessing and a curse. So hit me with a few months off and you can almost guarantee that it’ll result in countless days spent at The Center® with hardly an iPhone clip to show for it.
Anyway, for all two of you that know about this site here’s what’s been going on. First and foremost, I’ll direct you to the embedded video above titled “bvt raw” from my dude Avery. Fullscreen, grab your favorite beverage, skin-up or whatever…you know what to do. Nearly 20 minutes of raw footage from Burlington, VT and Montreal. Dais. Honorable mention: Ray’s iPhone Dump.
Jay Meador & Justen Snyder in “Dueling Spothunters” from a few months back. If you couldn’t tell, timeliness is not of the essence around here. I think skatehere.com posted this they day it was uploaded or something…4 months ago.
In honor of the cherry blossoms blossoming here in Shanghai, I’d like to plug “Sakura Zine“, a video and photo collaborative effort from Cole Giordano, Mike Sikora and Takahiro Morita that combines “the aesthetics of skateboarding with the sakura (cherry blossoms), striving to capture the spirit of Japan through the movement and fluidity of skateboarding.” Shout out to SikySik on this one – we’ll see you in a few months my dude!
This was never meant to be a blog (or even a regularly updated thing for that matter). If our memories were better, there wouldn’t be a need to document the fun times and happenings, ’cause they’d all be safely stored, organized and chronicled within our life’s highlight reel. But with the advent of technology combined with our dwindling time and attention spans, recalling last weekend becomes a mentally-intensive endeavor; so why not just keep a journal, right? That’s what people used to do…
<politics>First things first, Bernie can’t stop / won’t stop. He addressed the Senate floor with the facts-equivalent of a draco, citing Tweets and referencing charts. Nothing to do with skateboarding or Shanghai (obviously), but you should watch this. </politics>
CDs is a remix of footage from the last 12 months with a few minutes of new ~never before seen~ clips mixed in for good measure. Twenty-sixteen was a good year for skateboarding in Shanghai.
Featuring performances from: Johnny Tang, Richard Specht, Alex Greenberg, Xu Zhao, Xiao Hu, Brian Kleiber, Per Asplund, Edward Chang, Wang Di, Edan Qian, Oscar Swales, Michael Fagan, Mikey Chyea, Juhani Salo, Chris Cowell, Jack Moore, Ayong, Mongol Bill, Justen Snyder, Gustav Nyman, JMART, Jeff Hulslander, Keith Silvers, Sheng Law
Our longtime homie Jack Moore has been throwing art parties for a while now back in Vermont under the name, Steak Frites. He was a steady fixture out here in Shanghai a couple years back and recently came back to kick it for the month to paint and make a mess of our apartments and offices.
All joking aside, Jack’s been on his grind out here, designing board graphics, showing paintings at Push Fest and surfing couches like a boss.
This Friday at FLY Streetwear, we have a Steak Frites pop-up event with work from 50, Bilal, Jack Moore, JMART, Ryan Nimmo and Sally Zou. There will also be a screening of the Official Tissue year-end remix video, titled “CD’s”. The video is 15 minutes of footage you’ve already seen, re-chopped & re-screwed, along with some new never-before-seen clips and b-sides.
KRZA will be there playing music while you responsibly sip free beers from Vedett.
It’s all hannenin this Friday, December 16th at FLY Streetwear – 704 Changle Lu, near Fumin Lu 长乐路704号, 近富民路.
Big ups to FLY, Converse and Vedett for the support.
If you were at Push Fest, you probably caught the latest short from the Charles Lanceplaine, Jay Meador and Kristian Kvam Hansen of PUSH: “In The Kong”. If you’re one of the random heads who stumbled across this site while surfing the big breaking SERPS waves, then go ahead and give it a watch even if you don’t plan on sticking around these parts.
As mentioned, this past weekend was Push Fest. It was so well done and the turnout was incredible (check the recap from KickerClub). I want to give a strong shout out to the homies at PUSH, as well as Central Studios for hosting a skate event with 700+ in attendance. Also, can’t forget to plug the sponsors: Vans, Beats By Dre, Stance and Ollo Clip.
Patrik Wallner just released his latest for Red Bull: “The Hidden Colony“, featuring Yoshi Tanenbaum, Vladik Scholz, Thaynan Costa, Brian Dolle and Marius Syvanen skating around Hong Kong. Read the full story over at Red Bull, with beautiful accompanying imagery from Jonathan Mehring.