The book gets a mention today on the Forbidden Planet Blog and will be on sale (look for the Blank Slate Books table) at this weekend’s Thought Bubble in Leeds. If you want or need more up to date info then please LIKE My Skateboard Life on Facebook or follow me on that there twitter. This blog’s life is drawing to an end (what with the book being on sale and all). I’m slowly working on the next book, the follow up, the difficult second album over here. So yeah, choose your favourite social networking platform cause that’s where the news will be, not on here that’s for sure.
I was going to do this post about my favourite 5 skate videos but then I realised that that wasn’t that easy to decide. So anyway, here’s 5 videos that I really like and have watched probably 100 times each (easily) over the years. The book is out THIS MONTH!
1. Matt Hensley ‘Shackle Me Not’
This one, well, it just blew mine and all my friends tiny little minds when it came out. Come on, it’s Matt Hensley, for crying out loud.
2. Mike Vallely ‘Rubbish Heap’
Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE wanted to be Mike Vallely when this video came out. People started skating with a limp wrist almost instantly, me included.
3. Ray Barbee ’411VM Pro Spotlight’
When I started skating again after a couple of years off, I bought this video magazine thing which had this Ray Barbee section and one on Ed Templeton. I must’ve watched that video a thousand times as I slowly relearned how to enjoy rolling around on 4 wheels again. Oh and if anyone knows where to find this song then get in touch!
4. Duane Pitre ‘ Memory Screen’
I still have this video on VHS, it’s like nothing else. I could have put any clip from G&S Footage here but I didn’t. Dinosaur Jr. and Skateboard Videos, that’s a T-Shirt slogan right there.
5. Guy Mariano ‘Video Days’
I think I almost told a girl once that this was a video of me skating, but fortunately thought better of it. I mean, as if! Imagine her disappointment if I’d tried to recreate any of this stuff in real life. He’s like a tiny child in this video, a total classic.
Okay, so what are your favourite 5 skateboard video parts? Best answer wins a signed copy of the comic book! (it’s really nice to be able to finally say that).
Dovertime is a community film made by my good friend Lucy Steggals. The name of the project was thought up one very drunken evening by yours truly. I should really be getting a huge cut of the film’s profits but I’m too nice a guy. Anyway, go check it out there are film screenings coming up soon, I think.