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A Blind Video Chronology

From the article in our October issue:

Blind's new video X2vision is in skateshops and iTunes now. To prepare you for this video we are providing a photographic glimpse of what TJ and Yuri have cooking as well as a chronology of Blind videos leading to this release. Familiarize yourself with the classics, revisit the archives, and get ready for Blind's new installation of their signature blend of tech-gnar.
Words and illustrations by Luke Callahan

Video Days [1991]
Hands down, one of the best drinking and driving PSAs ever made. Guy Mariano, Jordan Richter, Mark Gonzales, Rudy Johnson, and Jason Lee drive off a cliff after 20 minutes of epic skateboarding. How many lives would have been saved if all skate videos ended with a moral told through the team's death?

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Mark Gonzales boardslide. Video Days [1991]
Mark Gonzales, boardslide. Video Days [1991]
Tim And Henry’s Pack Of Lies [1992]
Oh the lies! Released as a two-part promo for a Blind full length to be released that fall, Tim and Henry's Pack of Lies was just that. If only other false promising products were named so appropriately: Ron Jeremy's Enlargement Pill of Lies.

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Henry Sanchez, switch crooked grind. Tim and Henry's Pack Of Lies.
Henry Sanchez, switch crooked grind. Tim and Henry’s Pack Of Lies [1992]
20 Shot Sequence (segment) [1994]
Henry Sanchez, Lavar McBride, and Ronnie Creager close the video with the Blind section of this World Industries flick. World Park funbox tricks dropped jaws in this pre-Mega Ramp era. "Free Bird" re-edit anyone?

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Ronnie Creger, 360 flip. 20 Shot Sequence (segment)
Ronnie Creger, 360 flip. 20 Shot Sequence (segment) [1994]
Trilogy (segment) [1996]
What appears at first as a Martial Arts spoof intro is in fact the most appropriate way to kick off Lavar McBride's masterful display in this discipline. Gideon Choi, Josh Kasper, and Ronnie Creager join him in Blind's segment of this offering from 101, Blind, and World Industries.

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Lavar McBride, switch backside five-o. Trilogy [1996]
Lavar McBride, switch backside five-o. Trilogy (segment) [1996]
Rodney Mullen vs. Daewon Song (SEGMENT)[1997]
The Blind team claims the tinkering piano of The Rolling Stones' She's a Rainbow in skaters' minds throughout the world with this release. Gideon Choi, Josh Kasper, Lavar, Robbie McKinley… Is it possible to think of anything outside of Creager's rain footage when hearing that track?

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Gideon Choi, switch hardflip frontside crooked grind. Rodney Mullen Vs. Dawon Song [1997]
Gideon Choi, switch hardflip frontside crooked grind. Rodney Mullen Vs. Daewon Song (segment) [1997]
Round Two: Rodney vs. Daewon (SEGMENT)[1999]
Gideon Choi, Josh Kasper, Corey Sheppard, James Craig, and Ronnie Creager were on the fight card as the Rodney vs. Daewon battle continued. The Blind team joined other Dwindle companies in this heavyweight rematch.

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James Craig, backside flip. Round Two: Rodney Vs. Daewon (segment) [1997]
James Craig, backside flip. Round Two: Rodney Vs. Daewon (segment) [1997]
What If ? [2005]
14 years after their first and only team video, Blind returns with a full-length featuring their most extensive and diverse team to date: Corey Sheppard, Jake Duncombe, Grant Patterson, Evan Schiefelbine, Aaron Artis, Carlos Ruiz, James Craig, Jake Brown, and Ronnie Creager.

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Corey Sheppard, 360 flip. What If? [2005]
Corey Sheppard, 360 flip. What If? [2005]
The Blind Video [2009]
Featuring one of the heaviest slams in skate history, Jake Brown's 40 foot plummet to flat is pure stoke extinguishment. Parts from Morgan Smith, James Craig, Danny Cerezini, Grant Patterson, Jake Brown, Creager, Filipe Ortiz, Jake Duncombe, and Jani Laitiala replenish the stoke depletion.

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Morgan Smith, ollie. The Blind Video [2009]
Morgan Smith, ollie. The Blind Video [2009]
This Is Not A Test [2011]
TJ Rogers is introduced to the Blind team in this video featuring Sewa Kroetkov, Kieran Reilly, Morgan Smith, Danny Cerezini, Filipe Ortiz, and Kevin Romar who closes the show with a variety of Romar-isms down the Santa Monica triple set.

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Kevin Romar, nollie backside heelflip. This Is Not A Test [2011]
Kevin Romar, nollie backside heelflip. This Is Not A Test [2011]
DAMN… [2013]
Romar opens the most recent Blind team video with the smoothness garnished with afro pick lifestyle shots. Blind vet Ronnie Creager introduces newcomer Cody McEntire in a shared song. Sewa pulls a bigflip backtail bigflip out and other tongue-twisting displays of technical mastery. Morgan Smith delivers his signature balance of tech and gnar. Yuri takes the hardflip back tail fakie to a handrail. TJ Rogers switch frontside 360s Hollywood 16, three days after his previous straight-off-the-plane attempt/head smash. Filipe Ortiz closes the video prompting several additional instances of "Damn…" uttered during this video.

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Filipe Ortiz, backside noseblunt-slide.
Filipe Ortiz, backside noseblunt-slide. DAMN…[2013]
X2VISION [2014]
The TJ Rogers and Yuri Facchini video duet will be released this Fall. Will it boldly deliver a PSA as Video Days did? Will it falsely promise a future team video a la Tim and Henry's Pack of Lies? Only one thing is for sure, it will definitely add to the vast catalogue of tech-gnar that Blind has released over the years. Hit your shop up for the DVD or cop it from iTunes if you're afraid to leave the house.

TJ Rogers, fakie bigspin. PHOTO / TRINH
TJ Rogers, fakie bigspin. PHOTO / TRINH (*click to enlarge)

 

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Yuri Facchini, nollie heelflip frontside nosegrind. PHOTO / BARTON (*click to enlarge)
TJ Rogers and Yuri Facchini
TJ Rogers and Yuri Facchini. PORTRIT / BARTON (*click to enlarge)

 

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