Mandatory-Video Reviews

King Of Freestyle’s Boston Massacre

This long-awaited sequel to P.J. Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life might have you a little surprised. First off, the menus and chapters are confusing as hell-nothing seems to play in any particular order and the credits are in between each skateboarder’s part, but it’s kinda fun. Secondly, there’re some new skaters in the video (Hector, Skyy, Daddy Longlegs), some you’ll recognize from the last video (Southie, Dave Vey, Colin Fiske), and a few missing (Jereme Rogers, Alexis Sablone). Thirdly, the skating in this video is different. It’s not as “serious” as you might expect judging from the last video. The riders aren’t doing all the hottest tricks at the hottest spots-more, they’re seemingly having a lot of fun and filming their high jinks along with their skating.

Dave Vey might be the only guy besides Chris Haslam in the running to put up against Rodney Mullen-trick-wise. Not that he’s as “good” per se, but he just does things a little differently, and yes, he does freestyle tricks. Almost better than Vey’s skating parts are his slams and the temper tantrums after slamming.

Obviously, most of you are reading to hear about Mr. Ladd. And he’s reason enough to get this DVD-three, count ’em, three parts. The first part is seemingly the most recent footage, the second’s a montage of footage from 1999, and the third’s a hidden easter egg you’ll have to access by pushing “enter” during P.J.’s credits. All the parts are what you’ve come to expect from P.J.-tech, innovation, originality, and style-however, if you read between the lines and look closely at his part, it seems as if P.J.’s newest footy (or footy yet to be filmed) is being held for another soon-to-be-released video. You be the judge.-Rob Brink

Dango And Friends

Shop videos fall into a unique category. They provide a window into a distant unfamiliar skate scene showcasing a roster of shredders you’ve never heard of and spots you’ve never seen-and with all due respect, a lowered level of expectations. On rare occasions, these shop videos are so good, they catapult unknowns into instant top-40 contenders, suddenly putting the respective local scene on the map.

Along comes Dango And Friends from the “dirty south” of Florida. The crew, featuring New Deal alum John Montesi’s West Side Skateshop, has done just that-created a video that warrants heavy rotation in everyone’s collection.

The cast reads like a 411 with flavor, containing small parts from some of your favorite pros-Andrew Reynolds, Jeff Lenoce, Ryan Nixx, Ricky Oyola, FORE, Zered Bassett, Richard Angelides, and Ed Selego, including a part by Danny Renuad that you’ll find yourself watching several times. But the biggest surprise is the stunt work of the lesser-known rookies along with some great performances by the new jacks and vets-Lannon, Dustin Charleton, Jahmal Williams, Rosa, Josh Dowd, and so many more. The video also includes some standout parts by John Buchanan and 80s Joe.

Dango takes a cue from the Tilt Mode tune by creating a humorous approach to some serious shredding. In addition to great off-board antics and some beer-soaked shenanigans, you’ll be introduced to a flaming mummy and a tinfoil-clad gangster. And when top-billed Dango takes to the streets, the comedy really starts. This production is a welcome surprise. When everyone is out there jumping off cliffs “dying to live,” Dango And Friends are “dying to laugh.” Recap, purchase, enjoy, and share with friends.-John J. McGuire

Rust Never Sleeps

Skateboarding seems to get more and more diverse as time passes. With that diversity, a video like Rust Never Sleeps can be released without necessarily being shunned because it consists of mostly pool or transition skating and street skating at non-popular spots. Rust is raw-not a lot of clean, crispy digital film or slow-mo double edits. It’s pretty much just gnarly skating and a ton of vintage skateboarding footage from the 19s that’s fairly entertaining to look at. Where Ol’ 84 dug it up from, who knows, but we’ve sure come a long way in only three decades-or maybe we haven’t, which isn’t always a bad thing.

Dan Drehobl, Neil Heddings, Chris Swanson, Jub, Al Partanen, Peter Hewitt, Sam Hitz, Wee Man, and Ted Nugent to name just a few are featured in Ol’ 84’s video. Footage of Drehobl is always entertaining and bewildering. Al and Hewitt kill it on levels that most younger skaters in the world aren’t used to seeing, and it truly is good to see Neil Heddings still going strong. Be sure to check out the Shred For Heddings part in the bonus footage section of the DVD. Pools, parks, street, mini ramp, and indescribable terrain galore-open your mind, and check out Rust Never Sleeps by Ol’ 84. Maybe you’ll also be inspired to write clever rhymes about it (like the one you just read) once you’re done watching.-Rob Brink


iThink it’s been quite a while since Think put out a full video. iThink there’ve been significant additions to the team since the last video. iThink this is probably marking a new beginning for Think skateboards. iThink the DVD menu and intros to the riders’ parts are clever and Think will be stoked if they don’t get sued by Apple. iThink Daryl Angel comes out swingin’ with his opener set to Placebo. iThink Appleyard did that in Flip’s Sorry. iThink we will be seeing much more of Daryl in the next few years. iThink Jake Nunn probably breaks a lot of boards because he is muy alto. iThink he has long legs and mucho pop. iThink I just started speaking Spanglish for no reason. iThink Jake Palu is fun to watch and likes backside lipslides, while iThink Jerry Smyth and Jesse Bracewell might have both needed stitches for rolling through a window and a ledge-corner head banger, respectively. iThink Adam Dyet is balls-out. iThink I like watching him break himself-he’s another one to keep an eye on. iThink he’ll continue to kill handrails and other large obstacles. iThought Danny Fuenzalida would have the ender part, and I was right. iThink Danny is smooth and casual on a skateboard. iThink I like his and Dyet’s parts the best. iThink there’s about ten minutes of unused bonus footy on this DVD, and iThink you should definitely check out iThink by Think.-iBrink

Nickels And Dimes

The door of Autumn skate shop springs open and in walks the bicoastal sneaker pimp and low-key industry player Craig Metzger. Think: Woody Allen meets Rodney Mullen. Having just viewed his new board company Instant Winner’s first video offering, Nickels And Dimes, I promptly begin to commend him on a job well done. His proud-papa smile belies his emo persona. He has every right to gloat. Instant Winner seems to be one of those rare companies capable of evading the fly-by-night curse of so many upstarts. It’s all about the team, represented quite well in this video. The skating, interspersed with scenes from New York’s Coney Island, is good-great even. In between clips showcasing the vegan nightmare/NYC rite of passage that’s chomping down a Nathan’s Famous frank, we get to see the undeniable talents of skaters Alex Turan, Brett Abramson, and Scotty Moore. The film, not unlike a ride on The Cyclone, is painfully pleasurable from beginning to end. Anybody who’s ever taken a ride on Brooklyn’s landmark roller coaster knows that the best seats are in the front and back. That’s where Joey Seguna and Billy Rohan come into play. The Long Island new jack and the kind-of-a-living-legend, respectively, have the best parts in the flick. I’m a straight-up hater on people who skate like these guys can. You want to have some real fun? I’d recommend-short of plunking down six bucks for the Cyclone-that you check out Nickels And Dimes. Or else, be a man, move to New York, and take both rides in the same day.

Note: See, New York? I can write something not self-serving (despite monstrous temptations-i.e., the stuff I could buy with nickels and dimes and one summer’s Cyclone-riding contest) … Nyah!-Andy Seifert

er’s Cyclone-riding contest) … Nyah!-Andy Seifert