Sunday, October 08, 2023

Lucky To Be Alive and Just Cruise II. October 8, 2023. Mostly Skateboarding Podcast.

This week, Maddie Hazlett, Patrick Kigongo, and Jason From Frozen in Carbonite are talking about Thrasher's Lucky To Be Alive feature and Magenta's Just Cruise II video. Listen here and subscribe on iTunes or Spotify.

Lizzie Armanto Mega Ramp slam
Jake Brown Mega Ramp slam
Magenta's Just Cruise

This week, Patrick is stoked on Spitfire Wheels, Paris getting hammered by Newcastle, Bobshirt Carroll & Howard interview, 5-year wedding anniversary, 9-year LA anniversary, Honey Skateshop in Aix, and Staple Singers covering Talking Heads’ Slippery People.
Jason is stoked on Venture Trucks, Arnold Schwarzenegger on Howard Stern, The Yard at Chaffs instagram account, and ├ľUS Shoes vid Autodidatas
Maddie is stoked on WNBA expansion and her new kitten, Sprout.

2 comments:

Thibaut said...

Hey,
Just here to bring my two cents to the conversation.
Most of you guys seemed puzzled by the choice made for the last part in Just Cruise (Ruben Spelta), and the lack of a definitive hammer closing the curtains.
You seem to be forgetting that the video is entitled "Just Cruise", and that it aims at showcasing the very act of cruising, as opposed to a more traditionnal type of skating (and editing). Besides, that very line is followed by a disclaimer that made me chuckled : " full length video with a mind boggling absence of death defying stunts".
What i like about Magenta is that every rider is carving a niche for himself, pushing what they are into to the limits, so much that it becomes a trademark for the skater. A pattern to his craft. Ollieing over hydrants (Jimmy Lannon) or Vespa (Ben Gore), 36 shovits (lui Araki), body varials (Viven), nose mannuals (Soy) or powerslides (Leo and Glen Fox). Reducing those videos to a series of powerslides is quite the intellectual leap in my opinion, because you'll find much more diversity among the riders, the terrain they skate and their tricks palette.
While i do find certain bits a bit over the top, what i really value in those videos is the originality. Originality is so much valued these days in skateboarding, that it has become a very trite notion. It comes out in every interview, every podcast, every essay. But when you ponder on what's actually original and genuinely invented, you'll find very little to gather. The palette of the current "original skater" is actually very standardized, from your your A listers "creative" skateboarders to small local videos you'll stumpble upon on Vague/Pocket skatemag or other media showcasing alternative skateboarding. You could almost make a "starter pack" of the creative skater : from the clothes, to the trick seletion, the attitude, the tatoos and all the way to the body langage after and before the tricks.
So what i like about Magenta is that creativity is not a vain notion. You might be able to trace inspiration, because one has to feed himself, but very little copying.. Now, you might not like the result, because creativity can sometimes lead you to questionable places, but you gotta at least salute the endeavour !

Justin said...

Also not a fan of the slam section or watching falls.

This could have happened to Jeremy Wray on the water tower gap. The run and jump is equally as scary.

Kids are always going to be jumping off of stuff. Look at how many roof drops there have been lately, like in that Satan's Draino hot sauce video. It's all teenagers rolling off high things, maybe while high. We don't really need that. Even guys like Tom Knox will do the occasional roll off a building. It's so dumb and basic.

I like the art at Magenta. Their videos are always good, although I haven't kept up with the last few. Leo Valls and Ben Gore had great parts in whatever that awkward Transworld video was from a few years back. Jimmy Lannon is rad, too.

It's cool Magenta made a DVD. Too bad Quasi can't be bothered to do the same. Theories of Atlantis will probably have copies.