Sad but true
I was thinking to myself on the train the other day that maybe I should title a post about Chris Cole’s more or less flabbergasting Fallen video part something like “Chris Cole: Better Than Guy Mariano.” Not that I necessarily believe such a thing or that I sit around constructing mental “dude X is so totally better than dude Y” WWF matchups, I just thought it would maybe be funny and you know, edgy and shit. But then I thought how it would just be stupid and I promptly forgot about it til just now. You see how my mind works, it’s like a laser…
Anyhow, I suppose I could blab on about Chris Cole’s wristbands, or the whole Zero makeover, or Andy Mac-yellow T-shirts or poached 360s or perhaps how Chris Cole has a proven knack for thinking up ways to push the skateboard envelope (mile-long hubba frontside boardslide in “Dying To Live”, backside 360 noseblunt in “Zero or Die”, flip-out ledge sorcery in “Ride the Sky”). More to the point I could banter about how lucky we are that the dude has his head screwed on straight, to some degree anyway, and that there are indeed people in that exalted 99th percentile of skateboarding’s crop-creamers that aren’t out for the reality TV dollar, the Dew Tour crown, rap-and/or-rock stardom, signature streetwear lines, cavorting in Vegas with Shaun White, etc.
But as the years go by I think we have to look back at that fateful Tampa sit-down in the fleabag motel and extend a sincere thank-you to Jamie Thomas for giving Chris Cole the heads-up on The Way The Industry Really Works etc. and later giving him a platform to get completely fucking ridiculous with tricks and whatnot. Which isn’t to say that Chris Cole would have fallen out of the game or anything, although I suppose it’s possible, considering his preference for Pennsylvania living over Southern California or Barcelona or what have you.
So I guess I’ll wrap up this longwinded and purely 100% platonic love letter to Chris Cole’s skateboarding with the half-hearted disclaimer that I haven’t ever really owned a Chris Cole board or shoes, or any Zero stuff outside the videos, with the exception of a shirt I picked up somewhere in the “Thrill of It All” days and a patch that came with some Unicron DVDs. (I also have a Slayer patch should I choose to pursue my own metallic reimaging.) And sometimes I think his arms swing kind of like a caveman.
But I am a fan. And while I’m not sure I believe the rumor going around about Chris Cole getting SOTY again (I think it would be a stunning lack of imagination on the part of Phelps & Co.), he’s a pretty obvious frontrunner if winning it like three years ago doesn’t automatically disqualify you. Heath Kirchart, you have three months to either put the Alien video out yourself, do a 18-page Thrasher interview or join Anti-Hero.
Addendum: I did Josh Harmony sort of wrong in the last posting by omitting his fakie bigger spin down the Le Dome jubble-set, which was pretty insane.