Archive for June, 2020

Summertime Mixtape Vol. 8 – Jeremy Holmes, Hype ‘Believe’ Promo

June 30, 2020


The history books need more room for Dallas’ Jeremy Holmes, heavy ’00s hitter whose body of work in Youtube form exhibits some DVD-to-digital picture distortion that doesn’t yet command the sort of nostalgia reserved for the stressed VHS effect. He remains though one of the decade’s great ledge operators, working ‘Time Code’ spots, good with loose-fit switch 360 flips or a fakie hop up a curb to start a line, authoritative when he’s slamming down his wheels on the ledge lines under the roofs in this part for the Popwar reheat, Hype Skateboards. There’s some good filming like on the line-ending switch manual and a couple clips that oughtta be canon, like the hands-behind-the-back landing on the backside 180 nosegrind or the nollie backside 180 switch backside 5-0 shove-it, in a line, with extra undershirt points. The only thing this part really misses is one of his nollie backside noseblunt slides, like the one that shut down the Macba slot for a few years.

Summertime Mixtape Vol. 8 – Nick Jensen and Kyle Wilson, ‘Nick and Kyle’

June 29, 2020


Kyle Wilson’s ringing Palace clip the other day is gonna be a hard one to beat in this summer’s IG stakes, and sharpens the appetite for more — in the meantime there is his sizzling shared section with Nick Jensen that arose from Free Mag’s 2017 ‘Nik Stain Campaign’, wherein the Isle dad went harder than he had in a minute with a lovely switch 360 flip, a switch backside smith grind in a line, and one of those well-worn switch backside flips. Kyle Wilson spreads around his feather-floaty ollies and backside flips, lightly sets down a nollie frontside 180 in a claustrophobia corridor, and goes TJ up one of London’s most beloved manual spots. There’s not a lot of instances of rocket form looking good, and one of them is on his nollie heelflip over the bench here.

Summertime Mixtape Vol. 8 – Justin Adeniran, ‘M1’

June 28, 2020

Justin Adeniran stands out among a long line of Pennsylvania-based nose manualers with magnesium-scraping powers to crank nollie frontside noseslide 270 shoves-it out and glide through Muni at leisure. The cap, the khakis, the switch heelflips and especially, especially the spots are a total package — a certain type of tragedy that Love Park no longer can provide a platform for his line building. Three years on, the nosegrind nollie flip in this section demands rewinds, and ultimate tribute. The video’s still available here.

Summertime Mixtape Vol. 8 – Kevin Taylor, ‘Ryde Or Die Vol. 1’

June 27, 2020

Kevin Taylor – ‘Ryde or Die Vol. 1’

Coming up in an indelible era with an impervious spread of tricks and no bad photos ever to his name, it’s strange that there never really seemed to be a definitive Kevin Taylor part in the period that made his name. It didn’t really capture his roaring speed and effusive line construction captured in Stevie Williams’ ‘Reason’ part, but his ‘Ryde or Die Vol. 1’ opener is probably the best document for one of the quiet East Coast titans — there is a crazily over-rotated kickflip backside lipslide on one of the Love Park bench backs, a Baker2G-worthy careening rollaway on the half-cab bluntslide, and the lengthy buildup to the Daewon picnic table configuration ender, one of the best Transworld covers of its golden age. His fairly exhaustive ’42’ part from a few years back is still super heavy.