Posts Tagged ‘Fallen’

Fall Out Boys

July 12, 2009


A couple Fallen shoes related items recently crossed the boil the ocean desk, firstly, the new ad featuring Brian “Saul Hudson” Hansen which gave me serious “oh-shit” pause whilst flipping through the Appleyard TWS last week. The sequence of course doesn’t really do justice to the trick, partly because of the speed required, but also because it’s a super-high ledge… Marius Syvanen also took a shot at it this month, hopping onto the little block before jumping the gap to backside 50-50, but this backside tailslide is a monster with form. Due to my substandard scanning abilities I’m leaving out a few frames, but consider this a protest song dedicated to the fact that the Black Box ad archive isn’t updated on a daily basis.

Anyway, on the topic of form, again-hairless Black Box honcho Jamie Thomas turned in his edition of the ongoing “10 tricks” series, after a false start, and it includes this beauty of a frontside k-grind with the classic executioner pose:


Meanwhile, apparently some of these dudes skated the Maloof contest this weekend

6. Chris Cole, “Ride the Sky”

December 25, 2008

Chris Cole catches Flare fever for his teched-out ledge closer in Fallen shoes’ “Ride the Sky”, trotting the globe in search of the crispest curbs upon which to execute switch frontside nosegrind fakie bigspin kickflips outs and that fakie switch backside noseblunt 360 flip out mess that is crying out for a wit like Jake Phelps to brand it with an obnoxious nickname like “razorblade octopus” or “switch hosebeast.” My Chris Cole appreciation has come a long way from a Weissian guilty pleasure pushing snowplow nosegrinds to leery approval at the TWS/DTL double-up to anticipating his next move post-Wallenberg. I think this year, with what’s to me his best in a long long line of video parts, I may be coming to terms with being a serious fan of Chris Cole, although if I ran into the Police Informer or Temple Skate dudes at a spot I might still try and issue a few mumbly denials before the cock crows.

Chris Cole: Demolition Man

October 6, 2008

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.

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. 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.

Boil the Ocean posts about the Fallen video some more

October 4, 2008

Whistle while you twurk

So maybe restraint is an odd concept to associate with a video that’s mainly concerned with handrail firepower and gap flights, but I was kind of impressed with the non-spectacle aspect of the Fallen flick that, uh, “debuted” online last week amidst a flurry of anguished messageboard pleas and back-door Rapidshare dealings. This is especially impressive considering it’s helmed by Jamie Thomas, who’s certainly brought elements of the theatrical to past productions, and what with your HD cameras, international dateline-hopping footage quests and the famous Blackbox work ethic, cynical potato-bugs like myself can maybe be forgiven for expecting, basically, “Fully Flared” with bigger jumps and smaller pants and Maiden.

The waistlines are narrow to be sure, but I gotta give Thomas & co. much credit for following the age-old Texasism “shut up and skate”: no voiceovers, no gratuitous intro sequences, no padding whatsoever really. Not even that much slow-mo.

In other respects (music, filming, editing) it’s basically a Zero video, not a bad thing at all, which is to say if I’m going to watch some high stakes carcass-tossing I’d rather see the real McCoy than the legions of longhaired frontside boardsliders that arose in the Baker2G handrail heyday.

The current “creativity” trend does rear its head from time to time, like with Tommy Sandoval, who has the first section and appears to be increasingly dreadlocked. In an otherwise by-the-numbers Zero gap/rail assault he throws in a few torso-twister feeble/smith combos that are pretty sick, and the pop out of the obligatory pivot fakie is a show-stopper. Tony Cervantes oversees most of the transition stuff in the video, he’s not the flashiest skater ever, but like Kenny Hoyle he’s got something that doesn’t lend itself to drawn-out blog commentary, some kind of X factor. But they’re lucky to have this dude. He’s gonna be interesting to watch evolve.

People are correct in saying one of the best parts is Brian Hansen, piloting his skateboard at unsafe speeds through harrowing terrain and landing tricks way smoother than necessary for a dude who otherwise engages in wholesale slobbery (thank-you list includes Cheez-Its). And I suppose I’ll go ahead and take another lap for Gilbert Crockett, he of the ninja flip tricks and precision reverts and monochrome wardrobe. Perfect second part for a video like this.

James Hardy, on Real now and a kid I’ve heard a lot about in certain sectors, didn’t wow me much aside from a Gonzish frontside 180 backside nosegrind and a fakie 5-0 on a burly rail. Likewise the 2/3 Harmony-1/3 Bennett part, the proportion of which I wished was reversed. Harmony had a longish backside nosegrind in there I guess.

In terms of evolution and growing up and all that game of Life shit I was interested to see what Jamie Thomas came with, being a decade beyond his best video part, but not the type to milk it either. His age sort of shows through the first half, getting semi-tech on ledges and skating fast with some red meat thrown to his Slap pals (mailbox nosebash, pole lipslide), but he turns up the heat when the song gets going and by the time he bangs out that steep frontside nosegrind pop-out over the sidewalk it’s like “Thrill of It All” again even if he didn’t score the ride-away.

And if it wasn’t for Chris Cole Billy Marks would easily have the craziest section in this video, doing one of the tallest jumps I’ve seen in some time straight out the gate and bumping his flip-to-grind act up a few notches. Here and there he falls into the Jon Allie trap of kickflipping into every trick he can think of, which gets sort of repetitive, but he makes an effort to keep it interesting like with the smith grinds kickflip out both ways on that rolly ledge thing. And I don’t know if it’s from watching so many low-impact street transition tricks these last few years, but the sheer size of some of his shit rattled me a few times. Currently Marks’ meter is edging away from tech-deck and toward SOTY, if you ask me.

Boil the Ocean posts about the Fallen video

October 2, 2008

Do you guys think it’s messed up how, after years on Mystery’s strict black-and-white photo/video regimen, Gilbert Crockett has gone colorblind?