Posts Tagged ‘Karl Watson’

Suspect Chin Music

March 26, 2009


The spaghetti pretzel-man way

Karl Watson is one of those dudes who, you know, definitely has paid his dues and deserves a shot at running his own company if he wants to, but kind of bums you out because there’s clearly going to be some give-and-take with regard to his on-board coverage (see also: Stevie Williams/DGK, Robbie Gangemi/Vehicle, Ricky Oyola/Traffic, etc). But when the wheels start a-rolling he’s apparently all in: despite catching the business end of an errant board and breaking his fucking face at Tampa last weekend, he moseyed back into the bullring to slide this frontside nose/frontside tail thingamajig, a trick that would probably for sure look silly and grotesque under the feet of most. Karl Watson is justly known for his cheerful demeanor but when he’s out of the game (hopefully a good while from now) he’ll hopefully have secured a well-earned spot as one of the all-time bizarro ledge wizards. For the time being, enjoy the smoothies.

(PS Where the fuck was I while Tampa Pro was going on last weekend? Lenny Rivas’s buddy flashes a gun at Antwuan Dixon, who’s later banned for life from the SPOT for heaving rocks onto a freeway and causing general havok; Chris Gentry stomps out some poor girl’s windshield; Javier Nunez nollie frontside heelflip nosegrinds a rail and Jereme Rogers shows up with a goddamn face tattoo. Blowing it…)

When Your Friends Are Watching

January 12, 2009


Through all this bullshit

I got to thinking the other day, while pondering yet again how awesome it would be if Anthony Pappalardo and Brian Wenning got the band back together and rented a place in Philadelphia and teamed up to liberate Love Park under the tutelage of an older, wiser Matt Reason (like a sitcom)…

Despite Pappalardo’s Midwestern grandpa dress code I think he may still be too young to qualify as a true curmudgeon type, but probably can safely be called a sourpuss. So seeing the footage from “Photosynthesis” where he gets all giggly after nollie 180ing the Brooklyn Banks rail warmed the cockle-burrs of my heart and later got me thinking on earnest, honest smiles after landing tricks. Sometimes frowned upon, especially in these troubled times of trophy-tossing Austin Seaholms and back-flip fly-outting Ryan Shecklers, we may need an occasional reminder that it’s okay to show some emotion after negotiating a particularly hairy move. Or else you risk looking like a scary-eyed serial killer. (See Caswell Berry, backside lipslide, “Man Down”; Heath Kirchart, all videos)

So, a handful of good, decent, god-fearing smiles over the years:*

Mike Maldonado, “Welcome to Hell”
East Coast powerhouse exhibits a stubbly underbite after dismounting a tall backside 5050, affirming to the viewer that the spot probably is as fun as it looks and sapping a little doom-n-gloom from the Misfits song to come.

Cairo Foster, “The Reason”
Following a blistering line through Pier 7, Cairo’s skull-like features soften as he catches his breath and looks forward to a heavy helping of Ty Evans slow-mo for what will remain his best part to date nearly ten years on, in one of the best TWS vids. So, what’s not to smile about.

Ben Stewart, “Seasons 4”
Kickflip-to-smith-grinding Hubba Hideout admits young Ben Stewart into a fairly select membership of skateboarders to have stepped to the crack cocaine-themed ledge, and his innocent schoolboy smirk is well earned, if not crack cocaine-themed itself. (I don’t know him personally)

Devine Calloway, “Let’s Do This”
Pearly whites, can-do attitude and a seemingly constant grin, but for the purposes of this posting we’ll highlight the post-nollie varial flip period in the 2007 Transworld video, the name of which could double as a subtitle for the next installment of “Thug Motivation.”

Jovontae Turner, Mike Carroll’s part in “Questionable”
The haircut gets him over I think. I’d smile if I was running around with that look, early 1990s or no. A proper shiteating variation here.

*Ray Barbee and Karl Watson are disregarded because, too easy.

Margin Walker

December 20, 2008


Lame title acknowledged, but I’m tired from Christmas shopping and was having a rough time thinking up some “Concrete Jungle”-themed pun, which probably would have been even worse

Marc Johnson gave us an entertaining Easter egg hunt last year when he mentioned in a couple interviews that his 13-minute “Fully Flared” section contained a handful of tricks that were direct homages to some of the skaters that exerted particular influence over him throughout the years. I’m pretty sure I’ve caught nods to Daewon, Gonz of course, Jason Dill and Ronnie Creager, though my concentration often is interrupted when I have to get up to use the bathroom, or turn on the couch so that I don’t develop bedsores.

I found myself doing something similar with this new “Concrete Jungle” promo from Organika, specifically the super impressive part from Walker Ryan, who strikes me as something of a skate spot buff. Besides switch backside bigspins and flaunting child labor laws for waxing purposes, Walker appears to enjoy mining skateboard history for well-loved locales: I spotted the Tom Penny/BA ledge (see above), the curvy red ledge from Tiltmode/Maple days gone by, the ledge made famous by Elissa Steamer’s nollie lipslide-to-faceplant, and the especially eyebrow-raising 5-0 to manual at New York City’s treacherous courthouse ledge-to-drop spot.

And I’m sure an old ’80s guy out there found some significance in one of those ditches he skates as well.

The other half of this tight one-two promo is rail-skinny spaghettiman Zach Lyons, contorting and twisting his way through an assortment of urban/creative moves that he still tends to make more interesting than your average polejam-to-manual-kickflip-outters. He does have an eye for some extremely bizarre tricks, like the final nosegrind-nose manual tilt-a-whirl, and the frontside nosegrind pop-in is serious precision shit, though he sometimes falls into the Brian Brown trap of requiring every trick to include a manual or wallride.

Besides Quim Cardona lofting one of the huger ollies in recent months, another entry in Rodrigo Peterson’s Big Book of Switch Nosegrinds, and Karl Watson’s extremely suspect bigspin kickflip, this video also includes two of the more pleasing-to-the-ear tricks I’ve heard in some time: Zach Lyons’ 180 nosegrind on the wooden fence and Walker Ryan’s nollie cab backside lipslide.

Tune in from now til the end of the year as I count down the top 10 video parts of the year and other assorted malarkey.