Posts Tagged ‘Skateboard Cafe’

2. Korahn Gayle – ‘Cover Version’

December 30, 2019

Dan Magee and Kevin Parrott’s Blips full-length ‘Cover Version’ this year came as a passion project ostensibly in tribute to seminal clips and tricks from decades past, but read like a clinic in how to film, construct and sequence a top-shelf full length with skating to match, all the requisite London bustle and grit in sharp relief. Quiet handstyler Korahn Gayle’s part is the best in it, gifted with screwface-inducing one-off ledge tricks such as the fakie backside tailslide flip out and the nollie heelflip backside noseblunt up the angled South Bank block, switch kickflip backside tailsliding Blueprint’s favourite gap to ledge, shocking and stoking the sidewalk elderly. It’s the type of video part that needs only one song to cover all the bases, the blocks and the big stuff, the mean backside drift on the London Bridge stack fakie heelflip to the switch wallride to frontside crooked grind a crack in the wall.

7. Mike Arnold – ‘Lloyds’

December 25, 2017


Like a console savant whose muscle memory and Mountain Dew intake fuse to create an equilibrium capable of mastering a video game down to each pixel, so did erstwhile Skateboard Cafe-goer Mike Arnold sing a poem of knowledge and devotion to Bristol’s Lloyds Amphitheatre, a waterfall of blocks and stairs that functions like a Rubik’s Cube in Mike Arnold’s scabby hands. Lloyds offers comparatively less to work with than some others in a recent spate of one-spot parts, but Mike Arnold puts his imagination to work, screeching and switch kickflip 360ing across steps, clamoring straight up the blocks both regular and switch, banging on trash cans (that wallie ender) and at least once, heaving himself into the drink.