Thursday, June 16, 2016

Hella Good Stuff Premiere


Hella Good Stuff is a collab full length video by the Concrete and Hella Grips crews out of the Bay Area. Featuring guys like Proto's Jake Sorenson and lowkey shredders like Pat Nguyen (seen above), and the filming of Anton Abramson, this is going to be one of the best HD videos ever produced. The video premieres after SD10 so if you're gonna be down there already, you best make it out to party and celebrate with these hard working dudes.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

RELAPSE





Satori is back here with an awesome midlength montage featuring almost everyone on the team, including new addition Jack Colston. The crew has been split up throughout the US, with members in Portland, AZ, Denver, Chicago, as well as Jon and Kevin down in Australia. Jon's opener clip is so insane, you knew right away after the intro that this was gonna be a good one. Get hyped on Satori and look out for their latest limited run of clothing, including new sig shirts from TomK and Issac.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

2016 Austin Street Jam Recap

Theo Kotyk hit me up about sharing a recap of the latest Austin Street Jam, and ended up writing this awesome review to go along with the photography of Chris Dant. It's a bit lengthy but is an awesome way to relive the day, or experience it secondhand if you weren't there yourself.


This year Matt Ogle and I planned/hosted the third annual Street Jam in Austin, TX. But before jumping in to all that, I want to preface this tale of scooter exploits with some background on the scooter scene here in Texas. Like many scenes throughout the world, ours consists of a relatively small number of committed riders scattered throughout the 268,820 square miles that is the Lone Star State. This brings a new level of importance to any happening where we can all gather together, ride, and fellowship with old friends and new ones alike. This is the reason the Austin Street Jam exists, and why Matt and I hope to continue seeing it grow and flourish for the foreseeable future.
With that being said, let’s dive in to this recap of the Street Jam this year, because it was one for the books! Amid threats of thunderstorms throughout the weekend, and in light of last years unexpected turn of events, we waited with baited breath as the weekend approached. Friends from all over began to arrive; Tommy Daddono and Richard Harck from Chicago, Dan Barrett, Ryan Upchurch and Cooper Klaar from Portland, JonColin Senka, Henry Rohlfing, Dakota Dawkins and Ryan Fleet from Oklahoma, and a host of others from all around Texas. In the greatest turn of events, the clouds parted and the sun blasted down relentlessly on Saturday morning, and continued to do so for the entire weekend. The rendezvous point was House Skate Park downtown, so as the morning rolled on, skateboarders and BMX’ers alike scratched their heads in awe as the park swarmed with more and more kids riding- “WAIT…are those…scoooooters?!” (insert dumbfounded expression – typical reaction if you live in Texas, or anywhere that isn’t Australia or California). After everyone had rolled in and got a nice sweat going, Matt on the megaphone made a few announcements, thanked all the generous sponsors, and laid out the ground rules for a “street style” jam (hint: there aren’t many). Then, the stoke sank in immediately as we all started pushing our way to Spot #1.

Spot #1 consisted of a block’s worth of ledge and stair spots. Part of the goal behind this year’s Street Jam was to emphasize the freedom and creativity of street riding itself, so we chose spots accordingly that had 3, 4, or 5 different options in one area. We figured the people would decide what they were the most stoked on and ride it. We figured right.
The crew immediately started throwing tricks down the three stair, feeling it out and pacing themselves for the long day of riding ahead. Some started sizing up the hubba to see if they wanted to take the hard way – gap out to the end, shortly followed by a kink – or the harder way – hop on immediately at the 3-4 foot high portion. Matt Ogle and Ryan Upchurch handled their business with a backside and frontside board slide, respectively. Other gnarly combos were thrown on the wall and over the stairs, while a few of us scoped out a ledge perpendicular to the stairs with no run up, a gap, and a nice drop.
Spot #1: Some chose to sesh the stairs and wallride, others chose to go for broke on the behemoth of a hubba. Ryan Upchurch with a frontside boardslide all the way through.
We then moved next door to another ledge spot that ended up revealing a gap from an aluminum roof to a crusty gravel parking lot. It was looked at a couple of times but the slots in the roof made it impossible to gap normally, this monster would need to be handled with a caveman off. Matt Ogle ended up taking this one, and instantly got the crowd hyped to see an OG still throwing down in his “twilight” years. We then moved a few feet away to a six flat three set right across from a skinny ledge, gap, ledge. As cars flew by in the street about 20 feet from the bottom of the set, the boys started throwing themselves down this set. Austen Hailey, an Austin local, demonstrated his smooth and dialed style with a firecracker down the six to fullwhip down the three, while Clinton Hall devoured the whole thing with a massive ollie. Dan and JonColin threw insane combos down the sets as well to close out the first spot of this year’s Jam.
Spot #1: “Age is just a number”, Matt Ogle seemed to say with this caveman off the roof over a 15 foot drop
Clint Hall throwing his body over a set that many would prefer not to do
We bombed the hilly streets of Austin to arrive at Spot #2 – two out rails for the goofy and regular riders to enjoy. Too many tricks went down at this spot to list, so I’ll let you watch the video recap to see that for yourself. But I will mention that in addition to the rails, JonColin and Landon Shea also discovered a huge gap off of a ledge and started hitting that. It was a beautiful use of the area and a fresh approach to a classic Austin spot. Cruising down the hill, we arrived at Spot #3 - the famous Museum Ledges. Countless tricks have been done at these ledges, and I was skeptical about seeing something new and original. I was proven wrong within five minutes, as JonColin and Cooper Klaar started sashing the not-so-small handrails with some uncanny scooter maneuvers. Groms and Pros alike started riding the ledges, most of which are skate stopped, but with a quick hop in the middle of your trick, you can add a new twist to an old classic.
Spot #2: Andy Koke represents Proto well with this tweaked-out frontside hurricane
Darrell Hendrix: The winner of best trick at Spot #2 and a brand new dirt scooter from The Scooter Farm
Spot #3: Landon Shea sliding a proper nosebluntslide at the Museum Ledges
Spot #3: JonColin Senka asserts his authority on this rail with a view
Time to Dip: This was the only kickout of the day, and sources later reported that the officer just wanted to block traffic for us so we wouldn’t get hit by the cars zipping by. He actually looked confused when we all took off right as he showed up.
After overstaying our welcome at the ledges, we took the sightseer’s route by the Capitol building to Spot #4 – a nine stair rail. This rail is perfect in a lot of ways until you take a slam, then you realize the ground is actually a cheese grater as the blood starts gushing out of your palms. Despite this fact, the more ambitious riders in our pack hucked themselves over the set and down the rail. There were certainly slams, but thanks to Jenn Lavallee, there was no shortage of Band-Aids and reassuring words. Shigeru “Shig” Gallagher, a hungry grom with a thirst for the shred, stole the show at this spot with a back board, front board, and chilling front board whip attempts. Caleb Eldridge impressed the crowd with his heelwhip double rewind attempts, even after blowing out his ankles. Prize money was handed out, it was a real hoot.
Spot #4: Shig with a front board down the nine like a grown-ass man
Spot #4: Okki Reinikainen sporting a cheese-grated elbow after encountering the nine stair rail. This didn’t stop him from riding the entire jam.
After making an essential gas station stop (because Texas heat), the posse arrived at Spot #5 – some buttery white ledges with infinite potential. Notable tricks were thrown by Henry Rohlfing, Dakota Dawkins, Dylan Odermott, Austen Hailey, and Dan Barrett. With everyone feeling a little burned out from the heat and 7-Eleven hot dogs, we rested up while some rode the ledges, and prepared for the next spot.
Spot #5: Austen Hailey providing a helpful tutorial on how to look great doing a many combo
Spot #5: Shade is hard to come by downtown during the middle of the afternoon. The crew took advantage of this cool, marble gem for a quick breather
We made our way to the sixth spot of the Austin Street Jam, anticipating the hubbas and the legendary Green Goblin 18-stair to follow. Upon arriving, the free-form nature of street riding once again made an appearance as a large group congregated around a perfect slanted wall, conveniently located in some shade. While mind-boggling wallride combos were being thrown down there, Dan Barrett proceeded to land the wildest line I’ve ever witnessed at this spot (see video for more details). A wedding happened to be wrapping up at an ornately-built cathedral across the street, and it wasn’t difficult to imagine their shock as the bride and groom exited to a mass of grimy scooter riders a few feet away. We diffused the situation by congratulating them as they drove off with a raucous applause, they seemed to appreciate that gesture.
Spot #6: The dedicated filmer, Mike DeJong takes a break from being behind the lens to show everyone this “East Koast” style everyone’s so crazy about
With the Jam drawing to a close, we rolled over to the Green Goblin – an 18 stair handrail with a death drop on one side and a rollaway into a busy intersection. Anticipation had been growing throughout the day with talk of who would attempt to toss their carcass down this iconic spot only ridden by the most fearless BMX riders. Everyone gathered where they were able, and some generous souls started guiding traffic as much as they could. Despite the assistance, this set is no joke, and one wrong move can send you straight to the hospital. Landon Shea and JonColin Senka responded to the cries from the crowd of their friends and random onlookers, and began rolling up to the set. After sizing up the set, JonColin proceeded to straight ollie, and then barspin all the way down the 18 steps first try. The crowd went nuts, and juiced Landon up enough to send a board slide down the handrail. The impact from the landing, combined with a curb placed inconveniently a few feet after the set, sent him into a roll. Feeling more motivated than ever, he sprinted back up the stairs and sent the perfect board slide back down it, emerging victorious at the end. I can’t give enough props to these brave souls for taking on the Green Goblin.
The Green Goblin: 18 stairs of death don’t scare Landon Shea
With that, the formal portion of the 2016 Austin Street Jam was a wrap. The last stop of the day was another Texas classic – the Austin High Ditch. This ditch is conveniently placed by the Colorado River, and after six hours of riding in the relentless heat, we were ready for a dip. Snacks and drinks were provided, and prizes were handed out to the notable shredders of the day. As the sun began to set and Dan threw slappy wallrides into the river, it was hard to deny that it had been the perfect day.
I want to thank everyone who participated in the Street Jam this year in any way. Our friends from out of state that are more like family to us; Tommy (who SnapChatted behind the scenes the whole day), Ricky Rechard, Dan, Coop and Ryan. Alejandro Cuellar and his dad, Arturo, for all the amazing ways they helped us this year and last. From handing out prizes, to directing traffic, to driving the paddy wagon for injured riders. All of the generous sponsors for this year; Rain from Rattlecan Skate Shop, Central Scooters, Phoenix, Hella Grip, The Scooter Farm, Elyts, AO, 841, Crisp, and Aztec. Mike DeJong for always holding it down as our filmer at these things. Chris Dant and Bobby Biedinger for snapping the incredible photos you’ve seen in this article, and many more that can be found on our Tumblr. Jenn Lavallee for providing first aid, snacks and drinks that kept us all pushing. Jordan for letting us share about this awesome happening. And of course YOU for reading this article. Hope you enjoyed it, and come out for the next Austin Street Jam in May 2017!









Monday, June 6, 2016

LEFT FIELD





Heavy Bill Strobeck vibes in this one for sure. This is a tage coming from some boys in Minnesota. There's nothing too crazy trick wise, but these guys are killing it for sure, hitting tons of spots and making creative use of their skill level. I hope they stick with it as they get older because it's clear they have potential, and Erik Olsen has one of the most consistent filming styles in scootering, which is a rarity. The dude with the white Sky High hat is gonna be super fun to watch as he gets older, his style is kinda reminiscent of Shorty. Good job to these guys!

common already





I'm usually wary of self proclaimed "throwaway" montages but this one is goodie. Jonas Johnson is classic Midwest rider living in the middle of nowhere with little access to filmers, so when he does get the chance to film he stacks it up. He rides all kinds of spots in this video, shredding them all. He's working on a more serious project currently and promises that it will "be nothing short of profound and meaningful." Can't wait!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Josh Young





Did Josh Young disappear? Nah, he just moved back home to Michigan last winter. This looks like the last of the SD footy he got in SD when he was working for TGE. I really love seeing him on that Proto deck. This dude is the OG homie and I hope to see him working on new projects soon!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

FLACCID FLOP





The Peachy boys have done it again, completing their latest full-length audiovisual scootering experience entitled Flaccid Flop. The usual names like Cole Ginter, Collin Niesen, and Alex Steadman all have parts, and there were quite a few newer guys with footy as well (including Chicago transplant Jack Chaney). There have been a lot of crews growing up around the same time Peachy came up, who have sputtered out and faded away, so it's really cool to see all these guys still going hard in the scoot game. These dudes love scootering and having a good time, so grab some snacks/bevs and take a seat for this one.



Props to Austin Corbett for handling the camera (both video and photo) as well as the editing.

Sky High Presents: Jack Chaney





This was such a good surprise to see in my Youtube Subscriptions this morning. Fresh off a part in Peachy's Flaccid Flop, Jack2Chaneyz drops another video for Sky High. With both Chicago and AZ footy, there's a variety of locations and it's always awesome to see how Jack uses a spot. The board whip feeble is a great example of that- Jack using a spot that most probably wouldn't even bother riding, and executing it perfectly. Also, Sky High lives on.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Root Industries Welcomes | Dylan Ryan





This dude is seriously on another level. Switch game, wall rail game, scooter fakie game, street flip game all ahead of almost anyone. A lot of what he does isn't necessarily considered "cool" by most of the street scene so it's refreshing to see Dylan's unique take on scootering. The spot on Root is well deserved, congrats Dylan!

Helmeri Pirinen | Welcome to River Wheel Co





Didn't see this coming! Pride of Finland, Helmeri Pirinen is now on River. You gotta love the way he makes the most of the available terrain around him, seeing possibilities for setups most wouldn't even consider. That 5050 360 heel on that broken coping was so cool. Just wish this one was a little longer!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mike Hohmann x Brian Noyes





The split part is a rarity in scootering. In fact I don't know if I can name any off the top of my head that stand out.  Until today, when Mike Hohmann and Brian Noyes dropped this Trendkill part.  These dudes both shred with such unique, rawdog styles. They filmed for this starting in 2014 and traveled all over the country in search of spots and good times. Brian's double bars are amazing, and Mike's creativity is always refreshing to see. Props to both of these guys for throwing down and McKeen for editing it together!

Friday, May 20, 2016

UA | WELCOME JACK DAUTH





Big congrats to Jack Dauth to making it on the UrbanArtt squad! The announcement was made in style with this banger of a welcome video. Jack's rise in scootering is a very recent thing, and it's been amazing to see his journey of progression. He's got such a huge back of tricks- all the rotor/heel/fullwhip combos, overcrooks, noseblunts, tech handrail stuff, big handrail stuff. He makes it all look so easy. This one will be on repeat all day.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Crisp Scooters 2 For 1: Beau Neal and Aaron Anchie



It's always interesting to see the influence one's local has over their riding style. Beau Neal isn't someone I'm super familiar with, but it's cool to see how he uses the technical elements of Glasgow in a similar way JonDev did before he moved. Yet its clear he's doing it his own way, with the lack of pegs and slightly less trick heavy combos. Wallie/board pop bar on the handrail into the bank was crazy, I can't make sense of that one.




I've only ever heard nice things about Aaron. He seems to be a hard working dude who loves scootering, and that comes across in his riding. He's currently AM for Crisp and slowly working his way up the ranks. I did think some of the filming/editing was a little suspect, but damn that was a high half cab. Fullwhip manual was unexpected too!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Kevin Austin - Downside Scooters





It's safe to say that Kevin Austin is one of the greatest to ever touch a scooter. This is what scootering is supposed to look like- everything done perfectly clean, like you're not even trying. I feel like a broken record every time I talk about a Kaustin video but he's just that good. Add that cleanliness to the extremely technical tricks as consistently as Kevin is doing- rotor heels, feeble hard 3 whip, smith truck on a rail, etc- you get a rare combination of top tier scooter riding. Filming was spot on as well. Watch this a dozen times and then go shred.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Matt Mckeen | Hour in the Barnyard





Last week the Scooter Farm brought you a Matt McKeen interview, and now here's his "Hour in the Barnyard." It's not easy to come up with a whole lot of clips in such a tiny space with a limited amount of time, but Matt shows his creativity, using every part of the building (and even the curb outside) to produce some dope clips. Props to White Trash Willy/the Farm for doing such a cool video series!

Tanner Wilson Closer





AO Am rider Tanner Wilson is always making moves.  Here's his latest video filmed prior to him spending the last 10 weeks in Europe on tour. There's some solid lines, rail trickery, and some pretty huge bangers so give it a watch!

Friday, May 6, 2016

No Jumper - The Tanner Fox Interview





No Jumper is the (self proclaimed) Coolest Podcast in the World, started by Adam Grandmaison of The Come Up BMX/OSS. Normally he interviews different rappers/hip hop artists, but he also brings in figureheads of the Internet world. If you're reading this, you already know who Tanner Fox is. Whether you're into his vlogs or not, you gotta respect the kid for his hustle.  It's not easy to keep up consistency with webisodes, and the numbers he gets on his shit is insane. Over the course of the interview, he and Adam delve into the intricacies of thumbnail editing, how Tanner got his start on Youtube, amd more. Check it out, and give a follow to No Jumper because they do have awesome interviews with a lot of cool people.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Matt McKeen | Interview





The Scooter Farm has been doing a new video series for their Youtube in which they interview a rider and then have them film a video in 1 hour in their park. This interview is with none other than Matt McKeen. They asked everyone's favorite street rider some good questions and it's cool to see a side of someone you don't normally get to see through their riding videos. Matt's "Hour in the Barnyard" comes out this Friday, you can be sure to find it here on Inside.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Danny Roberts - JACT





JACT, the shortened name for Just A Commadting, is a full length video from the Command Crew in the UK. To help hype it up, they released this re-edited version of Danny's part. Danny, despite living in one of the worst places for street riding, somehow always seems to able be to produce quality footage at a decent rate. I'm never gonna understand how he can hold those scooter fakie nose manuals so well. He's also clean as a whistle. You can support the crew and buy the DVD here.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ethic DTC Woodward West Off-season





Strap yourselves in for this one. Ethic sent JD, Jojo, and Porcial out to Woodward West recently and the dudes went ham on the place. Rails, ledges, flyboxes, even the Megaramp all got destroyed by these three. The Megaramp clips were so insane, I can't imagine what its like to fly so far so fast. Props to Salim Sikha for killing it behind the lens too.