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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Lords Of Dogtown

Saw Lords of Dogtown with a friend last night.
I wasn't sure he was going to like it, because we spent some time trying to find another movie first, but in the end, we end to the Lords.
Turns out he quite possibly liked the movie even more than I did. We both very much liked the ending session in the pool, and I personally liked the fact that Tony Hawk played the astronaut who couldn't skate. =)

All in all, it was a very well made movie, with equal parts story and action. I really like Emile Hirsch from before. The role he did in The Girl Next Door was good. I likes his hair at the end of that movie. Huge and on end, very nice. I can't say I disliked Elisha Cuthbert either, but hey, who does right. ;)

I'm going to try to watch Dogtown and Z-Boys aswell. It's the documentary written and directed my Stacey Peralta about how things really happened. Both movies handle the same material, and both are written by Mr Peralta himself. I was a bit dissapointed that stacy peralta looked like one of the Hanson boys, but you can't hav everything, right.
I felt bad for Sid too, he had a good character, and the actor who plays him is kind of cool. he's got a very laid back style.

For those of you who don't know, The Lords Of Dogtown is about the birth or skateboarding, and professional skateboarding as we know it today. Also the invention, or discovery perhaps, that pools with no water make for excellent places to ride.
It's the stopry about how the Zephyr skateboard team came into existance, just to be split up later by various forces of economics and intra-group anymousity. Of course, skateboarding as a concept already existed, but these guys went and turned it into a multi-billion dollar industry.

I remember seeing alot of this stuff earlier when I was a kid on this show callled sk8tv. It was a kids sho in the mid to late 80-ies I believe, hosted by the big guy from the magician duo of Penn and Teller. Since I was youg and impressionble, and rode a board like everybody else, I was glued to the tv when it was on. I'm thinking summer mornings, but I'm not sure. I'd love to get my hands on tapes or any other recording of it now, would be very cool.

I remember my friend back in the day had a red Tony Alva skateboard with gulwing trucks and some black wheels of unknown origin. I later purchased a Powell-Peralta (stacey's company) Ray Underhill board. With (iirc) Independent trucks (or somesuch) and some wheels, I can't remember who made them, but they had nifty art on them.
My board still existed until a couple of years ago when it seemed to dissapear in one of the many moves from hosue to house that we did. It's quite possible that the board still exists, packed in some box somewhere, but I doubt it.

I also remember going to the Street Style (famous skateskop in Stockholm) Mobile Camp in 1990. I had the shirt to prove ti too, which I wore for roughly 13 years or so, it jsut dissapreaded a year or tho ago, very sad. Didn't break, the print didn't fade, it was just like new. I guess it must have been pretty big when I bought it.
That was also the first time I learned about riding on the trains and busses withouth paying for it. A truly novell experience at my tender age of 11, I can assure you.
Kids today learn it at the age of seven I suppose, but back then, kids could still be kids.
I could still see myself building sand castles on the beach to this day, if I had someone to do it with (younger relative or whatever, not like I would find a sandbox and start building by myself. Atleast not in this weather.)

--Markus out


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