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Recordings of Boardings Interview
Recordings of Boardings is one of my favorite Tumblr blogs that focuses on skateboarding; check out the site and you’ll immediately understand why. There is nothing but quality clips coming out of there. I asked them a few questions; I think you’ll enjoy this nice little read.
Street Piracy: So, who are you and what is Recordings of Boardings?
Recordings of Boardings: My name is Clem Martin, or Clemsausage. I’m a 25 year old skate rat from Richmond, Virginia. Recordings of Boardings is my skateboarding website/blog where I post clips/videos I think are sick.
SP: Recordings of Boardings was one of the first sites on Tumblr that I came across. When and why did you start it?
RoB: I started almost three and a half years ago. I just found myself posting all these sick videos on my facebook for my friends to see because I knew they wouldn’t have come across what I was finding on their own. I wanted a way to preserve all of these clips in one place so me or my friends could easily go back and watch them whenever we wanted in the future. I started the site on Tumblr thinking it would be the best route, and quickly realized it wasn’t. But not being any good at web design outside of Googling random questions like “How do I change the background color?” and three years later this is what I’m stuck with. So honestly, the site is nowhere near what I want it to be and needs a lot of work, and that’s hopefully going to happen this summer when I can focus on the site and not school. I really want everything to be somewhat cataloged, so little Billy can go on the site and hit the Bronze56k section that will show everything from Solo Jazz to the early flipmode stuff.
SP: Your site clearly states it is dedicated to the ‘rawest skateboarding clips” and there is also an obvious emphasis of East Coast skateboarding. What would you say makes a skateboarding clip ‘raw’?
RoB: Man, I wrote that site headline basically for lack of better words. It sounds so cheesy/cliché reading it now. I just realized pretty much all of the clips I was posting were from up and down the East Coast. But you can go on the front page right now and see that that is pretty hypocritical. There are tons of crews/companies from SF, AZ, PDX, etc. that are fucking sick to watch, so I post them.
As far as the ‘raw’ thing, it basically just means ‘filmed with a vx1000.’ The ‘raw’ feel that people talk about in videos has a lot to do with what camera it is filmed with. I know, I know “The camera doesn’t make the clip the skating does!” But honestly we all watch videos from teams/companies all the time that doesn’t have the gnarliest skating in the world, but because of the way it was filmed with a vx1000/mk1 it made the clip look sick overall and rewatchable. A lot of times I catch myself rewatching some montage over and over again and then realize “wait, that dude just did a ollie up a curb, an ollie onto a cellar door, a wallie off a lightpole, and a kickflip in the street.” But because it was filmed really well with a vx1000 and in a really cool looking environment it’s fuckin cool. And of course the dude probably has a really good style.
SP: What other cities, states, or countries do you think embody the rawness of the famed East Coast? Or is there no rival?
St. Louis, Missouri. Case and point: the St. Losers video. But yeah like mentioned above, SF and PDX for sure. AZ has a different kind of ‘raw’ I guess, videos out of there tend to have a bit more of Huckin’ Henry tre-flipping the 15 stair than out here in the east, but they still have a sick perspective on skateboarding that feels ‘raw.’ The New Orleans scene is really awesome, but I’m biased. Nashville is sick, some cities in Michigan I’m sure. I’m so bad at geography, I’m literally looking at a map to try and remember crews I follow in different states. And shit, London for sure too. That place looks sick as fuck and I want to go out there so bad. So there are definitely rivals, I know not one soul that lives in New York City will agree with that, but being from a neutral city that’s how I feel.
SP: Why do you think there has been such a resurgence in popularity/relevance for East Coast/raw skateboarding? What was missing in skateboarding that is seemingly being rediscovered now?
I’ve been saying this a lot for the past two years, but I feel like skateboarding right now is on the verge of doing what it did in the 70’s/80’s and is going to go belly up industry-wise. Companies keep going under and all the existing ones are struggling. All of these big companies like DC and Nike that look like they are doing really well are backed by people that don’t skate, bottom line. So these big companies are just sucking up all these skateboarders and becoming mega-teams. I just feel like they are getting so big and are going to pop; they’re going to run out of money from supporting their huge teams and cut their entire skate programs and/or close up shop. And of course in the process of all that more rad, ‘skater owned’ companies are going to go under and not have enough money in the future to start up again.
I think I needed to type all of that as a preface to answer the question. Basically skateboarders are going back to their roots as a way to ‘rebel against the man’ so we are seeing a resurgence of lo-fi video techniques that brought skateboarding up in the beginning. Real skateboarders see these huge-budget skateboarding videos being produced in the same way a Hollywood movie would be produced with cranes and full-body steadycams and are just like “this is weird, this doesn’t feel right, let’s do it the right way.” So they go on eBay and find a vx1000 for $500 bucks and do it right. Which reminds me, also skateboarders are just broke and HD is a never-ending money pit. Because those DSLR camera’s don’t have built in stabilizers you have to keep investing in lenses/handles/steadycams/etc. Real skateboarders got weed and beer to buy, we can’t be investing in tripods. The VX1000 is the all in one, just buy that.
Also the whole idea of taking a lunch break from your 9-5 to explore some new neighborhood that might have a new cellar door spot is so fun. We get on Thrasher/Berrics and watch Ripper Randy skate the 40 stair rail in the indoor TF and can’t connect with it.
SP: Running your site, I’m sure you sift through tons of clips. Who are some of your favorite clip-makers right now?
I’ll ignore the obvious ones, because I’m sure everyone can guess who they are. As mentioned earlier, Gabe Kehoe and his crew are so rad; their video St. Losers is so awesome. The Post22 crew in North Carolina rules, so did their most recent video Film & Destroy. Always down for Jackson Casey and the worship friendship stuff. Boston heavy crews like RAW keep it real, the new RAW video is going to be really good. Anything that dude Derm is in out of NJ is awesome. Anything out of NJ usually rules in general.(BRUNS video, NJ scum) Anything Henry-Edwards Wood makes in London is amazing. The 2nd Nature/PFP crew in upstate, everything Politic. does, everything from that company Pass~Port in Australia, Season’s Skateshop, Stop Fakin’ in DC, hopefully more Cosmic Vomit videos happen. I know that dude Grant Yansura is super busy with Nike shit or whatever, but he usually makes some awesome videos.
SP: What about skaters?
Alex Kehoe, Shawn Powers, Cyrus Bennett, Max Palmer, Stan Karbine, Nik Stain, Sloan Palder, Derm, Andrew Wilson, Dick Rizzo, Jon Rowe, Jason Byoun, Ben Kadow, Jason Spivey, Luke Koch, Eric Dasaro, Cameron Keene, Pat Galloway, Dustin Henry, Devon Connell, Walt Wolfe, Jordan Bradshaw, Adam Bos, this list won’t end dude.
SP: You actually put out a video yourself, right - “Late Night Losers” - what is that all about?
It’s an all-night video I filmed here in Richmond, Virginia. It has parts with the people I skate with every week, Austin Plantinga, Jeff Fuchs, Taylor Moore, Pat Yagow, and most of the Venue Skateboards team. I just really want to to make an all night time video.
SP: What else will people find in your shop?
Recordings of Boardings gear. I’ve got some hoodies I made as a wu-tang tribute. The first of a series of shirts I’m calling “City Staple tees” where I show a spot that is common in every city in it’s different forms, the first one is a bump-to-hydrant. And my favorite thing, I’ve ever made which is the beer can wraps. Made just like the anti-hero ones, but these actually fit the can and have a renegade/shotgun hole.
SP: Any final words?
Thanks a ton for letting me do this interview, hopefully people don’t hate me after reading all of that braindump. Thanks to anyone that checks the site at all, or follows the facebook/instagram pages. I’m super stoked how much the site has grown in the past year or so, I hope I can keep up with it and keep everyone psyched on it. Got a bunch in back of my head I want to do with it, hopefully I can focus on it soon and get it all done. Oh, #skateveryotherdamnweek and #eatdontskatecrew, remember guys donuts and beer are way cooler than skating.
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Well here is giveaway #2. Rules are the same as last time, you have to tag & follow @recordingsofboardings, repost this picture on instagram, and hashtag: #eastoflark.
This giveaway ends this Friday, April 18th. YOU CAN ONLY ENTER ONCE. If you repost this image more than once you will not be counted. Winner is chosen completely randomly. Fake accounts get disqualified as well.
Make sure to hit recordingsofboardings.com on Friday, April 25th for the premiere of Seasons Skateshop’s new video East of Lark. After all that’s why we’re doing these giveaways.