A Hood Proverb, an Adam’s Apple and a Double Amputee


G’day, g’day, and welcome back to VPA, the column where I drop facts about my favourite skate clips of recent times.

Here’s one: Did you know Tyshawn Jones, the 2018 Skater of the Year, owns a restaurant called ‘Taste So Good (Make You Wanna Smack Yo Mama)’? No shit. It’s in The Bronx and they serve up Caribbean-American food; stuff like jerk chicken, mac ‘n’ cheese, and rice and peas. Apparently the name is an old ‘hood proverb‘ and a reference from the movie, Friday After Next. Tyshawn is only 20-years-old and he owns a restaurant, runs Hardies Hardware with Na-Kel Smith, and still has time to skate, film, and do all the things a pro skater does.

Evidently, Tyshawn is super-driven and has had a clear idea about what he wanted to do since he was a little kid. At least that’s the impression you get from this new 20-minute I-D doco about Tyshawn. It’s all about his rise to SOTY, from when he was fanning out over Lizard King to Cherry to getting on adidas. Featuring interviews with a whole bunch of legends and a few former SOTYs, including Reynolds, Koston, Silas Baxter-Neal, Tony Hawk, Gonz, Dill and The Muska, there’s no shortage of dudes who have plenty of praise for Tyshawn, his mad pop and his focus.

How Tyshawn Became Skater of the Year

 

One of my favourite parts in the doco was this quote from Andrew Reynolds, who said, ‘Putting out a good video part… that’s your album. That’s your Neil Young, Harvest Moon album. That’s your Biggie, Ready To Die. That’s what everyone’s going to remember you by.’ Reynolds was talking about Tyshawn’s part in Supreme’s Blessed, which was instrumental in him earning Skater of the Year in 2018. Muska talking about Tyshawn’s ‘kit’ was pretty funny too.

Myles Willard, CJ Collins and Blake Carpenter – Programming Injection

 

I told you in the last one of these that I would chuck Toy Machine’s Programming Injection in here when it comes out online. But it looks like each part is going to drop separately via Thrasher and proper fans will have to go and cop the DVD for the full-length experience. But here’s Myles Willard, the team’s newest am, coming in hot with a solid part and a deathly wallride ender that earned him the Thrasher cover a while back. Then there’s CJ Collins, the very tiny tranny dog who doesn’t have an Adam’s apple yet but rips like a fully-grown man. And Blake Carpenter, who takes his switch game to new levels with four SSBSTS’s in a row and bunch of other wild manoeuvres. These three parts are guaranteed to make you hungry for the rest of the team’s footage.

Felipe Nunez – Welcome to Birdhouse

 

When Felipe Nunez was six years old, he lost both his legs while playing on a moving train. Now a double amputee, Felipe is an amazing skateboarder by any standards, stepping up to some proper-sized street rails, California ditches and even managing to roll away from the loop—he’s roughly the 20th person to do the loop successfully, and the first guy to do it without legs. Recruited for the Birdhouse team by Tony Hawk himself, here’s Felipe’s welcome part, which really makes you rethink what’s possible for adaptive skateboarding.

Chima Ferguson – Raw and Unseen

Back in old Sydney town, Chima Ferguson is still out on the streets getting clips with his mates, yet totally in a league of his own. Raw and Unseen was put together by OG Sydney filmer Su Young Choi and came out via The Skateboarder’s Journal, featuring a bunch of Chima’s recent footage. Heelflip frontside lipslide on a handrail? Switch front board on a Sydney-city bench in a line? Just a little reminder that Chima’s still the king.

Leo Valls –  Skate Urbanism: Creating the City of the Future

Maybe you’ve already seen this 18-minute DC documentary about how Leo Valls managed to get the local government on board with skateboarding in his home city of Bordeaux, France. Or maybe you read the full interview we published a couple weeks back. If not, though, definitely check them both out.

‘Every time I would come back from a trip, I’d see more knobs, more stoppers, kids would get more tickets, people were being chased by the police. It was really shitty and it would really upset me,’ Leo explained. But instead of adopting the standard ‘fuck you’ attitude, he approached the government elites with eloquence and diplomacy, making the case that street skateboarding has a positive impact on communities. The result was that he essentially led a campaign to legalise skateboarding in Bordeaux, paving the way for other skaters across the world to make similar arguments to their local governments.

Well, mates, that’s it from me for another week. Please don’t smack yo mamas.

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