Coexisting W/ Pedestrians, Our Favorite Moments – Pt4

Brandon Westgate and the Hearty SF Inhabitant.

Beware, even little old ladies can lay down the law.

A good clip in skating is one that you can remember the highlights of, but a great clip is one that is quotable. Nearly any video exhibits filler clips; some dressed up in 8mm film, others in high-def headshots. Some of the best show interaction between pedestrians and skaters. You tend to learn something in these moments, particularly along the lines of the point of view of a pair of eyes that are from the outside looking in. Interactions such as the list below vary from accusatory, admiration, and bewilderment.


Brandon Westgate and the Hearty SF Inhabitant
God, this guy can push. Brandon Westgate has been hitting all of the right notes for a long time now, with this video part kicking off his reign. A curious move to be given an Epicly Later’d so early in his career, we learned the degree of his well-known work ethic. Jon Miner, the lensman behind Emerica’s catalog of videos such as Stay Gold, Made, and the upcoming Made 2, figured out that “the more challenging the situation is, the more he [Westgate] wants it.” This part of the episode then cuts to telling us about his encounter with an elderly woman who lives in one of the houses of a spot he was trying to skate for Stay Gold, who is less than gracious to him once he gets caught (7:50). As they continue to show up to the spot, she continually gets more and more upset, accusing Westgate of coming from a “dysfunctional family,” which would ignite most skaters’ anger or wise-cracking. Not Brandon though: he lets it brush on by and leaves it to “I know, I have problems.” A rare moment like this in videos teaches us more about the skater than the pedestrian. Westgate is so eager to get this trick that we can realize he wants the clip and it doesn’t matter if said clip is easy to get or otherwise. Not only does he get his now infamous line, but he apologizes to the lady with the heart condition and sends her flowers. The devil makes work for idle hands, but Westgate brushes off those idioms and has been a serious SOTY contender for the past few years.

 


And Now, bookending Sean Malto’s part
Transworld’s video pedigree stands as an impressive collection, but And Now resembles the classic vibe of their old videos, compared to their newest additions. Sean Malto ends the video on a high note, but a guy flipping through a TWS mag exclaims, “That is you!” with a nollie over a rail, a nollieflip, a backtail shuv-it, and a blunt to fakie to mix the intro up a bit. For building up such an intro to a good part, this guy did more than half the work for Jon Holland and Chris Ray. When a stranger who has no idea about skateboarding says, “that guy looks like a pretty awesome skateboarder right there,” you’d immediately have to credit Malto for having that ability to stick out. We don’t see interactions like this often, because not a lot of people share this man’s uncanny insight. A man we haven’t seen since has surmised about “making it” better than most seasoned pros have bothered even trying. More inspirational than DJ Khaled, he tells Malto, Tyler Bledsoe and co.: “Y’all taking what y’all love and y’all doing something with it. I admire that. I really do. And anybody that has a dream would admire that about you guys.” Filler clips don’t need to be artistic or shallow, but if they were as memorable as this one, or as well-constructed as book-ending a video part, then you’d find more viewers remembering and embracing these clips.

 


Krooked “Circle Board in NYC”
Krooked does not have a stigma as much as a niche, like being a creative and fun company. Gonz’s brainchild doesn’t need to worry about stepping on anyone else’s toes, because edits like this aren’t so commonplace. The original circle board is iconic in its own right, but this aligns a little more closely to how most skaters would want to skate a circle board with their friends. Who would’ve thought that New Yorkers would be interested in what a few guys are doing, fooling around with a circle board? One woman compares them to hamsters and their wheels, a man with class and a cigar asks if it works, even a cop looks into the scene to see what the gang is doing. Anyone reading this article definitely had the same expression on their face as the little Mets fan at 4:13 when they saw someone who ollied up a curb for the first time. Only a number of select, distinguished videos file themselves as perfect, but this one comes close. It isn’t a video part, a tour, an interview, or a day in the life feature. The pedestrian moments included in this video pepper identity into it, a lacking characteristic of the gratuitous amounts of footage dumped into the internet today. With the light-hearted, low-impact, creative skating balanced alongside interested bystanders, you hope to bump into someone when you go out and skate today.

Did we miss any notable moments of skaters and citizens interacting? What’s your most memorable interaction with a non-skater centered on skating when you were out and about? If you haven’t had such an experience, get out of the skate park and change that.

Comments

  1. Mayor Grimble

    January 5, 2016 5:50pm

    Not necessarily a pedestrian per se, but I always appreciated the footage in Transworld’s “i.e.” of Anthony Pappalardo telling a cop to stop talking to him like a dog and to speak to him like a human. While telling a cop to stop talking to you like a dog might not be the most effective language to use when facing a potential ticket or arrest, I like that Pappalardo was willing to express to the cop that they can talk about the issue at hand like adults instead of succumbing to the inherent power imbalance by just saying “yes sir, no sir”.

    I like that you highlighted Westgate’s approach to the situation with the old lady in SF. Not taking the bait of her presumptuously shitty comment about his upbringing, keeping a calm demeanor so as to no provoke her to call the police, and then acknowledging that he caused her distress and showing her grace by bringing her flowers and apologizing. I bet that changed her opinion of skateboarders pretty drastically.

    It seems that the attitude of the pedestrian/person kicking skaters out generally dictates the response of the skaters. You come over like a raging hard-on and you’re gonna see the “Skate and Destroy” side of skateboarding with somebody going to jail. Same goes for idiots who try to “confiscate” boards or gear, you’ll get your ass handed to you. But if you are respectful and understanding of the fact that these are just a bunch of dudes trying to have fun, your request for them to leave or re-paint your ledge or rail will be granted happily.

    I think skateboarders could grow in their ability to minimize the hostility associated with getting kicked out either by offering a quick apology and then leaving or by communicating with the person on a pragmatic level. People in general are agreeable to a calm and sensible person, even if they hold a different view from that person. I’ve been granted access to spots simply because I engaged the person who was kicking me out in a calm manner and because I was able to appease their fears about me suing if I got hurt or about doing drugs or graffiti on the property. People have negative presuppositions about skateboarders, either from what the media portrays or from firsthand experience (or from unsubstantiated assumptions like that of Westgate’s old lady). But there is opportunity to shift the paradigm in people’s minds about skateboarders through the engagement and alleviation of people’s fears about our intentions. When people can have assurance that we’re not the enemy or that our intentions aren’t malicious towards them or their property (unless their spot is just asking to be DESTROYED), there response towards skateboarding might shift more towards the awe and bewilderment that Krooked’s Circle Board elicited and skateboarders might be held in a more positive light. Obviously this is a lot to expect out of the skateboarding community, and there will always be people who will fuck it up for the rest of us, but we’ve tried the hostility thing for a while, so why not try something else?

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    • Jeff Martin

      January 16, 2016 6:43pm

      Mayor Grimble, I salute you. I’m glad you liked the choice of including Westgate’s Epicly Later’d, but I enjoyed your articulated, comprehensive thoughts on how skaters and pedestrians react to each other. I’ll keep this in mind next time I skate a spot and someone approaches me. Cheers!

  2. Dan

    January 7, 2016 3:08am

    Where are parts 1-3? Or do those not exist? Very cool article, I want to read the others.

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    • Dan

      January 7, 2016 3:34am

      Well I found part three, had to go back 14 pages to content from 2014. If you continue to update these could you at least add links to the previous parts so I don’t have to look through years of content to find one measly, albeit good, article? Call me lazy, but it seems like a pretty standard thing to include when writing a multiple part on-going article.

    • Jeff Martin

      January 16, 2016 6:32pm

      Hey Dan,

      I’m glad you dug the article. That was my bad on not tagging this article correctly, I forgot to include the title in the tags, sorry about that! You can also search for articles with our search bar in the upper-right hand corner when you want to dig back into the archives.

  3. Fryan Blores

    January 7, 2016 10:32pm

    Mayor Grimble knows what the fuck is up. Thanks for the comment, yo.

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    • Jeff Martin

      January 16, 2016 6:46pm

      Agreed. Mayor Grimble should start campaigning so President Grimble can be posted on lawns and the bumpers of cars everywhere.

  4. Widdly Scuds

    March 8, 2016 8:34pm

    Definitely check out the lurknyc “New York Times” videos. Raw footage chock full of interesting intersections of skaters and native New Yorkers.

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