Tag: Brian Anderson

Today we might be launching a whole new column by a very sweet person! A human that has been featured on our channels before but not so much as a wordsmith, her video LUCKY was a well made wonderful journey into her world on the board. Now, Smilegoth a.k.a. Ariana Mamnoon returns with some choice words about her favorite music in skate videos. Why is she an authority you might ask? Because she has done her work by making a video, is in a lovely band and has her own NTS radio show called “Temporal Cove” that we strongly suggest you check out. So, instead of further convincing you we leave the rest of the work to Ari, her words should be enough for you to be journing for a follow up.

Intro by Roland Hoogwater.

Text by Smilegoth a.k.a. Ariana Mamnoon.

Photos by Sophia O’keefe.

Vans – Much Quiet

I met Val Bauer in LA this past November and we bonded over our music taste, specifically our mutual taking of the historic 4AD artists This Mortal Coil and Cocteau Twins. 4AD is a UK record label formed in 1980, home to some of the most prolific shoegaze, and indie artists to exist in the music scene, such as Lush, Pale Saints, Bauhaus, and Red House Painters to name a few. Anyways, when I met Val we naturally began to chat about music, and I mentioned my deep adoration for Cocteau Twins. He then took out his phone to show me a video part of his, “Much Quiet” by Vans, and of course, he skates to Cocteau Twins. Not only was I watching a video of him skating to who I claim to be one of the most iconic groups to ever make music, but he chose to skate to the track “Lorelei” off their 1984 record Treasure, a record I have a huge poster of hanging in my room, and a song I have lyrics forever tattooed on me. So we’re sitting in this small dark wine bar (El Prado), and I am watching a video of him skating to “Lorelei” by Cocteau Twins. My first thought was no way, this should not be allowed, no one should be allowed to skate to Cocteau Twins. This rather grandiose opinion of mine was taken back after watching a few seconds of footage. My initial response to Val was, “no – no one should skate to Cocteau Twins, especially that song.” However, I realized when speaking these words that I actually didn’t mean this. To see Cocteau Twins, the epitome of ethereality, used in a skate video, was unreal to me. Not to mention, Val’s skating pairs effortlessly with the delicate yet powerful melody delivered by Elizabeth Fraser. The dreamy, lush track posed against the falls and general roughness that is a part of skating inherently touches on the other side of skateboarding – what we don’t see. It’s an act that requires attention, willingness, and being vulnerable with the objects around you. Ultimately, the softness that is “Lorelei” highlights the same softness that can be felt within skateboarding. 

Bottom Feeder  – Daddy AF

This was one of the first times I heard a hyper-pop track used to accompany skateboarding – and it was sick. I watched Bottom Feeder’s first full-length skate video at their premier for it on the LA River back in 2021. A ton of friends and I sat on the slanted concrete that is the LA River, peering down at the inflatable projector screen that my friend Chandler had set up. It was night-time in LA, a Saturday night I believe, spirits were high. So, when the energetic electropop track “Daddy AF” by Slayyyter opened up the video, everyone screamed. The song has a certain allure to it – it draws you in immediately and is a change to the normal tracks we see in skateboarding videos. Bottom Feeder’s decision to pair a hyper pop with the fast and ambitious skateboarding that immediately takes place in this video pushes boundaries within the skateboarding. I see tons of videos using hip-hop, rock, or general indie tracks, but not a ton of hyper pop. So again, to see a brand that I already am constantly in awe of select a Slayyyter track as their opener was simply so cool and made sense to me, of course, they’d choose something that works to bring a new identity to skateboarding, a new feeling. 

“Fugitive Light” – Wesley Banford

I learned about the artist Kumo 99 from my friend and incredibly talented filmmaker Wesley Banford. He told me how he was going to use a song from the diy electronic act in his next video “Fugitive Light,” and this is exactly what he did. Banford selects the song “Katsumi” to be included in his almost futuristic and very visually appealing video, and it fits perfectly. I recently saw Kumo 99 perform at an after-hours in downtown LA that my friend Adam had put on a part of his dance series “Pranks.” As soon as Kumo took to the stage, the stage being a small area in front of the DJ table in this extremely crowded small gallery, there was a shift in energy. Kumo (vocalist) of the duo stood on top of a chair so people could watch her sing her sultry dark vocals into the mic – with a bulk of her songs being sung in Japanese. Behind her was her partner supplying upbeat and curious beats – providing Kumo with a canvas to paint her unique vocals onto. The crowd went crazy for each track, likely because there is nothing that comes close to what Kumo 99 is doing in the scene right now. So to hear their track used in Banford’s video, way before the large Spotify plays we see now, was eye-opening for me personally, and pushed me to listen to an artist I had never even heard of. That’s why I love watching skateboarding videos. I am constantly exposed to new music and catch myself holding my phone close to my laptop screen so I can shazam tracks I hear. Props to Wesley for putting Kumo on the map before electronic heads had even heard of them – and if you haven’t heard of them, take a listen, you’ll be surprised. 

Yeah Right! – Brian Anderson

Another obvious selection to shout out, but Brian Anderson skating to “Obstacle 1” by Interpol in “Yeah Right!” by Girl Skateboards. Brian Anderson + Interpol = awesomeness. Based on interviews I’ve seen and what my skater friends tell me, Brian Anderson is a kind human who skates really well. So, skating to Interpol’s iconic track “Obstacle 1” from their first record “Turn On The Bright Lights” released in 2002 by Matador only makes sense. Interpol, to me, biased opinion, is one of the greatest bands of all time. I recently watched the documentary “Meet Me in the Bathroom” – a music documentary highlighting the 2000s music scene in New York, and Interpol were one of the bands mentioned, amongst The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and LCD Soundsystem. Paul Banks (lead singer of Interpol) had it much harder than Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) in terms of “making it.” It took Interpol more tours, more years, and more tries to get their music liked by audiences, whereas The Strokes saw almost immediate fame. Not hating on The Strokes, they will always be incredible to me, but Interpol’s mysterious ethereal soundscapes always leave me feeling introspective and curious. Paul Banks writes gorgeous lyrics, and the music that accompanies always seems to meet the places you want it to go. So forth, seeing Brian Anderson skate to “Obstacle 1” is a gift, a genius collaboration.

“Mind How You Go” – Jeff Cecere

Okay – this is probably my favorite selection on this list. This recent video by Jeff Cecere, “Mind How You Go” uses tracks from 90s ethereal grunge band His Name Is Alive, an early 4AD band that to me has created some of the best rock music to date. Cecere includes tracks like, “This World Is Not My Home / Home,” and “Your Word Against Mine,” with other song choices coming from artists like NINA, Arthur Russel, and Bedhead. Pretty much the dream score to a skate film. Back to His Name Is Alive, their 1993 record Mouth by Mouth contains some of my all time favorite tracks, “In Every Ford,” “The Dirt Eaters” – every song on this album by Warren Defever is prolific. Their discography goes back to the early 90s to now – there is always something new to discover within their EPs and full-lengths. Anyways, I have always wanted to hear His Name Is Alive used in a skate film, so to see them used in this video, which features the more diy skate scene in New York right now made sense. The music in choice is what the word “alternative” truly means – and I’d say the same thing about skating here. There’s always something neat about seeing the underground or the diy scene spotlighted. We get a glimpse into a subculture that we may not have access too, or be a apart of. To me, this is what Jeff Cecere’s video does. It places us directly in the cool NY skate scene + exposes us to more obscure music choices – something that not all skate videos can do. 

It’s crazy to see that John Cardiel is still able to skate after breaking his back and being told he might never be able to walk again. A good time to re-watch his Epicly Later’d. Other than that we love to get some very rare Julian Stranger footage and what can we say about BA, Kader, and Tyshawn? Always a treat.

Filmed & edited by William Strobeck.

CHRIS PFANNER! The definition of aging like a fine wine, we need to see this part as a celebration because Chris deserves to get his flowers!

the letter A is the 1st letter of the alphabet the letter H is the 8th letter together they stand for Anti Hero Skateboards. 18 also stand for quality skateboarding and this collab with the swoosh brings us just that featuring Grant, Brian, and Daan in L.A.

An iconic shoe, skated by a lot of iconic skateboarders over the years. I remember when these came out and people started buying them, there was a pivotal moment when a lot of my friends switched from baggy jeans and És Accels into sweatpants and Nike SB Dunks. I also remember when I first noticed I wanted to try on a pair, it was when I saw Niell Brown slowly destroying a pair of the  Carhartt SB Dunks during the day. I also remember my very first pair of SB dunks It was the Wieger Van Wageningen (Piazza) Dunk, to be honest, if felt pretty cool!

These shoes were (re)built for skating but they were being heavily sought after items of streetwear that had more than double the store value on Ebay, Some of us in the skatepark saw their money making potential and where smart enough to stack some boxes of OG SB Dunks under their bed, and are to this day literally sleeping on some money waiting to be made or worn. All I got to say is, it is a great shoe and however Nike SB decides to tweak them they were sick then and they are still sick now and they”ll still be 15-years from now!

In honor of the SB Dunks birthday, the kind folks over at Nike SB created a Nike SB Dunk website celebrating 15 years and a video showing the history of the shoe through the people who skated it. Enjoy!

Text by Roland Hoogwater
Image taken from The chrome ball Incident

Brian Anderson had many good years but we are sure he had a very special 2016. Nike SB knows the man and over the years have collaborated with him on colorways, special editions, and even his own shoe. A lot of people in skating get their chance to work on projects but Mr. Anderson seems to be very hands on, his style and sense of zeitgeist have made the results of those projects classics. Yesterday saw the release of his newest project to date and next week he will exhibiting some of his painting as well. I say all that to say this, Brian Anderson is one our greats and he has been my favorite skater since day one and I was honored to be able to have a little smalltalk with him.

How are you, Brian?

I’m doing very well. I just have been painting and being in New York for the holidays, so yeah, it’s been nice!

Has it been snowy outside as in Berlin?

Yeah, it snowed! I was actually in New Jersey stuck in the house for two days and the snow… it was awesome, it was great! (Laughs)

Yeah, same here! It’s been snowy the whole time and actually even a little snow stormy today, which I really liked to be honest just sitting inside working.

Oh, cool!

I guess, at the moment it’s morning for you right?

Yes, it’s almost noon.

So, you were painting you said?

Yeah, I was working on some paintings for Berlin. We are leaving Saturday and are going for the Bright Tradeshow. I have some big paintings that were too heavy and expensive to be sent, so I actually started to make four new ones. I am working on them for the next few days and bring them on the airplane to see you guys.

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Brian gracefully sliding through a backside tailslide.

Yeah man, I definitely will stop by your exhibition. It’s actually not far from where we are. I was wondering though about the painting. You have been painting for quite some time now, right?

Not too much within the past ten years because I kind of said “yes” to every tour and I got a dog… So, I never had time to go to the studio and paint. I was mostly trying to skateboard, was running a skateboard company, doing Nike tours, autograph signings, competitions, and demos. So yeah, I didn’t really paint I just kept a sketchbook. But I’m trying to stay in New York more now, and not leave as much all year long. Here is where I can paint more art and start trying to get art shows with friends and it’s good. It’s really calming and it’s kind of a good energy flow and lets bad energy out. So, I really enjoy it now. I just painted for a week straight all alone. It was great and very therapeutic. 

I kind of know what you are talking about. Before I started working I was in art school for four years, so I can really feel you on the therapeutic calmness of painting.

I don’t know how long ago but I remember watching a day-in-the-life type of thing with you where you showed a couple of your sketches. It was the same one in which you talked about watching skateboard videos in the mirror, which means to watch for example your favorite regular skater riding goofy. That was actually kind of the start for me to draw, too. And that’s kind of funny that we are talking about that now. So, I was wondering how did you end up doing an art show in Berlin?

It was kind of last minute. I mean, I hate to call it an art show because I just bring four things. One or two months ago Kaspar (van Lierop) asked me “Hey do you want to be in this art show with Nick Jensen for the Bright? You know it’s kind of on the smaller side…” And I was like “Yeah, sure that would be great! I will make some paintings!” So, yeah, I know Nick from the time we both used to be on Fourstar together and I really loved to be around him, he is such a great guy. And yeah, it was like “Let’s go to the Bright Tradeshow and hang out” And we also are going to launch the hockey jersey, the spring ’17 line and the capsule that I created. So, I’m pretty sure that we are going to have a small party for that as well. And then we are going to go to Oslo, too. It’s going to be a nice trip. I’m really excited. And I have to add that I’m looking forward to seeing Nick and that I love his art!

I think so, too! I think it’s definitely juxtaposition between your and his work but I’m kind of excited to see it. He is a very much into more abstract things or let’s say he’s combining abstractionism and realism.

Yeah, so mine is a little loud. Not like a crazy loudness in a ‘piss off’ way but I use like crazy wild colors and think that stems from me growing up on some much advertising and Hot Wheels and Coca-Cola and all this television stuff. I love bold strong images. I love labels and so on. So mine is a little bit more bright and his is a little bit more patterns but it’s beautiful like I said you can tell he took some much time to make these paintings and you have to respect that. It’s great!

So you are working from a studio you said?

Ah, it is not really a studio! I was working at a house. My family has a house down in New Jersey.

Ah great! I was wondering about the collection you are launching. It’s a hockey jersey, which is kind of a trademark for you, I guess, and the shoes as well? So, what inspired you? I mean everything seems to be smoothly picked like for example the coloring is nice. It’s very suitable. So, were you very hands on with this project?

Yeah, I was very involved with it! I did the original sketch of the whole jersey itself and it was well received and so we decided “Hey let’s do a whole capsule!” And then I did a sneaker drawing and then, you know, we picked some existing pieces that were already in the SB line, you know, classic hoodie, a coach jacket… And yeah it’s not like I wore a hockey jersey like twice a month or a year around, it’s not necessarily my signature thing. I just thought, you know, often times they don’t fit that well. And so I found an exciting jersey that I liked that was a little smaller fit, so we used that and I just kind of was like have them shirked the arms down a little bit and the shoulders so they do not look quite as big as a traditional hockey jersey so it’s fun and I’m hoping a lot of other people will take it to popular culture and hip hop, whatever… It’s pretty “gangster” if you might say. (Laughs)

Check out the lookbook to get a feel for Brian’s capsule collection.

That’s what I like about your style. It’s not only drawn from skating. It has a very broad reach. I mean, I can see people all over the world kind of wearing the stuff and that’s kind of nice.

Yeah, it is! I love to wear all kinds of genres. One day I leave my apartment with a tie on just because I want to feel different for the day, you know, and maybe wear sunglasses and walk down the street. And then the next day I maybe wear camouflage and cargo pants with a hockey jersey. I just like to wear whatever I feel around a day. It’s fun because then when you design you can feel how things should fit from whatever category: punk, rock ‘n’ roll, hip-hop, skateboarding and so on.

So, do you often shop in thrift stores or do you just go and look around what’s the thing at the moment? Where do you find what you like?

I actually wanted you to ask that! I turn forty this year and I just kind of have all these pieces that fit me so great that I actually don’t really go shopping and buy stuff anymore at all! I just kind of look at magazines and see what’s trending and walk around in New York City to see all the new stuff right away on for example the subway train. You know, all the kinds are fixing and changing ideas. It goes so much faster nowadays through the Internet. It’s easy to see what’s going on in the culture. Especially in New York City, it’s like that day or that week something becomes popular you see it. I love watching what’s the younger generation is doing with trending.

It’s kind of amazing that your generation to say broadly has been around for that amount of time that wasn’t there before. I mean I’ve been talking with multiple skateboarders about this. It’s kind of nice that you see like the cycles of things. That was not much of a thing in skateboarding before speaking of fashion cycles.

Oh yeah, it’s fun to see skateboarding go back to beautiful eras like the 90’s style again, you know. Kids are wearing little baggy pants in New York City but I’m also pretty sure that there are a lot of tight pants kids out in Los Angeles but yeah, it is cool to be around that length of time to see things come and go. And you also see a lot of fashion taken from skateboarding, you know, it’s funny. It’s like a pyramid flipped over. Before it was the top with Gucci and Louis Vuitton and all these types of things and then down on the bottom it’s like skateboarding and popular culture and now it’s like reversed, now we’re kind of at the top and high-end fashion stuff is a little below and looks up to what we do more often. It’s interesting. Everything is more mixed together nowadays. A lot of high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, Coach, Chanel and stuff they are using patches of like hand-drawn little dinosaurs and stuff, more like what maybe skateboarders would wear.

Yeah, it feels really playful at the moment. People are experimenting around with colors a lot, too.

Yeah, that’s well put “playful”.

And that’s kind of what I see in skateboarding as well like you can do slappies again. Like when I was starting to skate I didn’t see a slappy until a couple of years in and understood what it was even. And now it’s like the kids are growing up with such a broad view, which the Internet of course kind of did as well. It’s not really a question, I guess, but there are parallels.

Yeah, that’s right! Sorry, man but I have to go! Any Last questions?

No, don’t let me keep you! Have a nice day and see you in Berlin next week!

Yeah, see you there! Bye!


To get more information about Nick and Brian’s exhibition Click Here.

Interview by Roland Hoogwater

Brian Anderson is having a moment and we pretty much enjoy that. One of the best to ever do it just recently got on Anti-Hero skateboards. His first ad in Thrasher Magazine:
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We are not sure what ever happend to 3D Skateboards but running your own company can be pretty intense. Let’s hope for some new footage of Brian, maybe from one of his first “18” Trips. For now, we are going back in time with his ‘Day In The Life’ video for Crailtap:

Photo by Gabe Morford.

A great day for Brian who now doesn’t have to hide anymore. At the same time, it saddens us to hear some of the reasons why he felt he needed to keep his sexual preference a secret for so long. Let’s hope that openly being yourself at all times will become accepted sooner rather than later.

Photo by Marcel Veldman

Once again somebody took the time to create a little Supreme style compilation clips. There is something to it though scrolling through Strobeck’s feed and collection little snippets here and there. You get Fat Bill’s style of filming with the music style of the creator (or not), but in the end something new is created. Remixing or collaging is, was and will remain one of todays most important movements in and out of skateboarding.

Tom Karangelov ist schon länger runter von Zero und jetzt brandneu im Team von 3D Skateboards. Es scheint als wären Brian Anderson und Austyn Gillette ganz verzückt von der Verstärkung: Wie sonst soll man sich den Welcome Clip erklären, der aussieht als wäre er durch eine rosarote Brille gefilmt worden!?

Wir hatten das Fourstar Australien Tourvideo “Crocodile Done Deal” ja bereits letzte Woche angekündigt – hier ist es nun in voller Länge. Soll heißen: 18 Minuten Sommer, Sonne, gute Laune und knallhartes Skateboarding.

Featuring: Eric Koston, Cory Kennedy, Tony Trujillo, Ishod Wair, Shane O’Neill, Tyler Bledsoe, Brian Anderson, Mike Carroll, Andrew Brophy, Sean Malto, Max Schaaf & Rick Howard

Wem bei den Namen Eric Koston, Cory Kennedy, Tony Trujillo, Ishod Wair, Shane O’Neill, Tyler Bledsoe, Brian Anderson, Mike Carroll, Andrew Brophy, Sean Malto, Rick Howard und Max Schaaf das Wasser im Munde zusammen läuft, darf sich auf Montag freuen, denn dann feiert das Tourvideo “Crocodile Done Deal” von Fourstar online Premiere. Nur noch dreimal schlafen…

Fourstar Clothing zeigt ein Sammelband von verschiedenen Katalog Shootings der letzten Jahre. Was bei anderen Companys eher gewöhnliche Arbeit ist, wird von Fourstar in eine spaßige Session verpackt – Crailtap halt. Mit dabei sind all eure Lieblingsskater!

Brian Anderson hat seine ganz eigene Meinung zu Contests: In diesem kleinen Clip plaudert der 3D Pro ein bißchen über verpatzten Run, die Anfänge des Pro Daseins und wieso er mit seinen mittlerweile 37 Jahren immer noch Bock hat, seine Wochenenden auf irgendwelchen Contests zu verbringen. Ein bißchen Footage gibt es übrigens auch zu sehen.

2013 ist in einigen Stunden vorbei und die meisten von euch überwinden gerade den Spagat zwischen Wochenende und den Feiertagen. Weiss eigentlich noch irgendwer welcher Tag gerade ist? “Skateboarding 2013 war so facettenreich und unberechenbar wie noch nie” wäre eventuell auch ein angebrachter Einstieg in unsere knackige Hitlist der diesjährigen Trends und Tendenzen für 2014.

No Comply Everything
Den Anfang macht einer der Tricks des Jahres, der No-Comply. In allen Variationen und enormer Vielfältigkeit ist er dieses Jahr neu entdeckt worden. Neu-Pioniere sind: Jake Johnson, Kevin Terpening und vor allem Pontus Alv.

Mark Suciu
Wie fühlt es sich eigentlich an 365 Tage im Jahr und 24 Stunden am Tag gefilmt zu werden. Mark Suciu kennt wohl die Antwort. Schlaf wird überbewertet und wenn er gerade keinen Part filmt dann erfindet er einfach neue Tricks, es ist doch so schön einfach.

Lucas Puig ist wohl das beste Beispiel. Instagram brachte nicht nur neue Tricks hervor, es wurden Gerüchte, Beef und Sponsorenwechsel abgehalten und in wenigen Sekunden weltweit geteilt, kommentiert und geliked. Tendenz steigend!

Von SD zu HD und zurück auf Hi-8
Mehr als je zuvor bekam das HD Format Konkurrenz von seinen Großeltern, der Hi-8 Kamera. Palace haben es sogar zum Markenzeichen gemacht und Francisco Saco ließ einen gesamten Film im alten Format produzieren. Raymond Molinar geht sogar einen noch komplizierteren Weg und filtert seine iPhone Footage, um dieser einen Touch von VX Footage zu verleihen. Die Kreativität ist grenzenlos und wir bleiben gespannt.

Kink and die
Kinkrails sind in diesem Jahr so irrelevant relevant wie nie zuvor. Es scheint mittlerweile keinen großen Unterschied mehr zu machen, ob Rail mit Kink oder ohne. Je mehr desto besser. Vielleicht sogar mit Unterbrechung und kleinem Drop, von Kink zu Kink – oder Gap out!? Kann ja nichts passieren, man ist ja eingeloggt und bisher haben es noch alle überlebt.

Der neue Frühling der Board Companys
Fucking Awesome, 3D Skateboards, Isle Skateboards, Raymond Molinars neue Company und Alex Olsons mysteriöser Zahlencode zeigen, dass der Markt noch nicht ausgeschöpft ist oder anders, kleinere Companys weniger zu verlieren haben.

Dylan & Austyn
Dylan Rieder und sein Kumpane Austyn Gillette sind gefragter denn je. Es gibt wohl kaum ein Dorf ohne Dylan Clon, während farblos absolute Priorität gewesen ist. Diese beiden Männer haben Skateboarding in 2013 elegant aussehen lassen. Neben einem starken modischen Bewustsein, wurde auch die allgemeine Messlatte ein Stück weiter noch oben geschraubt, und das im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes. Kaum ein Flip wurde niedriger gepoppt als die Vier-Board-Marke.

U.S. Teens in the 60’s
Es zeigt sich ein neuer Schlag Skater, welche verblüffende Ähnlichkeit mit den Hauptdarstellern von The Outsiders zeigen. Donovan Piscopo, Elijah Berle, Daryl Angel und co. sind die Vorreiter. Selbst die Boards haben wieder ihre alten Shapes, und das Griptape darf ruhig Leuchtfarben sein.

No Biggie
Athleten zum Anfassen und ohne Starallüren, S.O.T.Y. Award hin oder her. Ishod Wair fährt mit seinen Homies zu den Spots um Spaß zu haben. Nebenbei entsteht Footage für neue Parts und die Ads schiesst der Dude, mit dem er damals die Kickflips in der Einfahrt gelernt hat. Eine Kamera hat mittlerweile jedermann und wenn das iPhone so weiter macht, wird der Rucksack bald umso leichter. Haben wir Nyjah Huston eigentlich vergessen?

Guten Rutsch und ein frohes neues Jahr mit viel Skateboarding, Gesundheit und Liebe!

Fred Mortagne zeigt erneut Einblicke in seine Mini-DV Zeiten und bringt Nostalgie in die heimischen 4 Wände. Rick Howard, Brian Anderson, Lucas Puig uvm. in einer Zeit vor Fully Flared.