If you are anything like me by the time Sunday afternoon rolls around you are already planning out your week. While the thought of grabbing your lunch pail and heading out the door Monday morning is a drag, you’ve at least got a grip on reality and you are readying yourself for the workweek. Part of my Sunday ritual is checking out The Nine Club’s Instagram account in the late afternoon to see what guest they’ll be hosting Monday morning. Chris Roberts and the gang have been bringing us these amazing episodes every Monday morning without fail since January of 2016. I certainly don’t speak for every desk jockey but their show definitely brightens every working skateboarder’s morning.
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Of course, fads like these are not exclusive to skateboarding. Look at the mannequin challenge, dance challenges (#inmyfeelingschallenge), or the infamous Tide PODS challenge. People love to film themselves doing stupid stuff. It’s like the apps were designed just for it.
Back in the day, we had to wait for latest Big Brother video, CKY, or episode of Jackass for inspiration. Afterwards we’d grab our parents’ camcorder, replicate, and that was about the extent of it. We never had any intentions on something being “viral” because it didn’t exist!
“With a nod to past, but firmly planted in the future, this offering from DC is everything you could ever want from a street skating video. Big ups to everyone involved.”
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My first viewing of Bloody Chicken Boots
Rarely do I remember the exact moment I watched a skate video for the first time. That is unless I attended the video premiere, or the video made some sort of immediate impression on me. The impression doesn’t necessarily have to be good either, it can be bad too. With that, I do distinctly remember the first time I watched Ambush’s first skate video, Bloody Chicken Boots, and it wasn’t because the video was particularly spectacular.
I remember rolling up to the shop with some friends on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon sometime in 2001. This was Ambush’s old location, the one with the infamous three stair. Anyway, I was posted up on the couch, which sat across from on of those antiquated big screen televisions. You know the type…the old projection ones that have the VCR’s timecode burned into the screen. Admittedly, I was a little hungover from the prior night’s endeavors. Still, I had no idea a skate video contained the power to augment my hangover. Was it was the filming or the odd techno songs that caused my stomach to churn. Who knows? What I do know is that my first viewing of Bloody Chicken Boots was nauseating. This made the viewing permanently burned into my brain, just like the timecode burned into the big screen it played on.
Recently I noticed that BCB wasn’t online and it had been ages since I’d seen it. Seeing this opportunity, I set out to capture the VHS and expand Ambush’s digital archive. During my efforts, I watched it a few times and, surprisingly, it’s better than I remembered. The video holds a special type of nostalgia reserved normally for old awkward photos. The photos can sometimes be slightly embarrassing, but also rad. While digesting the video, I decided to reach out to some of the people involved in making it. After all, Blood Chicken Boots is now 16 years old, and what better time to get their respective takes on the video.
Q: Pretty hard to believe that Bloody Chicken Boots is 16 years old. When do you think the last time you watched it was?
A: Dude, I probably haven’t seen the video in about 10 years. So long ago. The random thing is that people still bring it up in the store, every once in a while. For one reason or another, the video stuck with them and they totally remember everyone’s part and the most random stuff about it. Crazy, right?!
Q: What was your initial perception of the video and your part?
A: First perception was, what is up with the name?! Me and Brian Hutch had just got on right [the Ambush skate team] before the video was to come out. It was Ryan Taylor’s baby as far as I know. But, Ryan is a rad dude and knows what’s up, so I had faith in him and the video. Music was mad crazy on most of the parts. I think that Ryan and the homies made most of the jams themselves, I could be wrong about that one. Regardless of the name and music, Ryan’s and Brian’s parts ripped!!! I have a lot of respect for those guys.
Q: If you had the chance to pick your music, what would you have ran with?
A: It would have probably been something by the band Fifteen. I was so into those guys back then. I was convinced that, if every person listened to their first couple of albums, that the world would be a better place. Those early songs by them are life changers, brother. A bunch of us got to see them here in Atlanta at the old Somber Reptile before they broke up. Randomly, when I was skating in SF, I noticed a flyer on a street pole that said Fifteen was playing a reunion show that night. We got to see them in their hometown. Funny thing was that to us they were THE band and we thought the show would be sold out. When we got there, there probably were only 50 people at the show, but we went ape shit. One of the best shows that I have ever seen.
Q: What’s up with that slam at the beginning of your part? Did you break your wrist or something? I always hated that it was shown over and over.
This year’s Cinderella was our very own Wes Lembo. March Radness was stacked with elite skateboarders from all over the southeast like Jason Salillas, Alec Spinosi, and Jake Wooten as well as local rippers Niko Howard, Troy Cobucci, Nick Hagley, Gage Gum, Tommy Stephan and many more. All pushed their skateboarding to the limits and left it all out there on the skatepark (a few left even more in the parking lot). The Street Division was an epic battle, but the universe was on Wes’ side.
Wes let his skateboarding come to him. He didn’t force anything. He didn’t tense up. He lived in the moment and allowed his tricks to happen. His trick selection, style, and poise paid off as he walked away with the victory and $500 cash courtesy of Adidas skateboarding.
The Bowl Division saw a mind-melting clash of styles, but there would be no Cinderella here. The finals where all chalk. Jake Wooten, Greyson Beal, and Oregon transplant, Pat Donivan destroyed the bowl. In the end, Jake outperformed the competition and took home the $500 cash.
1st Place: Wes Lembo
2nd Place: Jason Salillas
3rd Place: Gage Gum
4th Place: Pat Donivan
1st Place: Jake Wooten
2nd Place: Pat Donivan
3rd Place: Greyson Beal
4th Place: Jordan Plott
Video by: Logan Parsley
Photos by: Matt Hudson
We’re all getting older and there isn’t a damn thing we can do about it. The passing of time is a hard thing to come to grips with. It’s something that cannot be escaped or outran…and, apparently, it also flies when you’re having fun. I’m calling BS on the latter! In short, I believe, having fun is a vital component to staying young…at heart at least. Admittedly having fun all the time is easier said than done, but it’s worth a shot. What’s more fun than skateboarding? Nothing. This probably explains why we’re watching our favorite pros skateboarding for longer and longer. In no particular order, here is a look at some of my favorite “aging” skateboarders.
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2017 Burton Cartel EST Binding (Black):
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