Friday, September 21, 2012

Bones Brigade: the documentary

I was at the Milan Fil Festival yesterday night and I saw this documentary called Bones Brigade that takes name from the skateboard team created at the beginning of the 80s. Directed by Steven Peralta and supported by Vans this is the story of the biggest skateboard team ever existed. Steve Caballero, Tony Haws, Rodney Mullen, Tommy Guerrero, Mike McGill and Lance Mountain were really young when they first started skateboarding. And with skateboarding, at the beginning of the 80s, it would mean skate in the pool. Then Caballero did his first 'Caballero' flip and that's when everything started. Tony Haws seemed to fly, while Rodney Mullen started doing his tricks when nobody knew what freestyle was. The others didn't like it, they didn't understand what was going on. Then, it happend that they closed and destroyed most of the pool and they had to built their own wooden pools in backyard, gardens, and that's when they started being appreciated. Craig Stecyk was the creative director of the team and he invented the name which didn't have to mention neither team or skateboard. He was just crazy and talented. He started doing commercials and pictures with the team with cars on fire, dead dogs, and appealing videos. Then, the team soon became famous and they completely changed the rules of skateboarding, the places where to skateboard and what skateboarding meant. Such an inspiring documentary, where you can actually see what change means. It shows that it was no easier in the 80s as we might think. Even if they challenged one against the other, they were still friends trying to discover new tricks and the other side of the board. A continue research and a total passion. Skateboard is like a religion, there's the normal life and on the other side, there's skateboarding.


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