Skateboarding was a pretty 80’s/90’s thing. The sport skyrocketed so quickly into the public eye during that era that it’s, for me at least, forever connected to that time.
Another element of that skateboard culture was the skate video, and I know you’ve seen one of them before. Low angle, fisheye lens videos of amateurs skating through urban landscapes—Skate videos. We all know what those are, right?
One of those huge names back in the day was Rodney Mullen. He had a style so different from most other skaters in the game. He invented tricks and patented an ethic that skaters still live by today. But what is he doing now? Well, he’s continuing to innovate in collaboration with some talented filmmakers. And it's nothing like that skate video that you've already seen.
Liminal is one of the most beautiful skate videos ever made. In fact, it should be categorized as art and the corresponding website adds to the whole experience, showing in great detail the skill that Mullen possesses, even after numerous injuries. The bullet-time rig created by Sebring Revolution is the absolute perfect application of the technique.
Watching Mullen skate makes me wish I were more athletically inclined, and seeing the perfectly captured motion makes me wish I had access to an equally powerful and beautiful rig. I’m envious of all involved.
Rodney Mullen: Liminal
Goofy Nollie Laser
“This is the most direct expression of stancelesseness. Chris Haslam was the first to create a compound movement with his front foot to make his board jump into him, allowing a control that made it a signature trick—mostly backwards, as ‘switch lasers.’ When I understood the complexity of what he was doing, I realized a new generation had emerged with skill sets that are not in my reach. I figured the most difficult thing I could do would be to develop that skill set in the other (wrong) stance. Mechanically, this is a fakie laser, but visually, it has nothing to do with fakie. It is a switch trick that could not be done switch, and proof that a stance can be broken.”
Read more about Rodney Mullen's project HERE.
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(cover photo credit: snap from video)