Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
By Mad Matt
VHS. 2003. 42 minutes
"This movie is all about the true roots that go along with hardcore skateboarding. It was made to show kickflippers both sides of the coin. Thank you all the bros that made this film possible. God Bless you all." (This quote appears almost subliminally at the end of the video. It pretty much sums up what the video is about.)
This video rules, it's just plain irritating. I couldn't really put my finger on exactly what I actually like about this video, but I can definitely tell you why it sucks. First of all, the video quality is terrible. Most of the time it's blurry or completely washed out. There are big time glitches in the video. Sometimes the skaters pop in and out of the picture. The editing is completely random, with no rhyme or reason. The titles are terrible (somebody should tell this guy that blue titles on a black background come out looking like shit). The audio levels are all screwed (random clips are thrown in the video that I can't even hear what people are saying). All of the above led me to believe that maybe this video was a work in progress from like 1990.
After watching the video a couple times, I was pretty dumbfounded. What the hell was I doing watching it over and over again? Quite honestly, it never left my VCR for a whole week. The video would soon become part of my daily routine. I'd watch the video first thing waking up in the morning, then watch the video before I went to work. I think I didn't have any other videos to watch at the time. I'd watch the video before I went out skating, then watch the video before I took a shower and went to bed. A lot of times I'd fall asleep watching the video and have to watch it again. The stupid songs (mostly Devo) from the video began to stick in my head. I finally made a conscious decision to stop watching it cold turkey one day. The video had finally run it's course. I knew that in a year's time or even a couple of years I could still pop it in the VCR and enjoy it probably about as much as the first time I watched it. The skating that does appear in this video is truly timeless.
How can you go wrong with the skaters that appear in this video? You have Chet Childress, Royce Nelson, Peter Hewitt, the Five, Red, Pete the Ox, Texas Dan, Andy Roy, Jason Jessee, Ryan Johnson, Jeff Grosso, Chris Senn, Steve Alba, Tony Farmer, Steve Bailey, Sage Bolyard, Sam Hitz, Eddy Alioto and a cast of many other underground legends ripping up backyard pools, skateparks and a variety of full pipes. There's a bit of the Vagabond pool, the Nude Bowl, the Asbury pool, the Dodger Bowl, Walnut Creek, the Basic Bowl, Burnside, the West Seattle Bowls, the Vans Combi Bowl, Breckenridge, Lincoln City, Fresno pools, Baldy and theTwitchell full pipe. ALL getting ripped to shreds. What's not to love about that?? The spirit of the skating is what carries the video. Unfortunately the video quality and editing isn't very great. Most of the time, the video is done from the opposite end of the skatepark or pool. It becomes a bit of a task figuring out who the skaters are by their style (because they appear to be as small as ants), but after you've watched the video as much as I have, that's not too much of a problem.
Perhaps one of the main reasons I originally liked this video is because it's not made by a skateshop, it's not made by a skateboard company to promote their products, and it's not made by a publication covering skateboarding. It's just made by a skateboarder for other skateboarders to enjoy. That's it a very noble effort. Therefore, the lack of glitz and polish becomes rather endearing, sort of like any other type of home video. That's what I liked most about it.