Did you know that The Gonz rides a Sunday cruiser spot to spot to skate New York City? Me either. Press play on the video above and take a look at one of skateboarding’s pioneers launching off garbage piles, doing skids, and bunnyhopping off curbs, all with a skateboard stuck to his bars.
I became aware of Martha Cooper’s work from the documentary – Everybody Street. She has some amazing black and white images of the Lower East Site when it was super crazy and blown out… looking like a war zone. She also has an incredible documentation of the early NY Graffiti scene.
Keep reading to check out more of her work.
This years New York Grands is coming up. These always look like a wildly good time, so don’t miss it if you’re nearby.
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Let’s hear it for time lapses and NYC!!!
Haha, this is nuts. Glen PP Milligan just sent this through. Mad respect to dudes doing wheelies on the highway. I just had crazy flashbacks after watching this.
A few years ago I produced a four wheeler DVD. One of the segments featured people who ride 4 wheelers in NYC. I always wanted to re-edit the section with a better track. So here it is. It was all filmed on a SONY DVX2100, BOLEX 16mm and a really crappy mic. This is real street riding and these dudes are crazy.
In the process of watching this documentary on “the dying craft of large scale hand painted advertising”, I ended up wondering if this was a subtle advertisement for Stella Artois, and it sorta kinda is. *edit* the original flash player I first saw this on had a city as the screen grab and there is no mention of Stella until the end.
Regardless, even though that kinda tainted this film just a little bit, it doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a nicely put together documentary. This is a topic I’ve never really thought much about, but I now have a better understanding of the whole thing. This makes you appreciate how nuts it is to actual paint these.
From the producers:
Shot high above the streets of New York City, UP THERE reveals the dying craft of large scale hand painted advertising and the untold story of the painters struggling to keep it alive.
Via – Say Mayday