A couple of years' ago we put together The Twilight Zone: An Ode to Creative Weirdness, giving some love to those who ignore skateboard trends to happily embrace something completely different. From Tim Jackson to Louie Barletta, Bob Burnquist to Zarosh Eggleston, a wide array of inventive rippers were covered.
Since then, the meteoric rise of Instagram within skateboarding has shifted the goalposts with regards to what people consider 'the norm': these days a trick hits the web and is viewed, shared, and potentially learned by thousands within a couple of days. This opens a wider debate about creativity within a skateboarding landscape so relentlessly documented by some form of media, and whether your modern day equivalents to Buster Halterman or Gou Miyagi will still be found in amongst the melee.
However, judging by the amount of people on our brand new 'Altered Consciousness' list who have only appeared on our radar within the last few years, we don't have anything to fear. Regardless of Street League, Olympics or reality TV shows, skateboarding will always be a place for oddballs to flourish. Up the weirdos!
Tom Day tweaks a fullpipe exit for Dan Salopia's lens.
Chris Jatoft 'Pathways' (2016)
Chris Jatoft's section in Brett Nichols' 'Pathways' video is not here so much for an unusual bag of tricks, but for the fact that he seems to go out of his way to skate abstract scupltures, fragments of urban debris and generally things that most would look out without thinking 'Ooh, that makes me want to grab my board and skate it.'
Yoshi Obayashi. 35 North Promo (2006)
This Yoshi Obayashi hidden section for a 2006 Seattle shop promo is the epitome of skateboarding without giving a flying fuck what people think - wall crawls, laybacks and freestyle influenced flyouts, all set to a Nickatina soundtrack and looking dope as fuck, style matters!
Buster Halterman. Planet Earth 'Now n Later' (1991)
The Chrome Ball Incident has covered the story of Buster Halterman skating on his own, in a barn far away from the centre of the late 80s/early 90s vert scene before heading to California and melting minds, which is worth a read if you have a minute. If not, just check out his incredible section from Planet Earth's 'Now N Later', two Op Ivy songs' worth of fluid, creative vert madness...
Tom Day. Heroin Skateboards 'Video Nasty' (2013)
An upbringing of crusty Northern spots clearly shaped Tom Day's skate preferences, and Video Nasty sees him hitting a huge array of obstacles - unexpected lines at haggard bank set ups, half cab flips in fullpipes, no complys over handrails and jersey barrier madness are all contained within!
Joe Moore 2015 edit
You may recognise Joe Moore from his 'Any Skate' page or various reposts from Metro Skateboarding. I have to admit here that I'm not someone who goes out of their way to watch freestyle skateboarding, but the way Joe takes freestyle and adapts it to streets spots and skatepark obstacles is genuinely intriguing!
Amandus and Sondre Mortensen 2015 clips
Swedish brothers Amandus and Sondre Mortensen definitely make full use of Malmo's incredible skateable terrain, but from the way they skate, you feel they'd be just as happy tearing up spots in a West Country fishing village as a Scandinavian skate-playground. Skate everything!