‘Bobby Puleo’ or ‘V5’ – May 2013
Now old Bob is no stranger to controversy as since days immemorial, (and by that I mean stretching back as far as his FTC, Mad Circle and 411 sections), Mr. Puleo has made no secret of his very particular views regarding skateboarding culture and aesthetics – positions that only seem to have hardened over the intervening years. However I don’t think anyone was expecting this 2.24 clip, which dropped online with virtually zero pre-amble in May of 2013. Did he upload it himself to spite iPath after they stitched him up? Is he still riding for Traffic? Was that really him arguing with himself about people ‘dogging’ ‘his’ spots on the Theories website? Is he trolling everyone with the cellar doors? All these questions and more were thrown like mewling kittens amongst the hardened and vicious New Jersey pigeons with the online release of the eponymous ‘Bobby Puleo’ or ‘V5’ (depending on whether you watched it on Vimeo or YouTube). To further add to the mystery surrounding Bob – this is the only clip featured herein that has the public stats on Vimeo disabled so I can only hazard a guess at the total view count on this deliberately understated masterpiece, but with 45k on the YouTube version we’ve got to be looking at around 90k at least.
To be fair his style is as fluid as it ever was and despite it being almost as one dimensional as a Nyjah clip architecturally – this one will demand repeat viewings from all but the most petulant energy-drink poisoned children. If Victor Meldrew skated, this is what it’d look like.
A quick sample of YouTube comments is as revealing as it is hilarious:
“Many cellar doors were harmed” – Brandon Clark.
“Needs more cellar doors!” – happynoodleboy23
“how the fuck does he find all these cellar doors! he must work for the company that installs them” Dank Nugget
But the cherry on the found Bakewell really does come in the form of this almost transcendent moment of lyricism from YouTube poet Spencer Noe – I think it’s something we can all get down to: “this is sofucknig radical as i am writing this on crystal meth”.