Photo: Rob Gifford
With the premiere of Rugged Raw 2 happening tonight at House of Vans, we caught up with Rugged Raw mastermind Jake Martinelli to discuss the new video, trips to New York, Josh Cox’s murder flip fetish and Dibble’s Olympic training regime amongst other things. Scroll down for the lowdown and get to HOV tonight for not only the video but also their regular Skate Fry-Day even, which includes chicken and beer…
Hi Jake, it’s a couple of years now since the first Rugged Raw video dropped – what’s changed since then? Can we expect full sections from the same crew as last time?
To be honest not a lot has changed in terms of going about filming for the video – I still just go out, meet up with my mates, skate about and have a laugh. Eat, drink, take the piss out of each other, getting a clip is a bonus, (laughs). Only the crew that I skate with on a regular basis has changed really. In terms of who had parts on the last video – Harry Hughes, Horsey and Josh Cox are the only ones who also have full parts in this one. A few who had parts in the first video either don’t skate much or have moved away, so there are quite a few different heads on this one . Joe Sivell who rides for Science Skateboards has been coming out and skating with us more, which I’ve been hyped as fuck on, always been a fan of the way he skated since the Hold Tight London edits so I’m stoked to have him out on the regs filming and hanging out!
The first video featured a whole section dedicated to a US East Coast trip, as well as Euro-clips scattered throughout. Did you guys undertake any big trips for this one, or did you keep things more local?
Not long after Rugged Raw a bunch of us went to Berlin for a week and it was fucking amazing, we had the best time and it was kind of like an unofficial big fresh start to the new video. Then Horsey had the sick idea to make a zine/edit from the trip called the Wursttourever, which I thought was a rad idea and a perfect excuse to have everyone together to get pissed up. I only ended up using a select amount of that in Rugged Raw 2. Last summer we went to New York again! I love it there; the city is rad, the spots are sick, the food and beer is amazing. If someone doesn’t have a good time there skating there is something wrong! This video is definitely more local than the last though, mainly just all around London with some New York and Berlin thrown in the mix.