Ratz Recruitment – Rasheed Osman
Stoked to see this floating about the web this morning! Rasheed Osman‘s Ratz Recruitment part is just the dose of raw savagery you probably need to get you through a Friday at work, with the Midlands’ most rubber legged ripper chucking himself down all manner of chasms in the Sheffield area.
The prevalence of coloured wheels used throughout this part should be ample warning that you’re not about to watch a section of chilled out ledge tech (though he can throw down a kickflip nose manual in a line when the situation arises) – Rasheed is definitely more on the Baker Skateboards/Pig Wood side of the spectrum when it comes to both tricks and spots, not being afraid to chuck a 360 boneless down some steps or hardflip into a substantial, puddle strewn ditch. I’ve also got to give a hand to Timmy Garbett‘s vision in using the Chemical Brothers’ ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl’ as the soundtrack of choice here; it 100% should not work and we don’t recommend trying it at home, but somehow here it does!
It’s refreshing in an age when the older observer can observe fashions germinate on Instagram before sweeping through the younger generation, to see someone who’s just fucking having it regardless of what tricks are ‘in’ at the moment. Watch, enjoy, go out and skate.
Rasheed was the recipient of a First Light feature in issue 209 of our mag, which you can read via the words from Gnargore’s Tom Gillespie below;
“He’s that guy who you can shout ridiculous trick suggestions at as he’s riding up to the spot and he’ll just try them there and then. Within a week of having our new concrete ramp built in Shrewsbury, he was doing nosepicks off the extension that no one had even dared drop into yet. Rasheed is also a true character. I’ve heard stories of him turning up on a skate trip with a flask of gravy, filming a whole part in a truly disgusting t-shirts which accounted to “basically wearing a towel”, and witnessing a dwarf singing Metallica with his homie Conrad.”