If you’re in the weather situation we’re in right now then you’re probably not getting much skating done, but fear not – Transworld Skateboarding have taken care of your next hour with a full quality upload of 411VM Issue 3. We’ve waxed lyrical about the importance of the video magazine in our shares of the TWS uploads of issues one and two, but for those younger viewers who are stuck with Instagram as your main supply of skate video content then suffice to say that this was the way for skaters outside of the US skate industry heartlands to see what was happening – as well as a way for those US skaters to take in different scenes, due to the video mag’s willingness to jump on a plane at the drop of a hat to cover large scale events, scene reports and whatever else happened to be going on at the time.
Stick two fingers to the thunderstorms outside, put the kettle on/crack a can/skin up, then sit back and wallow in glorious nostalgia from the comfort of your sofa (or back numbingly uncomfortable office chair/spinal rearrangement therapy machine in my case).
With the first two issues leaving heavy shoes to fill, issue 3 lives up to its forebears hype and offers a time capsule into skateboarding at the tail end of 1993 featuring a wide array of faces both familiar and now lost to obscurity. Things kick off with a Scott Johnston Profiles section which acts as a reminder that he’s been solidly stylish since day dot, and also offers up an opportunity for us to direct you to his recent interview on The Chrome Ball Incident which is definitely worth a read. A Wheels of Fortune part sees a miniature Javier Nunez ripping Brooklyn Banks and a pre-rasta Matt Pailes who clearly has his priorities right (Dan Drehobl good, Morrissey bad), amongst other things, while the following commercial break throws up a gem in the form of Sal Barbier’s death metal etnies ad (complete with lawsuit-disregarding swoosh rip off logo). A Love Park heavy Philly montage, a Shut Up And Skate contest with a Carl Shipman sighting and Brian Pennington doing a switch early grab mute roll in to a vert ramp (!!!), Mike Frazier doing padless vert runs way before that was in vogue and an Eric Koston Profiles are just a few more of the reasons you should watch this one immediately…
PS – anyone else catch the clip during the intro which superimposes the word ‘transitions’ over someone obstinately skating a fun box?