My Tube - Daryl Dominguez My Top 5 Skate clips
These days the amount of skate content that drops daily means that the Internet is awash with video parts, team edits, tour clips and just about every other permutation of the skateboarder + cameraman combination that forms the cultural currency of our shared passion.
With that in mind, we decided to kickstart a new little feature called My Tube, whereby we ask notable UK skaters which clips they've found themselves re-watching of late in a (most probably) vain attempt to add a little bit of curation to the largely undifferentiated tsunami of skate video content unleashed on the web.
For the first of these My Tube features, we asked our mate, Vans and Alien Workshop ripper and global traveler Daryl Dominguez to poke about in his recent browser history to see which clips he'd been heading towards for inspiration of late and this is what he came up with. Hopefully, as this piece goes forwards we can introduce you to some clips you haven't seen, as well as directing you towards some classics that you may have forgotten about.
So without further ado, welcome to: My Tube - Daryl Dominguez
"Mason Silva's Red Ballon part from Element.
Sometimes the raw basics are enough to get you stoked to go out and push yourself and the sheer speed, power, style and pop of this guy does it for me every time. This one's been on heavy rotation since it came out."
"Converse Cons Nightlines - This clip provided serious inspiration to Dylan Hughes, Nick Richards and I when we were filming for the TWS clip 'Nocturnup'. There's something about skating cities at night, especially cities that never sleep: the lights, the lurkers that you don't see during the day, the sounds specific to the middle of the night - it's hard to put into words what it feels like but this clip encapsulates it perfectly. Plus, look at the line up involved - you can't really go wrong can you?"
"Scott Palmer's section from Blueprint's epic Lost and Found video.
I mean, do I really need to explain why this is such an inspiration?
It's The Don himself! One of the most understated rippers that the UK has ever produced and still just as good today as he was then, despite transitioning into 'normal life' as a father. Having spent some time in Scott's native Hull recently during the build up to Shop Riot and getting to see some of the spots made famous by Scott's skating, I'm even more hyped on this part. This one has been resonating with me and my skating so much as of late, which is a testament to what he brought to the table. A classic is a classic."
"Manny Lopez Spitfire Wheels Pixels Part:
A minute of brotherly bromance and absolute raw bangers.
Manny is one of my closest friends and I get to see him bang out outrageous skateboarding on the regular so seeing a clip like this, that concentrates his skill, passion and sheer determination into a minute-long no nonsense edit, (especially one filmed by my mates) made me very happy. Not only did it make it clear how gnarly Manny is to anyone who might've been in the dark, it also reminded me of a lot of fun sessions during the filming."
"Petch Napat Vans part - seriously progressive shit straight outta the middle of Thailand.
Anybody who knows me will be aware that I'm a strong advocate of travel and the life-changing experiences that it can bring. One thing that I've also found from traveling as much as I do is that the old cliche about skateboarding being an international language is 100% true. Everywhere I've been, from the mountains of Nepal, to the beaches of Australia, I've found almost immediate friendship and acceptance through the medium of riding a skateboard. Language/culture/age/gender - none of those barriers mean anything when you have a shared passion and this ridiculously good Petch Napat section, filmed in his native Thailand, always serves to remind me of this."
Whilst we're at it, here are few recent sections of Daryl himself to remind yourself of the lunacy contained within his seemingly tranquil exterior.
This exclusive part was filmed prior to Daryl's last global trek to Australia via Nepal, filmed and edited in his native London by Austin Bristow.
Daryl's Vans Excursion part from back in 2014
And last, but by no means least - the Bangkok 'Nocturnup' video part that Daryl and Dylan Hughes shared as referred to above. Sweaty men on the streets...
My Tube - Daryl Dominguez