For this week’s Sunday Service, after enjoying the brilliant ‘A Good Egg‘ documentary earlier this week, we bring to you John Rattray‘s part in Zero Skateboards‘ 2013 video ‘Cold War’ which sees him attacking all manner of spots in classic Rattray all terrain vehicle style. For those who missed it, ‘A Good Egg’ is the documentary based around John’s cycle trip from Portland to Lincoln City, with an end goal of relearning eggplants and, more importantly, to raise money for the Scottish suicide prevention charity The Scottish Association for Mental Health. The documentary would be brilliant even if it didn’t feature two of our favourite John’s (Rattray and Cardiel), but with those two in it then we highly recommend checking it out immediately if you haven’t already.
Anyway, back to the section in hand and this was one of the more recent slices of gnarliness put down by John following his Transatlantic move for Jamie Thomas’ Zero squad. First coming into the public eye whilst still in Scotland as part of Dan Magee’s seminal Blueprint team, his footage in Anthems, Waiting for the World and First Broadcast marked him as one of the most versatile skaters to hail from these shores at the time. You can read tales from the making of WFTW from the man himself, alongside Magee and Colin Kennedy, in our Video Days feature from Issue 224.
Fast forward a few years and his move States-side found him slotting nicely into the Zero team, putting out full sections in ‘Dying To Live’ and ‘New Blood’ as well as a shared part in ‘Strange World’. ‘Cold War’, the brand’s 2013 full length, sees him hitting as eclectic a selection of spots as ever – ranging from mirror image 360 lines down hefty stairs to steep bank ripping to sessions at various Dreamlands builds. There’s also a couple of nods to The Predatory Bird blog in the form of the seagull cutaway and the technique of cutting mid-trick to the same trick at a different location, something first used as far as we’re aware of in the ‘Following Joe Pease‘ video.
All in all this is a solid addition to the Rattray footage canon so, if for some reason you’re still reading this, dispense with my waffling, press play and enjoy some Sunday stoke…