After nearly a decade battling personal demons, spending some time in jail and rehab along the way, New Jersey’s absolute finest ledge technician (sorry Tim O’Connor) is healthy and killing it again. Those of you who pay attention to the minutiae of the skateboarding universe are probably already well aware of this, given Brian’s recent appearances on The Nine Club, the Berrics and via the regular onslaught of ledge mastery posted on his own Insta @brianwenning732, but any excuse to heap praise on this guy is good enough for me.
If you can hear a Mr Dibbs beat, do a nosegrind pop out, or see a pair of DC Lynx without immediately thinking of Brian Wenning then, I’m afraid to tell you that there is something sorely lacking in your skateboard education.
We’re also breaking with tradition here as our Sunday Service has always been focused on UK skaters up until this point, but if we’re going to deviate from the path of skateboard national pride for anyone, then it might as well be for this guy.
Today’s Sunday Service is going to be themed around the man in question, to pay homage to his contribution to the culture and to give respect to somebody strong enough to come back from the darkness smiling, and full of the mischievous sense of humour that made him so popular in the first place.
First off, here’s his 2003 DC Video section.
This is the version without the spoof intro that kind of foretold Brian’s future: a) because the upload quality on the full version is terrible and b) because Dyrdek’s double denim outfit is much the same.
Skateboarding loves a comeback story and for once here’s one that isn’t intrinsically linked with self aggrandizement and rather, in customary Wenning fashion, has come about through hard work, humility and street level respect.