Watching skate videos is a part of every skateboarder’s life. Everyone has a taste of their own and not everyone can agree on which video is the best. One thing is for certain though, local videos definitely hold a little more value than your average pro video. Although the quality of the skating within the video may not always be as good, there is always something special about watching video parts of those older guys you see around town all the time at all the spots you love to skate. Skate videos have been around for a long time. In an effort to bring you a broader timeline of epic Atlanta video parts much larger than my own spectrum, I had to reach out to some of the more seasoned veterans in the game. These first two are not technically local videos, but they were among the first few times Atlanta skateboarders had big time video parts.
1. Andy Howell in New Deal’s 1281 (1991) – This part came out when I was still wearing diapers and sucking on my thumb, but to others a little older than me it changed everything…
“The main one for me was Andy Howell in 1281. I had read his Transworld pro spotlight about a hundred times and my pen pal buddy from up here told me to check out the New Deal 1281 vid when I could and said there was tons of Atlanta footage in Andy’s part. I still watch that part today. It was the first time, being from Jones County, at 13 years old that I “had” to go skate in Atlanta somehow… Skating was starting to transition at that time. It was very rough filmed and by looking at it today, kinda sloppy skating. But the song, his clothes, the switch and nollie shit he was doing was beyond what anyone else did. It wasn’t the clear day school yard that Vallely and Templeton skated. It looked and seemed a lot cooler than the other footage in that video. Plus, it was “real”. Like, I knew where Atlanta was. F*****g 2 hours up the freeway. California looked awesome, but it may as well said Russia. It wasn’t feasible. It seemed like story land stuff.” – Jeremiah Babb of Bender Hardware
2. Daniel Powell in Underworld Element’s SkyPager (1993) – This Daniel Powell part was also a bit before my time, but was suggested to me by a couple different sources for really putting Atlanta on the map. With innovative tricks, great style, and a serious eye-opener at the SunTrust building right off Peachtree Street how could anyone deny the awesomeness of this part? Turn the volume up and feel the 90’s.
3. Chris Head in Raped Inc.’s Conspiracy (1998) – In the 5 year gap between the previous part and this awesome Chris Head part, the quality of videos changed quite a bit. People really began to figure out how they wanted skateboarding to look and how it should be filmed. I asked Matt Creasy, a local skateboarder/filmmaker, what his favorite Atlanta parts are and he answered with this… “Chris Head or Jeremiah Babb in the last Raped video. That was the first time I saw people from Atlanta on par with the rest of skateboarding.”
4. Jeremiah Babb and Graham Bickerstaff in Ryan Dearth’s Dirty South (1999-2000) – These are my two personal favorite Atlanta skateboarders. I was introduced to skating a year or two after this video had come out. I remember seeing this video for the first time and having the hardest time grasping the concept that not only were these dudes killing it so hard, but they were skating spots that I had access to. It brought to mind the idea that, “If they can do it, so can we.” It was my first window into what Atlanta skating was all about. Good skating, good times with no room for bullshit. Graham 360 flipped over the rail at BellSouth, who does that!?
5. Mike Devine in Ruin Skateshop’s Nouveau (2004) – I grew up watching skate videos like Zero’s Dying To Live, Flip Sorry and many other typical hammer-style videos of the early 2000’s, so when Ruin Skateshop’s video Nouveau came out I was blown away. The first reason being that it was another amazing local video featuring guys I had become friends with over the years and the second reason being that it was the first time I realized that there were other styles of skating that appealed to me rather than just your average stair and handrail skating. Mike Devine has a really clean and unique style that is very pleasing to the eye. This part along with the whole video is worth a gander.
6. Justin Brock and David Clark in Matt Swinsky’s Southern Comfort (2007) – These parts, to me, are truly amazing, not only for the skating, but this was the first time I got to see first hand in person what it really takes to film a gnarly video part. My friends and I were lucky enough to be around for quite a bit of this video, on the session or at the party afterwards. We were the younger kids trying to be cool like those older dudes, and this one set the bar pretty high for us. Justin is a skateboarder’s skateboarder, and David skates Atlanta like we all wish we could. They both definitely left their mark on a lot of Atlanta spots with this one.
I am almost positive I missed a couple gems, so feel free to let me know in the comments below…