Supreme’s ‘BLESSED’ Brings Skate Videos Back to Their Roots
Wednesday night saw the London best of “BLESSED,” the 2nd full-length skateboard video by William Strobeck for Supreme. The long-awaited video eliminates all the typical skate video cliches from the previous years– no corny spoofs, no unique impacts, and no rolling shots of marble plazas in China. This is raw street skating at its core, and Strobeck has actually handled to photograph the pure ambiance of a tight-knit team session, instead of an unlimited succession of refined trick-after-trick runs.
If Supreme’s 2014 video “cherry” was appropriately called for popping the proverbial cherry of their young skate group to the world, then “BLESSED” might quickly have actually been called after ’90 s R&B crooners Boyz II Guys. The still-young team put together by Supreme have actually grown in strength, size, and self-confidence to all end up being pros on top of their video game.
Looking easily method cooler than any Supreme collectors who keep their box logo design Tee shirts in beautiful condition, skaters Na-Kel Smith (fresh out of a breakout function in Jonah Hill’s Mid-90 s), Sage Elsesser, Sean Pablo, Tyshawn Jones, Ben Kadow, Kevin Bradly, Rowan Zorilla, Aidan Mackey, Kevin Rodrigues of Parisian “The Blobys” team, Vincent Touzery, and Gregoire Cuadrado, all provide heavy striking areas to develop themselves as a really elite team.
There are cameos from a few of skateboarding’s finest– Elijah Berle, Gonz, Jerry Hsu, Grant Taylor, Spanky, Andrew Reynolds, Jason Dill, Corey Duffel, and even Supreme group supervisor Tino Razo all emerge– however it’s the “cherry” kids who blister through the 84- minute movie in a series of solo and shared parts. A bit like when Public Opponent and Anthrax signed up with forces to form a supergroup back in 1991, the Supreme skate group are a diverse lot of misfits who simply appear to get each other completely and gel together as a team.
There is a real bond in between these men who all love and assistance each other– exhibiting the very factor the majority of us entered into skateboarding in the very first location. This discovers so well in this specific video. By Strobeck just concentrating on their responses to a colleague landing a technique, it embodies the difficult nature of skating, basically constant failure followed by short lived success, a few of which is luckily commemorated on cam.
That hard-fought sociability feels much more real here than state, shots of unlimited high-fives that are popular in a great deal of current skate movies. It’s clear to see that Expense Strobeck has a practically adult pride over his young team when seeing his subtle honest minutes and technique accumulations adoringly provided in sluggish movement.
Speaking With Expense prior to the screening, he informed me that “BLESSED” had actually been a real labour of love for the previous 2 and a half years, and it appears throughout the movie. The exceptional music choice matches each part so well (Smashing Pumpkins for Ben Kadow, Rick Ross for Tyshawn Jones) and the somewhat rough result on the movie provides it a more dreamy and unwinded seeing experience than a slick assault of action.
Lots of people might feel that Supreme has actually ended up being a more of a poser brand name for the abundant and popular over current years, however that argument fails when you see this video and see simply just how much time, loan, and devotion they have actually taken into their group, their filmmakers, and skateboarding itself. To make a complete length skateboard video that runs at a tremendous 84 minutes, and after that offer it on a physical DVD in 2018 is an amazing accomplishment. Yet, it likewise strengthens the concept that Supreme can actually offer anything it puts its identifiable mark on. However the enthusiasm, quality, and gravitas of this movie bring far more weight than a bag of Supreme-branded bricks.
Whether the New york city brand name teams up with high-end style homes such as Louis Vuitton or stamps their notorious Box Logo design on anything from pinball devices to teddy bears, they will constantly have skateboarding at their core. In this method, “BLESSED” provides a bold middle finger (just like Sean Pablo on the movie’s discount poster and Tee shirts) to the brand name’s critics.
It assists expand the significance behind package logo design, and makes it clear that in spite of its increasing appeal and popular culture presence– from Netflix programs to Apple commercials— Supreme stays stuck in skate culture’s “Fuck ’em!” mindset. Nearly 25 years after opening a little skate shop on New york city’s Lafayette Street, Supreme are still doing precisely what they desire without any compromises. So behind the unlimited lines and pumped up resale rates, very little has actually actually altered because 1994.
Supreme “BLESSED” by William Strobeck launches on iTunes and DVD today, November23 Get it on iTunes here
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Author of Highsnobiety’s routine column “The Supreme Weekly,” Ross has actually been down with the NY team because 1994 and has substantial understanding of the brand name’s impacts and referrals.