1.20.2008

UNDERRATED VIDEO PART THEATRE #2: Chris Franzen in L.A. County

Way back in the late Nineties, the internet existed, but if you wanted to see vids that were not carried by your local shop you were shit out of luck. Case in point: L.A. County. If I had been able to see it back then it would have been my shit, without a doubt. In addition to the fucking devastating Fernandez brothers/Daniel Lebron section, it features what could possibly be...




wait for it....






wait for it...........


THE MOST MENACE TECH VIDEO PART EVER

by none other than Chris Franzen, who I guess skated for Neighborhood at the time. Now, you might be saying to yourself, "what is all this "menace tech" stuff? What, exactly, are they referring to?" Fear not--all the criteria are contained in this one 2 1/2 minute performance:
USC ledges? check.
picnic tables? check.
Axion Sport footwear exclusively--Aries, specifically? check.
every single trick switch/nollie? check.
flip in/flip out? check.
Santa Monica? check.
Fairfax High? check.
That's it. You need not look any further. The nollie heel ns/nollie heel out in Aries is probably the apex of menace techism in our lifetime. By the way, the Aries, by today's standards of regressive footwear trends, resemble cinderblocks, but I assure you--they were light and skated decent.
If he had managed to successfully land that final line, it would have been the skating equivalent of when Biggie said "fuck state pen, fuck hoes at Penn State." There's some obscure literary term for that technique...oh yeah...antimetabole.

2 comments:

hairfarmer said...

Great write-up! Your definition of Menace Tech seems a little late-90's based though. I would have included KCK's and sidewalk bump to garbage can tricks. Coming up with enough footage for an entire part doesn't seem very Menace either, those dudes were montage-only, haha.

** said...

Great write-up!
thanks bro...
Your definition of Menace Tech seems a little late-90's based though. I would have included KCK's and
sidewalk bump to garbage can tricks.

yeah definitely...that one spot. KCKs were big around 95/96 for sure.

Coming up with enough footage for an entire part doesn't seem very Menace either, those dudes were montage-only, haha.
Yeah..."video coming soon"...funny thing, i have never even seen "street cinema"...also looking at the camera in shock when you land something, that's mandatory, also.