Far Away.

February 8, 2014

I got a question the other day about where I draw my inspiration for my training videos.  I was always pretty decent at making art and often that’s how I would find acceptance amongst my classmates.  So art work and comics were always a big thing for me.  But believe it or not, I didn’t ALWAYS want to become a great Olympic lifter.  I started Olympic lifting my senior of high school and before that I wanted to become great at playing guitar.  Believe it or not, I was actually in a band while in high school.  And before that, I wanted to become great at skateboarding.  Yup, skateboarding. I still remember when Tony Hawk pulled the first 900 when I was in like 6th grade.  So when I was a kid, I would watch skateboarding tapes.  And to the youngins’ reading, I’m talking about actual tapes that you put into a VCR.  I always felt that even if you weren’t into skateboarding, you could still sit there and be entertained by videos of guys launching themselves down flights of stairs set to music.  A lot of the segments had set themes or a certain mood and the music played almost as much of a role as the actual skaters.  Sure, they could’ve made informative videos breaking down step by step what hey were actually doing, “Yeah bro, I like totally didn’t hit full triple extension on that kickflip right there” but that would’ve been insanely boring and would’ve taken all the sexiness out of skateboarding.  I keep this in mind when I’m making “music videos” and try to follow the same aesthetic that I enjoyed while watching skating videos when I was a kid.  

2 Responses to “Far Away.”

  1. Kyle Kubler said

    Yo ben, ever watch any of the Epicly Later’d series on Vice? (via the youtube). They’ve been taking me back to my Thrasher vhs days.

    also these videos are super sweet. well done

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