By Patrick O’Dell
Right now I’m working on the third most exciting thing I have ever worked on (after shooting pictures of Morrissey getting peed on by an infant and the John Cardiel documentary). It’s a presentation at MoMA on October 15 about the history of skate videos. I have always thought that skateboard videos needed to be officially honored, and I am glad I got to be the one chosen to do it. Especially because if someone else did it they would probably choose the most bullshit videos, and I know what the sweet ones are. But then again, I guess that’s obviously subjective. Just so you know where I’m coming from, my favorite videos of all time are Video Days, Memory Screen, Fucktards, and Mouse. Pretty obvious choices, right? I really think Memory Screen should be played in its entirety but no one probably has time for that. In fact, I have to condense 30 years of skate videos into a 15-minute montage—no easy feat. We are also going to have a panel discussion, and I ended up making that a complete clusterfuck as well: Spike Jonze, Lance Mountain, Jake Phelps, Greg Hunt, Ty Evans, Ed Templeton, Guy Mariano, Tobin Yelland, and Mark Gonzales… all appearing live onstage, and all in about an hour and a half. So who knows how that will turn out. Probably just one big mess, but hopefully entertaining.
The event went sweet last night—at least that’s what people tell me. I was so nervous onstage that I don’t remember it that well. We filmed it and are putting something together now. I can’t wait to show you.
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