January 22, 2013/ / ARTICLES/ Comments: 65

For being as creative and out of the box as skaters like to say they are, skateboard videos are still pretty formulaic these days. If you’re making a video, feel free to print this one out to remind yourself what clichés have already been jammed down our throats for the last 10 years.

1. Fuck cops / fighting security montage: We get it. Skateboarding is illegal and pretty badass and we are totally not criminals yo. But for the love of god, how many times must we watch some 17 year old “stick it to the man” and argue with some out of shape mall cop.

2. Shotgunning beers: It doesn’t make you cool and any frat boy piece of shit can do it better than you.

3. Stress montage / Freakouts: I’m having a small freakout montage just thinking about how many times I’ve sat through these freakout montages. Who knew that Kerry Getz would inspire legions of white suburban kids to act like a bunch of whiny annoying babies in public.

4. Film burn effect: This used to be THE go-to effect for your skate video. If you ever needed a little “artsy flair” or some filler at the end of a part, this was the default. I think people started to realize how ridiculous it was and settled down a bit, but there’s always a chance it could come back and rear its ugly head.

5. High 5’s / cheering: I know this might be a good way to humanize your skateboarders and totally show their personality but I think Pretty Sweet had enough of both of these for everyone else to just stop doing them all together.

6. Go Pro angle: This one hasn’t been done to death yet, but it’s coming soon. Just you wait. It’s already been used in the last Transworld video and Bam has already done promotion for them- Which means HIM & CKY fans will be putting on eyeliner and abusing themselves with it in their videos accordingly.

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  1. A.G. Pennypacker

    January 23, 2013 2:58 am

    montage of skater waking up, getting out of bed, and getting dressed. they usually leave without eating, but sometimes they show that too: all of a sudden I am watching a video of a dude pouring himself some cornflakes and flipping an egg… and sometimes they go so far as to show the skater doing something else entirely, like playing video games, setting up a new board, smoking weed, ETC.
    Then they leave their house sometimes not even shutting the door, especially if it’s a garage… I hate when videos start out like that.

  2. Warm Up Zone

    January 23, 2013 12:03 pm

    I’m really surprised that “Drunk Bum” and “Skaters rapping alone to the radio while in the van” aren’t on this list. This article could have been so much better.

  3. just some guy

    January 23, 2013 2:27 pm


    Some good people made a video here called HoePhase. It’s definitely not your average skate vid.

  4. Jeudeophobia

    January 23, 2013 5:07 pm

    Shit man theses articles are usually hilarious,
    but this one is seriously bad. I am dissapointed. :(

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