YouTube is kind of kooky territory for most skateboard content. While it offers an endlessly massive, constantly updated archive of every skate video from Bones Brigade to your homies iPhone edit, it also has a proliferation of skateboard vloggers and channels we can’t help but see as questionable, if not altogether wack. There’s no denying their success though.
Their entry-level content is easily digested by even the youngest skaters, giving newbies a welcoming entryway into our picky little subculture. Sometimes they come up with their own clickbait, but sometimes they steal ours. So after seeing one too many of our written articles get revived by rats left and right, we’ve decided to get into the race ourselves.
While we aren’t planning on pivoting to video completely, there are actually a lot of benefits to the medium: you don’t have to do any reading, it’s super easy to incorporate video clips (which is obviously good for content relating to skateboarding), and you can put it on on the background while you cook or have sex.
To start off this new experiment, we wanted to take one of our favorite old articles, an investigation into all things VX1000 originally written by Nic Dobija-Nootens for our second book, Jenkem Vol. 2, and bring it to life for even our most illiterate followers.
We tapped a dude with a good voice, Alex Coles, to help us visualize and narrate the reporting, and the end result, (while still a little vloggy to keep the kiddies interested) is a good first step toward our total domination of the YouTube blogosphere.