After being in China my fifth time for work, this weekend I can finally get a solid two days to explore possible skate park situations in Shenzen and Hong Kong. Thanks to National Tomb Sweeping Day, my six day work week has been blessed with a two day weekend. After some 4am internet digging, I found two skate parks. A concrete park in Hong Kong called Tung Chung Skate park ( pictured above circa a year ago ) and another one in Shenzen called Switch Plaza (pictured below). Shenzen is actually only an hour away from where I work so I'm stoked to try to find it. Below is some old ass footage of the Fallen team skating it. Looks pretty freaking awesome. Not too crazy. If I can find these parks I'll be taking photos. Looks like the internet needs more updated/ better photos. Solo missions! Time to feel 15 again.
I googled "Dongguan skate park" and got this. Technically labeled a "spot" I think I'll pass.
Literally 10 minutes of footage on the platforms of the New York City Subway in 1986. Finally putting movement to all the old school subway photos. Kind of like being a fly on the wall from the future.
A longish English doc about hip hop culture starting at it's inception in the 1970's South Bronx with DJ Kool Herc. Kind of skips part 3, but cool to watch nonetheless. Obviously this documentary was produced in the 90's when hip hop records were "consistently outselling rock records" and "Garth Brooks." Also, Tower Records and Sam Goody looked busy so you know what decade you're in.
Sometimes you just have to hire a dancer to get the scientific results you need.
OffON by Scott Bartlett
Just as interesting, Making of OffON, described as an image manipulated videojam. Nice mini soundtrack. Low budget ingenuity, there's nothing better. A lot of meaningful perspective is shared in regards to technology's influence on art.
Here are some photos from the Milan Cathedral when I was in Italy. Figured since I'm going to China again on Tuesday, I should upload these. According to the internet, this particular cathedral began construction in 1386. It is a late Gothic style cathedral more typically French than Italian. All I can say is, super church inside a church. I can understand how holy wars were waged, considering you probably would have to believe in a God once your small being was inside one of these mega domes. There is a feeling of relative insignificance, not only because of the church's towering proportions, but also because of the insane handiwork that puts the modern age of crafted detailing to shame. From the intricate stained glass portrayals of biblical stories to the priceless tapestries that hung like ghost flags. Being partially agnostic, remotely superstitious, and at times gullible, I wonder how it must have felt to be as disappointed as Oscar Wilde was when he came to visit in 1875.
In a letter to his mother he wrote: "The Cathedral is an awful failure. Outside the design is monstrous and inartistic. The over-elaborated details stuck high up where no one can see them; everything is vile in it; it is, however, imposing and gigantic as a failure, through its great size and elaborate execution." Good thing the Milan Cathedral doesn't need a yelp review, Oscar can be such a bummer. Not to mention, I'd hate to show him anything I made. Damn.
Revisited Wong Kar Wai's 1990 film, "Days of Being Wild." Amazing cast, amazing soundtrack. I can't say I like all of Wong Kar Wai's films, but I really like this movie. Set in 1960's Hong Kong and the Phillipines, the groups Los Indios Trabajaras and Xaviar Cugat can be heard numerous times. "Days of Being Wild" is one of my favorites. And it's not surprising to see why the acting is really good- almost everyone would later become mega Cantonese super stars. In fact, two of the male characters are today, referred to as the "Cantopop Four Divine Kings." Regardless, I don't know what's cooler than a Chinese art house movie that is able to delicately weave exciting Latin big band influences and dreamy guitars into its script. But then again, film buffs usually don't expect anything less from this director.