‘MARRAKESH EXPRESS’ YOUNESS AMRANI VIDEO PART

There’s no place like home. And as the world continues to grow more globalized and culturally cross-pollinated, many of us are increasingly blessed with primary, secondary, and tertiary homes as a result of our globetrotting upbringings and divided heritages. Youness Amrani was born to Moroccan parents shortly after they immigrated to Hasselt, Belgium. While he grew up on the European continent, with frequent visits back to Morocco as a child, his primal roots remained firmly planted in Northern Africa. Having not returned to Morocco in more than a decade, he set out with his brother earlier this year to make the pilgrimage home to Kenitra and pay a surprise visit to his grandmother, who still lives there. In the process, he also planned to ride his skateboard, collect photos for the following article over a 10-day stretch on the northern tip of the African continent, and cover the road between Casablanca and Marrakesh by way of Rabat, Kenitra, and Agadir. Welcome aboard the Marrakesh Express.

BLIND SKATEBOARDS DAMN… TRAILER 2

Some fun facts about Blind’s new video, Damn…:

– Apparently they filmed every day for over two years.
– The footage is from various places, such as LA, Barcelona, Toronto, France, Texas, North Carolina, Amsterdam, Brazil, and Sacramento.
– There were some nasty injuries during filming; TJ Rogers had to get head staples, and Filipe Ortiz broke his foot twice.

According to Bill Weiss, “The vibe of the video is about pushing skating forward, fun and hustling in the street to make that happen.” It doesn’t take much, looking at the level of skateboarding in this trailer, to see that this video is going to be amazing. We can’t wait.

RAINDROPS SKATE VIDEO

Check out this short film by Jesse Lamar High and Nik Harper (Lamar+Nik), titled “Raindrops”. The video combines water balloons, HD slow motion footage, and skateboarding. The tricks aren’t the biggest bangers or the most technical, but it is worth a watch. The filming and direction of the video are pretty rad. Here’s to more integration of skateboarding and concept art.

We think it’s pretty cool, but you should watch it for yourself and make up your own mind about it. Maybe it’ll inspire you to go out and film something on your skateboard, and perhaps think about making it that much more interesting and fun, both to film and watch.

RAINDROPS. [DIR. LAMAR+NIK] from LAMAR+NIK on Vimeo.

The song in the video is called “Raindrops” too, by Monster Rally & Rumtum. The skateboarders featured are Clint Walker, Jimmy Young, Daniel Yeager, Nick Own, Ely Saavendra, Gage Martin, John Reinke, Scott Sullivan, Taylor Nida, and Colby King.