The first time I watched 5-Boro’s new video Join Or Die I wanted to rush outside and skate. The second time I watched Join Or Die I wanted to skate even more. The third time worked a charm and so on and so on. This is a no-nonsense production; there are no slo-mos, HD effects or skits; just top-knotch skating with a banging soundtrack.
Steve Rodriguez, Tombo Colabraro and Mark Nardelli didn’t try to introduce the audience to some obscure indie bands or impress viewers with a pompous tailor-made score. They went to the source and picked music from crowd favourites: Bad Brains, Nas, Wu Tang Clan, Joy Division, Dire Straits and The Rolling Stones.
With a 25 minute runtime the editing is quick and concise. It took a few extra viewings to pick up on some truly gnarly stunts performed by the team. The newest pro’s Willy Akers and Joe Tookmanian serve as book ends with Willy’s balls-to-the-wall ATV antics opening the show and Took’s ridiculous switch skills closing off the session. Jimmy McDonald and Dan Pensyl’s sections each leap some super tight and super wide bank to bank launches. Jordan Trahan has one of the most remarkable tricks in the montage section with an asleep-at-the-wheel skid and jump going mach 10 down a hill. It was cool to see Bordeaux resident Guillaume Dulout get a section to himself. The Frenchman and his buddies have been repping 5-Boro for a few years already so it’s great to see them get their shine just as much as the resident New Yorkers.
Finally, no 5-Boro video would be complete without some lovely 8mm footage of the city streets and skylines. The DVD also has a couple of sweet web edits as bonus sections that are bite size delights. I have to take my hat off to 5-Boro for putting out a DVD and then posting its entirety on the web. Obviously the video market is slim pickings and awash with mediocrity nowadays so putting the time and effort into a small masterpiece for free is worth everyone’s support and respect.
The 5BORO crew in NYC are ready to drop their premiere of “JOIN, or DIE” DVD on February 16th across the pond. UK premieres have been scheduled in many skate shops across the country, read below to see if one will be shown in your area.
In related news, Joe Tookmanian and Willy Akers join the pro ranks today and a new trailer hit the web. Watch it below and look out for a video interview feature on here soon.
Expect full parts from Willy Akers, Danny Falla, Guillaume Dulout, Dan Pensyl, Jimmy Mcdonald, Joe Tookmanian and a Family & Flowtrash montage and look out for updates and adddition on these dates in this thread over the next two weeks.
Friday 17th Feb ’12 – The Big Chill (upstairs bar) | BRISTOL | 7PM
Monday 20th Feb ’12 – Surfers Yard | SOMERSET | 7PM
Monday 20th Feb ’12 – Freestyle | NEWPORT | 4PM
Monday 20th Feb ’12 – Reskue | SOUTHAMPTON | 6PM
Monday 20th Feb ’12 – SJ’s Skatestore | Truro | 8PM
Monday 20th Feb ’12 – Ideal | BIRMINGHAM | 6PM
Wednesday 22nd Feb ’12 – LCB (Mile End) | LONDON | 7PM
Wednesday 22nd Feb ’12 – Bored Skate Shack | ST AUSTELL | 7PM
Thursday 23rd Feb ’12 – Detour | BATH | 9PM
Thursday 23rd Feb ’12 – Exist Skatepark | SWANSEA | 9PM
Thursday 23rd Feb ’12 – Route One | BRIGHTON | 7PM
Thursday 23rd Feb ’12 – Nonstop | NOTTINGHAM | 8PM
Friday 24th Feb ’12 – SS20 | OXFORD | 615PM
Friday 24th Feb ’12 – Decimal | GLOUCESTERSHIRE | 730PM
Friday 24th Feb ’12 – Endemic | HUDDERSFIELD | 630PM
Friday 24th Feb ’12 – X-Site Skatepark | LINCS | 730PM
Friday 24th Feb ’12 – Simple Skatestore | SHEFFIELD | 7PM
Friday 24th Feb ’12 – Route One | EDINBURGH | 5PM
Friday 24th Feb ’12 – Note | MANCHESTER | 6PM
Saturday 25th Feb ’12 – Drugstore | NORWICH | 7PM
Saturday 25th Feb ’12 – Porthcawl Marine | PORTHCAWL | 7PM
Saturday 25th Feb ’12 – Smash Skates | SUFFOLK | 4PM
Date TBC – Lost Art | LIVERPOOL
Date TBC – Popcorn | YORKSHIRE
Here’s a new clip this week from New York City’s 5 Boro crew skating through Colombia, Chile and Peru in South America whilst it snows back home.
This edit features Joe Tookmanian, Dan Pensyl, Danny Falla, Willy Akers and Jimmy Mcdonald and if you want to know more about 5 Boro Skateboards then click here to get the lowdown from owner Steve Rodriguez.