Tony Hawk dissects skateboarding films for GQ Sports

Tony Hawk Dissects Skateboarding Films For GQ Sports

Got half an hour spare? No? Well, you do now.

Tony Hawk sat down with GQ to talk about movies featuring skateboarding. Unless you’re into it, you probably can’t think of many off the top of your head. But the kickflip legend runs his way through some great films including The Amazing Spider-Man, Back to the Future, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

The video comes as part of GQ’s The Breakdown series where athletes “break down” their respective sports in movies. The series has featured the likes of Brian Ortega, F1’s Daniel Ricciardo, wrestler CM Punk, and the LA Dodgers in its first season.


Featured films

Back to the Future

Grind

Gleaming the Cube

The Amazing Spider-Man

Police Academy 4

Mid90s

Daddy’s Home

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World


Rather than say stuff was good or bad, Tony dissects scenes and gives a flavour of the eras they were trying to depict. He also gives his opinion on the “realness” of the tricks performed. And he gets technical (because it’s friggin’ Tony Hawk). Imagine if Tony Hawk was the director for some of these scenes and you were an actual skateboarder!

Of course, Tony was asked what he thought was the best skate movie he’d ever seen. You can watch the video to find out what his answer was.

Something random and unrelated – does anyone else think Tony Hawk sounds like Josh from The West Wing in the early seasons (played by Get Out actor Bradley Whitford)?

Tony Hawk Breaks Down Skateboarding Movies | GQ Sports

Parenthood Activate! tells comical short stories about life as a parent

Parenthood Activate! logo

My son turns 4 next month. While most of that time has been a joy, watching him grow up and experience new things for the first time, that first year was a struggle for me as a parent. He was my first child and I wasn’t prepared for all the sleepless nights and 3am feeds (along with accidental naps while the milk cooled down). And as he’s grown up, I’ve had to learn how to balance discipline with fun time.

Parenthood Activate! uses that journey as fuel for its webcomic and it’s thanks to the visceral humour of Stephanie Williams. Each comic takes a particular element of parenthood and embellishes on the narrative for comedic effect. One of my favourites so far is The Great Tummy Ache where a bottle of ginger ale manages to calm her son’s monstrous stomach. It plays on the myth* that ginger ale eases belly ache. The tale will resonate with anyone who reads it, particularly me as an adult who swears by ginger ale for everything.

Stephanie says she chose to share these experiences in comic form because it was close to her heart.

I currently write for FANGRRLS and other pop culture sites and I’m constantly writing about comic stories old and new, how they’ve impacted my life, how they relate to everyday life, and most importantly, my goal is to introduce others to a form of storytelling I love so much.

Stephanie Williams

I’ve been following Stephanie on Twitter for a while and there aren’t many people I know who can be so funny and geeky and “on the money” as her. Writing from experience can be both a blessing and a curse, especially as a black parent. It’s cathartic and free of hyperbole but it can also expose our vulnerabilities. But it’s a risk worth taking. And with art (by Sarah A. Macklin) and storytelling this good, it’s paying off for Stephanie.

You can read every issue on the Parenthood Activate! website and run some coins their way because black women deserve all our money.

(*Scientifically, it doesn’t help but science schmience.)

Tom Comitta pens tongue-in-cheek rework of Martin Scorsese's Marvel essay

A shelf of books

Tom Comitta’s Airport Novella was a whimsical jab at trashy airport books. But for his recent essay, I Said Mainstream Novels Aren’t Literature. Let Me Explain., Comitta took on one of the greatest film directors in history.

Martin Scorsese wrote an essay for the New York Times entitled I Said Marvel Movies Aren’t Cinema. Let Me Explain. where he reminded readers that cinema was “an art form” and superhero movies took no risk to create. The piece was polarising, to say the least.

Comitta told me after reading the Marvel essay, he noticed parallels with the fiction world and decided to copy and adapt it with all the film references replaced with literature subtext. But during the copy and paste process, Comitta spotted all the online ad text that came with it. And he left it in.

“This piece is tongue-in-cheek in some ways, but it highlights a problem that I find pervasive in the publishing world: that less-mainstream forms and voices are largely ignored in the face of a risk-averse, highly consolidated and corporatized publishing industry.”

Tom Comitta

This kind of writing resonates with me as a sample-based music producer. It also highlights the current era of cookie-cutter entertainment, full of reboots, remakes, and formulaic art. Scorsese would likely agree with that. But I wouldn’t put comic book movies in that bracket.

Superhero stories are more than fantastical tales of people in skintight costumes saving the world. They come from myths and legends. Captain America was a “consciously political creation” according to co-creator Joe Simon. Some scholars claim that the Superman story contains Judeo-Christian themes. Batman was inspired by pulp fiction and other sleuths like Dick Tracy and Zorro.

Tom Comitta’s stance, of course, lies in the world of publishing and the mainstream engorging with money and space while riskier, more obscure forms of literature get left behind.

Moose cheese is creamy, rare, and expensive

A moose nursing her calves

A while back, I wrote about pule, a unique cheese made from donkey milk. Well, there’s another expensive and rare cheese out there and it’s made from moose milk.

Moose cheese brings in the cheddar

Christer and Ulla Johansson are the two farmers from Älgens Hus (Elk/Moose House) farm in Bjurholm, Sweden and they’re believed to be the world’s only producer of moose cheese. Due to its rarity, the moose milk generates 300kg of cheese per year at a cost of over £750 per kg (around $1,000). That makes it one of the most expensive cheeses in the world.

What kind of cheese does moose milk make?

The milk creates four types of cheese:

  • Two types of blue cheese (dry and creamy)
  • Feta-style
  • Rind-style

As well as being sold, the Johansson’s also serve the cheese at their Älgens Hus’ restaurant in Sweden.

This is all made possible by three female moose named Gullan, Haelga, and Juno who lactate for 5 months of the year between May and September.

Why not visit The Moose House?

As well as the moose cheese, you can also visit Älgens Hus and take a tour around the farm. Say hello to all the tame moose and moose calves witness the Kings (and Queens) of the Forest in all their Scandanavian splendour.

The farm is a 30-minute bus ride and walk from Bjurholm busstation on the 113. By car, it’s around 10 minutes.

Cultrface proudly declares November "Purple with Yellow Spots History Month"

Purple with Yellow Spots History Month

Black History Month gets two months on either side of the Atlantic (February for the US and October for the UK). They’re significant in highlighting centuries of enriching culture, the plight and success of all black people.

But there’s a race that only gets mentioned by people who “don’t care who you are”. They’re not a political device and it’s a great shame that there isn’t more space for their narratives outside these throwaway statements. I’m talking about people who are purple with yellow spots.

And that’s why at Cultrface, I’m starting the first Purple with Yellow Spots History Month this month. Black people do not have a monopoly on race and it’s time we talked about purple people with yellow spots more.

PYSHM will be a space for PYS people to talk about their experiences as an outcasted race, without fear of persecution or ridicule. No longer will their narratives be ignored.

Purple with yellow spots people have played a key role in non-PYS people’s narratives to prove they absolutely aren’t racist. They don’t care who you are or what you look like – we’re all one race: the human race. This is, of course, absolute nonsense. The complete erasure of purple with yellow spotsness is unacceptable and will not stand any longer.

Purple with yellow spots history is world history.

As a mixed-race person, I can’t speak for PYS people. I haven’t experienced what they have. That would be erasure too. But Purple with Yellow Spots History Month is so important for the purple with yellow spots experience. It’s about sharing the stories of a significant minority and holding the people accountable for their comments.

Nobody chooses to be born a race, not least such a distinctive colour with spots on top of it. If we want to talk about being biracial, let’s talk about being literally two colours at the same time!

Being a PYS Brit is especially hard; a lifelong struggle to be accepted by society and not become another social media trend. It’s a truly unique plight that doesn’t exist anywhere else nobody else is one colour with spots a completely different colour.

But why the sudden interest in purple with yellow spots people? After all, I am not one of them. Well, with all the talk of biracial people not feeling included during Black History Month, I wondered who else could feel excluded and that lead me to PYS people.

I am a champion for the voiceless. When was the last time you ever heard from a PYS person? Saw them in a management role? Watched them on television? Probably never. That is a travesty and it’s about time we changed that.

If purple with yellow spots people aren’t welcomed in society, their ancestors died in vain. As a civilisation, we can’t hope to have a better world with an imbalance like this and we have to recognise these issues. But, our history is Purple with Yellow Spots history too, and we must create space to share those stories in November.

Join us this month for PYSHM and look out for more articles in November.