“CAUGHT ON TAPE” is a weekly installment on The Surf Channel of must-see underground films portraying the grit of surf and skate culture.
There is no end to the internet. Plain and simple, simple and plain. No matter how deep I find my unconscious mind wandering into what I call the dregs of the internet, it will never cease to end. I tend to feed my rotten, forever unstimulated mind with caffeine or booze as a means of post-natal, pre-mortem solution but it doesn’t always work. (Obviously it does sometimes, and who am I to lie about it?)
So, I wither away in the vast opportunities hidden behind the YouTube interface or the HTML code of another goon like me. Rarely, but still enough, I am lucky enough to stumble upon the right goons who had the integrity to go out and make something worth more than what most of us find ourselves glueing our vision to.
These video selections are the internet version of finding the parking spot right in front of the restaurant while everybody else drives around endlessly with no luck of the sorts. This is Caught On Tape.
CRANG DA YANG! This dude Gabriel Novis goes HARD. This is what I’m talking about. Any time punk rock is used properly (in this case, Champs) and with artistic integrity to the correct allegory of punk, I get a level of stoke that makes me want to bash my head through a wall and shotgun a beer. The blood from the bash will trickle down my face and a thin layer of sweat will layer my body as I mosh through a cloudy, incandescent landscape of a party I never attended.
Look at these kids just chucking air reverse’s and 360’s in your face. Amando Tenorio, Gustavo Schlickmann and Marlon Klein are calling out any kooks in the parameters of their perspective. I would love to see someone snake Marlon Klein in real life. In his section of shove its and airs he checks some dude so properly I wanted one more wall to smash and another beer to wash it down with.
So many times I see surf films that need something of their own proper introduction—their own prologue if you will. In Digital Burger, Novis straight up gives you desert before the entrée and wets your whistle before he punches you in the f*cking gut with a spicy blend of airs and digital toppings courtesy of Paulo Junior. Every single angle he shot from and every single effect he uses makes an oddly natural piece from a vividly digital canvas.
More of his work at www.gabrielnovis.com