words: d. toro • photos: s. engler
James Perez has been skating for quite some time now and has always been known to kill every spot he goes to. On this particular day we were out filming for the next “ODNY edit” with a mindset to re-introduce James with a good amount of clips. The last time we were able to meet up and film was for ““The Beats!”” edit where James laces a combination of souls and top souls in smooth consecutive sickness at the Red Hook curve ledge.
Conflicting schedules has been the primary reason why we haven’t started working on this project sooner. With James now being a nine to five college student and maintaining a job with whatever free time he has, the kid barely gets to skate but still manages to get out there and stun people with his skills. The most memorable memory I have of James so far is seeing a photo of him at his graduation holding his USD’s at the time. If that’s not love and passion then I don’t know what is. “The homie is now riding Valo’s and has been skating those things like he’s had them on forever.”
Also, I must say that James is one of the most consistent skaters I’ve filmed with in a while. We literally spend no more than 10 minutes at a spot, if that, and skate in lines back to back and just rack footage like it’s an all you can lace 50% off, shove that shit in your camera and go, buffet. Be on the lookout. “The Shark is loose!”
As of lately, I’ve been on a overall mission to get rid of all my footage before the summer starts. The following clips are a mixture of very recent material or footage that has been shot within the past three years.
We started ODNY really small with just a handful of local skaters in Queens, NY and have had the pleasure of expanding the crew and friends beyond the scope of our own city. While we continue to grow in very tiny increments, this edit is for everyone who has supported us from day one. If we’ve filmed with you before and have yet to see any of your footage in our edits, don’t worry you shall see your stuff soon. We have much bigger plans in stored for the summer like a new more user friendly site and possibly our first very own video production. Stay tuned.