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DOP for Vans x Huck: Latraac the skate bowl leading the Athens Fightback

I filmed this short webdoc for Vans footwear on location in Athens, Greece. Being able to skateboard & film is becoming handy these days.

I filmed this short webdoc for Vans footwear on location in Athens, Greece. Being able to skateboard & film is becoming handy these days.

Take a wrong turn in Kerameikos and you can easily stumble upon a brothel, or some very in-your-face drug use. Crumbling and left behind, the central Athens neighbourhood has definitely seen better days. But, for architect and skater Zachos Varfis, Kerameikos offered the best chance when it came to building his dream: a state-of-the-art skate bowl and social space, which soon became known as Latraac.

 

 

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Donut duty (thrasher 1995)

The skaters pretending to be cops – someone did tell me who they were but I’ve forgot.

There was a time when if you wanted to watch a certain skate video that you didn’t physically own then had to get a lift from your mum to grab it or watch it at a mates house. No sitting on your arse and clicking the video onto your screen. You had to go get it up and go get a copy or watch it as a group with your mates which rarely happens these days. Donut Duty was the first skate video I ever saw, shortly after that it was Trilogy. Donut Duty was out in 1995 so I would have most likely watched it when I was fifteen. I remember the skaters pretending to be cops and together with some good hip hop it had its fair share of punk music.

Skateboarding was still pretty underground which made it even more appealing as a teenager. This video definitely fueled some of my early skateboarding and also gave us a few ideas on making some stupid skits to put in our own skate videos. Anyway you don’t need a lift to your mates house to watch this. Thanks to technology you can watch it here.