VG4 is a tribute to the entire sport and all those who are a part of it. In each issue there is a theme with Videogroove being an introduction, VG2 18 Days being the trek across America’s underground skate scene, VG3’s Not a Word speaking for itself, and now Puppets of Destiny leave you to figure it out.
Puppets of Destiny is your guide to life, even years later when the tricks have progressed and the sport has evolved VG4 will be a video you can always go back to remember why it is that you skate. From the music, to the skaters to the filming, there is a message in every minute and we hope you read it loud and clear.
The third in a growing series of real street competitions held by pro skater Jon Julio. This time we find ourselves in Escondido for an out battle among the top street pros during the ASR weekend.
The coverage takes you behinds the scenes and captures exclusive industry leader interviews right alongside the competitors. Josh Petty makes history at his old stomping grounds while picking up a cool 2000 dollars. You will not find better coverage of what happened that glorious day in Esco.
A unique film designed to reflect the inner soul of the skating industry. Veteran skate film director Dave Paine (Video Groove Magazine Series) teams up with Jon Julio (Pro Skater) to bring an up close and personal insider’s view of today’s skaters and their lifestyles.
Perspectives features well known skaters as well as relative unknowns from throughout the US with a few featured stops in Europe. Perspectives includes music inspired by the inline skate culture and unique lifestyle. Representing free form expression, combining live performances and DJ’s.
Featuring: John Starr, Jason Reduta, Louie Zamora, Brian Shima, Quang Do, Donny Garcia, Scott Crawford, Josh Petty, Sean Cullen, Bruno Lowe, Aaron Feinburg, Dustin Latimer, Kevin Gillan, Troy White, Jon Elliott, Ryan Jacklone, Med Abrous, Arlo Eisenburg, Chris Edwards, BJ Bernhardt, Pat Lennon, and Randy Spizer.
Battle My Crew is cancelled. Dave Paine and myself wished for the best and pushed to the longest extent to try to accommodate all the crew suggestions and requests. Due to the lack of submissions on all three deadlines and including Dave Paine’s tribulations over the last 18 months, it brought the event and contest to a fatal halt.
We both would like to thank all of the participants, which include sponsorships, donors, and crews that had the patience to deal with the extended deadlines and trusting us with your investments. We would also like to thank the 6 out of 35 crews that actually followed through and attempted to submit final contest edits on any of the three deadlines that were officially posted over the last 2.5 years.
This was a dream for both Dave and myself to bring back VG and also Battle My Crew to enhance participation in our industry/ community. Unfortunately we will have to try this at a later date, if we see a spike in the outlook of our rollerblading community.
Again thank you for your contributions, comments, concerns and overall support over the years. Maybe time will be on our side in the future!
For all those concerned about refunds: we started the refund process last week, and will continue to issue refunds to all sponsorships and donors. Any crews that submitted final contest entries will receive full refunds. All other crews that did not submit an edit will receive refunds based on a personal request.
Battle My Crew was brought back from the dead for one main reason, to promote the unseen talent that lurks all over this world.
Our industry has conformed to keeping the same names and images in circulation for over a decade.
Battle My Crew gives EVERYONE the chance to be seen, to get in the lime-light and show the world what you are made of! Nobody is excluded, and everyone has a fair shot at being a member of the best rollerblade crew in existence!
Battle My Crew was first introduced as a series in a video magazine called VideoGroove Inc in which Dave Paine worked for, and then eventually obtained ownership.
The first release of the Battle My Crew series (Part 1) was back in 1999 and was considered the 12th issue of VideoGroove Video Magazine.
The series ultimately lasted 3 more years ending the tradition and what most people claim to be their favorite years of VideoGroove. The final BMC year ended in 2002 with VG21/BMC Part 4, and VG23 ending the magazine in 2005.
However traditions still can live on, and Dave Paine and myself, Dan Fabiano have worked hard to put bring back both a tremendous series and Videogroove and it’s reputation as a collective whole.
This could easily become the biggest media event of the year that simulates the past VG Battle My Crew experience but with some additions and changes that work in favor for everyone, where judging is fair, honest and your hard work and dedication will be rewarded kindly if your crew places top 25 and advances to the DVD production worldwide for the final vote, or if your crew ends up placing in the top 3 and you walk away with some cash and a whole lot of respect!
VG21 – Battle My Crew 4 – Boston (2002)
Edit & Filmed by John Marton & Justin Girard.
VG21 – Battle My Crew 4 – Zool-Uck, France (2002)
VG21 – Battle My Crew 4 – Mersinaries, Chicago (2002)
Filmed & edited by Andrew Kaz.
VG21 – Battle My Crew 4 – New Creations, New Jersey (2002)
Filmed & edited by Pigeoto Films.