After five days of watching Fully Flared via the ripped Quicktime copy I got for free... and then going to the skate shop last night and happily paying $30 for the actual DVD, I've concluded that Lakai just took a huge shit on everyone and everything that's gone on in the last few years. Like, seriously, what the fuck is gonna happen now?
I'd be really bummed f I had to film or make a skateboarding video at this point. In fact, with the exception of maybe Stefan Janoski or Rick McCrank, I might even be real ashamed if I put out a video or video part this year prior to November 16. I'd name names, but fuck, I've actually forgotten about anything prior to the night of the Flared premiere. Of course, there's the chance that Fully Flared might actually inspire people to make better videos... but then again, shouldn't Mouse or Questionable or Video Days or Virtual Reality or Shackle Me Not or Hokus Pokus have done that?
Free DVD = "We're hooking you kids up! We don't want to make you pay for skateboarding videos! Buy a deck or pair of shoes and get one free! Better yet, check the podcast! The days of paying for skate videos are over! DVDs are dead! Someone's just gonna leak it to YouTube anyway!"
Free DVD = "We are too lazy or not good enough/committed enough to make a video worth buying or to trust that the skateboarders of the world will support it by buying it. We feel guilty charging you for this one. It's just throwaway or tour footage so you don't forget about us. A proper video may or may not be in the works."
P.S. Are there weak links in Flared? Sure. Perhaps nothing can ever be a new Video Days or Questionable. But hell, it's not like I hear anyone raving about Jordan Richter or Ryan Fabry's parts these days, ya dig?