Things just kind of lined up perfectly and Jason made it to Barcelona for a month, his first time ever leaving the U.S. and we ended up filmed most this part. I knew that he was going to see Barcelona in a unique way, and I wanted to document it as best as I could.
Photos by Max Williams where all taken in Barcelona, Spain, 2017.
Who you is?
Jason William, 22.
What are your origins? How long have you been skating?
I was born in Costa Mesa, CA. Moved to Crystal Lake, IL when I was 2. Lived there for 19 years and currently live in Tempe, AZ. Been skating for 20 years.
How did you start?
My Dad. He skated throughout the 80s and 90s. I was always around it.
First skate video you eva' seen?
What are some of your greatest influences?
My Mom, Grandma and girlfriend. Workng hard and trying to progress in skating.
What does skating do for you personally?
Can you describe your first time skating in Barcelona?
It opened my eyes to a lot about this world. It made me want to work harder.
Were you culture shocked?
Culture shocked/completely overwhelmed at times.
Basilica Sagrada Familia
What did you think of the spots?
They are absolutely perfect. I think of them every day of my life.
Are you filming any new parts right now?
Danny Pazminski just released his video “Quits” I have a couple clips in that.
Most skateboarders leave the midwest, if they choose to stay in the midwest, it's because they have love and want to make it better place. Rockford has a lot of beautiful things happening with its skateboarding, that not only help people circumvent being affacted by its prevailing problem of violence by having something to do, it helps make the city a better place by giving people more examples of how to be productive with their time, and makes others want to be involved. If you want to know about Rockford, you should go on HULU and watch "Minding the Gap" by Rockford resident, skateboarder and filmmaker Bing Liu. Bryan Nambo dedicated himself to the Rockford scene and put out this video "Garbage Day" that brings the entire scene together. It also shows that travel is possible and important. Even going a few hours to the next state can inspire a live changing positive experience. We are always more inspired to skate hard on skate trips, and when we come home we want to skate just as hard. The juice (the experience) from the skate trip makes us appreciate and become more versitile on our home turf and abroad. To leave our comfort zone in order to further understand ourselves is a huge undertaking we all must do it at some point, and is how we can better our own environment. This video is a testimate to how important it is to make edits and full length videos with your friends. You can make your community a better place through skateboarding, don't listen to 'em when they say skateboarding is for kids, they are just trying to figure out why they could not do something as hard as skateboarding on their own.
Filmed in and around the Rockford IL, Madison WI, and Dekalb IL areas in 2017 (plus some Barcelona footage filmed during the "Trabajando 3" mission.) This is an excellent example of skateboarding in Rockford Illinois.
This is an example of what can be done duing the day in Chicago if you've got a little consistency. Let's not get it twisted though, Adolfo is a talented skateboarder, but these are skills need to get the most out the tough-yet-highly-rewarding Chicago skate spots. The views are unbeatable!
To everyone who thinks Chicago doesn't have a lot of spots: Open your eyes.
Filmed by Chris Tellez, stay tuned for more heat coming from these dudes.
"This part was about presenting him in a more mature light,
putting more work in to skating, and only using the best clips we had in the part."
Tariyawn's Trabajando 4 part. If you have been watching the Segatron channel consistently then you know that Tariyawn and I have been filming for years. You can pretty much see him grow up in my videos. Little does the public know, I actually had to make a deal that his part would be how he wanted it, because in the past, I had shown some footage that Tariyawn would of prefered that I didn't, and I kind of did it anyway because he was pretty young, and I needed some slams in the video. (he had a couple pretty good slams) (I'm sorry).
This part was about presenting him in a more mature light, putting more work in to skating, and only using the best clips we had in the part. He was ready for it and so was I. The past parts have been moreso my view of T, and us having fun, but I feel like this part is more representative of who he is, and that was the goal. That is why there are a lot of clips of him floating around in the Chicago VX1000 montages, he wasn't settling for anything less than his standard. In the past we would just film anything, but in the end we weren't always satisfied. I can say however that filming a bunch of trash footage in the past made it so we had to improve, and had something to improve from. We basically just used that method of improving clips little by little over time to get to this point. If you watch Tariyawn's parts, and edits that he appears in, you can see the progression. I think this part represents best of his level during the time we spent filming.
Tariyawn has a very unique personality and style that always brings out parts of mine that never come out around anyone else. I feel like we are one of the few people in each others' lives that we can laugh about stuff that we should not be laughing about. I feel lucky to know Tariyawn and he offers a realness that helps keep me on point, something that not many people are capable of doing for me. When we film, it is kind of like a theraputic experience. Even when tricks aren't being landed, we are still figuring out how to accomplish our goals more effectively. Constantly taking out the things we don't like about a trick, and doing it better, grinding longer, going faster, doing the line again for the last flatground trick, not accepting toe and heel touches, you know, the works. I would have to say, when we do that, as long as it doesn't ruin friendships in the process, the clips are more satisfying for the people involved. I wanted Tariyawn to be in this video in a memorable way because I knew that this video would be seen overseas, and I feel like he is a great representation of Chicago skateboarding of Chicago itself. So many people think that all of Chicago is Chi-Raq and that they could get shot on any (Ol') O'Block, but T is one of many inspiring and talented people from Chicago, and I hope that these images change outside perceptions of the windy city, and make them want to come check it out. There are people striving for execellence in all areas.
Enjoy this extra Chicago footage that came from some filming missions for Trabajando 4!
*Sidenote* This edit features Dave Rodriguez's @dayvivid first clip since his knee injury, he's since been skating harder than ever, expect more from him in the future! There are also some good leftovers of Colin Commito's @yescomplylaw battles to perfect his clips for Trabajando 4. Most of the of clips are either warm ups or stuff that just didn't make the cut for the final but is definitely still good enough to enjoy. If you haven't seen the Chicago section in Trabajando 4, you're in for a ride.
Quarterbrick has sparked a street apparel movement in Chicago and it's spreading. Backed by heavily Prosper Skateshop, as long as they stay active, the only way from here is up! Filmed by Chris Tellez.
This is the first section of Trabajando 4 released online. This 2017 footage shows how much of a melting pot Barcelona can be. Just looking at all the names you get a sense of the different parts of the world, let alone everyone's indivual style.
Although many locals detest MACBA, it will always deserve it's due respect for bringing people together.
I know for a fact that Trabajando would not be what it is without MACBA. The mix of levels, age, experience, and culture that MACBA allows skateboarding to link is something that is not easy to find on this planet. Barcelona however, speads far beyond MACBA, there is a whole world of spots waiting to be skated in that city, so don't get caught in the trap!