DEXTERITY IN THE DARK: A MIDNIGHT SNACK
When I released “GRADY MOQUIN: DEXTERITY IN THE DARK” on December 22nd 2013 I was never expecting to get the reaction I received. Some of my skate heroes like Takahiro Morita and Leo Valls were giving me props for it! Skateboarding websites were posting it, and it was gaining a small amount of notoriety worldwide. People in Japan, Europe, and South America were enjoying my good friend Grady Moquin’s take on skating Saint Paul, the capital city of Minnesota.
At this point in my life my work schedule made it so that I would be skating a lot at night. By fate I believe, this is when I started to discover works by Yoan Talliander ,Takahiro Morita, and Shine Ueno amongst others. Yoan’s “Minuit” is basically the bible for night time skating, and I really want to credit these masters for all of the inspiration.
So what I am trying to get at is that, the reaction to the first one had inspired me to immediatley (or as soon as the snow cleared up) begin work on a second installment, but this time I wanted to go big. I wanted to make a full length.
So I embarked probably early spring of 2014, along with a plethora of other side projects. Unaware that I was about to embark on a 4+ year project during what I believe was the most transformational period of my life thus far. During this period I met my beautiful girlfriend Ivonne, almost finished school, worked making wood flooring, worked as a teachers assistant for kindergarten, had a plethora of other jobs, made a bunch of mistakes, became a vegan, had some mental breakdowns, went really deep, questioned a lot of things, and changed my mind countless times. This has been a period of cleaning up, organizing, and getting my act together. But not taking it to seriously and having fun with it along the way. One thing I have learned is that some minor character changes in how you act and what you spend your day doing can really make a difference. You can spend more time doing what you love to do if you work hard, be thankful, and really set your focus.
I feel like this period has also taught me a lot about balancing out my life. Skating is great but it is not everything. For a while I was always using skating to escape other aspects of my life, I probably still do to an extent, but that is ok. It is a good stress reliever and probably better for you then meth. but anyway what I am trying to get at is. build relationships outside of skating, find other hobbies, visit family, learn something new, find a significant other, bathe. Take care of your whole being, and when you do that and you come back to skating you will feel good, and when you feel good you will be more confident and when you are more confident this will propel you forward in all aspects of life. skating makes us feel good. It gives us confidence. It gives us the strength to keep trying even though we have failed before.
This probably sounds like a huge tangent with a bunch of mumbo jumbo, but this skating stuff has been really powerful for me and I really appreciate all the skaters out there keeping it real.
Oh and I started wearing a helmet (even though for this video i used all pre-helmet clips) this was one of the best decisions of my life. I will elaborate some other time.
I could go on forever, so I will save some words for next time. I know they told me not to say this….but, In conclusion this isn’t even the video I have been working towards. Its all the extra footy, but i think even this footy is special so I had to edit it to some dope beats by the homies and fellow skaters Chocvillah, Chin Hos, and D Lee. I can’t thank these guys enough. They helped me create what I was i dreaming, A very specific to the area skate/beat tape combo. something you can listen and watch anytime to get you hyped. But yeah, not the video I am working towards. That one is basically done to. just working on the final details. It’s a full on full length video. So thank you everyone for being so patient with me. hopefully this little snack ties you over, and this time I didn’t restrict myself to just one of the twins. We hoped over to Minneapolis and shredded it bomb side.
I need to Thank my girlfriend again. You have helped me to become a better human. I love you
and one more thing, sorry Carter and Ryan Koran. I forgot you in the credits. Thank you!!!
oh, and thank you Ryan Toth, I think I forgot to thank you in the MN filters section in the credits. and Noah Turnbull and Alex Cooper