Lords of Dogtown Trailer

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The trailer for the Lords of Dogtown movie is finally up. The movie officially comes out on June 3.

In the 1970s, a group of teenage surfers from a tough neighborhood known as “Dogtown” in Venice, CA pioneered a revolutionary new style of skateboarding. Riding the waves at the Pacific Ocean pier, the Z-Boys, known for their aggressive style and hard street attitude, combined the death-defying moves of surfing with the art of skateboarding and became overnight sensations and local legends. With empty pools as their canvas, the Z-boys paved the way to what is now referred to as “extreme sports,” and created a lifestyle that spread infectiously to become a worldwide counterculture phenomenon. But all of this fame would take its toll on the friendships that they thought would last a lifetime as the sport that started out as an afternoon hobby turned into big business.

I don’t really know what else to say about it – looks quite good even though it’s “based on the true story” which means that it’s brimming with fiction. And, no matter how entertaining it is, I still can’t shake the feeling that these kids (now adults) are still being exploited. It’s also difficult to imagine only concentrating on three Z-boys dealing with dialogue that probably didn’t happen. All that said, the visuals seem spot on – seems as if they got that “feeling” of the times right.

I wonder how many more young kids will be copying these Southern California skate icons after this movie comes out?

9 Replies to “Lords of Dogtown Trailer”

  1. Yes, I saw the film (own it) and know some of those guys personally…it’s very inspiring, features almost everyone, and it’s Peralta slanted.

  2. I was copying the Dogtown guys in 1980 after buying a copy of -Skateboarder- magazine at a Grocery near my house (a new band called -The Police- was featured in the magazine’s music section). This led to numerous custom skateboard purchases at the Fairfax Surf Shop (in landlocked Fairfax, Va…don’t ask). Finally saw Tony Hawk skate on a portable ramp at the Fair Oaks Malls in Fair Oaks, Va. when he was still signed with Powell-Peralta (?) in 1986. Then skateboarding went huge in the 90’s (Doh! the Humanity! :)

  3. “dogtown” looks a lot like san pedro in that trailer… i guess venice is too gentrified to film in now.

  4. I surf with some of these guys out at Ocean Park, some of the original guys. They’re an ok bunch. I hope theys profit from the movie. I liked Dog Town And Z Boys” I would think that the fictionization (sic) of an already good film is…are we surprised?…a bit redundant. Oh Hollywood!

  5. Hahaha!!

    You’re so awesome!! I love that new image, its funny as shit.

    But seriously I’m sorry for hotlinking your shit. I promice I learned my lesson, but I want to ask you if I could possibly keep that image up on my site for a bit!?

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    Chris

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