Clearly, Blind is a different team today, loved most often by kids for its cartoonish little mascot, the reaper. But, it's got it's niche in skateboarding, especially since the team is such good friends and so...how do I say this? I don't know. Um, they don't seem to care. They don't seem to care if the team is an odd hodgepodge of unmeldable talent, if their videos are a work of art or whether some aging Internet nerd doesn't think they're core or not. The beauty of this approach is that everyone can have their opinion, Blind, as a whole can ignore any banter and they can continue to drop videos like The Blind Video, that speak entirely for themselves.
There's no denying the awesomeness that is Jake Duncombe, for starters, which might pull a lot of people to buy (or at least watch) the video. His part is well-rounded and amazing as usual. Cliff (James Craig) rehabed and ripped like old times. Grant Patterson stomped it again, even though I kept wondering if he was from the ghetto the whole time. I don't care what anyone says, but I like this guy. His skating's undeniable and at least he's not just jumping on the skinny jeans bandwagon. Danny Cerezini's got top level skills and I've honestly always wondered why Flip ever got rid of him. Jake makes it (he doesn't Jake it). Rob Lorifice rides like Spicoli. Felipe Ortiz is amazing, although his song was pretty rough. Maybe it's popular in Brazil. Ronnie Creager never ceases to amaze me. Jani gets an amazing closer with the most hilarious intro I think I've ever seen. I was actually really impressed by Morgan Smith, too, who's gear and song (Nas "Represent") nostalgically brought me back to the mid to late nineties, which is the feeling the whole video gives me.
It's got all the ingredients in a video I would have wanted from age 15 to 20, which was the stage in my develpment that got me into skating in the first place (I owe it to that inner child).
So, while it's not as raw as a Baker video and not as squeeky clean as a Transworld video, it's somewhere in the middle, with less wonderful art direction and more "that video got me hyped to skate" than anything else. That, as far as I'm concerned is a success.