1. Trap Hill by Scotty Zaletel
Skateboarding and all of its far-reaching cultural impact remain such an important part of my life because of how it summarizes a time, place, and people. Growing up on “Epicly Later’d” and old 411VM videos, I’ve been conditioned to be more attracted to those details in setting and character than some of the actual skating. Part of what has given skateboarding staying power is its archived monuments like EMB, The Brooklyn Banks, and the people that were there. “Trap Hill” is a video by artist and skateboarder Scotty Zaletel, a Las Vegas native who moved to Denver and documented the summer of 2015 and all of its character. The idea behind Trap Hill was to film a video with a collective of skaters all within the confines of Denver’s capitol hill neighborhood. The daily routine of filming for trap hill went beyond skating and getting clips to really define a period of time for Denver’s artists, musicians, students, skaters, and all of the people who spent their days and nights in this neighborhood. More importantly, the goal of the video was intended to recapture the fun of skateboarding you might have had or missed out on as a kid. Staying out from sunrise well past sunset it brought the skate community and all of its contemporaries together in a way I hadn’t seen before. Videos like “Trap Hill” serve to archive a special time, place, and people and I’m always proud to have been a part of it.