It's really easy to lose sight of what's important nowadays. In the process of pursuing our dreams, filming, shooting photos, wrecking ourselves, and fighting against the odds of approaching frost and freezing, it is often very easy to lose sight of what’s genuinely important.

From years of skateboarding, I have been somewhat brainwashed into believing that the most important moments are the ones in all the professional videos where a complete stranger risks life and limb for our amusement.

However, this is not true.

The most important moments aren’t always the hammers, but the little parts of life that may be unexpected and more often overlooked. Sure, landing some fucked up flip-in-flip-out on a handrail or breaking your body on a massive gap is still good fun (no disrespect intended), but I do not see that as being the definitive aspect of skateboarding.

Sometimes the long car rides, late nights, skating tickets, dollar menu meals, cheap motels, wrong turns, friends made, friends lost, smoke inhaled, and beers drank are really the stories and memories that matter.

Some of the best memories that I have made are from the in-betweens, the stories that happen off camera or out of the limelight.

This video was made with the intent to highlight some of those “in-betweens” and give a slight insight into the lives of a group of skateboarders from the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.

-Depressed Midwest #1

Appearances: Zac Dugo, Matt Smith, Steffen Watts, Sean Burek, Pat Belski, Nick Corrigan, Quinn Mintrup, Danny Tristano, Jon Schmoldt, Kyle Jakubowicz, Alex Monroy, Danny O'Hall, James Accurso, Grant Hindsley, Phil Proyce, and many others

Nikon D7000
Nikkor 10.5 mm f/2.8
Nikkor 24 mm f/2.8
Nikkor 50 mm f/2.8
Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6

"Radio" by Raphael Saadiq
"The Police Walked in 4 Jazz" by The Clash

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