We’ve recently were able to view the bosses copies of Whiskey 1 and 2. If you’ve ever seen either of these Whiskey films then you know that they’re fun filled movies full of alcohol, hilarious fuckery, and the video quality is what filmers are now emulating. Well I mean there is riding in it as well too. I guess people who grew up watching these movies were fans of crazy clowns and pissing on peoples heads while they slept. These are awesome movies and they played a big influence on how snowboarding is today by watching peoples styles, the movies and edits that show the snowboarder lifestyle, and what we see in snowboarding today.
As teenagers growing up in snowboarding these days the only lifestyle videos we have to watch are things like GBP’s “Soup Kitchens” and maybe a couple lifestyle shots of the crew “TreSquad”.
Comparing GBP to the guys in Whiskey is like comparing a squirrel whose hair has been used to create a clone of that squirrel, except the second squirrel is way more chill and relaxed than the first one. They do the same damn things, drink, smoke, party, snowboard, skate, and sleep. I think they influenced the way people live the snowboard lifestyle but not really the overall riding style. I haven’t seen anyone huck a triple and flail their arms like a fucking chicken with it’s head cut off just to achieve a few more spins. Riding style has come such a long way since the Whiskey days. The bagginess of the clothing has basically dropped off the face of the earth besides a few select crews holding on to that trend. A majority of the movies you see dropping today are mainly street clips. Then there’s the occasional clip of everyone riding in a pow dump, because hell who doesn’t like riding powder!
What we mostly see in today’s snowboarding styles is slim fit pants, slightly bigger jackets or hoodies, and beards. Dear god so many beards! This might be the complete opposite of the Whiskey movies. Not a single soul in that movie had a beard nor did they wear slim shit. There clothes were so baggy that I don’t even think that clothes that big are being produced anymore.
The party scene though is definitely still there. While standing in the park lift line you’ll hear enough stuff about parties you won’t even know which one to go to. Boozey on the other hand is long gone from what I’ve seen. Not that many people go around riding dirt bikes through grocery stores while being piss-face-drunk. It’s too easy to get fucked by the cops these days. Can’t even ride your bike across a crosswalk without a cop riding your ass and giving you a ticket.
Going to events such as The Snowboard On The Block Festival you see these souls who were heavily influenced by these movies come out from hiding. They dress with their cargo shorts, chains, and converse. Before watching these movies I didn’t really know why these guys were at the festival, maybe they were just looking to get drunk and dance at a metal concert, but after watching the Whiskey movies we’ve realized these guys are the original snowboarders! They are still around and wanting to see what’s currently happening in the snowboard world… I think events like the Block
Festival are vital to these guys, because they didn’t have the mass media influence of websites and magazines to see what was happening like we do today. They would go to movie premieres and other snowboards events to see what was the latest trick that had never been landed before. What a time to be alive then! We think its awesome to see these guys are still stoked as ever to see new snowboarding. That’s awesome!
If you’ve ever seen those crazy old men in the park killin’ it, you most likely just think of them as crazy old men killing it. You don’t think anything else of it. We finally realize they are most likely the start of the lifestyle we all know now and love. If it wasn’t for them, then hell, who knows where snowboarding would be now if those badass grandpas would have said, “fuck it this is stupid.”
For all we know Whiskey movies changed the way snowboarding is today.