Watch Mission Statement Episode 17 with William Strobeck of Supreme

Filed in INTERVIEWS, SKATEBOARDING by on 17/02/2020 0 Comments

William Strobeck, known simply as Bill by those closest to him, is this generation’s Spike Jonze. In 2014, he singlehandedly changed the direction of modern skate videos with the release of “cherry”. It was the first full-length from both Strobeck and Supreme, and had a similar impact to Jonze and Mark Gonzales’s “Video Days” when that debuted in 1991. 

“cherry” introduced the world to a group of skaters that would go on to become icons. At the time, most videos felt like blockbuster movies that were far removed from the D.I.Y. spirit that birthed them. With street life vignettes that feel like you are watching the sessions live, Strobeck brought back an aesthetic that was lost sometime during the transition from standard to high definition. It had clearly been missed.

Bill’s trajectory was foreshadowed over a decade earlier. Before Tyshawn Jones, Na-Kel Smith, and “BLESSED”, there was Anthony Pappalardo, Brian Wenning, and Photosynthesis. He cut his teeth during the Josh Kalis and Stevie Williams era at Love Park. And his footage helped craft the Sovereign Sect’s look during its golden age. With that sort of pedigree, no one should be surprised by what Strobeck would go on to accomplish after.

This is a really great interview to watch and get a bit more of an insight into who William Strobeck is and what has led him into the position he is in today. Really interesting character and this interview is well worth the time to sit through. Check out the whole thing above and let us know what you think down below. What is your favourite skate film of all time? If you haven’t seen any of the “Mission Statement” series yet then click here to watch more.

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