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Skate Bording Girls. Disclaimers: flash clip, uncanny nudity.
posted by madamjujujive (81 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Stupid, yet captivating.
posted by WinnipegDragon at 8:35 PM on November 13, 2006


Stupid, yet captivating.

yes, that about sums it up!
posted by blaneyphoto at 8:40 PM on November 13, 2006


Captive, yet stupefying.
posted by George_Spiggott at 8:41 PM on November 13, 2006 [1 favorite]


I wanted more.
posted by Mr_Zero at 8:43 PM on November 13, 2006


That was really, really boring. I watched the whole thing only to see what was captivating about it.

WTF? Lame.
posted by teece at 8:46 PM on November 13, 2006


I think this may fall into the category of Oh-My-God-Japanese!!1! Meaning, that because something is Japanese it must surely be cool when really it's just lame. I was left wanting more as well.
posted by Pollomacho at 8:51 PM on November 13, 2006


If only they'd do a picture of a mannequin every day.

Then it would be art.
posted by j-dub at 8:52 PM on November 13, 2006 [1 favorite]


redefines pointless. just enough of a hint of misogyny in it to make it irritating. i think i'm gonna stop interneting now.
posted by facetious at 9:03 PM on November 13, 2006


I've lurked here for three years, and now that I can actually say this:

This is definately not best of the web.
posted by champthom at 9:12 PM on November 13, 2006


Meh. Not as good as skateboarding dog

If you've never seen a dog skateboard, and I do mean actually USE a skateboard, not just sit on it, this link is a treat.
posted by ernie at 9:17 PM on November 13, 2006 [2 favorites]


Made me laugh, anyway, both times I watched. I think it's the combination of the close-ups on the girls' faces and the birds in the background, being Japanese had nothing to do with it. It's funny and surreal and stupid in just the right proportions. What's wrong with you people who have to gripe if something just doesn't do it for you?
posted by mediareport at 9:18 PM on November 13, 2006


Wanting more what? I think the clip is fairly complete. Maybe it is misogynistic; then again, actual live women can, in many cases, ride skateboards just fine (or at least better than I can, which is to say, at all). This video highlights the folly of using mannequins to represent women.

Then again, maybe I shouldn't take it so seriously. :)
posted by owhydididoit at 9:22 PM on November 13, 2006


For those silly few that read the comments before checking out the links. RIP. Your time has gone... so fuck off. Still a twat? Well read this: Manikins on skateboards, rolling leisurely down a hill... I feel cleansed just watching it.

SPOILER:
[Spoiler: Lucy won. Beth had no chance. The whole fucking thing was fixed up from the start.]
posted by econous at 9:24 PM on November 13, 2006


I laughed.
posted by stenseng at 9:27 PM on November 13, 2006


Oh, no no. screw the naysayers. This is the perfect part III for my "Bedtime Stories that don't quite make sense" series. The first was how in Spain, you need a jet-pack to pee. The second was how evil doers can make instant islands. The third, for tommorow night, will be how evil naked-female aliens tried to take over the earth on skate boards-in vain! Awesome!

Seriously, this is the best stuff for home-made bed time stories! My kids (and me too) love it. Thanks MJJJ!
posted by snsranch at 9:32 PM on November 13, 2006 [2 favorites]


Made me laugh. You have to admire the graceful poses right before they toppled over and went smash!
posted by Quietgal at 9:33 PM on November 13, 2006


"What's wrong with you people who have to gripe if something just doesn't do it for you?"
posted by mediareport at 3:18 PM AEST on November 14

I used to feel the same way, mediareport, but I came to realise that saying "this is great" or "this sucks" as a comment in the thread works as a good indicator to those who haven't seen it yet as to whether or not they should bother seeing it.

In this case, for instance, I haven't seen it yet but probably won't, based on comments in this thread. My time is just too valuable. Call me precious if you will, but between 9 hours of work per day and NWN2, I don't have time to waste on crap links.

Though I might add, I always try to be respectful towards the poster of the crap link, since they obviously enjoyed it enough to post it and because it takes all sorts of links to make up Metafilter.
posted by Effigy2000 at 9:37 PM on November 13, 2006


I thought it was oddly captivating and worth my time. For some reason (SPOILER) I laughed a lot when the one mannequin exploded into pieces on the right side wall.
posted by mathowie at 9:40 PM on November 13, 2006


Well, colour me pretty amused. The concept of mannequins on skateboards doesn't mean all that much to me, but the execution ... captivating!
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 9:45 PM on November 13, 2006


I don't have time to waste on crap links.

You've got to be kidding. You have time to comment about why you don't have time to watch a short it would have taken you less time to watch than it took you to comment about how you don't have time to watch it?

*wipes tears of laughter from eyes*
posted by mediareport at 9:49 PM on November 13, 2006 [2 favorites]


When art and skateboards get together, the art often turns really bad.
posted by Liquidwolf at 9:54 PM on November 13, 2006


Effigy2000, the clip is like, one minute long. Go on, watch it. I dare ya.

Anyway, I liked it. It's the opposite of misogynistic. Unless you think mannequins are accurate representations of women, and that women shouldn't skate. Then it'd be unchivalrous.
posted by hydrophonic at 9:59 PM on November 13, 2006


You have to admire the graceful poses !of flipping manikins! right before they... what? What do these flipping graceful manikins you admire do? Fall down... is that it... these plastic models fall down? And you admire it? You find it graceful! Blooming heck.
posted by econous at 10:02 PM on November 13, 2006


REAL nekkid skater chicks. (NSFW, duh). Waaayyyy more captivating.
posted by afx114 at 10:10 PM on November 13, 2006


Tiffany's ride was the sickest.
posted by SinisterPurpose at 10:36 PM on November 13, 2006


Click the link and close your eyes. Sounds a lot like a bowling alley with birds.
posted by crunchland at 10:46 PM on November 13, 2006


Fall down... is that it... these plastic models fall down?

But ... some of them also fall apart!
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 10:53 PM on November 13, 2006


This Was Perfect.
posted by washburn at 10:57 PM on November 13, 2006


I agree with SinisterPurpose- Lucy might have won, but Tiffany had the style.

The background animal commentary really added to the ambiance.
posted by small_ruminant at 11:02 PM on November 13, 2006


Interesting how several mannikins wiped out in exactly the same spot. I was interested in the distribution of the wipeouts .
posted by Ironmouth at 11:14 PM on November 13, 2006


It's weird how some of them almost look like they really are skating...leaning into the curves...hmmm....
posted by gottabefunky at 11:20 PM on November 13, 2006


Fun. Probably never watch it again, but might recommend others watch. I vote yes, and thanks, madamjujujive.
posted by cgc373 at 11:37 PM on November 13, 2006


I like this type of absurdity. No knowledge or context is required to appreciate how weird it is, and the weirdness is good.
posted by benign at 11:49 PM on November 13, 2006


youtube version
posted by Rhomboid at 12:06 AM on November 14, 2006


Yep. All in the execution.

Pace it a bit slower and add some John Cleese and suddenly it's Monty Python. (of course speed it up and add some different music and suddenly it's Benny Hill)

Ideally set to "I fall to pieces"
posted by dreamsign at 12:13 AM on November 14, 2006


I did something else while I waited for this to buffer, then went back to it seconds before the 3rd girl casually fell over and broke in half. Needless to say, not knowing they were mannequins caused me some alarm.
posted by tehloki at 12:33 AM on November 14, 2006 [1 favorite]


I liked Naomi.
posted by fire&wings at 12:58 AM on November 14, 2006


"Effigy2000, the clip is like, one minute long. Go on, watch it. I dare ya."
posted by hydrophonic at 3:59 PM AEST on November 14

The dare was accepted! And I agree with those in-thread who claimed it sucked. Well, OK, it didn't suck per-se... it was just kind of boring and pointless to me.

I stand by my argument that saying something is good or bad in-thread (whilst being sure to focus my comments on the issues, topics, and facts at hand; not at other members of the site) is AOK.
posted by Effigy2000 at 1:23 AM on November 14, 2006


My time is just too valuable.

Dude, if yer spending ANY time on MeFi and actually deliberating over whether or not you should follow a particular link, yer time ain't that valuable. Sorry.
posted by sharpener at 1:31 AM on November 14, 2006


Oh, and I'm with the crowd that says [This Is Good], in case you couldn't tell.

Although it took me some time to decide whether ot not viewing the video would enlighten or debase me.
posted by sharpener at 1:33 AM on November 14, 2006


And just to get all delmoi on yer ass I'm gonna make sure you understand that that was .
posted by sharpener at 1:34 AM on November 14, 2006


Shit, and me an HTML guy too...the above was all carefully crafted, but poorly executed </sarcasm>.
posted by sharpener at 1:35 AM on November 14, 2006


I'm going to go all delmoi on your ass and say that 4 comments in a row is a bit much.
posted by tehloki at 2:09 AM on November 14, 2006


It's not mysoginistic. Somebody with a camera got a hold of some mannequins and stuck them on skate boards while filming; that's all. And, yes, it is funny.
posted by wsg at 2:19 AM on November 14, 2006


The link was good. The thread kinda sucks.
posted by srboisvert at 2:52 AM on November 14, 2006


thread: lame.
link: perfect - the details, the surreal, the pokerface.
posted by progosk at 2:58 AM on November 14, 2006


This thread only uses 'surreal' twice so far, and frankly, given the clip, it needs to be used more. So:
surreal
SURREAL
surreal.

I think now you have everything you need to know to decide whether or not to watch the clip.
posted by louie at 3:53 AM on November 14, 2006


er...putting aside any deeper discussion about the potentially mysogynistic or time-wasting nature of the video...how disturbing is it that upon viewing said video I fired off mails to three different friends, just to check if one of them had created it?

(seriously, there are that many people in my life obsessed with mannequins. this is a rural area of central Japan and they are used everywhere as scarecrows. also, I spend many a weekend wandering identical roads.)

I did find Tiffany's long, smooth ride vaguely mesmerizing.
posted by squasha at 4:21 AM on November 14, 2006


If only real skateboarders would break into several pieces.
posted by emelenjr at 4:43 AM on November 14, 2006


Excellent.

I want to see that kind of short playful absurd nothings every morning with my second cup of coffee.

Starts my day on the other foot.

Thanks madamjjj.
posted by bru at 4:44 AM on November 14, 2006


Tiffany rocks!!!!!

It'd be good to see this playing on the big video screens in a department store.
posted by daveg at 5:35 AM on November 14, 2006


I enjoyed it. Thanks, mjjj.

And jesus, Effigy2000, you really need to get out and look at a tree or something.
posted by languagehat at 5:50 AM on November 14, 2006


mjjj for Senate Majority Leader
posted by matteo at 6:10 AM on November 14, 2006


i enjoyed:

a) the sound of rapidly disassembling mannequins,
b) the sight of rapidly disassembling mannequins, and
c) trying to guess the skateboarding results based on the body measurements.
posted by RTQP at 6:10 AM on November 14, 2006


Metafilter: it didn't suck per-se... it was just kind of boring and pointless to me
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:15 AM on November 14, 2006


That was funny. The things that got me were the close-ups and the whistle-blasts - the whistle gave it this weird air of officialdom - "Now Tiffany drops in, so to speak - she's got to go big here!"

So yea I liked it; suck it haters.
posted by Mister_A at 6:17 AM on November 14, 2006


Good fucking god, you are all such... well, I won't say it. I will, however, say "Great jumping Jesus!" because I'm in a mood for religiously-themed exclamations.

Watch the video again. The whole idea is to highlight how ridiculous and unbalanced these poses are.

"This video highlights the folly of using mannequins to represent women."

Yeah, I think you're the only person who got that.
posted by Eideteker at 6:34 AM on November 14, 2006


Heh heh... y'know, all you can say is: sometimes folks think too damn much. Jeez, it's just, you know, a goof, right? It's just sorta funny. For what it is (a few brief moments' diversion) it's good, it's a success. It's mannequins skateboarding! And wiping out!

Beats the hell out of another Donald Rumsfeld post...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:43 AM on November 14, 2006


this is a rural area of central Japan and they are used everywhere as scarecrows. also, I spend many a weekend wandering identical roads

?! That sounds awfully familiar...

(checks profile) Good god, man. You're in the same TOWN.
posted by dreamsign at 6:45 AM on November 14, 2006


The sounds are crucial-the whistle, the birds, the characteristic skateboard scratch, the collapsing plastic body parts. Thanks, mjjj!
posted by Kwine at 6:47 AM on November 14, 2006


er, NOT man.
posted by dreamsign at 6:47 AM on November 14, 2006


Made me laugh, anyway, both times I watched... ...funny and surreal and stupid in just the right proportions. What's wrong with you people who have to gripe if something just doesn't do it for you?


"Surreal" usage or not, this was the correct opinion.
posted by wfc123 at 7:07 AM on November 14, 2006


You Tube poster successfully kills the humor by using "mannequins" instead of "girls" in the title.
posted by wfc123 at 7:10 AM on November 14, 2006


this is a rural area of central Japan and they are used everywhere as scarecrows.

Six foot tall plastic bald women with European facial features standing guard over Japanese cornfields (if there are cornfields in Japan) is a far more surreal image than those same plastic women riding skateboards because some Japanese teenagers are goofing for the camera. Someone needs to grab a video camera, take a tour of the countryside and post that travelogue on youtube.
posted by TimTypeZed at 7:29 AM on November 14, 2006


Japanese cornfields (if there are cornfields in Japan)

Rice paddies, man, rice paddies. The crows here eat rice (and just about anything else they can get their beaks on).

I've never seen mannequins in use as scarecrows, though. But then, I don't get out of Tokyo all that often.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:40 AM on November 14, 2006


It was weird, it was entertaining, it was brief. The "wanting more" is a feature, not a bug.
posted by klangklangston at 8:25 AM on November 14, 2006


"uncanny" ha! good one.
posted by aether1 at 9:06 AM on November 14, 2006


I admit a bizarre fascination with mannequins...thus, I found this amusing...but in a "Wow, I wonder if I what I could do if I made the skateboard self balancing and added a RC directional system..."

Not, mind you, that I'd actually find time to do anything about it...but it did spark the imagination.
posted by dejah420 at 9:07 AM on November 14, 2006


I loved the bit where Kim Cattrall fell apart!!!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:39 AM on November 14, 2006


It now seems to link to a very amusing Calvin & Hobbes claymation. No skateboarding manequins to be found.
posted by jacquilynne at 9:59 AM on November 14, 2006


Man, I thought Tiffany was going to make it.
posted by drezdn at 10:06 AM on November 14, 2006


two words:

mannequin bukkake
posted by PenguinBukkake at 10:14 AM on November 14, 2006


You can do some intricate things with mannequins.
I want a mannequin-skateboard conversion, but i couldn't find one on the internets.
posted by algreer at 11:48 AM on November 14, 2006


I'm going to go all delmoi on your ass and say that 4 comments in a row is a bit much.
posted by tehloki at 2:09 AM PST on November 14


Just for context :-) Is it okay if I make more comments as long as they're not in succession?
posted by sharpener at 2:40 PM on November 14, 2006


On the bottom of the page (right side) Top referer: METAFILTER. Well done
posted by winks007 at 2:41 PM on November 14, 2006


dreamsign, yep...been here for 12 years, now.

TimTypeZed, they have....

posted by squasha at 3:09 PM on November 14, 2006


wow, that is eerie and bizarre, squasha - thanks for posting it!
posted by madamjujujive at 8:00 PM on November 14, 2006


wow, YouTube is down for "concocting". Ominous?
posted by owhydididoit at 9:53 PM on November 14, 2006


I was so tempted to post it up front on Halloween. Gave me nightmares, they did. The artist has been working on an entire series of the mannequin scarecrows for the last year.
posted by squasha at 12:05 AM on November 15, 2006


They're definitely weird. I was quite surprised to stumble on a bunch one afternoon, and subsequently have been glad that I hadn't come across them at or after sunset as that's when I usually pass by the fields.
posted by dreamsign at 12:29 AM on November 15, 2006


There is a second-hand shop in the southern part of town that has an entire floor devoted to items received from defunct textile companies (of which there are many; dying industry, hereabouts.)

One dark and rainy afternoon, I found myself on that floor, surrounded by about twenty mannequins and dress-forms.

It was heebie-jeebie central.

A few days later, I took a friend there to show him the disturbing things and sneak some photos, but every last one had been sold. I assumed they had all gone to the farmer's cooperative, for use as the aforementioned scarecrows...but now I'm thinking Beth and Tiffany may have been in that collection.
posted by squasha at 6:28 AM on November 15, 2006


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