This is the 5th and final installment of Epicly Later’d featuring the Menace team and with a 20 plus minute finale dedicated to Fabian Alomar, I could have chosen from a number of topics to comment on in this video. I could have written about the heyday of the Silverlake, Los Feliz, Echo Park parts of Los Angeles, which through the past few years have been ultra gentrified by people who are into Bon Iver and the BOONDOCK SAINTS. I could have even gone into Fabrian’s awesomely reference to the Asian kids who introduced him to skateboarding as ORIENTALS. (I too refer to Asians as Orientals). And to top it all off, Fabian Alomar has one of the most precise imitations of a Filipino accent for a non Filipino. (I should know, I myself am an Oriental). But I don’t really want to talk about any of this.
Three things really stuck out in this episode of Epicly Later’d. Obviously the length. I can’t recall a single episode ever going beyond 20-minutes or anywhere close to it. Second, I don’t think Patrick O’Dell uses music very often in his videos, but I could be wrong. This one does have music. Thirdly, Epicly Later’d has never seen a persona as polarizing as the prototypical skater then and now. Bottom line, this episode might be the best episode of Epicly Later’d ever.
The final part of the Menace series focuses on Fabian Alomar. Fabian’s story is so different than most skaters’ lives that it almost seems unreal. This episode goes way beyond tricks or styles, or even skating for that matter, and delves into Fabian’s upbringing and the lifestyle choices that lead to him spending eight years behind bars. Thank you again to Patrick O’Dell, Fabian and his family for telling his story.