If you thought the days of big-budget premieres were over, think again. Primitive rolled out the red carpet in celebration of their newest full-length DEFINE. Hosting a plethora of high-profile heads at the Ace Theater in Downtown LA, P-Rod and the crew came through by setting off the social occasion of the season. Scroll down to see what you missed out on. —Alex Papke
It wouldn’t be a Primitive premiere night if they didn’t also take over the restaurant next door with an open bar tab. I heard they also had their own menu, so of course it was my first stop
Franky Villani, paired best with a spritz and a little Sk8mafia on the side
All-over purple camo—any guesses who this is? C’mon, it’s an easy one
Of course, none other than Robert Neal
Followed closely behind by a longtime IE favorite, Tre Williams
Two Silvas that could easily pass as twins, Miles and Clay
As soon as his fork was down, Carlos got to work on autograph duty
Can’t even get the big night off, they put the TM to work, too
Damn near too many to squeeze into one group photo. You know it’s gonna be a heater
And per request, a flick with Robert Neal and The Rodfather himself
As expected, it’s lookin’ to be a full house
Ever since Patrick Praman got on New Balance, the calls haven’t slowed down
Darwen, leaving Nugget and Levi behind to make his way up the ranks into the exclusive VIP line
All while I waited in the media line with Olympic gold-winning superstar Yuto Horigome along with masterlensman Bailey Schreiner
Making it inside, security knew there was something a little sketchy about Tim Cis
Yuto was busy making the metal detector look like the runway at fashion week
Dashawn was begging to get hooked up after seeing Yuto’s photo, but it didn’t really hit the same
Two of the REALest dudes out, Davis and Tim. See what I did there?
Mason complains that I’m always the first one he sees at these things. But he gets over it fast when I ask for a photo. So this time, I took the element of surprise route with Franky V. Thanks, Mason!
More on the going-big theme, Primitive even provided gifts for the night
But when the kids weren’t going for it…
…Oliver took it into his own hands to get the free gifts out to attendees
No wonder—he was peddling his own photo book! I see what you did there, Oli. You’ll have to get your own to see all the flicks from the vid
The man who spent countless hours behind a screen making it possible gets tasked to be the person that everyone has to make small talk with to get some free drinks. Thanks for all of the hard work, Alan
It’s always a pleasure to see Lizzie Armanto’s other half, Mr. Axel Cruysberghs
Bottoms up to curve the nerves for Marek
Bobby Bils and Dylan Jaeb. If you haven’t seen it yet, these two worked tirelessly on Dylan’s newest part playing here. And if the cat ain’t out of the bag yet, yes, he’s the newest addition to Primitive. Congrats, Dylan!
The king of pop, always available for selfies
BREAKING: Florida man Paul Hart among three viewers to watch pirated livestream of new Primitive video. It wouldn’t be a big deal if there weren’t some leaks
Two of the most behind-the-scenes dudes, Killa Taytay and Eric Iwakura
That VIP seating looks A-okay
Franky and Carlos decided to expedite the free-drink process and snuck in a backpack of beers through the metal detector. Fine work, boys
And of course, The Nine Club had to pay their respects
And just like that, straight back to work for Carlos
Moving to the back row, we have the Sac-Town crew: Ewan Bowan, Jeff Landi and the guy that made me learn 360 flips as a kid—Stefan Janoski
Paul made it to the front with Carlos Riebiro’s larger-than-life back Smith behind him
But it really wouldn’t be an introduction speech without the whole team on stage. Just looking at it the lineup, it’s safe to say we’ll be in this theater for a while
And the verdict?
One for the books, no doubt. With an ender like Mr. Ribeiro’s, he’ll get carpal tunnel before he finishes signing autographs
The general consensus—STOKED!
And that was that. Another solid night out at the theater. Thanks for having us, Primitive! When this thing drops, get some popcorn and a cold beverage, put your feet up and enjoy the newest offering from one of the heaviest teams in skating. Congrats, everyone!