John Rattray- Feed the Need

I will likely never know the last piece of my ancestry. My great-grandma was adopted, and the topic was supposedly treated as something which never needed to be discussed. The research done by her descendants has narrowed the choices down to Wales, Ireland or Scotland, and will remain as such for all eternity. For whatever reason, Scotland stood out as the most impressive of three, leading me to identify as being Scottish. I think their tradition of throwing telephone poles is what made the choice so obvious.

John Rattray happens to be from Scotland. It also happens that I would regularly watch his part in Feed the Need. What is perhaps of most significance lies with the fact that Feed the Need is a video by Osiris. The solace, if there is any to be redeemed from this tragedy, is with John Rattray having been awarded last part. In doing so, he successfully dethroned a champion of last parts who happened to be in his prime: Corey Duffel.

I first came across Feed the Need in a friend’s basement. It sat on a coffee table, scattered among tech decks and old magazines. Its flimsy cardstock sleeve told me that it had likely been included with a previous month’s Thrasher. The fact that that my skaterat friend didn’t force me to watch it told me that Feed the Need wasn’t very good. I asked him if I could take it home. He told me that I could keep it.

It wasn’t until weeks later, in my bedroom with nothing else to do, when I first watched Feed the Need.  With the production budget and soundtrack of a free video, my interest throughout was at half-capacity. If a miracle had allowed me to make it to the last part (Rattray’s), it was divine intervention which got me through the first 30 seconds of it. Black Sabbath and poetry are two things which I happen to love, but the combination of both should never again be attempted.

It wasn’t even Rattray’s skating which initially stood out to me, but rather the song choice. In the following days, I found the quick piping scream from the chorus randomly popping into my head, almost forcing me to re-watch his part.

John Rattray has a unique approach to skating is a “no shit” statement if there ever was one. Not that he was a proponent of circus tricks, but his part in Feed the Need precedes any fascination with being different for the sake of being different. I’m aware of just how bitter that last sentence sounds. This part is a flagship example of Rattray’s trademarks in skating: fast skating, quick-footed lines and a distinct eye for spots. There is no other way for me to describe this part other than solid as fuck.

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