Video Connoisseur: Chip7 and Mars volta
Chip Seven from The Art of Storytelling on Vimeo.
What can I say about this video that isn’t already said while you watch it? It’s one of my personal favorites. “The Art of Story Telling” was a video compilation released on DVD a few years ago, sometime around 2005. It’s features some pretty damn good writers from the Jersey, Philly, Pittsburg, NY and that whole North East region of the states. I was just a wee little lad and it turned me on to some heavy shit, highway spots, alternative sounds and metal and East coast styles I had never seen. I watched it on repeat until DVD players went out of style and for that reason I have to highlight one of my favorite scenes from this movie; the Chip7 Montage.
What is this guy’s deal? Where in the fuck did he learn to paint? It’s like he’s never heard of anything but stock caps. The video is a pretty personal depiction of the jersey creeper while maintaining anonymity. Greasy, black hair, beat up vans, jeans and a t-shirt, he climbs highway spots, chills under bridges and lurks in the yard. Not only is the video a reel of Chip’s favorite spots to hit, it bumps along at a fairly quick tempo to the sound of the Mars Volta’s “Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt”. As if this dude’s style wasn’t creeping you out enough, he blares the hair-raising shrieks and wacked-out guitars of the left over At The Drive In guys to make you feel weird about being a writer. Overspray, characters and sci-fi, comic collages always leaves me with a confused sense of bewilderment and curiosity. I’m always taking hints about the game from this video and you should probably too.