If you skateboard, you live it, breathe it, and it consumes your thoughts and energy. Some get obsessive and academic about it, forgetting that as cerebral as this thing can be, there’s not much to discuss without the freedom and infatuation with the raw power it has. This is the ugly beauty of Chris Russell. “The Muscle” slings himself around transition with the authority of a Roman gladiator, possessed to be the last one standing in the arena.
The action itself is artistry and if you get to see it live is a physical experience as those who witnessed him annihilate his way to first place win in the Vans Park Series Australia Qualifier in 2016. The legend only grew with each run, as well as his antics and annihilation with the Creature team in 2016 on Thrasher’s “King of the Road,” earning him professional fiend status. Chris swung back with the opening part in The Creature Video (2017) and continues to smash his way through the ranks with the release of his 2019 “Die Like a Devil” part.