Just Did an Ollie ‘Bout a Week Ago

September 29th, 2014 | 5:02 am | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Eli skating a rock. Photo by Black Dave.

Still a bunch of gear in the webstore. #supportyourlocalskatesite ;)

“Skating through midtown Manhattan that night, I remembered that I used to think skateboarding would never get too big because it hurt too much. Because you can’t take the pain out of skateboarding. Because putting yourself deliberately in harm’s way is a quick, easy, and reliable route to the truth.” This is a solid read.

TWS’ “Skate Nerd” segment with Kalis and Smolik, two icons of hip-hop white guy skateboarding, is more entertaining than any link you may find below. “Kelly Slater?”

Worth repeating that Wes Kremer is the best?

Our good friend Alexander Mosley A.K.A. the Watermelon Man is having an art show at 2nd Nature in Bushwick this Saturday, October 4th. 7-11 P.M. Flyer here.

Finally: Frozen in Carbonite’s annual “Song of the Summer” x “Video Part of the Summer” mash-up segment. It tackles Static 4‘s equivalence to a prog-rock epic, Chris Brown and Bronze’s penchant for controversy, the truth that VX just looks blurry now, Bobby Shmura videos having a similar gender breakdown to skate videos, and Sinner’s post-modern, post-genre take on a video part. Incredible.

Monster has a new interview with Jake Johnson. Some heavy reading on the current situation at Alien Workshop, relationships in skateboarding, life after skating, etc.

GX1000 also posted this incredible IG clip of Jake bails. Last one is nuts.

Quick clip of Danny Supa cruising around Washington Heights.

Antwuan Dixon back on it.

For such a high-profile world city, Paris has been rather underrated for skating ever since the Lordz video era. Last week’s nine-minute “Scene” edit from Kingpin really puts how great it is into perspective. Spent a good two weeks there this past summer, and never saw at least 75% of the spots they skate. Features some solid Rich Homie Juan tricks. Also, if you slept on Vincent Touzery’s part in the Cafe Clope video (14:40 mark) earlier this year, you’re dumb.

Yeah, uh, about that unreleased Lakai Koston 1… (Part was sick though.)

Wow @ ollie over the Gino manual pad (not Roslyn) and probably the first trick down that kinked 57th Street rail in this Frankie Spears “Video Check Out.”

New northeast-encompassing video from the Mood NYC crew.

#weird skaters v.s. the 181st Street park.

“Don’t try to impress the old people. Be yourself. I think it’s the duty of all young artists — no disrespect — to say ‘Man, fuck y’all’ to the people before them. That keeps the music going.” — Andre 3000. Why couldn’t this interview be an hour longer? (“Nah nah nah yo real hip-hop yo NYC yo.”)

Quote of the Week:
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New Thug and Quan in a few hours, btw.

Behind the Scenes of ‘Manhattan Days’ with Pontus Alv & Aaron Herrington

September 26th, 2014 | 3:36 am | Features & Interviews | 10 Comments

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All Photography by Nils Svensson

Been a slow news week around here. The web store ate up most of the time (thanks for all the support, your stuff should finish shipping today!) In consolation, here’s a quick convo with Polar Skateboards man-in-charge, Pontus Alv, and Aaron Herrington, Polar’s resident New Yorker, about their Manhattan-based sequel to last year’s “Trocadero Days” video. Have a good weekend.

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What is the concept behind the “Manhattan Days” video?

Pontus: For both this and “Trocadero Days,” we approached it like we were tourists discovering a new city with our skateboards.

Aaron: We watched the New York section from Powell-Peralta’s Future Primitive a few times before we filmed it. You see them skating the streets together around Times Square, World Trade, and Rector Street as a big crew.

Pontus: We wanted to use diamond plates for it. The sounds they make are very distinctive to east coast skateboarding. I really wanted that noise in it. The shopping cart was another aspect. Coming from Europe, the homeless people pushing around the shopping cart with all their belongings really stands out for us. It’s not something we really see. We wanted to customize that idea for skateboarding — us pushing around New York with junk. We added a pole jam as a Ricky Oyola tribute, to Philly and that whole Eastern Exposure era.

Aaron: In “Trocadero Days,” they used pieces of wood, but we wanted to make it so that the diamond plate material was accessible everywhere. You always associate it with New York skating, just seeing those old Tribeca spots and bump to bars made out of it.

Was the Future Primitive section a big guide for the vibe you guys were trying to achieve?

Pontus: My biggest inspiration for both videos was the Trent Gaines, Rueben Dominguez and Paul de Jesus section in Propaganda. That part has always been a huge inspiration behind what I do. I want to showcase skaters skating together: doubles, triples and more of a gang vibe than about the individual. When skateboarders go skate, they go in a crew. We have fun together and we laugh together, but in the final product, the video always turns out to be about the one guy who’s doing the trick, even if the whole crew is there with him. Skate videos have a way of portraying it as more about the solo artist. I really miss seeing people doing stuff together.

Make a Lil’ Money, Leave a Lil’ on the Dresser

September 22nd, 2014 | 5:00 am | Daily News | 5 Comments

The Quartersnacks webstore is now open with fall gear. Support your local skate site. Also Available from Supreme New York & LA, Labor, Seasons, Exit, Black Sheep and NJ Skateshop. Available from Commissary and Humidity later this week. Available from Lost Art later this week for Euro web orders. Available from Argument Skateshop for Japanese web orders. More shops soon.

Kevin is the best.

Slicky Boy featuring Black Dave – “Within the L.E.S.” He loves where he’s from. “If it was ’97, Slicky Boy would probably have records on the indie wall at Fat Beats.”

An *official*, Theories-sanctioned upload of one of 2014’s best parts: Aaron Herrington is Static IV. Buy the video on DVD if you have yet to do so here.

Ride Channel’s best series is back: Skate London with Nick Jensen.

Speaking of London, Southbank has been saved. The space is being preserved for use of skateboarders and “urban arts.” Between this and legalization at the Santa Monica Courthouse, 2014 saw big steps towards rational solutions for keeping skateboarders in the public spaces they spend more time in than any other occupants. Attn cities: The “Skateboarders = skateparks” way of thinking isn’t cutting it anymore.

Cons’ Lockwood bench in Williamsburg is bound to be the most #trending spot on the fall i.e. you’ve already seen it 500x too many on the ‘Gram.

There’s a new, ten-minute video from the Beerics crew. (Spam was their last one.)

It might be the worst basketball court in the world, but it looks like a fun skate spot.

Don’t you see the ‘No Skateboarding’ sign?”

The Top Five Crailtap Top Fives. Also, What did Chief Keef ever do to the SMLTalk staff? He wrote the most important song of our time, guys.

Between all the now-indistinguishable tail-flip combos to go down on the 111th and 7th ledge, a hurricane grind was a nice change of pace for the spot.

If the Endless Bummer video left you needing another PWBC dose, they dropped this bro cam clip last week.

The HUF team needs a bit more ethnic diversity for their recent #musicsupervision choices to be taken seriously by all those living the multicultural skate life.

Norway seems like a good time.

Condolences to all poverty-line skateboarders. PBR is getting sold to the Russians.

Quote of the Week: “I hope all of us get laid tonight, deadass.” — The Homie Patrick A.K.A. Sketch Sketch

Don’t tell ‘em.

Ain’t Drunk Yet: Summer 2014 Extras

September 19th, 2014 | 9:34 am | Footage | 6 Comments

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These are becoming really fun to make. Everything that didn’t fit into 2014’s “End of Summer” video and other pertinent content ended up here. Sometimes, it’s hard to edit Matt Perez’s brilliance into a clip with background music and actual cuts. It’s better left alone. And yes, this is 70% a Matt Perez highlight reel. There is also nightime T.F. extras, Euro B-sides (Rich Homie Juan with a marathon line), #seaportgirlz, the extended version of Chris Haslam’s girlfriend, and much more.

Watch it with this playing in the background. “What’s good mami?”

ALSO, if you have yet to figure it out from the barrage of Instagram posts, ♥♥ the god Marisa Tomei ♥♥ brought her Alltimers cruiser on the Conan O’Brien show. Aside from her turning 50 in two months and still being hotter than any 20-something-year-old you can find, her appearance makes two rookie mistakes. 1) Supreme did not make the board. They sold the board, but Alltimers made the board. (Yes, they are sold out from Supreme. You’re an idiot for waiting for late night TV to remind you to buy a Marisa Tomei cruiser.) And 2) Whoever set that board up…wow. How does that make any logical sense at all? Whatever, that’s Conan’s intern’s fault, and not ♥♥ the god Marisa Tomei’s ♥♥. She is without fault i.e. perfect.

Have a good weekend. Save your pennies because the webstore opens up on Monday with fall gear :) $$$

Previously: Drop Offs – Volume 1

An Interview With Johnny Wilson

September 18th, 2014 | 5:00 am | Features & Interviews | 19 Comments

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Photo by Colin Sussingham

You can probably recognize Johnny Wilson’s crew when you see a mob rolling twenty-five deep to a Manhattan skate spot. In a city full of cop-outs (“We got kicked out because there were too many people,” “There are no good spots anymore,” “It’s too easy to get caught up partying,” etc.), they have managed to complete four full-length videos in two years, all while releasing a weekly video blog series, which is up to volume #214 right now. That’s roughly ten or maybe thirty hours of footage, in a place that we often insist to be pretty frustrating to skate in. These guys might truly be the most productive skate crew in the history of New York skateboarding.

A week from the premiere of his new video, Paych, we talked to Johnny about where they come from and how their operation functions. Sorry for not including the obligatory “VX V.S. HD!” and “Is the internet ruining skate videos?!”-questions ;) ♥

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Where are you from?

Born in South Florida, moved to New Jersey because my dad worked in the city, back to south Florida, and then to Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg, which is the capital and two-and-a-half hours from Philly. Once I graduated high school, I moved to Brooklyn.

How’d you get into skateboarding?

I have two older brothers, Mitchell and Andrew. If one did something, we all had to do it. My oldest brother started, so we all had to start. I’ve been skating since I was around seven-years-old.

Were you always the dude with the camera, or was that later down the line?

This kid in our town [in Pennsylvania] made a little video when I was in seventh or eighth grade. He stopped filming immediately after, so I asked to borrow his camera to film my brothers and our friends. It was a shitty Panasonic with a baby Death Lens. After that, I got a bigger Panasonic, which was sort of the predecessor to the DVX. I ended up trading the Panasonic for a VX1000 to this dude in Long Island. I cannot believe that trade went through; I definitely got the better end of it. The dude even emailed me saying “I’m not really feeling this camera. Could we trade back?”

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Where’d you trade for it, Skate Perception?

Yeah, the kid who I originally got my first camera from had an account on there. He stopped filming, so he ended up giving me his camera, and eventually his Skate Perception password. He had 500+ posts, which grants you permission to post in the classifieds.

When I got the VX, I had no idea how to use it. This dude Kevin Winters, who made Bruns and has maybe five VX1000s, really helped me out with how to set everything up.

Were you only filming friends around your town at that point?

Both of my brothers went to college in Philly, and I was a senior in the middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania, so I’d be going out to Philly every weekend to skate with them.





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