Quartersnacks Top 10 — February 24, 2017

February 24th, 2017 | 12:22 am | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Been a Spain-heavy week in the skateboard universe. Don’t know who #7 is, but when’s the last time you saw a six-trick no-push line? Frankly, this entire top ten could’ve been from the Sucubo video that got posted on Thrasher earlier this week, but we had to cap it at three inclusions. Also, is there anyone out there whose favorite skateboarder isn’t Tiago Lemos right now?

Enjoy the weather, enjoy the Hndrxx, enjoy the weekend ;)

Original Clips:

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10) Antwuan Dixon via Instagram [link] 9) Will Marshall via Instagram [link] 8) Ricky Twohill via “Search” [link] 7) ? via Sucubo [link] 6) Daniel Jenks via Instagram [link] 5) Carlos Ribiero via “Juice” [link] 4) Jvan Vires via Sucubo [link] 3) Fred Gall via “Relapse of the Mohicans” [link] 2) Adrian Del Campo via Sucubo [link] 1) Tiago Lemos via Instagram [link]

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Previously: February 17, 2017

Five Favorite Parts With GX1000

February 22nd, 2017 | 10:30 am | Features & Interviews | 5 Comments

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Photo by Richard Hart
Intro & Interview by Zach Baker

Ryan Garshell is committed to the craft of filming in as literal of a sense as imaginable — the only way he bails on a hill bomb is if a car literally forces him off his board. While some put their energy into production value, weird archival footage and editing, GX’s preoccupation is portraying skating’s rawness and lasting criminality. Garshell is skating’s largest proponent of the camera that Bill Strobeck threw in the trash a few years ago, and his filming is often as fucked as whatever is going on in front of the lens. As the skater, there must be some added incentive to land tricks when you know that your filmer will see the clip through no matter how steep the hill, how bummed the homeowner or how many cops are present.

GX1000 managed to create a style of video that is completely unique — an aesthetic that is so hard to imitate because it would require being as crazy as Garshell himself, whose five favorite video parts are listed immediately below this sentence.

Pucci is Different From Gucci

February 20th, 2017 | 12:48 pm | Daily News | 1 Comment

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Late start to the day. Congrats to Yaje Popson, one of remarkably few T.F. native sons to have the distinction of his name on a pro board. Proud of you bud ♥

Happy Birthday Matthew Perez. Proud of you too ♥ …I think…

The largest tall tee Wade Desarmo ever wore was a 5XL. That and an examination of why so few objectively superior skateboarders make it out of Canada in his interview with a competing podcast. Even if you’re not a “Nine Club” guy, this one was great.

As far as our *favorite* skate podcast goes (and the one Wade is currently M.I.A. from because nobody is “in the streets” in Toronto…), The Bunt’s latest is with Stefan Janoski. Always felt in the minority of preferring his Inhabitants part over Mosaic, but good to to know it’s his fave too ;)

More podcasts?! You may remember a simpler time back in 2012 — before the world began to implode — when our biggest concern was a man named Louis Sarowsky forever ruining the act of skateboarding via a Mountain Dew-sponsored reality show…He has a new interview over on “Max White Presents.”

Vincent Touzery’s part from Spirit Quest / his 5Boro days is now online.

The angel who put together the Jesus remix from last weeks’ links rounded up all of Mike Carroll’s B-sides since Pretty Sweet and edited a four-minute part with some garnishes from the past. Rick Howard next or are those too few and far between?

Philly Santosuosso has a new part out for Humidity’s collaboration with Reebok. He also has a photo with Figgy Fresh. ♫ Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… ♫

Akira Mowatt has a new half New York, half California part for Ultra Corp Skateboards.

Between the Kevin Taylor part from a month ago and Mike Maldonado dropping a new one at the age of 41, Frozen in Carbonite’s piece on the Philadelphia Sports Mythos rings truer by the day in skateboarding. Where’s Tony Montgomery at?

Enjoyed this piece on why the death of DVD will haunt consumers. Skateboarding has the benefit of skate shops preserving community — unlike film, which lost its cultural hubs with the death of video stores (R.I.P. Kim’s) — which is all the more of a reminder to give your shop some money today.

Ricard Napoli’s new video, Making It Happen, premieres tonight in Williamsburg at 8.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Didn’t actually watch it, but this is the only All-Star game highlight we cared about.

Quote of the Week
Inquisitive Gentleman: “Where are you?”
Corey Rubin: “Bellport, Long Island. But if anyone asks, say Dubai.”

Was gonna embed “My President is Black” or the Honey Drippers or some shit for a President’s Day themed soundtrack, but the song below has calmed my nerves more than anything else the past couple weeks, so give her a whirl.

Quartersnacks Top 10 — February 17, 2017

February 17th, 2017 | 12:13 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

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The Future album dropped today, it’s sixty degrees in three days, daylight saving time starts in three weeks, and the summer is in three months :) Getting there

ANYWAY, eventful week in the skateboard universe, with Gino pushing, an exclamation point to the recent barrage of picnic table clips coming from out west to cap it off, et al. Also, how fucked is it that the “bump” to bar that Yaje popped off in DANY is a full on spot now? Have a good weekend ♥

Original Clips:

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10) Gino Iannucci via Instagram [link] 9) Zach Moore via Insano [link] 8) Jordan Trahan via Bronze’s 56,000 video [link] 7) Eli Reed via Instagram [link] 6) Akira Mowatt “Welcome to Ultracorp” Part [link] 5) Spencer Semien via Instagram [link] 4) Sage Elsesser via “One Star Pro CC” Video [link] 3) Corey Glick via Oddity [link] 2) Gilbert Crockett via Venue’s Gospel video [link] 1) Quel Haddox via Instagram [link]

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Previously: February 3, 2017

An Interview With Ray Barbee

February 15th, 2017 | 5:00 am | Features & Interviews | 3 Comments

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Interview by Genesis Evans
Collages by Requiem for a Screen via scans from Chromeball
Intro by QS

Mythology has become an accessible commodity. Fifteen years ago, the people who shaped a generation’s manner of approaching the world on a skateboard were confined to hard media with dwindling circulation. Half of my age group grew up hearing the holy words “Tom Penny” for years, without seeing anything until Menik Mati came out. Today, mythology is a click away; you can tend to your old soul without going far. The full spectrum of inspiration is available.

Ray Barbee, for this same reason, has become even more of an inspiration to us in the present day — even as we drift further from the days when he was releasing video parts. Ray’s graceful simplicity on a skateboard is an image that summarizes why anyone skateboards in the first place, no matter the age. We usually save thank yous for the end of interviews, but preemptive thanks to Ray for taking the time out to talk to us, and for pretty much everything :)

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Where are you from and how old are you?

I was born in San Francisco, and when I was five, we moved to San Jose. That’s where I got into skateboarding. Right after my sophomore year of high school, we moved to Orange County. I’m 45.

How old were you when you first started skating?

I was 12. It was right before 7th grade.

I think I also started around 12. Do you think that where you grew up had an impact on the way that you skated?

Oh, completely. Your biggest sphere of influence is your immediate community. When I got into skateboarding, I didn’t know about magazines or videos. My friend got a skateboard for his birthday, and then when we went to school, we met up with other skaters. They took us to backyard ramps and things, and that was my introduction into the culture. Later, I started finding out about videos and magazines.

Did you face challenges in the skate world because you were black?

Yeah, I did. But never from skaters, or not from whites, if you will. I got it way more from other brothers and sisters…other blacks who thought I was trying to be white. They would always make fun of me for riding a skateboard because they thought it was a white thing. In the 80s, it was so close to punk rock and surfing, so I can see why they thought that, but at the same time, it motivated me. I always felt like, “I love what I’m doing, hopefully you guys are digging what you’re doing.”

Did you get that same response from family members?

No, not at all, thankfully. I’m sure they were probably scratching their heads — I know my parents were like, “what is this skateboard thing?” But for them it was more like, a financial thing. Skateboarding’s not cheap, man! But no, my family was encouraging.