Ishod & MPC™ in Puerto Rico Montage

February 11th, 2016 | 7:00 pm | Video & Remixes | 4 Comments

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Just in time for the coldest weekend of the winter, here’s the full video from last month’s Puerto Rico trip with Ishod and the Most Productive Crew™ in New York City skateboarding. Many of us are in our third year of embracing Puerto Rico as the east coast’s winter retreat, so we stepped a bit outside of our San Juanese comfort zone to cruise around New York’s sixth borough.

Outtakes and field notes from the trip can be found here and here.

Features Ishod Wair, Cyrus Bennett, Cory Kennedy (first-ever line holding a #boom? The high-tech S.A.D. towel of 2016?!), Eric Koston, Bobby Worrest, Justin Brock (who unfortunately got hurt two days into the trip), Andrew Wilson and Max Palmer. Filmed, edited and #skatevideohouse music supervised by Johnny Wilson from Space Heater.

If you’re into the photo of worlds colliding below, our friend Zach-Malfa Kowalski made a full ‘zine from the trip. You can download the PDF here. It’s sick.

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Ephemeral Moments — The Subway Tricks From ‘Mixtape’

February 10th, 2016 | 5:12 am | Time Capsule | 8 Comments

Before skating in the subway was an aesthetic direction you could film a montage around, before tricks underground went viral on mainstream news sites, and before we qualified what’s been done on pieces of MTA furniture, there was Mixtape. It featured the first shot of New York subway skating ever put into a skate video.

They were six B-roll tricks dumped into a friends montage, but they’ve kept a more permanent imprint in my memory than the majority of things I’ve seen in skate videos since. I’ve never made the walk between the L and the 8th Avenue trains at 14th Street without thinking about this clip.

Every interview with someone involved in the current *moment* of small companies touches on the “relate-ability” a niche-oriented brand is able to communicate over the might-as-well-be-CGI skateboarding you see in major company videos. In the years after Mixtape came out, there wasn’t a lot of relate-ability going around. Until the early 2000s wore on and innovations like IRC democratized the reach of skate videos, a company video guaranteed one thing: California.

Mixtape wasn’t just relatable because it was local, or because the skating wasn’t down big handrails. It meant so much more because of subtle moments like the subway tricks — they were as opposite of California as you could possibly get.

I Just Left Colombia

February 8th, 2016 | 5:00 am | Daily News | 6 Comments

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Back foot. Feeling the spike in NY-based Carroll coverage these past 12 months. Photo: Mehring.

[Really though.]

Rest in Peace Love Park. Thanks for the memories. Switch tre never went down :(

~Seven minutes of raw footage from one of everyone’s new favorites, Mark Humienik.

Joey Suriel’s Chromeball interview really puts into perspective why Menace is such a nostalgia touchstone for people two decades down the line, particularly in our current era of surging “it was the lifestyle, man”-companies. #respect to Kareem Campbell for reminding skateboarders to pay their taxes also ;)

The barred-off map manual pad at the Veteran’s Memorial [that Pappalardo first popped off in Fully Flared] is having a bit of a comeback.

There’s something heartwarming about seeing current-day footage at the Museum of Natural History, probably because Pang’s multi-level line from Mixtape holds such a dear place in my heart. Shout out to Moldy Films.

A video preview of the upcoming Big Brother book. Each issue gets two pages.

“People sometimes ask me about that in relation to skateboarding, about how it should belong to skaters in terms of an aesthetic, and that’s fucked up because it’s the genre that has stolen the most.” An interview with Palace designer, Fergus Purcell.

It seems that the boys over at France’s Free Skate Mag have joined us in fighting the good fight against redhead discrimination in skateboarding, as they premiered a new Wieger part this past week, in addition to a Strawberry Letter 23-flavored remix video.

Dr. Z v.s. H.O.V.

*heart eye Emoji* Dylan Reider interviews Sean Pablo *heart eye Emoji*

“If future pros fistfight Russian bouncers but never speak of it publicly out of an abundance of professional caution, do the busted teeth and cracked eye sockets make any sound? Wasn’t Chris Cole straightedge at one point or is this another phantom memory like Henry Sanchez’s Aesthetics pro model?” Boil the Ocean on real-time mythmaking and neatly boxed memories.

ICYMI…1) Josh Wilson closes out the new Waylon Bone montage real strong. 2) HD video blog #19 from Johnny Wilson et al. with an averted worst case scenario. 3) Nik Stain v.s. parking garage manual pads in the latest Cell Jawn installment. 4) Andrew Wilson at the Nike SB Garage, with guest trick from Conor “QS Part in April” Prunty.

The Green Zine re: the plight of the skateboard filmer.

QS Sports Desk: The Sports Desk is an anti-Lakers establishment, as are the San Antonio Spurs. With that being said, their tribute to Kobe was very sweet. Godspeed to one of opposing NBA teams’ last true archvillians.

Quote of the Week: “Dre is like the cool uncle who spoils you. He’ll give you a free board and then be like, ‘Here, take this trail mix with you.'” — Alexander Mosley

Leftover sizes still on sale @ the webstore.

Still in Miami — Titos at Ticos, New One From Alltimers

February 4th, 2016 | 12:02 am | Daily News | 5 Comments

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Just as there’s a Summer Trip to New York season, there’s an equally coverage-heavy Winter Escape From New York season. Despite Puerto Rico potentially surpassing Miami as the east coast’s premier winter getaway these past few years, the home of Khaled Mohamed Khaled (also known as DJ Khaled) still maintains an inescapable draw, i.e. are you *in* Miami or are you *still in* Miami?

The latest from Alltimers features early 2016 MVP frontrunner and Space Heater closer, Andrew Wilson, along with honorary 2004 Q.S.S.O.T.Y. Torey Goodall (QS nor its un-coveted Skater of the Year distinction existed in 2004, hence the “honorary”), and Squad Massage now Duluth alumni Ben Blundell, Dustin Henry, and Charles Rivard. Gotta hand it to any video that ends with a switch noseslide, yaknow?

Previously:It’s Pickle Time,” “She’s Garbage

The Evolution of a Young Classic — Backside Noseslides Down Black Hubba

February 3rd, 2016 | 5:14 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

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Blubba is approaching two decades as a marquee American skate obstacle. Spots don’t often last twenty years in our rapid progression, 7-Year-Old Girls Can Heelflip Down Stairs-era. If they do, people begin to run out of ideas.

The noseslide wasn’t the first trick to get documented down Black Hubba — the honors belong to A.V.E. and Pat Corcoran with a front tail and a front 5-0, respectively. A noseslide down Blubba has, however, been a rite of passage for little kid skateboarders in New York since the early 2000s. If you didn’t do it by sixteen, you might as well abandon your dreams and get into cars or weed, right? ;)

Since A.V.E. and Pat initiated the spot, the evolution of how it is skated has been non-stop. Billy Rohan kicked off switch skating and flip-ins on it by the time Alphabet City dropped, and treating it as an ollie-up bank spot was always a common alternative. Ten years later, people got sick of skating on it, and started rattling off tricks over it. And you can’t forget that Westgate ushered in an entire wave of psychopaths skating up it in 2009. By this time last year, interns at Summer Trip To New York planning firms across the globe were scouring their A.B.D. spreadsheets, looking for something new to suggest to their hometown heroes. The pickings were slim.

There’s a reason the noseslide is respected as the building block of modern skateboarding. Where we begin is where we end up; the once most fundamental trick down Blubba is now the springboard for a subversive breed of skating on it.

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