Before the T.F, New Yorkers learned tricks at these things called “street spots,” and now, everyone learns crooked grind nollie flips between beefing over who stole whose iPhone 4S with a cracked screen and no data plan at L.E.S. Great skateboarders didn’t particularly “come of age” at Tompkins. Throughout its decade as the city’s prime meet-up spot, it was mostly home to adults that had already “peaked” and began working on their party skills, recent ex-pats, and burgeoning rap stars. Yaje is one of the few exceptions: a native T.F. local who is actually, um, talented enough to pull through with a full video part filmed entirely in New York City.
Thrasher just posted Yaje’s DANY part, filmed and edited by Emilio Cuilan throughout the past year. Give it up to holistic knee cures, and a career-long dedication to innovation at Columbus Park via an East Village native and Rich Mahogany alumnus.
We debated having an all Twisted Illusions top 10 this week, but that seemed a bit too ~far out~ of an idea for mainstream countdown viewers. Two of the prime highlights made it in, and narrowing it down to merely two was no easy task :( This week includes some heavy, long lines from a few young’ns, the least sensical wallie I’ve ever seen, and a confusing hurricane grind. Enjoy the second to last weekend of summer ;)
10) Sebastiaan Vijverberg via Bombaklats [link] 9) @tettygram via IG [link] 8) Justin Drysen via Instagram [link] 7) Mitch from Philly via Twisted Illusions [link] 6) Ville Wester via Tredje Akten [link] 5) Black Dave via “NYBD” [link] 4) Brad Cromer via @hufcanada on Instagram [link] 3) Franco via Twisted Illusions [link] 2) Oskar Rosenberg via Tredje Akten [link] 1) Antonio Durao via Instagram [link]
“Wavy Wings” is the new one from Andre Page’s Inkwell Commons imprint. Features Josh Velez further exploring the [switch] slappy and wallie arc of his skateboard career, which leaving quick footed ledge-ry to those two wooden benches in the financial district that are somehow the only subsequent ledges in lower Manhattan that you get time at. However, the spot’s most transcendent moment may be the switch slappy nosegrind pop-out that combines all of the aforementioned ingredients :)
Guest tricks from Nick Nunez, Kadeem Walters, John Diaz, Connor Champion, Tyshawn Jones and Troy Stilwell with reportedly the best clip he ever got in his life.
There are few things more excruciating than watching 2014 Q.S.S.O.T.Y, Max Palmer, be unable to skateboard. While spending the last third of 2015 healing a broken elbow, Max — a proud user of a T9-utilizing flip phone that only works sometimes — began filming things on video mode of his digital camera to pass the time. Some may remember this “device” being used in novelty projects like Krooked’s Gnaughty in an era before iPhones, #skatevideohouse, and even Flip Cams.
The resulting footage became Twisted Illusions, a half-hour video that features the B-roll to every Johnny Wilson-filmed session that took place from September 2015 onward. As Johnny himself has become engulfed in the bright lights of downtown celebrity, it’s reassuring to know that the faces who brought you video., Space Heater and Beef Patty are still operating at the same productivity levels that initially cast them in the national spotlight. (Max’s elbow is better now, btw.)
Features parts from Jesse Alba, Genesis Evans, Conor Prunty, Max himself, Kohlton, Cyrus Bennett, Andrew Wilson, Mitch from Philly, and a potential Line of the Year candidate from anti-Chinatown Double-Set activist, Jonathan Choi.
NY Skateboarding posted part one of apparently a three-part series of video interviews with Keith Hufnagel. This one talks about meeting Keenan Milton, the infamous Ryan Hickey house that housed all homeless skateboarders of the era, moving to San Francisco, skating Embarcadero, etc.
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Who cares about Melo’s Olympic postgame interview, Russell Westbrook’s “Now I Do What I Want” video is singlehandedly the most inspirational sports moment of 2016, and the only promotional material the NBA needs for the 2016-2017 season. #MVP.
Quote of the Week: “I’m so glad I didn’t go to double town China set.” — John Choi