An Interview With Skhateyou, the Internet’s Most Mysterious Skateboard Website

June 28th, 2017 | 5:33 am | Features & Interviews | No Comments

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A key feature to the internet’s role in spreading skateboarding across the world is the democratic access to spot knowledge. You can become a local in any city with a skate scene through a mere Google search. The spots page is most common tale of how people discover QS, and QS began as nothing more than a ripoff of the Metrospective spots page — one of the internet’s first city guides.

Anybody who has travelled in Europe (and even beyond) for skateboarding has been told about Skatehateyou, which is a crudely designed skate spot guide reminiscent of Web 1.0 sites plus a Google Map. Though its most well known for its comprehensive Barcelona page, in recent years, Skhateyou has accumulated spot maps for Chinese skateboard meccas, eastern European cities you’ve never thought to visit, and even spots in the Emirates. There’s next to nothing on Skatehateyou.com besides maps and pictures of skate spots, so we tracked down the mysterious good samaritan responsible for remotely tour guiding thousands of European skate trips. (He still wanted to be kept anonymous though.)

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Where are you from and how did you first get into skateboarding?

I’m from the Italian Alps. I started snowboarding at the end of the 80s with some friends. When the snow would melt, we’d bomb the hill around our place, and of course, I got an instant bug for skateboarding.

When did you first start Skhateyou, and what sparked you initially? Do people help you out with it?

When I started skating in the 80s, it was lame to skate. People thought that it was a kid’s toy and something that I would stop soon. Around 2000, I was still skating, and started to think about saying “fuck you” to everybody who thought you can’t skate when you get older. I thought “Skhateyou” could represent that state of mind; you don’t understand what I’m doing but are still judging me, so Skhateyou. I printed it on a couple of shirts for me and my friends.

I love to travel, and have always been more interested in the spot than the trick. Even a long time ago, it felt natural to shoot pictures of the spots I was skating. I moved to Barcelona in 2006 for one year, and decided to do the website. It felt logical to call it Skhateyou.com.

Do you remember any other skate websites from the time you started? Were any of them direct inspirations onto Skhateyou?

A friend of mine used to do something similar for the south of France — it was called skalpes.fr. I never really thought about it, but it was probably my inspiration. But back in the early 2000s, there weren’t too many skate websites.

50% Of The Time, The Answer Is Yes

June 26th, 2017 | 5:00 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

Harold Hunter at the Bleecker Street Banks, 1994. Photo by Lance Dawes. Honestly can’t remember if this has ever ran as a headliner image before, but that spot has always stuck out as a “it’d be nice if that was still around”-spot, even though it was probably just a 2% better version of the McDonald’s Banks in Brooklyn ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Rest in Peace, C.J. Tambornino. “C.J. put the ‘G’ in genuine.”

“Don’t drive through Arizona acting like an idiot staying awake for days at a time.” The Bunt came through with what we’re going to dub “Everything you ever wanted to know about Brian Wenning but were afraid to ask.” The interview is brave, brutally honest, and a positive start to a new chapter in the life of someone we all looked up to as kids. Must-listen for anybody who came of age in the Photosynthesis and DC Video days.

A bunch of Canadians in Spain, with a handful of B-roll to “Yo, Best Idea.”

Always great to see new Philly Santosuosso footage, one of the hardest working men in skateboarding. (Always liked the way this remix came out, too.)

NESH” is a rad New York edit from Victor Garland, featuring every spot we were too lazy to venture out to when we had the “where do we skate?” debate yesterday.

There are mixed reports about the severity of the whole police situation right now, but be careful if you skate the new Brooklyn D.I.Y. spot. Apparently, *building* may be more of an issue than just skating. Max Palmer never hurt nobody.

Shout out to the Long Live Southbank organization for keeping ambitions running high. They started up a fundraiser (with a million dollar goal) to restore a section of the spot that has been closed and un-used since 2004. The promo video for it is sick. (And P.S. The Banks are never truly “back” until the city restores the small Banks.)

Philly is going from having three of the most iconic street plazas within one block of one another, to potentially zero by next summer. Place can’t catch a break :(

What would the internet be if it weren’t for remixes of Bloby Instagram footage?

The Mira Conyo squad threw a contest up at the 181 Park a few weeks back.

Jenkem has Tommy Koehne’s HYD video playing in full over on their site.

This seems like a fun way to spend three months :)

Why didn’t you chase her down dude?

The most common e-mail from the past week has been a size chart request for the QS swim trunks, so here you go. All sizes in both colors are still available — it’s a long summer and we stayed stocked :) Grab them before some guy with a job does. Also got a good size run in tees and some bags left. Thanks for the support everyone ♥

Quote of the Week: “In this day and age, it’s sicker to not get footage.” — Nik Stain

Quartersnacks Top 10 — June 23, 2017

June 23rd, 2017 | 10:40 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

Any week that starts with Dustin “Skater You’d Be Most O.K. With Your Daughter Dating” Henry is a good week, and having too many Jamie Foy tricks to choose from is always a good problem to have :) Also, yeah Spirit Quest came out over a year ago, but Chris Jones’ part didn’t hit the internet til this week.

Edit: Apparently can’t spell anyone on Baker’s name right… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Make sure you wish E.J. a happy birthday when you see him. Have a good one.

Original Clips:

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Intro via @dimemtl on IG [link] 10) Dustin Henry via “Savers” [link] 9) Mason Silva via IG [link] 8) Tristan Funkhouser via VXtinct [link] 7) Jed Anderson via “Savers” [link] 6) Curren Caples via “Push” [link] 5) Josh Matthews via IG [link] 4) Pol Catena via IG [link] 3) Tyshawn Jones via IG [link] 2) Chris Jones via Spirit Quest [link] 1) Jamie Foy via Shake Junt’s “Flavor Country” video [link]

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Previously: June 16, 2017

Every Clip Around Me Turn To Fast Food: 25 Grand Remix

June 22nd, 2017 | 9:22 am | Video & Remixes | 1 Comment

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We realized that our focus has leaned towards a certain North Carolinian with the past two Grand clips — understandably for skating while holding a boom playing the otherwise forgettable Escoterrestrial mixtape (still waiting for an instrumental of the intro…), and for grinding through the Robert Indiana sculpture that would earn him a poster advertising the only bearing brand in the world.

…but the rest of the clips were really good! Spencer Hamilton with what’s tied for the best 360 flip near the East River in recent memory (see #7), Tierney skating stacks of shaky rubble, and of course, Wade fuckin’ D. skating New York just in general. We tossed that footage together for a Grand Collection remix featuring four faves ;)

Filmed by J.P. Blair and R.B. Umali.

Previously:Naomi,” “Cindy

Heavy Airplay All Day With No Chorus

June 20th, 2017 | 9:35 pm | Time Capsule | 5 Comments

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There are a couple skateboarders who have grown synonymous with skating to songs by a recurring artist: Geoff Rowley to Motörhead, Pat Duffy to Primus, Danny Way and Colin McKay to Metallica, Bam to H.I.M. (lol). Given how influential some of those parts were, the artist’s music grew tethered to the skater’s career. Some only had to skate to one in order to carry the tune as their theme song (Appleyard to Placebo, Tony T. to Mötley Crüe, Jahmal to Gil-Scott Heron come to mind here.)

Unless we’re counting Smolik and the Federalz, Darren Harper’s friends, or the fact that I always edit Connor’s footage to Future, it’s tough to think of a pairing in rap*. Except one — Rodrigo TX and Prodigy of Mobb Deep.

*EDIT: Somebody had to email my dumbass to remind me of Gino and Wu-Tang. D’oh.

The more classic Mobb Deep songs got a decent amount of burn (pun intended hehehehehehe) in early issues of 411, just as many of the aforementioned names skated to more canonized songs by their respective music spirit animals. With the exception of “Keep It Thoro” — some of the most quotable three minutes that exist in rap — Rodrigo didn’t skate to the set Mobb Deep canon. He skated to songs that were released in outtakes compilations (“My Priorities” in éSpecial), Prodigy features on fuckin’ Boogz Boogetz songs (Gold Goons), and even sample sources to Prodigy songs (see the second half of his Parental Advisory part.)

Prodigy couldn’t ask for a greater spokesperson to carry his music’s legacy in skateboarding. R.I.P.

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