If your favorite genre of skateboarding is massive kickflips set to Chief Keef, then this past week was particularly relevant to your interests.
It looked like it was bound to be a slow one, with everyone already knowing what the #1 would be, but lest it get lost in a no-context Thrasher video abyss, you should check out Hulkripps 3. Can’t tell much about it beyond a few recognizable Ohio spots, a lot of lllooonnnggg rails, and an abundance of Foundation boards with Nikes, but it manages to create a distinct ~mood~ for a 2018 midwest video without having to resort to artsy Super-8 cut-ins, or really anything that isn’t just a skate clip (e.g. it’s stark just how empty the background of much of the video is, like 85% of the clips were filmed at eight in the morning on a Saturday or some shit.)
Intro via Instagram [link] 10) Austin Pastura via Hulkripps 3 [link] 9) Brandon Westgate via “Element – Keith Haring” [link] 8) John Clemmons via Hulkripps 3 [link] 7) Louie Lopez via IG [link] 6) Nick Merlino via “Magnified” [link] 5) Cotie Robinson via Hulkripps 3 [link] 4) Shawn Butler via “Shawn Butler of The Bronx, New York” [link] 3) Devin Abner via Hulkripps 3 [link] 2) Billy Davenport via “Blue” part [link] 1) Corey Glick via Souvenir part [link]
Everyone has their own theory about the point in time when summer ends and winter begins: fantasy football draft night, college kids swarming back into town, the first rainy Sunday when you bust out your favorite sweatpants, when the first beanie appears at the skatepark. (Maybe that’s not the best example, dudes would still skate in beanies* if there was a ledge in, like, Death Valley or some shit.)
ANYWAY, in my neck of the woods, the end of summer was marked by a quaint event at my local bar — perhaps the least “woke” event such an establishment could conceivably host: a bikini contest. Sunday night. Labor Day Weekend.
Unlike that one bikini contest that Ronnie “The Limo Driver” Mund hosted, this particular contest only had five entrants. The emcee set it off with a mandatory disclaimer regarding the importance of respecting women and a stern warning that anyone who failed to follow these guidelines would be removed from the premises. Subsequently, he asked the contestants a series of typical pageant-type questions like “if you were a number, what number would you be,” to which the young lady responded with the most predictable answer in the universe.
Nevertheless, another contestant triumphed that night and took home $500.
Before that, however, these songs and parts fucking powered summer 2018 — notable for a higher than usual number of according-to-Hoyle full-length vids and a lower than usual level of “IS THE FULL-LENGTH VIDEO DEAD?!” prognosticating.
“For longtime devotees of the Art Dump, SHT Sound and goldfish-toting retirement home scammers, it’s difficult to separate dudes’ seeming lack of enthusiasm for skating their own boards with the company’s at times painful evolution.” Boil the Oceans looks toward the future of Girl Skateboards on the announcement of their upcoming am-focused video, Doll.
Big week for Chief Keef video parts, and a bad week for that antiquated tradition of keeping an unenthused stone face after you land your ender. Here’s another section from the Buffalo-based Jeb video. We have been claiming we’d drive to Albany to skate Empire State Plaza since before the summer, and now’s it’s probably too cold, huh?
“Bryan saw this pool while landscaping at the house next door and somehow charmed the owner into letting us skate for two weekends. How he did this, I have no clue. Must have been just the right mix of 7-11 egg salad, and ’90s skate photos that gave him the confidence.” The saying is that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Some of you will be triggered by the aesthetics, but the skateboarding in Romain Batard’s “Giddy” series is always unique, albeit in a fried way. Episode #9 is live.
Ignoring the fact that its objectively horrid to look at (not even talking as a skateboarder here…but what the hell is wrong with them renovating these parks in a way that makes it look like their budget was a $200 Home Depot gift card?), there are these weird slappymetal things at the park on Spring and Sixth Avenue now A.K.A. the old marble chessboard park.
Bad news: McNally Jackson is closing. Good news: They’re insisting that they will remain in the neighborhood. So excited for that corner to become a Chase bank :(
QS Spots Desk Play of the Week: The Trae Young game winner seems like it was the most unavoidable highlight of the preseason. Regular season starts Wednesday!
Quote of the Week: “They don’t play Drizzy in pubs man.” — Tiko re: whether he heard the Spanish Drake song in London
The thing with Tricks Heard Around the World™ is that they have a way of initiating a numbness to the respective genre of skateboarding within which they were performed. For example — and be honest! — what’s the last mega kinked 5050 grind you remember ever since Kyle Walker did The One™ that would earn him 2016’s S.O.T.Y? Is there a specific Tiago switch back tail that you sleep with under your pillow apart from The One™ he did at MACBA that literally every person who skateboards reposted on Instagram a year ago? Do you remember anything down the Le Dome hubba since Eniz front blunted it? (That one may be unfair since the spot spent nearly a year under construction.)
If our office were to begin polls for the Top 10 of the Year today, the frontrunners for 2018’s eminent skateboard maneuvers would include Milton Martinez’s lipslide of death, and then two tricks that are anomalies: different versions of a frontside 270 motion that equal something of a frontside 360 with a backside noseblunt in it.