Things are getting more important by the day, so here’s another ten…
Quartersnacks Celebrates the Decade – The 100 Most Important Events in New York City Skateboarding from 2000 to 2009: 100 to 91, 90 to 81, 80 to 71, 70 to 61, 60 to 51, 50 to 41, 40 to 31, 30 to 21, 20 to 11, 10 to 2, Number one.
40. Anthony Pappalardo’s Mosiac Part Released – 2003:
Skateboarding, unlike football, does not have a uniform. You need to wear a uniform to show people that you play for the Tennessee Titans, but you don’t necessarily need to wear a uniform to tell people that you skate ledges and have an affinity for cellar doors. That was before 2003, before this part was released and changed everything. If you wanted the world to know that you are a sensitive, artistic skater, who tends to have anti-social tendencies but occasionally does a really tech flip-in trick, you went out to your nearest surplus store, bought yourself a pair of brown Dickies anywhere from an inch to two inches too short in the inseam, a black hooded sweatshirt (maybe you cut a bit of space in the neck, depending on your artistic sensibilities) and ran over to K-Mart at Astor Place and grabbed a few flannels (if you were really ahead of the curve, you went to a thrift shop in Brooklyn, but that meant you had your work displayed in galleries and stuff, like, you were doing it REALLY big.) People would then know you were on the sensitive-creative-big5050s-but-still-sometimes-tech team, simply by the gear you wore. In 2009, the uniform remains.
39. Victor Timofeev becomes Tompkins MVP in the greatest year of TF History – 2003:
Victor was somewhat of a Latvian Patrick Ewing to the TF. He legitimized a once disgraced legacy of a love-hate or simply, love-to-hate locale through proficiency that was previously unseen in summers of TF sessions, and has since remained unsurpassed. Like Ewing, Timofeev’s career and dominance of the TF was plagued by injuries, often preventing him from reaching the true levels of greatness that he was capable of. 2003 to Timofeev was in many ways what 1994 was for the Knicks, minus the Michael Jordan retirement. He never reached the status of having a full-length in a Girl or Chocolate video like he much deserved, much like Ewing never received the ring he was so rightfully destined for, but the team’s ’93-’94 season run is equivalent to Timofeev’s self-made part in the Kavorka video, becoming a highlight reel and a golden star in a career that was often maligned by injury, yet still beloved by New York City, despite its thin distance from championship greatness.
38. Queens-native Luis Tolentino wins the high ollie competition – 2009:
This event began a trend in New York City skateboarding by which kids from deep Queens and Brooklyn would claim Luis 5050ed or lipslid any ledge above four-feet in height when they see a tiny bit of wax on it (in reality, it is probably from rollerbladers.) “Yo that ledge? Tolentino 5050ed that shit.”
37. ABC institues a loitering limit — 2002
Setting industry wide precedents, or at least hoping to do so, Alfred of Alphabet City Skateboard Operation began telling bums with no money that they could only hang out for fifteen minutes without buying anything.
36. Static II released — 2004
It is from this point on that New York skateboarding began to be synonymous with cellar doors into pits of glass full of hypodermic needles and rusty metal ledges adjacent to crusty bricks with satanic scrawlings from the 1600s all over them. The spot became more important than the trick and the more it didn’t look like a spot, the cooler you were for skating it. Bobby Puleo became the standard by which your skills as a spot seeker (and thus a skateboarder) were judged.
35. Bald Head Ed tries to ollie the Met Double Set – 2007:
In the otherwise barren recesses of Upper East Side skate mythology, Bald Head Ed is undoubtedly the most under appreciated skateboarder of our time. Much of his achievements stem from frontiersman-like legends of working construction and skating Pyramid Ledges by himself on lunch breaks, or owning one of the Water Street red benches after their all-too-soon demise in 2003, but his much-recounted attempt at olling the otherwise unthinkable eight-flat-eight at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the crown jewel of this legend. The landing was never made, but the attempts in and of themselves are as legendary as it gets.
34. Jason Dill walks down some steps in the middle of a line – 2000:
During his Photosynthesis part, Jason Dill broke massive barriers in skateboard etiquette through a full-scale upheaval in the way the human eye perceives the definition of “lines.” He shattered cardinal rule of line skating #5 (“Not picking up a board in the middle of a line”) along with #8 (“Lines shall be confined to one spot”) all in a mere fifteen seconds by stringing together “The spot across from Veteran’s Memorial” and the actual Veteran’s Memorial (then in its original brick incarnation), and proceeded to pick up his board, walk down some stairs, and ollie another set into an obscure pit. Oh, and he made fakie shove its cool for a few months.
33. 12th & A discovered – 2004:
In 2004, we were in desperate search for a new place to skate ledges. Newport, gone. Seaport, gone. Midtown, bust. Red benches, gone. The search yielded this modest, East Village patch of tennis courts between a quiet block, with four or five hard plastic benches, that would soon become the dominant party in New York skateboard politics, just when the T.F. slowly began to wane away in influence as the leading force in standard-setting throughout the community.
32. Paulgar blows it – 2009:
In an era where Tompkins no longer governs New York City skateboard politics, rewards are seldom bestowed upon exemplary behavior. 12th and A’s dominance of the cultural and political plane has produced a culture where success is not rewarded, and striving for success is pretty much a non-existent part of our lives. “Blowing it” has become the norm, and how hard you blow it (yes homo) is inevitably linked to your infamy, and thus, your respectability in this wretched abomination of “scene” we have on our hands.
It is hard to think of an instance in the past decade where one has gained such infamy for consistent demonstration of the “blowing it” factor in New York than Paulgar’s graduation film premiere at SVA. Aside from causing a solid $50 in damage at Dallas BBQ on 23rd street, snorting hot sauce, and drinking test tube bottle shots of whiskey, all before 10 p.m. mind you, he was drunk enough to actually miss his own re-premiere the following day, and be proud of it.
31. Eddie Rap Life Releases a Pharell and Lupe Fiasco diss record, both of the latter names get their feelings hurt – 2005:
Eddie Rap Life is the only great skateboard rapper. Given the credibility of the artist, and his brilliant wardrobe-choices in Vicious Cycle, anyone could see why Eddie Rap Life is the sure-shot choice for skateboarding’s poet laureate. While Lupe and Pharell’s stylists were scurrying over ways to match their trucks with their patent leather, Easter egg colored sneakers, Eddie Rap Life was telling it how it is, and why exactly those two are assholes. Pharrell actually still had the nerve to insist he knew how to ride a skateboard.
So in his honor, Quartersnacks presents Eddie Rap Life’s 10 Greatest Lines:
10. “I’m into distribution, I’m like Empire / Just like the wheels motherfucker, spit fire.”
9. “No time to pussyfoot / gotta get the footy up / you don’t hear me talkin’ what I coulda shoulda done / leaving the spot / from the street to the park / put up them skate stoppers / had to come through and bang on ’em”
8. “I rep the Vehicle set / do my thing in the west / I was born in the east / where its cold and you freeze.”
7. “Going back to Cali strictly just to get dough / skateboard and spit flows”
6. “Take a photo / up on my skateboard / and if the logo show / yeah, I’m gettin’ paid for it / you can hate on it, but watch me skate homie / it’s like the pros do it but I got the weight on me.”
5. “It ain’t about the board you got / it’s how hard you’re skating on the board you got / before you fuckin’ with the vert you gotta pump up on the mini / gotta hop up on the curbs before you jump on the ledges.”
4. “You ain’t got no pull / bout to get your card pulled at the skate park / twenty thousand square foot, damn dog / no wonder I’m so damn good.”
3. “What the fuck’s a kick push, can you even kick turn? / maybe you should just learn.”
2. “100 g’s on the skate game, where ya at? / when my 310’s comin’ out them Ice Creams are gonna melt.”
1. “Skateboard this, skateboard that / Skateboard P, where you skateboard at? / poster boy for the poser boys / when I roll up on my board you just hold your board.“