Still Waiting For Justice: M.N.M.F.T.B.

Yesterday, TWS uploaded a longform “Summer Trip to N.Y.” clip from Spain’s Villians Conspiracy brand. It features Ruben Spelta, Juan Virues, and an even more charged up Zach Panebianco than the one who recently appeared in Sabotage 5, skating around New York and Philly with an #aesthetic that is reminiscent of the seminal early offering from The Triangle™, “Gangbanging At Ground Zero.”

In it, Panebianco (right?) ollies a familiar looking gap at the 145th Street A train station.

This got the [admittedly small] Skate Twitter community talking…

Guys…aren’t we asking the wrong questions? Did Elvis invent rock ‘n roll? C’mon.

We’ve been through this — M.N.M.F.T.B. is the first person to ollie a New York City subway platform.

In an era of “fake news” and an eschewing from the truth, we as skateboarders who pride ourselves in stubborn nerdery cannot allow this Floridian falsehood about who was first to spread any further. The 43 Magazine and Transworld politico-media complex is still ruthlessly pumping out these “alternative facts” years later — like Fox News convincing millions of Americans to act against their own self interests — but you, as devoted QS readers, know better.

And you know what? It is time to tell the world.

Just because there there wasn’t a highly reblogged .gif, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen first.

Just because it didn’t headline a refined piece from The New York Times, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen first.

Just because it has 6k YouTube views and not 500k, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen first.

Just because it wasn’t in a skate magazine that Vice told you “is what a skate magazine should look like,” doesn’t mean it didn’t happen first.

Mike was there first. His filmer stood in the tracks. He ollied, he cleared it, and he rolled away. Today, the most amazing skateboard feats are filmed on phones and tossed onto Instagram — is it not intolerant to write Mike out of history simply because his achievement was filmed on a first generation T-Mobile Sidekick? We are better than this, and tolerance of all forms is the route we take from here.

His name is Mike, and he’s from the fucking Bronx ♥

UPDATE — Upon further observation, even more is not sitting right.

If the lamestream skateboard media is so quick to disparage a Villains Conspiracist for re-doing a Floridian‘s seminal ollie which wasn’t even the first of its type…then why was it not equally up in arms about that same Villians Conspiracist re-doing an Arizonian’s ollie which was in fact the first of its kind? Why is Florida being afforded its own, re-written version of otherwise unshakeable skateboard history? Why is it all, “have fun, it’s just skateboarding!” until it is time to defend a Floridian?

This is bigger than a subway ollie. This is bigger than a spirit quest. This is bigger than M.N.M.F.T.B.

We will be back with further information as the investigation unfolds.

27 Comments

  1. I am honestly refresh this page every twenty seconds waiting for Allen to chime in.

  2. QS summer merch better include a “Mike ollied it first.” shirt. Proceeds go to supporting my nigga.

  3. The first and second generation T-Mobile sidekicks were unable to record video. The T-Mobile sidekick 3 couldn’t record video until after an over the air software update in summer 2008 two years after its release. It was able to record 15 second videos in 240×160 resolution.

  4. DEADASS. THIS IS BRAZY.

    BUT WHAT YOU EXPECT OF DOODS PULLING UP TO NYC TO MAKE “NYC EDITS”.

    MAGENTA FINNA PULL UP AND DO A POWERSLIDE MONTAGE AT TOMPKINS.

    ALSO WHO TRYNA FILM ME B/S 180 IT WITH THE D TRAIN PULLING UP EXPRESS?

  5. Who cares about that stuff? If you look at the big picture, 90% of the NY footage in this clip is ABD. No different than any of the LurkNYC clips or most Johnny Wilson clips. That’s probably why these are throwaway web clips. Dude probably knew about it being ollied and wanted to see if he could do it. He made it look super easy actually. The Spirit Quest ollie just made headlines, and nobody knew about the Bronx kid’s ollie until after that, and they probably never would have know about it otherwise. So he has them to thank for anyone even caring. What we really should be talking about is dude in this clip switch ollie-ing the double benches at Blue Park from flat. I would have thought Billy McFeely would have done that first. Or did he? Probably in some random dude from Jersey’s IG stories or something.

  6. THE DEVELOPMENT ON THIS WHOLE STORY WILD CRAZE THE PLOT BEEN MARINATIN THE YUNG UPTOWN CHEESE MY NIGGA MIKE FROM THE BX QS GOIN BUCK WITH THE PLAYWRIGHT

  7. i mean can somebody please point out the fact that M.N.M.F.T.B. did not actually roll away from the track ollie. mans fell off his board after roling 15ft. At the very best thats a baker maker and is worthy of someone doing it better, even if by someone from florida.

  8. https://img.etsystatic.com/il/dd013b/1411668029/il_570xN.1411668029_lewh.jpg

    it goes without saying that the mainstream world of skateboard media is clearly out to get MNM(FTB). the question now is of whether this 2006 photo of the gonz perched atop the northernmost entrance to the 145 subway stop (RIP texas star) suggests a complicitness on the part of gonzman in the suffocation of MNM’s talented prowess by the mainstream machine. is MNM’s innovation a source of unease for gonz? are he and ying in silent cahoots? does the fact that the berrics changed the name of the skateboard mag to “the berrics mag” mean that any one of us can then take that name to create our own hub of sponsored faux-alt sk8 cultch media content????? no idea.


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