A Day in the Life

August 26th, 2014 | 7:05 am | Daily News | 17 Comments

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Labor Skateshop posted the full 2013 All City Showdown video online. We pontificated about the video back in January, when there was literally nothing to do besides watch skate videos are send desperate “Hov?”-texts to anyone affiliated with Vans.

The video is a fun watch all around, as you see almost every crew of skaters in the city represented, but there are two obvious standouts. It contains one-day parts from Aaron Herrington and Antonio Durao, two superhuman entities of productivity. Unless you see Antonio skate in real life, there’s really no way to convey his ability to do practically anything he wants on a skateboard, no matter the spot. This video is the closest you’re going to get with a mediated version, though you’ll wish they went to some less standard spots (omg barriers and construction sites!)

Aaron probably falls in the same boat, albeit with different trick and spot sensibilities. As you’ll see by the end, they’re both technically tied for “MVP” honors that day.

Enjoy while waiting for the Jeezy album to leak…

Stay tuned with Labor regarding information for 2014′s All City Showdown.

Cruise Out of the Town in a Rental

August 25th, 2014 | 12:56 pm | Daily News | 5 Comments

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Thanks to everyone who came out to the shop and bought some gear this weekend. Everything should be available in the webstore by mid-September. If you want to check out the IRL #TFREPORT wall, it’ll be up for a bit at New Fancy Foods on Leonard Street and Broadway (a few blocks from Black Hubba.) Shout out to Street Fam.

These dudes out in Philly rigged their own wear test video of the Quartersnacks dunk.

R.I.P. to the most popular spot in New York: July – August 2014.

SML Talk runs down the list of notable fakie heelflips done by someone besides Weiger. Add in every single person who has done one in a game of S-K-A-T-E, as it’s the most respectable annoying trick you could possibly do. (The most annoying not-respectable trick you could do is a nollie backside bigspin, obvs.)

More Static IV follow-ups: Slam City Skates has an interview with Aaron Herrington, and Street Canoe has an interview with Brendan Carroll, where he controversially proclaims his love for TF West flat over its eastern counterpart.

Ishod and Andrew Wilson rip around FDR Park.

The week in Tompkins-based iPhone clips: “A Pile of Clips” and “Batch.”

Aside from standard-issue Tompkins antics, this website’s second most-discussed brand of skateboarding is EuroTech™. Therefore we are contractually obligated to point you in the direction of this Route One interview with Javier Sarmiento. *Cue nostalgic music supervision*

Having been informed that “bungee cords are not a ting,” Jordan Hoffart opted to push his way towards a boardslide halfway around southern California.

Ah, ah, ah, but the remix…

2012′s Nevermind video is online in full.

Some dudes making a NY/NJ/Boston video edited their teaser video to Keef, but more importantly, is that low metal loading dock ledge at ~1:16 actually in NJ? Where?

Gonna start saving for next summer’s France trip now.

Quote of the Week: “There’s nothing worse than a hot girl on a cleanse.” — Barnes

Yes, this has been the least exciting lead-up week to a Jeezy album in QS history…

Quartersnacks For Nike SB

August 21st, 2014 | 3:27 am | Daily News, Footage | 17 Comments

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Every Nike SB collaboration has a bit of a “story” to it. We could sit here and peddle some narrative where everyone wears all black to hide the dirt from skating the city all day, and how all the reflective details make you stand out between the cabs while night skating, but that’d be nonsense.

If you read this site enough, you should have known that we’d go fashion over concept from the very beginning. For example, the Chromeball Dunk had an awesome story behind it, but we live in New York — we get shunned for wearing earthtones out here. Between all the luxury brand inspired colorways and New York Post headline-inducing mini riots, the greatest SB Dunk to date (at least for purely skateboarding purposes) was the simplest one of all. It was the Weiger shoe: black pig suede with a white check. Every person affiliated with this website had at least two pairs of it.

A black skate shoe never falls out of fashion or function. That was our template.

From then on, it was only a matter of how many fancy details we could get away with. QS has always been about appreciating the subtler side of skateboarding, and it made sense to not go overboard with loud branding. Thanks to Alex Dymond, Andre Page, Mike Cherman and everyone at Nike SB who made this possible, but more importantly, thanks to all you guys who visit the site and have made it respected enough to give this collaboration any motion to begin with.

The Quartersnacks Dunk Low will be available at skate shops on Saturday, 8/23.

Clip below features Andre Page, Antonio Durao, Connor Champion, Matthew Perez, Josh Velez and Black Dave. Alternate YouTube Link.

New Bobby Worrest part live on Saturday. Quartersnacks pop-up with new merch at 40 Ludlow Street live on Saturday. End of Summer clip live Labor Day Weekend.

‘Bout to Leave the Crib With a Couple of My Pirates

August 18th, 2014 | 5:03 am | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Been slow around here, but things should be picking up soon

Switch bigspin heelflip down the L.E.S. Park double-set.

Gigliotti made a new clip. It has Ted, Olson, etc. in it.

Jahmal Williams has a video interview with Japan’s Far East Skate Network about Static 4, along with some indoor park footage afterwards. “I’d rather see Jahmal do a 5050″ is the new “I’d rather see Gino push” for the rest of 2014.

ICYMI and also on the topic of Static 4, Chris Nieratko interviewed Josh Stewart for a 17 Things You Didn’t Know About Static 4 feature on Vice, and Live Skateboard Media has yet another interview with Josh, which tackles a lot of unchartered topics from his recent interviews, e.g. music re-usage boundaries in skate videos.

Needless to say, this isn’t the Bobby Shmurda clip everyone has been expecting.

If you started skating around the height of Shorty’s reign as the coolest skateboard company around, you no doubt looked up to Sammy Baptista on account of his #youngestofdacamp status. Well, while we wait for O’Dell to (hopefully) complete the Muska and/or Shorty’s Epicly Later’d, the “My Name Is” series caught up with Sammy to look back on his skate career. (The dude still rips btw.)

#musicthatdoesntmatch, except we’re not really ones to talk

It has only been ~two years since the skateboard internet embraced #listicle #culture, and writers have already run out of ideas.

Speaking of ideas and #listicles, here are ten skateboard “innovations” that never caught on. [Turns out the entire concept and research behind it was from a series Vert is Dead did this past spring, so consult their posts.] What about Ollie Pop Bubble Gum, Spoonfish Board Locks, Dooks shock pads, bearing “rims,” and Aircraft Skateboards?

People are skating the early-2000s classic little kid spot, Central Park “Hubba” again! (At least in the new video blog from the Beef Patty dudes.)

Trash cans are the new picnic tables.

Simple formula: Edit your skate clip to Migos and it will get posted on this website.

This piece on deriving life lessons from Thug Motivation 101 is a little cheesy, but its heart is in the right place.

Quote of the Week: “I don’t understand why people don’t fuck with Yahoo.” — Peter Sidlauskas

A two-hour DJ Mustard mix might help you forget that the summer is actually over :(

4 P.M. Links :(

August 11th, 2014 | 4:33 pm | Daily News | 6 Comments

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UNIS.

Manolo’s “20 Years of Chocolate” remix will bring a tear to your eye.

Still one of the craziest things ever done on a skateboard. Dude was too futuristic.

“Tyshawn Jones is really getting some air! Now I hope that he and others of his ilk are billed for the damage they cause to the steps and walls of monuments and public areas around the city.” TJ got a photo in the Times this past weekend. Some commenters were upset. We should ban everything except walking. That’d be cool.

SMLTalk has been doing some hard-hitting investigative journalism as of late. First, they use Kevin Bradley’s bump-to-bar grab from “cherry” as a springboard to assess the history of acceptable grabs on street, and though it went online a few weeks ago, this piece on the demise of the pop shove-it is also worth your consideration.

Boil the Ocean on Stativ IV and the future of full-length videos.

Some Bronze B-sides. ICYMI: Jenkem interviewed Peter about dark corners of the internet last week. (Here’s another interview with him and Pat from last fall.)

Quick Acapulco Gold clip with a 2013 Q.S.O.T.Y. Leo Gutman sighting.

This “Steep Banks” account on YouTube started uploading a lot of Long Island-based gems from the nineties: Frank Gerwer in midtown circa 1997 and R.I.P. Burritoville and Broadway Bump, two of the greatest lil’ kid spots in New York skateboarding history.

Well, a summer montage to “We Dem Boyz” was pretty inevitable.

Columbus Circle is fun.

A look at the current breed of skate videos coming out of Philadelphia.

Wasn’t expecting to link a video of a guy on Jart today, but some of the stuff in this Fran Molina part is undeniably insane. He destroys MACBA without even hitting the ledges much, and skates sorta like a Euro Torey Pudwill. (Who, by the way, was recently discovered to be maybe the third Jewish pro skateboarder ever. Time to amend this post.)

Uhh…Young Thug was on The Tonight Show.

Quote of the Week: “Yo you know what’s fact? Most pretty girls have bigass foreheads.” — Overheard at Lenox Ledges

Sorry for the slow start to the week. Cool stuff soon?