Make America Great Again — Free the Ledges

August 27th, 2015 | 5:03 am | Daily News | 11 Comments

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As it stands, America is 12th worldwide in higher education rates, 34th in life expectancy, and the 16th overall pick for a wishful sperm cell before it becomes a human (making it something like the Royce White of countries.) It has a D+ in overall infrastructure, and the highest incarceration rate in the world.

It is also falling way behind in another metric correlated to high quality of life: ledges.

“Spain. Brazil. Sweden. Denmark. Czech Republic. The Ukraine. All these countries are kicking our ass at #plaza skating.” We are not talking about homogenized California Skatepark creations that yield the same crooked grind nollie flip from Astoria to Stoner. This is about coincidences of granite that were freely skateable before ledges began to fade from America’s cultural heritage during the Bush-Cheney administration. Ledge skating has been outsourced and sent abroad, just like hundreds of other inventions that made America great.

Should it come as any surprise that a Frenchman has dominated L.E.F.S. (Literally Everyone’s Favorite Skater™)-status for the full duration of the current decade? Or that a Brazilian has emerged to potentially claim it in the next several years?

One of Mountain Dew: The Movie‘s more poignant moments was the narrator explaining that Tiago and other Brazilian skaters who are better than every American exist because they must skate in spite of rugged terrain, crime and poverty. Brazil sits twenty places away from us on the “Where to be born”-index, but at least they got ledges. You’re five times more likely to get murdered in Brazil than in the United States — the flip side is that you’re five times less likely to learn fire switch back tails.

Presidential hopefuls may have a tough time “making America great again” through education, healthcare and infrastructure. Freeing the ledges and restoring a once-thriving American export is the easy part …it’s just unlikely that a wealthy toupée’d racist whose New York properties are riddled with skate-deterants is the one bring us there ;) #freetheledges

Yes, this entire post was an excuse to post this Vine :)

Late Start…

August 24th, 2015 | 4:39 pm | Daily News | 2 Comments

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^This thing is at 50 Kent (@ N 11th Street) for a lil’ bit.

The Alltimers webstore is now live with new boards, hats and tees.

Ok, no more skating rails in the 6XL QS tees. (Labor still got them hehe.)

Reportpotholes.org is a new, Jersey-based website centered around a single featured clip a la the defunct Popills.com. Via the same dudes who brought you In Crust We Trust and Brick City Street Styles. The first one is solid.

New part from the always underrated Ron Deily — though you wonder if he finally starts getting the credit he has long deserved given today’s no comply and wallie-favoring political climate. (This one is another personal favorite.)

Free Skate Mag interviewed another oft-underrated New Jersey legend, Pete Eldridge — one of the few guys to successfully pull off a comeback in skateboarding, and winner of the 2012 Q.S.S.O.T.Y. award (for a single line.)

Village Psychic came through with a four-minute Jordhan Trahan remix, that probably stands as his most comprehensive full “part” to-date.

Michael Carroll (who turns 40 today), does a frontside kickflip over a mini picnic table at the 3:30ish mark of this clip from the Stay Flared tour.

Backing 50 Cent #musicsupervision for a 2015 video part. Miss the guy :(

More terrible skateparks!

Usually not into internet writing that tells me “WHY ______ IS IMPORTANT,” but SMLTalk is spot on re: the virtues of the Dime Glory Challenge.

The Blabac x Stevie photos are among the best skate photos that exist.

The only thing I remember from Mountain Dew: The Movie is Tiago Lemos’ footage and everyone unanimously agreeing that he is now the best skateboarder alive, so you should watch his Gold Goons section again.

Ummmmmmmmmm

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Esco dancing is truly life altering.

New Watermelonism: Travel Melon

August 18th, 2015 | 1:43 pm | Daily News | 6 Comments

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Most people travel for one, two weeks at a time. Every December, Alexander Mosley — creator of the Watermelon Video and Dos Sandias — buys a one-way ticket to a place without a “real” winter. (The “real” is in quotes because people in San Juan have told me they don’t swim in the winter…when the water temperature is 80 degrees.) He usually doesn’t come back until New York’s average temperature levels out above 70. Something to consider when you’re crying about winter this upcoming February ;)

The latest Watermelonism installment is a tribute to always being on the move. Half filmed during a six-month stint all over Puerto Rico — the freest place in all of America — with the other half back in New York. Includes some of the last bits of St. Vincent’s Banks footage that you’ll ever see. (There’s nothing to skate at the new plaza FYI.)

Support Watermelonism by buying a Travel Melon tee or board.

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Includes a Ben Nazario cameo.

We Are Bruvs

August 17th, 2015 | 5:50 am | Daily News | 5 Comments

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There’s no reason to believe a Muska Epicly Later’d is going down anytime soon. This comprehensive hour-and-forty-minute interview with him on Anthony Shetler’s podcast is the best you’re going to get for a while.

Fakie Hill Bomb’s interview with #forward #thinking skatepark designer, Søren Enevoldsen, is great. “In terms of skateboarding, all you basically need for a skatespot to be succesful, is a couple of granite benches placed on a somewhat large flatground area with a smooth hard surface in an inner city context.” …yet somehow, this concept gets lost for the ramp-to-ledge skatepark designers we get. Just build this pls thx.

On that note, it’s nice to see that the Sants spot in Barcelona has experienced a rebirth with new, skater-made ledges recently. Looks like the Spanish version of Stalin Plaza.

Going from running a skate shop to being a hired mercenary who protects freight liners from Somali pirates must be one of the more drastic career changes to ever happen.

New Juicy Elbows iPhone vid.

Canadians keep innovating in 2015. Canada is having a moment.

Running a Canadian skateboard company hasn’t gotten any easier though.

Iron Claw in Montreal, with Lou, Phil, Kennedy, etc. ///end Canada content.

Always wondered if someone would skate the wooden benches in subway stations…

SMLTalk runs down the soundtrack to Brandon Biebel’s career. “Living It Up” + Biebel is without question one of the top five #musicsupervision decisions in the history of skateboard videos. Nollie flip the four block in Atlanta + “If you looking for me homie I’m in the ATL” Jeezy sync is perfect too.

If T.F. West is the new T.F. and T.F. 20 on 20th & 2nd is the new T.F. West (but on the east side), what does that make regular T.F?

Skateboarders and being #responsible, as it stands in 2015.

Shout out to the homie Baker for pointing me in the direction of this vegan skate shoe brand from the mid-nineties’ video that I’ve never seen before, at least in full. It’s oddly very contemporary, and very enjoyable. #very.

Quote of the Week: “I listened to the NPBS soundtrack the other day. It’s the only thing that makes me want to start drinking again.” — Baptiste

R.I.P. Sean P.

Interesting Landing

August 10th, 2015 | 5:39 am | Daily News | 4 Comments

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Some angel uploaded the Stick Up Kids NY premiere clip from 2006. For those who may not know, Stickupkidsny.com was the home of Flipmode, which would later become Bronze in the early 2010s. The clip is way ahead of its time :)

Mick Robbins has a new mini video entitled “Girls Are Hot” (girls are hot) that is mostly filmed in New York. Features a new silent Jason Byoun part. He’s maybe the the first one to ever film a line with a backpack on his chest.

Pretty sure there will be a ton of kids trying no comply hurricane grinds on the fat flat rail at L.E.S. this fall. Also, we need to get more crates at Tompkins.

The six-level arc of getting hooked up at your local shop.

Nostalgia: Luy Pa Sin B-sides from the Lordz TDGAFAU era, and round 2 of Jim Hodgson’s In Absenita C-roll. The Stevie frontside heel is really cool :)

Everyone gets all bleary eyed when they talk about Modus or In Bloom, but some of those old TWS videos kinda just fell in the pile in the internet era. Village Psychic looked back at reasons worth revisiting some of them. Gotta give some special bonus nods to Pete Eldridge’s Hallelujah part, Smolik’s Let’s Do This part, and Bobby Worrest’s Right Foot Forward part.

Yesterday, I broke edge and went to the Zumiez in Union Square.”

Avoiding the same questions for every interview with a skater is tough. Skateboard Story has a rad one with Mackenzie Eisenhour, one of the best interviewers in all of skate media. “The only way to adapt if you want to work in it for me is just to keep skating. That’s the only constant. The act itself doesn’t really change. If I stopped skating myself, I would really have a hard time pretending to care about any of it. I honestly have no idea how people who have quit skating still work in the industry.”

Cell Jawn #12 and Skate Sundays #50.

Jenkem runs down the best fakie ollies of all time, an inherently awkward looking trick if there ever was one.

A few New York clips in these Brad Cromer B-sides from Outliers.

So that’s where the “Grindin'” beat came from…

Quote of the Week: “Have you ever eaten at Quizno’s before? It sucks.” — Cyrus

Transition sucks ;)