Talking ‘Bout a Whole Lot of Spinach

May 18th, 2015 | 5:50 am | Daily News | 5 Comments

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Extreme. Photo via Gigliotti.

281-330-8004 x 917-692-2706.

HD video blog #11 from Johnny Wilson even though Transworld commenters hate it ;)

Forrest Edwards ain’t for contest judges, he’s for the people.

Shocked to see that the new Staten Island skatepark has straight, normal ledges. NY Skateboarding takes a look at Faber Park. Looks like Astoria but with more hubbas.

Didn’t know bearing companies really go on “tour” — Bones Swiss has a new Euro tour vid out with a bunch of really good B. Worrest footage. Sorta miss the era when you could still put a really long manual in a video :(

This has been online for eight years, but saw it reposted a bit on Tumblr: raw footage of Anthony Correa from 1997. Mostly Houston and S.F. stuff. Wish there was more footage of the dude out there (or at least a version of his Mixtape 2 part that didn’t feature a rapper who actually said “my crew packed full of nuts like an Almond Joy.”) Also, that back smith on the Seaport bench in the first Static video is still reigning atop the smith grind hall of fame nearly twenty years later.

Not sure which “Summer Trip to New York” cycle this should even count for…it came out in 2015 but was seemingly filmed in 2014. Anyway, some Australians who really love helicopter shots skate around New York for a bit. The kickflip up / turn around / switch flip down line at Columbus Park is awesome.

Russians produce bleaker skate footage than even the Brits. They love tracksuits too.

Always surprised to remember that Riverside Skatepark still exists.

Happy to hear the lease at House of Vans was renewed. Place was a real lifesaver these past few winters when you just want to listen to Drake and skate with the boys.

There are the Boil the Ocean posts that I sorta get, and then there are the ones that I sorta don’t. The new one is in the latter category.

The low barrier in front of Punjabi on Avenue A and Houston is gone.

R.I.P. Chinx Drugs. “Let him be remembered for being one of the few rappers who didn’t waste Harry Fraud’s production.”

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Iguodala probably should’ve been called for the foul here, but Steph hit a shot behind two three point-lines. Big no thanks to the Los Angeles Clippers for allowing this excruciating-to-watch Houston team to make it to the conference finals. You guys are horrible and hate people who watch basketball.

Quote of the Week: “Vaping is the rollerblading of smoking.” — Billy Rohan

Ok, who do we talk to about the New York version?

#TRENDWATCH2015: Full Spring Report

May 15th, 2015 | 5:02 am | Daily News | 15 Comments

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Spring is here, the ladies r looking sexy and the footage is more fashionable than ever. Our Fashion Desk observes some of S/S 15’s most notable developments.

Sending a Photo of the Polo Hat Rack at Macy’s to Your Company’s Headwear Designer as a Reference Image

What’s going on in the embroidery industry? Is there any explanation for why the average embroidery size on a hat in 2015 cannot exceed 3/4ths of an inch in height? How much of a testament is it to the Lifshitz legacy that nearly fifty years later, skateboard companies are clawing over each other to outdo Ralph’s masterful simplicity? Why is Jadakiss as hard as it gets? Why is @dropolo the most underrated? Why you gotta do me like that?

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Streets Need That Muska Epicly Later’d Fam

May 13th, 2015 | 4:14 pm | Daily News | 17 Comments

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Short of maybe an Epicly Later’d with the entire original Zoo York team (that’s never happening), it’s hard to think of one as desperately needed as one with The Muska.

The “Occasionally Awesome” Podcast dropped an episode with Ed Templeton yesterday, which tells the story of a fateful night when Muska got kicked off Toy Machine (at the 31:20 mark.) There’s no candidate equipped to tell the tale of the ~1998-to-mid-2000s “rockstar era” of skateboarding like The Muska. Kerry Getz is cool but he ain’t kick it with Paris Hilton et al in Las Vegas superclubs.

If you were to re-create a less-dark version of Boogie Nights, except base it on the turn of the millennium, pre-high speed internet skate industry rather than the porn industry at the advent of home video, the Dirk Diggler figure would have to be based on The Muska. (The Welcome to Hell premiere night is clearly the start of act two — it’s set up almost too perfect.) Paul Thomas Anderson probably lost my business card or something (I have the treatment ready to go man), but until he finds it, the crew over at VBS really needs to get it together and work some magic.

And let us not forget the time when Mike V. took on an entire security staff so he “could rescue The Muska from the bad guys.” It’s baffling why skateboarders keep finding themselves making these awful, heavy-handed motivational skate movies, when the most cinematic skate career just sits there as an anecdote on some Podcast with Ed Templeton for three minutes.

PTA, my e-mail is on the contact page.

Da Fam On Da Gram

May 11th, 2015 | 2:03 pm | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Photo via Brian Kelley

If you need some motivation to help you power through the week, Khaled has a new Breakfast Club interview. He’s been meditating, swimming, and is considering flying.

This was awesome: Jim Hodgson uploaded a “lost” German Nieves part from 1997. Great watch, especially considering there aren’t a ton of all New York-based full parts from back then. R.I.P. Hoboken Ledges

Alex Olson from Bianca Chandon's favorite skater’s part from Life is Goodie is now online. Buy a DVD copy of the video here.

The two guys who skated from Boston to New York are skating somewhere far again.

It’s gotta be amazing to live in a place that closes down a legendary skate spot (that’s utilized by absolutely no one else), promises to build a skatepark in exchange, and somehow doesn’t completely fuck it up. That place has something like ~20% unemployment for people under 25 and also feels like a Groundhog’s Day-esque vortex after a while, but hey man, you can sk8.

Greg Hunt broke down how terrible the process of clearing music rights for skate videos is. Yo but you don’t gotta clear that shit for the Gram tho.

Brian Anderson and Mark Gonzales made a downtown to midtown bro cam clip.

Zoo is reissuing Matt Reason’s Keys deck. All the proceeds go to Matt’s family.

Boom game next level down in Virginia.

Another YouTube compilation from a classic skate spot! Real life.

Phil Rodriguez in slow motion at the Forrest Hills park.

Is pontificating on Koston skateboarding’s version of pontificating on Kobe?

A bunch of the Bronze dudes + Rich Homie Quan + San Francisco.

Confused because a) why is Vogue covering skate products? and b) how dare they snub Alex Olson from Bianca Chandon?

Shorty’s made it outside, past the walls.

$82,000 Snacks.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Courtside angle of Rose’s Game 3 winner. Glad to see the dude doing what he was doing when he was the youngest MVP in league history. Rooting for him, but that series is probably going to seven games…

Quote of the Week: “In all honesty, Daniel Lutheran had my favorite part.” — Pryce Holmes

Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan aren’t making music together anymore but he’s making music with Jamie xx? These rappers, man :(

God Bless the Governor

May 6th, 2015 | 1:35 pm | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Yesterday, we finally learned that Drake thinks New Jersey is cool (!), as he leveraged his perfect record of turning bubbling below-the-surface songs into full-fledged summertime hits on Paterson, NJ’s most well-known one-eyed monogamist.

On that same day, the Governor of New Jersey dropped a video part.

You know what’s weird about seldom-seen, aging, sponsored, paid-American-currency-to-ride-a-skateboard, “people just want to see you skate”-guys? Fred Gall exists. (And Mike York, but you’ve seen that post before.) The case for riding the bench during the final arc of a pro skate career falls to shambles when you’re reminded that this dude still drops a part every year or so. A dude who, two decades ago, was among the first to bring technical skateboarding to modern regulation-height ledges on the east coast. A dude who’s now pushing 40, grinding down handrails and still doing flip tricks (that frontside kickflip at Shorty’s is probably the most surprising trick in the whole part.) A dude who, by multiple accounts, could be dead right now.

Also: ANOTHER WHEEL COMPANY VIDEO! Wheel companies are like cult-favorite Soundcloud rappers who post funny memes and know how to have a good time, and board companies are corporate dudes like Jay-Z with 360 deals and no heart and soul, dude. Wheel companies saved skateboarding from Jay-Z. Shout out Pig Wheels and Bronze 56k.