Getting Them Royalties Dodging Them Bumblebees

June 11th, 2018 | 7:26 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

It’s heartwarming to see world renown design principles from 12th & A make their way to skateable spaces all the way across the Atlantic.

“Their video Grains, filmed across the soybean belt of Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio, veers far off interstate arteries and urban sprawls to extract tricks from crumbling loading docks in Joliet, dilapidated stadiums in Gary, polished-stone plaza ledges in downtown Peoria.” As most skate content has drifted towards Instagram and nothing has much staying power, the idea of a “video review” has sadly become a relic of skate publications past. That’s a bit sad, considering a resounding, well-written recommendation of a not-so-obvious video (or something you simply neglected to click on) still means a lot. I bought Grains after reading Boil the Ocean’s new review of it, and can’t say I would’ve been compelled to do the same if I saw a part of it on Thrasher or YouTube with a Big Cartel link under it ♥

“The most dominant example of genre loyalty is DGK’s whopping 92% use of hip hop.” Someone culled Skatevideosite’s entire database of soundtracks and put together an infographic-based portrait of #musicsupervision in skate videos over the past four decades — and somehow, despite the fact it has been a recurring joke on here for ~10 years — Big L isn’t the most oft-used rap artist.

Head over to Live Mixtapes R.B. Umali’s Vimeo page to hear the full version of Zoo York’s Mixtape soundtrack with NoDJ tags no skate noises over the music.

Skate Muzik also did podcast with R.B. about how the iconic soundtrack came to be.

The water sports section from Spirit Quest, where they put a condom on a VX, is now online ;) …as is Ben Gore’s hill-heavy Static IV part.

Theories has an abridged history of any and all spot selection trends to take course over the history of skateboarding, though they left out some dismal low-points of recent spots on this side of the planet.

This feels like a clip that would’ve been on 48 Blocks ten years ago. In a good way.

Real is working on a documentary on Chicago’s Uprise Skateshop, and presumably ignoring a mountain of pitch emails from Paulgar about doing one on Autumn.

Jenkem with a lesson on pant sags and nut grabs in skate videos.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: NBA Champion, Nick Young.

Quote of the Week: “It’s easier to catch an octopus here than it is to get laid.” — Francesco

Chief Keef making Seaside Heights boardwalk music (and him sounding the most energized he’s sounded in years on it) is one 2018’s most unheralded developments.

Quartersnacks Top 10 — June 8, 2018

June 8th, 2018 | 6:20 am | Daily News | 3 Comments

We are honored to have Giglotti in this week’s Top 10 ♥

And as far as Michel Rappaport’s skateboard doppleganger goes, choosing a favorite from that part was nearly impossible, but the execution + set-up on those first two tricks was immaculate, plus you know we’re romantics for a Three Up Three Down moment, even if it’s on the other side of the planet.

…also, how rare is it to see anyone do a kickflip backside 5-0 on a ledge in 2k18?


Intro via @jbgillet on IG [link] 10) Michael Giglotti via “Spitfire Presents: Lottie’s Primetime” [link] 9) Some Swedish Guy via “Poetic Collective: Marseille” [link] 8) Ishod Wair via IG [link] 7) Jonas Skroder via “Sotto Torchino” [link] 6) Herman Stene via Adidas’ “Magnus” video [link] 5) Guy Mariano via IG [link] 4) Dane Barker via “Spitfire Presents: Lottie’s Primetime” [link] 3) Didrik Gallasso via IG [link] 1) Magnus Bordewick via Adidas’ “Magnus” video [link]


Previously: June 1, 2018

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Well, This Could Potentially Suck

June 6th, 2018 | 3:37 am | Daily News | 3 Comments

Unclear as to where this is going to lead (the office is currently an ocean away on vacation, so a local follow-up will have to wait), but this cryptic fence could have grave consequences on the flow of the most oft-skated lower Manhattan spot of the past decade :(

(Or it will just revert back to the state it was in before the wooden slats were removed and Columbus Park experienced its rebirth these past five or six years.)

Thanks to Zach Moeller for the intel.

Update: Here’s another photo via Mike Heikkila, and by the looks of it, the fence is bolted into the floor, which [probably] means its bound to be there for a while.

ANOTHER UPDATE: It looks like they fenced it off to install exercise machines, a la what’s at the part of Seaport by L.E.S. Park. The wholes for the machines are all outside of the perimeter for the basketball court, so it seems like the runways to everything will be fine, provided they remove the fence.

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So Random, This One

June 4th, 2018 | 8:29 am | Daily News | 6 Comments

Photo by Bryce Kanights. Scan via Science Versus Life

“So, you’re smoking weed on the plane at…13-years-old.” This Steven Cales “Nine Club” interview is full of gems from late-80s and early-90s New York. If you want some footage accompaniments to the people/companies/places/era he talks about a lot, check these 88-92 Skate N.Y.C. videos that surfaced on YouTube back in 2011.

Our dear friends at Lottie’s Skateshop collaborated with Spitfire and released one of the funnest all-L.A. edits in recent memory. Features legends like Andrew Reynolds, Michael Gigliotti and Danny Brady.

Memory Screen has a nine-minute montage up to commemorate the bro Mark Gonzales’ 50th birthday, edited to the another early-00s Real rider’s song from maybe my favorite video part ever :)

#TRENDWATCH2018: Are trips to Marseille the new trips to Paris?

The new, and improved Love Park is finally open! And it’s so bad that the designer of the Love sculpture decided to depart to another plane of existence.

And on a related, nothing-to-do-with-skateboarding but everything-do-with-skateboarding note, Village Psychic interviewed Nils Norman about the study of defensive architecture via Dismal Garden.

Theories of Atlantis is at the helm of a new wheel company called Dial Tone MFG. They have a new edit up featuring teamriders Jahmal Williams, Alexis Sablone, others.

The Bronze Instagram story has documentation of perhaps the biggest development to happen to skateboarding in midtown Manhattan since incentive zoning.

With every New Yorker’s favorite L.A. spot reaching an unfortunate demise, Andrew Allen provides us with the story behind the day when he backside flipped into the main bank at L.A. High.

Max Hull put together an iPhone montage from a winter Barcelona trip.

Smalls uploaded Pulaski montage 12 of 500 from Stop Fakin’ 3 ;) ♥

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: By the looks of it, this might be the final installment of the Sports Desk until the fall, but gotta give it to J.R. Smith running to the liquor store in the final two seconds of an NBA Finals game.

Quote of the Week: “So, Die Antwoord is these white people who rap.” — E.J.

Quartersnacks Top 10 — June 1, 2018

June 1st, 2018 | 11:27 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

Can’t say anyone has needed to see a noseslide nollie flip since like, ~2005, but the one above exceeds any and all performances of that trick, except maybe the one Creager did over the Grate™. No surprise that it comes from the land of superbly performed kickflips.

Otherwise, a couple Canadians, and nobody here knows how “old” that A.V.E. line is, and frankly, none of us really care ;)

Have a good one, happy June ♥

Original Clips:


Intro via @adrienbulard_ [link] 10) Billy Hoogendijk via “POP Clip #34” [link] 9) Dylan Kuhn via GRN Apple’s “Gang Green” video [link] 8) Dustin Henry via IG [link] 7) Jamie Foy via “Spitfire Part” [link] 6) A.V.E., via IG [link] 5) Spencer Hamilton via IG [link] 4) Chatty Toeda via IG [link] 3) Jacopo Carrozi via IG [link] 2) Quel Haddox via IG [link] 1) Aidan Campbell via “Album Rough Cut” [link]


Previously: May 25, 2018

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