Summer League

July 5th, 2016 | 2:40 pm | Daily News | 3 Comments

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Hmmm…whose “board” is that?

Tell your friends you love them.

The State V.S. Radric Davis & Lucas Puig. Literally the greatest.

“What do you want to hear about: money, guns or drugs?” Chromeball has been killing it with the nineties New Yorker interviews lately. The one with Vinny Ponte from today is incredible and is really going to make you want to party, and the Steven Cales one from last week is as comprehensive of a story on him as you’re gonna get. Hear there’s another one in line with a personal hero of the QS office…

Did you know that Dustin Hoffman’s “I’m walking here!” bit from Midnight Cowboy was completely improvised? “Mean Streets” is a new LurkNYC montage series for the Transworld website. Great looking 360 flip in there.

Surprisingly enjoyed the hell out of this. A 25-minute interview with Josh Kasper. Yes, he does talk about ollieing the DJ. Osiris really was the best man. It was the definitive creative force between skateboarding’s closest counterpart to rap’s shiny suit era. My lifegoals are to produce a documentary on Osiris and own a Paine Webber bench.

Sometimes it’s just great to watch a feel-good “Summer Trip to NY” clip, yaknow?

Bill Strobeck uploaded four minutes worth of extras from the Supreme Paris video.

A new video blog from Johnny Wilson and friends + a new iPhone clip from Johnny Wilson and friends + a new Cafe Creme interview with Johnny Wilson where he talks about his friends. Shout out to Conor’s back noseblunt. Logan have you filmed anything for your part yet?

Boil the Ocean kicked off its annual “Summer Mixtape” series with one of my five favorite parts of all-time. Best #musicsupervision ever pretty much :)

Could this news be more shocking than Kevin Durant’s switch to the Golden State Warriors? Peter Smolik has parted ways with the Sk8Mafia in exchange for a spot on the rebooted Menace team. Yeah, they rebooted Menace.

The rideaway at the Wall Street gap is fucked now.

QS Sports Desk: What a weekend! Although it was a day before the world got turned upside down with the KD news + Tim Duncan retirement, this has been my favorite bit of free agency coverage. And remember, The Mavs won the title the first year of the Miami Big 3 ;) Enough with all this “this makes the league boring!” shit. Also, this GQ eulogy for the KD+Russ era is quite great.

Quote of the Week:

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Our good friend Roctakon recently dropped this mix of current day hits + dancehall classics + other stuff with Formerly Erock. Just in time for summer and BBQ season :) Pretty sure it’s his first time doing a mix since the QS-fave, NPBS mix.

Thanks to everyone who came out to China Chalet on Saturday. The smoke took a good seven days off all of our lives. DANY DVDs later this summer.

The Shit We Learned from Vogue’s Skate Week

July 1st, 2016 | 1:53 am | Daily News | 16 Comments

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1. L*ngb**rding is “more amusing and it looks more stylish.” Dude, have you even like even seen a Josh Kasper part before? More amusing? Pfft..

2. Pharell put other celebrities on to skateboards.

3. Yo they deadass wrote “flip kicks.” Roctakon used to yell that out of car windows at kids skating down the street.

4. How has nobody tried the shirt half-on look in a part before?

5. Even if the god Rihanna herself showed up to a hot horny summer date wearing a dress and white high top DCs, it’d be cause to make up an excuse to go home and cry.

6. I feel like a fashion mag should know Nike apparel luggage with Huf shoes is a massive faux pas, but then again, fashion’s all about breaking rules n’ shit. Also, do humans actually wear Obey?

7. Leaving Reider out of the “greatest hair in skateboarding” conversation means you’re not having a “greatest hair in skateboarding” conversation. Should we talk about blondes from the sixties and be like who’s Brigette Bardot? (I’m a bit personally upset I didn’t at least get a nod, but that’s another story.)

8. “You can’t do a lot of drugs and be really good at [skateboarding] nowadays.” Fam have u even seen Baker 2G?

9. The point of decorating with skateboards *IS* to have your home look like your teenage bedroom bro. See: the thousands of arguments with wives or live-in girlfriends about the said subject.

10. Shout out to my man Sinner for continuing to be an inspiration everywhere.

11. Dude this guy is high for 24 hours or more.

12. Whoa we came up wit checkerboard?! It’s rebellious. Fuck Views, it’s all about #statements.

13. Ummm, duhhh? Don’t fucking talk to me like we didn’t spend the QS nine-year-anniversary dinner reading passages from Alexa Chung’s book.

14. I guess Lucas Puig got abducted by aliens.

15. We ♥ Frog but what about Humble?

16. The world’s coolest skatepark is actually on E. 9th Street and Avenue A.

17. No one gets the evolution of skate style quite like Ben Nordberg.

18. Thank God Slicky is in this. Only photo you need, really.

19. Quartersnacks Vogue Week will begin on Tuesday of next week.

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Eleven Years Later! The E.S.T. 5 New York Section

June 29th, 2016 | 12:38 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

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You probably have to be of a certain age to appreciate the necessary bits of impending nostalgia, BUT in the early 2000s, the footage hierarchy went something like: 1) board + shoe company videos, 2) every other company video + video magazines, 3) the internet. E.S.T. was an east coast video magazine produced by Zoo York that never lived past four issues (QS ran an appreciation post of it six years ago in real years, 600 years ago in internet years.) It occupied a middle ground between the videos that hoarded footage for three years and Metrospective/OfficialNewYork.

Since then, the kid who did the hook on “Bling Bling” said he was the best rapper alive and a bunch of shit changed. NBDs filmed on an iPhone became fair game for public consumption five seconds after they were landed, and the internet evolved into a daily vomitorium of skate footage. HOWEVER, the final remnant of a footage hierarchy appears to be that things filmed on a Samsung phone are on that video magazine tier…in a non-video magazine age. So R.B. just dropped this edit filmed on the cellular device that only Matt Perez otherwise uses, and it feels like a decade-late follow-up to our beloved E.S.T.. From the bleep-boop stock music, to the jump cuts, to fun footage that still isn’t *quite* worth saving for a sponsor, to a commendable disregard of outer borough spots, to an editing vibe that’s been supplanted by #PFW runway close-ups and #skatevideohouse — every last bit of it is wonderfully nostalgic for a specific era in New York skating without having to like, play dress-up with the skater or scour YouTube for Beatminerz B-sides.

Surprisingly #onbrand to our current era re-piqued interest in early-2000s nostalgia — yet also modern in that I guess it uses the cellular device? ;)

OH, AND somebody finally used “Stick Talk” for a clip — a song that should’ve been used three Tiago Lemos parts ago.

The Neighborhood’s Changed, But the Beers Are Still Cold

June 27th, 2016 | 12:55 pm | Daily News | 4 Comments

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Godspeed Wavy’s. Although you got a bit too live these past few years, I wouldn’t take back the hours I wasted standing around doing nothing if I could. Wouldn’t be caught dead standing in front of Spring Mart. R.I.P. to one of the final remnants of that neighborhood. Photo via Zach Baker.

“Knowing a lot about something little, and caring about it deeply – even something as ridiculous as grown men making four wheeled planks balance on two wheels – provides a microcosm within which we understand the consequences of those big, nebulous issues.” Didn’t expect this to pop up anywhere: Caught in the Crossfire with an insightful breakdown of the Brexit results, and how they will effect skateboarding.

The Complete History of the 12th & A Rainbow Curb: April 2016 — Later in April 2016.

“It’s 50/50; it’s hard to see, but if you want to live your passion then you have to learn to live with it, or you find a regular job and you go skate on the weekend.” Lucas Puig on making adult decisions that impact skateboarding for a living.

Is Rodrigo TX the new Rodrigo TX?

Literal, on-the-nose #musicsupervision usually get the side-eye at this point, but always thought “Baltimore” would make a great video part song, and also all this Jason Spivey footage is awesome. Is the audio jacked for everyone else though?

Village Psychic travels back to the moonboot era when there’d be seven logos on one shoe, and does a wear test of the DC Relay with John Shanahan ♥ Daytime midtown footage 4 ever ♥ (Is Columbus Circle mellow to skate again?)

NY Skateboarding has pics of the McCarren Park renovation if you haven’t seen it yet.

The internet has a tendency to desensitize us from having to confront other people’s unfiltered brains and emotions, and unfortunately, that played out a bit on the skate internet last year as Billy Rohan, an incredible person who has done a ton for skateboarding in the city, went through it. Like the quote says, “depression is a flaw in chemistry, not character” and sometimes, there’s a lot more going on than somebody “acting crazy.” ANYWAY, Vice caught up with Billy, who’s been doing much better, for a video short on what he’s been through.

An interview with the filmer behind the Rios Crew. Not skating the same spot twice sounds exhausting ;)

Do you believe in life after Love? Go Skate Day 2016 in Philly, via the Sabotage boys.

Rockaway excursions and sweaty summer vibez in Genny’s new iPhone clip.

Taji did the whole awkward Vice host thing with Gino Iannucci for “TAJCAM.”

Dude remember Nadia footwear? Of course you don’t, but guess who does? :)

Chill lil’ Barcelona montage with five Penny tricks at the 1:21 mark.

This is weird. ALERT ALERT ALERT ALERT ALERT ALERT ALERT..

Quote of the Week: “Until we elect Trump, the British are the dumbest people on the planet.” — Dylgr

Shout out to my man Torey Goodall for skating to “June 27th” twelve years ago for a Baby Steps B-roll part. Who else you know can go from Van Morrison to Big Moe in the same video? Also shout out to all my Cancers bro.

The Age of Information — A Young Bench’s Strange, Erotic Journey From Williamsburg to Far Rockaway

June 23rd, 2016 | 11:25 am | Daily News | 6 Comments

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Tuesday, June 21, 3:02 P.M: Despite tweeting plans of an eight-hour binge that would involve bouncing around screens at the 42nd Street AMC theater, the QS office decided that the national holiday would be best spent on the beaches of Rockaway.

Tuesday, June 21, 7:18 P.M: As the sun began to set, we set our sights on the Beach 91st skatepark. Objectively speaking, it might be the worst skatepark in New York, but we’re great at finding charm in awful things. The park has the special distinction of 1) Being a Hurricane Sandy survivor, 2) An appearance in Phil Rodriguez’s Caviar part, 3) Unlike pretty much every skatepark in New York, it contains what a 2013 Quartersnacks comment dubbed “A STRAIGHT FUCKING LEDGE.”

Tuesday, June 21st, 7:30 P.M: Sadness begins to set as most parties present did not bring ideal footwear for skateboarding or non cruiser boards. Said sadness is largely due to recurring observations about how fun and ideal of a height the aforementioned “STRAIGHT FUCKING LEDGE” is.

Tuesday, June 21st, 7:34 P.M: Quartersnacks art director, Emilio Cuilan (celebrating a birthday today btw), makes an observation that “I feel like I skated that ledge before, but it was at another spot.”

Tuesday, June 21st, 7:58 P.M: An iPhone photograph of Genesis Evans (of “I didn’t know I was beast until I varial flipped a trash can“-notoriety) performing a backside 180 5-0 grind is taken.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 8:42 P.M: Over 24 hours after the fact, that photograph of Genesis Evans is posted on the Quartersnacks Instagram account, with a note that the trick on display did not occur in Calabasas, and was not at 4 P.M.

Wednesday, June 22, 9:35 P.M: Sognar and Trife alumnus, William McFeely confirms Mr. Cuilan’s suspicions from the day before that perhaps the bench on display had lived life elsewhere via his Instagram account, “@billymcfeely”: “Still don’t understand how the bqe bench got to far rock away.”

Wednesday, June 22, 10:00 P.M: A comprehensive individual with the IG handle “@timandvicstagram” clears the air regarding the bench’s shaky past: “@billymcfeely there was talk way back when that all the ‘skate’ objects under the BQE were under imminent threat of being destroyed by the DOT/DOS. In fact, at one point, one of those agencies actually followed through and began to destroy the bank to bank there. The builder of the bench, instead of waiting for said agencies to make quick work of the bench, decided to move the bench to the Far Rock park after the original got wiped out by Sandy. It just so happened that the park was looking for donations, and through a friend of the OG skate community in NYC, arranged for the bench’s new home at B91. And that my friend is how the “BQE bench” got out to Far Rockaway. And f you absolutely must know how it physically arrived at B91, it arrived by a pick up truck.”

Wednesday, June 22, 10:08 P.M: Mr. McFeely thanks “@timandvicstagram” for the comprehensive response.

The more you know, yaknow ? ;)