We finally made a logo! Shout out to Francesco, the chief operating officer of the QS Scandinavian branch and newly staffed visuals director. Titles, a logo, links to the original clips, what else? We’re on volume #6 here, but still open to suggestions.
Busy week this time around thanks to the briefly available online Sk8mafia video. It’s also perhaps the first week where there has been zero Instagram inclusions, but definitely not on purpose. Instagram seems more dedicated to skatepark violence in August ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It’s also the first time we couldn’t select just *one* trick from somebody’s part for a #1. Have a good weekend everybody.
10) Tim Zom via Bombaklats [link] 9) Kenny Anderson via “Chuck of Chocolate: NYC” [link] 8) Bobby DeKeyzer via “Refuckingdiculously Sorry” [link] 7) Mark Poole via Lurk NYC “Mean Streets Volume 2” [link] 6) Wes Kremer via The SK8MAFIA Video 20165) Alex Ramirez via The SK8MAFIA Video 20164) Javier Sarmiento via The SK8MAFIA Video 20163) Jake Johnson via “Dickies in Texas” [link] 2) Hjalte Halberg via “Soulland & Nike SB Present: FRI.day” [link] 1) John Gardner via Bruns 2 [link]
Since the early 2000s, skateboarding in New York has been forcefully pushed out of marble bench-lined public spaces and into fenced-in basketball courts — so much that we began to overtake the ballplayers themselves. As we’ve now been pushed into skateparks throughout this past decade, even the courts are becoming a novelty.
Vernon-Jackson has long been one of the best spots in the city that everyone would always forget about. Strained for ideas on where to go skate at 2 on a Wednesday and sensing the “ok fuck it let’s do nothing”-point of 4 P.M. closing in, there has seldom been a resistant voice to taking the twenty-minute train ride from downtown to skate an straight fucking ledge that you don’t get kicked of, one stop into Queens.
Vernon-Jackson isn’t gone, but those pink [straight fucking] ledges that are becoming an endangered species are, and the rub-bricked concrete ledge behind the basketball hoop is a big question mark. The iconic little kid spot — the frontside-for-regular metal bench over the ledge — remains and will slowly fade into obscurity as kids begin skating ten-stair handrails ten months into skateboarding. May we forever remember the pink ledges as being home to one of the most low impact moments of Chris Cole’s high impact career as a pre-gothic skateboarder.
On another note, the absolute worst spot to emerge from the 2000s court-ization of New York skateboarding and one of the worst ledges in city limits may potentially never see the light of 2017.
The Jackson Playground ledge was a surefire sign that your attempt at skateboarding in a given day was a complete failure. You didn’t even make it to Columbus Park. You opted to spend a precious 45 minutes of your time on earth with a concrete piece of shit. It’s bourgeois to say fuck this place because some kid in Iowa would probably sell his little brother into cruel child labor to have this thing, but fuck this place. Bye.
“In fact, they feel it was exploitative, that Clark capitalized on the brilliance of the crew while failing to capture the true beauty of their world. They weren’t as sex crazed as the film portrays them, for one. More important, in Kids, it seems all the boys want is to fuck the girls, but in real life, the girls weren’t sexual conquests. The boys and girls ran neck and neck and were best friends.” Ok, so lately been wondering about the origins of the photos from @thatsacrazyone on Instagram, which has tons of early and mid nineties stuff around Astor, Washington Square and the Banks + some same faces from Out & About, etc. (This Loki photo is the coolest a slappy crook on a six-inch curb will ever look.) Turns out its for an upcoming book of the same name, whose website hasn’t been updated in a year-and-a-half, but apparently is still coming out as per this feature in August’s issue of Vice. Really looking forward to this one :)
You probably already saw this: Austyn’s TWS cover footage and Brad Cromer front blunting a Seaport bench in Huf’s new NYC edit.
This is six-years-old and has nothing to do with skateboarding, but I read it on the plane twice. “If journalism’s more vital traditions of investigating corruption and synthesizing complex topics are going to be restored, it will never be at the expense of the personal, the sexual, the venal, or the sensational, but rather through mastering the kind of storytelling that understands that none of those things exists in a vacuum.”
Quote of the Week: “They make MTV music that I want to listen to.” — Pryce Holmes’ Sremmlife 2 review
Pretty light week this time around compared the the onslaught of videos that dropped last week. Got some chill wallrides, a MACBA obstacle that has never successfully been conquered until this now, and the footage evidence of one of the coolest looking New York magazine covers in a solid minute instead. Can’t forget some pertinent Glory Challenge standouts either. Have a good weekend bye ;)
10) Challex Olson via @hjaltehalberg on Instagram [link] 9) James Pitonyak via Bruns 2 [link] 8) Thaynan Costa via his TWS “AM Spotlight” part [link] 7) Nassim Guaamazz via Bombaklats [link] 6) Alexis Lacroix via Thrasher’s Dime Glory Challenge recap [link] 5) Brad Cromer via “HUF NYC” [link] 4) Frank Gerwer via Thrasher’s Dime Glory Challenge recap [link] 3) Tyshawn Jones via @enwhytj on Instagram [link] 2) James Moore via @metroskateboarding on Instagram [link] 1) Austyn Gillette via “HUF NYC” [link]
Posted remotely in Copenhagen for the week, where it already fast-forwarded to everyone needing a hoody and jacket at night. Here are eighteen seconds of Hjalte warm-ups filmed a hundred feet from where this post is being typed.
America: Where seemingly sane “adults” argue about the placement of a trash can + yoga/skate hybrids and LurkNYC showing #OGRESPECT in volume eighteen of their always entertaining “New York Times” throwaways series.