Five* Favorite Parts With Karl Watson

April 4th, 2014 | 8:41 am | Features & Interviews | 10 Comments

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During the interviews for these segments, people will usually rattle off more than five parts, but won’t have much to say about exactly why some of them are favorites. It becomes easy for us to narrow it down to five from there. In Karl’s case, he was as enthusiastic about his first inclusion as his last, and we didn’t have the heart to cut any of them out (hence the asterisk.) Someone also finally went with Guy in Video Days over Mouse, so we’re scouring potential candidates that might controversially go with Gonz in Non-Fiction over Video Days, in case you know anyone ;) This edition probably has the largest range out of all the ones we have done, enjoy.

Unrelated but important (again): Henry Sanchez (51%) v.s. Kareem Campbell (49%). Vote here. Rain should clear up by tomorrow. Have a good weekend.

An Interview With Alex Olson (From the March 2014 Issue of Thrasher)

April 1st, 2014 | 12:56 pm | Features & Interviews | 15 Comments

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Thrasher put the QS-conducted interview with Alex Olson from their March 2014 issue online. In the event that you don’t want to read the small type on the layout pages, here it is in beautiful, enlargeable text. This was conducted right after New Years, so there are a lot of Supreme video questions (this one informed the Bill interview a bit), and vague questions about his company, which were made less vague in Mackenzie Eisenhour’s interview. It’s clearly a bit out of date (neither the Supreme video nor his company had an official name at the time…), but here it is for the print-averse.

All photos by Jonathan Mehring.

Unrelated but important: The Ultimate #Nineties Skater Bracket is down to the Final Four…Kareem v.s. Henry Sanchez and Jovontae v.s. Matt Reason. Vote here.

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Try and find a young skater that stirs up opinions more than Alex Olson. Abruptly quitting one of the most respected companies ever, bailing on a new one before it even got started, and being cryptic regarding the details of his own venture have a way of doing that. Alex wants to be something more than just happy to be here, which sounds reasonable. Unfortunately, that sometimes gets contorted by people who want to believe he’s either ungrateful or disinterested in skating altogether. After taking a six-month hiatus in New York last year, we had a chance to talk to him about what he’s been up to in light of all the changes.

Why have you been spending so much time in New York? What draws you to the city?

When I was 18, Dill flew me out. It was the first trip I ever took by myself. I met all the people at Supreme, Max Fish, The Hole…I always wanted to move out there but either sponsors wouldn’t let me, I had a girlfriend, or the weather was a concern.

Bill started filming for the Supreme video, and I had just gotten done filming for Pretty Sweet. My girl had also just broken up with me, so I was pretty over everything. I flew out to New York for Go Skate Day this past summer. I was only supposed to stay for two weeks, but I got a place out there and ended up staying six months filming for the video.

Supreme has been around for twenty years, but this is their first skate video. Why’d they finally decide to make one?

Well, they had “A Love Supreme,” which was the artsy 16mm video Thomas Campbell made in 1995. It used to be really hard to find but now it’s on YouTube. For this one, I think they realized there had such an eclectic group of people around Bill [Strobeck] and it would be a good thing for them to do. Once Dill and Mark Gonzales both said they’d film for it, Bill had a green light.

An Interview with Bill Strobeck

February 28th, 2014 | 7:58 am | Features & Interviews | 23 Comments

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There is always the one skate video project that dominates rumors and anticipation above all others. For the past year-and-a-half, that project has been the Supreme video, which we now know will be called “cherry.” We sat down with its creator, Bill Strobeck, to preview what we’re in store for without giving too much away.

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Supreme has been around for twenty years and never had a full-on skate video. How did the idea to finally do one come about and how did you get involved?

My Cinematographer Project part had just come out [in spring 2012]. Kyle [Demers] saw my section and seemed hyped on it. He had recently started working for Supreme, and was wondering what everyone else has always thought: “Why has Supreme never done a video?” Them wanting to do one would always go back and forth a bit, but ended up not working out every time. Kyle asked me if I could do a little something for the shop. First it was supposed to be just a commercial. Dill was in town at the time and they wanted me to skate with him and Tyshawn [Jones]. We ended up making the “buddy” commercial and then Kyle asked if I would be down to make a full-­length. The rest is history.

How did you pick the skaters who ended up being in it?

It was mostly who was already hanging out at the shop, like the guys who set up boards there, and some others who I had been working with at the time. Some of them were working on other videos, and some people got hurt. There were a lot of things that came into play later in terms of who was able to be in it. Also, it’s a shop video where there wasn’t a real team, but a team sort of got created along the way of making it, and I’m hyped on that.

Why has it taken you so long to make a full-­length of your own?

Well, I need security. I live by myself in Manhattan and everything costs a ton of money here. I have to work for other companies to support myself, so there was no time to do a full video on my own.

Another brand once asked me to make one for them. I tried doing that for a minute, but it ended because they canned their whole skate program. I’m glad my first full-length is for Supreme.

Five Favorite 411VM Parts with Josh Friedberg

February 21st, 2014 | 5:15 am | Features & Interviews | 5 Comments

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Via Josh Friedberg on Instagram. For any people ready to type up “What about so-and-so’s section?!”-comments, above is what the list looked like. The rule is we can only feature five though :(

The last edition of “Five Favorite Parts” wasn’t far off, but it was a bit more abbreviated that we would have liked. To switch things up (i.e. get someone talking about a part that isn’t Gonz or Guy), we went to the production side of things.

If anyone doesn’t know, Josh Friedberg was one of the principal creators of 411 Video Magazine, in addition to a one-time New Deal / 60/40 / People Skateboards teamrider. 411 was skateboarding’s first non-paper content mill. It laid the foundation for the sort of content you see populating the Hella Clips page each day, and did so regularly in the analog era, which sounds insane given the technological resources we have available today. Day in the lifes, Video Check Outs / Mag Minutes, tour articles, SKATE *Insert City Here* on the Ride Channel — all of these things have a big chunk of 411 in their DNA, in that it was first to take these concepts out of the printed page and into video form.

We limited the selections Josh could make to 411 sections. Here are the stories behind five of them.

Five Favorite Parts with John Cardiel

January 29th, 2014 | 8:03 am | Features & Interviews | 2 Comments

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Much like the inspiration for this series, some editions will be extensive and others will be brief outside the selections. This one is the first on the latter end of the spectrum, but you know, it’s Cardiel. (FYI: If you need another Cardiel dose, Chrome Ball did a similar segment with him in 2010, except for photos rather than video parts.)

Also had the chance to do a really good, more out-of-the-box “Five Favorite Parts” interview yesterday, which might end up going live sooner than the typical one-a-month schedule. The weather has been garbage, so why not, right? Also also also, the 2nd Nature Park is awesome and everyone should rent a car and go up there.

Thanks to Sweet Waste for the interview.