Five Favorite Parts With Chad Muska

October 7th, 2015 | 5:02 am | Features & Interviews | 9 Comments

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No idea who took the photo above, sorry. Just pulled it off Tumblr. Any help w/ a credit is appreciated. Photo by Seu Trinh. Thanks commenter :)

Been a while since we ran one of these. This edition comes from a childhood hero of anyone who started skating during Shorty’s post-Fulfill the Dream reign. Muska covers some usual suspects, but luckily goes into a bit more detail as to *why* exactly some of the parts we’re often told are #important, are. Had a ton of fun doing this one. Unfortunately had to leave off the two honorable mentions at the bottom :( before it got way too long, though he was just as enthusiastic about those.

Sick of Rich Girls: Quotes Over the Years — Volume 3

September 18th, 2015 | 4:00 am | Features & Interviews | 10 Comments

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Diagram by Charles Rivard Ph.D

Many people have mentioned that on Monday morning, the first thing they check is the Quote of the Week. Friends who don’t skate say that it is the only #content on the website that translates to them (wait the stuff about Kareem Campbell checking his pager isn’t #relevant to you?) The vast extended family of QS is what gives this website life. Even with all the laughs that happen on a given day, far too many them would end up being “you had to be there”-moments if we strained to recount them in written form. These are the ones that kinda sorta maybe hopefully translate.

We usually do these posts once every few years on the anniversary (September 12), but since this year was the ten, we had to run the retrospective video that day. Here they are for roughly mid-2013 to a week ago. Volume 1 is here and volume 2 here.


“Sick, now there are babies crying. This is like eating in a hospital.” — Josh Velez on eating in Golden Krust

“You guys are ruining benches that cost millions of dollars.” — A Fort Greene cop regarding two recycled plastic benches

“Dunk wedges are like the new tongue ring.” — Roctakon

“You sold your Xbox for weed.” — Responsible Friend to Slicky Boy

“I have a theory that Time Warner deliberately hires idiots to work their phones so you can’t negotiate with them.” — Bar Homie

“I learned more from Andre Page than I did from college.” — Will Carpio

“Yo ____, can I borrow $5?”
“I’m an illegal immigrant with no job. I’m the last person in this car you should be asking for money.”

“If you’re from San Diego and not on Sk8Mafia, you’re an asshole.” — Riza

“Maroon 5 has a hood pass.” — Ty Lyons

The History of T.Fs in New York: 2000-2015

September 4th, 2015 | 4:46 am | Features & Interviews | 17 Comments


How deep? Deep as the abyss. Photo by Gigliotti.

The other day, I met some people at T.F. West. After the hour-long pandering that goes on whenever the “where are we gonna skate?”-question is raised, some permit-wielding kickballers showed up. Outnumbered and frustrated, we left the park.

“So-and-so is at T.F.” An hour of half-hearted flat skating and aimless shittalking — it was not enough. We still craved a new chainlink cage with nothing more than flatground and maybe a trash receptacle to put on its side. We half-walked/half-skated the twenty minutes to T.F.

After a half-hour at T.F., a suggestion was made: “So-and-so wants to a try a trick over the can off the bump on 20th Street.”

The “bump” on 20th Street? You mean that small groove on the ground that just-maybe-kinda-but-kinda-not hoists you up? In an empty court surrounded by a chainlink cage? How did we get here? Three T.Fs in one day? We’ve been everywhere and back but I just can’t remember it all. What am I doing?

Here’s a complete history of how we got here.

2000: Alien Workshop’s Photosynthesis video is released. The second half of Robert Dyrdek’s part is filmed at a graffiti-covered indoor facility, which we later learn is called the “Training Facility” or “T.F.” for short. (This place later proved to be a blueprint for the “Fantasy Factory,” but that is a topic for another day.)

Love Park in 2015: An Interview With Brian Panebianco

August 7th, 2015 | 4:46 am | Features & Interviews | 11 Comments


Looking in from the outside (or from 100 miles north on the interstate), Love Park seems to have always existed in eras. There was the Ricky / Eastern Exposure era, the Kalis / Wenning / Pappalardo et al. / Photosynthesis era, and now, after some downtime last decade, there is the current “pink planter” era. And there’s no crew or series that has been pushing footage of Love Park and Philly in 2015 like the Sabotage videos. Below is a conversation with Brian Panebianco, one of the principal filmers and creative forces behind Sabotage (video #4 is due out 9/11/15), about skateboarding’s most iconic skate spot as it stands in 2015, and all that surrounds it.


Are you originally from Philly?

I’m from the suburbs, like 35 minutes out.

When was the first time you went to Love Park?

Probably when they had the first X-Games street contest at City Hall [in 2001.] I remember everyone was skating the Municipal Building, but you couldn’t skate Love because the cops were waiting there. By the next year, all the pink planters were in.

Where would you skate in those years after downtown Philly got shut down?

I grew up skating this D.I.Y. spot in Lansdale, Pennsylvania that’s actually still there. Or we’d just skate around the neighborhood.

Did you ever go into the city?

Once I got my license, I did, but by that time, Love was completely shut down. I grew up without it being skateable. We’d try to skate City Hall and sometimes get lucky, but usually not. We’d go to the three block, Temple and those shitty spots.

There was also that D.I.Y. spot with the parking blocks under I-95 that Wenning and Kerry Getz used to always skate.

How’d you get into making videos?

I’d film with this shitty camera until 2005, when I got a VX1000, and that’s when I got hyped on it. I was never a Skate Perception dude or anything, but I had a few friends who were. Some of the first people I started going out skating with were Ant and Dom Travis. Ant had a VX and he was into cameras. We started making little montages from that D.I.Y. spot, but nothing much beyond that. We still didn’t skate downtown much.

Five Favorite Parts With Hjalte Halberg

July 16th, 2015 | 5:02 am | Features & Interviews | 6 Comments

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Chilling with Schiffer.

Keeping the series international for now. The latest installment comes from the reigning titleholder for Quartersnacks Noseslider of the Year — who in all honesty, stands the chance of two-peating even against some tough competition.