Parisian Notes on Cons & Ben Chadourne’s Purple Video

May 4th, 2018 | 3:10 pm | Features & Interviews | 3 Comments

Words & Photos by Zach Baker

It is wild to me that a person could ever get to a point in their given field where they could even consider the idea of making something perfect. In skating, I’m reluctant to say that it is even possible, given the subjectivity that is part and parcel of anything creative. Be it the way a person holds their arms, or the viewer’s disapproval of whatever “bullshit fuckin’ trap song!” was chosen — in 2018, considering the our varied and fickle tastes, no video is going to make everyone happy. I doubt that the people involved in the making of Purple had any delusions in this regard.

Quartersnacks Top 10 — May 4, 2018

May 4th, 2018 | 1:33 am | Features & Interviews | 2 Comments

That Brad Cromer clip got me thinking how insane all the stuff on the old Philadelphia City Hall five down / five up spot would be if it were around in 2018. #1 is obvious for sheer “did you see”-factor over the past week with real humans.

Have a good one. Shout out to the summer ♥

EDIT: #2 is Victor Campillo.

Original Clips:


Intro via @hjaltehalberg on IG [link] 10) Mark Del Negro via “King’s Row” part [link] 9) Mike Vidal via “Gronze Island – Episode 1” [link] 8) Brad Cromer via IG [link] 7) Korhan Gayle via “Hectic” [link] 6) Leon Chapdelaine via IG [link] 5) Chris Jones via “Hectic” [link] 4) ??? via Nike SB’s “George” video 3) Sean Fredrickson via “Gas” 2) Gauthier Rouger Victor Campillo via “Un printemps avec les gars” [link] 1) Tyshawn Jones via IG [link]


Previously: April 27, 2018

Branding Masterclass — Trucks

March 27th, 2018 | 5:00 am | Features & Interviews | 21 Comments

Words by Frozen in Carbonite
Collages by Requiem For A Screen

Few choices in life communicate as much about their owner as the skateboard truck. Board companies vary by woodshop, clothiers get bought out by global conglomerates, shoe brands come and go at the mercy of the vicissitudes of fashion, but the Big Three (plus one?) truck brands remain with consistent brand narratives that — for whatever reason — synergize with the most mindblowing slogans in the culture.

With that in mind, and with no end in sight to the #trend of starting brands, we will deconstruct the marketing tactics of the Big Three (plus one?) truck companies, focusing on their most iconic and immortal slogans.

Join me, won’t you?

Five Favorite Parts With Tom Knox

February 15th, 2018 | 5:00 am | Features & Interviews | 4 Comments

Photo by Alex Pires

Never not on a perpetual break from the days when we were doing one of these segments a month. 2018’s first one comes from Tom Knox, one of the leading line choreographers working today. As always, open to any requests for future 5FPs.

Stop Fakin’ 3 — An Interview With Smalls

January 24th, 2018 | 5:10 am | Features & Interviews | 4 Comments

Photo by Kyle Myles

Words & Interview by Frozen in Carbonite and Recordings of Boardings

Pulaski, for connoisseurs of plaza skating, offers the most authentic experience left in North America. One is out in the open yet simultaneously in one’s own pocket of reality. The Capitol looms at the end of Pennsylvania Avenue, and the White House stands only a couple of blocks away. The locals know the color schemes of the different law enforcement vehicles that encircle the block and react accordingly. The sheer electricity of the overall experience blows away your local park, no matter how expansive or plaza-like.

Like I said here, the power resides in the marble.

D.C. videography dates back to Sheffey’s A Reason for Living part, but exploded onto the scene via Chris Hall’s New Deal parts and the first issues of 411. Dave Schubert’s camera and Giant Distribution’s willingness to feature their riders at the time offered skating writ large a window into an intimidating but mind-opening scene that overshadowed Love Park for most of the early nineties. In 2018, “east coast” is synonymous with wallrides ‘n shit, but Pulaski locals were just as tech if not moreso than their Embarcadero contemporaries.

In addition to producing generations of rippers, Pulaski has produced as extensive a library of independent scene vids as anywhere — back to True Mathematics’ Prosperity², to the seminal Pitcrew (R.I.P) vid Where I’m From, to the turn-of-the-century classic Pack a Lunch. As computer technology facilitated D.I.Y. video production, more essential documents emerged. Along those lines, we recently caught up with Smalls, the dude behind the longest-standing D.C. video series, to discuss Stop Fakin’ 3 — the third in the trilogy of the same name — and the culture of one of the most prolific scenes in the world.

You can purchase Stop Fakin’ 3 along with the whole trilogy here.