Too Much Convo For 24 Hours — Best of 2017

December 22nd, 2017 | 12:06 pm | Video & Remixes | 7 Comments

Having been around long enough to recall the days of the internet not being a legitimate place for skate footage, a smaller, albeit less dramatic shift has been happening. Cue up Pontus Alv pontificating *wink* about the quality of footage merely being thrown on Instagram: “I don’t know if they were showing off or something. Maybe it’s part of a new marketing philosophy that we don’t understand.”

Pulling out the Real Camera™ is a grand gesture in 2017. The level of shit people are ready to throw out there for Instagram has made taking out the R.C™ almost disruptive when people are just having fun. Point three iPhones at it and it’s fine, but the tone of the session changes when it becomes “oh, let me set up the camera.”

“Nah man, I’m just having fun…not saving this for anything.”

2017 saw less R.C™ usage than any previous year. We used it on trips, we used it for night sessions we were able to get a crew out for, and yeah, sometimes we did end up using it instead of an iPhone for something that only took three tries.

It was a fucking amazing year for skateboarding and friends, in this city and beyond. DJ Mustard’s longest-ever streak of a song in a QS “Best of” is officially broken, but you-know-who is now on a two-year one. And you know damn well this would be edited to “Unforgettable” — it’s any human I’ve had a conversation with in 2017’s favorite song of the year — if only we hadn’t used it in April’s Mexico edit.

Sadly, there’s no Andre Page footage in this, as he specialized in 40-second lines this past year, but here’s a good consolation.

Saving the bad news for last: there’s no Christmas clip this year. Between injuries and traveling, fall skating in the city wasn’t as abundant in the decade-plus past. Gonna make a New Year’s resolution of bringing the R.C™ out more, so hopefully we’re back in the swing of our favorite annual tradition by this time next year.

We’ll be back on Tuesday, December 26th. Love you all, Merry Christmas ♥

Unforgettable: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

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Thankful For John

November 22nd, 2017 | 10:35 am | Video & Remixes | 3 Comments

Photo by Max Hull

Last year, on the eve of America’s day of thanks, we paid tribute to our dear friend Keith Denley. We realized that this day of gratefulness is not about what parts Keith didn’t film after years of claims, but about friends.

As the year comes to a close, it is important to celebrate those who keep us smiling with their skateboarding and their laughs. This year, we would like to commemorate John Choi, a man kept sane only by the boys and hucking.

Like most things in skateboarding, footage falls short of communicating John’s total brilliance. You have to be there to see him huck, fall in six different ways that would make any other human break their board and go home, land it perfectly, and then decide he might as well try a switch varial flip down a ten stair because he’s already rolling switch on the rollaway and it just so happens to be fifteen feet away.

A few winters ago, at a time of night focused on decadent beverages rather than skateboarding, John found himself with a dilemma: he needed to get home. Uninterested in a $25 Uber, disgusted with the thought of dealing with a late-night J train, and realizing Max Hull was headed the same way, only on a bike, John came up with a solution.

“I’ll just run with you over the bridge,” he told him. We laughed and forgot, knowing that no sane human was going to run to Bed-Stuy at 2 A.M. in the winter.

The next morning, a text arrived. “Did you watch Max Hull’s Insta story?”

On it, was John, diligently jogging uphill behind Max’s bike, under the icy red beams of a February Williamsburg Bridge.

Thanks John. We love you ♥

Edited by Jesse Alba. Filmed by Johnny Wilson, Aaron Chilen, Max Hull, Sean Dahlberg and Jesse Alba.

Previously: Thankful For Keith

Cyrus Nike + 917 Parts B-Sides Mix

October 25th, 2017 | 6:04 am | Video & Remixes | 1 Comment

Looks like it has turned into a proverbial Cyrus week ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

With video blogs running scarce in 2017 (promise to stop talking about those come next year…it’s time for me to move on with new loves), and Logan retiring at 26, these should cover a decent batch of B-sides from both the 917 video and his new Nike part ♥ Also includes a couple greatest hits from random Johnny and SB edits.

Filmed by… Johnny Wilson and Logan Lara. Paid for by these sketchy $4 hats from Cyrus’ Korean sponsor.

Josh Velez: Summer Madness Part For Inkwell Commons

October 20th, 2017 | 11:57 am | Video & Remixes | 5 Comments

Collect anything — records, skateboards, sneakers — long enough past early adulthood, and eventually, you reach a point where you have a big, dusty mass of matter in your apartment. Upon realizing he was a decade into stacking shoeboxes of Jordans in his house, Josh had dilemma. But he was the latest entry on Forbes magazine’s “Youngest Billionaires” list — he wasn’t about to sell his sneakers to a bunch of nerds on the internet. Who has the time for that shit?

And so, he began skating through his collection for this part. (The 5s are apparently the best ones.) Happy 29th Josh ♥

Filmed by Andre Page and J.P. Blair. Edited by Cruzctrl a.k.a. Eric Cruz.

Previously: Wavey Wings, Djosh Unchained

Spencer Hamilton QS Remix via @DutchMasterDelaney

October 4th, 2017 | 10:53 am | Video & Remixes | 1 Comment

We’re two months out from awards season, and skateboarding’s drift from YouTube montages to minute-long Instagram clips renders each year’s I.G.S.O.T.Y. race more contentious than the last. Spencer Hamilton, who has spent the better part of the year rehabbing from a back injury, doing waist-high kickflip back tails, and promoting better posture to us all (actually typing this post more upright than usual out of respect), is an early frontrunner for top honors.

Edited by IG-mix genius and Eggs Mayor, Dutchmaster Delaney. Filmed by the Dime boys and Grand Collection. Graphics by Dana Ericson.

In other lightly related news, uploaded a #standalone #version of Max’s 917 part, and Venture put together a minute long Philly Santosuosso remix, which I caught off Hella Clips’ Twitter and learned that they’ve somehow overtaken Transworld’s throne for Worst Video Player on The Skate Internet.