Quartersnacks For Nike SB

August 21st, 2014 | 3:27 am | Daily News, Footage | 17 Comments

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Every Nike SB collaboration has a bit of a “story” to it. We could sit here and peddle some narrative where everyone wears all black to hide the dirt from skating the city all day, and how all the reflective details make you stand out between the cabs while night skating, but that’d be nonsense.

If you read this site enough, you should have known that we’d go fashion over concept from the very beginning. For example, the Chromeball Dunk had an awesome story behind it, but we live in New York — we get shunned for wearing earthtones out here. Between all the luxury brand inspired colorways and New York Post headline-inducing mini riots, the greatest SB Dunk to date (at least for purely skateboarding purposes) was the simplest one of all. It was the Weiger shoe: black pig suede with a white check. Every person affiliated with this website had at least two pairs of it.

A black skate shoe never falls out of fashion or function. That was our template.

From then on, it was only a matter of how many fancy details we could get away with. QS has always been about appreciating the subtler side of skateboarding, and it made sense to not go overboard with loud branding. Thanks to Alex Dymond, Andre Page, Mike Cherman and everyone at Nike SB who made this possible, but more importantly, thanks to all you guys who visit the site and have made it respected enough to give this collaboration any motion to begin with.

The Quartersnacks Dunk Low will be available at skate shops on Saturday, 8/23.

Clip below features Andre Page, Antonio Durao, Connor Champion, Matthew Perez, Josh Velez and Black Dave. Alternate YouTube Link.

New Bobby Worrest part live on Saturday. Quartersnacks pop-up with new merch at 40 Ludlow Street live on Saturday. End of Summer clip live Labor Day Weekend.

‘Bout to Leave the Crib With a Couple of My Pirates

August 18th, 2014 | 5:03 am | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Been slow around here, but things should be picking up soon

Switch bigspin heelflip down the L.E.S. Park double-set.

Gigliotti made a new clip. It has Ted, Olson, etc. in it.

Jahmal Williams has a video interview with Japan’s Far East Skate Network about Static 4, along with some indoor park footage afterwards. “I’d rather see Jahmal do a 5050″ is the new “I’d rather see Gino push” for the rest of 2014.

ICYMI and also on the topic of Static 4, Chris Nieratko interviewed Josh Stewart for a 17 Things You Didn’t Know About Static 4 feature on Vice, and Live Skateboard Media has yet another interview with Josh, which tackles a lot of unchartered topics from his recent interviews, e.g. music re-usage boundaries in skate videos.

Needless to say, this isn’t the Bobby Shmurda clip everyone has been expecting.

If you started skating around the height of Shorty’s reign as the coolest skateboard company around, you no doubt looked up to Sammy Baptista on account of his #youngestofdacamp status. Well, while we wait for O’Dell to (hopefully) complete the Muska and/or Shorty’s Epicly Later’d, the “My Name Is” series caught up with Sammy to look back on his skate career. (The dude still rips btw.)

#musicthatdoesntmatch, except we’re not really ones to talk

It has only been ~two years since the skateboard internet embraced #listicle #culture, and writers have already run out of ideas.

Speaking of ideas and #listicles, here are ten skateboard “innovations” that never caught on. [Turns out the entire concept and research behind it was from a series Vert is Dead did this past spring, so consult their posts.] What about Ollie Pop Bubble Gum, Spoonfish Board Locks, Dooks shock pads, bearing “rims,” and Aircraft Skateboards?

People are skating the early-2000s classic little kid spot, Central Park “Hubba” again! (At least in the new video blog from the Beef Patty dudes.)

Trash cans are the new picnic tables.

Simple formula: Edit your skate clip to Migos and it will get posted on this website.

This piece on deriving life lessons from Thug Motivation 101 is a little cheesy, but its heart is in the right place.

Quote of the Week: “I don’t understand why people don’t fuck with Yahoo.” — Peter Sidlauskas

A two-hour DJ Mustard mix might help you forget that the summer is actually over :(

Five Favorite Parts With Scott Johnston

August 13th, 2014 | 5:03 am | Features & Interviews | 35 Comments

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Photo by Ben Colen

Dropped the ball with this series a bit throughout the summer (skating and traveling bro), but getting back on it now. The request line is always open btw :)

The latest installment comes from a guy who is synonymous with style and proper form on a skateboard. A close associate of the website once described one of his maneuvers as “the greatest trick ever done.” (Not to be confused with “the greatest trick never done.”) This also means that we have unintentionally covered 60% of the guys with parts in Mad Circle’s Five Flavors video, and that Sheffey has shot up to second place in the “Most Frequently Discussed Part” ranking for this series.

4 P.M. Links :(

August 11th, 2014 | 4:33 pm | Daily News | 6 Comments

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UNIS.

Manolo’s “20 Years of Chocolate” remix will bring a tear to your eye.

Still one of the craziest things ever done on a skateboard. Dude was too futuristic.

“Tyshawn Jones is really getting some air! Now I hope that he and others of his ilk are billed for the damage they cause to the steps and walls of monuments and public areas around the city.” TJ got a photo in the Times this past weekend. Some commenters were upset. We should ban everything except walking. That’d be cool.

SMLTalk has been doing some hard-hitting investigative journalism as of late. First, they use Kevin Bradley’s bump-to-bar grab from “cherry” as a springboard to assess the history of acceptable grabs on street, and though it went online a few weeks ago, this piece on the demise of the pop shove-it is also worth your consideration.

Boil the Ocean on Stativ IV and the future of full-length videos.

Some Bronze B-sides. ICYMI: Jenkem interviewed Peter about dark corners of the internet last week. (Here’s another interview with him and Pat from last fall.)

Quick Acapulco Gold clip with a 2013 Q.S.O.T.Y. Leo Gutman sighting.

This “Steep Banks” account on YouTube started uploading a lot of Long Island-based gems from the nineties: Frank Gerwer in midtown circa 1997 and R.I.P. Burritoville and Broadway Bump, two of the greatest lil’ kid spots in New York skateboarding history.

Well, a summer montage to “We Dem Boyz” was pretty inevitable.

Columbus Circle is fun.

A look at the current breed of skate videos coming out of Philadelphia.

Wasn’t expecting to link a video of a guy on Jart today, but some of the stuff in this Fran Molina part is undeniably insane. He destroys MACBA without even hitting the ledges much, and skates sorta like a Euro Torey Pudwill. (Who, by the way, was recently discovered to be maybe the third Jewish pro skateboarder ever. Time to amend this post.)

Uhh…Young Thug was on The Tonight Show.

Quote of the Week: “Yo you know what’s fact? Most pretty girls have bigass foreheads.” — Overheard at Lenox Ledges

Sorry for the slow start to the week. Cool stuff soon?

Weekend Viewing: Tom Penny’s Menik Mati Part

August 8th, 2014 | 11:00 am | Time Capsule | 14 Comments

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There are occasions when you see certain pros skate in real life, and immediately reevaluate any under-appreciation you may have built towards their skating through videos. There are other times when you see a spot that the said pro has skated, and do the same. Seeing Penny push around doing kickflips in real life is probably amazing, but having never seen that, visiting the Copenhagen Wonderland Bowl that he skates in nearly all of his footage might have been enough.

Despite everyone insisting that “Yes, that is the same extension he 360 flipped in the éS ad,” you’d still be reluctant to believe it after seeing it. That thing is a wall.

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It’s funny how the phrase “You’ll understand when you’re older” also applies to skate videos. Menik Mati was the biggest blockbuster video of its time, and maybe the first $30+ skate video. (Blades was the only place well-stocked with copies that winter, and pretty sure they were ~$35 after tax. It was absurd.) Kids were hyped on literally everything except Penny’s part, which for many of us, was the first time we were seeing him skate: “Who is this dude that everyone kept talking about? He can only do five tricks and didn’t even film a new part.”

Now, with over a decade of hindsight, Menik Mati aged worse than many of its contemporaries. Sight Unseen, Yeah Right and Chomp are all classics, but the éS video looks like a playbook of overwrought 2000s blockbuster video indulgences. (Except jump cutting, got to give it credit for avoiding that.) Arto would one up himself a year later with the best part of his career, Rodrigo is still getting better at skating in 2014, Burnquist is grinding helicopters, and Koston’s Menik Mati part — as groundbreaking as it was — is his only, like, not “fun” part, ever. (Creager’s part is still pretty cool TBH. Frontside noseslides on regular ledges!)