Go Skateboard With Your Friends

June 13th, 2016 | 6:43 am | Daily News | 3 Comments

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Stingwater.

The most unexpected event of 2016 has got to be Fat Joe and Remy Ma legit making a hit twelve years after “Lean Back.” (I still got “Inside the Mattress” on though.) And now, the pressing question of which summer clip will be the first to go…”all the way up” is over ;) The promo for the new HYD video has a bunch of gems in it, including the second most unexpected event of 2016: someone filming a line at the ABC ledges.

Some of this footage appeared in Deathbowl to Downtown and Huf’s Epicly Later’d, but it is the best old footage to resurface probably since “Apple Juice” went online. Huf, Keenan, Liversedge, Bici, etc. circa 1991. Shout out to skate spots.

TWS posted TJ’s full AM spotlight interview and photos.

“My favorite skater is Louie Lopez, and my second favorite skater is Louie Lopez when he gets older.” (Only online for 48 hours btw.)

Blueprint Alumni Update: Some chill Danny Brady footage in the new Slam City Skates clip, and Nick Jensen has a new part to some Red and Meth.

Ripped Laces been posting a good bit of cool shit lately — a requiem for Reekbok’s DGK Workout Lo (which 80% of the people involved with this website were skating in 2005 because that store Clientele [R.I.P.] had pairs for $30) and Kerry Getz on life after pro skateboarding at a #legacyskateshoebrand.

Remember that chill D.I.Y. spot south of Alligator Ledge that was around for like two weekends? Max Hull posted some highlights with the BSA squad.

Sidewalk interviewed Aaron Herrington re: everything.

Zered talks talks about what “vicious cycle” actually meant and photography.

Is Reggaeton the new #skatevideohouse? Diamond Days #88.

Stöösy has a new clip of Jesse Alba skating around Brooklyn.

We were just at the Christiana bowl a week-and-a-half ago. Someone said “that’s where Tom Penny sleeps” re: a sleeping bag in this small zone above the bowl. New [indoor skatepark] Penny footage.

Support Humble Skateboards.

I have no clue what the new Boil the Ocean post is talking about.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Given that Game 4 was like the only “fun” one to watch, it’d be dope if this went seven, but looks doubtful.

Quote of the Week: “I hope Trump wins because then you’ll finally move to Copenhagen. A lot of boys coming to Europe…and a lot of boys going to Mexico.” — Francesco

Still most played jam of 2k16. Yo can someone please do a full Future + Nard & B mix? Respect to Young Metro but its the most under-appreciated rapper+producer combo.

In Anticipation of…The Dad Push

June 10th, 2016 | 7:00 am | Daily News | 14 Comments

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Skateboarding is in the golden age of fatherly re-appropriation. The uncool tricks that were left behind in our adolescent years have all been the focal point of some resurgence: plain old noseslides, noseslide shoves, varial flips, and even the Union Square raver favorite heelflip body varial made an appearance in L. Puig’s latest novel.

Little kid tricks are being refined and rebranded as “dad tricks” for use by those approaching responsible child-rearing age. We reached adulthood and saw it was scary — there’s too much stress tucked behind the curtain of constant progression, so we reverted to the carefree days of middle school tricks. The problem is that we’re is running out of ugly ducklings to turn into swans. The rack of revivable lowbrow tricks looks like a Goodwill after ten Tumblr girls have come through to thrift.

But what is so “ugly,” so “hideous,” so “wrong,” yet so *new* of a standard that we couldn’t bear to think of it becoming…cool again? The switch mongo push.

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Peruse the YouTube comments of old video parts, and you’ll see undereducated skate etiquette nazis questioning switch mongo in even the classics. Not learning how to push switch is becoming more of a faux pas with each passing day. Twenty years later, Ricky won and switch mongo is becoming extinct. Even pressure flips don’t summon ire quite the same way in 2016.

Skate Spot Porn: Pietrasanta Skate Plaza

June 8th, 2016 | 10:46 am | Features & Interviews | 3 Comments

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In tune with the QS tradition of taking off to Europe for the first weeks of June, office related tasks have been taking place in Italy for the past half week. The first day brought us to Pisa, from where we drove 45 minutes to the Pietrasanta Skate Plaza, a skatepark where every obstacle is made out of the world’s best marble.

The marble mined in the Apennine Mountains along the Tuscan coast of Italy is the marble they used for The Pantheon, Michelangelo’s David, and what your favorite rapper’s floors are provided that he’s not a liar (i.e. they’re probably from Home Depot.) The city of Pietrasanta, located at the bottom of the Apuan Alps, is half covered with marble studios, each of which have several acres of gated land displaying gigantic cubes of potential ledges.

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Pietrasanta is a town of just over 20,000 people, so we’re talking like a regular day at Tompkins when there’s a box. In 2012, they had a measly 50,000 Euros (~$55,000) to build a skatepark, except instead of constructing the 11th worst park ever built, they came up with a creative solution. Through cooperation with the local government and the main staple of the local economy, Marco Morigi, a beacon of hope for forward-thinking skatepark designers, mulled through the marble yards in Pietrasanta, collecting donatable scraps of rock that could yield skateable obstacles. The 50,000 Euros would then only be spent on pouring the concrete for the floor, and for foundations under the marble.

Oh, Perfect.

June 6th, 2016 | 8:03 am | Daily News | 3 Comments

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DANY video JFK Terminal 1 premiere. Coming soon.

Noseslides on handrails have remained dormant since the peak Muska years, Koston/Frankhouse nosesliding the curved 20 at City Hall era, etc. It’s been a long 10+ years, but we may have to consider a plain and simple noseslide down a handrail as a current frontrunner for N.S.O.T.Y. Shout to Mostly Skateboarding for the tip.

EggsTech™ without the Eggs. The boy Dana Ericson hit up Barcelona for a lot of heavy noseslide and shove nosegrind maneuverings. [*Mandatory mention that he skates a lot of non-stock Barcelona spots :) *]

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Some heavy start of summer vibes in Genesis’ new iPhone clip, and MDW edit from Buck Prichard featuring Caddo, Brendan Carroll + others.

Beef Patty alumni v.s. Connecticut concrete parks via Max Hull.

“Let’s not forget that skateboarding has been multi-platform media since the Bones Brigade videos.” Skateboard Story ran a brutally blunt and honest interview with Eben Sterling, a guy who’s worked at Thrasher for over two decades, about the mag’s continued success as we decry the imminent collapse of print media, and how you’re definitely a dick if you’re on the QS comments section in 2016 thinking Rihanna being the god is some Urban Outfitters “irony” shit.

On same-but-different note, Village Psychic has a feature about Scotland’s North magazine, which only shoots and runs photos on film.

Bobshirt has a video interview with backside nosegrind popout pioneer, Jerry Fowler.

“The way they let the hill bombs run out with no music has an intensity impossible to concoct with slow-motion drone filmography, and its montage structuring is refreshingly dense, difficult to digest in even a few watches…” Boil the Ocean gets its #filmtheory on to juxtapose the GX1000 video with um, skateboarding in the Olympics.

There’s tons of heavy shit in the new Kyron Davis part, including a full-on front board up that thing in the Columbus Park playground that only BMXers hit up.

A topic that has more-or-less steered skate conversations for 20 years: pants.

Although this has to do with one of the worst qualities of American culture, here’s an interesting interview with a lawyer who skates handrails, and took his proficiency at talking to cops to specialize in skateboard related legal-cases.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: This is going five, right? …four?

Quote of the Week: “Anthony Bourdain ruined dating because now you have to take a girl to like, Thailand.” — T-Bird

Out of the country for a bit, so be aware of a potential delay in reply time if you’re trying to get in touch re: anything xoxo :)

Stacks of Junk — QS Pop Up Spots

June 3rd, 2016 | 12:07 pm | Video & Remixes | No Comments

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Photo by Colin Sussingham

The final installment of Pop Up Spots pays tribute to highbrow garbage. The first was a celebration of the mundane becoming sublime; this one turns the sublime into the ~avant garde~. Things like the high-con 12th & A rainbow from earlier this spring came via a crossroad of our natural draw towards playing with trash (a bit of ourselves in everything we do, yaknow?) and the old axiom where skaters *believe* that we’re like, different n stuff. I mean, look at the most popular spot in the city right now.

The goal is to have a sesh with all this stuff at a central location soon. And don’t worry, environment-weary commenters, we’ll clean up after ourselves this time :) Stay tuned. Huge thanks to Levi’s Skateboarding for their support throughout this project.

Filmed by Max Hull.

Previously: Part One, Part Two