Five Favorite Parts With Ben Chadourne

June 12th, 2018 | 5:30 am | Daily News | 3 Comments

Photo via Louie Lopez

The latest installment comes from the architect behind Converse’s Purple video, the people’s favorite masterpiece Looks OK To Me, and the two montages that get at least one or two replays in the QS office as inspiration anytime we have to edit something ♥

Related: An Interview With Ben Chadourne (November…err..2016..)

Belated Obituary: R.I.P. Terminator Rail

June 12th, 2018 | 4:33 am | Daily News | No Comments

Based on DM intel, this occurred at some point over the last few weeks, but when one of the city’s three handrail spots goes missing, it’s worth making a public note on here — particularly as we approach high season for Summer Trip to New York clips, and arrivals from more rail-thirsty July-August ex-pats.

For the record, the spot got its name because its first-ever coverage (this is ~2002-2003) was a photo of Kerel Roach doing a frontside lipslide down the rail wearing sunglasses identical to the ones made popular by the former governor of California, in his seminal 1984 film, The Terminator.

Shout out to Yaje Popson for switch back smithing the thing in his last part with the weird editing, which is presumably one of the last times anyone ever clipped up on it ♥

Shout out to @yajecado for getting one of the last clips on the Terminator Rail, bc it’s gone now (photo via @mikeheikkila)

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Getting Them Royalties Dodging Them Bumblebees

June 11th, 2018 | 7:26 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

It’s heartwarming to see world renown design principles from 12th & A make their way to skateable spaces all the way across the Atlantic.

“Their video Grains, filmed across the soybean belt of Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio, veers far off interstate arteries and urban sprawls to extract tricks from crumbling loading docks in Joliet, dilapidated stadiums in Gary, polished-stone plaza ledges in downtown Peoria.” As most skate content has drifted towards Instagram and nothing has much staying power, the idea of a “video review” has sadly become a relic of skate publications past. That’s a bit sad, considering a resounding, well-written recommendation of a not-so-obvious video (or something you simply neglected to click on) still means a lot. I bought Grains after reading Boil the Ocean’s new review of it, and can’t say I would’ve been compelled to do the same if I saw a part of it on Thrasher or YouTube with a Big Cartel link under it ♥

“The most dominant example of genre loyalty is DGK’s whopping 92% use of hip hop.” Someone culled Skatevideosite’s entire database of soundtracks and put together an infographic-based portrait of #musicsupervision in skate videos over the past four decades — and somehow, despite the fact it has been a recurring joke on here for ~10 years — Big L isn’t the most oft-used rap artist.

Head over to Live Mixtapes R.B. Umali’s Vimeo page to hear the full version of Zoo York’s Mixtape soundtrack with NoDJ tags no skate noises over the music.

Skate Muzik also did podcast with R.B. about how the iconic soundtrack came to be.

The water sports section from Spirit Quest, where they put a condom on a VX, is now online ;) …as is Ben Gore’s hill-heavy Static IV part.

Theories has an abridged history of any and all spot selection trends to take course over the history of skateboarding, though they left out some dismal low-points of recent spots on this side of the planet.

This feels like a clip that would’ve been on 48 Blocks ten years ago. In a good way.

Real is working on a documentary on Chicago’s Uprise Skateshop, and presumably ignoring a mountain of pitch emails from Paulgar about doing one on Autumn.

Jenkem with a lesson on pant sags and nut grabs in skate videos.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: NBA Champion, Nick Young.

Quote of the Week: “It’s easier to catch an octopus here than it is to get laid.” — Francesco

Chief Keef making Seaside Heights boardwalk music (and him sounding the most energized he’s sounded in years on it) is one 2018’s most unheralded developments.

Quartersnacks Top 10 — June 8, 2018

June 8th, 2018 | 6:20 am | Daily News | 3 Comments

We are honored to have Giglotti in this week’s Top 10 ♥

And as far as Michel Rappaport’s skateboard doppleganger goes, choosing a favorite from that part was nearly impossible, but the execution + set-up on those first two tricks was immaculate, plus you know we’re romantics for a Three Up Three Down moment, even if it’s on the other side of the planet.

…also, how rare is it to see anyone do a kickflip backside 5-0 on a ledge in 2k18?

Spoiler

Intro via @jbgillet on IG [link] 10) Michael Giglotti via “Spitfire Presents: Lottie’s Primetime” [link] 9) Some Swedish Guy via “Poetic Collective: Marseille” [link] 8) Ishod Wair via IG [link] 7) Jonas Skroder via “Sotto Torchino” [link] 6) Herman Stene via Adidas’ “Magnus” video [link] 5) Guy Mariano via IG [link] 4) Dane Barker via “Spitfire Presents: Lottie’s Primetime” [link] 3) Didrik Gallasso via IG [link] 1) Magnus Bordewick via Adidas’ “Magnus” video [link]

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Previously: June 1, 2018

Well, This Could Potentially Suck

June 6th, 2018 | 3:37 am | Daily News | 4 Comments

Unclear as to where this is going to lead (the office is currently an ocean away on vacation, so a local follow-up will have to wait), but this cryptic fence could have grave consequences on the flow of the most oft-skated lower Manhattan spot of the past decade :(

(Or it will just revert back to the state it was in before the wooden slats were removed and Columbus Park experienced its rebirth these past five or six years.)

Thanks to Zach Moeller for the intel.

Update: Here’s another photo via Mike Heikkila, and by the looks of it, the fence is bolted into the floor, which [probably] means its bound to be there for a while.

ANOTHER UPDATE: It looks like they fenced it off to install exercise machines, a la what’s at the part of Seaport by L.E.S. Park. The wholes for the machines are all outside of the perimeter for the basketball court, so it seems like the runways to everything will be fine, provided they remove the fence.

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