Pretentious Self-Fellatio in the Big Apple — 2016 Edition

May 12th, 2016 | 12:35 pm | Daily News | No Comments

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Has New York truly become a skate scene that is first and foremost internationally scorned for unfair treatment of crustaceans — all because of one bad apple?

Three years ago, Canada’s leading skateboard thinktank released the seminal documentary short, “Pretentious Self-Fellatio in the Big Apple,” a gripping portrait of what it was like to exist as an #individual in New York’s fickle fashion elite. It arrived to praise for its realism and scorn for its honesty. But a lot has changed since 2013. Camo pants are *so* out, we’re out of KRS-One #deepcuts to get that #knowledge from, and it’s, like, literally ~IMPOSSIBLE~ to find cool stock footage of “the old New York” that eight other jerks haven’t spliced into their “Summer Trip to N.Y.” montage.

Now, we’re into slow-BPM house tunes, falling off rooftops, an apparent indecisiveness of whether to skitch or powerslide, and unfortunately, an irreparable worldwide reputation that makes the city’s skaters most unwelcome at the bottom of the sea.

‘Like’ This Post If You’re Going Skateboarding in 2016 Dressed Like Wade Desarmo in 1998

May 11th, 2016 | 3:09 pm | Time Capsule | 1 Comment

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Maybe I’ve been spending too much time around the the Vert God, but it’s becoming tough to deny the switch hardflip’s increased value among the social media skateboard landscape. We’re entering a post-Ryan Gallant/post-Matt Miller world, meaning people are no longer ashamed to whip out their non-flipping hardflips in public. Imperfect hardflips of the less-than-Gallant variety have entered the playful realm of “dad tricks.” There’s charm to their imperfection.

And what better lo-def, rickety flatground switch hardflip to go down in the un-storied history of the trick, than in fashion time traveler Wade Desarmo’s first-ever part, which was released the same year as ATCQ‘s last album. It’s almost unfair dude ended up being the only Canadian to crack the 2012 #phatstylez master list — seeing as how he had a H.G Wells G-Wagon to predict the 6XL Umbro jersey + bucket hat look fifteen years before it would adorn undersized caucasians who skateboard in the New York metropolitan area.

QS Neighborhood Association

May 9th, 2016 | 3:02 am | Daily News | 3 Comments

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The QS webstore is now stocked with spring merch. Available in U.S. shops now. Japan, Europe & Canada this week. Please give us this week to catch up on the intial rush of orders e.g. don’t send a “where’s my stuff?” e-mail on Tuesday morning. Thank you everyone for your support in helping us continue to do what we do ♥

The new Helas mixtape makes me want to sell everything I own and move to Europe. Also kinda reminds me of the #fun days of catching Euro vids like TDGAFAU and issues of Puzzle stateside and fantasizing about a perfect world of marble living an ocean away. Not a ton of Lucas footage, minus a few lines and um…THIS.

New iPhone clip from Genny featuring “Don’t Mind” and a repaved Allen Street.

“Low-key we’re already rappers.” An interview with Na-kel Smith and Tyshawn Jones.

After a bondo job, this spot has been going hard in the spring Insta clip cycle.

Bobshirt has a new 20-minute video interview with Gino, where he nerds out on gear, old videos, midtown Manhattan spots (Breezy Ledges was his favorite?!), etc.

This “New Rules” montage out of Baltimore that got posted on Thrasher this weekend has been getting a lot of talk lately. A lot of its more insane tricks are in D.C. (full yell-at-screen mode at the nose manual nollie flip and knobbed Gold Rail tricks), but it’s great to see an underrated scene like Baltimore get some burn.

Behind the scenes of a one-up with Charles Rivard Ph.D.

Cell Jawn #25 via Mitch from Philly (yo everyone please watch your friends’ backs when skating the triangle on 9th Street…) + Philly trip clip via Max Hull that feels post-Love even though its pre-post-Love n shit.

Early edit of Derm’s “Welcome to Politic” part from last year #jersey #jersey #jersey

Here’s a Guardian article about Palace, where you learn that many of the beloved product descriptions on their webstore are Food Network inspired.

Fun lil’ VHS-flavored clip from some Long Island homies.

Quick feature from skateboarder turned New York firefighter, Mike Hernandez, who you might remember from old issues of Strength, Slap, etc. [Warning: bikes.]

Shout out to everyone who contributed to the Addias Ababa skatepark fund that was linked on here a few months ago. They were able to build the first skatepark in Ethiopia with the $35k that was raised.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: The Drakes would eventually lose this game, but Kyle Lowry’s timing with this Hail Mary was unbelievable. Despite having zero emotional stake in either, sorta praying for a Heat-Cavs E.C.F. for the theater.

Quote of the Week:

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The World Famous Lenox Ledges

May 6th, 2016 | 12:06 am | Video & Remixes | 2 Comments

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Artwork by Mark Hall-Patch

New York does not have a bustling natural ledge spot that breeds a culture a la, say #eggsreport. Our most prized and documented hangouts are abysses of nothingness: Tompkins, T.F. West, some wood lodged against a stack of ten road plates. To skate a ledge, you need to either pray that the Big Screen Park guardians are off their watch, or take the train up to 110th.

You can like a spot for all it may have to skate, its good ground or its uncharacteristicly low bust. You truly fall in love with a spot when it has a living culture of locals, lurkers and transients. Lenox might not be anywhere near the breed of open plaza from the nineties that you hear older pros pontificating about, but it’s the best we got. Five ledges, a curb, brick ground that Shane O’Neill famously hated, a special sect of skaters who you’ll never see downtown, vagabonds, ruffians, urban philosophers, Ruff Ryder affiliates, and a revolving door of enthusiastic little kids who pick up skating for a few months that maybe-sometimes turn to years.

We love it here, and have loved it since the spot looked like this. Thank you Lenox.

Previously: Lenox Brunch, 2010 Lenox Tribute

Our Lenox Ledges tee, along with the rest of our spring drop will be available in the webstore at midnight [EST], Monday May 9th. Available in shops now. European shops next week. Small preview of the merch below. Have a good one.

Icons of the Pop Shove-It

May 5th, 2016 | 1:59 am | Time Capsule | 9 Comments

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Upon hearing that we replayed a ~♥fabulous♥~ pop shove it 5x in one clip earlier this spring, the Shove-It Gods pointed us in the direction of what can surely hold a place on the ever-rotating merry-go-round that is this website’s contention for third greatest line ever done (after Carroll at the Library™ and Quim doing those two frontside 5050s.)

Yesterday, noted sweatpant clothier, Jimmy Gorecki, #rp-ed another Jimmy’s skateboard moves from two decades past. Jimmy Chung, of 411 #19 Fairman’s Industry Section fame, has been posting raw IG clips from his brief mid nineties run that mostly existed in Fairman’s shop videos. One included this absolute gem of a pop shove-it, an equally ravishing backside flip, and a slutty switch manual that looks better than you ever thought a mere switch manual could look on a foot-high ledge.

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YouTube wormhole ensued, leading to all three of the aforementioned Fairman’s videos, the best of which is the third, from 1995.

1) Yo nobody not named Jahmal will ever look that cool opening a part with a backside 5050 on a #regular #ass ledge.
2) Dude predicted the precise hallmarks of the 90s vintage revival to a T. If you told me he was styling parts and not the @vintagesponsor guy, I’d believe you.
3) Has anyone ever made the full 360 around the Love fountain for a line? Figure it happened in a Sabotage video, but can’t recall in particular.
4) As my good friend Mike the Dad pointed out, how many *great* feebles on round bars outside of Matt Reason really exist? It’s a stock trick that rarely excels beyond, just like, grinding really long. The one he ends his part off with is a non-Reason exception. Must be da capris.