Olde Gold in My Nautica 2016

April 19th, 2016 | 10:34 pm | Daily News | 6 Comments

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Photo by Mike Heikkila

As the early 2000s become a burgeoning reference point for nostalgic skateboarders, it is important we avoid the temptation of lumping everything in as “nineties.” Baggy does not immediately equal nineties, man. It’s convenient to group #movements into ten-year intervals, except in reality, that boom-bap-cassette-tape-subway-at-night shit that adorns modern “Summer Trip to New York” edits went out the door by 1996 once Ma$e’ flow and Puffy’s shiny suit came around.

Sure, John Shanahan might gleefully season his skateboarding with spices from the purported “golden age” — most notably via Anthony Correa’s big DC shirts and a nod to the instrumental that played as Big Ill the Mack tried to make us forget the shit Keith Nut said about his sister five minutes earlier — but the early 2000s are even more present. Look toward the inconvenient task of skating the E.S.T--fave Penn Plaza manual pad post-renovation, apparent homages to Kalis and Stevie DC Video bump tricks, and John being our first caucasian colleague to film a skate trick in the Girbaud jeans worn by every kid who sold 2 for $5 G-Unit mixtapes in high school.

Previously: DGK x Quartersnacks

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Look Alive

April 18th, 2016 | 12:08 pm | Daily News | 5 Comments

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Photo via Matt Weber

Love Park is still skateable!

On the opposite end of the spectrum, somebody unearthed this good bit of footage from a 1994 Love Park contest featuring Huf, Ricky Oyola, Matt Reason, Fred Gall, Andy Stone, etc. Remember when contests just involved jump ramps?! “Yeeaahhhh.”

An interview with Dick Rizzo and Josh Wilson, two prominent figures keeping the rich tradition of New Jersey skateboarding strong in 2016.

Dave Carnie was always everyone’s favorite Big Brother writer, and has probably written more enjoyable words about skateboarding than anyone else out there. Kingpin published the most detailed interview anyone involved with the publicity blitz surrounding Shit has given, with none other than…Dave Carnie. “You know how when you go to an abandoned house and you just start breaking shit and throwing rocks at windows because you can? That’s pretty much what we were doing.”

Better Skate Than Never put all the Lucas Puig #deepcuts in one place.

Genesis Evans & Jason Byoun skating around Tribeca. DANY video soon.

Someone combined all the outtake clips from Bill Strobeck’s IG for a single vid.

Quick minute-long clip from Cooper Park via Johnny Wilson and co.

“Fifteen years since Rob Welsh nearly single-handedly rescued the noseslide from that doomed scrap pile of tricks too basic for blocks and too ‘Muska’ for handrails, a new era beckons in which legs weary from four presidential terms’ worth of pop-outs are offered respite…” — Boil the Ocean on noseslide shove-its and the rise of “dad tricks.”

An interview (+ new clip) with the crew behind Canal Wheels.

Yo Darkstar x Harley Davidson is fire.

Just in time for summer: Sremmlife 2 available June 24.

Spot Updates: 1) You likely stopped caring four years ago, but the Banks won’t re-open until November at the earliest. 2) You likely never cared unless you’re Austyn Gillette, but that bump to wall on Lafayette and Howard is a wrap.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Something still feels off with the east being more exciting than the west for the first time since the “Lebron has no rings”-era, except everyone knows that Spurs-GSW are the real “Finals” in as much as Lakers-Kings in 2002 were the real Finals. Hopefully no poisoned room service. Wasn’t an eventful first weekend though, but Jamal Crawford still ripping is kinda like J.B. Gillett still ripping. Understated, underrated and classic.

Quote of the Week: “Ever since I moved to New York I got worse at skating and better at drinking.” — Jesse Alba

Get well soon Weiss.

R.I.P. BPC Wall Rail

April 15th, 2016 | 12:10 pm | Daily News | 6 Comments

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One of the premier destinations for “Summer Trip to New York” montage enders, and the most oft-back smithed obstacle in skateboarding’s multi-century history is no more. Well, technically, it’s still there, but someone with quick reflexes will have to hippie jump over a park bench half-a-millisecond after landing.

At a time when wall rail skating was stagnating at 5050 grinds, the Battery Park City rail was there to spur progression by being a mere two inches more away from the wall than your average wall rail. Even though larger humans like Brian Anderson were forced to modify their skateboard decks to fit their larger feets on the rail, the spot was a burgeoning epicenter of crooked grinds, flip-in tricks, and switch tricks while everyone else was stuck skating other wall rails with two trucks. It was just beginning a shockingly ahead-of-its-time nollie phase with Justin Henry’s “OPM” part, until its life was cut short with a skate deterrent more effective than the chalk on the ground reading “No Skateboarding” that was previously employed by those living within earshot of the heavily trafficked spot. Thanks to Vintage Sponsor for the tip.

While this might not be the brightest news for the city’s youth as we approach a 70-degree weekend, you could rest assured that Sremmlife 2 is on the way to wash away all your woes. Grab a cup, catch a vibe.

Octane & Chill — Dime Comp Volume 3

April 13th, 2016 | 1:48 am | Video & Remixes | 3 Comments

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Illustration via Charles Rivard, PhD.

It has been a long three years since the release of Turd Season. In that time, the minds behind Dime have created an unprecedented beast of brilliance — thanks in no small part to an ability to stuff sublime moments spent on skateboards into fifteen second IG videos better than any of their peers. With this week’s announcement that their upcoming project would be premiering at the end of April (no doubt overshadowing the other piece of awaited Canadian culture set to drop that weekend), we condensed the past ten months worth of Dime Instagram videos (everything since the controversial release of “Dime Comp Volume 2”) into a 14-minute compilation.

We’ve never traveled further than the skate from Tompkins to Sunshine for a video premiere before, let alone booked airfare to one. Hope to see everyone at this one. Flyer here. Video plays at 2:59 A.M.

Previously: An Interview With Bryan From Dime, What is Dime?

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‘Plug’ — The New Bronze Promo

April 11th, 2016 | 7:34 pm | Daily News | 3 Comments

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Three hours late may not have been much in 2010, but on the 2016 internet, we might as well be posting the new Bronze promo in the 2010 archives. We blew it.

“Plug” is a departure from the past few rounds of Bronze projects not because it is in HD — not their first video to ditch the VX — but because it’s far more conservative with the nostalgic non sequiturs that made it one of the western world’s most ripped-off skate video franchises. At the same time, it’s a return to the late-2010s, post-Flipmode / pre-merch availability era that made us fall in love with the Bronze age. There’s a revived Phil Rodriguez not seen since the 2011 Q.S.S.O.T.Y Caviar days, an ender part from the venerable Trife alumnus William McFeely, and a loving tribute to the God K.T. in which he appears for one clip like Danny Way in Photosynthesis credits except way tighter — making “Plug” a two-sided love letter to new and old Bronze fans alike. Also shout out to Nick Ferro for consistently making all of us underweight skateboarders proud, part after part :)

Previously: Trust, Enron, Solo Jazz, 56k, Caviar, Sognar