‘Enron’ — The New Bronze Video

July 14th, 2014 | 12:33 am | Daily News | 4 Comments

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Rob, you don’t have to come home drunk and watch Solo Jazz anymore.

Not a whole lot comes as a surprise these days, especially in the realm of skate videos. Everything has a year of Insta teasers and “trailers” as if it won’t be forgotten the day it gets bumped five spaces on a YouTube subscription feed. Bronze has been the northeast’s most influential thinktank for over half a decade now, and that comes right down to them not being dicks about “teasing” everyone with an upcoming video. Unlike less #relevant institutions, they didn’t need a decade to drop a two-minute clip of falls. Enron just came out with no hype, on a quiet Sunday night while everyone waited for the rain to start. It’s every bit as good as you expect it to be :)

This one is perhaps a bit heavier on the “video art” side of things than even Solo Jazz, but at least there’s a totally *hot* Brendan Carroll part, not to mention some other new faces within the Bronze franchise.

Give Peter money. Buy a lot of Bronze stuff.

[Monday Links are being postponed until Tuesday, as today is Bronze Day.]

Previously: Solo Jazz, 56k, Caviar, Sognar

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One Less Spot Downtown :(

July 11th, 2014 | 10:31 am | Spot Updates | 1 Comment

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View from the top of the spot here

The building started knobbing the entire southern ledge section at the World Trade ledges as of a few days ago. They haven’t completely ruined the ledge off the seven yet, except you’ll need to gap out a foot past the first two knobs if you want to get a last minute trick on it. It’s safe to assume they’ll knob the entire ledge sooner rather than later. The northern section with the manual pad and the small ledge over the tree gap is skateable, but who knows how long that’ll stay around for…

For a spot that came pre-knobbed when it opened up in the summer of 2006, it’s amazing the rest of the ledges here made it this far. It was probably the best spot in the Financial District area that you sorta kinda maybe occasionally had a chance of skating, especially with the metal Seaport ledges gone.

Here’s a fun session from when we were filming for the Christmas 2013 clip. We didn’t get kicked out from 3 P.M. onwards. It was amazing and unprecedented. Good times.

There’s also this dumb clip from summer 2007. 240p.

A Complete List of the Skateboarders Allowed to Skate With Headphones

July 10th, 2014 | 3:38 pm | Daily News | 18 Comments

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A few weeks ago, the Thrasher Instagram posted the message above, receiving many #regrams and head nods before scrolling to the next pic of some rich girl on her first of five summer vacations. Skating around headphoned individuals, especially at a skatepark, is annoying, sure, but beyond being able to tell someone they’re in the way, is it really that bad? The “with other human beings” implies that there is some social component lost when you’re sharing the L.E.S Park with fifty tweens in headphones, aggressively rushing past you to try a crook flip out. The truth is, most of their brains have been rotted beyond repair ever since the release of Chief Keef’s first mixtape (see #16.) Headphones or not, they’re still going to be skating around with a thousand-yard stare mumbling “We Dem Boyz” under their breath.

Even so, there are always exceptions. Though the editors of Thrasher may consider themselves the end-all of skate etiquette and culture, it is insulting that they would assume their rule be applied to 100% of the skateboarders on planet earth. In turn, we compiled a comprehensive list of the skaters allowed to skate and film in headphones. (Note that Shorty’s era Muska does not apply. That was a nostalgic moment in history and The Muska has existed in many different, headphone-less incarnations since.)

Count Music

July 7th, 2014 | 4:46 am | Daily News | 6 Comments

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Thanks mom, thanks dad… ♬

If this guy seriously 5050ed up the Rockaway Rail

Not sure the Cellski song from Stevie’s world renown “Nut Grab” commercial is in any way appropriate music supervision for Dylan Reider, but that’s what the dudes at Muckmouth chose for the “non embarrassing” edit of his new Calvin Klein Huf commercial. It’s just all the skate tricks from the part, which is cool.

Imagine if they reedited it to “Latch” though? #lol #jk #jokez #notno. Anyway, Diamond Days #74. Yaje still rips. (“There was a long silence, then that one dude, the one with the beard, was like ‘Do you even have one single traditional flash tattoo?’”)

Illegal incentives at the Federal Reserve, etc. in Video Blog #212 from Johnny Wilson.

The “Summer Trip to New York” clips are finally starting to roll in! Some French guys skate around the city and one of them darkslides Black Hubba.

Someone compiled all of the footage Brian Wenning and Anthony Pappalardo have stacked since fading out of skateboarding’s focal spotlight in the 2010s. It’s weird. Never a bad time to reminisce over this one though.

Chris Nieratko interviews Stevie Williams about Love Park at Love Park.

A new clip from the Beerics crew, which features a solid batch of Governor Gall footage from Shorty’s. P.S. Here’s his turtorial on how to sorta Bondo cracks.

The Baker/Deathwish team v.s. D7. Anyone who has taken visiting skaters around to spots in New York can attest to the fact that many talented / seasoned pros have stepped away from D7 after seeing how rugged it was up close. These guys killed it.

Black Dave and Elijah Cole daily warm-ups in Harlem.

Whether or not there is space in modern skateboarding for a resurrected éS Accel remains to be seen (i.e. fond childhood memories of summers spent in Lakai Staples will immediately be tainted once you see the bulkiness that shoe in person today), but until then, SMLTalk list-iscized the 10 best moments in Accel history.

#TRENDWATCH2017 = Natas spin kickflip outs. Wow.

Stuff that never gets old: Watching Javier Sarmiento skate MACBA.

Ice cream trucks? That’s what y’all are upset about now?

Quote of the Week:

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Count music, built my own lane of hip-hop…”

The Ledges By the Sea: A History of Skateable Seaport

July 3rd, 2014 | 5:02 am | Spot Updates | 10 Comments

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The second most important Blackberry photo in QS history. After this obvs.

Beyond being some of the most expensive property in an already laughably expensive city, the waterfront has been instrumental to the progression of technical, #lowimpact skateboarding in New York. The city has always been a decade behind California in terms of technical ability, but had it not been for the development of the Seaport, a flip-in trick might’ve forever been a myth to New Yorkers. Just think: did you ever truly see people doing reverts, nollie flip-ins n’ shit before someone thought to put angle iron on those wooden blocks? Not really, right?

With Seaport 5.0 being the frontrunner for 2014′s “Spot of the Summer” (in a lead comparable to Chris Brown’s for equally important “Song of the Summer” honors), we take a look at the five forms that Seaport has taken throughout these past twenty years. While reading this, please keep in mind that there is barely anything resembling a “normal, straight ledge” at any Manhattan skatepark.