Quartersnacks Top 10 — April 7, 2017

April 7th, 2017 | 9:53 am | Daily News | 1 Comment

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Reporting live from Mexican café wifi…

The full version of Tigerstaden had the largest presence this week. Still unsure if #8 is who it says it is though. We’d complain about the lack of proper titling in skate videos these days but we’re equally guilty of the infraction.

“The Mitch interview felt like a nice insight into a hardened man. Pause.” — Max Hull

Original Clips:

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Intro via @caleb_mcneely [link] 10) J.B. Gillet via Instagram [link] 9) Tyshawn Jones via Instagram [link] 8) Eirik Ballo via Tigerstaden [link] 7) Anthony Van Englen via “Devil on Horseback” [link] 6) Dom Henry via Supervisual [link] 5) Fartien Bjorge via Tigerstaden [link] 4) Aaron Goure via Dr. Scarecrow [link] 3) Javier Sarmiento via Instagram [link] 2) Gustav Tonnesen via Tigerstaden [link] 1) Eniz Fazilov via Where We Come From [link]

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Previously: March 31, 2017

An Interview With Mitchell Wilson

April 5th, 2017 | 1:03 pm | Features & Interviews | 9 Comments

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Words & Interview by Zach Baker
Photos by Colin Sussingham & Max Hull

We’ve all heard more than a few skateboarders use the term “family” to describe their group of friends, mutually-funded acquaintances, or more broadly, everyone who has ever owned a skateboard, whether or not they’ve even met. But I think I speak for all of us when I say that it has always been a source of fascination when you hear of people that skate together who are, well, actually siblings. Guys like Jonas and Jeremy Wray, Mike and Quim Cardona, Dustin and Tristan Henry — it always seemed so nice to grow up with a brother or sister who also skated.

Courtesy of Max Hull’s owl-like awareness, it was brought to our attention that a number of Slap commenters are a bit confused about the genealogy of contemporary skateboarding’s most popular brothers: the Wilsons. Mitchell Wilson, a.k.a. Crazy Mitch From Philly, is Andrew and Johnny’s oldest brother. As you maybe know, and in keeping with the higher-publicized talents of the his bloodline, Mitch is anomalously fucked at skating. What separates Mitch is that, unlike his brothers who are very much a part of the multi-billion-dollar skate industry, Mitch has always been untethered by the throes of brand affiliation and marketing teams, which has granted him the liberty to say, post an Instagram story of himself scribbling on his teeth with Crayons, dive headfirst into a pile of garbage, or say generally whatever he wants with minimal repercussion save maybe a black eye.

While many of his compatriots have migrated north in search of art-handling gigs and diamondplated metal, Mitchell has been downright stubborn in his affinity for Philadelphia, so much so that he allegedly gives his whole family Philadelphia t-shirts and souvenirs for Christmas every year.

So, to clarify, Mitchell, the guy who does wallie kickflips, slappy switch smith grinds, and that really, really long winding slappy in Paych, is the oldest brother of Andrew and John Wilson. Josh Wilson is not at all related.

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Who’s your favorite skateboarder?

I didn’t have one for years because I never even thought about it, but when I started working at Woodward, every kid would ask me that, so, I guess, Tony Trujillo.

What’s up with wallie kickflips?

I was trying frontside wallie backside 180s, and it flipped one time. I figured out how to make it flip and just tried to land on it. I can’t really do it anymore, it was just a passing thing. But I’ve tried heelflip ones and I’ve tried them switch.

30 Skaters No Wax

April 3rd, 2017 | 12:17 pm | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Photo via Graver

Anyone too stubborn to accept the cyclical nature of human history should be aware of the fact that the Banks is maybe the most popular spot in the city again, and twenty of us drove out to Staten Island to skate the ABC Ledges last week.

Time warp innit ~ June 22, 2010 QS post from the day the Banks first got fenced off.

See also: Children skating the three block set-up at Columbia University, and placing trash cans after it in the latest installment of LurkNYC’s “New York Times” series. Shout out to Ja$onwear, Yellow Rail, Dan’s Skate Page and the Metrospective forum.

There’s not enough John Choi footage in it, but Cyrus threw together a twelve minute iPhone edit full of B-sides from New York and L.A.

Jahmal Williams footage and probably the last clips you’ll ever see of the CBS keyhole ledge in “Initiation,” a two-minute clip from Theories to kick off the spring.

Village Psychic follows up on the Stefan Janoski episode of The Bunt to consider the “Hovercraft” / a over tailslide (?) / booger tailslide (?), a trick that would be best left to the spirit of Darrell Stanton.

A bunch of classic NJ spots in Rob Snyder and Jeff Starch’s new part for Municipal.

Cafe Creme rounded up a handful of Keith Hufnagel cameos and mini parts from montages and 411s in the nineties, and put them into one convenient clip.

“Freed of past eras’ smallmindedness that shackled hive-minded bros to goofy-boy kits in the early 1990s or carcass hucking in the early 2000s, a supposed ‘anything goes’ renaissance over the past decade has freed pros and bros alike to pursue moves from retroactivated no-complies to multisyllabic ledge combos and horse pools, wearing fits that run from short shorts to graphical sweatpant products to Tuscan leather. Just as long as you did it on a board that was at least eight inches wide.”

Damn, T.F. North is the dubstep capital of New York skateboarding. Respect.

Drake wearing a TWS tee was an inside job (of the Adobe variety.)

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Jamal Crawford will probably be in the NBA in 2109 when the earth is completely submerged in water. P.S. Mask on, fuck it, mask off.

Quote of the Week: “This place is like the south.” — Kevin Tierney re: Staten Island

Quartersnacks Top 10 — March 31, 2017

March 31st, 2017 | 7:44 am | Daily News | 3 Comments

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Rainy end to this schizophrenic-ass month, which we’re all more than happy to close the door on ;) And although the order of the top four is fairly interchangeable this week, what ended up being #1 is probably the most DMed / @ed / texted clip as a Top 10 suggestion in the history of this series, so it was only right to give it the honors.

“It’s like The Da Vinci Code of skateboarding.” — Sweet Waste re: #1

Have a good one ♥

Original Clips:

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Intro via @DimeMTL on IG [link] 10) Max Van Arnem via “Valencia Report” [link] 9) Austyn Gillette via “Huf City Japan Tour” [link] 8) Max Palmer via “La Fruta Bomba” [link] 7) Kentaro Powell via “Washed” [link] 6) Josef Scott Jata via Sour’s “Hella Dramatic” video [link] 5) Dom Henry via “Valencia Report” [link] 4) Daan Van Der Linden via “The Good Homies” [link] 3) Martin Sandberg via Sour’s “Hella Dramatic” video [link] 2) Ishod Wair via “The Good Homies” [link] 1) Pedro Biago via Instagram [link]

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Previously: March 24, 2017

Five Favorite Parts With Andrew Allen

March 29th, 2017 | 5:00 am | Features & Interviews | 11 Comments

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Photo by Ben Colen

Andrew Allen has always added a dose of something special and unexpected to spots and tricks that we may have otherwise grown too familiar with. His string of parts since Propeller is marked by unconventional takes on classic spots, and an unparalleled eye for choosing tricks that look just the right amount different from the way any other skater may do them. It came as no surprise that he listed five parts that have never come up in this series before :)