10 Years of Quartersnacks

September 12th, 2015 | 12:00 am | Video & Remixes | 18 Comments

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On September 12, 2005, Quartersnacks began as a website to post often-average — occasionally above-average — skateboard videos. It was a place to share the jokes from yesterday’s midtown session, and a medium to talk shit about skateboarding or whatever the hell else was going on in New York at the time.

Thanks to some good luck, a lot of great friends, and above all, an odd thing called skateboarding that has grown a hundredfold in New York this past decade, we’re still here today, exactly ten years later. Still talking shit, still not particularly incredible at skating, and still having a good time :)

Thank you to everyone who has been along for the ride, told a friend about the website, or put a sticker on their board. Hopefully, we’ll still be doing some variant of the same thing in another ten years.

Oh, and sorry for not updating the spots page in five years ;)

(Alternate YouTube Link)

Have a good weekend and thanks again.

Josh Velez For Inkwell Commons

September 11th, 2015 | 4:35 am | Video & Remixes | 2 Comments

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After much delay, Andre Page — friend to all fortunate enough to have met him and honorary father to ~seventy-percent of the people affiliated with QS — finally has a website live for his company, Inkwell Commons. On it, you will find an intro part for Josh Velez, star of the Oscar-nominated short film, “Djosh Unchained.”

Also features Inkwell associates Chandy Khon, Haffa Pereira, Matt Perez, Jon Diaz, Troy Stilwell, Kadeem Walters and Andre Page. Filmed by Steve Gatti, Tom Gorelik, Andre Page and Jon Diaz.

Stay tuned to InkwellCommons.com for updates.

Have a good weekend.

M.P.C. in P.R.

September 10th, 2015 | 2:13 pm | Daily News | 1 Comment

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Photo by Colin Sussingham

You know Puerto Rico trips are still trending when a magazine-affiliated video of a P.R. trip gets held for half-a-year — simply because the mag was running #too #many #Puerto #Rico #features. Before anyone gets a chance to call it blown out, please have an obvious winter trip suggestion ready. Colombia seems like it’s been a distant second for a while, but for whatever reason, its department of tourism missed a golden opportunity of rebranding the country’s image around Young Scooter’s seminal ballad. That probably hurt its chances of becoming a premier destination.

The latest excursion to skateboarding’s favorite winter destination is with the almost-implied-enough-that-you-don’t-need-to-mention-it-anymore Most Productive Crew™ in New York. Features most of the guys from “Core,” “Rack” and Space Heater. Sort of how Carroll’s Modus part is low-key Scott Johnston’s best part because of “the greatest trick ever done” (shout out Choc Tour, Finally, and def Let the Horns Blow), “Rum Diary” is the best part from Conor “Best Line in a Johnny Wilson Video” Prunty on account of similar low-keyness. Also features basically a mini Andrew Wilson part.

Check the feature in this month’s issue of Transworld.

Related: Past QS P.R. coverage

Bando Lingo

September 8th, 2015 | 11:59 am | Daily News | 8 Comments


Photo via @mdfilms on IG

She’s better than you, and has better style.

Sorta inevitable that Sheckler would meet the “why the fuck you lying”-guy, who was the unofficial soundtrack of Labor Day weekend.

Some photos of the soon-to-be-completed skatepark in East Williamsburg, which is developer-speak for “not not sorta Bushwick.” (It’s off the Graham L.) Looks on the mellower side of the skatepark spectrum, a la Canarise.

The fakie hardflip over the block at J Kwon should put an end to the age-old debate.

The most important piece of #skate #journalism in at least thirty years: Jenkem interviewed the iconoclast who tried to ollie the thirteen-flat-thirteen in the rain…which of course, is one of the five greatest tricks to never happen.

Thanks to perhaps the most heavily reblogged trick of 2015 (and maybe a surging interest in Canadian exports), Spencer Hamilton earned a place in the hearts of many who otherwise forget that Canada often produces superior skateboarders to America. Supra took notice, and made a “best of” part for him to bring anyone else up to speed.

Rare in-office week for the QS Fashion Desk, in preparation for #NYFW: SMLTalk runs down the greatest headwear choices in skate video history and here’s an an interview with Fergus Purcell, one of the principal designers behind Palace.

Vice has an #uplifting mini-doc about the emergence of skateboarding in Palestine.

Bronze’s “ask me anything” department is right — it doesn’t matter what crew “shitted on” whatever other crew in New York, because New York skateboarding never fully recovered from Dave Mayhew’s stay here in 1999:

The backside flip off the big bank over the police barrier is legitimately still the 8th or 10th best trick done in city limits after Westgate’s 2x ollies on Canal Street, Kalis’ fakie flip at Newport, Jake’s wallride, Rieder’s impossible, and a bunch of stuff Zered has done. Also, forgetting that part was a massive oversight here.

That being said, Pyramid County’s Ripplescape video is solid, and features a handful of the more insane things to happen here in recent months (pull-in nosegrind at Columbus Park, frontside flip the Seaport bench, etc.) Way more enjoyable than any other U.S. tour vid in recent history.

“In the span of just about a week, Boil the Ocean internet web blog was able to compile an array of image-damaging content features and fiery remarks that reflect poorly on the extreme sport that once seemed on pace to unseat baseball as the sport of the future.” Wipe your lens Wilson, damn.

Eli Reed doing some manuals, and some bro cam footage from the Mira Conyo squad.

Spot Updates: The downtown Brooklyn post office spot is now knobbed.

Quote of the Week: “Having a French bulldog is like buying a used Jaguar. It’s the best and you’ll love the thing, but it’s going to cost you a ton of money.” — Barnes

Enjoy that school year y’all ;)

The History of T.Fs in New York: 2000-2015

September 4th, 2015 | 4:46 am | Features & Interviews | 17 Comments


How deep? Deep as the abyss. Photo by Gigliotti.

The other day, I met some people at T.F. West. After the hour-long pandering that goes on whenever the “where are we gonna skate?”-question is raised, some permit-wielding kickballers showed up. Outnumbered and frustrated, we left the park.

“So-and-so is at T.F.” An hour of half-hearted flat skating and aimless shittalking — it was not enough. We still craved a new chainlink cage with nothing more than flatground and maybe a trash receptacle to put on its side. We half-walked/half-skated the twenty minutes to T.F.

After a half-hour at T.F., a suggestion was made: “So-and-so wants to a try a trick over the can off the bump on 20th Street.”

The “bump” on 20th Street? You mean that small groove on the ground that just-maybe-kinda-but-kinda-not hoists you up? In an empty court surrounded by a chainlink cage? How did we get here? Three T.Fs in one day? We’ve been everywhere and back but I just can’t remember it all. What am I doing?

Here’s a complete history of how we got here.

2000: Alien Workshop’s Photosynthesis video is released. The second half of Robert Dyrdek’s part is filmed at a graffiti-covered indoor facility, which we later learn is called the “Training Facility” or “T.F.” for short. (This place later proved to be a blueprint for the “Fantasy Factory,” but that is a topic for another day.)