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 ;)
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.
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.
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.
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.)