‘Cuz Baby You’re a Firework

February 2nd, 2015 | 5:15 am | Daily News | 4 Comments

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Seven or eight years before Katy Perry was dancing alongside some sharks for Superbowl 49’s halftime show, she was at Beatrice, putting her number into Mike G’s flip phone. Not ashamed to have ran this as a homepage photo twice before. Photo by Sam Salganik.

America.

New Juicy Elbows winter montage with some #relaxing #musicsupervision. (McCarren Skatepark: So shitty, it’s a #street spot.) The varial flip, [almost] varial heel line is sick.

Fascinated by this odd, new sub-genre of New York skateboard videos where it’s clear that everyone involved has a job (i.e. living above dollar dumpling -class.)

New York’s premier January and February getaway is still going strong. Billy Rohan, Watermelon Alex, and others in Acapulco Gold’s Puerto Rican excursion.

Not sure why anyone would call a skate video Smegma (2014 skate video title sexualization gone awry?), but it’s a solid half-New York / Half-Virginia production. Lots of impressive maneuvers, including a wild transfer trick on the Lincoln Center Movado wallride, Leo Heinert 5050ing through the knobs in the Union Square rail, and a thoroughly great ender part from Clement Oladipo.

Whatever happened to the shifty flip?

Can skateboarding be portrayed in the non-skate media as anything more, still, than a strange unknowable mystery?”

Credit to Mostly Skateboarding for shining a light back on this J.J. Rousseau Puzzle Video mag part from 2002. Dude always flew a bit under the radar between J.B’s peak and Lucas’ little kid phase. That part was way ahead of its time. And nothing quite says early-2000s Euro video like a bangers section that degenerates into drum and bass ;)

Ludlow Street and some familiar faces, circa 1995.

“What’s the magic way into a skater boy’s heart?” “It’s so simple.”

Notable IG Developments: Aaron Herrington Static 4 extras, Bill and Supreme got something new on the way, our Euro friends did some cool tricks, and our French Canadian friends found their hero in the produce section of a Safeway.

A few quick montages:Cashmere,” “Punch Reel,” Mira Conyo iPhone outtakes.

Word is that the balls were deflated for this one:

A Most Violent Year, IRL though

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: This guy getting snubbed for a Western Conference all-star slot is another reason why the NBA should abolish conferences.

Quote of the Week: “Blacking out is nice every now and then. It’s like you don’t have to worry about anything for a while.” — Leroy Holmes

It might’ve snowed last night, but at least this isn’t your apartment.

Did You Skate During the Blizzard?

January 30th, 2015 | 3:26 pm | Footage | 3 Comments

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“No, but I know someone who did.”

We’ve been really good at wasting full set-ups lately

Not much here besides video evidence of the fact that Andre Page went skateboarding during Monday night’s blizzard (which, for people who don’t live around here, was projected to dump two feet of snow on the city.) And there’s no doubt in my mind that there would be more footage if the city didn’t threaten to possibly arrest people for being on the roads after 11 P.M.

Features Andre Page, Matt Perez and John Diaz. Filmed by John Diaz.

Have a good weekend. It’s supposed to be ten below zero with windchill ;)

Law & Order: Skateboard Victims Unit

January 28th, 2015 | 7:11 am | Video Re-Edits | 21 Comments

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Original photo via Jordan Zuppa

After snow plows and salt trucks, a good seven hours of Law & Order is the third most crucial element in New York’s snow recovery. Instead of spending yesterday’s snow day with Benson and Stabler, our researchers opted to combine their iconic theme song with footage from the New York skate spot seen in every episode of Law & Order. It might also be the most commonly filmed-at marquee gap spot in New York skateboard history, at least until it got put out of commission via a maze of barricades at its landing some two summers back. (Hasn’t stopped some people from trying.)

In the New York skateboard system, the Courthouse Drop is represented by two separate, yet equally important groups: the skateboarders, who do the tricks, and the filmers, who film them. These are their stories…

Related: In Absentia – The Newport Remix

A Bunch of Dumb Big Pictures & No Numbers

January 26th, 2015 | 6:05 am | Daily News | 5 Comments

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After much deliberation, the Nosesliders Guild of America has awarded Hjatle Halberg its “Noseslider of the Year” award based on recent output. This is an unprecedented event, as no foreigner has ever won the coveted title. Photo above by Mike O’Meally.

Studies in Flat — Daniel Lebron.

It seems that Frozen in Carbonite’s hyper-nerdery and far-fetched non sequiturs aren’t translating to Ride Channel commenters, because this was great, at least for fans of the blog: An analysis of the parallels between the Yankee-Red Sox rivalry and current day Boston-New York skateboarding. (Boston is 200+ miles from New York btw.)

Part one of NY Skateboarding’s joint interview with Gino and Dill is live.

A lot of familiar faces and hot moves in Debut, a new video featuring the youth.

A boom-bapified remix of peak era Wu-Welsh via Hit You Off Management. That five-trick line at Pier 7 is the absolute best.

Anthony Pappalardo, early Alien days. Shot by Tim Anderson.

Ugggh, I have such a weakness for cute skateboarders.” We have such a weakness for any Ant Banks #musicsupervision in skate videos.

The VX is dead volume seven via Johnny Wilson et al.

Seeing Michael Mackrodt skate in real life is genuinely one of the most impressive things you could ever witness in skateboarding. His consistency and quick footedness is absurd (personal top 3 most impressive IRL pros.) The next best thing is seeing him skate on video, via this new all-lines part filmed out in the Parisian suburbs. (He also had a New York “Fishing Lines” part in 2010, in case you didn’t know.)

Despite all its frustrations, midtown is still the funnest.

Quick montage from the crew at Matériel Supply.

Got a kick out of this: “Fear City,” a mid-seventies pamphlet covertly distributed to tourists by NYPD unions at odds with the mayor (sound familiar?)

In case you only go on skate websites…you’ll be paying $2.75 to ride the train and $116.50 for an unlimited starting March 22nd.

Until Travis Porter fulfills recent promises of bringing the “fun” back to music, Rae Sremmeueurururd is the Rap Desk’s fill-in vote for “funnest” rap group of the moment:

[Late] Spot Updates: 1) Not many people caught onto this spot, but it had a short lifespan. 2) Those round flatbars on 22nd and Fifth near the Flatiron Building are gone. 3) The two-second bust Marriott Banks are also gone.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: What else? Klay Thompson went 13-of-13 from the field (nine of which were contested three-pointers) against the Sacramento Kings earlier this week, in what was an utter video game of a single quarter. He now holds the record for most points in a NBA quarter with 37. The Golden State Warriors will be at Madison Square Garden on Saturday :)

Quote of the Week: “Oh Fifty Shades of Grey, I want to read that when the movie comes out.” — E.J.

Good luck with the snow these next two days. The National Weather Service is predicting we may get up to two feet in the city :( Dust those ‘Lo boots off.

Paych C-Roll

January 23rd, 2015 | 1:26 pm | Footage | 3 Comments

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We recently informed our two-man VX1000 department that their position would be cut in early 2015. After some tough analysis of current media trends in the skateboard industry, we came to the sad realization that employing people specifically for the execution of all VX1000-related tasks was not economically sound.

It’s tough to see our VX1000 department go, but that’s business :(

We didn’t have the heart to tell them they’re being laid off around the holidays, so their final day ended up being today. Before we sent them off with a sizable severance package and the accompaniment of two buxomly young ladies shaking their derrieres to Rae Sremmmmurururud’s “Throw Some Mo,” we figured we’d give our VX guys one last assignment, for old times sake.

Who but Johnny Wilson, of Paych and Horny fame, hates the VX1000 more, but would still have a surplus of un-used VX1000 clips? Given Video Blogs’ metamorphosis into HD, these leftovers from Paych went to our now-defunct VX1000 department, who included an unfortunate subliminal message in the music supervision.

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Previously: Paych Preview