‘NO ARM & HAMMER IN MY HANNAH MONTANA’

July 16th, 2012 | 9:14 am | Daily News | 10 Comments

Everyone skateboards now! Miley Cyrus is into it! Rihanna skates! This girl skates! Everyone skates! What a fun way to get your cardio in! Sk8 or die, girls! Derek Zoolander |*ngb**rds! When is the male model game of S.K.A.T.E? My money’s on Ted.

12th & A lives. There was an East Village community board meeting this past Thursday to decide its fate, and skateboarding prevailed. It’s open 5-8 P.M. on weekdays, 12-8 P.M. on Saturdays, and unfortunately closed on Sundays. Better than nothing. Hopefully, it will open earlier during late-fall and winter weekdays, since it gets dark at 4:30. (Also, there’s a new ~15-foot-long round flatbar there, and they sawed the legs off the larger picnic table to make it “Cali size.”)

“Gyro” is a montage filmed in New York over the course of two weeks via the same crew that brought you the SF-based Chunder and VHS1K videos.

Some kid wallrid off that giant bottle sculpture near 57th Street on the Westside Highway, which is pretty gnarly. It would make a great photo. Photo here. That trick, and six minutes of other NY/NJ/Philly-based footage in this “Gravity Hammers” clip.

Death Video throwaway clips set to the soothing sounds of 2 Chainz.

The first summer edition “Diamond Days” video (#62) is now online. It utilizes the early frontrunner for “Song of the Summer 2012,” Cash Out’s “Cashing Out” A.K.A. “Yeah, it’s the ‘Racks’ of 2012, but it’s not as good as ‘Racks.'” Grown & Sexy S.O.T.S. early honorable mention: Usher “Climax,” which would’ve been in five skate videos by now if it was by some white girl who moved to Brooklyn from the midwest.

Nate Rojas’ part from Five on That is on YouTube. He 5050s the kinked handrail outside the Tribeca jail skatepark.

“Oh no, I’m completely fine. I do this all the time. Have a nice day.”

The Museum of Modern Art in Finland claims to currently have “the world’s first large scale skatable sculptural installation” on its premises. Stadium did that, like, last year, bro. Though to be fair, the Finnish one is a superior “skateable sculpture” for “normal” people and not Zered Bassett.

SPOT UPDATES: 1) The rail gap and keyhole ledge at CBS are now blocked off by scaffolding. 2) The gas station on 15th & 10th with the flat rails got torn down. Near the end of this clip, Gigliotti does a line there in a controversial hat. (Aren’t there ~six gas stations south of 96th Street? Why the hell are they tearing them down?) 3) Those awful marble windowsill ledges on 4th and Bowery got knobbed.

Quote of the Week:


Straight bling-bling, whip it with an antenna

Easter Pink

April 9th, 2012 | 8:48 am | Daily News | 9 Comments

How much did Melo’s game winning shot (and Rose and Deng’s missed free throws, for that matter) have to do with the legendary Frank Costanza sitting courtside yesterday? (Visible at 1:06 with his non-biological son.)

E.J. now has a dedicated website Tumblr for his photos at FuckYouEmilio.tumblr.com. A lot of Tompkins photos, some some cute lookbook shots, and this epic photo of unlikely caucasian favorite, Araabmuzik.

Phat Stylez came through with a mini retrospective on Aesthetics, easily one of the phattest skate brands of all time. Part 1, part 2. Watch Ryde of Die before you put on your bucket hat to go skateboarding today.

Late, but here’s the video for the New Orleans, Birmingham, and Atlanta portion of the Map Masquerade tour. New Orleans is easily one of the better-looking parts of America, and Suciu and Jake kill it. (Loosely Related: Here’s Jake backside noseblunting the rail-to-bank at St. Vincent’s.)

It’s good to see 12th & A / East Side Community High getting some good press about their involvement with skateboarding after the nonsense that caused 12th & A to get shut down late last year. (No, it’s still not open for public use.)

“What’s the history behind Palace?” “Took a gap decade after getting das boot from school, hit 27, had a mid-life (crisis) and decided to start a good skateboard company out of the UK.” The last Palace x Umbro link.

Our good friend, Adam Abada, made a homie-cam / iPhone clip chronicling this past mellow winter. It has no wallies in it.

Speaking of iPhones, some kid in China sold a kidney so he could buy one. A life with one kidney is better than a life without Instagram.

Have custom cut cruiser shapes gone too far? Jason Jesse made an AK-47 shaped cruiser. Unfortunately, it’s shaped like the gun, and not a skateboard silhouette of Russian forward for the Utah Jazz, Andrei Kirilenko, who wears #47.

While researching last week’s post about bulky skate shoes, this Donger Puma commercial came up. Here’s a play by play: He skates up to a set of stairs, opens a laptop, some chick pulls up in a convertible, she walks past him, he stares at her ass in leopard print pants, she turns around, they make long eye contact, she walks away, and he then decides he’s better off doing an ollie over her car. Oh, and Korn is playing in the background the entire time. Imagine that pitch meeting…

Quote of the Week: “What’s D7? The chicken wing spot?” — Tufty


Have a good week everyone.

The Events That Defined New York City Skateboarding in 2011: 5-1

December 31st, 2011 | 6:45 pm | Features & Interviews | 3 Comments

2011 is over in five hours. Here are the final five. Have fun tonight everyone.

Previous installments: #25-21, #20-16, #15-11, #10-6, The Best Video Part(s) of 2011, The Year in Rap.

5. The Rise of 12th & A Rap

As 12th & A’s stronghold on New York City skateboarding waned, it began to rise as an epicenter for New York City skateboard *rap*. With artists like ASAP Rocky, Odd Future, and Krayshawn getting deals off YouTube videos, the young skaters of 12th & A drew inspiration from their D.I.Y. attitude, and set out to make a name for themselves in perhaps the only professional world more overpopulated than pro skateboarding. Slicky Boy remixed white people’s favorite Ice Cube song and has been promising a mixtape all year. The Stoned Rollers took Lex Luger out of the trap and the strip clubs, and brought his trademark thump to the skate spot. And Black Dave, perhaps 12th & A rap’s greatest success story, is one-for-two with making it onto WorldStar with his videos.

The Events That Defined New York City Skateboarding in 2011: 10-6

December 28th, 2011 | 12:52 pm | Features & Interviews | 20 Comments

2011 ends in less that four days. Wow. Previous installments of the countdown: #25-21, #20-16, #15-11. Final installment goes online December 31.

10. Lucas Puig Re-Legitimizes the Noseslide

The northeast may be the last place on earth that does not fully buy into the ballet of flip-in-flip-outs synonymous with the modern day noseslide. We were delighted to see Lucas Puig, one of European skateboarding’s most agreeable technicians, be the one to bring back a completely glitter-less version of one. Puig’s re-induction of the noseslide into acceptable territory for line choreographers has already been felt in videos since his Transworld spotlight, most notably via Stefan Janoski in The SB Chronicles.

Note: Whether or not this trick is acceptable for those under the age of 25 (i.e. those who have not been skating long enough to remember when the noseslide was an acceptable ledge trick) is a controversial subject.

Shut Down Champs, Did the Fool in Prada

December 12th, 2011 | 9:24 am | Daily News | 5 Comments

Today marks exactly five years since the release of The Inspiration, which is the second most important motivational masterpiece to come out during this website’s existence (first here.) In honor of this sacred date, above is the limited edition 1-of-10 Quartersnacks x The Inspiration custom griptape sheet. On a side note, the mixtape prelude to this album, had some serious bangers that QS will happily cut a thousand-dollar check for, provided they are CDQ versions without DJ Drama yelling nonsense all over them. If only Jeezy still made music like this…

Apparently, the school/park has began removing the “real” ledges from 12th & A, and threw out all the portable obstacles. One less place to skate during the day without getting kicked out. Great. R.I.P. 12th & A.

The Flipmode production house released a short, purple-tinged b-sides clip featuring their standard roster. Kids seem to really like Spaceghostpurp and lean references these days, huh.

If you started skateboarding around the time Photosynthesis came out, you’ve maybe wondered what happened to Pat Corcoran. Well, he dropped by a recent Chrome Ball post dedicated to him, and set the record and rumor-mongering straight with a detailed, yet completely punctuation-less comment.

Skateboard filmers who take themselves serious enough to make memes about filmer faux pas are probably the worst thing about skateboarding. We mix SD & HD, stretch SD, and chop it up to Rihanna & 2 Chainz, all in one clip.

The crew over at Seasons Skateshop in Albany uploaded a clip from deep in the archive of some of our homies. Wonderful soundtrack choice, and the only place online you’re going to see Ben Baptiste do a kickflip backside tailslide.

Strobeck clips tend to get re-blogged heavy, but in case you missed it, a remix of some older ones from the mid-to-late 2000s went up on YouTube yesterday.

Quote of the Week
Observant Gentleman: “Yeah, 2008 was a good summer.”
Alexander Mosley: “Of course it was a good summer, every summer is a good summer. You never hear anyone say ‘Yeah, that was a good winter.'”


Thanks to everyone who reposted our Best of 2011 Clip: Yaba Zoo, First Cut is the Cuttiest, Huckstep Life, Wheelbite, A-City-Crew, Handsome As Fuck, Trilogy Tapes, Humidity Skateshop, Waters & Army, Street Feed, Playboard, Network Skate, Dank Mag, Recordings of Boardings, Le Boom Blog, Grey Magazine, Hella Trill, Cream Mag, Domliebe, Throw Up the Horns, Le Site Du Skateboard, and 48 Blocks.

…and the dude who said “faggot music” in the comments on Hella Clips can save it.