Snack Queen

March 16th, 2015 | 5:50 am | Daily News | 3 Comments

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Bagel via Tompkins Square Bagels via Digital Ashtray

Who has a tractor trailer? Let’s bring all the Long Island City ramps to Tompkins.

“He took a look at my shoes, grilled me and asked, ‘What’s this shoveling for?’ I responded, ‘My grandma fell here last week and I don’t want anybody else to get hurt.’ He said ‘Nah, you’re a skateboarder, leave the park now or I’ll call the cops. We have a guy that shovels the park.'” Philly’s hatred of skateboarding never fails to reach new heights. An interview with Tracy Gorman about skating Love Park this past winter.

Speaking of which, Sabotage 4 should be a good time.

Dug this video’s #chill #vibes: Nassau by Derek Heydle. All New York stuff.

Gino talks about boards, shoes and gear for nine minutes.

In the Bity,” a three-and-a-half minute montage featuring most of the Bronze guys and some rad Shawn Powers Tompkins night lines.

2015 is all about ushering in a wave of redhead acceptance in skateboarding. Weiger’s all iPhone birthday part was great. If a genie granted me the chance to skate ledges like any pro but said I couldn’t pick a Spaniard, I’d probably pick Weiger.

Transworld’s “ABD Archive” GIF-itized most of the prominent tricks to go down over picnic tables. Chris Franzen’s switch front shove is still the coolest.

Dunno about calling the L.E.S. Park “iconic,” but this “Day in the Life”-esque thing with Billy Rohan was cool. “Chanel makes you smell like your Rolex is real.”

The Paych guys, Will R.S. and Zered at House of Vans.

If you want to watch more Aaron Herrington re-edits, here are the contest winners.

The book about the history of the ollie is 912 pages long.

Here’s what the first run of Mother Collective boards looks like.

Haven’t heard Waka rap in like ~two years at this point (the volatility of the rap spotlight is insane huh?), but something about his voice sounds weird now.

This is the best Kendrick Lamar song.

QS Sports Desk: Kyrie Irving is only the third most fun-to-watch guard in the NBA.

Quote of the Week: “Biebel became one of my favorite skaters this year because of Instagram.” — Jack Sabback

YRN: The Album drops June 16th. Kinda got the feeling that those guys made every sort of song there was for them to make after their last mixtape, but would love to be proved wrong :)

Winter in America

March 2nd, 2015 | 5:48 am | Daily News | 9 Comments

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Rest in Peace, #14

Aaron Herrington’s Eastern Exposure part is cool.

The Cafe Creme blog interviewed Cyrus.

America, please copy everything Denmark does re: skateboarding. (Relevant.)

“Our culture has produced an amazing array of photographers and filmmakers and even sculptors, so it’s not a lack of work ethic or creative energy that’s stopping us from producing poets. But I don’t see it as dumbed down as much as hesitant and cautious. Look around: it’s not just that we’re unsure what skateboarding means, but we’re unsure whether it’s even a good idea to consider its meaning. Skateboarding is supposed to be fun, after all, it’s the most fun thing. Taking it too seriously can dampen or even kill this fun, so, you know, fuck it. Let’s look at the pictures.” The Deaf Lens interviewed Kyle Beachy, a guy who is really good at writing about skateboarding.

All This Mayhem, the cocaine-addled Pappas brothers documentary, is now streaming on Netflix. Quartersnacks review from the fall can be found here. “Fuck off Hawk, you fucking wanker. You can’t even flip your board you old prick.”

Solid Iron Claw Skates Dallas and Austin trip montage is now up.

Always love these guys’ videos: Another one from Budapest’s Rios crew.

Jake is on a new company and JNCOs are coming back.

Mike Sass’ Duzzed video is now online in full.

Ripped Laces looks back at the early 2000s tech of Savier shoes.

“I still think the beauty of skating, in its truest form, is this solitary activity. It has to do with self-reliance and dealing with loneliness in a productive way.”

SMLTalk’s Boston winter spot directory is pretty universal for the northeast.

53 seconds of unseen Gino Iannucci footage.

“We’re out there breaking our ass trying to find this kid, and you’re up there fucking around in Nyack.” A teaser for Bleach, Paul Young’s new video featuring Dick Rizzo, Erik Martinez, Josh Wilson, Mark Humienik and others.

Found this rather interesting: the world famous Sants spot in Barcelona is unmodifiable, on account of it receiving an architecture award in 1983. The city is, however, starting to build designated places to skate in each district of the city, which could stir things up a bit in what’s basically the skate spot capital of Europe.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Three-minute Anthony Mason YouTube mix. As far as last week, these 27 seconds just about sum up the 2014-15 Knicks season.

Quote of the Week: “I’m rich in unpaid invoices.” — Pad

A month late on this, but Uncle Murda’s “2014 Rap Up” is incredible. It’s like the ones Skillz used to do, but actually funny. Must embed situation.

CRAZY.

111th & Riverside

January 22nd, 2015 | 12:38 pm | Daily News | 4 Comments

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We’ve discussed how Riverside Drive is some of the most photogenic territory on this low-lying island before. Except in our case, besides Grant’s Tomb and the Upper West Side-favorite Soldiers and Sailors Monument (most of it has been knobbed for a few years now), there isn’t a whole lot to skate on that stretch of woodsy street.

Anyone who’s tried to circumvent a Westside Highway traffic jam has likely passed this lloonngg rail on 111th Street, which connects residential Riverside Drive to the park’s entrance. It might’ve been skated by thugged-out rollerbladers from The Bronx before, but prior til today’s revelation, nobody ever channeled their inner-Jeff Pang (yeah, anyone who 5050s a long handrail in Manhattan is channeling Jeff Pang fam) and put their skateboard trucks on it.

People have been getting good at skateboarding lately, so a lot of video game spots on Riverside Drive are beginning to look more realistic for the top 1% of people who ride skateboards. Exhibit A: Earlier this morning, Waylon Bone uploaded a would-be “Magnified” of Aaron Herrington trying a 5050 down the 111th rail. It’s sick.

Previously: 135th & Riverside

Live Life Like Morgan Freeman

January 12th, 2015 | 5:58 am | Daily News | 12 Comments

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Photo via The Homie

Jim Hodgson, the guy behind In Absentia, released another short video of unseen Hi-8 footage with appearances from Puleo, German, etc. and practically a mini Andy Bautista part. R.I.P. Hoboken Ledges.

The new LurkNYC video, Strangers, is online in full. Ben Kadow’s ender is really cool. Also ICYMI, NY Skateboarding has an interview with Nick about his video series.

“You can’t kill me, I’m a zombie.” This new eight-minute video interview with Quim Cardona goes through his whole career as a pro skateboarder.

Ten honorable mentions for “Part of the Year” from Boil the Ocean. Rich gang.

Fuck the Taliban. #girlpower

Yo, shout out to all my artists out there: Ride has a feature on the origin of the Powell skull and sword logo, Slam City Skates interviews Glen E. Friedman, VHS Mag interviews Evan Hecox, the guy who designed your favorite series of Chocolate boards, and who has a really expensive book for sale on Amazon :(

Spencer Hamilton did a no comply trick that everyone will be doing this spring, and skated to “Wipe Me Down,” one of recent history’s finest Song of the Summer Winners.

Ever wonder about the dietary regiment behind New York’s Most Productive Crew™?

Dude, like, vert on street though, dude.

Skate and Annoy has some tips in the event that you find yourself in the jungles of Costa Rica, but not on account of your plug or anything.

Another clip from the Long Island City Coda T.F. to some Creedence for all the working men out there. Here is ten seconds of Jake footage from there too, why not.

Much in the vein of how that Mike Carroll “S.O.T.Y.” web edit from a few weeks ago is chronically overlooked, Kalis’ mini-part in the DC Video bonus montage always flew under the radar (2:10 mark.) No idea why so much of this got left out of the actual video:

Stuff you’ve seen already: Zered is the best, Aaron Herrington’s “Off the Grid at Union Square, Andrew Wilson’s Paych part, a highlight reel from this year’s All City Showdown in New York, Brad Cromer’s Outliers part.

The bro Jersey Dave is having a photo show at the Hoboken NJ Skateshop location this Saturday, January 17. 7-9 P.M. Flyer here. Maybe Justin White will be there? First twenty people to purchase the book will receive a complimentary tote bag.

Define “successfully.”

Got this update about the Fat Kid spot the other day. Thanks to Macauley for the tip.

There’s a German guy with a blonde streak in his hair on the Atlanta Hawks — known in some circles as “Baby Rondo” — who used to skate, but like, actually used to skate.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Volleyball edition.

Quote of the Week: “My son Johnny Depp stay getting wild typecast.” — Boss Bauer

We’ll be out of town for the week, but updates will continue as usual. Check last year’s coverage here.

Behind the Scenes of ‘Manhattan Days’ with Pontus Alv & Aaron Herrington

September 26th, 2014 | 3:36 am | Features & Interviews | 12 Comments

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All Photography by Nils Svensson

Been a slow news week around here. The web store ate up most of the time (thanks for all the support, your stuff should finish shipping today!) In consolation, here’s a quick convo with Polar Skateboards man-in-charge, Pontus Alv, and Aaron Herrington, Polar’s resident New Yorker, about their Manhattan-based sequel to last year’s “Trocadero Days” video. Have a good weekend.

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What is the concept behind the “Manhattan Days” video?

Pontus: For both this and “Trocadero Days,” we approached it like we were tourists discovering a new city with our skateboards.

Aaron: We watched the New York section from Powell-Peralta’s Future Primitive a few times before we filmed it. You see them skating the streets together around Times Square, World Trade, and Rector Street as a big crew.

Pontus: We wanted to use diamond plates for it. The sounds they make are very distinctive to east coast skateboarding. I really wanted that noise in it. The shopping cart was another aspect. Coming from Europe, the homeless people pushing around the shopping cart with all their belongings really stands out for us. It’s not something we really see. We wanted to customize that idea for skateboarding — us pushing around New York with junk. We added a pole jam as a Ricky Oyola tribute, to Philly and that whole Eastern Exposure era.

Aaron: In “Trocadero Days,” they used pieces of wood, but we wanted to make it so that the diamond plate material was accessible everywhere. You always associate it with New York skating, just seeing those old Tribeca spots and bump to bars made out of it.

Was the Future Primitive section a big guide for the vibe you guys were trying to achieve?

Pontus: My biggest inspiration for both videos was the Trent Gaines, Rueben Dominguez and Paul de Jesus section in Propaganda. That part has always been a huge inspiration behind what I do. I want to showcase skaters skating together: doubles, triples and more of a gang vibe than about the individual. When skateboarders go skate, they go in a crew. We have fun together and we laugh together, but in the final product, the video always turns out to be about the one guy who’s doing the trick, even if the whole crew is there with him. Skate videos have a way of portraying it as more about the solo artist. I really miss seeing people doing stuff together.