Sick Coachella Hat

April 14th, 2014 | 5:35 am | Daily News | 4 Comments

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Professional Skateboarding in 2014: Where everything you do is useless because some French dude is inevitably cooler and better than you.

The New York Knicks 2013-2014 season, in six seconds.

Another LurkNYC B-sides clip — “New York Times Volume Five.” Features the bail of this trick, which is completely nuts. Also, be on the lookout for a chill sideboob…and you know you about that rapping life when you walk around with a dictionary.

Chris Nieratko did a video interview with Tim O’Connor about life after semi-retirement.

Video blog #208 from the Beef Patty crew and Medalla Part 2 from Max Hull.

Standalone version of Derm’s part from Brick City Street Styles. Turn up.

Lottery Boiz is a largely New York-based video by some kids who really like rap. They might have a lower threshold of restraint for rap nerd indulgences in their videos than even this website, which is saying a lot.

Roctakon and Steve Kream (Olson’s partner in Bianca Chandon) went on the Tall Tales Podcast to talk about how Drake simultaneously exists on polar opposite ends of the female fantasy spectrum, how no dude has ever liked Lolita, and um, Bianca Chandon. Skate talk starts ~27:50. (R.I.P. to the 917-862-8250 T.F. barrier, BTW.)

For all the people out there pursuing MFAs, for whatever reason: the Deaf Lens interviewed Brian Lotti about transitioning from a skateboard career to an art one.

“But I never compromised my values, I was never changing the reason for the things I did just because there was bigger money behind it…”
“You advertised for McDonald’s…”
I ate McDonalds as a kid, they didn‘t change my beliefs or something.” #birdman
Shout out to the Delancey McDonald’s…only at 5 A.M. though…

There’s probably going to be some way to skate this thing.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: 1) Thank you Atlanta Hawks for restoring some semblance of balance in the world, though you should probably cede your playoff spot to the Suns or Grizzlies. 2) Andre Iguodala v.s. Quincy Miller’s ankles. 3) Mozgov’s 93-29 game. 4) Clippers-Warriors first round looks like it’s happening :)

Quote of the Week: “Gay Ledges is like Eggs, except nowhere near as good and you get kicked out in five minutes.” — Lurker Lou

How can I not… Future Honest album snippets.

An Interview With Alex Olson (From the March 2014 Issue of Thrasher)

April 1st, 2014 | 12:56 pm | Features & Interviews | 15 Comments

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Thrasher put the QS-conducted interview with Alex Olson from their March 2014 issue online. In the event that you don’t want to read the small type on the layout pages, here it is in beautiful, enlargeable text. This was conducted right after New Years, so there are a lot of Supreme video questions (this one informed the Bill interview a bit), and vague questions about his company, which were made less vague in Mackenzie Eisenhour’s interview. It’s clearly a bit out of date (neither the Supreme video nor his company had an official name at the time…), but here it is for the print-averse.

All photos by Jonathan Mehring.

Unrelated but important: The Ultimate #Nineties Skater Bracket is down to the Final Four…Kareem v.s. Henry Sanchez and Jovontae v.s. Matt Reason. Vote here.

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Try and find a young skater that stirs up opinions more than Alex Olson. Abruptly quitting one of the most respected companies ever, bailing on a new one before it even got started, and being cryptic regarding the details of his own venture have a way of doing that. Alex wants to be something more than just happy to be here, which sounds reasonable. Unfortunately, that sometimes gets contorted by people who want to believe he’s either ungrateful or disinterested in skating altogether. After taking a six-month hiatus in New York last year, we had a chance to talk to him about what he’s been up to in light of all the changes.

Why have you been spending so much time in New York? What draws you to the city?

When I was 18, Dill flew me out. It was the first trip I ever took by myself. I met all the people at Supreme, Max Fish, The Hole…I always wanted to move out there but either sponsors wouldn’t let me, I had a girlfriend, or the weather was a concern.

Bill started filming for the Supreme video, and I had just gotten done filming for Pretty Sweet. My girl had also just broken up with me, so I was pretty over everything. I flew out to New York for Go Skate Day this past summer. I was only supposed to stay for two weeks, but I got a place out there and ended up staying six months filming for the video.

Supreme has been around for twenty years, but this is their first skate video. Why’d they finally decide to make one?

Well, they had “A Love Supreme,” which was the artsy 16mm video Thomas Campbell made in 1995. It used to be really hard to find but now it’s on YouTube. For this one, I think they realized there had such an eclectic group of people around Bill [Strobeck] and it would be a good thing for them to do. Once Dill and Mark Gonzales both said they’d film for it, Bill had a green light.

#TRENDWATCH2014: Preliminary Spring Report

March 21st, 2014 | 1:20 pm | Daily News | 20 Comments

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Photo via The Local Weather. Is #normcore still a #thing?

Spring greeted us with a 54-degree day, a box and a barrier at the T.F. yesterday. However, a spring trend report seems silly before everyone has seen the Supreme video and adjusted accordingly. All of this stuff may be outdated by the end of next weekend, after “cherry” has been given time to marinate. This does not mean the developments discussed below are unimportant, only that they may be superseded by ones with longer staying power in the near future.

Light Ass Denim™

It’s no secret that anyone who looked chilled-as-shit on a skateboard during the #nineties indulged heavily in Light Ass Denim™ (LADs™.) For yet-to-be-uncovered reasons, the proceeding decade did not look upon denim — of any form or wash — as kindly. Sure, textile industry lobbyists who covertly unloaded a surplus of brown chino fabric to the only people who would buy already dirt-colored pants in the 2000s had *something* to do with it (See: Pappalardo, Anthony), but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Why has no research been done on why Fully Flared is the most denim-deficient skate video ever made?

The twenty-year resurgence period of LADs™ and their ties to prosperity has come like clockwork. Did you really think the parallels between LAD™-heavy footage output and subsequent S.O.T.Y. covers in 1993/1994 and 2013/2014 were a coincidence? Fashion goes in cycles, obvs.

19 Degrees, Feels Like 8

March 3rd, 2014 | 3:18 pm | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Late day Monday links update, sorry. Lousy Smarch weather, True Detective, etc. You know?

Labor has a restock of Marisa Tomei and Jesus Piece cruisers on their webstore, but they probably won’t be there for very long.

A lot of interviews went online this past week, and Frozen in Carbonite’s interview with underrated hip-hop white guy icon, Chris Franzen might be the best of the bunch. He talks about L.A. County (“We were just a bunch of rejects from the industry”), switch 360 flips over Cali tables off flat, and stuff about the business of skateboarding in the nineties that other interviews may be reluctant to address. Must-read for anyone who is a fan of that much mythologized decade.

The Dime crew compiles all the monumental achievements that have occurred while a skater was wearing a yellow tee shirt.

Kanye’s inane, more-calculated-than-people-care-to-admit rants seem to be the latest avant garde skate clip #musicsupervision choice, but when is someone going to edit a clip to DJ Khaled’s McDondald’s commercials?

Glad we could be a springboard to Mudo Zine’s grassy knoll-esque dissection of the conspiracies embedded in Ishod’s new Thrasher cover.

Josh Stewart interviews Jahmal Williams. Jahmal must also be one of the most photogenic skaters ever — is there a single mediocre photo of the dude on a board?

Alex Olson stops being vague about his new company, Bianca Chandon. He also gives fair warning to all the good-looking boys out there wearing his Fire Island shirts about town. (“Have you ever really been to Fire Island?” #promiscuous)

A cool eight-minute throwaway reel from the past few LurkNYC projects.

Muckmouth interviews Peter Smolik over text (and we thought e-mail interviews were bad…) How could they forget to ask him about the most notorious selfie in skateboard Instagram history though?

Sometimes, dudes just want to skate in Bushwick ‘n stuff: Penny Pinchers II, a video 95% filmed around familiar haunts in Brooklyn.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Metta World Peace Ron Artest got bought out by the Knicks last week. The Artest era in New York was short, underwhelming, injury-ridden, and worst of all, a decade late, but to his credit, he did provide the team with possibly its sole highlight of the 2013-2014 season.

Quote of the Week:

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Good luck to Roctakon out west. The QS crew and Dunions will miss u :'(