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.

Ain’t Enough Light in the Daytime…

December 29th, 2014 | 2:34 pm | Daily News | 6 Comments

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Happy birthday Pimp Chad. Griptape art via ???

Skater Starterpacks are good for a chuckle.

Bill Cunningham could not be reached for comment as to whether or not Lockwood is the latest beacon of weekend street style, despite numerous requests.

Boil the Ocean is up to #4 on its annual top 10 parts of the year countdown.

Iron Claw Skates made a limited-edition (__ of 86) Darryl Strawberry cruiser board. It is an extension of Lou’s Card Boards series for all the nostalgic Mets fans. Here’s a quick cruiser clip of it, just a few steps away from the site of the 1986 World Series. Notable Phil Rodriguez sightings included.

181 Blocks From…” is the latest edit from the Washington Heights-based Mira Conyo crew. Also, check out their Tall Boys podcast for an alternative to the otherwise #caucasian skateboard-podcast landscape ;)

VX is dead volume 6 via Johnny Wilson & stone molly whiter than my socks.

Well-formed Trahanian kickflips and other maneuvers of interest in the latest GX1000 New York edit that you’ve probably already seen.

There’s still hope! Learning switch 360 flips at age 45.

Ryan Gallant commentates on his Wonderful Horrible Life part.

This lil’ Mike Carroll section doesn’t get brought up nearly enough during routine bouts of fawning over Carroll footage. It’s tight. Skating begins @ 2:00. Great #hypersexual music supervision that you wish you thought to use for your silly bro-cam clip.

Death video throwaways, volume #45,670. Televisions are still trending.

The 2014 All City Showdown video premieres tonight at Sunshine. 9 P.M. Flyer here.

R.I.P. to the bodega next to Lit. Bought many a 4 A.M. bottle of water there, a long, long time ago. It probably all started to go downhill after Gigliotti moved from fifty feet away. Shout out 237 E. 5th Street.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Reason #876,967 for why you shouldn’t be emotionally invested in the New York Knicks. Dan Favale’s article, “The Self-Made Plight of Carmelo Anthony,” should throw a bit of that into perspective as well. Melo’s just trying to build his #personabrand y’all, just like you and your Tumblr friends.

Quote of the Week: “I think people are confused by the high amount of updates on the website lately.” — Pad. That’s why Monday Links it getting posted eight hours later than usual. Had to put the suspense back in Quartersnacks updates ;)

Off to lunch! Later.

Never Drop That Alcohol

December 1st, 2014 | 6:57 am | Daily News | 12 Comments

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Happy internet list season! Best Instagram Post by a Pro Skateboarder — 2014. #coachellacrew

15 seconds of unseen Jake Johnson footage from a 2007-ish Adidas footage tape.

Ishod Wair’s Paych part in Paych. While you’re at it, give Paych a vote for “Best Indie Video of the Year” over on the Transworld site. Purchase here.

Volume #10 of the cell phone footage from the Paych dudes. Based on the increasing ratio of skateboarding : night club footage in these, the “Most Productive Crew” title will no longer be relevant by February fashion week. Maybe they make it to September.

Boil the Ocean on the most controversial backside flip to never happen. Who has a nice TV and wants to host a Plan B premiere tomorrow? Preferably below 14th Street.

Not in the habit of referring people towards L.E.S. Park footage, but the shit Brandon Westgate does in his Ricta commercial (Ricta!) is pretty wild.

“Nah, I never had [360 flips] like that. Never over something or down anything. Never consistently. There would maybe be a day here or there where I would have them lovely on flatground but then they’d be gone. I could never hold on to a good tre flip.” All of us “I learned how to 360 flip 100 times, but forgot how to 360 flip 101 times”-people have something in common with Gino Iannucci! Similarities end there :(

Far from comprehensive, but Kingpin has a brief R.I.P. Para-lel edit. (Also: Relevant.)

500 Degreez-centric #musicsupervision is cool. The end of that clip isn’t.

TWS has a detailed interview with Danny Renaud about coming back from the dead. Dude would probably make a good Epicly Later’d.

Skate Witches 2k14: Brujas, the all-girl Latina skate crew from The Bronx.

Get me back to Paris.

The new Lurk NYC video, Strangers, will be premiering at Sunshine Cinemas on Wednesday, December 10 at 8 P.M. Flyer here.

Spot Updates: This might be a few weeks late — like, who really even skates downtown anymore? — but the slanted ledges at Battery are back. The ground is a little worse, and the runways a bit narrower due to some new pre-knobbed benches in the way. They even threw in a four-stair and two new manual pads. No telling if it’s a bigger bust now, but the “No Skateboarding” signs are all still up.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Russell Westbrook for M.V.P

Quote of the Week: “I hate the woods, have you ever seen The Blair Witch Project?” — Matthew Perez

In the event that you need a Monday morning dose of idiocy

‘Where’s My Morning Paper?’

October 14th, 2014 | 10:29 am | Daily News | 8 Comments

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Went up to Canada for the holiday weekend, hence Monday Links are, um, “going up” on a Tuesday :( As you may tell from the photo above, it did not go great.

Josh Stewart remixed Kevin Tierney’s Static IV part with some alternate angles, different tricks, and a new song. Try and find a recent New York-based part where someone skates an old spot in a new way as many times as Kev does. One of the best and most original parts of the year, for sure.

“We’ll start this off with the big question: Is Gino Iannucci now on Fucking Awesome?”
Next question.”

The transaction resembled Tumblr acquiring AOL, or perhaps Bronze Hardwares absorbing Prodigy [the rapper and / or the web portal.]” Also, BTO late pass: Why Ryan Gallant’s Transworld cover is a victory for everyone.

Obviously this piece was meant to highlight more sophisticated maneuvers, but how exactly could one “appreciate” the Chinese ollie without mentioning Ben Sanchez?

A Javier Sarmiento part filmed in maybe two days with bad editing and filming worse than what’s expected of a Quartersnacks clip is still better than pretty much anything. Dude’s going to be 50 one day, still looking cooler than anyone on a skateboard.

Ripped Laces put together a #listicle of the best pedestrian v.s. skateboarder interactions from skate videos. “That’s why you should skate in the street: to meet weirdos.” That rationale has also been used to justify riding MTA trains, but the frustrations might outweigh the entertainment.

Well, now we know that Bobby Shmurda’s rise to stardom will coincide with a plethora of applicable #musicsupervision choices for Bobby Worrest re-edits. Also, here’s some B-side clips of Bobby from the 2000s, several of which look unfamiliar.

The Chocolate team stops by Astor Place and the L.E.S. park on their “20 Years” tour. FYI: The Astor Place construction that has been “imminent” for more than five years is starting to look like a reality.

Here’s Joseph Delgado’s part from OD WAVY and Brandon Girona’s part from PFP3.

Throwaway reel from John Valenti with some chill Brendan Carroll footage.

Jim Hodgson remixed his In Absentia Newport footage if you weren’t into our version.

QS Sports Desk Preseason Play of the Week: Oh Nate, it’s great to have you back. JaVale on the bench is another welcome sight.

Quote of the Week: “Being loud and obnoxious doesn’t get you ahead in life. Most of the time, it sets you back. Actually, all of the time.” — Andre Page

I thought Columbus was the hero of America?”

4 P.M. Links :(

August 11th, 2014 | 4:33 pm | Daily News | 6 Comments

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UNIS.

Manolo’s “20 Years of Chocolate” remix will bring a tear to your eye.

Still one of the craziest things ever done on a skateboard. Dude was too futuristic.

“Tyshawn Jones is really getting some air! Now I hope that he and others of his ilk are billed for the damage they cause to the steps and walls of monuments and public areas around the city.” TJ got a photo in the Times this past weekend. Some commenters were upset. We should ban everything except walking. That’d be cool.

SMLTalk has been doing some hard-hitting investigative journalism as of late. First, they use Kevin Bradley’s bump-to-bar grab from “cherry” as a springboard to assess the history of acceptable grabs on street, and though it went online a few weeks ago, this piece on the demise of the pop shove-it is also worth your consideration.

Boil the Ocean on Stativ IV and the future of full-length videos.

Some Bronze B-sides. ICYMI: Jenkem interviewed Peter about dark corners of the internet last week. (Here’s another interview with him and Pat from last fall.)

Quick Acapulco Gold clip with a 2013 Q.S.O.T.Y. Leo Gutman sighting.

This “Steep Banks” account on YouTube started uploading a lot of Long Island-based gems from the nineties: Frank Gerwer in midtown circa 1997 and R.I.P. Burritoville and Broadway Bump, two of the greatest lil’ kid spots in New York skateboarding history.

Well, a summer montage to “We Dem Boyz” was pretty inevitable.

Columbus Circle is fun.

A look at the current breed of skate videos coming out of Philadelphia.

Wasn’t expecting to link a video of a guy on Jart today, but some of the stuff in this Fran Molina part is undeniably insane. He destroys MACBA without even hitting the ledges much, and skates sorta like a Euro Torey Pudwill. (Who, by the way, was recently discovered to be maybe the third Jewish pro skateboarder ever. Time to amend this post.)

Uhh…Young Thug was on The Tonight Show.

Quote of the Week: “Yo you know what’s fact? Most pretty girls have bigass foreheads.” — Overheard at Lenox Ledges

Sorry for the slow start to the week. Cool stuff soon?