The Ride Channel was nice enough to run Backstreet Atlas, the mini doc about two guys skating from Boston to New York, on their YouTube page. You might remember that we interviewed Adam and Zach about their journey back in April.
Living in New York, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming the entire world revolves around you. (At least until a hurricane comes through and you realize you’re just on an island with expensive coffee in a corner of the Atlantic Ocean…) People barely consider nearby cities outside of Philadelphia, Boston, D.C. and maybe Baltimore, but the northeast is a pretty big place. They were able to condense their two hundred-mile / two-week trip into a twenty-minute video, and while it doesn’t even have a big flip in it (!!!), it’s a fun video that does a great job of getting you hyped to explore a bit further than your own backyard, or just to go skate in general.
Solid work from all those involved. Have a good weekend.
There are obviously more serious things going on with Boston right now, but here is a quick lighthearted distraction from that whole situation. This past August, these two guys skated from Boston to New York City — twenty-five miles at a time on hard wheels — stopping in New England towns that your average skateboarder would only know from exit signs on I-95. The short video of their journey, “Backstreet Atlas,” premieres at the Jane Hotel (113 Jane Street) at 8 P.M. on April 18 (tomorrow.)
How did this idea come about?
A: It was initially a joke. We talked about skating from Boston to New York without ever having the intention of doing it for a long time. We were having a conversation about skating distances and one day Zach was like, “I’m gonna skate back home from Boston” one day. It wasn’t an epiphany or anything, the joke just became more of a good idea. We entertained it for so long, that we just decided to go for it.
Z: We first planned to do it two years ago. First it was supposed to be in the fall, then spring, then Adam hurt his knee, so it kept getting pushed back.
What was the process of getting it from being a joke to an actual trip?
A: First, we thought we were gonna wing it and just skate, but the more we thought about it, it made sense for us to plan to hit up cool stuff along the way. We weren’t gonna make a movie. Then figured if we were gonna do it, it’d potentially be worth sharing. We planned on shooting whatever interesting things we see along the way, but nothing specific. We did want to go to all the skate shops though.
Staying with the New England theme, here is the Boston/northeast montage from the 2004 Zoo York / Zered Bassett video, Vicious Cycle. If you’re feeling nostalgic about the St. Lunatics, it’s hard not to have similar feelings for Lil’ Flip’s year-and-a-half run that would arrive shortly after. As far as anyone at the QS Rap Desk knows, Vicious Cycle is the only skate video to ever include The Clover G on its soundtrack. Also, at the 0:52 mark, Ed Hall A.K.A. Eddie Rap Life wears perhaps one of the top ten garments to ever be worn in a skate video: a 4XL, maybe 5XL, banana-yellow quilted down jacket with Carolina blue accents. Vehicle Skateboards R.I.P.
“It’s clover G’s on top of my chain and when I die put a crown on top of my name.”
Our two friends, Adam Abada and Zach Baker, are taking upon themselves the intensive task of skateboarding from Boston to New York (on non-cruiser wheels) starting later this week. Read more about the project on their website, BackStreetAtlas.com, and follow the trip on Twitter/Instagram via @backstreetatlas.
Here’s a Cincinnati crew’s clip of a trip to New York. Features various Dobbin Block personalities. It seems that someone editing a skate clip to a song off the new Nas album happened quicker than everyone forgetting about it altogether. (“Oh Nas has a new album out? Is it in the ‘Best Nas album since It Was Written‘ category or the ‘Best Nas album since Stillmatic‘ category?”) Though to be fair, the clip is edited to one of Life is Good‘s better moments. The album’s highlight is him actually admitting he makes music for people stuck in the 90s.
Another early entry in the annual cycle of “Summer Trip to New York” clips, which usually lasts from late-July to mid-October. There’s a sick homage to Loki’s signature Astor Place move at 0:51.
Watch Connor Champion’s part from the 2010 North Carolina-based YOUGOTTAGETTHAT video because A) He skates to Petey Pablo and B) He does a flatground kickflip in a line. Flatground kickflips in lines need to make a comeback.
While you probably couldn’t write a book or make a documentary about a principal Boston skate spot in the same way you could for Love Park, the Brooklyn Banks, or Pulaski Park, the city is no less important than the other three within the context of the northeast. The talent that has come out of Boston and its immediate surroundings (in addition to it having the best spots out of the four as of 2011) is enough to attest to the city’s long winding influence, regardless of whether or not Copley Square or the Hospital Banks have grandiose, mythological narratives surrounding them.
3D Innovations was a D.I.Y-tee-shirt-turned-legit-clothing-company that started up in Connecticut back in 1990. It would eventually come to sponsor the likes of Robbie Gangemi, Jahmal Williams, Jeff Pang, Ryan Hickey, Mike Graham, and others, all at varying points in time. Earlier this year, 3D released a collective DVD that features The Fat Juicy Video from 1991, Messin’ Around from 1998, and a bonus section filled with various promos and loose parts from the 1990s. With compilation videos like Revisited, Greatest Misses, and Pre-2k all being coveted by more nostalgically-inclined skateboarders, 3D’s video is special because it’s presented with its original slew of cheesy graphics (in a good way), all-over-the-place soundtrack, and is in no way re-edited for the current age like the aforementioned projects. (Again, in a good way.)