Ever Since I Left the City You Started Skating Less and Going Out More

October 26th, 2015 | 2:40 pm | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Fall QS gear available at Supreme (New York + Los Angeles), Labor, 35th North, 510, Alumni, Atlas, Black Sheep, Civil, Commissary, Exit, Homebase, Homegrown, Humidity, In4mation, NJ (Hoboken + New Brunswick), Orchard, Palace 5ive, Pitcrew, Seasons, Select Skates and Uprise. Hitting Japan this week, Europe next well. QS webstore launches [next] Monday, November 2nd at midnight.

Ok, maybe this whole skating on cars shit is getting out of hand…

“Dare I say that the Dime Crew is possibly even better than Rick Howard?” Chris Nieratko spent Canadian Thanksgiving with the Dime squad. (Full Disclosure: They don’t celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving in French Canada.) Skateboard Story also interviewed Phil Lavoie about the inner-workings of Canada’s greatest fashion house.

Krooked in NYC video was a fun watch. You probably caught it already, but Brad Cromer v.s. trash cans is one of my favorite sub-generes of skateboarding.

Here’s a *new* interview with Ricky Oyola + and two video interviews from underrated faves: Chico Brenes for Route One and Brad Johnson for Bobshirt.

Purple keep coming in… 1) Volume 13 of LurkNYC’s “New York Times” outtakes series. 2) Materiél promo #008. 3) Cell Jawn #16.

Greg Hunt made an #uplifting mini doc about building a skatepark on one of the largest Native American reservations in the U.S, where youth suicides are rampant. Jenkem has some behind-the-scenes photos from the opening.

Even though it’s for more nostalgia-based reasons rather than actually wanting to skate there-based ones, there’s something chill about the fact that organized skate jams still go down at Riverside Park.

Weiger had my favorite part in either SB Chronicles video. The raw files are great.

Did you know there was an Alien Workshop video about to drop? Boil the Ocean did.

An interview with the guy who dreamt up the glow in the dark skatepark.

It’s insane that a trick that gets filmed and posted online on Saturday will wind up in an Instagram compilation video by Sunday. The internet, man.

Ok, no more #content about varial flips after this ;)

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Sooooo, Pelicans-Warriors tomorrow night? :)

Quote of the Week: “All my ideas suck.” — Nick Nunez

The Origin of the White Rapper

May 9th, 2014 | 5:00 am | Features & Interviews | 21 Comments

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For a group that considers itself so creative, skateboarders sure suck at naming tricks. The sex change, benihana and even salad grind have all fallen out of fashion, and so have fun trick names altogether. Skaters have grown into stringent conservatives about trick names; QS is routinely lambasted for use of the term “nollie half cab” for nollie frontside 180s, as if 90% of the T.F. doesn’t call it that already. Even seemingly clever names e.g. “the fishhook” for the nollie frontside 180 switch nosegrind revert point to mechanical similarities rather than any hint of playful nomenclature.

But one name has stood strong over the past decade. Maybe it’s not an official name, but the “white rapper” B.K.A. the switch varial heelflip is still keeping the fun in trick names up and down the eastern seaboard, and evidently abroad as well. (Some corners will contend that it also refers to regular stance varial heelflips…more on that in a bit.) What genius came up with this name? Who did it refer to and where did it originate from? We decided to find out.

The most common origin story comes from Philadelphia, some ten-plus years ago. That is where we will begin our journey…

The 30 Phattest Outfits in Skate Video History: 1992-2012

September 6th, 2012 | 12:56 pm | Features & Interviews | 97 Comments

Happy fall fashion week. We hope that you are fashion-forward during these next several days, and wish you the best of luck in sparking a brief romance with a lonely stylist’s assistant before the week is out.

In honor of this most festive of weeks, we have compiled a somewhat comprehensive guide to the best gear from the past twenty years’ worth of skate videos. Skateboarding didn’t just begin “embracing fashion,” as some misinformed outfits have recently reported. Fashion has been stealing shit from skaters for years. (Luckily, they left Javier Nunez’s City Stars jeans alone.) Here’s the proof: All the jerseys, sweats, camo, braids, insane patches, sweater vests and swooshy pants that you could ever hope for. Yes, there are omissions. No, it isn’t in order. Thanks to Roctakon, Boss Bauer, Sweet Waste, Jack Sabback and Jason from Frozen in Carbonite for their contributions to this post.

4th of July Links

July 4th, 2011 | 9:35 am | Daily News | 3 Comments

‘We had three garbage bags full of fireworks. We got through one before the cops showed up.’ — Sweet Waste AKA Black Boy White Boy

We’ve been optimistic about the possibility of Brick Squad Skateboards for a minute now. Birdman beat Gucci to the punch (clearly, it’s difficult to start a skateboard imprint from jail), and dropped a line of YMCMB decks. It would be interesting to know which board production house got hit off with the order on these, and if they got paid with the title to a 2008 Escalade, or sexual favors from a Nicki Minaj stunt double.

This spot was pretty cool when it was around. What the hell did they expect when they built it, a crowd of sunbathers?

Bring back Big Apple Skate.

A.skate, a foundation dedicated to teaching kids with autism how to skateboard, is looking for volunteers to help with a clinic at House of Vans next Sunday (July 10) from 12 to 4 P.M. Register on their website and contribute to a great cause.

In the event that you were looking for a safe bet, low-bust ledge spot in Midtown, you should know that Breezy Ledges is under scaffolding, and temporarily unskateable. On the opposite end of things, has anyone skated Paine Webber in 2011 yet? They have some Indian security guard there now who takes his job way too seriously. Security agencies really need to sit these dudes down and go, “Listen, your sole function is to kick out skateboarders, you’re not saving people’s lives here.”

Not to advocate criminal and ignorant behavior, but skateboarders could hypothetically adopt this method to further our cause in successfully skating two-second busts like the Fuji building, the Fifth Avenue Apple store, Lincoln Center, etc. Turn every spot into an overcrowded skatepark until the riot police show up.

One of skateboarding’s greatest party parts…Brad Johnson in Western Edition’s Did It video. The sort of part you put on before you go skate knowing you’re gonna hit da club after you get your trick. More people need to do frontside 5-0 front shove outs. (Switch and regular.)

“In your white tee shirt or a three piece suit…It don’t matter what you wear, all that matters is who you with.”

Some bootleggers out in Singapore made a fake Supreme shirt with Ty on it. They didn’t try too hard to pass it off as real.

T-Bird came through with a 4th of July dance mix for you to get buck to.

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