When Was The Decline of The Basket?

April 23rd, 2012 | 3:50 pm | Daily News | 2 Comments

We were having this debate the other day…when exactly did the decline of downtown’s premier outdoor drinking spot for people too poor to go to a bar occur? Most insisted that the summer of 2009 was the beginning of the end — when the Basket’s culture shifted from trios of Mexican laborers individually downing six-packs in under 20 minutes, skateboarders and the occasional overgrown Union Square lurker, to a full-blown NYU college bar and pitstop for shitheads on expensive bikes to debate microbrewery flavors.

Truthfully, it’s 4 Loko’s fault. Put a place where people could drink 4 Lokos outside and meet up with their white dreadlocked weed dealers two blocks from the nearest NYU dorm, and it’s bound to be hell before 8 P.M.

That’s not to say we haven’t kept clinging on to hope for a once-great establishment. Rob Harris makes the case for The Basket’s continued relevancy in this new night session video for DQM. The clip throws a curveball by portraying the Basket as a springboard for a night session, as opposed to its more common role as a deterrent for one. You’re almost positive they won’t make it north of Washington Square Park (the nearest actual skate spot), but miraculously, they make it all the way up to midtown. Features Lee Smith, Keith Denley, and Brian Delatorre.

Loosely Related: There’s also a new DQM / Vans commercial out by Marcus Manoogian, who did those two great Hopps commercials.

Tryna Live Comfortable…

January 23rd, 2012 | 8:30 am | Daily News | 12 Comments

It finally snowed. Can you people shut up now? Did you get a chance to rock your ‘Lo boots? It’s supposed to be 52 and rain today, so hopefully, this is all gone by Tuesday. Photo by Ian Reid.

New York is kinda hurt, huh? Our baseball team doesn’t have a soul, our basketball team is permanent garbage, our hockey team is irrelevant, our best rapper is 42 (thus also garbage), and our best rapper of the last ten years is serving a 75-year prison sentence. So, it makes perfect sense for our hopes to rest on a doofy whiteboy quarterback…

Shout out to the Lev and the Palace crew. They won a European Skate Brand of the Year award. They’re also riding around and getting it.

E.J. put together a nine-minute homie cam montage featuring Yaje shredding flatbars, people dressed as robots vibing out to 2007 electro hits, and Juicy J cameos. This clip makes E.J. the first person to edit footage of Black Dave the Skater to music by Black Dave the Rapper. If you’re into art and shit, check out this video of E.J’s recent show, Inimicus.

Some nostalgic reflections on Slap, and the generally grim future of print skateboard magazines from a shop owner. That blog also has a respectable alternative list to Transworld‘s “Top 30 Most Influential” from last month.

Skate Mental pays homage to skateboarding’s most infamous shoe and the largest overlap between early-2000s skater and graver (goth + raver = gothic raver = graver) culture, the Osiris D3, in their spring 2012 catalog.

Be Pretty is a NY-based video by Esteban Jefferson. They have been putting it online piece-by-piece throughout the past week. Young kids shredding cutty New York spots. Not mad at it.

Late, but the DQM site has an interview up with Brian Delatorre discussing the Skateboarder cover, iPhones, Instagram, and falling victim to technology. Speaking of falling victim to technology — This is next level insane.

The young don of the T.F. Roctakon’s intern, Slicky Boy, has a new freestyle out over the How To Make It In America theme… “Made me spend all my ones on 2 Bros. / I want two of those slices / ’cause my mind is feelin’ real righteous.”

Already posted this on Facebook, and it has nothing to do with skating, but in case you missed it, this is the most G shit ever. If a skater was going to jump out of the ninth story of a Wilshire Boulevard office building, who would have the best chance of talking him down? Carroll? Rick? The Muska? Rob C? Tony Hawk? Peter Bici?

Quote of the Week: “People who take other peoples video work and remix it are simply faggots.” — Hella Clips Comment on the QS Ishod Remix Teaser


Torey 2 Beerz video on Wednesday. Ishod video on Friday. The NPBS mixtape celebrates its one-year anniversary around this time. If you didn’t download it a year ago, 2011 probably sucked for you.

This cover is insane

January 5th, 2012 | 12:26 pm | Quarter-Diary | 13 Comments

If you ever stumble upon a print of this photo, I’ll give you money for it.

Click to enlarge.

Lockout Wall Street, Occupy the NBA

October 31st, 2011 | 9:16 am | Daily News | No Comments

E.J. added some new lifestyle-ish photos to his portfolio site, Tomorrow’s New Happiness. Covers various points of interest: the T.F., M2M, Supreme, Black Donald Trump, the fact that “Lil” Andre is taller than all of us now, and how Tru Religion jackets are going to get big in skateboarding after that 2 Chainz tape drops tomorrow and changes everyone’s perspective on life.

As you probably heard, November is a wrap for the NBA. The most spoiled professional sports league in the world has robbed us of a Knicks v.s. Heat season opener at the Garden, which would have been on Wednesday. Our friends Adam Abada and Gabe Tennen printed some “Lockout Wall Street, Occupy the NBA” tees and are selling them for $15 to cover medical bills after Gabe’s recent ankle surgery. Hopefully, the slogan turns true, so Melo could stop playing pick-up games in Williamsburg, and drop his membership to the Under 40 Jewish League.

Never knew Frank Gerwer kickflipped the double-set at the Garden, like, fifteen years ago. Dude’s a legend.

The Times ran a brief article about Allen Ying’s 43 Magazine, with a slideshow of some sick photos. This one of Brian Delatorre switch olling the rail-to-bank on 33rd Street is a real standout. (To non-New Yorkers: That spot is literally a three-second bust.)

Happy Halloween. 4th Annual Naysayer Halloween Clip, Halloween-themed post on The Chrome Ball with old ads inspired by horror movies, etc., and an artsy Opening Ceremony Halloween skate clip. Below is our Halloween clip from four years ago (time flies.) We should have kept doing these in subsequent years, but we didn’t. The 2008 one was, uh, lazy.

Autumn has a re-stock of “NYC Man” Bart Simpson tee designed by Jerry Hsu.

Jason Lecras is having a photography show at Holmes & Co. this Saturday, November 5, from 7 to 9 P.M. Jason is one of the best people I’m fortunate enough to know, the greatest skateboarder from Long Island not named Frank or Gino (maybe), and a talented photographer. You can check out some of his work here.

This video, and everyone involved with it, set western civilization back fifty years.

Quote of the Week: Shawn Powers sends some pretty odd “Are you skating?” texts in the morning.

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Links on Links on Links

April 11th, 2011 | 9:30 am | Daily News | 6 Comments

It’s going to be seventy-five degrees today. There’s a theory going around that the new Tompkins box is responsible for warmer weather patterns. The Real video is premiering at KCDC and available for purchase as well. It’s very good.

As the iPhone has risen to be one of the more prominent video devices in the world of skateboarding, it seems relevant to post this infographic of all of the rumors (and their respective likelihood) surrounding new features on the iPhone 5. Full 1080p HD video recording, a 8Mpx digital camera, and maybe the potential 64GB model would really be the only things to benefit our cause. But all of that is merely speculation. Meanwhile, whoever dreamt up a 3D display on a cell phone is an idiot.

Josh Stewart re-edited Brian Delatorre’s ender part in the M.I.A. video to a shorter length, and to the sounds of some 70s sounding rock, as opposed to the hysteric Hindu chants in the original. Welcome to M.I.A. came out in late 2010 (all the publications and blogs had already distributed “best of the year” accolades at that point), so it carries over into 2011, thus Dela’s part will definitely be in consideration for one of the finer instances of skateboarding in the past year.

A set of six original Wu-Tang skateboards is on eBay, and it starts at $950 with a $1,400 Buy-It-Now price. No Ghostface board though. When will an enterprising skateboarder pitch the idea for Brick Squad Skateboards to Gucci? Can’t wait to roll through Tompkins and see some kid holding a Wooh Da Kid or OJ Da Juiceman pro model.

Speaking of Wu-Tang, here’s Billy Rohan skating in black leather Wallabees in the new “Diamond Days” clip.

Speaking of Brick Squad, have you seen the “Grove Street Party” video with the talking Fozzie Bear chain yet? Every time there’s one random white guy in the background of a rap video, I hope it’s Sweet Waste.

Adding insult to injury, they even managed to knob the rails at Ziegfeld. Fairly useless, and certainly negligible, but whatever. You can move the planters with two people, by the way. Push them off the steps if you do.

Already Been Done #4 coming on Tuesday, April 12.

Last but not least, rest in peace Sidney Lumet, one of the great New York filmmakers. Serpico, Network, Dog Day Afternoon, etc. are all obvious, but watch Prince of the City if you enjoy New York movies. You need an attention span for it, but it’s definitely one of the best cop films out there.

Quote of the Week:They’re not hoodrats. Look at them. They’re like, Moroccan.” — Matt Mooney

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