30 Skaters No Wax

April 3rd, 2017 | 12:17 pm | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Photo via Graver

Anyone too stubborn to accept the cyclical nature of human history should be aware of the fact that the Banks is maybe the most popular spot in the city again, and twenty of us drove out to Staten Island to skate the ABC Ledges last week.

Time warp innit ~ June 22, 2010 QS post from the day the Banks first got fenced off.

See also: Children skating the three block set-up at Columbia University, and placing trash cans after it in the latest installment of LurkNYC’s “New York Times” series. Shout out to Ja$onwear, Yellow Rail, Dan’s Skate Page and the Metrospective forum.

There’s not enough John Choi footage in it, but Cyrus threw together a twelve minute iPhone edit full of B-sides from New York and L.A.

Jahmal Williams footage and probably the last clips you’ll ever see of the CBS keyhole ledge in “Initiation,” a two-minute clip from Theories to kick off the spring.

Village Psychic follows up on the Stefan Janoski episode of The Bunt to consider the “Hovercraft” / a over tailslide (?) / booger tailslide (?), a trick that would be best left to the spirit of Darrell Stanton.

A bunch of classic NJ spots in Rob Snyder and Jeff Starch’s new part for Municipal.

Cafe Creme rounded up a handful of Keith Hufnagel cameos and mini parts from montages and 411s in the nineties, and put them into one convenient clip.

“Freed of past eras’ smallmindedness that shackled hive-minded bros to goofy-boy kits in the early 1990s or carcass hucking in the early 2000s, a supposed ‘anything goes’ renaissance over the past decade has freed pros and bros alike to pursue moves from retroactivated no-complies to multisyllabic ledge combos and horse pools, wearing fits that run from short shorts to graphical sweatpant products to Tuscan leather. Just as long as you did it on a board that was at least eight inches wide.”

Damn, T.F. North is the dubstep capital of New York skateboarding. Respect.

Drake wearing a TWS tee was an inside job (of the Adobe variety.)

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Jamal Crawford will probably be in the NBA in 2109 when the earth is completely submerged in water. P.S. Mask on, fuck it, mask off.

Quote of the Week: “This place is like the south.” — Kevin Tierney re: Staten Island

#TRENDWATCH2016: Heritage Spots

September 29th, 2016 | 5:00 am | Daily News | 6 Comments

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In 2016’s edition of the always wonderful “Song of the Summer x Part of the Summer” series, Frozen in Carbonite stumbled on a name for a #trend that has appeared in a good bit of this year’s footage: the notion of “heritage spots.”

There are a multitude ways to be nostalgic. Some fondly tell yarns of the past, remembering the wild days of to-go margaritas being consumed in public, and bust-free, straight [fucking] ledges existing in lower Manhattan. Others spend their precious years on earth leaving comments about how Lil’ Wayne ruined hip-hop on YouTube videos. More and more skaters are winking at the past via fashion; outlets like Vintage Sponsor have made a name for themselves by trafficking in garms from skateboarding’s sartorial lineage. Our more talented colleagues time travel through tricks nobody is supposed to do anymore, via the darkslide, pressure flip or street grab’s increasing presence in modern videography.

A new form of loving past eras has recently began to take form. In the past nine months, the following events have occurred in New York:

1. Pyramid Ledges has been unknobbed for the first time since 2010, ending the longest drought the spot has experienced since the building first began skateblocking it in the early 2000s.

Squad Goals

November 9th, 2015 | 5:45 am | Daily News | 10 Comments

all day breakfast

I go back in my pocket, and I go buy…another one.

Thanks to everyone who grabbed something from the webstore. We’re getting caught up on orders these next two days so please hold on any “where’s my stuff”-emails for a few days. If you don’t receive a confirmation to the email you purchased with by the end of the week, feel free to hit us up. Quantities of some stuff are running low so grab something while you can or pay your local shop a visit :)

New iPhone clip from Cyrus Bennett featuring Jesse Alba.

New iPhone clip from Jesse Alba featuring Cyrus Bennett.

Free Skate Mag interviewed Palace’s Juan Saavedra. Been saying that partying til all hours in the night is ninety percent more likely to open better doors for you than a six-figure college degree / student loan bill ever could.

TWS has a new four-minute edit via Josh Stewart featuring all the Theories dudes.

Hard to think of a subject that is more frequently pontificated on in the skateboard-sites-with-words-on-them-o-sphere than the varial flip. Fakie Hill Bomb on “this year’s ugly duckling turned prom queen.” Pretty sure it has been #ontrend since Stevie did it switch in the Parental Advisory throwaways though.

ICYMI: The Black Hubba Instagram clip heard around the world.

SMLTalk proposes that we rename the regular-stance frontside heelflip to “hardflip,” since it is, after all, the hardest flip trick that exists. The Rieder Bond Street one is easily top seventeen or eighteen trick done in city limits.

You might have caught sight of that bike track below the Williamsburg Bridge while skating over its north side. NY Skateboarding paid it a visit for a spot check.

Jenkem unearthed some vintage Brooklyn Banks footage from 1993. I’d vote for Donald Trump if he vowed to restore the small Banks to their original state with ledges pre-2004 reconstruction. #makethebanksgreatagain2016

Boil the Ocean on skateboarding and a controversial subject — an actual career.

Skateboard Story interviewed notable pro sweatpants advocate, Jimmy Gorecki.

A bit related: Sal Barbier is reissue-ing some of the classic Aesthetics boards.

Fam where the hell is Dave Mayhew on this list?

Surprised it has taken this long for a skate clip to use “Back 2 Back,” given our current #attermswithdrake era. When’s someone gonna skate to “Wack 2 Wack” though?

QS Sports Desk: After seeing this re-posted on a few varying outlets I can still honestly say this is the only smidgen of New York Knicks basketball that I have watched this season thus far. He does wear a #6 after all…

Quote of the Week: “Lets get some cookies or something.” — Hjalte Halberg

“There are times when I’m too drunk to remember my parents’ names but I’ll never forget 2 Chainz’ verse on ‘Mud Musik.'” — Shrimp C

Florida Water

February 24th, 2014 | 1:22 pm | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Supreme has the new Alltimers decks available, in addition to a restock of Snackman tees, which are sold out online and won’t be back on for quite some time. (New ash grey colorway!) Labor still has the Jesus piece deck available online, though you’re out of luck if you’re trying to skate an Oscar winner.

Perhaps the greatest “lost clip” to ever surface online: Mike Carroll doing the most exemplary kickflip and frontside flip possible at the Brooklyn Banks in 1995.

Iron Claw Skates in Puerto Rico. What’d we tell you?

Zered is having a part in the new Transworld video. He’s been on a tear lately. Here’s another clip of him at the newly cellar door-ified House of Vans too. (“Have you seen the new Transworld video, Outlines?” = the 2010s’ “Have you seen the new Transworld video, Subtitles?” for the dyslexics.)

Speaking of Transworld…if any of the editors read this website, let it be known that it’s kinda sorta frustrating when you guys give Jake Johnson second billing in a clip that he has one trick in :( Wes Kremer footage is always nice though. Since the trick in question is a no comply, all aspiring no compliers should consult the GX1000 Vine for further examples of proper form on loop.

You’d think people would run out of new ways to skate Love Park, but the ollie-ollie-ollie nose manual line that Nik Stain does is cool. The hour-long Skate Jawn video is online in full, by the way.

NY Skateboarding has a new interview with Steven Cales.

Kent Uyehara talks about the original FTC shop team, and the whereabouts of Drake Jones, a topic that gets brought up all the time despite Chrome Ball having done the research on that one years ago. (Only omission: “Do you ever get frustrated with the meteoric rise of a prominent Canadian with the same name?”)

#TBT on a Monday: Traffic reboot teamrider, Luke Malaney’s part from Chapman’s Short Ends video (2007). Features guest tricks of the #emergingblackcelebity before he emerged as a celebrity.

Spot Updates: This could’ve happened anywhere from six days ago to six months ago, but the building moved a planter in front of the rail gap at CBS.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: “What are you up to tonight?” “Is Steph Curry on TV tonight?” Also, in likely the only Knicks news to get reported here throughout the past season…some dude in Staten Island got arrested for threatening James Dolan.

Quote of the Week:

tinder

God bless Twitter keyword alerts.

#TrueDetectiveSeason2

First Post of 2014

January 6th, 2014 | 2:12 pm | Daily News | 8 Comments

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Happy New Year to everyone. 50 degrees today, 11 degrees tomorrow. This place is hosting a Superbowl next month? That should be interesting. We missed quite a bit while taking the past week off, so here’s a bit of a catch-up…

If you’re in the Benelux zone, QS gear is now available at Frisco (Arhem), Ben-G (Amsterdam), Sevenply (Rotterdam), and Lockwood (Antwerp.) If you’re in Miami enjoying life, it’s also now available at MIA (the South Beach location.) Seasons and Exit have restocks, too. Complete list of retailers here. The web store is running low on quantities, so get on that if you want a tee or hat ;)

Absolutely shocked that this got snubbed on the “Drunkest Moments of 2013” list.

Chewy Cannon with the first great part of 2014. Adidas should seriously consider pairing him and Busenitz for some sort of odd couple part.

If you’ve been skating long enough, you may remember this Josh Kalis commercial running on MTV, Comedy Central, etc. Though not the highest distinction, it might be the best mass audience skateboarding commercial ever made, if only because of the two kickflips and 360 flip he does in it. Filmed around Water Street and midtown, with a rare trick on the haven’t-been-skateable-in-15-years handrails by Radio City (A.K.A. “Joey’s Sculpture” from THPS2.) There’s an alternate version a cop chasing him somewhere too, which they talk about in this old Transworld article.

Speaking of which, there’s a new Kalis interview on Jenkem.

The Brooklyn Banks circa 1995, in 16mm. Yo, De Blasio, if you really want to do something great, please restore the small banks. Nobody cares about the big banks except BMXers. It’s more important than universal Pre-K. Thanks.

The DVS team visits New York. Far from the “Daewon in New York” dream clip we’ve all been hoping for, but it’s alright. Luis is the best.

Ripped Laces counts down the best skate shoes of 2013: #s10-6 here and #s 5-1 here. Going to have to agree on the Gatos at #1. Beyond their functionality, that shoe is the most Gino-esque Nike shoe ever made. Yes, even moreso than the actual Gino tennis-inspired shoe they released in 2012. When you look down at your feet in them, it gets easy to trick yourself into thinking you look way cooler on a skateboard than you actually do, because those are the shoes Gino would skate in. There’s also a chill commercial with Connor Champion for the Lunar Gato out today.

Some dudes made the odd decision of going skating in midtown on New Years Eve.

“There is not a genius in skateboarding…in the manufacturing world.” Muckmouth interviews Steve Olson over lunch.

Been into plain old frontside 180 nosegrinds on regular height ledges lately, seen most notably in The National Skateboard Company’s trip to Warsaw clip.

The new Skate Jawn montage is cool.

Chris Nieratko talks to James Kelch about FTC in light of their new book.

Great news: Lil’ Boosie gets out of jail next month. “Imma be like George Clinton ’round this bitch singing at 45.”

Are you seven-feet-tall and interested in skateboarding? Nah, you should probably play basketball. Even if you lack the neccesary skills, there will always be a job in the NBA for you if only because of your height. See: Jared Jeffries.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Steph Curry everything ♥♥♥

Quote of the Week:

alex patagonia

How the hell did anyone listen to a new French Montana mixtape last week when Street Lottery 2 was so readily available?