Winter Warz

Someone explain how Antarctica is winning right now, weather-wise.

William Carpio, the man responsible for sitting there with me over several rounds of Presidentes and turning this site’s logo into a tangible cruiser board, wrote some kind words about our operation over on 12 Ounce Prophet. Big thanks to Will and all his help this past year.

“Dude, when the hell did Spanky get a gnarly tan, cut his hair, and move to Indonesia? Filming that Stay Gold part must have really done him in mentally.”

It is no secret that this site prides itself in being one of the internet’s greatest resources in all things Dylan Reider. He is an almost unanimous favorite skater for the QS crew right now, and has been the reason why many of us have deemed it unnecessary to hire a stylist for skateboard-related pursuits, as his video parts fill that void. Yet, we’ll be the first ones to admit that this Fuck Yeah Dylan Rieder site is kind of…uhh…uncomfortable?

While on the topic of handsomeness and Thrasher meets Vogue, all headshots and upcoming S/S 2011 ad campaigns can be submitted here.

And also on the topic of QS-favorite skateboarders, The Chrome Ball Incident has a great Rick Howard post up for today. What the hell is going to happen at Girl and Chocolate once all the older dudes fade behind the scenes?

This late-90s Base Brooklyn Promo (not late-80s like the description says, that’s insane or a typo) was posted this past summer, but even taking into account the redundancy, it features many shots of Fred Gall skating in camo pants.

There is no reason you shouldn’t have seen the Epicly Later’d Season 3 trailer yet. It involves discussion of Love Park tattoos from 1993, Polaroids of lower back tatted strippers, why Javier Nunez deleted his Facebook, “dressing like a whore,” stealing skateboards from “two Oriental kids,” the correlation between shootings in North Philly and bump-to-bars, prison stories, why pushing someone while having a meat cleaver in your hand is considered robbery in the first degree, “the first time I seen a real uzi,” guns, knives, crack pipes, five lighters, and getting arrested for being “too silly.” Oh, and tell Kareem Campbell to call back Patrick O’Dell!

A lot of great off-shoot content from last week’s big mafia bust surfaced (largest in New York City history.) Check out this one of the 20 best nicknames (“Tony Bagels” is either the best nickname ever, or the name of Ghostface’s lost single) or this New York Post story about the significant decline in the mob’s fashion sense.

Download the NPBS mix if you haven’t already done so.

Quote of the Week:Girls from L.A. and gay dudes love the Jets.” — Leroy Holmes

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The Future of Camouflage Fashion: Camo Pants, Skateboarding & 2011

In recent years, camo pants have stood as a self-aware, “throwback” foray into the days when skating was “good.” Peruse the comments section of any YouTube page for a skate part released in 1993 through 1998, and you will encounter endless older individuals claiming that this was an era when “skating was good” or that the feats at hand were “real skateboarding.” Something unique to the fashions displayed within these “real” and “good” videos, is the presence of camouflage pants, a garment that has been outmoded in the past decade, as factory brand chinos and plain old Levi’s (and occasionally more expensive, yet still similar denim counterparts) have become the go-to for skate pants. Girls aren’t really into dudes in camo pants (unless they are engaged to someone in the Armed Forces), and liberal society tends to frown upon you for stepping into Whole Foods to hit the buffet after skating while wearing fashion fatigues at the time of an unpopular war.

Yet in the modern day, skaters have been known to forfeit whatever social acceptance comes with not wearing camo pants, in addition to many potential glances from the opposite sex, solely so they could “keep it real,” insofar as the definition of “real” is derived from the aforementioned YouTube pages.

A similar phenomenon exists within the YouTube-ized world of 1990s rap music, particularly east coast rap music. “Yo Nas was 18 when Illmatic came out, Soulja Boy is 18 and stupid!” “Yo this is when rap talked about real shit, not that Gucci Mane shit on the radio today!” Look at the “real” videos for the “real” songs where these comments appear. What do you see? That’s right, camo pants.

In tracing the path by which camo pants are found on the legs of skaters in 2011, a safe assumption would be that they are a means to channel skateboard heroes of the 1990s, who were in turn, channeling their rapping heroes of the 1990s, as seen in Black Moon and Smif-N-Wessun videos. “Dat real hip-hop” -> “Dat real skateboarding.” Up until now, the occasional modern revitalization of camo has been kept within the constraints of “real.”

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Trapping with the snow


I recently regressed about fifteen years into the past technologically, as I no longer own a computer, or at least a working one. Which you know, means that it is a bit hard to maintain a website. Maybe they’ll orchestrate a fundraiser on password night at the Bowery one day, but until then, we’ll see how this goes.

Speaking of technology, skateboarding seems to be headed fast into two different directions. While everyone is taking out student loans to they could buy the latest HD device for their “film” and/or profound excavation of the beauty and brilliance that coincides with a bunch of skateboarders sitting in a cargo-van littered with McDonald’s wrappers and Coors Light cans, the opposite end of the spectrum is moving in a wholly different direction — the low resolution Flip Cam / Cell Phone Cam / iPhone 3GS. Frankly, this is the more honorable option, but that should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with this website’s aesthetic biases. Long-gone are the days when the VX1 was the sole standard, and you were a failure for owning a TRV or Canon according to a bunch of message board geeks. The real format war has come.

Anyway, Adam Abada made a flip cam video, as did everyone’s favorite Nolita degenerate, Matthew Mooney. And here’s one of Pryce and Francesco in Malmo. Where they skate in zero degree weather.

Bryan started posting out takes footage from the mid 2000s over on Official. Luis Tolentino and Jasonwear sections are the first to be up, and they should bring you back to a time when life was much simpler.

Due to a Ryan Hickey thread on the Slap Message board, someone posted a link to this unreleased interview footage of Ryan Hickey that wasn’t included in the DVD release of Deathbowl to Downtown.

Camo pants!

Ty is famous.

The takeover! I can do without the screaming dread though. It only works in Smif-N-Wessun songs.

Quote of the Week:I saw her at Lit years later, and she was like, ‘What are you doing here?’ What am I doing here? I’ve gotten into like thirty fights here. What are you doing here?– Marquez.

Rainy Evening Links


It hasn’t rained like this for a long time, so here are some time killers for anybody stuck inside looking to get distracted for a few minutes.

Van Wastell Rest in Peace

Jersey Dave’s Bro Model is now available at Drop In Skatepark. Limited to 50 boards.

Supreme finally got back on track and made camo pants.

Montages from 1998 had way more heart than they do nowadays. (Features plenty of late-90s New York City sightings).

The guy from Boil the Ocean put together this eight-minute part of Josh Kalis footage compiled from montages, b-rolls, credits, and semi-obscure parts. The best thing you’re going to see on Youtube in a while.