The Events That Defined New York City Skateboarding in 2011: 5-1

December 31st, 2011 | 6:45 pm | Features & Interviews | 3 Comments

2011 is over in five hours. Here are the final five. Have fun tonight everyone.

Previous installments: #25-21, #20-16, #15-11, #10-6, The Best Video Part(s) of 2011, The Year in Rap.

5. The Rise of 12th & A Rap

As 12th & A’s stronghold on New York City skateboarding waned, it began to rise as an epicenter for New York City skateboard *rap*. With artists like ASAP Rocky, Odd Future, and Krayshawn getting deals off YouTube videos, the young skaters of 12th & A drew inspiration from their D.I.Y. attitude, and set out to make a name for themselves in perhaps the only professional world more overpopulated than pro skateboarding. Slicky Boy remixed white people’s favorite Ice Cube song and has been promising a mixtape all year. The Stoned Rollers took Lex Luger out of the trap and the strip clubs, and brought his trademark thump to the skate spot. And Black Dave, perhaps 12th & A rap’s greatest success story, is one-for-two with making it onto WorldStar with his videos.

This Is The Best Video Part of 2011

December 29th, 2011 | 11:05 am | Daily News | 19 Comments

Caviar came out on December 28, 2010. The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a dark abyss of un-productivity and not responding to e-mails, so it doesn’t really belong to either year. We’ll count it for 2011.

Phil Rodriguez didn’t ruin every skate career based on name brand handrails, or do two of the few remaining regular stance never-been-dones over a picnic table (or skate to a song from a car commercial.) No, he didn’t bring back the noseslide either. But if you’re old fashioned, and judge video parts based on how much they inspire you to go shred new spots and learn new tricks, rather than as benchmarks for the absurdly high level of progression skateboarding reached in a given month, then Phil’s part is better than pretty much everything else released in 2011.

The part manages to be distinctly New York, even without recognizable spots, and completely organic, never “trying” to be weird/different/abstract/pick a word. It somehow makes a noseslide nollie big heel look fitting alongside wallies and firecrackers. If you knew nothing about it, it’d be hard to tell whether it comes from 1997, 2007, or 2017 (the same can be said of other QS favorites.) People might think it’s a New York bias, but this part made us want to leave the house to go skate more than any other in the past year.

Flipmode/Bronze already released a throwaway clip as a preface to a new full Phil Rodriguez part in 2012. Lurker Lou is also working on a video with him for Iron Claw, so there’s more to look forward to in the future.

Boil the Ocean is doing a detailed “Best Parts of 2011″ countdown, so you should read that if you want insight on the past 12 months from someone who pays more attention to skateboarding as a whole.

If you simply crave more year-end mania, here are ten video parts that stood out in 2011. One per video. An asterisk denotes that the given part would have been better off edited to Juicy J’s enchanting love ballad, “She Dancin’ Like She Fuckin’.”

First Post of 2011

January 3rd, 2011 | 10:00 am | Daily News | 5 Comments

Happy New Year. Best wishes on learning new tricks and staying in good health throughout 2011. How long did it take for you to hear “Hard in the Paint” or “B.M.F.” in 2011? Three seconds? What about “Teenage Dream” or “California Girls?”

If you haven’t caught it in the comments already, someone linked up a full MP4 download of Caviar in a single stream. It’s a lofty ~1GB download though. We converted it into a 240MB iPhone/iPod M4V for your next train ride. Download here.

Ted Barrow wrote a very sincere memoir on The Fish and what it means to many people. “Though it is tempting, you can’t blame the bar for making you an alcoholic.”

Might be late on this one, but here is Taji’s interview with Ryan Sheckler. As much as you may waste your time hating him, after the recently discussed backside flip down the Chinatown skatepark double-set and the kickflip back tail on Water Street, I wouldn’t be mad at watching an all New York Flip Cam clip like he mentioned in the interview. He’ll probably set a launch ramp up to that sculpture on 48th and Sixth Avenue like the first Tony Hawk game or something.

Sam Diaz threw together this homie cam clip that features a better angle of Shawn Powers’ TF-revitalizing kickflip over the box, and Kerel doing what he does best by figuring out a completely insane way of skating Chase. Give him a few sheets of plywood and he’ll find five new ways to skate every spot.

If you pay attention to the internet, you may have heard something about Already Been Done, a new monthly web publication kickstarted by Josh Friedberg and Robert Brink, with contributions from Dave Carnie, Eric Swisher from The Chrome Ball Incident, RB Umali, and several others. There’s a “1-4-11″ date on the website, which I’m assuming means the release for the first full issue, but a whole bunch of content is already on there. Dave Carnie, one of the most important people to ever relay skateboarding within the printed word, and his feature on a photo of Jason Dill with another man’s hand cupping his balls (plus the subsequent “thing” it turned into) has given me higher expectations for the entire project than anything involving words and skateboarding in recent memory. I sometimes get the impression that older dudes take that “No homo” thing a bit too seriously, as if the person saying it is genuinely concerned with being perceived as a homosexual after saying something along the lines of “Yo, my wheel fell off, can you give me a nut?” to another man at a skateshop and failing to proceed with a “No homo.” It’s juvenile and dumb as hell, sure, but it’s in the same vein as “That’s what she said,” and not some sort of step below gay bashing, or actual concern over being thought as gay, which is what a lot of older people tend to make it sound like. But they came up in a different era, and we can only speak for ourselves and those we know, so maybe they have an equally valid point. Either way, the article itself is great. As is all of the other content on their site.

Loosely related since he is in fact responsible for bringing “No Homo” into popular use, it’s amazing that there are people out there who still don’t like Cam’ron. Look at what this dude spends his time doing. Unless you’re too good for LCD entertainment, or one of those people worried about what “is ruining hip-hop,” it’s impossible to not be amused. “My floor’s dancing! My. Fucking. Floors…DANCE!”

In the days when Blades was the only shop in New York City with a re-threader (and would occasionally charge you by the minute to use it…), some chick that was working there begrudgingly instructed me to “Stop skating in the rain” so the threads wouldn’t deplete from rust when she handed it over, without charging their notorious per-minute usage fee. She had obviously never seen Questionable, and will probably never see this clip of Shawn Powers skating in the rain, which is enough to inspire anyone to go skate before the streets are even completely dry from the thawing snow. Filmed by Jimmy Marketti.

Random bits of footage: Jenkins Log #28 (late pass, I know) and Open Skateboards’ 2010 throwaway.

Quote of the Week: [while discussing his former Osiris sponsorship] “That’s all that would be in the boxes they sent me…D3s.” — Geo Moya

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A Flipmode video to end the year off…

December 28th, 2010 | 3:27 pm | Daily News | 89 Comments

Photo by Brian Kelley

By some strange stroke of fate, Peter has concocted a video project to aid us through the first half of winter, and tallied up 2010 as the third straight year in a row of making some of the finest local multimedia available. Longer than Sognar, but shorter than Trife, Caviar has parts from Bill Piece, Pedro Garboza, and others that were largely missed from the preceding project, in addition to keeping the crew’s traditional roster (McFeely, Shawn Powers, Kevin, etc.) This may be the second time this year that Flipmode has fallen victim to video pirates, as this video seems to have been ripped from a video cassette that was originally a collage of taped evangelical daytime TV shows, Larry Johnson’s four-point play, and scenes from New Jack City. The locations in the video only fuel the fact that there are still tons of spots left in New York, all you have to do is look harder, or employ San Franciscan approaches to hillside spot discovery before you start complaining about how everything is gone. It has been a really good year for local videos.

(The video offers some ominous hints at the Billy Lynch disappearance mystery, but no clear solutions. What is it with Long Island and the perpetual vanishing of its skateboard-riding residents?)

Features Rob Gonyon, Shawn Powers, Pedro Garboza, Kevin Tierney, Bill Pierce, Luis Tolentino, Patrick Murray, Joseph Delgado, Danny Falla, Jamel Marshall, Dylan James, Mike Burch, Amadeus Estrada, Xavier Veal, Derick Ziemkiewicz, Phil Rodriguez, and Billy McFeely.

Part 2 embedded below.

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