In their two collaborative videos with Cliché, DQM is attempting to convince us that it is a skate shop where you walk in to encounter notable fashion models and general people of French descent casually enjoying glasses of wine before a skate session. Though this purported reality deviates from the true, non-exagerated ambiance of DQM, the former Long Island resident known to some as “Black Keith” makes an almost convincing case for the existence of gentlemanly grown and sexy skaters on E. 3rd Street. They are a cheese plate away from fooling us.
Their actual skate session, which is a work of non-fiction, features important Lucas Puig footage, who is without a doubt the greatest skater of the Trilogy mold working today. (This means that he restricts himself to low impact street spots and still pushes switch mongo. In other words, he is relatable to the common man because he skates on things that we can all skate, except at a significantly higher skill level.) The video, perhaps more than any other “Summer in New York” piece in the 2012 cycle, illustrates a growing theory that with the knobbing of America’s greatest unintentional skatepark, the westside has become the new Water Street in terms of most commonly chartered weekend session ground. The tide has shifted west.
Video by Richard Quintero. Here’s a link to part one.