Going Solo, First CD Out That’s Not Slow-Mo

After repeatedly giving The New York Times a hard time about this awful article, we have to give them credit for a great Times Magazine feature on skateboarding in Uganda. Is there any way this generation’s student loan debt could get funneled towards building skateparks in Uganda instead of going back to some stupid bank?

Also in the realm of reputable-mainstream-publications-writing-about-skating, The New Yorker has a solid article about Transworld‘s “30 Most Influential” list. (Here’s the QS post from last winter regarding the “most influential” subject.)

Most have seen this by now, but Josh Stewart filmed a “Night in the Life”-type segment with Jahmal Williams and the Hopps team for the “RIDE” channel on YouTube. Jahmal Williams footage + black & white = always a win.

“As PJLWHL recedes into skate lore, the narrative of how a couple dudes from Boston with impeccable musical taste founded a shop that produced the one of the most transcendent video parts ever remains almost as interesting as the video itself. Shit would be a sick movie. Kids meets Empire Records, if you will.” Frozen in Carbonite on The Beatles, The Stones, Oasis, Stereolab, dubbing skate videos, PJ Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life, Palace, and City of Rats.

Cutty Brooklyn spots and annoying video effects. Thanks, art school.

One of those kids who slept outside Supreme for a pair of sneakers last week got caught out there so bad. “Sneaker culture” taking cues from frat / drunk-white-people-at-college-parties culture.

Coda Skateboards took a trip up to Boston.

There’s another part from the 2nd Nature-endorsed PFP2: See You Lazer video on YouTube. That bump-to-5050 on University and 13th is gnarly (@ 1:15) considering he’s more-or-less grinding a concrete booger sticking out of a wall.

People are making ceiling fans out of skateboards. People are bored.

In a tremendous blow to the world of online skateboarding content, Skate.ly removed all 411 issues from its library. Does anyone have a link for the Roc-A-Fella issue?

Spot Updates: 1) The Parks Department filled in the crack at Tompkins. E.J. is bummed. This entire article is now outdated. 2) Those rails on 95th and Columbus, which maybe three people skate every year, are blocked off by scaffolding.

Quote of the Week: “My day date got rained out, so I texted her that night saying ‘It looks like a dry evening, unless I make you wet later.'” – G-Man


Slim Thug, T.I. & Bun B > Clooney, Cube & Wahlberg > Rick Ross, Dr. Dre & Jay-Z

Coda Skateboards ‘Slappy Hour’ Promo

Coda has a short new video out. Ten minute video, seven minute bonus/credits section. A bit lighter on the memorable New York location scouting than their last video was, but it’s still going to send a handful of spot sharks onto message boards with screenshots and requests for directions. (Actually, does anyone even use message boards anymore?) Only full parts are from Conor Fay and Jerry Mraz, but there are plenty of features, including Pat Smith and Loose Trucks Max. At least 50% of Jerry Mraz’s part looks like it was filmed in the middle of the projects. If you know of a bank spot in the middle of some buildings, it’s probably in here. He also does a middle of the street 360 shove, 360 flip immediately after combo that Carroll did in another middle of the street masterwork. It’s one of the best two trick flatground sequences that exists for line choreographers today.

Added bonus: No annoying soundtrack. Chuck Berry, Lynyrd Skynyrd. There’s no Nelly, but not exactly anything you can complain about. Be sure to stop by Coda Skateboards.com to check out what they have going on. Have a good weekend.

Mulberry Street’s Waviest

WAVY MIKE

“Yo, you got a cat man? Is it wavy too?” — Wavy Mike. Quartersnacks Yemen tour coming soon.

If you haven’t already seen Eli Reed’s X-Games “Real Street” part, you should give it a few rewinds. The FedEx ollie is a bit crazier than any footage would lead someone who hasn’t been there to believe. Eli might be the best switch skater out right now, and king of the Alligator Ledge.

Uploaded Jahmal Williams’ tricks from Welcome to M.I.A. to YouTube for the sake of having easy access to the part. The Houston Street footage is great. There’s nothing wrong with a long backside boardslide on a row of Jersey barriers, or still bringing Eastern Exposure spot sensibilities to 2011. The video has been out for a while now, but if it’s not on your shelf yet, purchase it over on MIAskateshop.com.

While on the topic of Jersey barriers, Bushwick Will posted a story about stealing Triton barriers in response to the great parking block heist of 2011. It should persuade any impulsive skateboarder to better assess the consequences when obtaining (presumably useless) objects for makeshift, D.I.Y., etc. spots. (Still do it, just plan it out better.)

Coda Skateboards’ new promo/video, Slappy Hour, will premiere at KCDC tomorrow (06/21) at 7 P.M.. Features new parts from Connor Fay and Jerry Mraz. Trailer here.

Vote for the Familia Skateshop / Flow Trash crew in Nike’s upcoming “Chosen” competition. Davis Torgerson came out of that camp, but there are a whole bunch of dudes all the way up in Minnesota that rip just as hard.

This photo of Bogdan Dzyurak at Columbus Park is pretty sick. Similar to Eli’s aforementioned FedEx ollie, it’s another instance of documentation never being able to relay the sketchiness of the spot, in addition to the decades of urine waiting in that corner if you happen to bail on the trick.

Much like skateboarders should stop decreasing their life expectancy by taking $5 Chinatown buses, you guys should also stop moving into sketchy “artists’ lofts” in Bushwick. Unless you’re cool with ending up homeless, or moving back to wherever you’re from.

Random footage bits: Goin’ Ham outtakes, Bill Pierce commercial for Roger Skateboards

Skate video news: The Vans video will be out sometime between next week and 2020. That means Little Alex has like five or six parts to film now. Not Another Transworld Video will be out on DVD tomorrow. Short Review = Theotis and Mike Anderson have the best parts. Long Review = Click here.

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