Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2013 | 4:22 am | Footage | 8 Comments

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With each passing year, it gets tougher to not acknowledge that Gucci Mane has three Christmas songs on the low, especially after straining cheesy Christmas music for the past nine clips. (Yeah, this is somehow the ninth one.) But even if the #musicsupervision department is backlogged due to not having utilized “Used 2″ and “Paranoid” yet, maybe one clip a year that isn’t partial to drum machines is okay…

This somehow ended up being the most daylight-heavy Christmas clip of the nine, due to November and December being unseasonably brick. To make up for it, there was one miracle day when we didn’t get kicked out of World Trade, as evidenced by maybe a fifth of this clip being filmed there. Win some, lose some. Merry Christmas.

Features Brendan Carroll, Keith Denley, Lurker Lou, Tyler Tufty, Zered Bassett, Dave Caddo, Sweet Waste, Elijah Cole, Tony Durao, Calen Knauf, Josh Velez, Andre Page, Alexander Mosley and Connor Champion.

Thanks to Joe Cups, Andre Page and Rob Harris for contributing footage.

Alternate YouTube Link

Past Christmas clips: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Other Christmas Gifts: It’s mostly at skateparks, but there’s 50 seconds of new Gino footage out and an awesome mini doc about the governor of New Jersey, Fred Gall.

‘Do you want to go on tour with Lil’ Wayne and skate on stage?’ — An Interview with Connor Champion

November 8th, 2013 | 2:57 am | Features & Interviews, Video Re-Edits | 17 Comments

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A bit of a preface: After a long, detailed chronicle of Lil’ Wayne’s skateboarding pursuits throughout 2012, we vowed to ease off coverage at the start of this year. We never took the protective, “OMG this is what’s wrong with skateboarding!”-outlook like many other sources for skateboard commentary. We merely observed just how insane it was that a thirty-year-old, dreadlocked, heavily-tattooed guy who happens to be one of the biggest pop stars on earth, decided to take up skateboarding and got better at skating transition than a good 40% of the Quartersnacks Office. If the guy wants to skate, let him skate — it’s not like he’s pushing past the security window at some midtown spot with fifteen kids and getting everyone else kicked out. He wasn’t bothering us. We eventually lost interest, as is the case with most 30-year-old, heavily-tattooed rappers doing odd things long enough for their novelty to wear off.

Anyone who has spent time reading QS knows it’s really a rap site. New rap, old rap, underground rap, radio rap, country rap tunes, shiny suit rap, strip club rap — we love it all. Not an editorial decision goes on here without rap somehow being figured into the equation. “What would Jeezy do?”

After a summer of seeing Connor Champion’s Instagram posts, which landed him in a different city every two days, we learned that he, Kyle Berard and a few others, were on tour with Lil’ Wayne, skating on stage amidst the most seizure-inducing lighting technology imaginable. We finally had an inside source that could discuss what being on a rap tour with one of the most recognizable rappers alive was like, and he just so happened to skateboard on it.

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How did you get hit up to go on a Lil’ Wayne tour?

I’ve known Ryan Clements since I was a kid. He used to work for Skatepark of Tampa, and Lil’ Wayne’s people hired him to staff the skating part of his tour. Ryan knew I was a big Wayne fan, so he called and asked, “Do you want to go on tour with Lil’ Wayne for two months and skate on stage?” Before he said anything else, I just went “Yeah.” They didn’t tell Ryan any specific details, so I didn’t know what to expect.

Who else was on the tour?

It was me, Kyle Berard, Jeremy Knibbs, this kid Yo-Yo who rides for TrukFit, and Wayne’s little cousin, Dante. I’ve known Kyle since I was young, and all the other dudes were sick. I couldn’t ask for a better mix.

What was the first day like?

I flew from Atlanta to Birmingham, Alabama the day after they called me. We just showed up to soundcheck on the first day and saw two small quarter pipes, one large quarter pipe, and two small handrails. They were just like, “See what you can do.” At first, there was a routine where we would all go after each other. But when Wayne got on stage, he stopped the music once he saw what was going on and said, “Fuck that routine shit, just skate.” It turned more into a jam session for each show.

In SoHo with Pryce & Marty…

August 27th, 2013 | 5:52 am | Daily News | 11 Comments

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Photo via Pad Dowd

Gear still available in the webstore. Also available from Lost Art if you are in the U.K. and from Frisco in the Netherlands if you need that European shipping. Should be available from Boneyard Supply for anyone in Australia soon. Our new stuff probably won’t debut during fall fashion week, but it’ll be out sometime in the fall.

Monday links got moved to Tuesday because yesterday was Bronze day.

OMG, a Jersey Dave mini part for NJ Skateshop. He went to Europe!

Boil the Ocean defends Mikey Taylor’s often-maligned tenure on Alien Workshop.

Not far from the Prudential Center in Newark, where this past Sunday’s Street League finals were taking place, the governor of New Jersey, Fred Gall, was hosting the second annual Scum League. (Here’s last year’s installment.)

Scum League participant, Justin Strubing, skates around New York with Kenny Anderson, Zered, etc. and talks about how moving here was a “great” career move.

Another raw footage log from John Wilson and the Beef Patty crew. And here’s “Veggie Patty,” a new montage from the Skate Jawn crew.

We frequently use the term “bum on wheels” to refer to ourselves/other skateboarders, so this #listicle of pro skateboarders that you would assume are homeless is kinda relevant but also kinda stupid. FYI: Billy Waldman is not homeless and lives with his family in Brazil, as per a reliable source who has stayed with him.

It seems like #listicles really began picking up steam on the skateboard-internet, because Mountain Dew launched an entire site devoted to them. Here’s one about the recent flood of new companies.

Does Connor Champion’s North Carolina heritage mean that he is permanently stuck skating to Petey Pablo’s “Raise Up” in every new video part he puts out? Why do Dan Murphy and Justin Brock not suffer from the same problem?

A new 2013 skate video from 1993 featuring many Bronze affiliates.

Did you really think Florida was going to take the rest of 2013 off from being the worst state in the country? Think again.

Quote of the Week: “Yo, I left my chopped cheese in your car. Can you bring it to work with you tomorrow?” — Andre Page

Congratulations to Pryce and Martin for being the first QS associates to get shouted out on a rap mixtape.

Start of Summer / Memorial Day Weekend 2013 Montage

May 24th, 2013 | 10:59 am | Footage | 6 Comments

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Not much of a “first weekend of summer,” but oh well…

After temporarily maxing out on ignorance with the Forrest Edwards re-edit, we took an example from the recent direction of Baker Boys music supervision. Filmed from January through maybe one day ago, hence substantial greenery increases between varying Columbus Circle clips. Be back on Tuesday. Have a good weekend.

Features Keith Denley AKA Chief Keith, Andre Page, Luis Tolentino, Ben Nazario, Galen Dekemper, Dave Cado, Matthew Perez, Kadeem Walters, Ryan Chin, Lui Elliot, Ritch Swain, Elijah Cole, Jonathan, Josh Velez, Brendan Carroll, Brian Clarke, Sweet Waste, Connor Champion, Tyler Tufty, and Thando Beschta.

Oh, last but not least: Free Amanda Bynes! She got arrested for throwing a bong out of a 36th story window in midtown. To think all of this could have been avoided if Drake simply complied and murdered her vagina.

Alternate YouTube link (won’t play on mobile.)

Past “Start of Summer” Clips: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Mondayyyyy Links (Feat. Future)

January 28th, 2013 | 7:50 am | Daily News | 8 Comments

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Stance Socks’ newest teamrider.

We will temporarily be closing up our webstore this week. There are mostly mediums left with a few white larges and XLs. Cruisers are almost gone too. It will be back in the spring with new gear. Thanks to anyone who supported and bought anything.

A Visual Sound sat down with Brad Rosado to talk about Parental Advisory’s all hip-hop music supervision. It was actually surprising that Stevie didn’t skate to Meek Mill, considering that even in the Roc-A-Fella era, Philly didn’t have a top-tier “relevant” rapper to lay claim to. (Always thought “Ready or Not” would go well with a skate part.) Also, “blue collar filming” is a great term.

“99% Invisible,” a public radio show about design, has a sixteen-minute episode about Love Park and skateboarding in public spaces. Solid listen, even if it’s tailored to a mass audience and telling much about what you already know. It reminds us of how this was one of the greatest moments in skateboard history.

Gino talks about the five favorite board graphics he’s had throughout his career.

Lewis Marnell’s Nike SB Chronicles part is online via an unauthorized upload. Skateboarder also has several sequences from when the part was being filmed.

Brian Clarke’s part from Outdated is online. The Bridgeport line is sick. And here’s another part from the NJ-based In Crust We Trust video.

Battylife is an 18-minute New York and New Jersey-based video by Sam Fickinger, with a soundtrack that’ll make people who don’t listen to Future happy.

Some kid backside 360ed El Toro.

Here’s a 2012 “Best of” clip from noted frontside crooked grinder, Petey Pablo fan, and homage-payer to the S.A.D. towel, Connor Champion.

Are Bronze-ish tech nostalgia effects destined to make the #trendwatch?

Taji got out of the cold to skate one of the few mini ramps left in New York with a small crew.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week:I LIKE MY MEATBALLS SPICY!

Quote of the Week
Sweet Waste: “You need a warmer coat.”
Shawn Powers: “This Dior. This all I need b.”

If you’re into parties and rap and stuff, we’re at Westway with Baller’s Eve, Angelo Baque, Thando, etc. on Thursday night.