Thunder in Four ;)

April 17th, 2017 | 5:00 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

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Look, we wouldn’t begin a Monday Links post with a link to a “Mask Off” challenge unless it was really worth it. Now enjoy the rest of your glorious day ♥

The internet is a fucking insane place, man.

“We went to Gay Ledges, then Washington Square, then we started skating a book near NYU.” Skating a book propped against a curb = the state of skate spots in New York, planet earth, the year two thousand seventeen.

An Easter-best Conor Prunty — who’s a week away from celebrating the one-year anniversary of “422” — astutely skating a parking block, via Max Hull.

Not sure if him and the Vert God ever made amends, but Taylor Nawrocki’s part from Politic’s First Division video is now online. The Columbus Circle line with the cruise against three lanes of traffic was rad, and in the nineties tradition of going out of your way to end a line off with a flatground trick.

“In New York everybody seems like they have shit that they have to be doing all the time. And when winter hits, you better have shit to do. Otherwise it’s too much to deal with.” Solo has an interview with prodigal Jersey boys, Josh Wilson and Dick Rizzo.

Mini Nik Stain part at the ~11 minute mark of YMPT3.

Though they typically make the best videos out, this one isn’t my favorite bit of recent Isle videography (it’s a bit too artsy, even for Isle, to fully get hyped off of). Their section from TWS’ Cinematographer Project: World View video is now online.

Feels like there hasn’t been footage from the Seagram Building ledge this decade.

Name literally anyone who currently rides for Theeve Trucks.”

Chops compiled all the one movie / one book / one album entires in his Instagram-only side series for Chromeball.

New part from Max Van Arnem, who Jake Johnson once said is his favorite skater.

Pat O’Dell’s feature-length documentary, Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine, will be screened as a part of Tribeca Film Festival later this month, but those outside of New York now have a Hulu release date in early June to look forward to.

2017 is full of surprises — even pleasant ones! Just when we were getting worried he stopped going in, perennial QS-office fave and composer of modern times’ finest love song, Rich Homie Quan, dropped a really, really good album last week. (Zillion dollar idea: Lock Quan and Thug in a room, force them to become friends again, give them all the instrumentals from Carti’s new album, boom, world peace.)

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Stoked to see John Wall out there leading and thriving more each postseason, galaxies removed from the McGee/Nick Young/Arenas era Wizards, who were admittedly the funniest basketball team of this generation.

Quote of the Week: “I really wish you punched someone on this trip.” — Charles Rivard to Zach Baker

Which estranged HUF store employee do you miss more?

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Look Alive

April 18th, 2016 | 12:08 pm | Daily News | 5 Comments

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Photo via Matt Weber

Love Park is still skateable!

On the opposite end of the spectrum, somebody unearthed this good bit of footage from a 1994 Love Park contest featuring Huf, Ricky Oyola, Matt Reason, Fred Gall, Andy Stone, etc. Remember when contests just involved jump ramps?! “Yeeaahhhh.”

An interview with Dick Rizzo and Josh Wilson, two prominent figures keeping the rich tradition of New Jersey skateboarding strong in 2016.

Dave Carnie was always everyone’s favorite Big Brother writer, and has probably written more enjoyable words about skateboarding than anyone else out there. Kingpin published the most detailed interview anyone involved with the publicity blitz surrounding Shit has given, with none other than…Dave Carnie. “You know how when you go to an abandoned house and you just start breaking shit and throwing rocks at windows because you can? That’s pretty much what we were doing.”

Better Skate Than Never put all the Lucas Puig #deepcuts in one place.

Genesis Evans & Jason Byoun skating around Tribeca. DANY video soon.

Someone combined all the outtake clips from Bill Strobeck’s IG for a single vid.

Quick minute-long clip from Cooper Park via Johnny Wilson and co.

“Fifteen years since Rob Welsh nearly single-handedly rescued the noseslide from that doomed scrap pile of tricks too basic for blocks and too ‘Muska’ for handrails, a new era beckons in which legs weary from four presidential terms’ worth of pop-outs are offered respite…” — Boil the Ocean on noseslide shove-its and the rise of “dad tricks.”

An interview (+ new clip) with the crew behind Canal Wheels.

Yo Darkstar x Harley Davidson is fire.

Just in time for summer: Sremmlife 2 available June 24.

Spot Updates: 1) You likely stopped caring four years ago, but the Banks won’t re-open until November at the earliest. 2) You likely never cared unless you’re Austyn Gillette, but that bump to wall on Lafayette and Howard is a wrap.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Something still feels off with the east being more exciting than the west for the first time since the “Lebron has no rings”-era, except everyone knows that Spurs-GSW are the real “Finals” in as much as Lakers-Kings in 2002 were the real Finals. Hopefully no poisoned room service. Wasn’t an eventful first weekend though, but Jamal Crawford still ripping is kinda like J.B. Gillett still ripping. Understated, underrated and classic.

Quote of the Week: “Ever since I moved to New York I got worse at skating and better at drinking.” — Jesse Alba

Get well soon Weiss.

‘Plug’ — The New Bronze Promo

April 11th, 2016 | 7:34 pm | Daily News | 3 Comments

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Three hours late may not have been much in 2010, but on the 2016 internet, we might as well be posting the new Bronze promo in the 2010 archives. We blew it.

“Plug” is a departure from the past few rounds of Bronze projects not because it is in HD — not their first video to ditch the VX — but because it’s far more conservative with the nostalgic non sequiturs that made it one of the western world’s most ripped-off skate video franchises. At the same time, it’s a return to the late-2010s, post-Flipmode / pre-merch availability era that made us fall in love with the Bronze age. There’s a revived Phil Rodriguez not seen since the 2011 Q.S.S.O.T.Y Caviar days, an ender part from the venerable Trife alumnus William McFeely, and a loving tribute to the God K.T. in which he appears for one clip like Danny Way in Photosynthesis credits except way tighter — making “Plug” a two-sided love letter to new and old Bronze fans alike. Also shout out to Nick Ferro for consistently making all of us underweight skateboarders proud, part after part :)

Previously: Trust, Enron, Solo Jazz, 56k, Caviar, Sognar

Behind the Fence

March 7th, 2016 | 4:55 am | Daily News | No Comments

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Tino. Scan via Science Versus Life. Slow news week last week, but guess what? It’s going to be sixty degrees all this week, and it’s going to start getting dark after 7 P.M. starting Sunday :)

If you have even $10 you can spare and acknowledge that skateboarding is a really cool thing that more people across the world should do to be happy, please support the construction of the Addis Abbaba skatepark in Ethiopia. It’s going to help people’s lives a lot more than that six-pack you were otherwise gonna buy with it ♥

Wow, there’s already a hill bomb clip crazier than Gerwer down the Bullitt hill.

T or F? — This is the second best nollie back heel ever done.

#TRENDWATCH2016 — switch heelflip indy grabs and nosegrind body varials! Jk. Although J.B. Gillett already has a strong Quartersnacks Line of the Year Contender *and* a Noseslide of the Year frontrunner, based off the latest Dalavas clip.

Jesse got a clip in Hjalte’s angel wings.

A field guide to skateboarding long distances by one of the guys who skated from Boston to New York and from New York to Philadelphia.

The trash can in the state bird of the East Village. Dick Rizzo and Josh Wilson skate some garbage at 12th & A (still a box!) and Tompkins.

An interview with Marcus from Skate Jawn.

DGK fam Connor Champion, John Shanahan, Dylan Sourbeer, Will Mazarri, and The World’s Best Dressed Skateboarder™ 2016, Daniel Kim, at the Nike SB Garage.

Have we been bad friends to Brandon Biebel? Why are we realizing this only now? SMLTalk asks the question we should have been asking three weeks ago about the 2015 I.G.S.O.T.Y. (Lucas technically won in our reader’s choice awards, but given this site’s readership, Lucas would probably win a vote for best vert skater.)

Genny and Jason Byoun cruising on some diamond-plate Soho spots :)

Boil the Ocean re: the sudden surge in high technology skate products.

Some goofy throwaways from Cooper Winterson.

Prince didn’t let Triple Six Mafia into his party the night they won an Oscar.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Can’t wait til the Knicks sign Lance Stephenson in six years. Should hopefully be the same season as J.R’s pre-retirement return tour.

Quote of the Week: “I deadass had a dream about Rob Campbell last night.” — E.J.

Rest in Peace Fresh

The QS Year in Review Countdown: 25-21

December 2nd, 2015 | 3:36 pm | Features & Interviews | 5 Comments

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It’s December. You know what that means. We pontificate on the past eleven months.

Previously…2014: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6, 5-1 / 2013: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6, 5-1 / 2012: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6, 5-1 / 2011: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6, 5-1 / 2010: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6, 5-1

25. The Arizona Inflation Crisis of 2015

Eras in recent New York skateboarding are earmarked by shifts in the lowest of price points. For example: Up until it was phased out in maybe 2003, the chicken cutlet sandwich + can of soda for $2 deal at Universal News kept half the people I know fed. By late-2005, Little Debbie’s line of 25-cent snack cakes had doubled in price. Dollar menus were becoming dollar-and-up “value menus.” Some psychopaths really tried to charge tax on a dollar slice.

And now, the beverage that we lovingly spent our adolescence drinking, and punishing our blood sugar levels with, is trying to pull a fast one. You’re ranting about a generation of kids being homogenized by a skatepark; I’m more worried about the thought that they’ll have to pay $2 for an Arizona tall can, or $1 for 11.5 oz. of one.