An Interview with Dave Caddo

November 1st, 2016 | 6:35 am | Features & Interviews | 5 Comments

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Words & Interview by Zach Baker / Photos by Trevor Culley

One of the cool things about having the privilege of knowing how to ride one of these things, besides being able to find pot no matter where you are in the world, is that it keeps you exploring. It sends you out to uncover weird parts of familiar places, makes you creep into all sorts of alleys and ditches and post-industrial shit-piles, and on many occasions, you’ll leave feeling a lot happier than when you got there.

Every time I see Caddo, he’s having a pretty good time. Then, every time I see some Caddo footage or photos, he’s having a pretty sweet time. He skates all these spots I’ve never seen before, in cities I’ve never thought to go to. He’s gotten clips at like, the Holy Trinity of New York busts: the Roosevelt Island Monument, Forbidden Banks and the Holy Grail on Nostrand Avenue. Caddo goes out of his way to keep skateboarding interesting for himself, which is why his skating is so much fun to watch.

His part in Politic’s Division, which is his second full part in as many years, is loaded with all kinds of new approaches to familiar spots, fun lines down hills and in all kinds of parking lots. Here’s a chat I had with him about Enid’s, longevity, and kickflips.

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Tell me about when you kickflipped into the Roosevelt Island monument.

That was when it first opened up. I don’t know why, but the Parks Department would close it one day a week. You get maybe ten minutes before the old security guard comes out and starts yelling at you. But the guy is like sixty-years-old, it takes him a while to mosey over. The guy got there and his technique was to stand right in the way. He’s just mellow about it, kept repeating over and over again “no, no, no.” He was just saying that for ten minutes. [John] Valenti was walking backwards with the camera as I’m trying the last one and luckily I made it. I almost rolled into the guy.

Shibuya Meltdown

October 31st, 2016 | 5:20 am | Daily News | 3 Comments

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The QS webstore relaunches this Wednesday, November 2 @ midnight New York time. Small preview of the new QS merch here. Our bud Colin Sussingham also shot a lil’ Warehouse Mondays lookbook with the boys for his Tumblr. Available in U.S. shops this week. International soon. Photo by Pat Buckley.

Honestly, every skater should have Hjalte film and edit their parts. Got more stoked watching this one he made of Jonas Skrøder than anything in recent memory.

“I didn’t know you knew about Supreme.” — Stevie Williams’ 12-year-old daughter to Stevie Williams. The Bunt’s latest one is with Stevie Williams, and covers everything from early Philly days, to the origin of the switch shove revert (unexpectedly Danny Way inspired), the first pass at Reebok skate shoes, etc. Also shout out to Stevie for calling out when skateboarding looks like rollerblading :)

“The increasingly inscrutable Daniel Kim is on some Sampson deal where his trick spread (now including switch Japan airs and a switch kickflip tailgrab) seems to grow woollier in direct relation to his hair length.” — Boil the Ocean on Spirit Quest, which includes a part from my favorite skater and frontrunner for hair of the year, Daniel Kim.

Bryce Kanights tells the story behind the photo of Sheffey and Coco Santiago doing double ollies at the Fuji Building in 1989, which is probably tied with Dimitry’s photo of Bici at World Trade for greatest skate photo shot in this city.

Still Rich Gang mixtape forever ♥ The 30 Purse crew put together an awesome five-minute New York edit to an abridged version of the song that started my day Sept 2014-prob Sept 2015. Kudos on the wide-ranging spot selection. Haven’t seen anyone skate that black marble out ledge on 30th and 1st this decade.

An interview with the guy with the voice and new Polar pro, Nick Boserio.

NY Skateboarding has a new clip and interview from filmer Declan Mulligan, who shines a light on some underrepresented corners of Long Island.

Someone found Tom Penny in Chile.

A guy named Beaver from S.D. with a chill “Summer Trip to New York” clip.

Uploaded this a few weeks ago because it vanished from the internet, but kept forgetting to link it on here: Dobbin Block’s “S.O.N” video from 2009.

“I never missed filming a session from 2000 forward because it became critical for my film and for my journey to the final level.” *Desperately awaiting intel on the New York premiere of the Todd Falcon film*

The Vancouver boys came to New York for a few days: Skate Sundays #59.

Jason Byoun skates the Financial District in 1996.

Lurker Lou is having a Card Boards show this Friday at 175 Roebling Street. 7-10 P.M. A bunch will be for sale. Flyer here. Interview about Card Boards from 2014 here.

QS Sports Desk Russell Westbrook Desk: 51-13-10. OKC-GSW can’t wait :)

Quote of the Week
Inquisitive Gentleman: “Why does everyone in Canada move to Montreal?”
Keith Henry: “Because nobody needs a job there. You find your rent on the floor.”

Heard Petey Pablo in #theclub out in Tokyo this past week, and was reminded of the far-reaching majesty of the great state of North Carolina. Congrats to the Endless Grind crew on thirty years. This one’s for you? Uh-uh. This one’s for who? Us, us, us.

Breakfast at Tompkins

June 24th, 2013 | 5:11 am | Daily News | 14 Comments

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QS tees are now available at Supreme London and Los Angeles, in addition to Orchard Skateshop in Boston. Supreme London should have Alltimers RiRi and Lambo cruisers in now, and Los Angeles should be getting them soon.

Okay, before anything else: Several days ago, the guy who stands in Times Square with the “I Need Money for Weed” sign stabbed the guy who stands in Times Square with the “I Need Beer” sign with a pen….and the guys who dress up as Alien and Predator for tourist photo-ops were called in as witnesses.

The new Bronze video, Solo Jazz, comes out this August, as per their Facebook. Check the teaser from a few months back in case you missed it.

Also in the realm of hardware, our homie Jonah Miller started a hardware company out of Portland called Bolts, which is particularly tailored to people who double as skateboarder AND gambler degenerates. Check out the site at BoltsPremium.com, follow them on IG, and check the intro clip here. Stay tuned for more.

The new Tony Carr part is fun and “creative” without trying too hard. Dude rips.

With the expected demise of Vine, the Dobbin Block crew wasted no time and compiled some of their collective Vine highlights into a montage.

Another entry to the growing “Summer Trip to New York 2013” cycle, filmed entirely from above on a glidecam.

The video itself seems a bit old (namely because there are spots that haven’t been around since 2008 in it), but the Shred NJ crew uploaded their 35-minute project, The Pie, on Vimeo last week.

Check out the video from last Saturday’s Bum Rush the Spot at the L.E.S. Park.

*Insert year-late joke about Alex Olson riding for Chanel here*

The new Juicy J and Weeknd video is mad #indie in a 90s crime movie sort of way.

Quote of the Week: “I wanted to be on The Real World when I was younger.” — Chief Keith “#emergingblackcelebrity” Denley

Thanks to everyone who got us to 7,000 fans on Facebook. Much appreciated.

Stay Down With My Day One Spots & We In The Video Screaming ‘No New Spots, No New Spots, No No New…’

June 10th, 2013 | 5:03 am | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Ryan Hickey at the Bubble Banks (R.I.P) #nonewspots — Photo by Ryan Gee

“Take the subway? The J train? Where the fuck am I gonna go on the J train?”

Here’s a “new” old Dobbin Block clip. Dave Caddo does some sick stuff and Tufty has the best outfit in it. (Previously: Useless Times, A Quick One.)

Hey, how about a non fancy camera / regular motion Pretty Sweet remix video? Because these normal shots of Carroll’s tricks are great.

New Lurk NYC clip with a lot of noseslides (#NYNoseslides) and an overted crisis involving being hit by a delivery guy’s bike chain.

The Man Who Films put together a cool montage for Mood NYC, shot between New York and Providence. The visual effects and nondescript hip-hop instrumental loop make it feel like something that would’ve been at the end of an E.S.T. issue.

Richard Quintero edited a New York montage for Transworld as part of their “NYC Rising” series. It features every skater who lives in New York or has visited here in the past year. Good to see Houston Bump tricks making a comeback.

Chicago’s Uprise Skate Shop has a new video coming out entitled Downtown Wig Wam. We’ve talked about music supervision in Uprise videos before, and the jazzy black and white vibe of the trailer looks promising.

“Spot Rape,” a song about Bobby Puleo. “A set of stairs to a cellar door, you goddamn right, Bobby been here before.”

Well this certainly looks dangerous.

2nd Nature now has a location in Bushwick, Brooklyn, in a shared space with Post Bike Shop. Maybe that’s a place you could take the J train to?

Watch Joey Boullianne’s part in Nevermind and get emotional, and then watch the video’s friends section and collect interest off of extortions to settle your score.

Who the hell does this dude think he is to go the wrong way at Three Up Three Down?

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Tony Parker’s buzzer beater that made no sense.

Quote of the Week: “My rule for talking to girls in Philly is to never talk to a chick who’s taller than me, because if she’s taller than me, she’s a man.” — Andre Page

The investigation begins: Who moved the most recent Tompkins rail to the pedestrian path of the Williamsburg Bridge? And please don’t let it be because of some moronic, artsy photo…

Useless Times – The Dobbin Block Video

March 12th, 2012 | 2:54 pm | Video & Remixes | 2 Comments

If there’s one thing you could expect to be released almost a half-decade late, it’s a New York skate house-endorsed skateboard video. Useless Times can now be placed alongside other defining video Vimeo documents of the previous decade’s “spots-that-aren’t-spots” movement. It also might be the first skate video to embrace Chris Brown, and all the hard work he has put into steering misguided urban teenagers to scooters and away from skateboards. We don’t have many requests for greater skate industry music supervision in 2012 — most of our wishes will inevitably go unfulfilled as editors queue up tracks off the Drive soundtrack 11 months after the fact — we’re just hoping that at least one major skateboarder skates to C. Breeze before the world ends this December.

The video is a compilation of footage from over the past five or so years. Features James Frankhouse (with a part full of quintessential #phatstylez moments), Jeff Ricker, Sweet Waste, Dave Caddo, Alex Davis, Jon Newport, Yelawolf, Conor Fay, Kevin Brennan, Jerry Mraz, Mike Mike, Lurker Lou, Jahmal Williams, 80s Joe, Curtis Rapp, and Greg Huff.

Take your time, take your time, take your sexy time…”