Just Did an Ollie ‘Bout a Week Ago

September 29th, 2014 | 5:02 am | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Eli skating a rock. Photo by Black Dave.

Still a bunch of gear in the webstore. #supportyourlocalskatesite ;)

“Skating through midtown Manhattan that night, I remembered that I used to think skateboarding would never get too big because it hurt too much. Because you can’t take the pain out of skateboarding. Because putting yourself deliberately in harm’s way is a quick, easy, and reliable route to the truth.” This is a solid read.

TWS’ “Skate Nerd” segment with Kalis and Smolik, two icons of hip-hop white guy skateboarding, is more entertaining than any link you may find below. “Kelly Slater?”

Worth repeating that Wes Kremer is the best?

Our good friend Alexander Mosley A.K.A. the Watermelon Man is having an art show at 2nd Nature in Bushwick this Saturday, October 4th. 7-11 P.M. Flyer here.

Finally: Frozen in Carbonite’s annual “Song of the Summer” x “Video Part of the Summer” mash-up segment. It tackles Static 4‘s equivalence to a prog-rock epic, Chris Brown and Bronze’s penchant for controversy, the truth that VX just looks blurry now, Bobby Shmura videos having a similar gender breakdown to skate videos, and Sinner’s post-modern, post-genre take on a video part. Incredible.

Monster has a new interview with Jake Johnson. Some heavy reading on the current situation at Alien Workshop, relationships in skateboarding, life after skating, etc.

GX1000 also posted this incredible IG clip of Jake bails. Last one is nuts.

Quick clip of Danny Supa cruising around Washington Heights.

Antwuan Dixon back on it.

For such a high-profile world city, Paris has been rather underrated for skating ever since the Lordz video era. Last week’s nine-minute “Scene” edit from Kingpin really puts how great it is into perspective. Spent a good two weeks there this past summer, and never saw at least 75% of the spots they skate. Features some solid Rich Homie Juan tricks. Also, if you slept on Vincent Touzery’s part in the Cafe Clope video (14:40 mark) earlier this year, you’re dumb.

Yeah, uh, about that unreleased Lakai Koston 1… (Part was sick though.)

Wow @ ollie over the Gino manual pad (not Roslyn) and probably the first trick down that kinked 57th Street rail in this Frankie Spears “Video Check Out.”

New northeast-encompassing video from the Mood NYC crew.

#weird skaters v.s. the 181st Street park.

“Don’t try to impress the old people. Be yourself. I think it’s the duty of all young artists — no disrespect — to say ‘Man, fuck y’all’ to the people before them. That keeps the music going.” — Andre 3000. Why couldn’t this interview be an hour longer? (“Nah nah nah yo real hip-hop yo NYC yo.”)

Quote of the Week:
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New Thug and Quan in a few hours, btw.

Links Going Up On a Monday

August 4th, 2014 | 10:59 am | Daily News | 6 Comments

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Berrics, but Reynolds. Plus they compiled every frontside flip he has done in a video.

Migos + Curbs = Sold. Video of the year.

Politic Skateboards welcomes renown crust aficionado, Eric “Derm” Dermond, to the team with a cool new part, which includes a team montage at the start.

A little over a year ago, Young Scooter and Gunplay inspired American skate teams to begin venturing to Colombia. Is Bolivia the next frontier?

In 100% agreement that the greatest non-S.J. in Modus trick ever done was both 1) in the rain and 2) never actually landed. Matt Schlager belongs on the Dime Ballers shirt.

Six years after it flew under the radar as 2008’s S.O.T.S. sleeper hit (“A Milli” and “Whatever You Like” won in a landslide), these guys made an iPhone edit to “Let the Beat Build.” Still one of the best summer songs in recent memory. Also, did those slabs of metal on Hester take Seaport 5.0’s slot for 2014’s “Spot of the Summer?”

The Washington Heights park has lights now!

Alex Olson likes backside lipsliding down Black Hubba.

Some desaturated Dutch skateboarding.

Can’t tell if the “Death Video” is actually a video in the making, or just a confusingly titled series of B-roll clips, but volume nine is now live. The pad-to-pad ollie at Manhattan and Scholes is awesome.

Live Skateboard Media has a new interview with Eli Reed.

“Only That Real,” except the Easy Mo Bee version. Sort of. It’s cool.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Damien Lillard’s almost full court buzzer beater. And if you post that Paul George injury on Vine or Instagram, you’re an asshole. Get well soon PG. The ECF winner is pretty easy to call now, huh?

Quote of the Week: “My favorite skater is Louie Lopez and my second favorite skater is Louie Lopez when he gets older.” — Guy Riza

P.S. Once you go to this spot, you’ll never complain about skating in New York again.

Out of Office Reply / Holiday Season

July 30th, 2014 | 5:22 am | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Photo via Pryce Holmes for National Geographic

Faced with the brutal difficulty of skateboarding in the United States and all its sue-happy rules, we wound up back in Europe for the second time in one month. Between the ~four weeks spent here this summer, we’ve still only been kicked out of one spot, and that was via a knife-weilding hash dealer in Copenhagen. It’s become a recurring theme on the site, but America sucks for skateboarding.

August will inevitably be a stacked month around here for a variety reasons, so we’re taking summer “holiday” now. If you ordered anything that remains in the webstore over the past week-and-a-half, it should ship early next week at the absolute latest. Maybe expect to see a content update squeezed in before the week is out?

On the slim chance that you missed it (came out a few hours after Monday Links went live), Eli has an awesome new welcome part out for Organika, with a Quim cameo at the start (as promised!) His lavish fashion sense from his first part is a lot to live up to though :) Labor also has a quick new video with its three shop riders, one of whom is reigning QSSOTY, Leo Gutman.

Back on Monday for good. Or Friday for temp.

Also, anyone asking for a Sinner re-edit (there are a lot of you) — think for a second — how would the weed-bandana guy who does switch drop-ins into double-kinked ditches NOT skate to three dubstep songs? The part is absolutely perfect as it is.

Start of Summer / Memorial Day Weekend 2014 Montage

May 23rd, 2014 | 3:25 am | Footage | 12 Comments

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All white season is upon us.

We’re up to nine Christmas clips and nine Start of Summer clips…

Features Josh Velez, Rob Gonyon, Keith Denley, Matthew Perez, Connor Champion, Troy Stillwell, Kadeem Walters, Lurker Lou, Emilio Cuilan, Elijah Cole, Lui Elliot, Andre Page, Eli Reed, Brendan Carroll, Jack Sabback, Zach Baker, Sweet Waste, Will Robson-Scott, Pad Dowd, Kevin Tierney and Tyler Tufty.

This Memorial Day Weekend also commemorates four years since QS relaunched as a modern, somewhat frequently updated enterprise. Prior to that (2005-2010), it was a depository of inside jokes that got updated bi-weekly. It has sometimes been a struggle to keep this thing current during those four years, but it’s been fun. Four years is a long time — when the site relaunched, Waka was the most #relevant rapper out, our intro post had Jersey Shore references, Amare Stoudemire played for the Suns and they were in the Western Conference Finals, and Monday Links happened on Saturdays — so we’d like to pat ourselves on the back a bit. We’d also like to thank you for visiting, talking shit in the comments, and any kind words or referrals throughout the years.

Hard to even remember what life was like before Future.

Anyway, if you want 25% off anything that’s left in the webstore, enter MEMORIALDAY at checkout. We on dat J. Crew shit fam. Discount does not apply to shipping and expires on Monday night ♥♥♥ xoxo ;) Enjoy the long weekend.

Alternate YouTube link

Past Start of Summer Clips: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

An Interview With Eli Reed

May 2nd, 2014 | 6:01 am | Features & Interviews | 8 Comments

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Photo by Sam Muller

A conversation with one of the most talented and versatile skaters from out east — or anywhere really — about his new board sponsor, New York and the Gram, obviously.

P.S. Static IV is really good and full of surprises ;)

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You went without a board sponsor for a pretty long time, especially for someone who still got a lot of coverage. Were you ever worried that you might not be able to skate for a living anymore?

I wasn’t too frustrated, I still kept skating. Skateboarding is in a weird place right now, where things are changing and evolving quicker than ever. It’s easier for a lot of companies to put on AMs because they don’t have to pay them up front and it’s sort of like a trial period. There aren’t many board companies out there making tons of money and able to pay pros a whole lot. I understood everything was about timing. Being on the east coast is another thing, since you’re not in people’s eyes every single day like you would be in California.

I’ve been blessed with so much other stuff in my life. Whether being a pro comes or goes, I knew that I still loved skateboarding, and that I still have a lot more skating I want to do in my life.

How did the Organika situation come about?

I talked to a few companies prior to that and nothing felt right at the time.

Karl Watson hit me up out of the blue and asked if I was down and I said “Let’s do this.” Expedition was a possibility a while back, but I think they were more hyped on having me on Organika since it’s a smaller knit crew. They have some young dudes killing it, and legends like Quim and Karl, so they needed someone to bridge that gap. I feel like I’m getting a second wind right now and I still got a lot left to give.