Summer Jam

The new Studio Skateboards video, Mood Lighting, will make you want to take that six-hour drive up to Montreal this summer.

“That summer before, people met up at Supreme, people still sessioned the banks, and the World Trade Center was benches and a long manual pad. It was Diesel Jeans, Vita Shoes, Aesthetics Apparel and Seaport with metal edges.” Some thoughts on the definition of “lurker,” why the most out-of-the-way spot in New York is the most popular, etc. Photos by Joe Cups, words by Ted Barrow.

Hard to decide who this video set further back: White people or skateboarders?

This kid seems pretty bummed about Zoo York cutting its skate team, even though he doesn’t know that Zered’s name is pronounced exactly how it’s spelled. Dude’s got a notepad and a Brita.

Since the weather isn’t ideal for skating in sweatpants, what breezier alternative will fashionable skaters turn to? Camo shorts? Sweat shorts? (Danny Supa owns the copyright to skating in basketball shorts.) Generic cut-off Dickies? In this FTC trip video to Vieques (small island off the coast of Puerto Rico), Brad Johnson makes the case for board shorts. Screw Montreal, we out to Vieques…

Scratched lenses and M.O.P. are both chill.

What’s the most amount of trouble you’ve gone through to skate an awful spot? This seems to really go the extra mile in skating a ledge described by a wise man as grinding “like a soggy hot dog bun.”

British Esquire says it’s time to grow up and hang up that skateboard, guys! Naturally, that was stumbled on while Googling for those pictures of Rihanna with her ass out. Between the camo, tats, and bleached hair, she’s 3-for-5 on summer T.F. trends.

DeShawn Stevenson charges $4.50 to withdraw money from the ATM in his kitchen.

As a footnote to the “Zoo York Institute of Design” post from last week, here’s the Zoo York industry section from 411 #6.

Quote of the Week: “The future is dark out here man. The future we need is the one from Atlanta.” — Francesco Pini, Chief Officer of QS International’s Italian and Scandinavian Branches regarding Italy’s Debt Crisis


Speaking of Future, he was supposed to perform in New York tonight. Then he decided to cancel his tour.

Shit Skateboarders Say

Sweet Waste in the world’s greatest tee shirt, and Lil’ Wayne dressed like a 12-year-old girl who just used her $100 Hot Topic gift card from Christmas at the Monmouth Mall. The Wayne coverage on QS has come full circle.

Akira Mowatt’s company, After Midnight New York, just dropped a team montage. The illustrious Geo Moya has the intro honors, so it’s a must-watch.

Portland, Maine isn’t exactly the first (or fifth…or tenth…) city you think of when it comes to skateboarding in the northeast. ’96 Mentality is a new mini-video out of Portland that gives a glimpse into their scene. It’s super well-edited, and the tricks and vibe give it a nineties feel, even though it’s all HD.

Here is the final throwaway clip from the PFP2 video, based out of that region just north of New York City and sponsored by 2nd Nature. You can watch the full first video here. P.S. “Get It On Tonite” is the far superior Montell Jordan single.

It’s sick that outer-borough (Brooklyn) kids can make a ten-minute video, all filmed in New York, but with barely any recognizable spots in it. Just goes to show you how big this city is. Watch the Slime video here. Also, this means the turnaround on someone skating to song off Rich Forever was what, one week?

Want to re-live Tompkins circa 2004? Watch this Super-8 reel. Some of it might look familiar because it was used in Lurkers 2.

Taji, Leo, Billy Rohan, and No Pants Day. Surprising that it has taken this long for someone to skate that fountain gap in front of the 42nd Street Library.

I think it’s my most ignorant music video yet.” — Black Dave.

Rob Harris shares his of-the-moment jams on the DQM site. Travie, 2Chainz, Future, and a bunch of other stuff we’ve never heard of (Elvis?) is on there.

There’s not much to say about the Mark Suciu part that hasn’t already been said. (It’s scary that switch backside noseblunts down handrails just get quickly tossed in the middle of parts nowadays though.) Frozen in Carbonite makes an interesting observation though — Is everyone going to forget about it in two days? Is that really the shelf-life of a web video part these days? Do people still talk about the Dylan Reider Gravis part, the Lucas Puig TWS video, or the Torey Pudwill part from the summer?

Quote of the Week: “Autumn is fucking closed and assholes are taking pictures on iPads, the future sucks.” — Francesco Pini, Chief Officer of QS International’s Italian and Scandinavian Branches


Ok, time to watch the Knicks fall behind by thirty points in the first half, and then switch the channel to the Memphis/Chicago game. Stay warm out there. Later.

Merry Christmas

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Usually, I start these things some time around the 20th or 21st of December and see how I like them over the next couple of days before Christmas. This time around, I started about 2 hours before midnight on Christmas. So, a lot of hours in FCP, a few dozen cross dissolves, and three or four coffees later, this is what I came up with.

Its a typical QS December 25th / End of the year mood piece with pianos and shit. Handycams, flip cams and some three-chips here and there. Dusty and dirty lenses and bad filming on my part included of course.

You know the drill — part one is the homies, part two is the roster. It is the fifth year anniversary of QS Christmas clips and I think next year is bound for a full-scale Weiss comeback to his former 2005 glory. Hopefully they re-model Lincoln Center with something that he can kickflip nose manual this time next year.

Features: Adrian Vega, some Boston dudes, German Nieves, Allen Siegler, Ian from Union, Dennis Feliciano, Keith Denley, Jersey Dave, the Gothic Raver, Alex, Shawn Powers, Staten Island Adrian, Tohmi Shiroyama, Ty Lyons, Aaron Szott, Danny Weiss blowing it as usual, Isak Buan, Francesco Pini, Taji Ameen, Kevin Teirney, Ian Reid, Pad Dowd, Galen Dekemper, Miles Marquez, Thando Beschta, Benjamin Nazario, Matthew Mooney, Vladimir Kirilenko, DJ Roctakon.

Thanks to everyone who contributed footage: Justin White, Jimmy Marketti, David Spodofora, Dennis Feliciano, JP Blair, Anthony Beckner, Alex Rialdi, Pad Dowd, Joe Cups.

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Another All Nighter

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Last night marked probably the first time in its thirty year history that a group of individuals met up at the Fish to go skateboarding. So here is another clip full of skateboarding antics and annoying reminders of the time. Filming skateboarding during any period before 2AM seems to have rendered itself a pretty useless process since it often leads to dead ends, kickouts, annoying pedestrians, and the lack of the fresh, first-thing-in-the-morning smell of bacon.

Features Miles Marquez, Ty Lyons, Isak Buan, Francesco Pini

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