Make America Great Again — Free the Ledges

August 27th, 2015 | 5:03 am | Daily News | 11 Comments

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As it stands, America is 12th worldwide in higher education rates, 34th in life expectancy, and the 16th overall pick for a wishful sperm cell before it becomes a human (making it something like the Royce White of countries.) It has a D+ in overall infrastructure, and the highest incarceration rate in the world.

It is also falling way behind in another metric correlated to high quality of life: ledges.

“Spain. Brazil. Sweden. Denmark. Czech Republic. The Ukraine. All these countries are kicking our ass at #plaza skating.” We are not talking about homogenized California Skatepark creations that yield the same crooked grind nollie flip from Astoria to Stoner. This is about coincidences of granite that were freely skateable before ledges began to fade from America’s cultural heritage during the Bush-Cheney administration. Ledge skating has been outsourced and sent abroad, just like hundreds of other inventions that made America great.

Should it come as any surprise that a Frenchman has dominated L.E.F.S. (Literally Everyone’s Favorite Skater™)-status for the full duration of the current decade? Or that a Brazilian has emerged to potentially claim it in the next several years?

One of Mountain Dew: The Movie‘s more poignant moments was the narrator explaining that Tiago and other Brazilian skaters who are better than every American exist because they must skate in spite of rugged terrain, crime and poverty. Brazil sits twenty places away from us on the “Where to be born”-index, but at least they got ledges. You’re five times more likely to get murdered in Brazil than in the United States — the flip side is that you’re five times less likely to learn fire switch back tails.

Presidential hopefuls may have a tough time “making America great again” through education, healthcare and infrastructure. Freeing the ledges and restoring a once-thriving American export is the easy part …it’s just unlikely that a wealthy toupée’d racist whose New York properties are riddled with skate-deterants is the one bring us there ;) #freetheledges

Yes, this entire post was an excuse to post this Vine :)

Thought It Was a Drought

July 20th, 2015 | 10:11 am | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Just take me to a spot that’s famous.

“In March, Kelvin and the other patinetos left San Salvador in the dead of night, and skated three hundred and fifty miles through Guatemala to the border town of Tecún Umán. That was the easy part. It’s fifteen hundred miles across Mexico, much of it past growing ranks of Mexican immigration security agents, kidnappers and extortionists.” How four dudes skated from El Salvador to the U.S. to flee gang violence …and here we are complaining about how some spot in Bushwick is too far.

A three-minute Challex Olson Instagram footage compilation. He’s singlehandedly keeping 12th & A alive to the world outside of the East Village.

Frozen in Carbonite re-casts a City of God reboot with Brazilian skateboarders.

Much respect to the guys at Blue Tile Skate Shop and Jim T. at Real for their protest against a Klan rally that happened in Columbia, South Carolina this past weekend. (Yes, this country still has fucking Klan rallies.) Here’s a good article from earlier this year about the creation of Jim’s “Hanging Klansman” graphic.

Here’s long iPhone video with the MPC™ / Paych / Sure guys, and here’s a short iPhone video with the MPC™ / Paych / Sure guys.

New part from Chuck MVP, one of the stars of legendary Instagram compilations, Dime Comp Volume 1 and Dime Comp Volume 2. Also features the forever underrated Canadian, Andrew McGraw. #freegucci

This dude nose manualed up Black Hubba.

Skateboard Story interviewed German Nieves, cult hero at the QS office and runner up for best new old part of 2015 (#1 = this), about starting your own brand in 2015.

An interview with the girl behind Girl.

Transworld posted their “AM Spotlight” interview / photos with Antonio Durao. He also switch 360 flipped the double-set at the L.E.S. Park this past weekend. When does the Love Gap get drained again?

ICYMI: Solid new all-HD LurkNYC montage, and an “old” new Jake Johnson part filmed in one day during a stopover in Reading, Pennsylvania.

The marble mini hubbas in midtown are a wrap.

Quote of the Week: “Nobody looks unhappier than people who are really good at skating transition.” — Roctakon

As DS2 blares through portable speakers for the remainder of the summer, let’s take a moment to revisit the classic intro off the ANCIENT original Dirty Sprite mixtape from 2011. Amazing how probably zero other “hot” rappers from back then are #relevant now. The game’s rough man.

Also, shout out to Future for using a Shutterstock image as his album cover.

A Bunch of Dumb Big Pictures & No Numbers

January 26th, 2015 | 6:05 am | Daily News | 5 Comments

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After much deliberation, the Nosesliders Guild of America has awarded Hjatle Halberg its “Noseslider of the Year” award based on recent output. This is an unprecedented event, as no foreigner has ever won the coveted title. Photo above by Mike O’Meally.

Studies in Flat — Daniel Lebron.

It seems that Frozen in Carbonite’s hyper-nerdery and far-fetched non sequiturs aren’t translating to Ride Channel commenters, because this was great, at least for fans of the blog: An analysis of the parallels between the Yankee-Red Sox rivalry and current day Boston-New York skateboarding. (Boston is 200+ miles from New York btw.)

Part one of NY Skateboarding’s joint interview with Gino and Dill is live.

A lot of familiar faces and hot moves in Debut, a new video featuring the youth.

A boom-bapified remix of peak era Wu-Welsh via Hit You Off Management. That five-trick line at Pier 7 is the absolute best.

Anthony Pappalardo, early Alien days. Shot by Tim Anderson.

Ugggh, I have such a weakness for cute skateboarders.” We have such a weakness for any Ant Banks #musicsupervision in skate videos.

The VX is dead volume seven via Johnny Wilson et al.

Seeing Michael Mackrodt skate in real life is genuinely one of the most impressive things you could ever witness in skateboarding. His consistency and quick footedness is absurd (personal top 3 most impressive IRL pros.) The next best thing is seeing him skate on video, via this new all-lines part filmed out in the Parisian suburbs. (He also had a New York “Fishing Lines” part in 2010, in case you didn’t know.)

Despite all its frustrations, midtown is still the funnest.

Quick montage from the crew at Matériel Supply.

Got a kick out of this: “Fear City,” a mid-seventies pamphlet covertly distributed to tourists by NYPD unions at odds with the mayor (sound familiar?)

In case you only go on skate websites…you’ll be paying $2.75 to ride the train and $116.50 for an unlimited starting March 22nd.

Until Travis Porter fulfills recent promises of bringing the “fun” back to music, Rae Sremmeueurururd is the Rap Desk’s fill-in vote for “funnest” rap group of the moment:

[Late] Spot Updates: 1) Not many people caught onto this spot, but it had a short lifespan. 2) Those round flatbars on 22nd and Fifth near the Flatiron Building are gone. 3) The two-second bust Marriott Banks are also gone.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: What else? Klay Thompson went 13-of-13 from the field (nine of which were contested three-pointers) against the Sacramento Kings earlier this week, in what was an utter video game of a single quarter. He now holds the record for most points in a NBA quarter with 37. The Golden State Warriors will be at Madison Square Garden on Saturday :)

Quote of the Week: “Oh Fifty Shades of Grey, I want to read that when the movie comes out.” — E.J.

Good luck with the snow these next two days. The National Weather Service is predicting we may get up to two feet in the city :( Dust those ‘Lo boots off.

‘T-Shirt Brand’

December 8th, 2014 | 4:40 am | Daily News | 5 Comments

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The Quartersnacks web store is now open with holiday gear. This includes hoodys, longsleeve tees, a light reissue of the Tompkins crew, and some beanies. Everything is available at Labor, Exit and Orchard right now. Other shops and abroad this week. Also, UK residents: Slam City Skates carries our stuff now. Support your local skate site. *Promise to update every day this week if you buy something* :)

Vote for Bobby. Pretty tight how he mentions Javier Sarmiento in his top three of 2014. Javi has a few lines at some insane spot and a great nollie backside flip in in this new, uh, Arnette clip. Warning: the first song is maybe the worst song to ever be put in a skate video. Had to detox by listening through Tha Tour twice afterwards.

TWS has a new “Five Trick Fix” from Paych. Buy here.

The loosest trucks in Korea.

Rigged a lil’ wear test video for the new Nike SB Grant Taylor shoe at Flushing a few weeks ago. Basically, if you skated that new Bruin shoe all last spring/summer like everyone else, but can’t find it anymore, your problems are solved. (BTW: You get kicked out of the fountain now? Or did we have bad luck?)

Tony Ferguson on the first-ever Girl tour to Europe. “Oh yeah, did you hear about the van? The van is gone too.”

SMLTalk reviewed an illegally downloaded version of True, while Frozen in Carbonite provided an analysis on the similarities between True, Questionable and Virtual Reality. A QS review of the new Plan B video? The trick Pudwill does over the Milan grate is psychotic and Sheckler should’ve skated to “Lifestyle.”

Josh Kalis v.s. Plastic Jersey Barriers: A Retrospective.

Someone was bound to edit a video part to “Coco” before the year was out.

A teaser for Strangers, which premieres at Sunshine on Wednesday.

Troy Stillwell’s B-sides from the Bev video.

In our continuing coverage of 2014’s most #ontrend day of the week: the 14-minute Tuesday video is now live (no, not the Makkonnen one…at least not really.)

Alltimers uploaded their commercial that was originally supposed to appear before Cyrus’ part in Paych. Johnny didn’t want to compromise his artistic integrity by putting an advertisement from a multimillion fashion conglomerate in the middle of his video, so he pulled it at the last minute. It’s online now for your viewing pleasure:

You might have heard about the Coda Long Island City indoor spot. Here’s a clip.

All things considered, this went as good as it possibly could have gone.

Boosie woke up this morning like fuck that.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Guess who?

Quote of the Week:

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T-shirt brand crazy? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

68 Degrees

November 24th, 2014 | 12:25 pm | Daily News | 6 Comments

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The Watermelon Man. Photo via Merchants of Ill.

Johnny Wilson still trying to pretend like he uses his VX1000.

Also, some guy compiled a bunch of Cyrus Bennett’s footage from the more recent video blogs and put it over a more recent Migos song.

As far as “Summer Trip to New York” clips go, the skating in this is tops by non-pro team clip standards. These dudes somehow skate every spot in New York (e.g. when was the last time someone filmed a line at Breezy Ledges? Jeff Pang in 1997?) Obligatory Wu-Tang song included.

“The new Transworld video, Outliers, as seen through the prism of the Malcolm Gladwell book of the same name.” Frozen in Carbonite looks through some prisms.

Cario Foster on his Reason part and Danny Montoya on his incredibly ahead-of-its-time One Step Beyond part. “For the record, filming is hard.”

Lucas and J.B. in the Cliché U.K. tour clip.

Twenty seconds of “lost” Jake Johnson footage. 360 flip noseblunts, etc.

Jordan Trahan apparently kickflipped into the Washington Square Park fountain.

We can officially verify that the Plan B video exists, and that PJ Ladd does not have a part in it. The joke is dead. Except how is Hoboken going to get a premiere and New York isn’t? Was really looking forward to getting drunk in the theater for that one :(

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This is what your 2015 MTA fare hike is going to look like.

QS Holiday Gift Guide: This pixel print of skate shoes from the nineties is chill and this Hans Moleman x Muska Silhouette deck is amazing. “My name is Hans. Drinking has ruined my life. I’m 31 years old!”

Spot Updates: 1) It happened months ago, but finally just got around to updating the spot page…the ledge-to-flatbar in Battery had its runway knobbed. Some Japanese guy with quick feet will still get a trick on it by next summer. 2) The grate at Union Square that people propped up to skate over the pillar is gone. It’s a gap now. 3) The Blue Banks in Albany are being turned into an official skatepark. Even if it ends up being some pre-fab crap, at least you get to skate the banks worry-free now. Funnest spot north of Tompkins :)

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: 6′ 3 Reggie Jackson v.s. 7′ 2 Brook Lopez.

Quote of the Week: “The first thing I thought when I started watching that catcalling video was, ‘Oh no, I hope I’m not in this.'” — T-Bird

No idea what the point of this will be, but yeah, it’s there for now.