But we’re going to post it anyway. Music supervision courtesy of Sundays at Sway.
By “2012,” they probably mean “December 2012.” Either way, it’d be a good thing to have for next winter. Lord knows everyone watched Fully Flared six-hundred times throughout the winter of 2007-2008. (Sidenote: Does anyone know the deal with DVDs and whatnot for that new Shake Junt video is?)
Vincent Alvarez, Brian Anderson, Kenny Anderson, Elijah Berle, Brandon Biebel, Chico Brenes, Devine Calloway, Mike Mo Capaldi, Mike Carroll, Daniel Castillo, Justin Eldridge, Jesus Fernandez, Rick Howard, Gino Iannucci, Marc Johnson, Cory Kennedy, Eric Koston, Sean Malto, Guy Mariano, Rick McCrank, Alex Olson, Anthony Pappalardo, Stevie Perez, Chris Roberts, Raven Tershy, Jeron Wilson.
Does someone want to make a funny pie-chart of how respective screentime in this video will be shared between those twenty-six people? What are we guessing in terms of runtime, 90 minutes?
We brought out the pom-poms to celebrate Trilogy turning 15, but it should be mentioned that in the company-wide artistic achievement rankings, World’s masterpiece is in a close second place for best skate video of 1996. It might seem weird to first see a four-year-old video in 2000 and be able to say it’s your favorite for the next ten years, as most VHS tapes we hold dear to our hearts are intertwined with some bit of nostalgia from the period they’re from, but Mouse has somehow held up to be the best front-to-back skate video to this day. There was a more generous definition of age back then, as it took years for a video to become old, now it takes a few weeks. Keep in mind that videos had a much longer literal shelf life in 2000, as Active and CCS still had Las Nueve Vidas De Paco and Welcome to Hell listed on their video page three or four years later. Hell, Autumn had *sealed* copies of Memory Screen in 2001…it’d be surprising if Autumn had copies of Since Day One right now.
The best soundtrack (Frozen and Carbonite already discussed the joy of findingsamplesources via Girl and Chocolate videos, a musical direction they have unfortunately abandoned in recent productions), the most iconic part of the 90s in Mariano, Koston’s most all-around rewatchable part, Gino’s nollie cab back tail, even B-list roster members like Burger Boy coming through with timeless parts (Two steps to a great video part: skate fast and skate to Earth Wind & Fire), and something that is otherwise an anomaly — skits that are as worthy of repeat viewing as the video itself. 38 minutes of neglecting that the fast forward button was invented. How many other videos can you watch the whole way through, intros, B-list roster, and skits included?
(This has been uploaded on YouTube by three different people. None of the versions have the audio because due to the Curtis Mayfield song, the good folks over at Warner Music Group decided to strip the audio away. Here is is with audio in tact.)
Summer = heat waves. Heat waves = asphalt bumps. Asphalt bumps = Aaron Szott, the undisputed king of bumps and curb cuts. Photo by Allen Ying.
Frozen in Carbonite posted up a journalistic masterwork dealing with the correlations between early-to-mid-90s backpack rap and skate videos. It’s a long read by skateboard writing standards, but a must for rap nerd skateboarders. “The vibe at the time was that anyone who could noseslide a handrail and/or kickflip backside tailslide a shin-high ledge could get hooked up. Similarly, dudes back then scored record deals off one verse (AZ and Cappadonna, off the top of my head).”
Someone followed suit with our request insisting that people on the internet should write some words about Trilogy. The Reskue Blog has a brief write-up, explaining things like the origin of “the ghetto bird.” Can someone explain why the British love Menace/mid-90s Dwindle so much? Or is that akin to asking why Japanese people love mid-90s New York so much?
The people have spoken…If New York skaters could have one skate spot no longer with us returned, it would be the Small Banks with 31% of the vote, just barely trailed by BAM with 28%. People weren’t as nostalgic for Bench Down Curb. If you’re wondering why places like the ledges across from the Bronx Courthouse, Ikea, and Ziegfield were left out, it’s because we chose places that haven’t been around for a minimum of five years.
Quote of the Week — Washington Square Park Squatter: “Hey dude, I’ll do a nollie flip in Doc Martens if you give me a quarter.” Danny Weiss: “That’s not that impressive.”
Words of Wisdom from the aforementioned Carbonite article: “Pulling out some obscure Pete Rock remix is cool n’ shit, and we may derive some kind of existential meaning from it. At the end of the day, though, this particular brand of hip-hop monasticism (or obscure skate video music supervision knowledge) is irrelevant—especially if any form of expert knowledge is accessible to anyone on the planet. If you aren’t making bitches get loose, you really aren’t doing shit.”
Not really mad at Scottie Pippen’s playoff predictions, save the second round favor of Miami. Definitely backing the call on Oklahoma. (Basketball is going to be a bigger topic than usual on here for the next few weeks, deal with it. We’ll be avoiding all the infuriating aspects of yesterday’s game though.)
Following up with that bit about Skatebook getting sued for those Simpsons illustrations by 20th Century Fox, it was definitely wise to scoop up a copy a few weeks back, as the going price for it now is an upwards of $300 for a used copy on Amazon. There were copies going for $30-$40 the week of that initial post in late March.
Alternate edit of Kyle Iles part in Rich Mahogany, set to the sounds of Project Pat, which Kyle evidently disapproved of. There is not much a difference in terms of how the part is put together from the original, but you never need an excuse to revisit Kyle’s finest work. (He might be living in exile far away from New York now.)
While Luis Tolentino received widespread accolades for his Berrics’ part and proficiency for skating up things that go down, he still functions best in his natural habitat of Queens, New York. This short clip of outtakes from Flushing and AT&T proves that point. Did New York pioneer the act of setting up a trashcan before a set of stairs or was that invented elsewhere? (He channeled this in the Berrics part by placing the Los Angeles equivalent of a trashcan, a flatbar, in front of a set of stairs, and fakie heelflipping over it.)
A rare (and short) Van Wastell part from Consolidated’s 1999 Is What It Is video.
Keeping along with rare web finds, 48 Blocks recently posted a Girl / Chocolate promo that looks like it was released just before The Chocolate Tour (a lot of the footage in it later appeared in that video…Guy’s fakie frontside flip crook to fakie at Lockwood is still nuts.) Features Rick Howard courtside sightings at Lakers’ games, Sheffy taking on the Wu-Tang, and a behind the scenes look at one of the best commercials ever.
Everyone already proclaimed Dennis Busenitz as the to-be Skater of the Year. Well, Lil’ Chris (from 2nd Nature’s Eclectic video, and who appeared in the past two Watermelon videos dating all the way back to 2006) is Quartersnacks’ early contender for Skater of the Year. The realest thirteen-year-old on a board today.
R.I.P. Flip Cameras. Probably a smart longterm move. They were immensely popular, but didn’t accomplish much that your average smartphone couldn’t already do. (Infinitely better in low-light situations than the iPhone 4 though.)
Quote of the Week: “Bro, the fucking Knicks lost and I feel like smacking my girlfriend, but she’s a Jew broad and wouldn’t understand.” — Guy on cell phone at the bar
But every once in a while, I need to take some time off from talking about skateboarding in New York (since nobody except people in New York themselves, New Jersey, and Japan care about skateboarding in New York these days anyway) and acknowledge some skate videos that don’t suck.
If you make one skate video purchase for the rest of your life, the new Girl/Chocolate boxset should be it. (And notice I said “purchase” not “download” because whatever shitty .mpgs you have of these videos could never amount to actually having them on your shelf.)
In this Google Video, IRC and Skate Videos Online savvy age, buying skate videos seems relatively obsolete. Most of them aren’t worth watching more than once, unless you are fifteen years old and still actually care what the newest trick down the Hollywood High 16 is. Following skateboarding became relatively impossible once the whole wave of Evan Hernandezes, P. Rods and Mike Taylors came along, since it was hard to differentiate between which little kid was doing which switch heel down which flight of stairs.