Better Days

October 17th, 2016 | 5:00 am | Daily News | No Comments

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“Dylan Rieder’s contribution to all this isn’t quantifiable, which is partly the point. He rose up with the technical chops and California-dream profile that opened a potential path to a Ryan Sheckler lifestyle enabled by the deepest-pocketed surf and sport gear sponsors. Instead he sought counsel from addled iconoclasts AVE and Dill, pared back his trick repertoire and designed skateable loafers; his Street League runs read like some lyrical argument for quality over quantity, and he got to see the movement he helped shape flow across borders in ‘cherry,’ setting one of the more vibrant arcs for skating so far this decade.” — Boil the Ocean. Rest in Peace Dylan Rieder ♥

A link to the best video part of the 2010s.

There’s a new old bad obstacle at 12th & A. Also the barrier might be gone from TF?

An eight-minute compilation of Strobeck outtakes via his Instagram clips.

Already getting preemptive anxiety about when The Bunt’s season ends, and a new episode is no longer a regular part of the QS office’s work week for a while. The new one with Rick McCrank is great, as always.

Anthony Correa gets Bob Shirt’d. Hoboken Ledges are my favorite Jersey spot too :(

Always had a soft spot for cheesy nineties KTU dance songs. A bunch of Jersey dudes did a summer trip to Montreal. The nollie inward heel is #lol.

Village Psychic dwells on the difficulty of an effective [regs] inward heelflip.

Skateboard Story interviewed Marty Engren of Flippin’ Goods about running a European skate distro based on #small #brandz (Theories, Bronze, QS, others.)

The Watermelon man is throwing an event at the 2nd Nature Park this Wednesday.

Rick + Chico + Gonz + others mess around at Tompkins and elsewhere.

Gavin Nolan has a new welcome part for Mighty Healthy w/ cameos from Connor et al.

Jenkem’s Tim O’Connor Show sat down with Ian Reid and Mike Carroll to talk about Ian’s interesting forays into bondage photography, traveling to Chernobyl, etc.

The best ledges in Manhattan are now partially blocked off by scaffolding. You could still skate a lot of the spot, but half of it is super uncomfortable because you’re always at least four feet away from some bolt sticking out.

On this 10/17, please allow me to point you in the direction of “paint like Play-Doh the alfredo Lambo, the shrimp scampi Chevy and the guts look like egg yolk.”

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: All QS readers who hate sports are probably going to have to put up with a couple Russell Westbrook highlights getting thrown into #QSTOP10s this next half year. 2017 MVP let’s get it.

Quote of the Week: “I’m not sure I could live with somebody who could nollie backside 180 a bump to bar.” — Conor Prunty

Shout out to the boy Jonky Jack.

The Weatherman Said That It’s a Light Chance of Snow

February 11th, 2013 | 7:04 am | Daily News | 9 Comments

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Photo Jacked From Matt Weber

R.I.P. Donald Byrd. At the very least, rap nerds can easily recognize Byrd’s music via the sample Premier chopped up for “N.Y. State of Mind” or the loop from Black Moon’s “Buck ‘Em Down.” He was also on Guru’s first Jazzmatazz compilation. Though not a skater favorite like Dave Brubeck, check out the 2002 Uprise Skateshop video, Suprise, which features two Donald Byrd songs (“Change” and “City Life”), not to mention Ryan Giese and Steve Nish appearances.

Black Dave made it. No, he really made it. B.D. will be opening up for Project Pat on Tuesday, February 26th at Santos Party House. Congratulations to B.D. on this monumental step in his career. And don’t worry, we’ll remind you about this sixty times between now and the end of the month.

Sign of the times: Skateboarder magazine will no longer come in print form.

With the demise of Gravis, Ripped Laces speculates on hypothetical Dylan Reider shoe sponsor scenarios. Skater free agency is not as fun as NBA free agency.

Slicky Boy sighting in the Stefan Janoski “Off the Grid” segment and a New Jersey-based (!!!) Jason Dill sighting in the montage from the Feelin’ Friendly video.

Speaking of Jersey, Jersey Dave got back behind the lens and made a Jersey City junk spot montage. Always fun to use the word “Jersey” three times in one sentence.

Diamond Days #66. “What’s that Chief Keef song where the hook is about his squad and there are like gunshots going off in the background?”

CNN (the news network, not the duo behind the top five all-time rap album), has an incredible set of photos by Mike Belleme showcasing the skate scene in Asheville, North Carolina. If you recall, Jake Johnson had a lot of great things to say about skateboarding in Asheville.

Hey Marc Jacobs, if you guys need consulting help on, say, simple things like putting trucks on facing the right direction, our services are available in exchange for huge suitcases of American currency.

Is this art or something? Rihanna’s song is rad, dude.

Palace eBay Watch: Ironic parody shirts now available.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Danilo Gallinari’s “[Circus] Shot of the Century.”

Quote Tweet of the Week:

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ICYMI: The Static IV teaser went online this past weekend.

#TRENDWATCH2012: Final Fall/Winter Report

November 8th, 2012 | 10:20 am | Daily News | 17 Comments

The summer is over, there’s snow on the ground, Barack Obama has been re-elected, and with no “We Found Love” to guide us through the static this year, we are left with a mess of developments that are harder to pinpoint as genuine movements than #trends of earlier cycles. There has been no defining #trend this fall, just miscellany with varying levels of staying power. Seven key observations below.

Earth Tones

Greens and browns are known to have wardrobe visibility spikes in October, as fashionable skateboarders depart from greyscale to indulge the fall spectrum, but they have stuck around longer than usual for FW12. Please note that earth tones are not a #trend but a staple for two distinct demographics: 1) Skaters from Florida / skaters from New Jersey who are commonly mistaken as being from Florida, and 2) People whose favorite video part circa 2008-2010 was Pappalardo in Fully Flared.

Swishy Pants

Analysts expect that increased tolerance of earth tones is due to the re-canonization of camo. By that same token, the heavily #trending category of comfort-wear has provided widespread adoption of skating in sweatpants. And where is there to go once camo is the norm and everyone is at peace with sweats? Swishy pants, obviously. Black skaters will need to be the early adopters here, before caucasian ones begin considering this third and final dimension of pants fabric. (Unless you count linen, a bold, forbidden fruit of sorts.)

About those updates…

March 7th, 2011 | 2:13 pm | Daily News | 1 Comment

From last season’s unreleased Supreme lookbook.

The only thing left in the QS web store is size medium tees. 4XL tall tees coming soon! Thanks again to whoever purchased something for their support of the site.

Prodigy came home today.

Since merging the “scene” with the board in the world of footwear two years ago, Dylan Rieder’s status as a emerging fashion icon has become unquestionable. He became a legend to all those who wished to rip the streets in the day, ice coffee in hand and fashionable shoes on feet, while pursuing the love of rich, well-to-do white girls in the late evenings. But merely stopping at footwear would be selling short, as the upper percentiles of fashionably-inclined skateboarders need much more than silhouette-complimenting pants and Dylan’s trademark Gravis model. Enter Gravis’ new line of man bags. No longer will we be confined to rinky-dink Jansports, dusty Osiris G-Bags (not really), or Paulgar’s unmistakable cotton tote — a new era for carrying things around with you is upon us. Remember, it’s not a purse, it’s European.

The big question of the week: If Twitter is the internet’s form of a beeper, will somebody soon channel Kareem Campbell and Tweet in the middle of a line? Via RE1000 and Frozen in Carbonite.

Considering Galen’s blog has been updated about as many times as Eddy Curry has played in a game these past three years, it must be acknowledged that there are some new photos up there from Japan, less party-inclined life in the Midwest, and various other debauchery.

Some embarrassing, best-we-could-do bail photos from a skate night we have been doing at Below the Bridge Park these past few weeks, in hopes of learning how to skate again after a winter full of coming home at 4 AM, and using skateboards as bottle openers.

While on the subject, everyone involved with Flipmode is still good, and doesn’t suck, like we do. (Actually, Josh can kind of still skate well.) View their clip from House of Vans as evidence.

Apparently, after pouring in considerable resources into skateproofing, ticketing, and any other possible measure that could be taken to discourage skateboarding, the city of Philadelphia decided it would just be best to break costly marble into pieces so no one could sit, skate, look at, or utilize it in any way. The best thing about the plan is that it clearly backfired. Good to know that they prefer shattered marble over some black wax marks around the edge. Another great move by a city that loves skateboarding!

Low Card has a New York feature in their new issue.

Quote Slang Editorial of the Week:

From the desk of T. Barrow. From a few years ago, hence the Myspace reference.

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A Review of Gravis’ Dylan Rieder Video

August 22nd, 2010 | 7:02 pm | Features & Interviews | 18 Comments

The Five Best Tricks That Have to Do With Impossibles in the New Dylan Rieder Gravis Video:

5. The impossible to 5050 down the hubba ledge is a maneuver that will solidify the resurgence of impossibles within modern skateboarding to a more absurd height than ever previously imagined, granting it the sort of ubiquity that coincides with the 360 flip or the nollie flip. Only time will tell how long it takes for east coast “trendsetters” to adopt this trick, and grant it permanent residency in the canon of previously neglected tricks (the backside 360, the no comply, etc., thanks Gino.)

4. The impossible to nose manual down the low hubba ledge, that could easily be straight out the nineties if not for the distinctly post-millennial skateboard fashion at hand and fancy HD camera. Give him some baggy chinos, a XL tee, and film it with a Hi-8 and see how well it fits.

3. The impossible tailgrab. I previously would have never thought that such a maneuver could look appealing to the eye, especially since grabs on street are the most unnecessary things known to skateboarding, right up there with doing a no-comply to revert your stance in the middle of a line, but there are exceptions to this rule. (Another major exception is Benjamin Nazario’s kickflip backside grab down the FedEx six-stair in 2002.)

2. Angle two of the impossible over the Seaport Bench.

1. Angle one of the impossible over the Seaport Bench. My policy on the use of slow motion is that it is absolutely useless, unless it makes it easier to see the trick at hand, i.e. if it is difficult to understand what trick is being done without slowing down the movements onscreen. Mouse barely had any slow motion, therefore, its overall usage is unnecessary. Not only is it unnecessary, it’s stupid. It is just that the majority of videomakers (skate-video-makers are not filmmakers, and skate videos are not films, sorry) have the little kids filming their friends convinced otherwise. This particular trick made absolutely no sense when Bill Strobeck dropped it into one of his B&W montages a while back because it went by so fast. The slowing down of things enables us to see the nuances of the trick in question. It is so absurd that it tends to slip everyone’s mind when discussing the best tricks done at Seaport (P-Rod’s switch back tail, Matt Miller’s switch back lip, Pudwill’s flip back smith, and if you’re as stylistically inclined as you should be, Anthony Correa’s most-tweaked-backside-smith-grind-of-all-time from Peep This.) Seeing it in the beloved slow motion shed some light on the otherwise illogical feat at hand.

But then again, maybe that’s because we’ve all been to that spot, and have never seen any of the others ones in person, so those could all be just as crazy.