Palace Skateboards’ Shawn Powers Welcome Video

February 25th, 2013 | 11:23 am | Daily News | 31 Comments

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Two notable fashion houses of 1990s sensibilities — Shawn Powers and Palace Skateboards — have joined forces to bring you their latest collection, “POWER SURGE.” Given a focus on quick ollies, lines on both sides of the street and a great many of spots that were previously not thought of as spots, their collaborative effort is an extension of Powers’ work in “Shawn ‘Manson’ Powers,” “A Night in the Life,” Caviar, 56k, etc. (except with perhaps a larger presence of technical outerwear and light washed denim.) And with most SoHo-residing millionaires taking refuge from Manhattan in light of Hurricane Sandy this past November, Shawn was able to go I Am Legend-style and utilize their homes’ obnoxiously loud diamond-plated exteriors without having water dumped on him.

Fun Fact: Shawn Powers’ dad (as seen in this clip) is actually Slicky Boy from the future. There are obvious VHS time warps going on here (another example of a 2012 skate video from 1998), but this T.F. wormhole of time travel gets deep, man.

Previously: An Interview With Shawn Powers (February 2012)

The Events That Defined New York City Skateboarding in 2012: 15-11

December 21st, 2012 | 2:26 pm | Features & Interviews | 8 Comments

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Previously: #s 25-21, 20-16. Have a good weekend.

15. The Average Completion-of-Construction-to-Knobbing Time Frame For New Skate Spots Reaches an Unprecedented Low

New York continues to have issues with underreported hate crimes. For the first time ever, the under-construction spots that we have been eyeing for months have begun coming with pre-installed knobs (cue up Rob Welsh’s Free Your Mind intro.) Consult the too-good-to-be-true “Late Show Ledges” on Broadway, and even bad spots like those marble blocks across from the Hilton on Sixth or those shitty wooden ledges at the hospital by the Banks for examples, all of which got knobbed within a month of blockades coming down.

Obama For Mankind, We Ready For Damn Change, So Let the Man Shine

November 5th, 2012 | 11:04 am | Daily News | 1 Comment

Can we get this stupid election over with? And preferably not elect a psycho? Put on for your country.

This is the best skate-related thing to go online in 2012: “Here’s to Feeling Good All the Time.” John McGuire does a wonderful Kramer homage in tune with the hair, outfits and mannerisms. While a lesser fan would have just looped the theme song, the geniuses behind this clip dug deep for the background music that was used in the scene where Kramer and Newman make their own sausages. Be on the look out for David Puddy’s 8ball jacket and a quick Death Blow teaser. “All signs point to yes!”

The most anticipated avant-Galen film event of the year: “Free Buzz.”

Another Loose Trucks Max sighting in this new teaser for Mama’s Boys, a video that Galen has been patiently waiting for.

Black Dave’s new video for “On Da Map.” Sick Power Rangers pillowcase. Chicken!?!

Should we place 540 tricks on the list for #trendwatch2013?

Another round of Death Video throwaways. Shame about that manual pad on 92nd.

More Spaniards being better at skating ledges and having better-looking flat tricks than any other country’s skater population. Back when ampersand tees had their “moment” in the mid-2000s, did anyone ever make a Jesus & Javier & Lebron shirt?

Two parts from Lawrence Ekin’s Washington DC-based video, Here and There that have a good bit of New York footage: Zach Moore and Michael Bruch.

E.J. was the token minority on a trip to China with a bunch of white guys this past spring and put together an outtakes clip.

Slap is returning to print for a special ad-free edition to commemorate its 20th anniversary. How is everyone supposed to complain about skate-related minutiae on a bunch of stapled-together pieces of paper though?

Spot Updates: 1) The building mounted chairs in the landing space for the frontside for regular three-stair ledge at “the grey ledge spot.” Going to be tough to skate now. 2) The rail is back on the backside for regular side of the FedEx six-stair ledge.

Quote Tweet From a Random Black Girl of the Week:

The QS Sports Desk’s Play of the Week: Rasheed Wallace AKA “The Walking Onion Headline” AKA the Black Scalabrine’s first basket as a Knick.


Don’t forget, NJ Skateshop is holding a clothing drive for those in New Jersey whose homes were displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Help if you can.

Turn On The Lights

November 4th, 2012 | 11:23 am | Daily News | 1 Comment

Power has been back since Friday night. (Some places in outer boroughs still don’t have lights.) Hope everyone is doing alright. This is only the beginning of the recovery from this storm; can’t imagine the longterm economic impacts of this, especially for people who own small businesses, etc. that were affected by it.

On a skateboarding end, everything is still a bust. Everyone got out there thinking security would be mellower, but it most certainly was not. We (tried) skating downtown on Friday and midtown yesterday, and got kicked out of things we normally don’t get kicked out of, sometimes by police who under normal circumstances would not say anything. After two days of research, we can conclusively say that Manhattan (below Central Park) is more of a bust post-Sandy. Not that skateboarding has any priority at a time like this, but this is a skate site.

NJ Skateshop is working with the skate industry on a clothing drive for skaters in New Jersey whose homes were badly hit by the storm.

Sandy created some skate spots and Rodney Torres did a 360 flip on one.

Dre skated a blown-off water tower roof on Lafayette after the hurricane and it wound up on Gawker.

Magenta Skateboards (who we, like, have mad beef with) is having a video premiere at Labor Skateshop tonight. They will be taking clothing donations for hurricane victims as well. Mangenta diss track dropping later this week.

It’s global warming, stupid.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour today, even though skaters don’t have / know how to read clocks.

Hurricane Sandy Links

October 29th, 2012 | 8:30 am | Daily News | 7 Comments

Rest in Peace Reggie Destin. Reggie’s friends are continuing their fundraiser to cover hospital costs and services. Sam McGuire and Joe Hammeke, two midwest-based photographers, are selling prints of skate photos for the same cause. (This shot of a back tail on the Sundial Ledges in Chicago is great.) Our friend Martin Davis is also printing a run of the original Push Skateshop tees to raise money.

Austyn Gillette and friends skating around New York in this last minute (and extremely saturated) entry to the “Summer in New York” clip cycle.

Skateboarder posted an interview with Chris Keefe about DQM’s collaboration with Cliché. It includes a bunch of photos by Jonathan Mehring.

Whoa, a Corey Rubin sighting AND a Loose Trucks Max sighting in the same clip?

Some young kids shredding cutty spots. Anyone born post-1990 and still skating the best material / worst ground State Building ledge gets extra points.

Blacking out on 4Loko (#trendwatch2009?), and Luis Tolentino and Rob Gonyon skating those two skateparks in Queens.

A lifestyley clip of skating in Harlem, unsurprisingly set to Big L. At first, it seemed appropriate to point skateboarders in the direction of this Rap & R&B section on the “People from Harlem” Wikipedia page, but it doesn’t include Charly Wingate (or G. Dep), so consider it useless.

The Skateboard Mag re-posted a New York article with the Stereo team from 2009.

Our friend Stephen McClintock’s photo show, “Happiness is Expensive,” is supposed to have its closing reception tonight from 6 to 10 P.M. Click here for the flyer. As you could imagine, it is weather-dependent. Todd Jordan interviewed him over on The Heavy Mental.

The NBA season starts back up tomorrow. James “I Disappeared from the 2012 Finals” Harden got traded to the Houston Rockets, thus ending any sort of QS Sports Desk pipe dream scenario where the Bulls amnesty Carlos Boozer and somehow end up with Harden, or Oklahoma extends Harden’s contract and trades Westbrook for a guard who actually passes to the best scorer in the NBA (ideally Rondo, but you know, these are mere fantasies.) Brace yourself for a sportswriter’s dream / New York fan’s nightmare of a Lakers-Heat Final. In other news, 50% of the Knicks roster is already hurt, and Jeremy Evans had the best play of the pre-season.

Quote of the Week: “It’s fun…as opposed to boring.” — Torey Goodall


Good luck with this Hurricane Sandy mess. Here’s our “Ten Hurricanes Better Than Hurricane Irene” post from last year, which could easily be re-applied to Sandy.





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