The Events That Defined New York City Skateboarding in 2010: 5-1

Billy Rohan and Saddam Hussien

With about six hours left in 2010, here is the final set of five. Happy New Year, and thanks again to everyone who helped out spreading the word and contributing to Quartersnacks this past year. See you in 2011. #25-21, #20-16, #15-11, #10-6. So, like, what are you guys doing tonight?

5. Billy Rohan goes to Iraq

In a career that has been defined by insanity, Billy’s most absurd feat came not at a time when he was actually “crazy,” but when offered the chance to go to Iraq for the purpose of skateboarding. While there aren’t too many places that white people like Kenny Reed haven’t gone to with the intention of skateboarding, Billy one-upped the entire travel game this past summer by looking for spots in Saddam’s Palace. Leading travel consultants have since began booking tickets to Mogadishu (do planes go there?) in hopes of reviving the seemingly dead “white dude who likes to travel to places that you wouldn’t expect to find spots in but you find two or three and spend the rest of the time experimenting with exotic prostitutes” gimmick.

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Photo by The Sweiss. (Sway + The Weiss = The Sweiss.)

The Cooper Union bank spot is a wrap.

“Tied Together” montage featuring Ty Lyons, Kevin Tierney, Black Dave, and a few others. Most importantly, it contains hood legend Geo Moya, so its worth going through all the footage of people talking and running through London with matching tee shirts. Next time you rip a pair of laces mid-session, drop the extra $4 and spend it on a good cause.

What happens when you breed an iPhone 4 with a VX1000 via RB Umali.

Danny Weiss AKA Sweiss once said that “The Philosopher is literally one of my favorite people in New York City.” After watching this clip, it’s unlikely anyone could disagree.

Here’s some more circa-2008 footage of Loose Trucks Max. If you missed the initial post, you can catch up over here.

Dylan James is sick. Jersey Dave is backing him.

Everyone’s seen it, but the Billy-Rohan-goes-to-Iraq story is the skateboard headliner of the summer. “Take the hottest day in New York and put a blow dryer to your face – that’s how it feels in Iraq.”

Even though it’s out of our jurisdiction, everyone should check out Grey Skate Mag over in the UK. I’ve never really been up on Euro skate mags, and the only European skate institutions we tend to be closely familiar with on this side of the pond are PWBC and Cliché, but these dudes have some great photos, especially the black and white ones in the Jensen interview, so they’re well on their way to joining the ranks.

If you didn’t grow up listening to Hot 97 in the late-90s / early-2000s, you need to get over to Cipha Sounds’ list of the top 75 Greatest Tunnel Bangers. Pretty much the best rap music in existence, aside from maybe UGK and Raekwon’s first album.

Quote of the Week: – Young Geographically Astute New York Female: “Where do you live, anyway?
– T-Bird: “145th and Eighth.
– Young Geographically Astute New York Female: “Really? I thought Manhattan, like, ended at 125th.

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Billy Rohan has been posting even more photos from Iraq over on his blog, that include visits to Saddam’s Palace, a Blackhawk ride, Miami handrail replicas, and a tour of the Iraqi 12th & A.

KCDC made a video featuring Danny Falla, Rob Gonyon, Bill Pierce, Derek Ziemkiewicz, Black Dave, Corey Rubin, and Shawn Powers. You can watch the artistically inclined trailer here.

Official Pre-2k release date is July 10, 2010, not June 25th. Review here.

Although no more lame than the “I Love Haters” graphic that can be seen on everyone from leading Pharell impersonators to Jersey Shore castmember siblings, something about DGK’s latest endeavor, “I Love Biters,” doesn’t quite sound right.

Stay Stackin’ is a Jersey-based website that has been putting out pretty great video clips for a minute, but the latest one is particularly impressive, part due to the wonderful soundtrack choice, and partially because it features a Hartford tailslide that Marquez got murdered on two years ago. That spot (the ledge to bank that is in there on several occasions) is one of the greatest examples of video footage not doing justice to a spot that seems to pervade an overwhelming amount of spots in the Northeast.

Cam, Juelz, and Jimmy are making music together again. Nobody cares that much, due to the fact that all parts of the Diplomat equation not named Cameron kinda suck now, but if you do care…

How to Get Out of Jury Duty — Kanye West Edition

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USA!

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Call 9-1-1, it’s an emergency!

Apparently, there’s a program where you fly to Iraq, and in between combat, intelligence operations, and training, you build ramps with Saddam’s palace in the background. Billy Rohan went to Iraq and posted up some photos. It seems like the military is really open to these things, because it is not the first time it has happened.

Given how easy it is to merely assume skateboarders are all idiots, it is always good to read something like this that can remind us that some of our colleagues are actually capable of something beyond hating on video parts, drinking beer, and occasionally going a good kickflip back tail, in addition to showing the world that there’s more to it than ruining some ledges nobody else cared about to begin with.

The City of Philadelphia (as in, the government and public officials, not the people in Philadelphia) never ceases to be the worst, most youth-hating place on the East coast. How the hell do you skatestop a spot on top of blowing tons of money on “skate proofing” it via renovation six years ago? Not that it is really going to stop anybody, but Love Park has actually been skatestopped (seriously.) Spotted via Skate Nerd.

Habitat posted some ads for their upcoming Origin video on their Facebook page.

Some photos of Westchester’s Jose Pereya (of Dos Sandias infamy) on the Skateboarder Magazine website.

Number two on the Quartersnacks shortlist of insanely underrated video parts. So ridiculously ahead of its time. I had some shitty VHS dub of all the Plan B videos I got off eBay for $20 back in like 2000, before I knew anything and only watched the videos for Duffy and Rodney Mullen, but even then, knowing what year the last trick was in, it never made sense. It kind of helps that it’s set to one of the best hip hop songs to ever be in a skate part as well. The best nollie halfcab flip ever probably makes up for the switch willy grind he does afterwards.

New Jersey is still the realest state in the country, anybody saying otherwise, can save it. It is probably the only place you can get the quickest, bite-sized (in terms of state size) microcosmic tour of America. Red necks, yuppies, hoods, white trash, the mafia, Jay-Z, industrial waste, fields in Secaucus full of dead bodies, corrupt politicians, other rich people, regular white people, Cubans, Asians, Mexicans, Fred Gall, etc. — no other state packs in America within tight, polluted, and hard-to-navigate packaging like Jersey.

Before Kobe begins discussing how many more rings he has than Shaq, maybe he should consider talking about how many rings he has because of Shaq.

QS-favorite, Lil’ Boosie indicted for first-degree murder. Crazy one.

Quote of the Week:I would’ve gotten away [from the police] if it wasn’t for my fucking Destructo trucks.” – Anonymous Degenerate

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