#TBT on a Friday: Jahmal Williams 411 Commercial

April 11th, 2014 | 4:21 am | Time Capsule | 3 Comments

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Or is #FBF Flashback Friday still a #thing?

With “cherry” out, Static IV might be the last major video left to look forward to this year. (*Insert blurb about full-length videos not being what they used to be*) We all want to see a new Tierney or Aaron Herrington part, but Jahmal and Quim having sections is probably the most awaited aspect of the project, at least for the born pre-1990 skate nerd contingent. Anticipation for both has a bit of an east coast Pretty Sweet cloud around it, in that there’s an understanding this will likely be the last time we see a substantial batch of footage from these guys.

After watching Quim’s Overground Broadcasting part for the 100th time, a subsequent YouTube binge revealed his seldom-seen Adidas commercial that ran in 411 back in 1998. Everyone would rather forget what most major shoe companies’ first jab at a skate program in the nineties looked like, but Adidas kinda killed it with these commercials. They were shot on film and covered a pretty eclectic team (Paulo Diaz, Quim, Jahmal, Matt Beach.) Jahmal’s version somehow isn’t online, and we have a FQ one left over from last year’s “Lost Tapes” re-edit, so here it is below, uncut.

Though probably to a lesser extent than how Gino is “the Wu-Tang guy,” between this and his Eastern Exposure 3 part, Jahmal is sorta the Gil Scott-Heron guy. That’s why we subconsciously ended up using the most Gil Scott-Heron-sounding song not by Gil Scott-Heron in the aforementioned remix video.

Have a good weekend everyone. (70 degrees tomorrow!!!)

Previously: 5 Favorite Parts With Jahmal, Jahmal Williams: The Lost Tapes

Unrelated but important: New all-China Lucas Puig part on the TWS site. He does a nollie crook nollie varial flip out in it and it somehow looks awesome.

19 Degrees, Feels Like 8

March 3rd, 2014 | 3:18 pm | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Late day Monday links update, sorry. Lousy Smarch weather, True Detective, etc. You know?

Labor has a restock of Marisa Tomei and Jesus Piece cruisers on their webstore, but they probably won’t be there for very long.

A lot of interviews went online this past week, and Frozen in Carbonite’s interview with underrated hip-hop white guy icon, Chris Franzen might be the best of the bunch. He talks about L.A. County (“We were just a bunch of rejects from the industry”), switch 360 flips over Cali tables off flat, and stuff about the business of skateboarding in the nineties that other interviews may be reluctant to address. Must-read for anyone who is a fan of that much mythologized decade.

The Dime crew compiles all the monumental achievements that have occurred while a skater was wearing a yellow tee shirt.

Kanye’s inane, more-calculated-than-people-care-to-admit rants seem to be the latest avant garde skate clip #musicsupervision choice, but when is someone going to edit a clip to DJ Khaled’s McDondald’s commercials?

Glad we could be a springboard to Mudo Zine’s grassy knoll-esque dissection of the conspiracies embedded in Ishod’s new Thrasher cover.

Josh Stewart interviews Jahmal Williams. Jahmal must also be one of the most photogenic skaters ever — is there a single mediocre photo of the dude on a board?

Alex Olson stops being vague about his new company, Bianca Chandon. He also gives fair warning to all the good-looking boys out there wearing his Fire Island shirts about town. (“Have you ever really been to Fire Island?” #promiscuous)

A cool eight-minute throwaway reel from the past few LurkNYC projects.

Muckmouth interviews Peter Smolik over text (and we thought e-mail interviews were bad…) How could they forget to ask him about the most notorious selfie in skateboard Instagram history though?

Sometimes, dudes just want to skate in Bushwick ‘n stuff: Penny Pinchers II, a video 95% filmed around familiar haunts in Brooklyn.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Metta World Peace Ron Artest got bought out by the Knicks last week. The Artest era in New York was short, underwhelming, injury-ridden, and worst of all, a decade late, but to his credit, he did provide the team with possibly its sole highlight of the 2013-2014 season.

Quote of the Week:

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Good luck to Roctakon out west. The QS crew and Dunions will miss u :’(

Five Favorite Parts with Jahmal Williams

September 27th, 2013 | 5:58 am | Features & Interviews | 8 Comments

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We’ve been mulling about a series like this for some time now. In an age of Chrome Ball interviews and Epicly Later’ds, its tough to interview guys who have been around for a while without treading the same territory their last interview did. And the younger guys who aren’t entrenched in some sort of controversy are oftentimes not very talkative. In hopes of changing the pace, this idea is essentially a blend of Rotten Tomatoes’ “Five Favorite Films” series, and the introductions for Thrasher’sClassics” series, except with the nerd-factor ramped up few levels. Think of it as a video-centric version of the Chrome Ball guest posts. (The X-Games site sorta did this once, but that’s the X-Games site.) The “interview” is quite simple: “What are your five favorite video parts and why?” We’ll see what it turns into down the line, and would appreciate any feedback you guys may have.

The first installment comes from an east coast guy who has always been open about his influences. Here is former Toy Machine and Infamous Skateboards rider, and founder of Hopps Skateboards, Jahmal Williams, with his five favorite video parts. (Listed chronologically, not in any particular order of favoritism.)

All words from here on in are Jahmal’s.

Tuesday has no feel. Monday has a feel. Friday has a feel. Sunday has a feel.

May 28th, 2013 | 5:02 am | Daily News | 11 Comments

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I might need you to get me a soda.” Monday links on a Tuesday. Photo by Matt Weber.

A bunch of young kids rip around mostly east coast spots in this great /m\ video throwaway montage. Features Lurker Lou victim Matt Militano, Sage Elsesser, Aidan Mackey, Ben Kadow, a few big Dylan Reider fans, and some other people you’d recognize from the T.F. Full length video available online June 1st.

Add this to your list of things to look forward to in 2013: FTC is putting a book together about its storied history. “Featuring interviews, photos, classic ads, memorabilia by FTC’s most legendary affiliates.” Due out in fall 2013. Check out the FTC book blog for continued updates.

The architecture website, ArchDaily, offers a reasonable take on the whole Southbank relocation saga going on in London right now, drawing obvious comparisons to Love Park. “Skating is one of only a handful of cultures that forms such strong, quasi-religious attachments to discovered rather than purpose-built spaces.”

Jahmal Williams describes the thought process one goes through when deciding whether or not to stab someone, among other things in his “Free Lunch” segment.

Boil the Ocean assesses who “has earned the right to post ‘TURN UP’ in all caps on their Instagram account” throughout the next three months A.K.A. notable developments in pro skateboarding to keep an eye on this summer.

Rob Dyrdek wasted no time in filling recently vacated Alien Workshop roster spots. The new line of Alien and Habitat products is looking solid, too.

Lucas Puig is sorta okay at skateboarding. P.S. Cliché, we’re still waiting to hear back about doing that re-edit.

A few new parts recently went online: Matt Eaton in Feelin’ Friendly, Matt Daniels in Outdated, and also — who would have thought the most cellar door-heavy entry in Bobby Puleo’s oeuvre would come in 2013?

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Paul George over Birdman. Who’s gearing up to become a Spurs fan starting June 6th?

Quote of the Week: “Vin Diesel obviously drinks, so he has like…tits.” — Uncle Marty’s Fast & Furious 6 Review

Here’s a photo of Gino in an Abercrombie shirt. Chinese food makes me sick. (Has anyone skated to that song before?) Have a good week, everyone.

Started From the T.F. Now We (Still) Here

April 29th, 2013 | 5:02 am | Daily News | 8 Comments

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QS shirts have been spotted in some odd locations: “Holi Thirteen” by Brandon Kuzma. (P.S. If you’re still trying to get an early order in, e-mail quartersnacks [at] gmail, though quantities remain limited. Otherwise, our webstore will re-open in June with new product. Supreme New York and Exit Skateshop in Philadelphia also have them in stock.)

Don’t you guys miss when the Green Diamond was more #street? :(

These guys are still mad street.

The French blog, Café Créme, has a new interview with Quim Cardona. His 2011 Chrome Ball interview goes deeper on some of the topics they discuss though.

The Wall Street Velvet Rope Bail. Worth watching two or ten times.

NY Skateboarding rounded up New York-related bits from recent magazines, which include the photo side of Adidas’ New York barge last year and Walker Ryan’s insane trick at the Courthouse.

Black Dave has a “First Try Fridays” segment with Eric Koston over on the Berrics.

The new Cliché video, Bon Voyage, is out on iTunes today, and most shops have the DVD in stock. The video is what you expect (though a bit less European given some recent roster additions), including a solid part from every grown-up’s favorite skateboarder, Lucas Puig. The line he does at Pulaski Park is likely the best line you’ll see all year (seeing pros just do a simple, not-Torey-Pudwills-long backside tailslide on a ledge is awesome, especially in 2013.) Also, “Best Line of 2012” title holder, Pete Eldridge, continues to skate with cigarettes and has a solid shared part with J.B. Gillet. If anyone at Cliché is interested in producing an American rap re-edit of Puig’s part, we’re all ears.

#Art Updates: 1) Jeremy Elkin put together a video of Jahmal Williams’ recent Hopps installation at Labor Skateshop. 2) “Eastern Suns,” an art thing which features Jahmal, Dan Drehobl, Bosco, 30 Pack Pat, and others will have an opening reception at Da Fish on Sunday, May 5th at 7 P.M. Flyer here.

Trife Moronic Look of the Week: They actually knobbed this “sculpture” on Houston and Broadway.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Nate Robinson (yes, Nate Robinson) came one point shy of Michael Jordan’s record for post points in a playoff quarter in a triple overtime win over the Nets on Saturday. Is Nets gear 80% off everywhere yet?

Quote of the Week: “We went to Tompkins but they had that dumb sport going on.” — Kadeem, referring to street hockey

How insane is it that the President of the United States walked out to DJ Khaled as intro music?