30 Skaters No Wax

April 3rd, 2017 | 12:17 pm | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Photo via Graver

Anyone too stubborn to accept the cyclical nature of human history should be aware of the fact that the Banks is maybe the most popular spot in the city again, and twenty of us drove out to Staten Island to skate the ABC Ledges last week.

Time warp innit ~ June 22, 2010 QS post from the day the Banks first got fenced off.

See also: Children skating the three block set-up at Columbia University, and placing trash cans after it in the latest installment of LurkNYC’s “New York Times” series. Shout out to Ja$onwear, Yellow Rail, Dan’s Skate Page and the Metrospective forum.

There’s not enough John Choi footage in it, but Cyrus threw together a twelve minute iPhone edit full of B-sides from New York and L.A.

Jahmal Williams footage and probably the last clips you’ll ever see of the CBS keyhole ledge in “Initiation,” a two-minute clip from Theories to kick off the spring.

Village Psychic follows up on the Stefan Janoski episode of The Bunt to consider the “Hovercraft” / a over tailslide (?) / booger tailslide (?), a trick that would be best left to the spirit of Darrell Stanton.

A bunch of classic NJ spots in Rob Snyder and Jeff Starch’s new part for Municipal.

Cafe Creme rounded up a handful of Keith Hufnagel cameos and mini parts from montages and 411s in the nineties, and put them into one convenient clip.

“Freed of past eras’ smallmindedness that shackled hive-minded bros to goofy-boy kits in the early 1990s or carcass hucking in the early 2000s, a supposed ‘anything goes’ renaissance over the past decade has freed pros and bros alike to pursue moves from retroactivated no-complies to multisyllabic ledge combos and horse pools, wearing fits that run from short shorts to graphical sweatpant products to Tuscan leather. Just as long as you did it on a board that was at least eight inches wide.”

Damn, T.F. North is the dubstep capital of New York skateboarding. Respect.

Drake wearing a TWS tee was an inside job (of the Adobe variety.)

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Jamal Crawford will probably be in the NBA in 2109 when the earth is completely submerged in water. P.S. Mask on, fuck it, mask off.

Quote of the Week: “This place is like the south.” — Kevin Tierney re: Staten Island

It’s Just Like Copenhagen, But Way Worse

September 26th, 2016 | 12:32 pm | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Illustration by Charles Rivard. Stephanie, stop calling Chuck.

The greatest work of skateboarding fantasy sports is now live. Frozen in Carbonite’s “Song of the Summer” x “Video Part of the Summer” post is as great as it always is, despite a nowhere to be found Young Thug nod. Fwiw, QS S.O.T.S. vote is “Black Beatles.” [multiple Flex bombs; dons XXL Avirex jacket and quarter-inch-too-big fitted]

“Peels” is the new montage from QS-fave, Antosh Cimoszko.

We were talking about why The Bunt is the best, and figured it’s probably because it’s made by skateboarders who follow sports. Sports have been doing this shit for ages. Skaters, not so much. There’s a new one with Paul Rodriguez now live.

Jenkem did mini-interviews with Jahmal, Joel Meinholz and Steve Brandi, and has all their Static 4 sections live. Brb, making Jahmal’s part my homepage.

“We’re all beautiful wastemen.” Breaks has an in-depth interview with Hold Tight Henry, discussing every morsel that goes into making a skate video in 2k16.

unused shit from BG and BG2 BIRDGANG IS THE TRUTH.”

“Smoke Show” is a new 20-minute video out of Westchester from Matt Conner.

Here are a couple bro cam clips from the Adidas demo at Tompkins last week, and a bunch of photos via Transworld. #TFreport overload.

“Aging may be the great skate industry adventure of the ’10s, as grizzled pros test the tolerance of weathered ligaments and brittling bones in an ongoing quest to avoid that unholy wyrm, the Real World, and its most loathsome prison, the Day Job.” Boil the Ocean re: the constant dilemma of whether to quit while you are ahead, as pined from Jason Dill’s recent Playboy interview.

Reviews are generally a lost art in the fickle skateboard universe of today, where opinions have been condensed to “wack, “dope” or “mad wack.” Always nice to read an opinion composed out of full sentences. Speedway Mag reviewed Emerica’s Made 2 video (spoiler: Heath), and The Green Zine reviewed the Jenkem book.

Uh. “The shooter bolted from the scene on a skateboard, heading east on 141st St.”

Quote of the Week
Inquisitive Gentleman: “How do you get used to skating with long hair but no hat?”
Daniel Kim: “You don’t, you just learn how to skate blind.”

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We’re Chilling Until We’re Not

April 20th, 2015 | 9:52 am | Daily News | 9 Comments

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Pete Thompson / @peetigga is the best skate photography Instagram going right now. Tons of unseen late nineties and early 2000s shots with many familiar faces. Stevie @ SF’s Third and Townsend bump from that archive ;)

An hour-long skate nerdery-laden conversation with Michael Carroll.

Life is goodie.

Diamond Days #80. That curb next to the Williamsburg Bridge is the new hot spot, huh? I dunno man, I’ve been away :(

“Resurgent bowls, abrupt transitions and even the vert ramp seem to have splintered handrail skating into restless and nomadic tribes, including displaced wallriders, wall-rejecting against-the-grainers, deep-crouching over-the-toppers, body varialing rewinders and a Mariano-bred stripe of small-bar uber-tech.” Boil the Ocean on handrail skating’s midlife crisis.

An interview with @Koolmoeleo, the guy who-more-or-less took the reigns from Chromeball as the leading skateboard magazine scanner on the internet.

Quadruples down the Stuyvesant Town rail.

Bronx-heavy clip with a Watermelons cameo and avant garde pants supervision.

Bobshirt interviewed Jahmal. (Chill shot of Jahmal in the Thompson archive, btw.)

New mini video from Cooper Winterson with a lot of still snowy streets, Welcome boards, and cutty New York spots that pretty much nobody else skates.

An unexpectedly high volume of Londoners are good at kicklip backside noseblunts.

Westgate ollies over a car and wants you to buy trees.

Congratulations to the city and skateboarders of Montreal on the full legalization of skating at Peace Park. “You have to be mentally strong to skate Peace Park.”

Meanwhile, in New York. Whatever, see you this summer, Europe.

So the diamond-plate bank on Grand and Centre Streets that everyone gets stuck at for way too long at least once every half year is a wrap.

Derrick Rose Pulls Off Perfect 720 At Local Skate Park.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: This post-playoff elimination Russell Westbrook YouTube mix with 60 views. It’s just not fair man :(

Quote of the Week: “I missed my flight one time, so I made myself take the A train back home from JFK as punishment.” — Sweet Waste

Though The Barter 6 has dominated the majority of rap-related conversation this past weekend, allow us to remind you that the QS Rap Desk’s favorite happy rap group has a new one over on Live Mixtapes. Travie’s had a quiet past twelve months, and it’s sad they weren’t allotted a Rae Sremmurd-esque super producer co-sign in like ~2010, but they’re still the go-to when you get sick of rappers telling you they’re gonna shoot you in their Alexander Wang gear. Praise be to happy rap music :)

Welcome Back @badgalriri!

November 3rd, 2014 | 5:05 am | Daily News | 10 Comments

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Photo via Pad Dowd.

Jahmal Williams is still cooler than your favorite skater.

Jake Johnson and Pontus skate some polejams for Jake’s welcome to Cons segment.

Here’s some footage of Antoine I poached during my lunch breaks at Quiznos®.”

Sidewalk has a really good interview with Mike Carroll about 20 years of Girl/Choc.

The oral history of EMB is a solid companion piece to your copy of the FTC book.

Lurk NYC’s “New York Times” B-roll series is back on with Volume 9.

Cross legged kickflip landings, no comply 360s when your foot doesn’t touch the ground, and other tricks on Flo Mirtain’s oddball tricks list. He forgot Kenny Andrson’s cab powerslide down the hill in Pretty Sweet.

ICYMI: 1) The Benny Fairfax and Chewy Cannon Palace + Adidas part is perfect. Nosegrind, front crook, nosegrind 180 is the line of the year. Grey also has a quick interview with Benny about the part. 2) Episode two of the Chocolate Epicly Later’d gives the most detailed account of what happened with Keenan Milton to date. Pretty rough episode. 3) What. The. Fuck. The rollaway sounds like a plane taking off.

“I ended that interview by asking if you thought it was a good interview and if you were going to kill yourself when you read it. Your response was ‘I hope not.’ I was worried about you all weekend and Monday, when I got back to the office, I called you to ask about some photo or something, but it was really just a call to make sure you were alive and OK. It was, without a doubt, the heaviest interview I’ve ever done.” Nieratko interviews 2005 Eric Koston Game of S.K.A.T.E winner turned children’s book writer, Jim Bates, about battling his depression in a heavy-but-important read.

An interview with Ian from Jenkem about running a D.I.Y. online publication.

What would rappers be doing right now if Tony Montana got into skateboarding instead of selling cocaine?

Way more interesting that expected: How “blue collar” vert skaters sometimes make a living with Paul Zitzer on the Mostly Skateboarding Podcast. Been a big year for shifting away from the vert button.

Quick iPhone clip from the Heights’ Mira Conyo crew.

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We made it! This is cool and all, but please nobody else buy any QS hats for $70 :( We will have them available again in the springtime, including some in new colorways. You’ll be wearing beanies up until that point anyway, which will be available later this month, along with hoodys and longsleeves. Tees still available.

The QS Rap Desk’s favorite artist, four years and running.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Gallo and Faried are back.

Quote of the Week
Dylgr: “We should drive there.”
Observant Gentleman: “It’s like a ten-minute walk and parking will be a nightmare.”
Dylgr: “Yeah, but we can listen to the Rich Gang mixtape.”

It’s just great to have RiRi back on the ‘gram again :)

DJ Mustard For #SOTY

September 15th, 2014 | 11:15 am | Daily News | 12 Comments

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2013 Q.S.S.O.T.Y, Leo Gutman – Flip kick. Photo by Mike Heikkila.

Hjalte Halberg with the noseslide of the year.

Johnny went HD. VX is [officially] dead. It was all good just a week ago.

The full story of how the Santa Monica Courthouse became a legal skate spot. Small banks restoration one day? Or does that make *too much* sense to ever happen?

Village Psychic has a #listicle of the ten best switch backside flips A.K.A. what Reynolds may or may not have once referred to as “the hardest trick.” It might be less of “the hardest trick” and more of the hardest trick to do well i.e. not have it horrendously barrel roll one inch off the ground to a standstill landing, thus discouraging anyone from publicly trying to get better at it.

Dudes in San Jose love khaki cargo shorts.

Rory Milanes is turning pro in 2020 when the Palace video comes out.

Enough with dudes skating in suits for videos filmed with fancy cameras. That shit was maybe cool once, and even that’s pushing it. With that being said, it is cool that Arto Saari got a pass to skate inside the Helsinki airport. You can file that under things that will never ever ever ever ever happen in the U.S.

The inventor of the tornado spin is still a leading quarterpipe innovator in 2014.

Somebody ollied the bump-to-bar at Wavy’s. (Not the best angle though.) He also grinded the Philly step before it. We might’ve had conversations about how Luis hypothetically wouldn’t even ollie that thing. We’re dumb.

Got to respect these guys for A) Basing ~75% of their “Summer Trip to New York” clip at the T.F. and South 5th monument plaza / proverbial Williamsburg T.F. and B) Not skating a single ledge over a foot in height throughout it.

Japan’s Rua Magazine has a video interview segment with Jahmal Williams from when he was out there for the Static IV premiere.

Billy Waldman is building an ark out of solar panels.

Quote of the Week
Observant Gentleman: “I wish I was fat so I could skate pools well.”
Alexander Mosley: “Fat people skate transition better, but there’s a lot you can do that they can’t. You’re not gonna see a fat person doing backside 180 nosegrinds.”

That Brooklyn Lockwood spot is allegedly harder to skate than actual Lockwood?