Skateboarding & Color Coordination — A Retrospective

September 6th, 2017 | 5:00 am | Features & Interviews | 5 Comments

A #NYFW Special Report

Words & Interviews by Frozen in Carbonite
Photo Collages by Requiem For A Screen

Skating writ large prides itself on a “no rules, bro!” ethos. #Menswear, an entity with which skating has become increasingly intertwined of late (via Vogue Skateboarding Magazine, etc.), has all kinds of rules. No black belt with brown shoes. No wearing white after Labor Day. One’s tie can’t go past one’s belt. Skating has no such faux pas — except for MAYBE brand-mixing — i.e. one can’t wear a Venture shirt if one is skating Indys or Vans socks if you’re wearing Nikes.

But what if I told you that skaters have curated their own sartorial code for decades — painstakingly color-coordinating their shoes, shirts, hats, and even spots? However, the modern-day thrift store aesthetic has left color-coordination by the wayside, even as color-blocking seemed to make a comeback last year, or some shit. So, in conjunction with New York Fashion Week, enjoy this retrospective of color coordination while you’re waiting to get into the Wang party or whatever.

Pacific Ocean in the Backyard Looking Sexy

February 27th, 2017 | 11:25 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

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There are obviously an overwhelming amount of causes that need contributions right now, but even if it’s just a few bucks, please contribute to the construction of the Annapurna Skatepark, Nepal’s first international-standard concrete park.

Slapmagazine420 @ gmail shared this amazing Jim Greco flow chart. What’s ur fav?

Congrats to Yaje on his Transworld cover. 1) Is it safe to say the easiest way to land on the cover on a major magazine while skating a spot in New York is via the Columbus Park rail. 2) Why does the cover layout of TWS now look like TSM?

“I’d rather watch Kenny do a backside 180…” The same wonderful remixer who treated us to post-Pretty Sweet remixes of Jesus and Carroll went ahead and put together a feel-good George Benson x Kenny Anderson pairing.

Always nice to break free from the L.E.S. Park industrial content complex on Monday Links :) Bill$ is a new, 11-minute video from Angel Fonseca and The Bronx boys.

Choppy Omega was the first one to ollie the Love Gap, Vinny Ponte was the first to document it, and Reynolds is the first one to piss people off for flying in to just get one trick and bounce. Vern Laird and Jimmy Gorecki wax on about the days when not everything at Love Park was on film.

Even though it was only partially based in New York, Last of the Mohicans was a 2008 that further propelled the typical mode of skating this city into deep outer borough crust. Joe Perrin and OJ Wheels put together Relapse of the Mohicans, a 13-minute video with parts and cameos from the entire original cast.

The Bunt’s latest is with Bastien Salabanzi.

Boil the Ocean furthers expands on the concept of professional skateboarding as professional wrestling by weighing its potential future as a Pay-Per-View spectacle.

Spot Updates: 1) The building further knobbed everything at CBS, to the point where you can’t even skate it as a keyhole ledge anymore. 2) M2M closed down / is moving.

Anyone go into Think Coffee on Mercer and looking to make some extra money?

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Stop shaming night owls you squares. The case for going to bed at 2:30 A.M.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: 6′ 3 180 pound Russell Westbrook over … 6′ 11, 270 pound Demarcus Cousins.

Quote of the Week: “To be honest, the fittest birds I saw in Sao Paolo were blokes.” — Will R.S.

They could’ve given an Oscar to Network because apparently it came out yesterday.

Icons of the Pop Shove-It

May 5th, 2016 | 1:59 am | Time Capsule | 9 Comments

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Upon hearing that we replayed a ~♥fabulous♥~ pop shove it 5x in one clip earlier this spring, the Shove-It Gods pointed us in the direction of what can surely hold a place on the ever-rotating merry-go-round that is this website’s contention for third greatest line ever done (after Carroll at the Library™ and Quim doing those two frontside 5050s.)

Yesterday, noted sweatpant clothier, Jimmy Gorecki, #rp-ed another Jimmy’s skateboard moves from two decades past. Jimmy Chung, of 411 #19 Fairman’s Industry Section fame, has been posting raw IG clips from his brief mid nineties run that mostly existed in Fairman’s shop videos. One included this absolute gem of a pop shove-it, an equally ravishing backside flip, and a slutty switch manual that looks better than you ever thought a mere switch manual could look on a foot-high ledge.

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YouTube wormhole ensued, leading to all three of the aforementioned Fairman’s videos, the best of which is the third, from 1995.

1) Yo nobody not named Jahmal will ever look that cool opening a part with a backside 5050 on a #regular #ass ledge.
2) Dude predicted the precise hallmarks of the 90s vintage revival to a T. If you told me he was styling parts and not the @vintagesponsor guy, I’d believe you.
3) Has anyone ever made the full 360 around the Love fountain for a line? Figure it happened in a Sabotage video, but can’t recall in particular.
4) As my good friend Mike the Dad pointed out, how many *great* feebles on round bars outside of Matt Reason really exist? It’s a stock trick that rarely excels beyond, just like, grinding really long. The one he ends his part off with is a non-Reason exception. Must be da capris.

Squad Goals

November 9th, 2015 | 5:45 am | Daily News | 10 Comments

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I go back in my pocket, and I go buy…another one.

Thanks to everyone who grabbed something from the webstore. We’re getting caught up on orders these next two days so please hold on any “where’s my stuff”-emails for a few days. If you don’t receive a confirmation to the email you purchased with by the end of the week, feel free to hit us up. Quantities of some stuff are running low so grab something while you can or pay your local shop a visit :)

New iPhone clip from Cyrus Bennett featuring Jesse Alba.

New iPhone clip from Jesse Alba featuring Cyrus Bennett.

Free Skate Mag interviewed Palace’s Juan Saavedra. Been saying that partying til all hours in the night is ninety percent more likely to open better doors for you than a six-figure college degree / student loan bill ever could.

TWS has a new four-minute edit via Josh Stewart featuring all the Theories dudes.

Hard to think of a subject that is more frequently pontificated on in the skateboard-sites-with-words-on-them-o-sphere than the varial flip. Fakie Hill Bomb on “this year’s ugly duckling turned prom queen.” Pretty sure it has been #ontrend since Stevie did it switch in the Parental Advisory throwaways though.

ICYMI: The Black Hubba Instagram clip heard around the world.

SMLTalk proposes that we rename the regular-stance frontside heelflip to “hardflip,” since it is, after all, the hardest flip trick that exists. The Rieder Bond Street one is easily top seventeen or eighteen trick done in city limits.

You might have caught sight of that bike track below the Williamsburg Bridge while skating over its north side. NY Skateboarding paid it a visit for a spot check.

Jenkem unearthed some vintage Brooklyn Banks footage from 1993. I’d vote for Donald Trump if he vowed to restore the small Banks to their original state with ledges pre-2004 reconstruction. #makethebanksgreatagain2016

Boil the Ocean on skateboarding and a controversial subject — an actual career.

Skateboard Story interviewed notable pro sweatpants advocate, Jimmy Gorecki.

A bit related: Sal Barbier is reissue-ing some of the classic Aesthetics boards.

Fam where the hell is Dave Mayhew on this list?

Surprised it has taken this long for a skate clip to use “Back 2 Back,” given our current #attermswithdrake era. When’s someone gonna skate to “Wack 2 Wack” though?

QS Sports Desk: After seeing this re-posted on a few varying outlets I can still honestly say this is the only smidgen of New York Knicks basketball that I have watched this season thus far. He does wear a #6 after all…

Quote of the Week: “Lets get some cookies or something.” — Hjalte Halberg

“There are times when I’m too drunk to remember my parents’ names but I’ll never forget 2 Chainz’ verse on ‘Mud Musik.'” — Shrimp C

The Origin of the White Rapper

May 9th, 2014 | 5:00 am | Features & Interviews | 21 Comments

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For a group that considers itself so creative, skateboarders sure suck at naming tricks. The sex change, benihana and even salad grind have all fallen out of fashion, and so have fun trick names altogether. Skaters have grown into stringent conservatives about trick names; QS is routinely lambasted for use of the term “nollie half cab” for nollie frontside 180s, as if 90% of the T.F. doesn’t call it that already. Even seemingly clever names e.g. “the fishhook” for the nollie frontside 180 switch nosegrind revert point to mechanical similarities rather than any hint of playful nomenclature.

But one name has stood strong over the past decade. Maybe it’s not an official name, but the “white rapper” B.K.A. the switch varial heelflip is still keeping the fun in trick names up and down the eastern seaboard, and evidently abroad as well. (Some corners will contend that it also refers to regular stance varial heelflips…more on that in a bit.) What genius came up with this name? Who did it refer to and where did it originate from? We decided to find out.

The most common origin story comes from Philadelphia, some ten-plus years ago. That is where we will begin our journey…