Look Alive

April 18th, 2016 | 12:08 pm | Daily News | 5 Comments

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Photo via Matt Weber

Love Park is still skateable!

On the opposite end of the spectrum, somebody unearthed this good bit of footage from a 1994 Love Park contest featuring Huf, Ricky Oyola, Matt Reason, Fred Gall, Andy Stone, etc. Remember when contests just involved jump ramps?! “Yeeaahhhh.”

An interview with Dick Rizzo and Josh Wilson, two prominent figures keeping the rich tradition of New Jersey skateboarding strong in 2016.

Dave Carnie was always everyone’s favorite Big Brother writer, and has probably written more enjoyable words about skateboarding than anyone else out there. Kingpin published the most detailed interview anyone involved with the publicity blitz surrounding Shit has given, with none other than…Dave Carnie. “You know how when you go to an abandoned house and you just start breaking shit and throwing rocks at windows because you can? That’s pretty much what we were doing.”

Better Skate Than Never put all the Lucas Puig #deepcuts in one place.

Genesis Evans & Jason Byoun skating around Tribeca. DANY video soon.

Someone combined all the outtake clips from Bill Strobeck’s IG for a single vid.

Quick minute-long clip from Cooper Park via Johnny Wilson and co.

“Fifteen years since Rob Welsh nearly single-handedly rescued the noseslide from that doomed scrap pile of tricks too basic for blocks and too ‘Muska’ for handrails, a new era beckons in which legs weary from four presidential terms’ worth of pop-outs are offered respite…” — Boil the Ocean on noseslide shove-its and the rise of “dad tricks.”

An interview (+ new clip) with the crew behind Canal Wheels.

Yo Darkstar x Harley Davidson is fire.

Just in time for summer: Sremmlife 2 available June 24.

Spot Updates: 1) You likely stopped caring four years ago, but the Banks won’t re-open until November at the earliest. 2) You likely never cared unless you’re Austyn Gillette, but that bump to wall on Lafayette and Howard is a wrap.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Something still feels off with the east being more exciting than the west for the first time since the “Lebron has no rings”-era, except everyone knows that Spurs-GSW are the real “Finals” in as much as Lakers-Kings in 2002 were the real Finals. Hopefully no poisoned room service. Wasn’t an eventful first weekend though, but Jamal Crawford still ripping is kinda like J.B. Gillett still ripping. Understated, underrated and classic.

Quote of the Week: “Ever since I moved to New York I got worse at skating and better at drinking.” — Jesse Alba

Get well soon Weiss.

‘Plug’ — The New Bronze Promo

April 11th, 2016 | 7:34 pm | Daily News | 3 Comments

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Three hours late may not have been much in 2010, but on the 2016 internet, we might as well be posting the new Bronze promo in the 2010 archives. We blew it.

“Plug” is a departure from the past few rounds of Bronze projects not because it is in HD — not their first video to ditch the VX — but because it’s far more conservative with the nostalgic non sequiturs that made it one of the western world’s most ripped-off skate video franchises. At the same time, it’s a return to the late-2010s, post-Flipmode / pre-merch availability era that made us fall in love with the Bronze age. There’s a revived Phil Rodriguez not seen since the 2011 Q.S.S.O.T.Y Caviar days, an ender part from the venerable Trife alumnus William McFeely, and a loving tribute to the God K.T. in which he appears for one clip like Danny Way in Photosynthesis credits except way tighter — making “Plug” a two-sided love letter to new and old Bronze fans alike. Also shout out to Nick Ferro for consistently making all of us underweight skateboarders proud, part after part :)

Previously: Trust, Enron, Solo Jazz, 56k, Caviar, Sognar

Behind the Fence

March 7th, 2016 | 4:55 am | Daily News | No Comments

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Tino. Scan via Science Versus Life. Slow news week last week, but guess what? It’s going to be sixty degrees all this week, and it’s going to start getting dark after 7 P.M. starting Sunday :)

If you have even $10 you can spare and acknowledge that skateboarding is a really cool thing that more people across the world should do to be happy, please support the construction of the Addis Abbaba skatepark in Ethiopia. It’s going to help people’s lives a lot more than that six-pack you were otherwise gonna buy with it ♥

Wow, there’s already a hill bomb clip crazier than Gerwer down the Bullitt hill.

T or F? — This is the second best nollie back heel ever done.

#TRENDWATCH2016 — switch heelflip indy grabs and nosegrind body varials! Jk. Although J.B. Gillett already has a strong Quartersnacks Line of the Year Contender *and* a Noseslide of the Year frontrunner, based off the latest Dalavas clip.

Jesse got a clip in Hjalte’s angel wings.

A field guide to skateboarding long distances by one of the guys who skated from Boston to New York and from New York to Philadelphia.

The trash can in the state bird of the East Village. Dick Rizzo and Josh Wilson skate some garbage at 12th & A (still a box!) and Tompkins.

An interview with Marcus from Skate Jawn.

DGK fam Connor Champion, John Shanahan, Dylan Sourbeer, Will Mazarri, and The World’s Best Dressed Skateboarder™ 2016, Daniel Kim, at the Nike SB Garage.

Have we been bad friends to Brandon Biebel? Why are we realizing this only now? SMLTalk asks the question we should have been asking three weeks ago about the 2015 I.G.S.O.T.Y. (Lucas technically won in our reader’s choice awards, but given this site’s readership, Lucas would probably win a vote for best vert skater.)

Genny and Jason Byoun cruising on some diamond-plate Soho spots :)

Boil the Ocean re: the sudden surge in high technology skate products.

Some goofy throwaways from Cooper Winterson.

Prince didn’t let Triple Six Mafia into his party the night they won an Oscar.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Can’t wait til the Knicks sign Lance Stephenson in six years. Should hopefully be the same season as J.R’s pre-retirement return tour.

Quote of the Week: “I deadass had a dream about Rob Campbell last night.” — E.J.

Rest in Peace Fresh

The QS Year in Review Countdown: 15-11

December 23rd, 2015 | 4:30 am | Features & Interviews | 9 Comments

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Took last week off for some administrative duties. Previously: Part one, part two.

15. Le Basket Discontinues Outdoor Seating

It has been observed that skateboarders are the original gentrifiers. The undesirable corners of society are familiar territories to us, especially if they have something we want. And what do we, Skateboarders: The Original Gentrifiers™, want more than a place to get drunk? A place to get drunk in public, naturally.

Of course we’ll sit in plain view on Broadway, looking completely unemployable with our boards stacked along the wall, and the aluminum remnants of six six-packs teetering off the table. It wasn’t long until others took notice of the cheap real estate, and started closing in. By 2010, we were sharing ~fifteen seats with ~fifty bike messengers. By 2012, NYU students with a thirst for Magic Hats priced us out. In 2015, the party was shut down, but we barely noticed.

Morning Report

June 30th, 2015 | 5:53 am | Daily News | 4 Comments

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Both of these missed Monday links yesterday*, and both deserve special attention.

Bronze just dropped a video for their now-available Huf collaboration, chopped up to the plethora of newscasts about footwear-related violence. It’s basically a real good mini Josh Wilson part, which contains a First Annual Regular Stance Heelflip of the Year Candidate. The second GS9 part has Tierney exploring even more griptape colors, and Dick Rizzo furthering the ongoing resuscitation of the Verizon Banks. Dude, why does everyone hate the VX so much these days? ;)

The other day, we were having an office discussion about how Last of the Mohicans is low-key one of the more influential New York videos of the past decade or so. Even though ~75% of the footage was from Florida etc, the New York bits rewired how visitors and recent ex-pats went about filming in the city. It was one of the first vids to entirely ignore skating below triple-digit Manhattan streets. Before Mohicans and those early Dobbin Block montages, few people gave a shit about trekking out to East New York or Morris Heights to skate some rugged brick bank spot you could get stabbed at. Nowadays, that’s some people’s entire M.O. That was one of the first videos to really prioritize sticking its nose in outer borough crust.

ANYWAY, Caddo was a big part of that whole era, and he dropped a wallride-heavy L.A. trip part for Politic yesterday. No music, just urethane screeching against walls. The Politic guys even went the distance of calling it a “casual” part — not like footage has ever done justice to how insane this dude’s skating is anyway :)

ICYMI: There’s a great noseslide in the video that Politic dropped last month, and here’s a .GIF 4 da Tumblr of the Caddo kickflip at the biggest bust in New York.

*Unrelated to this, but related to yesterday’s Monday Links post title: This is still the best Meek Mill song of 2015.