‘Nice To Meet You, I Run a Core Skate Brand’

July 27th, 2015 | 3:26 pm | Daily News | 5 Comments

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^ #core #skateboarding

“I can’t talk to these people about Thug Motivation when we have fake money in the boxes.” Thanks for everything man #july26ththeboydeliveredaclassic

Damn, the dude on the New Yorker cover can barely even ollie.

Free Skate Mag has another Lucas Puig Instagram remix, edited to that Young Thug song that everyone really tried to make happen #in #da #club at the start of the summer but already forgot about. Works great for the vid though.

The “Summer Trip to New York” edits are finally starting to roll in! As is the DS2 music supervision! Thought it was a drought! D.C’s Palace 5ive rolled up to New York for a bit and came back with a five-minute VX montage.

Someone made a new Cyrus Bennett remix with a bunch of his HD video blog footage.

Kareem Campbell still got it.

Quick two-minute montage with a bunch of Bronze affiliates and a three-minute montage with a bunch of dudes from the Bronx.

Whatever, DJ Khaled is still one of my favorite skaters.

Amazing that a lot of these European D.I.Y. spots started with a single quarterpipe. Or that, like, they’ve been allowed to exist for as long as they have.

Fakie Hill Bomb has a cool interview with Iain Borden, one of the most vocal pro-skateboarding architecture academics, about the future of integrating skating into modern public spaces (e.g. hopefully this.)

Diamond Days #82.

Making It Happen is a new all-New York vid coming out later this year. Teaser here.

The Times put together a “where are they now?” feature for that movie that skaters really like on the occasion of its 20-year-anniversary.

Spot Checks: There’s a new wallie thing behind T.F. and a BMW at Lenox.

Quote of the Week: “I watched Wild, it was like a fakeass Into the Wild.” — E.J.

In case you haven’t already heard / seen: the NYPD installed a police tower in the middle of Tompkins. Be careful doing whippits behind the basketball court after you lose on a nollie flip in S.K.A.T.E.

Scanner File: Black History Month

February 4th, 2015 | 5:20 am | Time Capsule | 11 Comments

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The city is an ice rink right now, making it as good of a time as any to revisit the remaining stack of magazines in company storage. Strength ran this article in 1999, back when a concept as vague as “black skateboarders!” was substantial enough to build an issue around. Thanks to Alex Dymond for submitting this one to the archive.

The article doesn’t have the cult status that Big Brother‘s “Black Issue” does, but every fringe skate publication from back then was more-or-less playing catch up with Big Brother throughout their lifespan anyway. It has a cool narrative by Neftalie Williams about growing up in Springfield, Massachusetts, loving something then thought-to-be for “blonde-haired kids from California,” seeing Ray Barbee’s Public Domain part for the first time, etc. (Does anyone know where that Neil Blender quote re: “rap music is the worst thing to happen to skateboarding” is from, or if it was taken out of context?) There are some shots of New York names in there, though much of the photos aren’t particularly incredible. No Chrome Ball-level scanmanship here, sorry.

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“Show us your girl and get outfitted by Quiksilver” :|

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The Kareem Campbell Pager Mystery Has Been Solved

October 10th, 2013 | 5:07 am | Daily News | 5 Comments

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If you follow the comments section of this website, you may have noticed a slight hubbub under our “Chillest Lines” study. A commenter insisted with surefire certainty that Kareem Campbell did not check his pager in Trilogy, and had checked it only during his opening line in 20 Shot Sequence. We called an emergency weekend meeting to study both of these clips, wondering how the error had made it past the eyes of some of the internet’s most esteemed skate nerds and was only being brought to light 36 hours after the post went live. (You’ll notice multiple parties helped in compiling the list via the thank yous at the bottom.) Do we issue a correction? An apology? Hold our first-ever press conference to remedy this crucial reporting error?

Following an admission of the believed-to-be error, we replaced the Trilogy screencaps with 20 Shot Sequence ones in utter shame. But then, Frozen in Carbonite, the Jim Garrison of our day and as astute of a Menace scholar as any (he was the one who contributed Billy Valdez’s “Cafe Line” to the list) came to the rescue with a conclusion after some meticulous research:

The Chillest Lines in Skateboarding History: 1993-1999, 2011-2012

October 4th, 2013 | 5:02 am | Features & Interviews | 48 Comments

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Perhaps the only point in Alex Olson’s recent interview that did not polarize skateboarding’s sea of opinion, was his belief that nobody cares how hard tricks are anymore. We’ve all said “he’s good, but who cares” or written someone off as “a robot” before, so what do professional skateboarders have left to aspire to?

The line has long been the backbone of street skating. Skateboarder even published a print #listicle in the mid-2000s showcasing the best lines of all time. Appropriately enough, the latest entry belonged to P.J. Ladd, because his debut part was when progression really took off, and the “Everyone is Good” movement began to accelerate our numbness to incredible skateboarding.

“But what about style?” Sure, Ray Barbee looked amazing when only doing slappies and no complys, in a way that legions of art students have failed to replicate. Even Carroll’s library line — quite possibly the best thing ever done on a skateboard — wouldn’t be the same if it was performed by some midwesterner visiting San Francisco. Style plays a role, but remember when people would say things like “He’s so smooth?” None of that matters when everyone in a major skate video is “smooth.” Stylistic hallmarks have become less palpable because everyone skates and everyone is good. Everything was the same #drakevoice :(

A wise man once said “I don’t care how ‘good’ a video part is, all I care about is how cool it makes the skater look.” This list features the most timeless lines that were made so by the skater’s ability to make himself look cool, and not just “good.” They will stand out a decade down the line, even when each trick in a Micky Papa part is a go-to for fifty Stoner Park locals.

In a word, these lines are chill.

*Beyonce Blackout Joke* Links

February 4th, 2013 | 7:00 am | Daily News | 3 Comments

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(We have already made it obvious that we are fair weather football fans.)

Power surges aside, it has been a slow news week.

A devout skate archivist needs to scan the entire Big Brother “Black Issue” and put it online for Black History Month. Bob Shirt has a few scans, though not the comprehensive issue: Kareem Campbell interview, Kareem interviewing Keenan Milton, and a Jahmal Williams interview.

After exhausting Lil’ Wayne coverage in 2012, we promised to move past his skate-related pursuits in the new year. Then, he stalled on a quarterpipe, and made it rain on five strippers. So there’s that. (Screenshot here if you don’t want to sit through eight minutes of Lil’ Wayne footage. Shout out to the person on Facebook who reported that photo as inappropriate due to a heavily pixelated tit.) Even so

The One Up Skateshop crew in Pittsburg always puts out quality videos, so here’s a new Nick Panza part and the first half of their 2012 promo.

Do you think this kid could boardslide around the entire rail at Marcus Garvey?

Listen to Roctakon rant about DJing, Chief Keef and sorority girls in Megadeth shirts.

Our good friend Jason Lecras has an interview up with Staf magazine. The words are in Spanish, but the photos are still great.

There’s a new, kinda boring commercial of Kyrie Irving skating at the Berrics. But expecting an NBA player to do anything on a skateboard besides stand on it might be unreasonable. (How about putting Uncle Drew on a skateboard?)

Git Buck is a new Providence, RI-based video with what looks like a good bit of New York footage. They uploaded a select part here and you can watch the teaser here.

Spot Updates: In case anybody cares (nobody cares), the scaffolding is off those seven-stair rails on 95th Street. Slowwwwww news week, man.

Astute Observation of the Week:This is pretty much the absolute limit of how ‘good’ a video part is allowed to be before it becomes unwatchable.” — Canadian Connor regarding Ishod Wair’s Sabotage 3 part

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week — Throwback Edition: In light of the Raptors trading for Rudy Gay, here is perhaps the greatest NBA video ever…”Raptor Fan goes nuts after Rudy Gay shoots Game Winner.”

Quote of the Week:

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The Most Insane Response to “How Was Your Birthday?” Ever

Another cold-ass week ahead. Stay warm.