Where Were You During the Instagram Scare of 2012?

July 2nd, 2012 | 9:46 am | Daily News | 6 Comments

Buncha cute boyz with their shirts off @ da Supreme Ramp (never forget) 2009. Photo: John Roman.

New NJ Scum clip. Best skate crew channel on YouTube.

12th & A is back. Please refrain from any illegal conduct so we can avoid its fate from last winter, and not set skateboarding back five years due to adolescent idiocy.

These Skate Europe videos have been on VBS for three years. Never knew they existed until Frozen in Carbonite tweeted about them the other day. They’re incredible, and drive home the point of how much America sucks for skateboarding compared to Europe. “There was nothing on TV that night, so I just started making a mini ramp in the living room.”

If you want to listen to Jason Dill play music and talk shit, KCHUNG AM radio out in Los Angeles posted up a MP3 of his June 17th broadcast. No, it doesn’t really have anything to do with skateboarding. It is more about throwing a glass of Jameson at a DJ because he was scratching over Rolling Stones songs.

The crew behind the Be Pretty video put up a long throwaway reel. Part one, part two.

This may be a year late, and is certainly not for a very popular spot, but that low pop-over rail on 67th Street between Amsterdam and Broadway is now knobbed. A free beer for anyone who e-mails quartersnacks {*at*} gmail with a scan of Scott Schwartz’s 5050 on it from an old Transworld (or it might’ve been a Slap issue…)

Some unreleased footage of early-2000s Tompkins hero / perhaps the only Hare Krishna skater in the city, Kerel Roach.

People have been getting great deals on those discontinued Palace Chanel crewnecks on eBay. FYI: £201.11 British pounds equals $315 American dollars. Gonna start bootlegging those, like, today…

Speaking of Palace, as per the observation of Phat Stylez co-founder Sweezy F. Wasty, the Associated Supermarkets logo is strikingly similar to the Palace triangle. Perhaps we have stumbled on the next big thing for grocery store skateboard apparel.

The Miami Heat have the best basketball player alive and still cannot sell out their stadium during the post-season. Now that two Miami-based pornstars are offering oral sex to any Heat “fan” in celebration of their championship, will their “fans” begin showing up to the game before the 2nd quarter starts?

The New York Department of Transportation released a commercial with Baron Davis urging New Yorkers to pay attention on the street / not walk and text. Needless to say, it would’ve been way better if they used J.R. Smith…

Quote of the Week: “The less money someone has in their bank account, the more likely they are to win a game of S.K.A.T.E.” — Roctakon

Remember when a team with Eddy Curry and Ronny Turiaf on it won a NBA Championship? That sucked.

First Post of 2011

January 3rd, 2011 | 10:00 am | Daily News | 5 Comments

Happy New Year. Best wishes on learning new tricks and staying in good health throughout 2011. How long did it take for you to hear “Hard in the Paint” or “B.M.F.” in 2011? Three seconds? What about “Teenage Dream” or “California Girls?”

If you haven’t caught it in the comments already, someone linked up a full MP4 download of Caviar in a single stream. It’s a lofty ~1GB download though. We converted it into a 240MB iPhone/iPod M4V for your next train ride. Download here.

Ted Barrow wrote a very sincere memoir on The Fish and what it means to many people. “Though it is tempting, you can’t blame the bar for making you an alcoholic.”

Might be late on this one, but here is Taji’s interview with Ryan Sheckler. As much as you may waste your time hating him, after the recently discussed backside flip down the Chinatown skatepark double-set and the kickflip back tail on Water Street, I wouldn’t be mad at watching an all New York Flip Cam clip like he mentioned in the interview. He’ll probably set a launch ramp up to that sculpture on 48th and Sixth Avenue like the first Tony Hawk game or something.

Sam Diaz threw together this homie cam clip that features a better angle of Shawn Powers’ TF-revitalizing kickflip over the box, and Kerel doing what he does best by figuring out a completely insane way of skating Chase. Give him a few sheets of plywood and he’ll find five new ways to skate every spot.

If you pay attention to the internet, you may have heard something about Already Been Done, a new monthly web publication kickstarted by Josh Friedberg and Robert Brink, with contributions from Dave Carnie, Eric Swisher from The Chrome Ball Incident, RB Umali, and several others. There’s a “1-4-11” date on the website, which I’m assuming means the release for the first full issue, but a whole bunch of content is already on there. Dave Carnie, one of the most important people to ever relay skateboarding within the printed word, and his feature on a photo of Jason Dill with another man’s hand cupping his balls (plus the subsequent “thing” it turned into) has given me higher expectations for the entire project than anything involving words and skateboarding in recent memory. I sometimes get the impression that older dudes take that “No homo” thing a bit too seriously, as if the person saying it is genuinely concerned with being perceived as a homosexual after saying something along the lines of “Yo, my wheel fell off, can you give me a nut?” to another man at a skateshop and failing to proceed with a “No homo.” It’s juvenile and dumb as hell, sure, but it’s in the same vein as “That’s what she said,” and not some sort of step below gay bashing, or actual concern over being thought as gay, which is what a lot of older people tend to make it sound like. But they came up in a different era, and we can only speak for ourselves and those we know, so maybe they have an equally valid point. Either way, the article itself is great. As is all of the other content on their site.

Loosely related since he is in fact responsible for bringing “No Homo” into popular use, it’s amazing that there are people out there who still don’t like Cam’ron. Look at what this dude spends his time doing. Unless you’re too good for LCD entertainment, or one of those people worried about what “is ruining hip-hop,” it’s impossible to not be amused. “My floor’s dancing! My. Fucking. Floors…DANCE!”

In the days when Blades was the only shop in New York City with a re-threader (and would occasionally charge you by the minute to use it…), some chick that was working there begrudgingly instructed me to “Stop skating in the rain” so the threads wouldn’t deplete from rust when she handed it over, without charging their notorious per-minute usage fee. She had obviously never seen Questionable, and will probably never see this clip of Shawn Powers skating in the rain, which is enough to inspire anyone to go skate before the streets are even completely dry from the thawing snow. Filmed by Jimmy Marketti.

Random bits of footage: Jenkins Log #28 (late pass, I know) and Open Skateboards’ 2010 throwaway.

Quote of the Week: [while discussing his former Osiris sponsorship] “That’s all that would be in the boxes they sent me…D3s.” — Geo Moya

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Quartersnacks Celebrates the Decade: Volume 2

December 21st, 2009 | 5:00 pm | Features & Interviews | 7 Comments


And so we continue on our path, ninety-one, ninety…

If you started coming here after they removed the planters from the ends of the ledges, you can go fuck yourself

December 4th, 2009 | 10:56 pm | Daily News | 19 Comments


We’ve seen a fairly unfortunate blossoming of the “death comes in threes” superstition this year (well technically, The Banks might be saved come 2014 according to a statement released by the Department of Transportation, so we have not exactly suffered the greatest symbolic loss yet, and the Flushing situation remains up in the air). I passed through Ziegfeld last Tuesday afternoon on a coffee run and noticed all of the benches removed from the floor, and all the picnic tables unbolted and caution taped off — uh oh. Writing it off as a routine power-washing of all the slide marks on the floors, today’s morning coffee run pass-through yielded a heartbreaking sight. They completely re-did the floor surface, rendering it a hard version of essentially the harshest sandpaper you could imagine. Lets just say if you skate here five nights out of seven on a given week and a board usually lasts you a month, it will probably live two weeks less now if you continue that same routine. Beyond the fact that the entire spot was essentially built on some of the best ground in Midtown and now has a similar texture to a shitty patch of concrete, speed and flat in and of themselves have become a lost cause here. Nevermind that fact that it’s literally impossible to finagle a “270” out of a slide trick by turning the last 180 degrees on the floor. And I am not going to even begin to theorize on what would happen if your skin just so happened to skid across the surface. If this is what skatestopping is turning to (I’m guessing it was a calculated measure, as our wheels weren’t exactly the friendliest marker towards their off-white floor), I am terrified for what the future holds.


Photo by Keegan Gibbs

And in the realm of Quarter Snacks updates, I am fully aware that this has probably been the slowest fourth quarter of updates in this website’s four-year history, particularly when people from Boston are walking into certain skateshops on Lafayette Street and complaining about the lack of updates. I am not fortunate enough to live Matthew Mooney’s bohemian (good call on whoever coined that one) lifestyle, and have had other, boring life obligations ruin my updating habits these past few months. Hopefully the Christmas clip will make up for it, but who the hell knows. Otherwise, I’ve been “working” on a large scale revamp that should launch this winter, but that’s been taking um.. a bit longer than expected.

The prospect of a Trap or Die 2 mixtape will inevitably skyrocket my productivity level, as the Snowman’s early-summer mixtape release did not necessarily meet his otherwise extremely high standards of motivational music, and Gucci Mane, despite all his merits, is nowhere near as an inspirational figure as Mr. Jenkins, so his output has fallen flat in that realm. Jeezy’s status as pretty much the only southern rapper not in jail for parole/probation violations or gun charges right now will inevitably propel Trap or Die 2 into classic status of inspirational literature.

Shawn Powers’ nighttime visualization of Queens as San Francisco

Random clip featuring Kerel and others

Flipmode = the Best

Skateboarding needs more Quim Cardona. More New Jersey and less Ohio and Brooklyn.

Pimp C died on this day, two years ago, and rap music has pretty much sucked ever since. If half of these bums on records nowadays put in half the passion on their songs that he had when discussing female pubic hair, we wouldn’t have such an awfully boring corpse of genre on our hands right now.

The King of 2002-2003 is back in 2009

July 30th, 2009 | 1:13 am | Daily News | 9 Comments


I logged into the comment approval window only to find this link. Made me happier than any other skate-related clip in recent weeks. Still shredding.

…and in case you missed it. (Yes, everyone knows the song is awful.)