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.

Party at 8

December 21st, 2015 | 4:40 am | Daily News | 11 Comments

uptown ollie

Just left Columbia. Photo by Matt Roberge.

QS x DGK coming next month.

Cee Lo, the new one from LurkNYC, is great. Sick spots (probably the most astute prop grate finders working today), a soundtrack sure to please anyone who’s ever left a “you guys actually like this?”-comment on a Quartersnacks YouTube video, and an awesome ender part from John Shanahan (above) that will be on repeat for the foreseeable future. Fakie bigspin manny line was a real crowd pleaser :) Also, those security guards at the gold rail on 52nd Street might be the worst in the city…

New interview with Gino Iannucci in Italy’s Brief Glance mag. Starts on page 37.

The 550 Wheels promo begins with what’s basically a full, new Ron Deily part. (There’s a junk spot successor already?) Also has a Kevin Taylor appearance.

Max Palmer Presents: A new barrier at the Bushwick Blue Park.

An iPhone video from Jesse Alba, a Blackberry (yeah) clip from E.J., and a handycam video from Rob Harris.

John Valenti’s Local Express video is online in full. New full Caddo part.

“What advice can you give someone wanting to work in skateboarding?” “Whatever it is you want to do, just start doing it on your own. Shoot photos how you want, film how you want, put up your videos, reach out to the companies you want to work for…” Skateboard Story has a solid interview with Transworld‘s Blair Alley about still working at one of the remaining print publications left in skateboarding.

SMLTalk chronicles the stylistic evolution of hip-hop white guy icon, Robert Welsh.

Matt Nordess at the top-10 worst ledge and less bad places for Labor Skateshop.

QS faves, Budapest’s Rios Crew, goes to Croatia.

An interview with everyone’s fave Scandinavian beast, Hjalte Halberg.

Couple quick New York clips in Flo Mirtain’s new part for Jenkem.

Is riding over the full length of a car a NBD?

The odds being stacked against company comebacks never stops anyone from trying.

A skate tour through Alaska with Brock, Worrest, etc.

It’ll always be Pigeon Shit Double-Set to me ;)

Turn audio on for maximum effect.

If you ask 100 people to give you the twenty best Young Thug songs of 2015, you’re going to get 100 different mixes. Provided you don’t want to sift through five thousand songs, Hotbox Social did a pretty good job of condensing his past twelve months into ninety minutes of music — though you’d probably wanna include “Dome,” “Numbers,” “Bang Bang,” “Pacifier” — actually no, it’s sorta impossible…

QS Sports Desk: Going to switch it up a bit this week and link an article. I thoroughly enjoyed this new interview with Real Sports‘ Bryant Gumbel. His whole “as you age, you care less and less about what a bunch of 20-year-olds are doing”-thing is something I often try to remind [30+] people pontificating on the [non-existent] “death” of skate videos. Sk8 videos r 4 the youths man.

Quote of the Week: “He showed up to the skatepark in a cashmere poncho.” — Dom Travis

Still some beanies [and assorted sizes of fall goods] left in the webstore, even though it’s going to be seventy degrees on Christmas Eve

#TBT: Follow Ryan Gee on Instagram

June 13th, 2013 | 7:05 am | Time Capsule | 1 Comment

huf back 180

How did the Ryan Hickey photo from Monday’s post manage to evade even the most resourceful scanner-based skateboard websites? Because it never appeared anywhere significant (Police Informer or Chrome Ball would’ve caught it by now) prior to Ryan Gee’s recent barrage of unseen 35mm scans from the nineties. Everything he’s been posting is east coast-centric, with a lot of Gino, Oyola and other favorites.

Say what you will about instant gratification eroding the staying power of media consumed online, but it’s likely that some of these photos would’ve never seen the light of day without Instagram. (Flickr never really popped off with skateboarders.) Gee has been posting two or three each day and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. It is pretty much the only non-@badgalriri account that is an absolute must-follow. Turns out Instagram is great for things besides lonely girls with unique lighting techniques seeking attention (♥♥♥), and making you feel like you’re missing out on stuff that probably sucks (omg #fomo follow me plz thx.) Now, if only Reda and Dimitry Elyashkevich started posting some of their archives…

Follow him via @ryangee_photo.

gino four

New Photos At Old Spots & Is There Such Thing as a Bad Photo of a Backside 180 Nosegrind?

August 1st, 2012 | 9:17 am | Features & Interviews | 26 Comments

This photo of Mike York at Pier 7 (circa 2003?) has been the wallpaper on the QS central command iMac for a long time. It is great for two reasons.

The era of The Great American Skate Spot is long gone, and we are entering a world where cities knob skateparks. Taking a photo like this will soon become close to impossible. A modern skate spot’s life span rarely affords it enough time to become so worn-in that a photo could showcase its every wrinkle.

To borrow a line from a great movie: “Politicians, ugly buildings and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.” The same could be said about skate spots. Johnny Layton might not have gotten a Skateboarder cover if he did an equal-sized ollie at a random spot in the Midwest, as opposed to one over a N.B.D. gap at the east coast’s sole remaining iconic plaza. Busenitz might’ve not had the same Transworld treatment if he backside noseblunted some curved ledge in Europe, instead of one that we have seen nearly every other trick go down on since the nineties, assuming that it was un-backside-nosebluntable. And it’d be tough to see a major magazine running a backside 180 nosegrind up a two-stair as a full-page photo if it was on a perfect marble ledge in China, and not on something that had over ten years of skateboard history eroded into its edges. Sure, older spots are convenient because they make it easier to qualify what has or has not been done, thus the larger frames of reference for the Layton and Busenitz photos, but a new photo at an old spot is treated with a certain reverence because it adds another page to the imaginary scrapbook skaters have for these places.

The other reason is based on a theory that there is no such thing as a bad photo of a backside 180 nosegrind. You can run a Google Image Search for the trick and almost all of the results, ranging from obscure European skaters to teenagers uploading raw DSL-R files of their friends to Flickr, will be good photos. Somewhere, there is probably even a great photo of Tyrone Olson doing one.

Until someone posts a bad photo of a backside 180 nosegrind in the comments and discredits this theory, a larger issue looms before us. The PWBC once famously resolved the question of whether white guys or black guys are better at fakie hardflips. We’re making a similar inquiry — Who is better at backside 180 nosegrinds, white guys or black guys? Consult the examples below.

Monday Links: Chauncey Billups Edition

February 28th, 2011 | 2:30 pm | Daily News | 5 Comments

Last week was a bit slow, as a lot of attention was given to basketball, which has been way more interesting than skateboarding in the past few weeks, especially if this is the sort of thing you have been waiting for since middle school. In further tangential bits, Dylan got robbed for best leading actor, and Chris Bosh was seriously overlooked for best supporting actor. Avatar starring Halle Berry was pretty sick too.

Quantities on tees and cruisers are fairly low at this point, so if you were planning on buying either one, now would be the time to do it. Thanks to everyone who purchased something for their support of the site.

One of the main exceptions to the recent superiority of interesting-ness that eastern basketball has taken against eastern skateboarding, is the increased visibility of Mike Maldonado and Kevin Taylor. Axion has a tour clip up that features both of them with some considerable screentime. Thrasher also has a quick Q&A section up with Maldonado and Phelps, discussing the early history of the Love gap, his ollie over the wall off the bench at the Philadelphia Federal Building in Welcome to Hell, and the key difference between east and west skateboarding: “There’s no, ‘I’m gonna warm up on this six and then go hit the twelve.’ No, you’re going straight to the twelve.” Considering this website abides by a “If you can’t ollie up it, don’t ollie down it” creed, we wouldn’t know anything about that.

Taji put together another post for the Converse blog, this time centering around the world renown Tompkins Square Park, and its rich history. “Q: So what’s the story behind your crew, the Dunions? A: It’s kind of dying out as time passes. They sort of split up between sorta-hood smoker kids and the non-hood skate rats.”

Rob started putting together Diamond Days clips again, and for those fortunate enough to afford exotic girlfriends in tropical climates, the latest installment sheds some light on the conditions everyone in New York has had to endure throughout these past three months. Winter seems like it is on the way out though.

You Will Soon published an open letter to the people of Converse Skateboarding, demanding some answers on a question we have all been asking ourselves…Why the hell is Joey Pepper still on flow for them? Put that guy on the team already, damn. They also touch a nerve with Anthony Pappalardo’s endlessly devout fanbase when they allude to his mode of Marbury-isms that we have discussed in the past as well. *Waiting for half of Long Island / Slap to promise a four-minute tour de force part in the Chocolate video…which will probably be out when Cory Kennedy is in his mid-to-late twenties.*

A quick teaser for the upcoming full-length from Alex Duke’s Wizard Skull skateboards.

Here’s the San Francisco installment from 2nd Nature’s California trip.

Howard Glover posted another installment from his Pre-2k video. This time, it’s a shared part between Rodney Torres, Mike Wright, and Quartersnacks’ favorite, Geo “TOMA!” Moya. Features plenty pairs of Osiris Peter Smolik pro shoes, in addition to footage from what was previously the biggest health hazard to New York City skateboarding, the Chinatown Shit Hubba.

Quote of the Week:What is anxiety? I think only girls get that.” — Matthew Mooney

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