Bando Lingo

September 8th, 2015 | 11:59 am | Daily News | 8 Comments


Photo via @mdfilms on IG

She’s better than you, and has better style.

Sorta inevitable that Sheckler would meet the “why the fuck you lying”-guy, who was the unofficial soundtrack of Labor Day weekend.

Some photos of the soon-to-be-completed skatepark in East Williamsburg, which is developer-speak for “not not sorta Bushwick.” (It’s off the Graham L.) Looks on the mellower side of the skatepark spectrum, a la Canarise.

The fakie hardflip over the block at J Kwon should put an end to the age-old debate.

The most important piece of #skate #journalism in at least thirty years: Jenkem interviewed the iconoclast who tried to ollie the thirteen-flat-thirteen in the rain…which of course, is one of the five greatest tricks to never happen.

Thanks to perhaps the most heavily reblogged trick of 2015 (and maybe a surging interest in Canadian exports), Spencer Hamilton earned a place in the hearts of many who otherwise forget that Canada often produces superior skateboarders to America. Supra took notice, and made a “best of” part for him to bring anyone else up to speed.

Rare in-office week for the QS Fashion Desk, in preparation for #NYFW: SMLTalk runs down the greatest headwear choices in skate video history and here’s an an interview with Fergus Purcell, one of the principal designers behind Palace.

Vice has an #uplifting mini-doc about the emergence of skateboarding in Palestine.

Bronze’s “ask me anything” department is right — it doesn’t matter what crew “shitted on” whatever other crew in New York, because New York skateboarding never fully recovered from Dave Mayhew’s stay here in 1999:

The backside flip off the big bank over the police barrier is legitimately still the 8th or 10th best trick done in city limits after Westgate’s 2x ollies on Canal Street, Kalis’ fakie flip at Newport, Jake’s wallride, Rieder’s impossible, and a bunch of stuff Zered has done. Also, forgetting that part was a massive oversight here.

That being said, Pyramid County’s Ripplescape video is solid, and features a handful of the more insane things to happen here in recent months (pull-in nosegrind at Columbus Park, frontside flip the Seaport bench, etc.) Way more enjoyable than any other U.S. tour vid in recent history.

“In the span of just about a week, Boil the Ocean internet web blog was able to compile an array of image-damaging content features and fiery remarks that reflect poorly on the extreme sport that once seemed on pace to unseat baseball as the sport of the future.” Wipe your lens Wilson, damn.

Eli Reed doing some manuals, and some bro cam footage from the Mira Conyo squad.

Spot Updates: The downtown Brooklyn post office spot is now knobbed.

Quote of the Week: “Having a French bulldog is like buying a used Jaguar. It’s the best and you’ll love the thing, but it’s going to cost you a ton of money.” — Barnes

Enjoy that school year y’all ;)

2014 New York Skateboarding Year in Review: 10-6

December 24th, 2014 | 4:44 am | Features & Interviews | 3 Comments

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Line around the corner.

Moving on… 25-21 here, 20-16 here, and 15-11 here.

10. The Dollar Slice Hints at an Eventual Extinction, Mass Starvation to Follow

Any New York-based news outlet spends at least eighty-percent of its content discussing how expensive it is to live here. We are no better, even if we have checking accounts to brave through higher prices for shitty pizza.

Since the dollar slice boom of 2010, this bare-bones food option has become an emblem for #poor skateboarders. It has been steadfast in its immunity to inflation, unlike every other pizza place that has raised its per-slice cost by 25 cents every year or two. That is, until 2014, when we began to see the unthinkable: dollar slice outlets charging TAX on a once tax-inclusive product, and promotions like a “Supreme Dollar Slice,” for $1.50. This hints at a future not unlike Interstellar, where [underemployed] skateboarders run out of available food and have to pack up and move to…Philly? :(

One Less Spot Downtown :(

July 11th, 2014 | 10:31 am | Daily News | 1 Comment


View from the top of the spot here

The building started knobbing the entire southern ledge section at the World Trade ledges as of a few days ago. They haven’t completely ruined the ledge off the seven yet, except you’ll need to gap out a foot past the first two knobs if you want to get a last minute trick on it. It’s safe to assume they’ll knob the entire ledge sooner rather than later. The northern section with the manual pad and the small ledge over the tree gap is skateable, but who knows how long that’ll stay around for…

For a spot that came pre-knobbed when it opened up in the summer of 2006, it’s amazing the rest of the ledges here made it this far. It was probably the best spot in the Financial District area that you sorta kinda maybe occasionally had a chance of skating, especially with the metal Seaport ledges gone.

Here’s a fun session from when we were filming for the Christmas 2013 clip. We didn’t get kicked out from 3 P.M. onwards. It was amazing and unprecedented. Good times.

There’s also this dumb clip from summer 2007. 240p.

Don’t Make Me Remember Stuff

June 3rd, 2013 | 5:00 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

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Robbie Gangemi via @zered1’s Instagram

R.I.P. to the best T.F. box in years. It barely even lasted a week. The pre softball permit culture of the T.F. was its golden age. Imagine if the next generation of Americans has more skateboarders than baseball players, and they kick out the softball players with skateboard permits? That’ll be funny.

The editor behind Dog, the greatest remix compilation skate video ever, put together an hour-long compilation of Girl/Chocolate/Four Star tour footage, entitled Super International Tour Zone. Thanks again, you should own a share of the company.

Boil the Ocean rounded up all recent Pappalardo sightings, which mostly stem from his friends’ Instagram accounts. There seems to be a recurring theme of tricks on motor vehicles and 5050s.

Transworld offers a rap remix of Walker Ryan’s New York-heavy Perpetual Motion part, which is bound to put a smile on any backpacker’s face. Speaking of Pappalardo, Ryan’s trick on the manny pad-to-bank at Grant’s Tomb is nuts.

Matt Militano’s part in the \m/ video is great. The line at J Kwon is quite impressive and the hurricane grind shove-it out at Lenox Ledges is pretty chill too. (Lurker Lou is such a dick, man.) You can check the video’s intro here and buy the full thing here. UPDATE: They just uploaded the whole video on YouTube.

Did Adidas generate a year’s worth of content from its summer 2012 New York trip? NY Skateboarding compiled scans of New York-related content in this month’s crop of skate mags, and yes, there are more Adidas New York photos.

Spot Updates: The parks department knocked chunks out of every ledge on the pier next to the Tribeca park, as an effort to ruin them before we got the chance to. Idiots.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Game 7! The only horse we have left in this race is a Heat loss, though the NBA is probably sweating bullets over viewer projections for a Pacers-Spurs finals. Don’t be surprised if there are a few questionable, Miami-favoring calls tonight in the event of a close game…As for an actual “play,” the moment when Tim Duncan discovered he had arms was cool.

Godspeed, Jason Kidd. He retired from pro basketball today.

Quote of the Week:


If you missed the PWBC revival that went live this weekend, check the post below this one. Don’t make me remember stuff.

The Events That Defined New York City Skateboarding in 2012: 15-11

December 21st, 2012 | 2:26 pm | Features & Interviews | 8 Comments


Previously: #s 25-21, 20-16. Have a good weekend.

15. The Average Completion-of-Construction-to-Knobbing Time Frame For New Skate Spots Reaches an Unprecedented Low

New York continues to have issues with underreported hate crimes. For the first time ever, the under-construction spots that we have been eyeing for months have begun coming with pre-installed knobs (cue up Rob Welsh’s Free Your Mind intro.) Consult the too-good-to-be-true “Late Show Ledges” on Broadway, and even bad spots like those marble blocks across from the Hilton on Sixth or those shitty wooden ledges at the hospital by the Banks for examples, all of which got knobbed within a month of blockades coming down.