Legends of the Spa

Four years after the Parks Department sabotaged the best obstacle at New York’s most famous still-standing skate spot, it has returned with a vengeance. Photo via Kyota.

It seems like we traded our annual office tradition of late posts on the Monday during Fashion Week for late posts on the Monday after Glory Challenge. No seasoned QS reader expected an on-time update today though, let’s be honest ;)

Before we get started, let’s talk about perseverance in the face of adversity. No matter what skate trick got away from you, what job interview didn’t call you back, what crush blocked your number…there is always hope. Even if it’s four years, and four broken boards later — maybe you too, one day, will be the recipient of a celebratory “oooohhhhh yeaaaaaahhh” from Alexis Lacroix. It is all a matter of patience and dedication.

FYI: Most remaining stuff in our webstore is on sale.

I know Vice articles about skateboarding tend to get a bad rap on the comments here, but this one is actually pretty good! Zach Harris on the “trend” of skateboarders not treating their bodies like garbage cans anymore. (Save everyone who spent the last three days in Montreal, I imagine.)

And on that note: “Will skateboarding’s notoriously rapid generational churn soon spur a backlash against sober, thoughtful life choices, and bring about a new era of ‘hammer’ tricks, illegitimate children and unpaid debt?” …probably?

Zered has an interview with Juxtapoz mag about his Paper Skaters project.

Village Psychic interrogates Nick Boserio about whether or not skating street on 60mm wheels is “cheating.” Try and read it in his voice.

Noted sweatpants engineer and our good friend Jimmy Gorecki has a nearly two-hour interview on The Nine Club.

Crazy Ass Paterson Skaters uploaded a 12-minute-long raw footy log.

It is wild how much the spot selection in even a skate heaven like Barcelona managed to change over the course of a decade. Tombo uploaded some old footage from a trip out there in 2005 with Puleo, a young Brandon Westgate, and others.

The Traffic team talks about riding a bus from Washington to New York with a pantless man who thought he was the Road Runner, and other stories from when they were filming for their last video.

New York resident Mark Suciu has a longform interview with North.

Here’s a new iPhone edit from Kyota.

Quote of the Week: “Speaking French is 10% pronunciation and 90% attitude.” — Young Lady Giving Impromptu French Lessons at Glory Challenge

You heard it here second on QS ♥

Back To School Fashion Heatwave Week

The 2018 Brooklyn Banks. Photo via Bill.

Loved this addition to the recent trend of one-spot montages: “Mecca: A Everson Museum of Art Video” by Lukas Reed, which documents the life of the still-standing Syracuse, NY spot A.K.A. “Love Park if you squint.” Everything from the nostalgic landings in the shoveled out snow piles, to the circa-2002 internet titles/music supervision, to the unexpected Austyn Gillette cameo — the entire video is a fun watch. “Goodwine” is a sick last name.

Jesse Alba put together a montage with some footage he had leftover.

Max Palmer continues to be an honorary Atlantic Drifter via Jacob Harris’ Taipei one-off, “Stuck Inside a Film.”

“Crop Circles” is an amazing post-Love Philly/Pennsylvania/Delaware video that barely even has any Muni footage! Tons of seldom-seen spots, and some great skating from newer names.

Lispenard Street is #trending. Here’s “Mean Streets Volume 12” via LurkNYC. (See also that Cons Brazil clip from a few weeks ago.)

Nik Stain, Kyon Davis, and Casper Brooker skate Southbank together.

Shout out to everyone being themselves. The Bunt’s latest is with Sinner.

Here’s Nate Grzechowiak’s part from the Buffalo-based Jeb video (still a good bit of city footage.)

#TFreport: Kyota made an all-Tompkins montage thanks to all the N.Y. Ramp Co. obstacles + another non-T.F. montage last week.

Canal Wheels put together a quick clip from the long steps portion of Borough Hall to last year’s Sahbabii even though we got new Sahbabii last week :)

Watching Paris footage and not being in Paris is kinda how I imagine people going through relationship shit feel when they listen to Drake. Here’s montage #35 from the POP Trading boys, filmed during the last #PFW.

Boil the Ocean on the future of the whole “skateboarders are the original gentrifiers” thing.

Aquemini turns 20 this month, so here is a spottieottiedopaliscious 4-Star tradeshow promo from 1998.

We’re going to start issuing an annual “Non-Skate Journalism” award on QS each December, and this is the frontrunner: Toronto spent $31 million dollars effectively skate-stopping trash cans, but for raccoons looking to eat garbage — only for the raccoons to conquer the trashcan lock mechanism that was said to be “impossible” for them to open (poor guys don’t have thumbs!) If you — as a skateboarder — can’t relate to this tale of raccoon prosperity in the face of drudging humans trying to keep them from having fun, then you are a heartless coward.

Quote of the Week: “I wouldn’t wish a week in North Hollywood on anyone.” — Jesse Alba

Good luck with the school year ♥

Banned From Malmö

Photo via The Shady One

Not quite sure why the willy grind has been making a comeback as of late, but there’s a lot of good stuff in Brandon Gironda’s part via the Westchester County-based PFP5 video (ender is wild) + an accompanying Q & A with Mike Sassano about the long-running video series.

Austyn Gillette with four minutes of L.E.S. Park footage you’ll actually want to watch the whole way through. Had to throw that tune on mute tho ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

“When people are in public spaces or people are walking through public space…They conceive it as a kind of as a private property. Do you understand what I mean? So it’s like, ‘this is for this…Look there’s a bench here and it’s clearly meant for people who have shopped in that store to come here and eat this kind of fucking sandwich…’ They have a certain kind of possessive sense of everything.” — The always insightful Ocean Howell, with your #longread for the week via an interview about *shock* how skateboarders interact with public space in 2018.

We’re holding an editor’s meeting first thing this morning to see if it is possible to do a skateboard version of this New York mag article: “The Oral History of Four Loko in New York. A lot of cancelled following day sessions, and a lot of unnecessary nights in bookings coincided with this era writ large.

Gang Corp has a four-minute montage from their trip out to L.A. and S.F. + a new teaser for their upcoming video, Black Business.

Kyota made another video filmed exclusively on a Nintendo DS, aptly entitled DS2000. Includes a full Chris Milic part, who also has a bunch of fried tricks in this Frog Las Vegas trip montage.

ICYMI: Cyrus, Bobby Worrest, Challex Olson + others ripped through that Texas/Oklahoma/Mississippi part of country with Nike SB.

Two Brazilians came through and filmed his five minute shared New York part during that one magical week when the planters were moved away from the CBS Ledge. I know GX got all you psyched, but everyone please be careful filming in traffic, for the love of God.

Hopps rider Dustin Eggeling has a handful of New York clips in his new quick part for Live.

“I didn’t really receive shit out of it other than 11-16 year-olds hating me. Now that they’re 23 and they finally meet me, they tell me I’m a nice guy.” Love Skate Mag has an interview with Lurker Lou.

…anndd Skate Jawn has a new interview with Josh Kalis.

……aaaaaannnnnddddd Jim Thiebaud — someone who has received death threats over board graphics — has some thoughts for the “leave politics out of skateboarding” crowd.

Interviewing skaters alongside their moms could actually be a good interview series idea.

Quote Tweet of the Week:

(On that note, you might want to check out Stefan Janoski’s stop motion short film, “God I Need A Girlfriend.”)

Always loved how this clip came out, and remember lots of good times filming while for it. Rest in peace Miss Aretha ♥

Dog Day Afternoon

A late Monday Links post with a photo of Ri on vacation to accompany a prolonged content slump is practically a QS middle of summer tradition. In all honesty, we’ve been working on backend issues of this circa 2010 ass website for the past few months, and are finally closing in towards the end. After that’s all done, we’re back to bringing you all the hot takes on the Osiris D3 like the rest of the skateboard internet. We even started bringing the real camera out again!

“Don’t let the mainstream media fool you, walls are just vertical floors.” The official roster and challenge list for the 2018 Dime Glory Challenge has been released. See everyone there? (Related and related.)

“BLESSED”, the new full-length Supreme video, is on the way.

The Bunt’s new one is with young New Jersey legend, Jersey Dave’s first-born child, and underrated skate hair icon, Josh Wilson.

“It was pretty common to see kids charging through New York City together in big packs, sometimes 30-deep. The energy that creates is insane, and you can’t help but get swept up by it. Everybody’s feeding off it and pushing each other, which I honestly feel was a big contributing factor for all of us progressing so quickly.” Chromeball interview #119 is with Keith Hufnagel.

Vol. 26 of LurkNYC “N.Y. Times” b-sides is now playing over on TWS. Between all the beanies + winter clothes, and that whole hectic section on the Christie Street bike path, it gave the entire QS office crippling anxiety.

“Like so many of life’s conundrums, one inevitably is left pondering the fate of the switch hardflip.”

The Chinatown Manual Pad seems like it has been experiencing a recent resurgence in coverage, with the new D.O.A. promo being the the latest evidence.

Shout out to the Yardsale boys for carving out a #mood with their new full-length video while using the same DSL-R camera that we have been using for QS edits for the bulk of this decade. It is very much documented that some people hate that thing and the quality of footage it produces, but it occupies this loose space between iPhone and going full HPX that compliments homie videos like the YS one quite well.

Village Psychic has a rad interview with Patrik Wallner about skateboarding in North Korea, where he’s been four (!) times.

Kyota went to Boston alone, filmed himself, and eventually made Boston friends.

Quote of the Week: “How much do you think a helicopter from Korea to the Glory Challenge costs?” — John Choi

Have A Bagel Alright Guy

The Quasi video is now online.

“What’s the story behind Harold’s ‘Cheer Up, Bagel’ remark?” We finally learn the origin of the greatest sound byte in skate video history (“sometimes I wanna live and sometimes I wanna die” is runner-up) via Chrome Ball’s new interview with Dan Wolfe.

I C Y M I.

“The production numbers were so large that when I was on a solo trip to Korea tasked with moving production from one factory to the next, during a business dinner at a 5 star restaurant with the factory owner, I was told through a translator that, ‘The factory owner would like to inform you, that he can kill a man in this country and their body will never be found so you might want to change your decisions too.’” — Anthony “The Writer” Pappalardo tracks down the history behind the Osiris D3 with its designer.

Though he let up on the gas a bit since he got robbed for S.O.T.Y. by the third #big #rail #skater to get it in the past three years, Village Psychic offers up a mid-year remix video of Tiago’s stray bits of coverage to emerge these past seven months.

Jahmal Williams’ favorite skateboarder is Ray Barbee

Kyota remixed his part from Bot Video 2. Watch the full video here.

Rory Milanes = the new Chad Muska, and Thrasher posted their Palace in Hawaii article and photos online.

“Think of this magazine as a platform for you — yes, you! — to showcase what it is you do for skateboarding. Wherever you are. Whoever you are. Because as you’ll see here, skateboarding can really be anything you want it to be. It’s just a fucking toy after all.” Vice has an interview with the creators of Skateism, a magazine focused on nontraditional and underrepresented corners of the skateboard universe.

J.B. Gillett returns to San Francisco and Embarcadero for the first time since moving there all the way from France at the age of sixteen.

Jenkem runs down the history of Blubba with R.B. Umali and Steve R.

Hot take: midtown night footage looks better than 99% of cellar door footage.

Skate Muzik interviewed Mike Gigliotti from Lottie’s Skateshop in their latest episode.

You most likely caught it already, but Tao put together a southwest U.S. edit with Cyrus, Max, et al. for Nike SB, and I’ve had that Sunday night at Sway song stuck in my head all week.

Quote of the Week: “If it starts snowing tomorrow, I’m not even mad. Summer 18 has to end, g.” — Will Marshall

In an age of tuning out pre-roll commercials before skate parts, this line and song are still burned in everyone’s brain — it’s The Chocolate Commercial™, after all. The word “timeless” gets thrown around a lot, but it is hard to imagine this ever looking dated.