First Post of 2018

January 2nd, 2018 | 1:24 pm | Daily News | 1 Comment

It’s cold out there. First posts of…2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

Here’s a gentle reminder to worry a bit less about ascending in skateboarding’s paid elite this year, and to save some money to travel with your friends to some far-off skate spots and simply have a good time ♥

Pretty stoked to start 2018 off with a whole roster of local videos…

It got uploaded just after last weeks links post went live, but Goodily is a new full-length from Diego Garcia featuring parts from Solomon, Yaje, Pat Hoblin, Jason Byoun, and basically all the people who skate more than you do.

Banister” is the new ten-minute mini vid from Gang Corp, to which they already uploaded a a half-hour raw files clip of outtakes and kick-outs.

Angel Fonseca and the Bronx crew have a new one called “Money Orders Bill$ 2.”

Lurkers 3 is back online after a brief hiatus as well.

Here’s a fun new 2017 Bobby De Keyzer Instagram compilation.

Max Hull with some photos of a trip to a 17-degree pool party.

Krooked has a trip to New York raw clip over on the Thrasher site, from what looks like when they were filming for LSD.

Memory Screen compiled what is essentially a “best of pre-2010s skateboarding history” montage to the long version of 411‘s theme song to get you hyped. Leaving out S.J’s front 180 switch crook at J. Kwon is a tad bit preposterous though.

Still a good bit of end-of-the-year stuff floating around on the slim chance that you didn’t have enough of 2017…

Boil the Ocean with more 2017 video part life, and Cafe Creme Blog also has its own list of 2017’s best video parts.

Theories has a ten list for 2017’s “Underground S.O.T.Y.”

Ripped Laces runs down the ten best skate shoes of 2017 (“the bootie, if you’re not used to it, takes a few hours to adjust to”), and the 25 best board graphics of 2017.

It’s 2 degrees outside for the foreseeable future, but we’re getting Sremmlife 3 this month to give us strength. At least you’re not in Montreal.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Porzingis is obviously close (no playoffs…yet, maybe 2025), but Tyson Chandler is still the best Knicks player of the current millennium. Happy to see him up to his old tricks in a warmer climate.

Quote of the Week: “If you’re born in 1980, you’re a savage.” — Torey Goodall

“Sticking’s lame, I had better things to do…”

Jordan at 50: Skateboarding Edition

February 14th, 2013 | 7:03 am | Time Capsule | 22 Comments

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Anybody who follows professional sports knows that February is a deadzone. NFL is over, ESPN pretends to care about MLB spring training, 80% of the NBA is in a mid-season slump, and hockey is hockey. So in 2013, sports media decided to fill up February programming slots by giving the most ubiquitous athlete in the history of sports even more attention because of his 50th birthday. There may one day be a better player than Jordan, but there probably won’t be one with better marketing and merchandising. (See: Any Kobe shoe.) If you have been alive for over a decade, you’ve likely owned something with a Jumpman on it; Lebron could fulfill his promise of eight championships, and still wouldn’t make it to that level.

Jordan’s career had been as much about championships as sneakers and advertising. M.J. will forever be “the greatest,” because he existed at a moment when an athlete could revolutionize a sport to a point that his personal brand influences something as distant as skateboarding.

The shoe parallels are obvious: Anybody who saw the Bones Brigade documentary (it’s on Netflix Instant, by the way) remembered that the Dunk/Jordan 1 was a skater favorite long before skate boutiques got SB accounts. The Caballero (before it got cut down to the Half Cab) had a bit of Jordan DNA in its design. The brand would even become indirectly responsible for the unfortunate air bubble craze of the late nineties.

February is a deadzone for skate content too, so here is a look back at some of the skaters who have most visibly been inspired by Jordan, sometimes beyond mere footwear.

How the hell do these videos only have ~1,000 views?

November 11th, 2010 | 3:07 am | Time Capsule | No Comments

These are from the panel discussion at MoMA’s “A Night of Skate Videos” that happened last October. The event got filled in like six seconds, as this was around the time Spike Jonze was coming out with Where the Wild Things Are, i.e. it was the sort of thing that was full of Spike Jonze fans more than skate video fans. Either way, we should all be thankful for the fact that there was a camera present to capture everything.

“I saw your meltdown that night, I was like, ‘Oh God, this is for a fucking skateboard video?’ It’s not like you’re in the circus or you’re flying to the fucking moon.”