First Take — The New P.J. Ladd Video Part

August 17th, 2017 | 12:44 pm | Daily News | 17 Comments

Words by Frozen in Carbonite

Reclusive geniuses are an endangered species these days. In the current era of personal branding and ever-flowing #content, this state of affairs renders new material from one an #event — like that one new Harper Lee book or, as I referenced here, a hypothetical new Salinger novel.

After the Plan B video came and went with a single solitary trick, the long-awaited P.J. Ladd street (i.e. not filmed in a private indoor T.F.) video part occupied a mental space somewhere between Chinese Democracy and the Menace video.

Indeed, if I were in a barstool conversation with, say, Chuck Klosterman, the easiest way to convey what makes P.J. Ladd such an icon would be to say “He’s like the Brian Wilson of skateboarding” — an archetype-shattering, somewhat eccentric genius. However, once you shatter the mirror once — via a Pet Sounds or a PJLWHL — you can’t put it back together. That impact is one-time-only. What made PJLWHL so insane was that it was technically mindblowing and viscerally relatable (ledges alongside piles of snow, shredded Accels) at once. It was as if the exponential progression of Embarcadero — achieved collectively by Sanchez, Carroll, et. al. — had been recreated in one mind. Also, just like Brian Wilson inspired a legion of followers (like the dude from Spiritualized, etc.), Ladd created an entire genre of Boston ledge-tech assassins.

So, after a decade and a half, the most realistic expectation — as with Wilson’s 1980’s solo record — is quality work.

Which brings us to the outline of the part itself. Tricks, spots, and fits.

Streets is a Jungle, Gotta Watch For the Koalas

April 28th, 2014 | 2:07 pm | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Phil Rodriguez. G Turn. Rockaway Beach, NY. 2013. Photo by Ian Rosenberg.

All tees still available in the webstore, hoodys are sold out. Available instore from Supreme New York & LA, Seasons, Humidity, One-Up, Commissary, Exit and NJ Skateshop. If you’re in Europe, QS gear is available online via Lost Art (free shipping in the UK), Palomino and Cali Roots. Thanks for the support.

Alexander Mosley launched his new website, Watermelonism.com. New clip on there featuring a quick Billy Waldman cameo. Support the Watermelon man by buying a board or tee. Down since day zero.

Trevor Colden won over the entire QS office by skating to Migos for his Skate Mental intro part (oddly to the song we joked about using for the Westgate remix.) Needless to say, skimming through people crying about the music supervision in the comments was real familiar experience. Now who’s gonna skate to “Freak No More?”

In addition to the lost Reese Forbes part that made it online last week, Donny Barley had a full section from the same Quiksilver promo. It’s great.

Volume 2 of Muckmouth’s “Where are they now?” series featuring Billy Valdez, Aaron Snyder, Robbie Gangemi, Eric Ricks and others. Speaking of Aaron Snyder, how good would an Epicly Later’d on the entire Shorty’s team be? (Huf is getting one, BTW.)

Diamond Days #73. Keith still doesn’t know where the lipstick came from.

There’s, like, one good spot in London.

There’s a 59-year-old cab driver in the Guangdong providence of China (a place with more than one spot) who doesn’t speak a word of English, but makes a living driving skateboarders around to spots that he shows them on his phone.

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There’s a Leo Heinert video check-out over on the TWS site. He frontside 5050s through the knobs on the long Union Square rail.

New Balance with probably the highest production value on a “Summer Trip to New York” clip ever. Can we please stop attaching two-minute credits sections after three-minute web clips? All due respect to those behind the scenes, but it’s excessive.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Kevin Durant’s fallaway four-point play was insane, but the Thunder ended up losing the game in overtime, so it’s got to go to Vince Carter’s three-point game winner. Who knew Vince Carter was seventh in all-time made threes? How good have the playoffs been? Is the cloud of Donald Sterling’s worldview from two centuries ago going to end up costing the Clippers the series?

Quote of the Week: “I’ve had sex to Honest two of the past three nights. Once it was to the online stream, another to the CD.” — The G Man

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Literally logged onto the Jet Blue site at least three times this weekend to check prices for another ticket to Puerto Rico

24 For a Clean Shirt

April 21st, 2014 | 9:55 am | Daily News | 8 Comments

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New tees and a hoody restock now available in the QS webstore. Also available at Supreme New York / Los Angeles, Exit, Humidity, NJ Skateshop, One-Up, Commissary and Seasons this week. Available internationally soon. Support your local skate site.

“Well, if you’ve lived in Brooklyn for fifty years, you just know shit sometimes.” Volume 6 of Lurk NYC’s “New York Times” raw footage logs. Whoever tried the rail at 2:47 definitely didn’t live in Brooklyn for fifty years.

The remix of Grecco’s best part since Baker 2G is really good, as is Mike Anderson’s “surprise full part” at the end of Yellow Van Chronicles.

Kingpin interviewed one of this website’s heroes, Dani Lebron. (Relevant.)

Someone rounded up all of Robbie Gangemi’s footage for a dedicated remix video.

Hypebeast has another interview with Bill Strobeck, in which he reveals the story behind the guy smoking drugs at the Water Street Veteran’s Memorial alongside Anthony Pappalardo’s commentary, among other things.

Muckmouth is starting a multi-part series about what happens to talented, aspiring skaters when they realize a career as a professional skater just isn’t going to happen as a long-term thing. In the first installment, they caught up with Andy Stone, Brian Hoard (!), Malcolm Watson, and a not-talkative Lavar McBride.

A nice tribute to an incredibly underrated skater: 10 Tricks Danny Montoya Did First.

TWS put the spreads from their April 2014 “New Balance in New York” feature online.

The “cherry” crew at House of Vans & NJ Skateshop at House of Vans.

Paul Hintz’s part from the Westchester-based PFP3 video. Are pajamas the final frontier of pant decisions in skateboarding? Is there anything left?

A small blow to the upper tier of many broke skateboarders’ lifestyle: Chipotle will begin raising prices 3-5% this week. Not as big of a deal as when dollar menus became “value menus,” but still an unpleasant development for the underemployed.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Despite an awful shooting slump in Game 1, this is somehow the shot that Jamal Crawford hits.

Quote of the Week: “I heard they got a Wet Willy’s in AC. I gotta check that out…I might do that tomorrow.” — Carl Williams

Honest is really good, BTW. Big Boi or Big Gipp on a “Benz Friendz” remix or something would be cool ;)