The Resurrection of Indoor Ten

June 10th, 2015 | 4:01 am | Daily News | 7 Comments


Not exactly sure how current this news item is, as much of the office is off in Europe filming for our future award-winning tour video, 56 Tricks.

Nonetheless, one of our spot scouts (that’s the department responsible for the spots page not being updated for 4+ years) recently passed along visual confirmation of New York’s most famous indoor set of stairs’ rebirth. Disregard our earlier report from February, or at least the finite tone in which it was written.

The *new* Indoor Ten doesn’t have a sleek, white marble surface like it’s predecessor. It’s made up of the the mundane and bleak granite found in nearly every midtown Manhattan train station. It’s more narrow, with less runway. It’s actually probably maybe bigger — going fast and rolling off it may no longer be an option like it was during its earlier incarnation.

It is, however, an indoor set of stairs. It’s loud. It’s crowded. It’s inside a subway station. You will get kicked out. You will only get two tries if you’re lucky. You will get chased for skating it. Maybe if fortune is truly on your side, you’ll get arrested for skating a set of ten stairs. It’s everything we could ever want.

It’s just great to have it back where it belongs.

(The only question that remains is if the A.B.D. scroll has been refreshed…e.g. the last high-profile trick at Indoor Ten 1.0 was Tyshawn’s switch backside flip in “cherry” — is switch backside flip off limits, or do skateboarding’s data-mining statisticians approach this development as an entirely new set of stairs?)

Getting In Is the Coolest Part

September 8th, 2014 | 1:51 pm | Daily News | 5 Comments


Illustration via @chuckmvp on the Gram

In honor of #NYFW, and given the free time available in their Boston-based, #FW-lacking headquarters, SMLTalk ran down the five most iconic Muska phases. The Muska’s sometimes bearded, #drk #fshn incarnation of today is not represented. Less sophisticated fashion editors may group this with the “Raver” phase, but we all know they are two different things entirely, albeit natural progressions from one another.

A full goof-around part on east coast-ish spots from Shane O’Neill would be fun, no?

Skating like a skaterrrrr

Village Psychic has a great mash-up video of Bobby Worrest’s three parts from 2014. However, RiRi > Bey x1000000000000000000000. Duh.

Part one of the Van Wastell doc is great.

2nd Nature’s latest video, The Gnarth, is now online in full.

Not exactly the worst use of skateboarding in a music video, though the bar is remarkably low. B.A. skating in any shape, form or fashion is unobjectionable. Also, where exactly is this basketball court in the middle of the projects where every player is blonde-haired and blue-eyed? Did Dirk buy Smith Houses for his nephews?

Connor Champion cruising around the westside to the greatest song ever recorded.

Guns don’t kill people, skateboards kill people. (Well, almost.)

Making videos sorta like Bronze is the new sorta rapping like Young Thug. This one definitely has some solid bits though.

The final, northernmost section of the High Line park is opening on September 21st. It’ll have spots, and you won’t be able to skate them for an excess of twelve seconds. Yeah, what else is new?

Teaser for volume two of the mostly-Chicago-but-also-some-New-York Deep Dish video is now live.

QS Sports Desk: “A few years ago I was a true fuck boy or: How I Learned to Stop Going to Sunday Brunch and Love Fantasy Football.” (No, we will not be covering football in any form this year. Chuck, Kenny, et al. are back in two months anyway.)

Quote of the Week: “This is great. Y’all look like a rock band. Like Kings of Leon or some shit.” — Home Depot employee to group of caucasian skaters purchasing dozens of bags of concrete

You guys already know why the past week has been slow ;)

It’s Warm Again

April 8th, 2013 | 6:41 am | Daily News | 4 Comments

g man

Chrome Ball came through with a sick compliation of Four Star ads from the late-nineties and early-2000s. Keenan’s switch pop shove in Australia is super chill.

After hours with Black Dave by Taji Ameen. He 5050s the top of the metal bench at Grace. The guard looked mad though…

Want more mad security guards? Quim Cardona and Billy Rohan shred around Times Square and midtown for their Berrics “Off the Grid” segment. Light wash denim is definitely making the #trendwatch.

Speaking of which, what new spot is going to #trend for this summer’s wave of pro skater visitations, now that the green ledge in Harlem is gone? Or is the stockpile of footage on it enough to keep its memory going?

Guy Mariano offers some wise advice that should be common sense, but unfortunately isn’t for a lot of people: Don’t spend your time in skateboarding bitter and resentful, especially at a young age. That “bitter at 23″ shit is the worst. Also, all due respect to Guy, but it’s tough to take his observation about “Skateboarders getting smarter” seriously after skimming through the comments of the Jenkem Mag “New Alien Workshop Rider” April Fool’s video. Then again, YouTube Hella Clips comments are one of modern society’s low-points.

Parts from the Mama’s Boys video are getting uploaded one by one each week. Kevin Maillet’s is the first to go live. Cyrus Bennett and Loose Trucks Max eventually?

For whatever reason, it’s easy to forget about Organika sometimes, but their new promo is great. They literally skate trees in it.

Spot Updates: 1) That new building at Astor is going to have stuff to skate. You can also count on it being knobbed or a six-second bust. 2) With the St. Vincent’s triangle slated for demolition, the actual bank has seen better days. 3) There’s a new box at T.F. It’s high and short. The green wallie thing is almost a wrap, too.

Did we travel back to 2006? Papoose’s album seriously just came out. Though the infamous “WorstPapoose” Tumblr got deleted, you can find the archive here. The stakes is high like the top shelf in the meat market.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Easy. J.R. Smith off Felton’s fumble with two seconds left. Is it too early to start getting scared about some team offering J.R. a better contract next season and him passing on his $2.8M option with the Knicks?

Quote of the Week: “Who hangs out with a girl on a Saturday afternoon? Girls are for rainy days and nighttime.” — Sweet Waste

Thanks to everyone who linked the Eli edit. Enjoy this wonderful week.

First of the Month Front Shoves

October 1st, 2012 | 10:46 am | Daily News | 11 Comments

Aaron Szott — Front Shove in front of Stuyvesant Grocery (R.I.P.) The photo is stolen from the latest batch of random Jonathan Mehring photos over on the Skateboarder site.

In today’s hyper-opinionated skateboard climate, there will always be someone there to say negative things about any skater, besides like, Mike Carroll. Busenitz is probably the only guy alongside Carroll on the unanimous positive opinion list. Is “I’d rather watch Busenitz skate a curb” the new “I’d rather watch Gino push?”

Frozen in Carbonite has the definitive guide to the skate parts and songs of summer 2012. In all seriousness, it’s the best piece of pop culture and skateboard writing of the year. ANYWAY, it would be great if there was some sort of alternate universe where Alien Workshop stopped taking itself so seriously long enough to do something absurd and awesome like edit a video to Drake.

There’s already another skate company with a triangular logo and a fondness for VHS aesthetics? Also, new Brian Brown footage is always welcome.

Two years later, you can finally skate all the stairs on the west side of FedEx sequentially again! Da construction is over. They added a (not-too-low) new ledge after the three stair. Photo here.

You’re not going pro (this is what pros do now), but if you’re dead-set on working in skateboarding, Jenkem broke down how people get into the skate industry. They also have a new interview with Danny Renaud.

Some Australians enlisted Quim Cardona to help with their New York P.R. problems.

Can you believe that single women who recently moved to New York for art college-attending purposes have the nerve to ask where all the heterosexual men are?

Luis Tolentino moonlights as an amateur scooter-er at the Maloof Park. “When I die, bury me inside the scooter store.”

The Jeezy and Officer Ross beef fired up this weekend. BET Awards = Source Awards of the new generation, but you already knew that. “I created my lane. No one can ever run my lane because it’s mine. I’m the Michael Jackson of my lane. And you know nobody was as great as Michael. I love Prince but he’s not Michael.” #Snow.

Quote of the Week: “I hollered at this thick rubbery girl today.” — The G Man

P.S. If you’re a Seinfeld nerd, this is great.

The First Skatepark Endorsement Post On QS (Ever)

June 21st, 2012 | 9:35 am | Daily News | 15 Comments

There are a lot of skateparks in this city, and we commend the efforts of all those responsible for their creation. However, this is a web destination composed of people abiding by a “If you can’t ollie up it, don’t ollie down it” motto, who define a good ledge spot as “another thing to do 5050s on.” If you’re not looking to simulate skating on a real handrail or learning to skate a ramp-to-ledge (Tribeca), if you aren’t a bowl hero (Chelsea), if you leave northern Brooklyn and don’t insist on skating inherently bad skateparks (McCarren), and if you don’t want to share a park with a bunch of wax-friendly, thugged-out rollerbladers (The Bronx) — Canarise is the best skate park in New York City. (Yes, it’s better than Astoria.)

– It’s the most low-impact park in the city. It looks like it was made for kids who just began skating, and old guys who don’t like jumping down things. Aside from the two quarterpipes at the start of the park’s “snake run,” there is nothing over four feet in height.
– It has the best flow out of any skatepark in New York. It’s a run of mellow obstacles leading into an eventual pit of a street course.
– There are two benches and one straight ledge in the “run” portion of the park. Not the best place to come if you’re looking to learn a ledge trick, but it’s better than the other five parks in the city for that purpose. Eventually, New York-based skatepark designers will appreciate the value of a simple not-too-high and not-too-low straight ledge at a skatepark, but that day has yet to arrive.

– It’s in…the…middle…of…nowhere. It’s a 25-minute local road drive from Park Slope. Apparently, you need to take the L to the last stop, and a bus to get there via public transportation. It’s far. As hell. Like, really, really, far.
– There are no stores around. There’s a water fountain, but that’s it.
– There are already a few mini-craters in the concrete at the top of the Euro gap. Maybe they’re an anomaly, but it is a bit of a red flag for a park that has been open for a month. Hopefully, it doesn’t take the McCarren route of being great for the first half-year, and eventually turning to shit due to bad concrete work.

NY Skateboarding had a detailed post with pictures and videos up last month, but here are a few more.

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