Bloby Comp

December 16th, 2015 | 9:40 am | Daily News | 8 Comments

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In an age of “four video parts in a year,” overexposure is easy. Just as there were montage heroes in the video magazine era (who you were hard-pressed to find more than 45-seconds of consecutive footage from), favorite skaters now thrive on the explore page. Scarcity breeds value, and fifteen-second samplings leave you wanting more than two-song parts. Brandon Biebel elevated himself into numerous people’s favorite skater status this year off Instagram alone — despite having been around ~15 years. I was at a skatepark in Chicago earlier this fall where grown-ups were literally in shock that they were watching @jscott_handsdown skate IRL, and mulling about whether they’d seem too crazy asking for a photo with him.

Most stateside people were up on the Blobys since Café Clope dropped last year. Since then, barring a quick part here or a remix video there, the majority of their output and ascent to being the most recognizable Parisians on skateboards, has lived on IG.

A random guy on YouTube (“MrManeBeast”) came through with a serviceable IG comp of all of them. Keep in mind that the skating stops at the 5:48 mark, where the video turns into a Fetty Wap / anime mash-up, making it feel like the dude taped his Instagram comp over an old VHS tape.

Also IG related — what?

Pull Up On A Spot

November 16th, 2015 | 11:49 am | Daily News | 1 Comment

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Photo via Andre Page

Size runs are thinning out over in our webstore.

Boys of Summer is online in full. Logan Lara QS part drops 1/1/2018.

I do all this… on my iPhone 6New bro cam edits:Instagram Direct #13” from Johnny Wilson, “Hit” via Genesis Evans, “Linger” via Jesse Alba, and “Funza Summer 2015” via Mike Heikkila. NY Ramp Co. is #trending super hard in every phone edit these days :) ♫ You must have an Android ‘cuz you ain’t got Emojis

The Warschauer Benches are on the shortlist of the funnest spots I’ve ever skated, and they’re nothing more than a better version of the Newport blocks from ~15 years ago. Kingpin has a full feature on their creation and history. Amazing how the formula for a perfect skate spot is no more sophisticated than decent ground + wooden benches + metal, and how often that goes ignored.

Isle’s Vase video is premiering on Thursday, November 19 at 8 P.M. and Paul Young’s Bleach video is premiering on Wednesday, November 25 at 8 P.M. Guess what theater? If you guessed the Imax on 68th Street, then you guessed wrong.

Did you know Fully Flared premiered eight years ago to the day? Village Psychic looked back on Anthony Pappalardo’s seminal yet at-the-time misunderstood section, which inspired legions of twenty-somethings to scour Bushwick for unchartered crust, caused a 5% spike in applications to Pratt’s sculpture program, and skyrocketed the demand for brown chino fabric among the world’s textile mills.

“I miss having Skinner as a friend, but I miss him even more as an enemy.” Boil the Ocean on the current state of the skater / security guard relationship.

Footage of the 5050 + quick set-up barhop in front of Wavy’s is in the Local Express friends section, although no footage could really do justice to how crazy that is.

Monster Children interviewed Pat O’Dell in light of Epicly Later’d much-needed return.

Gino talks about all his major sponsor changes throughout the years.

Some bits of New York footage in the extras from the Florida-based Exhibit video.

Thought this “spot” was a joke. It wasn’t.

Dude you’re probably gonna be really bummed — but…the Hooters Rail is gone. What a fun spot! Shout out to Rodney Torres for being the first one to skate it, and to Connor Champion for switch nosesliding it just before the plaza got leveled.

Dreams do come true. Tha Tour 2 is on the way. Rich.. gang..

QS Sports Desk [Non] Play of the Week: This made me laugh a bit…”When you wanna be the Warriors but you ain’t the Warriors.”

Quote of the Week
Kuz: “Just give me the word, I’ll quit my job and break up with my girlfriend.”
Inquisitive Gentleman: “You have a girlfriend?”
Kuz: “No, but if I did, I’d break up with her.”

Much love and prayers to all our friends out in Paris.

Sk8ers in Paris

October 30th, 2015 | 7:05 am | Video & Remixes | 8 Comments

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Photo via John1Spaceheater

Been a slow couple weeks around here — which is strange because there’s no shortage of motivational Khaled interviews to inspire productivity. Jk, sorting shops out with the merch has eaten up a good bit of time. Your local shop should have all the gear by now, and the webstore launches on Monday at midnight (like, as in Sunday night.) We should be returning to regular scheduled nerdery next week :)

Below is a two-week-late Paris update. For whatever reason, there were five million people from New York out there at the same time, all due to various circumstances. Brought the camera out on two of the days, and this is what came of it. Didn’t make much sense to be the fifth guy with a camera out yaknow? The rest of the time was spend watching the hours go by at République / the greatest hang out that exists in modern skateboarding, minus some downtime for the most immature Louvre visit in the museum’s history.

You should go to Paris, it’s great. Have a good weekend and be safe on Halloween ;)

Also yes, pretty much made this clip to laugh at these four seconds over and over. Can’t lie. Dabbing going in the dictionary.

Features Hjalte, Vincent, Juan, Casper.

The Only 5050 Kickflip That Ever Mattered

October 22nd, 2015 | 4:44 am | Time Capsule | 11 Comments

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Even in 2015, there’s a commemorative éS block at Le Dome. It honors the millions of dollars in skate tourism the company brought to France these past fifteen years.

It seems like after every trip to Europe, the first order of business back at the QS office is to reconcile with Menik Mati. While every critical adult skate nerd writes it off, that video really planted the childhood seed for our European travel bug. Some kids wanted to go to California and skate a schoolyard; we wanted to go to Bercy.

Is there a spot on earth where one of the best tricks done on it was legitimately a 5050 kickflip? Maybe a curb in front of some 12-year-old’s house in Alaska? Noseslide shuv-its, willy grinds, varial flips up until just recently, 5050 kickflips — all of these tricks begin getting phased out halfway through high school. They’re kid tricks. “I’ve never done a flip-out trick — well, besides a 5050 kickflip — but that doesn’t count.”

So could you believe that a 5050 kickflip ranks as a peak achievement at one of the most iconic spots in all European #sk8 #fantasy? (Lord knows why, not like any of us can skate anything besides the three stairs there…)

Back From the Dead 2

October 19th, 2015 | 11:12 am | Daily News | 13 Comments

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Michael Carroll. Photo by Jonathan Mehring. Should be back to normal programming this week. Sometimes you just gotta lurk around France and not be all stuck inside a computer yaknow.

Gotta send a massive #OGRESPECT to the homie *The Shady One* for claiming something over group text on the lead-up to a trip and fully 100% actually not backing down and going for it on the second day of arrival.

Switch pop shove crook is prob the most unlikely trick to go down at Con Ed Banks.

A bunch of Boston dudes doing some hot moves in New York in the latest Jenkins Log installment. Also features the *coolest* trick Daniel Kim has done since he got a #desk #job and lost all of his Belly of the Beast-era powers hehe ;)

Screengrab is the latest video from Tom Gorelik a.k.a. Russian Bob. Features a part from Troy Stilwell, my favorite below-drinking-age caucasian skateboarder.

Skateboard Story interviewed Grandpa Jeremy about working at Autumn and subsequently running a shop of his own in Philadelphia.

There’s no reason to even bother pretending like anyone will have the slightest morsel of a chance in skating those Universitat-esque benches they’re supposed to be putting in Times Square. Anyone who’s skated through there even at the dead of night mid-winter knows those rookie cops are just waiting to ticket you. Literally the only precinct in the city I’ve ever heard claim it was illegal to skate on a sidewalk in New York.

“I liked it back in the day when someone like Henry Sanchez threw your board in the water at Pier 7, but he was still your favorite skater even after that. Now you don’t say hi to some kid and you’re ‘the biggest dick ever.'” Monster Children has a quick interview with the guy who ruined skateboarding back in 2012.

Fam, sk8ers been fake-claiming “one more” since way b4 Gatorade.

Our tour van playlists this past summer haven’t been far off from the Real van, though we probably listened to the [non-slowed down] middle montage song from Horny way more than anything (besides 56 Nights obvs.)

J.B. + H.D.V. is the only skater + spot combo as good as Kalis or Stevie + Love. Nice to see anytime he’s back there. Except we all know there’s only one Mr. Perfect

Enjoyed this Huck piece on Michelle Pezel, owner of Vancouver’s Antisocial.

A few progress shots of the skatepark being built in place of Fat Kid Spot.

Boil the Ocean on increased stress levels in modern-day skateboarding.

“It’s not like the easiest shit ever. It’s also kind of like the easiest shit ever.”

Quote of the Week: “Girls here are mad weird. I just matched with a girl whose bio says ‘Hitler’s Dreamgirl.'” — Antonio Durao re: Tinder in Chicago

Though it was never an actual spot, as maybe only three tricks have ever been done it, R.I.P. to 50th Street / Times Square Hubba. Here’s the greatest noseslider not from Maine doing a noseslide down it circa 2003ish.