Running Around the Lobby

September 3rd, 2013 | 9:28 am | Daily News | 10 Comments

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Monday Links on a Tuesday for the second week in a row.

Check out Philly Santosuosso’s mini New York part for Politic Skateboards. Eighty percent of it was filmed within maybe a ten-block radius. For those who don’t know, Philly runs Humidity Skateshop in New Orleans. DGK did a sick video about the shop and crew a few weeks ago.

The twenty definitive skateboard apparel trends of the nineties, in #listicle form.

For whatever reason, Shorty’s decided to start making skateboards again (don’t Skate Mafia and Shake Junt seem to split the space that Shorty’s would occupy, had it survived the post-Muska era?), but at least their iconic Horty shirt never lost relevance, as evidenced by this Westchester, NY-based montage. A notable QS associate also kinda met his wife because of that shirt. An undisputed classic.

If you live in/near the East Village, you knew 12th & A has semi been back for over a week. Due to Instagram, it’s now common knowledge for all. So, here’s the first known clip from 12th & A version 6.0. Is filming a lo-fi viewfinder the new VX1000?

…or wait, now that Instagram promos are a “thing,” has the iPhone solidified its position as the new VX1000?

And if there’s a new VX1000, what’s the new TRV900? A Galaxy S4? Until we figure that out, Billy Rohan has been hitting the streets with a TRV, and coming out with “Illumingnarly” edits of standard New York weirdos and some skateboarding.

R.B. Umali breaks down a nineties-heavy top five tricks he’s ever filmed. All due respect to Kalis’ Newport fakie flip, but the kickflip from Peep This that R.B. filmed might edge it out, considering it’s maybe the best kickflip ever done. Also, Billy McFeely 5050ed the ledge Lennie Kirk boardslid.

Craiglist Missed Connection alert! Anyone who reads this site lock eyes with some girl on the L train at 1 A.M. the other night? If you get a date out of it, be sure to thank the G Man at our Missed Connections desk ;)

BAM (the former best spot in Brooklyn), is hosting a skateboard-themed film series from September 6th through the 23rd. They’ll be showing everything from Gleaming the Cube, to This Ain’t California, to Waiting for Lightning, to Kids, and even Yeah Right! on a big screen. Taji Ameen interviewed George Gage, director of Skateboard starring Tony Alva, one of the first mainstream movies about skateboarding and the first in BAM’s series. (Related: The fifteen-minute short from 1966, The Devil’s Toy, is available online for free, and is one of the first films to depict skateboarding altogether. BAM will be screening it along with some related shorts later in the month. It was also the source material for the random shots of kids skating in the original Lurkers 2 promo.)

QS Sports Desk *Throwback* Play of the Week / Article Recommendation: As Knicks fans, it’s easier to remember Tracy McGrady as a past-his-prime cap-clearing piece than the guy responsible for things like this, but Bill Simmons makes a compelling case for his spot in the hall of fame over on Grantland.

Quote of the Week: “Nike Dunk wedges are the new tongue ring.” — Roctakon. (Should we expect a Three 6 Mafia reunion solely to sing the praises of young women in Nike Dunk wedges?)

Not the first time that we’re bummed over local TV programing changes: Despite the fact that Coming to America came out twenty-five years ago, and his only semi-recent output is admittedly an amazing Chapelle’s Show cameo, Pix 11 decided to give Arsenio Hall his own show at 11 P.M., moving Seinfeld reruns to 6:30 P.M. and midnight starting next week. Less of a reason to come home early.

No Top on the Wagon, Fisherman Gear

September 4th, 2012 | 12:31 pm | Daily News | 4 Comments

Tony Trujillo at the original KCDC, when it was on N 10th Street. 2004. Photo by Jonathan Mehring, who recently unearthed a bunch of great New York photos from the 2000s.

As the fall begins, Quartersnacks welcomes the prospective NYU, New School, SVA, etc. classes of 2016 to New York. Please read this guide before going outside, so you are not quickly exiled from civilized New York skateboard society.

It is crazy that Peter Smolik’s body of work continues to be so underrated, even beyond contributions to technical skateboarding. This past weekend, Joe Budden, a perennial favorite of those who insist they only listen to “real hip-hop yo,” made headlines by switching his default Twitter avatar to a photo of his face buried in a vagina. Smolik was WAAAAAY ahead of the curve on that one, and continues to not receive any credit for it.

Eight-minute iPhone clip of a bunch of younger kids ripping around the city this past summer. A lot of parks, but some street clips as well.

Vans is currently having a “Jason Dill Week” over on their site. Yesterday’s feature was an archive of Dill’s old magazine interviews, and today’s is a look back at his old Workshop ads with commentary on each one. (In case you missed it, there’s a long interview with him and Van Engelen over on the Syndicate site that chronicles both of their skate careers in great detail.)

Apparently, The Financial Times now covers the skateboard industry.

Our good friend, Alex Dymond, designed a sick Woessner shoe for the Vans OTW collection. You should scoop it up if you’re going for a grown and sexy vibe this fall.

There are some more parts from the Westchester-based PFP2: See You Lazer video now up on YouTube.

Some throwaway clips from A Stone’s Throw, an upcoming video out of Buffalo, NY.

There are some throw-your-board-down round handrails at the new BMCC building on Greenwich Street. There’s no security in front now, but that probably won’t last. Also, they might suck, because nobody here knows anything about rails.

Quote of the Week:

Yeah dude, skating here sucks. The hipsters, thug wannabees and Supreme employees hurt everyone’s feelings non-stop. Good to see people took our advice from the beginning of the year to heart. “Its all about the image hear.”

Starting today, your party budget is going to take a serious hit.

Going Solo, First CD Out That’s Not Slow-Mo

July 23rd, 2012 | 9:28 am | Daily News | 4 Comments

After repeatedly giving The New York Times a hard time about this awful article, we have to give them credit for a great Times Magazine feature on skateboarding in Uganda. Is there any way this generation’s student loan debt could get funneled towards building skateparks in Uganda instead of going back to some stupid bank?

Also in the realm of reputable-mainstream-publications-writing-about-skating, The New Yorker has a solid article about Transworld‘s “30 Most Influential” list. (Here’s the QS post from last winter regarding the “most influential” subject.)

Most have seen this by now, but Josh Stewart filmed a “Night in the Life”-type segment with Jahmal Williams and the Hopps team for the “RIDE” channel on YouTube. Jahmal Williams footage + black & white = always a win.

“As PJLWHL recedes into skate lore, the narrative of how a couple dudes from Boston with impeccable musical taste founded a shop that produced the one of the most transcendent video parts ever remains almost as interesting as the video itself. Shit would be a sick movie. Kids meets Empire Records, if you will.” Frozen in Carbonite on The Beatles, The Stones, Oasis, Stereolab, dubbing skate videos, PJ Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life, Palace, and City of Rats.

Cutty Brooklyn spots and annoying video effects. Thanks, art school.

One of those kids who slept outside Supreme for a pair of sneakers last week got caught out there so bad. “Sneaker culture” taking cues from frat / drunk-white-people-at-college-parties culture.

Coda Skateboards took a trip up to Boston.

There’s another part from the 2nd Nature-endorsed PFP2: See You Lazer video on YouTube. That bump-to-5050 on University and 13th is gnarly (@ 1:15) considering he’s more-or-less grinding a concrete booger sticking out of a wall.

People are making ceiling fans out of skateboards. People are bored.

In a tremendous blow to the world of online skateboarding content, removed all 411 issues from its library. Does anyone have a link for the Roc-A-Fella issue?

Spot Updates: 1) The Parks Department filled in the crack at Tompkins. E.J. is bummed. This entire article is now outdated. 2) Those rails on 95th and Columbus, which maybe three people skate every year, are blocked off by scaffolding.

Quote of the Week: “My day date got rained out, so I texted her that night saying ‘It looks like a dry evening, unless I make you wet later.'” – G-Man

Slim Thug, T.I. & Bun B > Clooney, Cube & Wahlberg > Rick Ross, Dr. Dre & Jay-Z

Shit Skateboarders Say

January 16th, 2012 | 1:07 pm | Daily News | 6 Comments

Sweet Waste in the world’s greatest tee shirt, and Lil’ Wayne dressed like a 12-year-old girl who just used her $100 Hot Topic gift card from Christmas at the Monmouth Mall. The Wayne coverage on QS has come full circle.

Akira Mowatt’s company, After Midnight New York, just dropped a team montage. The illustrious Geo Moya has the intro honors, so it’s a must-watch.

Portland, Maine isn’t exactly the first (or fifth…or tenth…) city you think of when it comes to skateboarding in the northeast. ’96 Mentality is a new mini-video out of Portland that gives a glimpse into their scene. It’s super well-edited, and the tricks and vibe give it a nineties feel, even though it’s all HD.

Here is the final throwaway clip from the PFP2 video, based out of that region just north of New York City and sponsored by 2nd Nature. You can watch the full first video here. P.S. “Get It On Tonite” is the far superior Montell Jordan single.

It’s sick that outer-borough (Brooklyn) kids can make a ten-minute video, all filmed in New York, but with barely any recognizable spots in it. Just goes to show you how big this city is. Watch the Slime video here. Also, this means the turnaround on someone skating to song off Rich Forever was what, one week?

Want to re-live Tompkins circa 2004? Watch this Super-8 reel. Some of it might look familiar because it was used in Lurkers 2.

Taji, Leo, Billy Rohan, and No Pants Day. Surprising that it has taken this long for someone to skate that fountain gap in front of the 42nd Street Library.

I think it’s my most ignorant music video yet.” — Black Dave.

Rob Harris shares his of-the-moment jams on the DQM site. Travie, 2Chainz, Future, and a bunch of other stuff we’ve never heard of (Elvis?) is on there.

There’s not much to say about the Mark Suciu part that hasn’t already been said. (It’s scary that switch backside noseblunts down handrails just get quickly tossed in the middle of parts nowadays though.) Frozen in Carbonite makes an interesting observation though — Is everyone going to forget about it in two days? Is that really the shelf-life of a web video part these days? Do people still talk about the Dylan Reider Gravis part, the Lucas Puig TWS video, or the Torey Pudwill part from the summer?

Quote of the Week: “Autumn is fucking closed and assholes are taking pictures on iPads, the future sucks.” — Francesco Pini, Chief Officer of QS International’s Italian and Scandinavian Branches

Ok, time to watch the Knicks fall behind by thirty points in the first half, and then switch the channel to the Memphis/Chicago game. Stay warm out there. Later.