Behind the Scenes of ‘Manhattan Days’ with Pontus Alv & Aaron Herrington

September 26th, 2014 | 3:36 am | Features & Interviews | 12 Comments

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All Photography by Nils Svensson

Been a slow news week around here. The web store ate up most of the time (thanks for all the support, your stuff should finish shipping today!) In consolation, here’s a quick convo with Polar Skateboards man-in-charge, Pontus Alv, and Aaron Herrington, Polar’s resident New Yorker, about their Manhattan-based sequel to last year’s “Trocadero Days” video. Have a good weekend.

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What is the concept behind the “Manhattan Days” video?

Pontus: For both this and “Trocadero Days,” we approached it like we were tourists discovering a new city with our skateboards.

Aaron: We watched the New York section from Powell-Peralta’s Future Primitive a few times before we filmed it. You see them skating the streets together around Times Square, World Trade, and Rector Street as a big crew.

Pontus: We wanted to use diamond plates for it. The sounds they make are very distinctive to east coast skateboarding. I really wanted that noise in it. The shopping cart was another aspect. Coming from Europe, the homeless people pushing around the shopping cart with all their belongings really stands out for us. It’s not something we really see. We wanted to customize that idea for skateboarding — us pushing around New York with junk. We added a pole jam as a Ricky Oyola tribute, to Philly and that whole Eastern Exposure era.

Aaron: In “Trocadero Days,” they used pieces of wood, but we wanted to make it so that the diamond plate material was accessible everywhere. You always associate it with New York skating, just seeing those old Tribeca spots and bump to bars made out of it.

Was the Future Primitive section a big guide for the vibe you guys were trying to achieve?

Pontus: My biggest inspiration for both videos was the Trent Gaines, Rueben Dominguez and Paul de Jesus section in Propaganda. That part has always been a huge inspiration behind what I do. I want to showcase skaters skating together: doubles, triples and more of a gang vibe than about the individual. When skateboarders go skate, they go in a crew. We have fun together and we laugh together, but in the final product, the video always turns out to be about the one guy who’s doing the trick, even if the whole crew is there with him. Skate videos have a way of portraying it as more about the solo artist. I really miss seeing people doing stuff together.

Erotic Skateboard Fiction

May 5th, 2014 | 12:17 pm | Daily News | No Comments

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Is it safe to say it’s finally spring? J-John the Don — Nosegrind in L.I.C. Photo via GX1000.

Happy Cinco de Mayo.

Tees still available in the webstore. Now available at Solstice in New Bedford, MA. Also available at Supreme NY & LA, Seasons, Humidity, One-Up, Exit, NJ and Commissary. UK: Go to Lost Art or Palomino. Rest of Europe: Cali Roots has it online. Japan: Swingin Market and Apple Butter have it online.

Read the first ten pages from Roctakon’s work of erotic skateboard fiction. (Note: there isn’t a single mention of skateboarding in the first ten pages though.)

Most commonly asked question among people who skateboard this past weekend: “Did you see that trick Lucas Puig did on his Instagram?”

Jordan Trahan joins the 360 flip hall of fame with a co-sign from the head chairman.

Pop Trading Company distributes QS gear in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg, and they probably still watch Eastern Exposure a lot.

Kingpin has a dual interview with Lev Tanju, the mastermind behind Palace, and Pontus Alv, the mastermind behind Polar, regarding their tour through Denmark and Malmö. “That’s the problem: you start a skateboard brand and then you just get fat.”

Some other quick interviews: Street Piracy interview Clem from Recordings of Boardings, Chris Nieratko interviewed Sage Elsesser for ESPN, KCDC interviewed Jahmal Williams, and Bedford + Bowery interviewed Josh Stewart about Static IV.

As far as the kids-in-or-around-New-York-who-skate-handrails sub-genre goes this Julian Lewis part is pretty impressive. Dude does Grecco’s Deathwish vid 270 noseblunt ender on some rail and then decides to 5050 a 27-stair…in the snow.

The guy who invented the ollie works on Porsches now.

This Ain’t California is now on Hulu for free. QS review from last year here.

Mike O’Meally on one of the more iconic New York City skate photos (the shot of Jeff Pang, Todd Jordan, etc. skating down Broadway on September 12, 2001.)

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Damian Lillard sits among John Stockton and Michael Jordan as one of the few players to end a playoff series on a buzzer-beating shot, all while giving his franchise their first series win in 14 years. P.S. Rooting for a “New York” basketball team with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on it is not rooting for a New York basketball team. On the plus side, *if* Dolan is capable of feeling stupid (massive if), he should feel pretty dumb right now considering the Nets made the second round and the Knicks didn’t even make the eighth seed. P.P.S. How funny is it that the Sixers, Bobcats, Wizards and Raptors all have a considerably brighter half-decade ahead of them than than the Knicks do? Draft picks > Phil Jackson.

Quote of the Week:

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Did everyone make it through Saturday’s T.F. closure scare okay?

Nothing Was The Same AKA Shit Got Weird

December 30th, 2013 | 10:52 am | Daily News | 1 Comment

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“Tough to draw the greatest trick ever done.” Scott Johnston by Mike Gigliotti.

We got a restock on QS beanies. Mad colors. You’re gonna need one.

Is the no comply to frontside bluntslide bound to be the most coveted skateboard maneuver of 2014? Exhibit A, Exhibit B.

The new Mira Conyo video, MC2 is now online. You know New York is big when you can watch an entire video filmed in Manhattan with pretty much no easily recognizable spots. Maybe that’ll change with more people venturing up to the Heights on account of the new skatepark, but definitely refreshing to watch for now.

Eli Reed has a six-minute video interview up on VHS Mag (which is apparently “the Quartersnacks of Asia.”) He discusses Vehicle, a lot of the New York skaters from the nineties, Tokyo, etc. There’s a bit of skating in it too.

Billy Rohan talks about his “first New York video part” from EST 3, which includes the top 10 noseslide into midday 7th Avenue foot traffic and the worst song ever.

Spam is the new video from The Beerics. Cool spots, solid skating, and an #indie soundtrack. The slam at 4:22 might may rival our past entrant for slam of the year.

Frozen in Carbonite with some thoughts on the amazing FTC book.

KCDC has a quick interview with Joey Pepper on their site.

For a daily dose of idiocy, read this article about the upcoming full-scale renovation of Love Park. The mayor’s office really thinks Love is “a national and international attraction” for anyone besides the people they’ve spent years trying to keep out of it? Incredible how delusional these people are about a place that’s otherwise predominantly used by homeless people and drug addicts. The planning is going to span most of 2014, so get those Philly trips in while you can.

There’s a new old raw footage clip from the Static III days over on the Theories site.

Nothing to do with skateboarding, but Roctakon has some Best of 2013 picks over on the Turntable Lab site. Glad to see we’re introducing the concept of being at terms with Drake to the broader world. (BTW the three best tracks of 2013 are actually “Shit,” the ATL “Shit” remix and “Paranoid” / anything else with a “Mustard on the beat ho” drop before it. Oh and this obvs.)

Fingers crossed on SURFBOARD being the next Vine phenomenon a la “When the beat drops.”

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: The closest thing to a crossover you’re ever going to see Tim Duncan do. There’s also this this NBA.com countdown of 2013’s top 10 crossovers. To no surprise, Kyrie has three of them.

Quote of the Week: “I’ve been on your site before…there were too many words on it.” — A Girl. Bonus! This was definitely the tweet of the year.

Only two more days until Street Lottery 2

Five Favorite Parts with Pontus Alv

December 6th, 2013 | 5:50 am | Features & Interviews | 12 Comments

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Photo by Nils Svensson

This feature was never intended to only feature guys who run skateboard companies, but it’s kinda looking that way, huh? At least this one is themed around a single year (that’s not 1996), so you get a break from re-watching Guy’s Mouse part ;) Personally speaking, I had only seen one of these before, and pointing people in the direction of great, under-appreciated parts is sort of what this feature is supposed to do. So here are five favorite video parts from Polar Skateboards C.E.O. and D.I.Y. advocate, Pontus Alv.

(And before some commenter points it out, yes, he does mention a trick that Nigel Hudsons did in his new part, we get it. The interview was conducted before then. Curbs > rails anyway, who cares.)

Unrelated but worth noting: 1) The new Politic Skateboards video, People’s Temple, premieres at 2nd Nature in Bushwick on Sunday. New, full Dave Caddo part! Flyer here. 2) Zoo’s new video, King of New York, premieres at Hotel Chantelle on Monday at 8 P.M. (Not sure if that means a new Westgate part, but hopefully.) Flyer here.

25 & Boomin’

October 15th, 2013 | 5:00 am | Daily News | 16 Comments

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Max Palmer A.K.A. Loose Trucks Max — Bar Ollie via The Local Weather

The no comply into slide game is getting mad real, huh?

Chief Keith, one of the QS office’s favorite skateboarders, now rides for Hopps.

Quim Cardona reveals that he was originally supposed to play Telly in Kids, and then skates around Brooklyn and Manhattan in this “Asphalt NYC” clip.

Gino, Kenny, Koston, Stefan and Zered doing skateboard tricks in New York for fifty-four seconds. Gino even pushes in it!

The Alex Olson picnic table .GIF round-up.

Two of these things are skateable. Get on it, IBM.

Take a trip back to New Jersey and Philadelphia in 2005-2008, and realize just how long Brian Wenning’s impact on fashion in the region hung around for.

Some of the sickest-looking skateboarding continues to come out of Pittsburgh.

Is house music in bro cam clips featuring mostly skaters who are 25+ going to turn into a “thing?” and the new Diamond Days clip might technically be more #street than the one that was supposed to be their return to the streets, provided we are still treating Fat Kid Spot as a #street spot.

Snack Skateboards (no affiliation obvs) comes through with one of the better “Summer Trip to NYC” web clips to come out this year.

Boil the Ocean makes the case for the frontside noseslide being the most “picture-esque” of slide tricks, via a recent example by Brian Clarke. Though not a slide, we’re partial to the frontside noseslide’s cousin, the backside 180 nosegrind.

Kukunochi Corp. has some scans of a Swedish magazine article about Polar’s 2012 trip to New York. Lots of cool photos, though no English translation.

Sigh: Part Two.

QS Sports Desk Headline of the Week: Iman Thug shaved his flattop off. End of an era. (Does anyone else have a horrible feeling that Dolan is going to force some moronic trade that involves Iman this season?)

[Anonymous] Quote of the Week:
“Yo ____, can I borrow $5?”
“I’m an illegal immigrant with no job. I’m the last person in this car you should be asking for money.”

Thanks to everyone who linked up the Brad Cromer remix. Have a good week.