Don’t Look Like That: End of Summer 2013

September 20th, 2013 | 5:46 am | Footage | 3 Comments

dre roof 360 flip

We’re three weeks past our Labor Day deadline for End of Summer clips, Dre is back to wearing colors besides white, and we’ve been experiencing some 50-degree mornings, so this is more like a Start of Fall clip.

The past summer was weird. Our research of recent visitor trends revealed a massive increase of Brooklyn readers, so we were advised to up the wallie and wallride count in this video by a whopping 80%. In fact, Josh Velez took it upon himself to enter the wallie arc of his career some seven years earlier than he initially anticipated to remedy this disconnect between the site’s content and its readers/viewers. Also, there are an inordinate amount of Jersey Shore spots in this clip to add to the weirdness.

Features Zered Bassett, Atlanta Shane, Haffa, Galen Dekemper, John Diaz, Ron Deily, Josh Velez, Pryce Holmes, Elijah Cole, Lui Elliot, Kadeem Walters, Ritch Homie Swain, Torey Goodall, Shawn Powers, Andre Page, Matthew Perez, Lurker Lou, Brendan Carroll, Tyler Tufty, Quim Cardona, Gavin Nolan, Paul Tucci, and Alexander Mosley.

Have a good weekend.

Alternate YouTube Link

Previous “End of Summer” Editions: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2012 | 2:57 am | Footage | 17 Comments

east 73rd st

Merry Christmas everybody. Here’s our annual mostly midtown / Christmas light footage / non-rap clip. Comes complete with two backpack lines and more tricks on three/four stair handrails than ever before. “I done seen everything today!”

In case you guys didn’t know, during annual Christmas music research for this clip, the fact that the Ying Yang Twins have a Christmas album came to light. Needless to say, it’s incredible. At least for the first minute or so. (Here’s another good one.)

Features: Alexander Mosley, Black Dave A.K.A. Black Santa, Tyshawn Jones, TJ’s homie (sorry for not getting your name), Gavin Nolan, Eli Reed, Josh Velez, Ritch Swain, Roctakon, Pad Dowd, Ty Lyons, Tyler Tufty, Dustin Eggeling, Keith Denley, Sweet Waste, Pryce Holmes, Pat Edge, Torey Goodall, Brendan Carroll, Matthew Mooney, Jack Sabback, Kevin Tierney, Brian Clarke, and Andre Page.

Contributing filmers: Joe Bressler, Jeff Ricker, Andre Page, Josh Velez. Thank you.

Alternate YouTube Link. Just an FYI for mobile users: YouTube will *not* play the video on iPhones, etc. because of third party content (i.e. uncleared music.) It should, however, work on Vimeo. YouTube poorly words their disable notice by making it seem like the uploader is preventing it for mobile playback as opposed to the company who owns the music.

This is the eighth one. In case you haven’t been keeping up, here are some relevant links to past Christmas clips: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005.

New Photos At Old Spots & Is There Such Thing as a Bad Photo of a Backside 180 Nosegrind?

August 1st, 2012 | 9:17 am | Features & Interviews | 26 Comments

This photo of Mike York at Pier 7 (circa 2003?) has been the wallpaper on the QS central command iMac for a long time. It is great for two reasons.

The era of The Great American Skate Spot is long gone, and we are entering a world where cities knob skateparks. Taking a photo like this will soon become close to impossible. A modern skate spot’s life span rarely affords it enough time to become so worn-in that a photo could showcase its every wrinkle.

To borrow a line from a great movie: “Politicians, ugly buildings and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.” The same could be said about skate spots. Johnny Layton might not have gotten a Skateboarder cover if he did an equal-sized ollie at a random spot in the Midwest, as opposed to one over a N.B.D. gap at the east coast’s sole remaining iconic plaza. Busenitz might’ve not had the same Transworld treatment if he backside noseblunted some curved ledge in Europe, instead of one that we have seen nearly every other trick go down on since the nineties, assuming that it was un-backside-nosebluntable. And it’d be tough to see a major magazine running a backside 180 nosegrind up a two-stair as a full-page photo if it was on a perfect marble ledge in China, and not on something that had over ten years of skateboard history eroded into its edges. Sure, older spots are convenient because they make it easier to qualify what has or has not been done, thus the larger frames of reference for the Layton and Busenitz photos, but a new photo at an old spot is treated with a certain reverence because it adds another page to the imaginary scrapbook skaters have for these places.

The other reason is based on a theory that there is no such thing as a bad photo of a backside 180 nosegrind. You can run a Google Image Search for the trick and almost all of the results, ranging from obscure European skaters to teenagers uploading raw DSL-R files of their friends to Flickr, will be good photos. Somewhere, there is probably even a great photo of Tyrone Olson doing one.

Until someone posts a bad photo of a backside 180 nosegrind in the comments and discredits this theory, a larger issue looms before us. The PWBC once famously resolved the question of whether white guys or black guys are better at fakie hardflips. We’re making a similar inquiry — Who is better at backside 180 nosegrinds, white guys or black guys? Consult the examples below.

1 of 1 QS Bachelor Party Tee

October 3rd, 2011 | 1:25 pm | Quarter-Diary | 1 Comment

Idea by Pryce Holmes. Shout out to Sin City.

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“They Hollywood as Hell”

May 31st, 2011 | 10:33 am | Daily News | 8 Comments

“Notice the Osiris logo? I’m trying to make it the best selling drink of all time, like the D3. I put an éS logo in there for the skaters, too.” — Pryce Holmes, creator of the “The Pryce Holmes”

Some Norwegians from Matix Clothing flew out to New York, and posted up a well-done trip montage on Vimeo. The most impressive manuver in the video is a 360 flip down that awful double-set on 39th Street and Broadway. Does anyone want to buy Quartersnacks a T2i by any chance?

Seldom-seen footage of the switch big flip over the Fish Gap. Apparently, it was in some Focus video New York montage. If it’s not on the internet, it may as well have never happened. It’s online now, so everyone could strike it off the “heard about it, but never saw the footage” list. Most of that list actually has to do with big flips.

Anyone who grew up watching E.S.T. videos and Metrospective clips definitely looked up to Danny Falla (a back tail backside flip out over the Flushing grate was pretty massive in 2002…there weren’t legions of Europeans flying in to do misty flip crooked grinds over the grate gap back then), so it’s cool to see him getting more coverage these days.

There’s a new, stupid up rail in SoHo. Someone is probably going to get murdered on it. It’s 100 times more dangerous than New York’s original [knobbed] Up Rails, and those were dangerous.

Michael Gigliotti put together one last clip before he says goodbye to New York and skateboarding for quite some time. Features mostly skatepark footage, Little Alex, and probably the last footage of Giglotti until his Mariano in Fully Flared-level comeback part in 2018.

Speaking of Gigliotti, The Shady One, and the Homie Pro, they have the finest section in the 40-minute Diamond Days compilation. Brian Delatorre has the best music/skating combo, and E.J. appropriately has the curtains. ¡TOMA!

They Hollywood as hell,” says UNIS graduate Joakim Noah. UNIS should have taught him that the proper phrasing is “they are Hollywood as hell.” They probably couldn’t teach him much about being more effective on offense though.

Thanks to 1 Cigarette, Grey Skate Mag, Ethan Evans, Pyrex Vision, Recordings of Boardings, Network Skate, So Fucking Radical, 48 Blocks, Olson Stuff, NY Skateboarding, Kingpin (only ones who pointed out that Billy skates solely in Air Max 90s), Caught in the Crossfire, and Hella Clips for linking up out Memorial Day weekend montage.

Quote of the Week:The world can’t end at least until the Knicks win a championship again. So we got a long time to go.” — Mike Bloomberg. Not to co-sign Bloomberg or anything, but he’s right on this one.

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