Black Dave: Banned From B.E.T.

February 1st, 2013 | 11:46 am | Video Re-Edits | 4 Comments

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We chose to showcase the latter half of Black Donald Trump’s job description.

Since most recent Zoo York video outings have been montage-oriented, and most recent Black Dave video outings have been young black entrepenuer-oriented, we mixed up his skate video appearances from the past ~two years into one convenient part. Filmed by R.B. Umali and Rob Harris. Guest tricks by Yaje Popson, Emilio Cuilan, Stephan Martinez and Kevin Tierney. Music by the best New York posse song of its time. Have a good weekend.

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P.S. February is Black History Month, so it should be noted that the video above isn’t the only “remixed” video part by an exceptional African American skateboarder to go online today.

Jahmal Williams: The Lost Tapes

January 25th, 2013 | 5:30 am | Video Re-Edits | 6 Comments

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Photo by Josh Stewart

Well, “lost” in the sense that a lot of this footage isn’t easily YouTubeable.

Here’s a Manolo-esque mix of footage from a dude whose name should be brought up more in nerd-out conversations about the best styles in skateboarding. Some of the clips are from Logic and E.S.T. issues, some from random Florida videos that came out in the early-to-mid-2000s, a few bits from the first few Hopps commercials, and some have never been used anywhere else. Jahmal has benefited from two of the finest instances of music supervision in skate video history, so needless to say, picking a song wasn’t easy.

Also, be sure to keep up with Hopps. (P.S. They have a webstore now.)

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Related: Chrome Ball interview with Jahmal, Jahmal’s DQM interview, “Night in the Life” with Jahmal & the Hopps crew

Diamond Plated Edition

February 16th, 2011 | 3:12 pm | Footage | 4 Comments

Several months ago, the G Man spoke of an insane endeavor, in which he intended to film a video part exclusively on Crosby Street. Disregarding it as some sort of new age, alcohol-inspired pursuit at bringing notions of “abstract spots” to absurd new heights, I forgot about it. That is, until I actually noticed that an inordinate amount of footage from Crosby Street and it’s outlying areas of easy-to-skate-but-still-cool-looking spots had made its way to this website over the past year. The surge in skating this neighborhood probably correlates to this website’s roster becoming more fashionable in recent years, requiring a cobble-stoned proving ground best-suited for landing yourself in a Sartorialist post (or on Quartersnacks, its distant skateboard-related relative), and perhaps even meet an ambush of eggs, water, Heineken bottles, or paintballs (yes, rich people shoot paintballs apparently) from silk robe wearing residents disgruntled at their massive rent seeming less worthwhile when they hear your wheels raging across their diamond plated front steps.

This has been sitting around on a boredom-fueled Final Cut timeline for a couple weeks, so I figured it would make sense to throw it up on the site, even though it is practically all recycled footage. February isn’t exactly a month known for acquiring a ton of skate footage in New York, so recycled stuff that is thematically re-edited is the best we can do for now. After all, it is fashion week, and what’s more fashionable than an all SoHo skate clip?

As a bonus, the geographic restrictions on this clip are so intense, that the classic Quartersnacks spot-that-isn’t-a-spot, the Crosby Garage, was left out because it is north of Houston Street. Dedicated to the G Man and his endless dedication in skating ridiculous spots amidst the most fashionable area in Manhattan.





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