Thought It Was a Drought

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Just take me to a spot that’s famous.

“In March, Kelvin and the other patinetos left San Salvador in the dead of night, and skated three hundred and fifty miles through Guatemala to the border town of Tecún Umán. That was the easy part. It’s fifteen hundred miles across Mexico, much of it past growing ranks of Mexican immigration security agents, kidnappers and extortionists.” How four dudes skated from El Salvador to the U.S. to flee gang violence …and here we are complaining about how some spot in Bushwick is too far.

A three-minute Challex Olson Instagram footage compilation. He’s singlehandedly keeping 12th & A alive to the world outside of the East Village.

Frozen in Carbonite re-casts a City of God reboot with Brazilian skateboarders.

Much respect to the guys at Blue Tile Skate Shop and Jim T. at Real for their protest against a Klan rally that happened in Columbia, South Carolina this past weekend. (Yes, this country still has fucking Klan rallies.) Here’s a good article from earlier this year about the creation of Jim’s “Hanging Klansman” graphic.

Here’s long iPhone video with the MPC™ / Paych / Sure guys, and here’s a short iPhone video with the MPC™ / Paych / Sure guys.

New part from Chuck MVP, one of the stars of legendary Instagram compilations, Dime Comp Volume 1 and Dime Comp Volume 2. Also features the forever underrated Canadian, Andrew McGraw. #freegucci

This dude nose manualed up Black Hubba.

Skateboard Story interviewed German Nieves, cult hero at the QS office and runner up for best new old part of 2015 (#1 = this), about starting your own brand in 2015.

An interview with the girl behind Girl.

Transworld posted their “AM Spotlight” interview / photos with Antonio Durao. He also switch 360 flipped the double-set at the L.E.S. Park this past weekend. When does the Love Gap get drained again?

ICYMI: Solid new all-HD LurkNYC montage, and an “old” new Jake Johnson part filmed in one day during a stopover in Reading, Pennsylvania.

The marble mini hubbas in midtown are a wrap.

Quote of the Week: “Nobody looks unhappier than people who are really good at skating transition.” — Roctakon

As DS2 blares through portable speakers for the remainder of the summer, let’s take a moment to revisit the classic intro off the ANCIENT original Dirty Sprite mixtape from 2011. Amazing how probably zero other “hot” rappers from back then are #relevant now. The game’s rough man.

Also, shout out to Future for using a Shutterstock image as his album cover.

The Events That Defined New York City Skateboarding in 2012: 20-16

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Big news of the day: Google Maps is back for iPhones. Did anyone ever try going on a road trip with that Apple Maps app? It was horrible. Anyway, here is the second installment of our “Year in Review” series. Previously: #s 25-21.

20. Stuy Town Rail Becomes a Normal Spot

New York’s main contribution to the “skateboarding is beginning to look like rollerblading” theory (see: recent advancements in ledge dancing, 16-flat-16 handrails) was this rail’s transition into something people actually skated the whole way down. Before, it was only utilized for quick grind-to-pop-in tricks on the handicap ramp (Alex Olson does a feeble pop over on it in the Pretty Sweet bonus section) and near-death experiences for those attempting to slide the entire thing (Kerel Roach in the 2004 ABC video / maybe Remedy.) In the past year plus, Kevin Tierney boardslid it, Jonathan Ettman 5050ed it and some Australian will lipslide it next summer. (Sorry for all the parenthetical asides…)

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Peter Ramondetta ‘Since Day One’ Remix

“It’ll probably be edited to Bone Thugs or some shit.” — “Quartersnacks” Google Alert from the Slap message board discussing the Ramondetta remix. One of the finer moments in QS Google Alert history.

No, it’s not edited to Bone Thugs. But it is edited to something equally irreconcilable with any soundtrack expectations you’d have for a Peter Ramondetta part, much in the tradition of that time Westgate went to Mars. Considering No Way Out holds “First CD I ever bought in my life” status for a sizable portion of the Quartersnacks front office, utilizing one of its better-known moments is long overdue. Anyone could hypothetically skate to this song. It doesn’t discriminate. (P.S. One last Real Since Day One clip with *unseen* footage coming soon.)

Alternate YouTube Link: Colossal sized Picassos

QS Re-Edits: Democratic Edition

(Photo stolen from Travis Jensen’s Flickr page. More details about the photo, Hubba Hideout, San Francisco, etc. can be found in this old post. “Imagine working a shitty job and copping that flick one day.” — The G-Man.)

As per the results of your votes for the third installment of the QS Since Day One remixes, Peter Ramondetta’s part is the next, and final full-part chapter from the video. If you’re familiar with this website’s soundtrack biases, and have seen a Ramondetta part before, you already know that the music associated with each couldn’t be further apart. Luckily, the crew at Real is pretty “Do whatever the hell you want” about everything, allowing us to create perhaps the first non-metal / AC/DC / angry-white-music Ramondetta part. Sorry to disappoint the people (i.e. Marquez) who would blurt out “Don’t say motherfucker, motherfucker” at random moments for the entire year after Roll Forever came out. We’d consider utilizing Turbonegro if they had a song with a 2 Chainz feature. They might just be the only musical act on the planet who have yet to summon his services for a guest verse.

Teaser below. Remix online next week. Extended Since Day One B-sides to follow. Still waiting on Ty Evans to get in touch with us regarding a honorary Pretty Sweet guest edit slot. Previously: Dennis Busenitz remix, Ishod Wair remix, DVD extras + Todd Shaw re-edit.

Have a good weekend.

All My Whole Team Is Very Important, Straight Up

Monday links. Experimental grammar edition. Photo by Boss Bauer.

You know who’s kinda good at skateboarding? Lucas Puig. The illustrious Manolo mixtape series came through with a five-minute French Mariano tribute, accompanied by a left-field Big L remix. Even though we consistently state that French Mariano is superior to French Montana, a “Shot Caller” remix wouldn’t have been inappropriate.

New 30 seconds of footage from one of Queens’ finest, Luis Tolentino. (Related: 5050ing up a seven-stair rail is just normal now. Remember how that was a joke back when Yeah Right! came out?)

Apparently, people still skate spots that aren’t the new L.E.S. Park. Some bro cam footage from the BQE spot in Williamsburg.

The Philly-based Skate Jawn crew has a new issue of their ‘zine online, in addition to a new full-length video filmed mostly in the northeast.

Zabar’s caught onto our favorable trend forecast, which is pretty funny. How does this get turned into free or heavily discounted groceries?

With his third part this year (Note: It’s July), Mark Suciu is perhaps the first skateboarder to approach Wayne in 2006-2007 / Gucci in 2008-2009 levels of productivity and output. This one is filmed entirely at night and in downtown San Jose. We’ll happily curate an all-Midtown Manhattan edition in exchange for 15% of Habitat’s stock in the seemingly unshakeable brown pants industry.

Bad News! Don’t bother going up to 59th Street to skate any low ledges this summer. The entire monument has been fenced off.

More bad (maybe outdated) news! The eight-stair square rail at CBS got knobbed.

“Do you think it’s hard to get the rights for Biggie?” That seems to have been the case. Here’s Dennis Busenitz’s Roll Forever part remixed to the second or third best song off Ready to Die. Bumass WMG eased up, and finally liberated the audio. From the 2007 Real Remix Project DVD. Thank the Skate.ly library for the upload.

Can’t wait to see someone dressed like this at 12th & A. Whether or not he’ll also be mumbling “That’s the shit I don’t like” will be interesting to see.

Bronze / Flipmode’s 56k video: “Out later this week…maybe?”

P.S. Instagram-themed Rick Ross mixtape covers

Quote of the Week: “There are barely even any PBR tits out there.” — Lurker Lou on the virtues of Fort Tilden


We’re going to start a petition for a guest edit slot in the new Girl/Chocolate video. There’s a sneaking suspicion around the QS office that Ty Evans will forget to edit something to Future.