Thought It Was a Drought

July 20th, 2015 | 10:11 am | Daily News | 7 Comments

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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.

‘What Is Erotic Skate Fiction?’ – An Interview With Andrew Brown A.K.A. Roctakon

May 27th, 2015 | 5:21 am | Features & Interviews | 15 Comments

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The party has always been in the peripheral view of the events, people and skateboard tricks featured on this website. We like to have a good time.

Longtime friend and oft-uncredited Quartersnacks music supervisor, Andrew Brown A.K.A. Roctakon, put the finishing touches on his novel — a first-ever piece of erotic skate fiction. Just like a good video makes you want to go out and skate, a good piece of erotic skate fiction makes you want to skate and go out (with some room for self-reflection in between), and that’s exactly what None of the Bad Ones set out to do.

Interview by Dances, one of the world’s greatest cultural commentators.

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What is an “erotic skate novel?”

Erotic skate fiction is a term that my buddy Galen coined. He’s the Dollar Stories guy. You might have seen him wandering around the streets of New York in neon clothing selling stories to people. He made up that term at a time when we were both writing a bunch. There was always skating and sex in the stories…I guess it’s a novel with skateboarding and sex. It has a nice ring to it.

What time period is your book set?

It’s New York in 2009 or 2010. There are no specific dates, but everyone is still on Blackberrys. Everything is BBM.

Do you still skate?

Yeah, I still skate, but I’m 36. I’ve never been good and I’m getting worse. I can do flatground and skate a ledge. If I’m in a bowl or something, I look like a dad who is skating for the first time.

Do you feel that dating as a skater puts you in a certain zone?

Kind of, especially in New York. I haven’t lived there for a little while, but I imagine it’s the same. There are a lot of young girls that do creative things, and skaters are like the athletes for those girls. If a regular girl wants to bang the quarterback, a hip girl wants to bang the hot skater. Skaters are filthy, so there’s a self-loathing kind of thing with them. It’s a weird thing. But some girls don’t like skaters at all.

It’s either skaters or graf writers.

If you’re the girl who likes graf writers, you might be even more disturbed than the girl who likes skateboarders. Those guys are an odd bunch.

‘Cuz Baby You’re a Firework

February 2nd, 2015 | 5:15 am | Daily News | 4 Comments

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Seven or eight years before Katy Perry was dancing alongside some sharks for Superbowl 49’s halftime show, she was at Beatrice, putting her number into Mike G’s flip phone. Not ashamed to have ran this as a homepage photo twice before. Photo by Sam Salganik.

America.

New Juicy Elbows winter montage with some #relaxing #musicsupervision. (McCarren Skatepark: So shitty, it’s a #street spot.) The varial flip, [almost] varial heel line is sick.

Fascinated by this odd, new sub-genre of New York skateboard videos where it’s clear that everyone involved has a job (i.e. living above dollar dumpling -class.)

New York’s premier January and February getaway is still going strong. Billy Rohan, Watermelon Alex, and others in Acapulco Gold’s Puerto Rican excursion.

Not sure why anyone would call a skate video Smegma (2014 skate video title sexualization gone awry?), but it’s a solid half-New York / Half-Virginia production. Lots of impressive maneuvers, including a wild transfer trick on the Lincoln Center Movado wallride, Leo Heinert 5050ing through the knobs in the Union Square rail, and a thoroughly great ender part from Clement Oladipo.

Whatever happened to the shifty flip?

Can skateboarding be portrayed in the non-skate media as anything more, still, than a strange unknowable mystery?”

Credit to Mostly Skateboarding for shining a light back on this J.J. Rousseau Puzzle Video mag part from 2002. Dude always flew a bit under the radar between J.B’s peak and Lucas’ little kid phase. That part was way ahead of its time. And nothing quite says early-2000s Euro video like a bangers section that degenerates into drum and bass ;)

Ludlow Street and some familiar faces, circa 1995.

“What’s the magic way into a skater boy’s heart?” “It’s so simple.”

Notable IG Developments: Aaron Herrington Static 4 extras, Bill and Supreme got something new on the way, our Euro friends did some cool tricks, and our French Canadian friends found their hero in the produce section of a Safeway.

A few quick montages:Cashmere,” “Punch Reel,” Mira Conyo iPhone outtakes.

Word is that the balls were deflated for this one:

A Most Violent Year, IRL though

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: This guy getting snubbed for a Western Conference all-star slot is another reason why the NBA should abolish conferences.

Quote of the Week: “Blacking out is nice every now and then. It’s like you don’t have to worry about anything for a while.” — Leroy Holmes

It might’ve snowed last night, but at least this isn’t your apartment.

Seen It All

September 2nd, 2014 | 11:49 am | Daily News | 18 Comments

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Go support the man 70% responsible for the existence of this website today.

Huge: Marisa Tomei co-signed her Alltimers cruiser. An Oscar winner!

Thanks to Ripped Laces for the kind words about the QS Dunk. Available in skate shops now. QS gear available in Supreme (New York and Los Angeles) and Labor Skateshop this week. Available in Euro/Asian retailers and less local-ized skate shops later this month. Online eventually ;)

Diamond Days #75. Forrest Edwards would be bummed on this one. Interesting that the curb-cut island on E. 9th and Third Avenue has become one of the most #trending spots of 2014, despite the fact that every human who has ever skated in New York passes it ~50x a week on the way to Tompkins. Skate it before NYU buys it.

Team Keith 4ever!!!11 ♥♥♥ And he didn’t even do a backside 360!

Here’s the teaser for Strangers, the new one from the LurkNYC crew.

“Whose face should be on the $100 bill?” “Mine.” Dazed interviews the Muska. (Agree with the $100 bill sentiment, though it’d be preferable that it featured the Shorty’s silhouette rather than the picture they mocked up.)

Remember when Ali Boulala was gully?

The NJ-based In Crust We Trust squad put together a cool summer clip. The spots somehow keep getting more insane in these. Also, is Makonnen the new Big L? The new Modest Mouse? The new…guy on OVO?

Dudes who play the guitar for more than the #lifestyle shot of their magazine interview: Daniel Lebron with an intro to flamenco over on the Live Skate Media site. Some of the best #lowkey #musicsupervision on QS was when we were able to snag a recording of Dani playing for our 2011 Barcelona edit.

Obligatory “Summer Trip to New York” video links: The Richmond-based / Vine-loving Bust Crew’s trip on Vans’ OffTheWall.tv site, and some young’ns from Austin rip around the city a bit earlier in the season.

Whoa, did Stefan Janoski sign with Polo?

Always been a fan of these jazzy, night footage-heavy clips from Grace Skate Co. “Taped On” is their latest, though its for fans chill ambience and mellow skating, rather than dudes jumping over Black Hubba.

More along the lines of the Bobby Shmurda clip everyone was expecting. At least this one actually has the dance in it.

Quote of the Week:

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The summer’s overrrrrr….

…except September is supposed to be hotter than August. Being “into” fall is mad corny anyway. Have a good week everyone.

Lebron to Bianca Chandon?

July 15th, 2014 | 5:00 am | Daily News | 7 Comments

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Some guy. Photo by Ben Colen via the Crailtap Instagram.

Jake Johnson’s Static IV part.

How many tries do you think this took?

Uploaded a standalone YouTube version of Carroll and Howard’s parts from the Tennyson Corporation’s Chocolate Tour 2000 remix video. Watch the full thing here.

*New Rick Howard footage alert*

Zered has a rad new black and white cruiser clip for Converse, put together by Richard Quintero. See if you can spot the cameo from another New Englander.

Summer’s basically over, but we’re still six weeks away from Labor Day, so Ripped Laces compiled a #listicle of the ten greatest tricks ever done in an all-white outfit. #s 10-6 & #s 5-1. No debate about the #1, but Andre Page did make a gallon of Kool Aid in an all-white outfit at the TF this past weekend. Not sure if that counts…

America Sucks for Skateboarding — Example #578. (Seaport 5.0 is reknobbed btw.)

More Seinfeld-themed skate videos: Sack Lunch, out of Boston. “So do you think they got shrunk down, or is it just a giant sack?”

Muska wearing #drk #fshn and killing a demo out in London. “Raf Simons, Rick Owens Supra Skytops usually what I’m dressed in.” Tell O’Dell we want that Epicly Later’d.

With Transworld being 1/4 the size it was ten years ago, Boil the Ocean weighs in on skateboard media’s drift away from the printed page.

Clark Hassler has a bit of New York footage in the Coma Backpacks promo. (JanSport Skate coming soon?) His section begins around the 6:30 mark. The ender (around the corner from Beatrice! R.I.P!) is definitely a Kickflip of the Year contender, especially given 2013 title-holder Brandon Westgate’s quiet year so far.

Lurker Lou is having a show for his Card Boards project at 2nd Nature in Bushwick (257 Varet Street) on Saturday, July 19. Flyer here. All boards will be for sale.

Hey Kingpin, you may have to amend your “Afterbang” listicle to include this.

DJ Khaled — Suffering from Success. And skateboarding. And cheeseburgers:

Taking cues from Forrest Gump’s corrective leg braces to create the cure for mongo.

Sack taps?

Yo call Corey Rubin, we out to skate Brad and Angelina’s house.

Quote of the Week:

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Ummmmm…..not no?

Congrats to Jasmine & Mike on the birth of Winn ♥ ♥ ♥