Happy 1017

October 17th, 2011 | 9:30 am | Daily News | 1 Comment

Go make some money today.

KCDC is releasing a video next month. Teaser here. The most exciting part, beyond the cast list (Dan Carrerio, Derick Ziemkiewicz, Myra Gallegos, Billy Mcfeely, Dan King, Rob Gonyon, Danny Falla, Bill Pierce, and what will inevitably be a plethora of cameos), is that the teaser was uploaded on the legendary Mark Markenson Vimeo account, home of the Sognar video.

Good news: The city fixed the ground at Columbus Park, but didn’t touch any of the skateable obstacles. Hopefully, they add some good benches.

Somebody does one of the more creative tricks at Marcus Garvery in this teaser for an upcoming Chicago/New York video. It’s cooler than the 957,573rd backside feeble grind probably being filmed there right now.

In other impressive local spot trick news, someone does a sick hardflip into that sketchy hill under the Long Island Expressway in this extras clip from the Dimestore video. It cuts out before riding into traffic, so it might technically not count.

Are Lakais ever acceptable footwear for aspiring NYC socialite-skaters?”

Pretty late on everything else, but in case you missed these:

Paulgar Blackberry cam montage featuring Brad Cromer, Jake Johnson, and Brengar at a karaoke bar. “Blackberrys are like the VX1000 of cell phone cameras, iPhones are HD.”

This brief profile on Autumn unfortunately does not run down any of the prominent nicknames of East Village skateboard staples, or call out any of the people who have slept there for prolonged periods of time.

First set-up, first video watched, first sponsor, and other firsts with the King of Flushing, Rodney Torres.

This shouldn’t be news to anyone, but West 4th is insane sometimes. Like, sketchiest-part-of-New-York insane, given a wrong night.

Quote of the Week: “I’m like the ‘Captain Save a Hoe‘ of skateboarding. I pick the worst possible spots and put too much effort into trying to skate them.” — Torey Goodall, in reference to skating this hell hole

Free Gucci.

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55th & 6th

March 16th, 2011 | 12:56 pm | Quarter-Diary | 1 Comment

This trick is a lot more difficult than it looks. Always been a fan of the photo. Shout to NY Skateboarding and Rodney Torres’ website.

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Rodney Torres in the December 2010 Thrasher

November 4th, 2010 | 10:47 am | Quarter-Diary | No Comments

Rodney rips. Always has, always will. One of the infallible names on the New York all-time shortlist.

(Image spotted over at In4mation)

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Nightlife Beef

October 4th, 2010 | 1:38 pm | Daily News | 10 Comments

Monday / “Nobody goes on this website during the weekend” links…

#nightlifebeef. Please use the hashtag for all future social media pursuits involving this emerging sub-genre within the content production side of skateboard media. Seemingly, #knowhomo has also began to catch on, so it is only a matter of time.

While on the subject of #nightlifebeef, rumors have began circulating regarding how this ties into Bill Strobeck’s long-awaited, potentially non-existant “video” of outtakes from the past ten years — basically an extended version of all his black and white web clips. It seems that the video will actually not have much skating in it, but be a handsome skateboarder themed documentary on this newly prominent issue of much interest, edited in the style of the Beef DVD series. Once again, these are only rumors. But with the viability and potential shelf life of skateboard videos eroding at an increasingly faster rate, a quick jolt of controversy may be the trick to give the full-length video world a much needed energy shot.

Everyone should start visiting TheSkateRack.com. It’s a regular aggregated content based blog of montages, video parts, and promos for homie videos, like Mostly Skateboarding, etc., but explicitly focused on the New York and New Jersey area. There are already a ton of videos that flew under the radar over there, like this Dylan James part, which is one of the finer local parts to be released in recent history, and full of commendable, difficult spot choices, like that dog park in Chelsea that nobody skates, those at-a-horrible-angle ledges on Flatbush right across the Manhattan Bridge that were once heralded as “Bam 2,” and the awful Philly step in Sunset Park that refuses to grind.

On there, you will also find this hardflip down the Indoor Ten with 125,000+ YouTube views.

Tino Razo Interview for the Vans Syndicate Blog, and Rodney Torres interview for the Full Bleed blog. Both spotted via NY Skateboarding.

Adam Abada’s clip from New Orleans. Typically, people act like the only spot there is the stair gaps under the bridge, but apparently, this clip dispels that myth.

Dave Morales minute-long video part of scary 5050s, high bar-to-bank ollies in the Bronx, and satanic mumblings. That brick manual pad spot he kickflip nosemanuals on 92nd Street is gone, by the way.

Brian Wenning still skates on occasion.

We once received tickets for skating at Lenox on Christmas Eve after it had snowed four days prior, by some cop who had nothing better to do. A few months later, the judge read us the cop’s description of what happened: “For jumping and riding on the snow with skateboards.” The judge asks, “How exactly do you ride on the snow if you have a skateboard, don’t those need a hard surface?” We all shrugged. He issued us a fine. Five dollars. You can expect a lot more stupid fines like that in the future, because the Mayor said ticket quotas are essential for the city. It’s always fun waking up at 6:45 and wasting a morning so you can give the city five dollars.

And people are getting shot on 19th and Broadway now? Crazy.

Quote of the Week:
Two nine-year-old kids who just finished watching the Emerica video: “Do you guys know where any spots are?
Observant Gentleman: “[Pointing in the direction of CIA Ledge] There’s this smooth ledge that gradually gets higher down the hill and to the left.
Two nine-year-old kids who just finished watching the Emerica video: “Oh… Uhh…do you know where any really big stairs are?

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Brooklyn Banks Week: Rodney Torres Interview

July 12th, 2010 | 12:45 pm | Features & Interviews | 8 Comments

Interview by Ted Barrow on April 18, 2007. Supplementary commentary by Rob Campbell, German Nieves, Ray Wong, and Louie Louie.

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Rodney: When I used to skate the Banks, that pretty much…Rob is interrupting my session.

Rob: I used to steal niggas boards back in the day [laughter].

Rodney: You were theivin’?

Rob: Shit was crazy. Growing up, I ain’t have that much, so I couldn’t afford boards. Sometimes I’d do it by myself, sometimes with friends. It was like, dumbass niggas from Jersey or out of state would show up to the fucking Banks or whatever, and they’d go to Burger King, and leave their board there.

At Burger King or at the Banks?

Yeah, yeah. At Burger King.

Rodney: Burger King was the hang out spot after the Banks. Go to the Banks, go to Burger King, and then go to Seaport, or skate all around Water street. Then go back to the Banks. From the Banks, when it got dark, then go skate to Astor Place. Chill and skate at Astor Place, drink 40s, smoke weed, and then after that, skate to Union, do the same thing over there, and then from there skate to Midtown. All day, all night. Everyone would meet up at the Banks at noon, and skate ‘til like midnight. Then skate to Midtown and like, break night. Stay all night skateboarding. Just causing ruckus, you know? Drinking, smoking, skating. Hopefully hook up with some girls, but if not that then skate, have fun. Just doing little kid shit, you know?

What era is this?

This is like early 90s, right? Yeah. Early-to-mid 90’s. It’s not like that anymore.

Why do you think it’s not like that anymore?

Because everybody now is on some sort of agenda. Everybody’s got to film a trick for a video, everybody’s got to be all secretive, everyone’s got their own little clique of people that they roll with. I guess that back in the day everybody rolled together.

Rob: No doubt, like back in the days, if you wasn’t real, you couldn’t show up at the Banks. I see like half of these cornball ass niggas that look like Pharell and fucking shit like that, goofy asshole looking motherfuckers, like them niggas would totally get robbed for everything they got. It was like everybody that skated at the Banks knew each other.

So if you were from out of town?

It wasn’t even that. It was like, snake sessions? Oh, man. You’d get your board focused. Remember those days?

Rodney: Everybody in New York has a lot of pride in what they do and basically, it was almost like you were stepping on toes if you came out here and tried to run shit. It’s either you got your ass whooped or you got your product stolen. One or the other. It’s still kind of like that now with all the older people, you know? Skateboarding in any sense, if that’s where you grew up, it’s like you’re a part of a fucking huge family of people, a huge mafia in a sense, you know?

People would come here and try to run shit, for no reason. They tried to step on toes. They tried to fucking come up off people, and use people, in a sense where it wasn’t anything genuine.