From the Cell Block to the Skate Spot

September 16th, 2013 | 5:57 am | Daily News | 10 Comments

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Shawn Powers for Dior Homme S/S ’14. Photo by Peter Sutherland.

We cut a few prices on some remaining QS gear in anticipation of fall items.

Much like Riff Raff is the undisputed king of Vine (sooo spring 2013, right?), Lucas Puig is perhaps the only Instagram user making good use of the app’s video function. He put together a brief “Best Of” video of his straight-to-Instagram tricks. Also, why exactly didn’t he skate to “I Can’t Wait” in Bon Voyage?

There’s a new minimal, manual-friendly skate park in Bushwick, similar to the one that popped up in Park Slope two years back. More of these please.

Though they are less “minimal,” Templeton from Mostly Skateboarding put together a cool #listicle of the most innovative skateparks on earth for Complex.

Yaje Popson came back from Brazil and is still really good at skateboarding.

One of Yaje’s friends, Luke Clerkin, has a fun midtown night session clip online, too. It can easily get frustrating, but its still tough to think of a spot more fun than a good night in midtown. (P.S. The ground is fixed at that wallride on 65th Street.)

Billy McFeely has a quick interview and a few tricks over on the Transworld site.

Added Lurker Lou giving a tour of “The Tree” at Con Ed Banks and his Williamsburg Monument spot check from Faux One One to each respective spot page.

Deep Dish is a new video out of Chicago with a New York section as its opener.

Some stuff that has been online for a bit (i.e. content that is ~five days old): Jake Johnson came back to the city and destroyed everything in thirty seconds, Alex Olson skated New York for a bit and then went to Iceland to exfoliate, Huf put out the obligatory “Summer Trip to NY” clip with some lesser seen spots (fakie boardslide down Black Hubba is nuts), and Chris Nieratko ran down the history of New York’s first skateboard company for ESPN.

The New York Times had some skate-related content in the past week: an article on preserving the first skatepark ever built in New York (and still the only public vert ramp in the city, right?), and a site feature on some of Allen Ying’s photos.

“Free Gucci Mane” shirts never go out of style.

Quote of the Week: “Sick, now there are babies crying. This is like eating in a hospital.” — Josh Velez on eating in Golden Krust

Boil the Ocean claims Quartersnacks is the skate industry’s Traps N Trunks. And here we were thinking we were its Purple Diary :(

Bronze ‘Solo Jazz’ is Now Online

August 26th, 2013 | 12:00 am | Daily News | 8 Comments

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Monday links are getting postponed until tomorrow because the Bronze video is online and it deserves its own post.

The most beloved New York City video franchise is back with its latest installment. Solo Jazz features many new names making their first-time, full-length appearance in a Bronze production: Dick Rizzo, Josh Wilson, Aaron Herrington and Jason Carroll. Though they may dilute the collective’s multicultural origins, their skateboard abilities only add to the excellence of this six (arguably eight) film franchise. Mainstays like Shawn Powers, Kevin Tierney, Derick Zeimkiewicz, Joseph Delgado, and Billy McFeely came through with wonderful sections, despite prior commitments that range from sponsorships to Polish espionage. Fan favorite, Phil Rodriguez, was sorely missed due to injury, and longtime followers of the franchise were surely shocked to learn that Solo Jazz has the unfortunate distinction of being the first Bronze video where Xavier Veal does not show up and at least 5050 some large handrail :(

Buy some Bronze tees and a hard copy of the video to support funding for the upcoming Billy Lynch documentary.

P.S. Johnny Wilson’s new project, Beef Patty, premiered the other night and it was really, really good. Loose Trucks Max has the ender. Hopefully, it makes its way online soon.

P.P.S. Colin Read’s new video, Tengu, premieres at the Sunshine Theater (Forsyth and Houston, where the Pretty Sweet premiere was) on Thursday, August 29th. Doors open at 8:30. Flyer here. So, there’s the potential of there being three great New York-based projects available in a week’s span. Looks like a solid end of the summer.

Previously: 56k, Caviar, Sognar

#TeamSweatpants

August 12th, 2013 | 12:20 pm | Daily News | 8 Comments

Germany doing cool things with skateboarding is becoming a common theme on QS.

The FTC Book blog has been posting snippets / mini-interviews with various people in the lead up to the book’s release this fall. Huf on his song in Penal Code 100A, Aaron Meza on filming for Finally…

A clip of the Palace and Polar jam in Leeds this past weekend, featuring Danny Brady, Pontus Alv, Benny Fairfax, and…Shawn Powers.

An interview with Manolo, the guy who painstakingly re-dubs sounds and researches the depths of skate video history for all those “Best of” tribute mixtape clips.

Iron Claw Skates with a disco-tuned Daniel Stone in New York mini-part and a trip to Baltimore. The fact that people are editing 4:3 iPhone fisheye footage alongside VX1 clips furthers the equivalency theory. Also, VX1000s are just stupid.

In anticipation of his first work of erotic skate fiction, Roctakon started a Tumblr for his musings. RT if you want to read so the publishers know…

Elijah Cole’s standalone part in Cathode, in which he does a 10/10 hardflip on flat.

Some historic reading for your afternoon: The story of Nimbus skates, the New York company that existed between Shut and Zoo York, and Zoo co-founder, Eli Gesner on skateboarding in New York in the eighties and nineties for Dazed Digital’s 1993 series. (Though this is the far better Gesner-written article on the same subject.)

This was uploaded in 2010, but has been re-making the rounds on Tumblr for the past week: Skateboarding in Brooklyn, circa 1989.

The second teaser for Colin Read’s video, Tengu, which will be premiering later this month.

Spot Updates: 1) The final remodeled version of Bubble Banks = Two two-up-two-down manual pads, and some wooden benches that are going to get knobbed, but that you could still ollie over. 2) One of the few spots in lower Manhattan that you had a chance of not getting kicked out of is, in the best case scenario, not going to be skateable for a long time.

Quote of the Week
Inquisitive Gentleman: “How are you doing?”
Torey Goodall: “Good. Pretty bad.”

Weird, 2:16 P.M. is also the best time to show up at the T.F.

Hop Up Off the Airplane…

May 2nd, 2013 | 3:02 pm | Daily News | 9 Comments

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Photo by Eby Ghafarian

Now that everybody had a day to settle down after shocking skate industry news realizing the Knicks could quite easily be the first team in professional basketball history to blow a 0-3 playoff series lead…

The follow up to last fall’s controversial avant-Galen film, Free Buzz, is now online. With the recent incarceration of Young Scooter / The Juelz Santana of the 2010s, the release of the G-Man’s video variant of the Dollar Stories franchise is timely, as Scooter scores the entire soundtrack. (To think Habitat went to Colombia and didn’t edit their clip to the only song that should ever be used for a Colombia-themed skate clip. But then again, it’s Habitat.) It also sets an interesting precedent of re-using a song two videos in a row. MMM is edited by book review extraordinaire, and the only man in the streets still using a Flip Cam (#2010), Galen Dekemper.

It features the Shawn Powers part you were never meant to see — watch here.

UPDATE:

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Palace Skateboards’ Shawn Powers Welcome Video

February 25th, 2013 | 11:23 am | Daily News | 31 Comments

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Two notable fashion houses of 1990s sensibilities — Shawn Powers and Palace Skateboards — have joined forces to bring you their latest collection, “POWER SURGE.” Given a focus on quick ollies, lines on both sides of the street and a great many of spots that were previously not thought of as spots, their collaborative effort is an extension of Powers’ work in “Shawn ‘Manson’ Powers,” “A Night in the Life,” Caviar, 56k, etc. (except with perhaps a larger presence of technical outerwear and light washed denim.) And with most SoHo-residing millionaires taking refuge from Manhattan in light of Hurricane Sandy this past November, Shawn was able to go I Am Legend-style and utilize their homes’ obnoxiously loud diamond-plated exteriors without having water dumped on him.

Fun Fact: Shawn Powers’ dad (as seen in this clip) is actually Slicky Boy from the future. There are obvious VHS time warps going on here (another example of a 2012 skate video from 1998), but this T.F. wormhole of time travel gets deep, man.

Previously: An Interview With Shawn Powers (February 2012)