~Positivity is Sexy~

September 6th, 2016 | 11:14 am | Daily News | 4 Comments

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Free beer to whoever disses it with a Tas Pappas tag. Photo via The Shady One

“One thing I realized once I started being in the world of Instagram was that people don’t let go of things. If something has emotionally affected somebody in some powerful way sometime in their life, that doesn’t fade. If anything, social media kind of fans the flame of that and almost reestablishes that emotional connection.” With so much discussion of social media and its pros/cons in any skate interview these days, it’s nice to hear that it actually does have a way of bringing about some greater good from one of the happiest people to ever ride a skateboard, Ray Barbee.

“With a skater like Jamal Williams, Ricky Oyola or even Pat Steiner, people aren’t pulling out the yardstick to measure how high they’re ollieing. It’s more the feelings people get by watching that person on a skateboard.” Also with a good bit of social media talk + skaters having an impact on people’s lives, Get Born Mag has a detailed interview with Josh Stewart. ~feelings~

Hotel Blue is the new board company from the LurkNYC camp, and Nick just dropped a nine-minute promo featuring the entire team over the weekend. Back smith backside flip on the Leonard Street ledge was wild.

Bobshirt has a 25-minute interview with Bill Strobeck detailing pretty much every last anecdote about the prime era of Alien Workshop + Habitat. Includes a special guest appearance from a former orange-beanied colleague halfway in ;)

Huf gave Jenkem a tour of some of the places he grew up skating in Manhattan.

Boil the Ocean on Anti-Hero’s persistence in an increasingly tense landscape of board brand longevity, and a potential Daan Van Der Linden S.O.T.Y. run.

Some warm-ups from Yaje Popson and friends at the L.E.S. Park.

Village Psychic has a content monopoly on anything having to do with the little guys keeping the romance in printed skate media alive. An interview with the minds behind Germany’s Solo mag.

Mushrooms to switch flip into a bowl + other debauchery from CPH Open.

Part two of The Bunt’s interview with Spencer Hamilton is now live.

Well, this is the first instance of someone skating in Polo shoes I can remember, which re-opens the hypothetical discussion of what the Ralph skate team would look like…

Quote of the Week: “Positivity is sexy. Creativity is even sexier.” — Andrew Wilson

Thank you for everything Gene Wilder.

Summer Friends

August 29th, 2016 | 5:00 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

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Dunno why there’s been so many B&W headline images lately ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Scan via Chromeball

#TBT that time Daniel Kim ruined the BBQ.

“You have to create all new levels of skateboarding that never existed before.”

Speaking of all new levels of skateboarding, Tiago was in town for Street League and these two clips of him skating Seaport and the L.E.S. Park got brought up in at least four conversations this weekend. #SOTY.

Put a formal Twitter inquiry regarding the inventor of the noseslide earlier this summer (the consensus was Gonz.) Mackenzie Eisenhour discusses it in this TWS piece regarding the origins of the noseblunt: “Even prior to the noseblunt, Mark is also credited with adapting the noseslide to ledges and handrails on the streets, after seeing photos of Neil Blender innovating nose stalls on ramps.”

Some more footage of Antonio Durao skating Harlem, presumably from the same day that he did the line that was #1 on the QS Top 10 last week :)

Given as how they’ve been dominating all forms of culture since Switch Mike started blasting So Far Gone in any and all of his BMWs and Herschel became the new Jansport, it should come as no surprise that the most enjoyable skateboard podcast also comes from Canada. Season two of the Bunt is now running, and starts off with cult hero, Spencer Hamilton. Expedition-1 talk, non-alcoholic beers, etc.

Lindsey Robertson and the Media Bias Against Heelflippers: A Case Study.

Tao did a rad remix of the Nike SB FRI.day video with the CPH fam.

The early 2000s nostalgia continues. Is the Pace Ledge due for a comeback?!

Glad the news about the Berlin benches getting removed ended up being a false alarm. A replica of that should be mandatory for every U.S. city with over six skaters. My second favorite skate spot on this planet.

Kingpin interviewed Ian from Jenkem about the Jenkem book. Available here.

NY Skateboarding posted up part two of their interview with Keith Hufnagel. A good bit of Brooklyn Banks talk in there. Aaannnddd there’s a new Crail Cocuh with Huf and Carroll. Good bit of Embarcadero talk in that one.

Um, no. New Jersey is actually the best. John Cozz’s HYD part.

Quote of the Week: “It’s literally harder to get into a bar than it is to get married.” — Rob Harris

Enjoy that school year everyone ;)

Bando Lingo

September 8th, 2015 | 11:59 am | Daily News | 8 Comments

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Photo via @mdfilms on IG

She’s better than you, and has better style.

Sorta inevitable that Sheckler would meet the “why the fuck you lying”-guy, who was the unofficial soundtrack of Labor Day weekend.

Some photos of the soon-to-be-completed skatepark in East Williamsburg, which is developer-speak for “not not sorta Bushwick.” (It’s off the Graham L.) Looks on the mellower side of the skatepark spectrum, a la Canarise.

The fakie hardflip over the block at J Kwon should put an end to the age-old debate.

The most important piece of #skate #journalism in at least thirty years: Jenkem interviewed the iconoclast who tried to ollie the thirteen-flat-thirteen in the rain…which of course, is one of the five greatest tricks to never happen.

Thanks to perhaps the most heavily reblogged trick of 2015 (and maybe a surging interest in Canadian exports), Spencer Hamilton earned a place in the hearts of many who otherwise forget that Canada often produces superior skateboarders to America. Supra took notice, and made a “best of” part for him to bring anyone else up to speed.

Rare in-office week for the QS Fashion Desk, in preparation for #NYFW: SMLTalk runs down the greatest headwear choices in skate video history and here’s an an interview with Fergus Purcell, one of the principal designers behind Palace.

Vice has an #uplifting mini-doc about the emergence of skateboarding in Palestine.

Bronze’s “ask me anything” department is right — it doesn’t matter what crew “shitted on” whatever other crew in New York, because New York skateboarding never fully recovered from Dave Mayhew’s stay here in 1999:

The backside flip off the big bank over the police barrier is legitimately still the 8th or 10th best trick done in city limits after Westgate’s 2x ollies on Canal Street, Kalis’ fakie flip at Newport, Jake’s wallride, Rieder’s impossible, and a bunch of stuff Zered has done. Also, forgetting that part was a massive oversight here.

That being said, Pyramid County’s Ripplescape video is solid, and features a handful of the more insane things to happen here in recent months (pull-in nosegrind at Columbus Park, frontside flip the Seaport bench, etc.) Way more enjoyable than any other U.S. tour vid in recent history.

“In the span of just about a week, Boil the Ocean internet web blog was able to compile an array of image-damaging content features and fiery remarks that reflect poorly on the extreme sport that once seemed on pace to unseat baseball as the sport of the future.” Wipe your lens Wilson, damn.

Eli Reed doing some manuals, and some bro cam footage from the Mira Conyo squad.

Spot Updates: The downtown Brooklyn post office spot is now knobbed.

Quote of the Week: “Having a French bulldog is like buying a used Jaguar. It’s the best and you’ll love the thing, but it’s going to cost you a ton of money.” — Barnes

Enjoy that school year y’all ;)

Live Life Like Morgan Freeman

January 12th, 2015 | 5:58 am | Daily News | 12 Comments

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Photo via The Homie

Jim Hodgson, the guy behind In Absentia, released another short video of unseen Hi-8 footage with appearances from Puleo, German, etc. and practically a mini Andy Bautista part. R.I.P. Hoboken Ledges.

The new LurkNYC video, Strangers, is online in full. Ben Kadow’s ender is really cool. Also ICYMI, NY Skateboarding has an interview with Nick about his video series.

“You can’t kill me, I’m a zombie.” This new eight-minute video interview with Quim Cardona goes through his whole career as a pro skateboarder.

Ten honorable mentions for “Part of the Year” from Boil the Ocean. Rich gang.

Fuck the Taliban. #girlpower

Yo, shout out to all my artists out there: Ride has a feature on the origin of the Powell skull and sword logo, Slam City Skates interviews Glen E. Friedman, VHS Mag interviews Evan Hecox, the guy who designed your favorite series of Chocolate boards, and who has a really expensive book for sale on Amazon :(

Spencer Hamilton did a no comply trick that everyone will be doing this spring, and skated to “Wipe Me Down,” one of recent history’s finest Song of the Summer Winners.

Ever wonder about the dietary regiment behind New York’s Most Productive Crew™?

Dude, like, vert on street though, dude.

Skate and Annoy has some tips in the event that you find yourself in the jungles of Costa Rica, but not on account of your plug or anything.

Another clip from the Long Island City Coda T.F. to some Creedence for all the working men out there. Here is ten seconds of Jake footage from there too, why not.

Much in the vein of how that Mike Carroll “S.O.T.Y.” web edit from a few weeks ago is chronically overlooked, Kalis’ mini-part in the DC Video bonus montage always flew under the radar (2:10 mark.) No idea why so much of this got left out of the actual video:

Stuff you’ve seen already: Zered is the best, Aaron Herrington’s “Off the Grid at Union Square, Andrew Wilson’s Paych part, a highlight reel from this year’s All City Showdown in New York, Brad Cromer’s Outliers part.

The bro Jersey Dave is having a photo show at the Hoboken NJ Skateshop location this Saturday, January 17. 7-9 P.M. Flyer here. Maybe Justin White will be there? First twenty people to purchase the book will receive a complimentary tote bag.

Define “successfully.”

Got this update about the Fat Kid spot the other day. Thanks to Macauley for the tip.

There’s a German guy with a blonde streak in his hair on the Atlanta Hawks — known in some circles as “Baby Rondo” — who used to skate, but like, actually used to skate.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Volleyball edition.

Quote of the Week: “My son Johnny Depp stay getting wild typecast.” — Boss Bauer

We’ll be out of town for the week, but updates will continue as usual. Check last year’s coverage here.