It’s Like 2 Bros. But For Vegans

October 30th, 2017 | 5:00 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

Photo by Andre Page

Happy Birthday Pad Dowd. He once filmed four lines in one day.

John Gardner, first ballot entry for the “Skateboarders Who Make The World Smile” Hall of Fame. He filmed a new, five-minute cruiser part for O.J. Wheels from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Thanks John ♥

LurkNYC has a new Carlos Mendoza part. Ender at Blubba is pretty nuts.

Can’t tell if it’s an oversight, but if Ride Channel is truly R.I.P., allow us to take a look back at some of the greatest headliners ever written for the skateboard internet.

The Bunt has a [text] interview with our friend Keith Henry, the photographer who is forever on the quest for the right-fitting pair of pants.

The 2000s nostalgia continues, with Dime guiding DC’s hand into the return of fatboy shoes via their re-issue of the DC Legacy. Ripped Laces has some words on both the slimmed down and husky versions of what is essentially the DC Air Max 95.

Thrasher put up a new, all-NY “Mind of Marius” with a bunch of chill Lenox footage.

The double-vision intro from Spirit Quest is now online.

You’ve probably seen it, this one. New 12-minute Frog edit.

The QS Film Desk isn’t the most enthusiastic group of Harmony Korine fans (haven’t watched the Epicly Later’d yet…), but gotta #respect anyone who made the leap from growing up on skate videos to making feature films. He talked about some of his favorite videos over on Vice.

There’s a new, longer version of the Nike SB vid of Lacey Baker skating around the city, which you’ve seen in commercial form of as pre-roll on Thrasher, etc.

I cracked him over the head with the Yaje board. Avocado to the brain.”

Seems like there’s a sick spot under all those Halloween decorations.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Kyrie Irving on the C’s is 2011 D. Rose I guess?

Quote of the Week: “Strike one, that’s her man. Strike two, that’s her other man. Strike three, she’s a fed.” — Dallas Todd

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Pucci is Different From Gucci

February 20th, 2017 | 12:48 pm | Daily News | 1 Comment

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Late start to the day. Congrats to Yaje Popson, one of remarkably few T.F. native sons to have the distinction of his name on a pro board. Proud of you bud ♥

Happy Birthday Matthew Perez. Proud of you too ♥ …I think…

The largest tall tee Wade Desarmo ever wore was a 5XL. That and an examination of why so few objectively superior skateboarders make it out of Canada in his interview with a competing podcast. Even if you’re not a “Nine Club” guy, this one was great.

As far as our *favorite* skate podcast goes (and the one Wade is currently M.I.A. from because nobody is “in the streets” in Toronto…), The Bunt’s latest is with Stefan Janoski. Always felt in the minority of preferring his Inhabitants part over Mosaic, but good to to know it’s his fave too ;)

More podcasts?! You may remember a simpler time back in 2012 — before the world began to implode — when our biggest concern was a man named Louis Sarowsky forever ruining the act of skateboarding via a Mountain Dew-sponsored reality show…He has a new interview over on “Max White Presents.”

Vincent Touzery’s part from Spirit Quest / his 5Boro days is now online.

The angel who put together the Jesus remix from last weeks’ links rounded up all of Mike Carroll’s B-sides since Pretty Sweet and edited a four-minute part with some garnishes from the past. Rick Howard next or are those too few and far between?

Philly Santosuosso has a new part out for Humidity’s collaboration with Reebok. He also has a photo with Figgy Fresh. ♫ Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… ♫

Akira Mowatt has a new half New York, half California part for Ultra Corp Skateboards.

Between the Kevin Taylor part from a month ago and Mike Maldonado dropping a new one at the age of 41, Frozen in Carbonite’s piece on the Philadelphia Sports Mythos rings truer by the day in skateboarding. Where’s Tony Montgomery at?

Enjoyed this piece on why the death of DVD will haunt consumers. Skateboarding has the benefit of skate shops preserving community — unlike film, which lost its cultural hubs with the death of video stores (R.I.P. Kim’s) — which is all the more of a reminder to give your shop some money today.

Ricard Napoli’s new video, Making It Happen, premieres tonight in Williamsburg at 8.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Didn’t actually watch it, but this is the only All-Star game highlight we cared about.

Quote of the Week
Inquisitive Gentleman: “Where are you?”
Corey Rubin: “Bellport, Long Island. But if anyone asks, say Dubai.”

Was gonna embed “My President is Black” or the Honey Drippers or some shit for a President’s Day themed soundtrack, but the song below has calmed my nerves more than anything else the past couple weeks, so give her a whirl.

An Interview With Daniel Kim, the 2016 Q.S.S.O.T.Y.

January 4th, 2017 | 8:40 am | Features & Interviews | 8 Comments

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Intro and Interview by Zach Baker. Photography by Will-Robson Scott.

Will R.S: “I’ve never even thought to, let alone wanted to do a switch Japan Air.”
Daniel Kim: “You need to empty your mind, Will.”

Let’s talk about influence. Here, in this beautifully flawed American society that we live in, we delight in the idea that we’re all unique. Supported by our convictions that never on Earth has there ever been anyone like ourselves, we (as skateboarders especially) are quick to call out the bandwagoning of others; the adherence to trends that we ourselves, whether we recognize it or not, are also influenced by.

Whether it be “Yo, I ride 8.5 because everyone rides 8.5” or “Yo, everyone rides 8.5, y’all biters. I ride 7.5, I’m different and lit” — we are all borrowing from the same pool of small board brands, nostalgic IG handles, and tricks done in Trilogy. It’s tough to stand out, and perhaps the less a person cares about doing so, the better they are at it.

Turn to Daniel Kim who, within the past year, has gotten what some might call “weird.” Prior to now, he had built a reputation for banging flip tricks, remarkable pop, and thoughtful Pulaski lines. He was on 10 Deep back when German Nieves was the team manager, got boards from DGK for a while, and later worked at Nike for a couple years. Then, his hat started falling off, he grew his hair out, started wearing fur vests, and introduced to us his mysterious new undertaking: Stingwater.

Sparking endless laughter from many and bewilderment from many more, Kim, throughout 2016, threw up all kinds of cryptic promotion for what is maybe a water company, maybe a skate company, maybe just a platform for trolling his favorite skaters. What can be certain, as reinforced by his part in Spirit Quest, Colin Read’s trippy opus, is that Daniel, both as skater and individual, is evolving — no, groeing. I’m entertained by whatever the hell Stingwater is, and I’m still not sure that I even totally get it. Maybe my mind’s not empty enough.

Regardless, in our eyes, Daniel had done some of the most unique and remarkable skateboarding in 2016, earning him the title of Quartersnacks Skater of the Year.

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Some of the readers may be wondering: did you lose your mind?

Nah man, I just found it.

You worked at Nike for some time, and then in the past year or so, would you agree that you’ve had much more right-brained approach to skateboarding, than say, a few years ago?

I think I just got more psyched on skating. I saw that once you have a regular job, you can’t skate as much. So I started to appreciate skateboarding more. Once the Nike thing was over, I started skating a lot more, and I started realizing that i could just have fun with it.

It’s 3 in the Morning, Take Your Old Ass to Sleep

December 12th, 2016 | 4:21 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

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Zaytoven deserves a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Watched this guy Ruben Spelta skate at Milano Centrale this past summer and it was insane. Dude is a good follow on Instagram, but this compilation video should bring you up to speed for now. Who’s everyone got for best steez 2k16 award?

“I wish Brandon Turner was wearing a Bronze tee when he switch Hardfliped Carlsbad in the Guilty video.” Skateboard Story interviewed Peter Sidlauskas from Flipmode Stick Up Kids Bronze. Link to the “How I’m Living” video please :)

“And I guess I’m also saying that Tiago, if you care bud (which hopefully you don’t) you should maybe consider changing your name to Trevor, switching from Mountain Dew to beer, and getting on Anti-Hero or something.”

Taylor Nawrocki’s Spirit Quest part is now playing over on the TWS site, and Free Skate Mag has an extensive interview with Colin Read about the project itself, in addition to a minute of extras that got left out from the video.

Place interviewed Alex Olson, the guy whose office is a floor below Alltimers.

“There is no reason that a campaign born out of the streets cannot be intelligent and incisive.” Something that is probably going to come in handy in Tr*mp’s litigious America: Love Live Southbank’s Guide to Saving a Skate Spot. (The city of Barcelona is restoring Sants, by the way *side-eye Emoji*)

Hey did you know that there was a moment when Dill and A.V.E. might’ve got on Aesthetics at its inception? Sal Barbier got Chromeballed.

“Don’t put this in one of your stupid edits, dude.” “NY Times Vol. 20” via LurkNYC.

“Tood” is the new one from Rios Crew, Hungarian skating-with-backpacks devotees.

R.B. just uploaded some raw footage of Zered, Eli, Westgate, Tierney, Dela, et al. skating around the city from a summer or two ago.

Part two of the Right Coast Tour with Freddy and Quim is now live.

Zach Moore’s Transplants video is now online in full.

Did you know there was a time when John Cardiel had a pro snowboard, and Burton advertised in Thrasher? Our bud Alex Dymond just released a book entitled Snow Beach, which chronicles an era when snowboarding was very much an offseason activity for skaters, with tons of crossover via fashion, style, etc. from skateboarding.

The new Watermelonism video, “Keep Biting,” is premiering at 2nd Nature on Thursday. Flyer here. Music by the world famous DJ Thando of “Needed Me” remix fame.

“Dipset: The Movie” — a big topic around here some ~ten years ago — is back and is actually still great. “You’re so ugly I could hear it through the phone.”

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Sooooooooo, ANYWAYYYYYY

Quote of the Week: “I just found out through Google that I have chlamydia, I should bounce.” — Name Withheld

Today marks ten years since the release of The Inspiration, which was 95% of the way as incredible of an album as TM101, this website’s founding piece of scripture. (Even did a tribute post to it the day it leaked online, and distinctly remember listening to nothing else that winter.) There really is no greater three-peat of motivational speaking than the first three Jeezy albums. The guy has nothing left to prove #jeezysaves.

Mondays Are For The Links

November 21st, 2016 | 4:59 am | Daily News | 9 Comments

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Jav. Westside. Reda.

Bobshirt interviews have kinda replaced Epicly Later’d as the eminent series for telling stories about the good old days. Every edition is great, but the new one with Giovanni Reda is a truly special. He’s an encyclopedia of New York skateboarding. Also #respect on the comments re: having no shame in fanning out in adult years :)

It’s incredible how the crowd consensus on a new skatepark in New York can go from “It’s so fun, flows well, actually has straight [fucking] ledges” to “it’s too dusty, everything is uphill and awkward” in 72 hours. Are we the worst? Probably. NY Skateboarding has photos of the completed Fat Kid Skatepark in downtown Brooklyn.

Some people just aren’t that bright yaknow?

With so many skate videos out every day, it’s rare to see something that truly reminds you of no other skate clip that you’ve ever seen before. A trip to a string of ancient cities outside of Moscow known as the “Golden Ring” by Russia’s Absurd Skateboards. It’s trippy man.

A link to a video clip that features Javier Sarmiento, Jesus Fernandez, Daniel Lebron, Luy-Pa Sin and Tom Penny. #EuroTech™ #EuroTech™ #EuroTech™

TWS put its feature on Colin Read and Spirit Quest online.

“Skate the streets while you still can.” Thrasher has an interview with Bobby and Hjalte about the making of “Looks OK To Me.”

Straight on backside 180 over the Columbus Park rail and other points of interest in the sixth installment LurkNYC’s “Mean Streets” series.

“The beauty of the skate industry is you make lifelong friendships. Once you’re in there, if you’re working hard and doing a good job you’re basically in for life.” Skateboard Story interviewed Mike Gilbert, the director of Thrasher‘s website, about running a skateboard media company in 2016.

Jenkem followed up with Billy Rohan after that Politico story about him meeting with Tr*mp came out last week. Didn’t actually happen, but honestly, I’m not putting anything past a dude who got permits to skate in front of the White House and rights to print federal emblems on skateboards back in 2009…

Boil the Ocean tackles the election, reports of Cliché’s demise (“confirmed” on this?), and Canada excelling at everything this past Drake-dominated half-decade. #morelife

Nine-minute B-roll of some ATL (?) dudes skating New York this past summer.

“As I float away, it must be a dream…” 90-minute best of Mr. 3-2 mix. S/O Martorialist.

QS Sports Russell Westbrook Desk: Come on now. Dagger in Houston. Hey, Russ is at the Garden this time next week btw ;)

Quote of the Week: “I don’t like drinking in my skate clothes.” — Will Robson-Scott

Two favorite songs right now ♥ If you see Thando, buy him a drink.