‘PUSSY GANGSTER’ — Supreme in Paris

March 10th, 2016 | 11:00 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

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Present-day Paris is a case study in how one street spot could revitalize an entire skate scene. In the few years that République has existed, we’ve seen an indigenous sect of skateboarding emerge from the spot, company trips to Paris increase tenfold, and a jolt of energy to other places in the city that had otherwise found their way out of coverage circulation. The best spots are the ones we are left alone in, and there’s no greater compliment you could give Parisian culture — or any culture that applies, really — than to say that people mind their own business. No bust, no “you almost hit me,” no “there’s a skatepark down the block.” There’s a unanimous respect for your right to be in a public space, on a skateboard or whatever else your purpose may be.

You can stay in Paris for a week, meet up at République daily, but still come back with zero footage from the spot. It’s a vortex where modern ideas of “productivity” wither away in exchange for the joys of being unhassled in an open space with ledges. “Pussy Gangster,” Bill’s new one to commemorate the opening of Supreme Paris, treats République like he treated Love in 2001. While it only takes up a quarter of the screentime, you feel it at the origin of every clip. And when you’re back at the spot — the lurkers, the crazies, the unplanned lines, the sure-what-the-hell clips from the O.Gs and the interactions with traffic all count for as much as the wildest trick to go down outside of it.

Features Sage Elsesser, Sean Pablo, Tyshawn Jones, Na-Kel Smith, Kevin Bradley, Ben Kadow, Jason Dill, Mark Gonzales, Greg Cuadrado, Vincent Touzery and Kevin Rodriguez.

Previously:Swoosh,” the red devil, Joyride

‘Swoosh’ — The Latest One From Supreme & Strobeck

July 14th, 2015 | 10:59 am | Daily News | 20 Comments

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Before the concept of a “skateboarding shoe” really began maturing and booming in the nineties, a lot of “skate shoes” came from discount stores. Nike’s GTS was a canvas tennis shoe that covered sales racks at Marshalls two decades ago. It has largely been forgotten, beyond the fact it made its way into a bunch of skate photos and video parts, mostly on the feet of dudes who paid attention to their gear as much as the tricks they were doing. Today, with about 1/5th of the kids at a peak-hour L.E.S. session trying to look like they stepped out a Marshalls in 1995, it makes sense to revisit a cult-classic — which in many ways, was a proto-Janoski.

Supreme is releasing a run of GTS Nikes later this week. In the lead-up for it, they got Brian Anderson, Kevin Bradley and Alex Olson to skate both the most iconic plaza spot that still exists, and the most photogenic new plaza spot to be built in the past ~three years. With so many new skate videos (at least the ones filmed in cities) taking a spots-that-aren’t-really-spots approach, there’s now something refreshing about seeing B.A. do his first-ever Love line in a twenty-year-spanning skate career, or Challex doing improvisational turn-around lines at Republique that aren’t far off from Stevie’s wandering Love lines in The Reason. And shit, when’s the last time a pro simply did a crook fakie on a ledge to start off a line? Like 1999? That was nice to see.

We got the shoes, now how do we bring the plazas back? :(

Previously: the red devil, Joyride

Dress It Up & Go To NASA

June 8th, 2015 | 6:34 am | Daily News | 4 Comments

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Photo via @jkjhnsn

Still some #TFReport tees and other stuff left in the webstore.

As expected, Hjalte’s new part has some great noseslides in it.

Don’t smoke weed.”

On that same note, Boil the Ocean offered up some observations on the era of the “functional Baker Boy” — with some alarming data on the sole still-drinking Piss Drunx member and his sober former colleagues. (Basically, drinking is great for skating. )

Jim Hodgson put together a ten-minute outtakes reel from In Absentia, in which Bobby Puleo apologizes to the city of Secaucus.

Life is Goodie is online in full.

Genesis has some fire footage in this new summer montage.

The best boardslider working today, Jesus Fernandez, takes you around Barcelona, a place where Universitat is described as having “pretty good marble.”

Our friends at Chapman Skateboards were on CNBC’s Made in America show about preserving their history of domestic skateboard production. (Always love reading the comments when those sort of outlets cover skateboarding: “Personally I think NASCAR or Bowling are better sports to teach children life’s lessons.”)

Dime already did the necessary research into the best flatground tricks ever done, but Ride took a pass at list-isizing skateboarding’s greatest flatground moments, though a William Phan omission is inexcusable.

SMLTalk on Ronnie Creager’s occasionally under-appreciated career.

The whole doing ollies onto cars thing has turned into one big game of who’s going to get shot first. The Ferrari dealership is on Park and 55th Street, btw.

Village Psychic profiles Scumco, Mother, Send Help and Iron Claw on what it’s like to run a small skateboard brand in 2015.

Supreme v.s. Chanel, circa 1995.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: I think Steph used up all his luck on this yesterday.

Quote of the Week: “I gotta rewatch some Jackass.” — Keith From Nike

If you are fire with the Final Cut timelines, be sure to enter to Jason Byoun re-edit contest to win some free QS gear. Deadline is June 30th.

the red devil. – New One From Supreme & Bill Strobeck

March 4th, 2015 | 12:15 pm | Daily News | 38 Comments

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Yoooooooooooooo

Out of all the unlikely things to become recognizable spots, this rail behind Stuyvesant High School maybe tops the list. Lenny Kirk 5050ed it, a over a decade went by, Jake did it switch, a half-decade went by, and now, it’s a thing that kids just skate in videos.

Word that Kevin Bradley ollied over the rail — from less than two-foot wide ledge to another less than two-foot wide ledge — has been around for a few months. Reider’s impossible over the Seaport bench was probably the last time rumors of a trick within city limits were that inconsistent with normal people’s ideas of skateboard reality. The photo verified it a week or two ago, and the footage came out today. Wow.

Joe Valdez would probably be proud, if it were thirty feet higher.

the red devil. is Bill’s new montage for Supreme, named in honor of Aidan Mackey’s vibrant hair. (Finally! It seems like our efforts have had at least some morsel of an effect on redhead acceptance in the skateboard world.) Features all the ever-progressing “cherry” kids, plus a bonus A.V.E. line. (Vans vid April?)

Previously:Joyride

2014 New York Skateboarding Year in Review: 5-1

December 31st, 2014 | 3:15 am | Features & Interviews | 11 Comments

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Final post of the year. Previously: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6, 2014 in T.F. Obstacles.

Happy New Year. Be safe tonight if you’re inclined to go outside.

5. The Burning Question of 2014: “Is Chinese Seaport #Legit?”

It is bad enough that our culture has been diminished to an abyss of spots-that-aren’t-really-spots and Houston Street construction scraps. New York-based skateboarders have now found themselves overthinking miracles like the resurrection of Seaport.

“Does it look too much like a skatepark?”
“Will my footage here still look #core between the traffic barriers and late-night wallrides in my ‘Summer Trip to New York’-part?”
“Am I lame for thinking a metal ledge needs wax?”
“Will my friends back home say I sold out for not skating Reggaeton Ledges instead?”
“If there was some #urban graffiti on the ledge, would it be more #legit?”

Do you think the dudes at Para-lel, who attained ungodly manual and ledge abilities over the years, ever stopped to question as to whether or not their spot was *too* good? Americans, man.