Five Favorite Parts With The Chrome Ball Incident

August 16th, 2017 | 5:00 am | Features & Interviews | 4 Comments

The latest faves come from one of the eminent scholars of our craft. As he has mainly trafficked in still images, we asked him for five picks from the history of skate videos. (We’ll get a pro on the next one, but the non-pro streak has been pretty fun.)

Chops even offered a quick intro, so the rest of the words are his :)

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Big ups to bro-cam, uncleared music, lens rings, slam sections, “acting”, background yelling (preferably in slow motion), self-celebratory rollaways, camera lights, hard copies, dubbed copies, BGPs, pissed-off security guards, random lurkers, supersonic skatecamps and unnecessarily long manual clips.

This list is dedicated to Gonz’s Video Days, Natas’ Fires, Guy’s Mouse, MC’s Questionable, Ricky’s EE3, Henry’s Lies and Heath’s Unseen Sight. Some things, like orgasms and pizza, are past the need of further recommendation.

A Godfather of Six-Figure Ledge Skating [#TBT]

March 17th, 2016 | 12:55 pm | Time Capsule | 6 Comments

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So I often ask the subjects of these interviews who they consider to be the most underrated skater of the 1990s and your name has come up more than a few times. Do you think there were aspects of your career that went underappreciated or didn’t get their proper due?

Do I feel like I didn’t get enough shine? No. I don’t feel that way at all. To hear that people think that is awesome but I don’t feel that I’m owed anything or that something should’ve have gotten more praise than it did. At the end of the day, I don’t know what I could’ve done more than what I did. But that’s cool to hear.The Chrome Ball Incident / November 2, 2012

Nobody was as much of a precursor to today’s brand of highbrow ledge tricks as Jerry Fowler. Look no further than onetime six-figure ledge skater, Brian Wenning, admitting last week that the origin of the backside nosegrind pop-out craze (which very much still resonates in today’s fickle beanplanted times) leads back to a jack-move pulled on Jerry’s west coast-bred, east coast-honed bag of tricks.

Everyone knows that the “this could come out today and still hold up“-hyperbole is wishful thinking 95% of the time. Wenning says it about Photosynthesis in the aforementioned interview, but we have gotten lightyears past the new AM being able to end off his first part with a switch 360 flip down nine. Although his 411 section gets the most burn on the social media circuit, watch Jerry Fowler’s DNA Continuum part. You’ll see the half cab nosegrind revert fishhooks that Puig does, the frontside 180 no comply fakie 5-0s that Aaron Herrington does, and the backside shove-its into backside grinds that Hjalte does — a decade-plus before said tricks would come to occupy the minds of today’s most #trickselection savvy skateboarders.

Six-Figure Ledge Skating: The “Hundred Dollar Autograph” of the Skateboard World ;)

Never Drop That Alcohol

December 1st, 2014 | 6:57 am | Daily News | 12 Comments

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Happy internet list season! Best Instagram Post by a Pro Skateboarder — 2014. #coachellacrew

15 seconds of unseen Jake Johnson footage from a 2007-ish Adidas footage tape.

Ishod Wair’s Paych part in Paych. While you’re at it, give Paych a vote for “Best Indie Video of the Year” over on the Transworld site. Purchase here.

Volume #10 of the cell phone footage from the Paych dudes. Based on the increasing ratio of skateboarding : night club footage in these, the “Most Productive Crew” title will no longer be relevant by February fashion week. Maybe they make it to September.

Boil the Ocean on the most controversial backside flip to never happen. Who has a nice TV and wants to host a Plan B premiere tomorrow? Preferably below 14th Street.

Not in the habit of referring people towards L.E.S. Park footage, but the shit Brandon Westgate does in his Ricta commercial (Ricta!) is pretty wild.

“Nah, I never had [360 flips] like that. Never over something or down anything. Never consistently. There would maybe be a day here or there where I would have them lovely on flatground but then they’d be gone. I could never hold on to a good tre flip.” All of us “I learned how to 360 flip 100 times, but forgot how to 360 flip 101 times”-people have something in common with Gino Iannucci! Similarities end there :(

Far from comprehensive, but Kingpin has a brief R.I.P. Para-lel edit. (Also: Relevant.)

500 Degreez-centric #musicsupervision is cool. The end of that clip isn’t.

TWS has a detailed interview with Danny Renaud about coming back from the dead. Dude would probably make a good Epicly Later’d.

Skate Witches 2k14: Brujas, the all-girl Latina skate crew from The Bronx.

Get me back to Paris.

The new Lurk NYC video, Strangers, will be premiering at Sunshine Cinemas on Wednesday, December 10 at 8 P.M. Flyer here.

Spot Updates: This might be a few weeks late — like, who really even skates downtown anymore? — but the slanted ledges at Battery are back. The ground is a little worse, and the runways a bit narrower due to some new pre-knobbed benches in the way. They even threw in a four-stair and two new manual pads. No telling if it’s a bigger bust now, but the “No Skateboarding” signs are all still up.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Russell Westbrook for M.V.P

Quote of the Week: “I hate the woods, have you ever seen The Blair Witch Project?” — Matthew Perez

In the event that you need a Monday morning dose of idiocy

Five in the Morning Going Hard in the Kitchen

November 4th, 2013 | 5:30 am | Daily News | 10 Comments

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Congratulations to Liz and Miles on the birth of the first QS-affiliated baby!

Turns out that Ben Colen’s wishful Chromeball visits amounted to an after-credits bonus interview with Jovontae Turner, where he talks about racists and other things.

Gino Iannucci pays a visit to the Roslyn Banks, probably the most recognizable Long Island skate spot, which is sort of sad for such a large land mass. He discusses the spot’s history and offers a #controversial opinion against the use of Bondo.

Muckmouth compiled an extensive video of all the tricks that have been done on the Santa Monica Courthouse stage. And yeah, a nollie heelflip up is still absurd.

A bunch of Colorado expats living in New York made cool a ten-minute video. Weed humor tends to go over much of the QS office’s heads, but they share our spot sensibilities. Also, is that Cameron Diaz’s character from The Counselor at 3:17?

After Midnight New York’s fall/winter team montage.

Whoa, Miley Cyrus rips on a skateboard.

Jeremy Elkin’s new video somehow managed to round up and feature four dudes who pretty much everyone has always wanted to see full parts from: Akira Mowatt (unless you count Mixtape 2), Rob Campbell, German Nieves, and Leo Gutman (he had a part in Flipmode 3, but that was in 2006…) The Brodies premieres at Sunshine Theater on Thursday, November 14th at 9 P.M. Flyer here.

The Brimley crew from out in Arizona offers their “Summer Trip to NY” entry.

“I talked to Matt Price and he had never even seen that photo of Keith Hufnagel before.”

Anthony Pappalardo (the writer, not the Alien Workshop/Chocolate alumnus) wrote a .GIF-enhanced #listicle about extinct skateboard tricks for Complex. The “Muska Flip” or non-flipping-frontside-flip portion fails to acknowledge the plight of those of us who learned hardflips before frontside flips, and thus have a muscle memory that is averse to kickflipping for a frontside flip. We did not choose Muska flips and we’re not named Bryan Herman, so we’re stuck with hardflip frontside body varials. Anyone who was ever capable of flipping a frontside flip, but chose not to because they thought it looked cool is just stupid. We were born this way! Stop mocking our handicap!

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Chris Paul knows what’s going to happen three seconds before everybody else.

Quote of the Week:

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(Also, still celebrating Halloween on November 1st or 2nd needs to stop. It’s the fall equivalent of saying “Happy New Year” in March.)

All sticker packs shipped on Friday night. If you don’t receive something this week, chances are, you missed the cut-off for the first hundred addresses. If you sent an e-mail before 11:30 A.M. (E.S.T.), you should be getting something this week ;)

A Routine Reminder That Daewon is the Best

October 17th, 2013 | 3:33 pm | Daily News | 13 Comments

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If you spend any time on the skateboard-internet, you likely saw VII or Die’s Calvin & Hobbes parody that made the rounds last week. It’s genuinely funny and well-done, and that can’t often be said about a lot of skateboard “jokes,” especially in the meme-ified world of today.

You know how there are those stories about celebrities getting bored with having limitless access to almost any woman on earth, so they get into really weird sex stuff? Always figured Daewon was sort of the skate version of that: he’s so gifted with the ability to do absolutely anything on a skateboard, that he just opts to skate the most insane, out-of-left field shit imaginable. He’s not “weird for the sake of being weird,” as we often joke when discussing northeastern skateboarders with fine arts degrees — he’s just talented to the point that he couldn’t be bothered by any normal conceptions of spots.

Clearly, Calvin is referencing the majority of Daewon’s post-Skate More output (which, by the way, is as awesome of a technical skate part as there is, and perhaps has the tamest spot selection of any of his semi-recent parts.) Him and Hobbes incited a bit of a YouTube binge, which lead to last year’s 5-Incher part, and then ended up at his Chromeball interview. Somehow, it flew under the radar in light of rare interview subjects, Pretty Sweet gossip, and cellar door talk. It answers a lot of the questions about the aforementioned spot oddities, confirms that the majority of his footage has been filmed near his house, and reveals how he got disappointed to learn he became “the picnic table guy” in the Deca years. Yeah, it’s odd to plug a three-month-old interview, but it seems like it didn’t get as much shine as the others when it ran. Either way, dude’s the best.