First Day Out

May 31st, 2016 | 1:02 am | Daily News | 6 Comments

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Late start to the week bc of the holidays :)

Attn: Hot new trendy country Canada — Blue Tile and Antisocial have new QS gear in.

The I-Beam is the hottest T.F. obstacle since the Tombstone.

Like every facet of American life, skateboarding was hit hard by the 2008 recession. Lurker Lou has an oddly insightful glimpse into the industry of the pre-recession, pre-iPhone era by giving a 2007 Thrasher a last look. “Respect the Machnau.”

Here’s post-Love Park life in Philadelphia, with a Grandpa cameo in Cell Jawn #26.

Yo for like a casual, pre-premiere session around the Lower East Side and Chinatown, this clip of the Volcom team before the Holy Stokes screening has some jams in it. Nobody’s ollied those two double bump-to-bars on Madison before, right?

Fakiehillbomb went skating with QS-favorites, the Hungarian Rios Crew in Budapest for two weeks, and came back with this bit of low-def photojournalism.

I mean, for a varial flip on a l*ngb**rd, it’s perfect.

What you know about skateboarding in Nicaragua bro?

The Green Zine interviewed John Shanahan about #fits and the resurgence of shove-it reverts, and Venture remixed a good bit of his LurkNYC footage.

Even if you skate zero transition, there are certain skate landmarks you gotta pay a visit to just because (think Burnside, the Christiana bowl, etc.) The La Perla pool in San Juan, Puerto Rico is on that list. Monster Children did a quick story on the spot’s history, and how it slowly revitalized one of the slummiest parts of San Juan.

As per the note re: everyone still wanting to see Todd Jordan skate in Lou’s segment, here’s his gem of a “Wheels of Fortune” section, checking off every box of late-90s/early-2000s New York skate nostalgia:

The Canal Wheels section from Transplants is now online.

Cafe Creme has an interview with multiple People’s SOTY winner, Dennis Busenitz.

Dane Vaughn skates some New York rooftops.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Gotta be Steph’s 4-on-1 off glass lay-up to close out the first half last night? What’s everyone thinking, Warriors in six? Durant leaves?

Quote of the Week
Inquisitive Gentleman: “Have you ever seen a shark out in the water?”
Dave Dowd: “I don’t believe in sharks.”

‘If you can’t be the sun be a star; It isn’t by size that you win or fail — Be the best of whatever you are’

January 18th, 2016 | 12:14 pm | Daily News | 7 Comments

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#interesting: How Stevie Wonder & Gil Scott-Heron campaigned to turn MLK Day into a holiday.

Snacks hid inside the mattress

Um, what?

#TRENDWATCH2016: Prop street skating hehehe ;)

New edition of Lurk NYC’s “NY Times” series, featuring a bunch of Cee-Lo extras.

No thinktank in #modern #skateboarding has changed the way people skate via Instagram as much as the Blobys have. They’re like the French New Wave of skateboard Instagram dude. After a Vince-based IG mix a few weeks back, someone put together a full, fifteen minute mix of all [most?] of their IG videos.

“Whether he knew it or not, a Bowie song in a skate video was more than just another song in the credits ━ you had to fucking earn that song.” Can’t say another artist’s passing has ever resulted in such an outpour of reflection from skate media outlets.

New Pete Eldridge footage! New J.B. Gillet footage! The Cliché team in Paris, unfortunately sans Lucas. Despite having seen that Créteil brick bank spot in videos for two-plus decades, there hasn’t been really much footage of people skating it like a halfpipe (way harder than it looks tbh.) All the footage is super fun :)

Is it even fair to have Antonio in All City Showdown anymore? You probably caught the “Best of” on Thrasher already, but holy hell, that line at the Williamsburg monument. Also here’s some bonus footy why not? Antonio heavy warm up at Gardner via Dre.

The city of Philadelphia is pathetic.

Quick, sorta legible bit of the Jake Johnson interview from the GX1000 article in the new Thrasher. x3 on the whole only switch tricks in 2015 down Hooters rail thing.

Behind the scenes of Jenkem’s Tim O’Connor Show, how New Jersey gives you #perspective, and the increasing ubiquity of the skateboard podcast.

Have a suspicion that Tiago Lemos’ secret is a bit more sophisticated than “rice, beans and lots of acai,” since half the skaters with jobs in New York live off that stuff…

[Fucking Awesome + Hockey] x the early 2000s ON Video Magazine.

Gigliotti is skating in Cali dude. Shout out 235 E. 5th Street.

New Cell Jawn video from the Brooklyn Nike park.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Can’t wait for that Spurs-Warriors WCF.

Quote of the Week: “Damn, did Sierra Fellers fall off?” — E.J.

Tryna Skate Some Flat and Eat Caviar

July 13th, 2015 | 4:35 am | Daily News | 7 Comments

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It’s that time of the year again when Khaled goes skateboarding.

Before you read anything in this post, please donate whatever you can (even $5 helps) to Kevin Tierney’s new knee fund. We’ll consider it a personal favor.

Guess the word is out on this one. Proud to say QS will be releasing a ten-year anniversary book on Powerhouse this fall, entitled TF at 1. It’s a fun look back at the past decade give-or-take of the extended family that surrounds this website. More details later this year. Keep an eye out for snippets on Instagram.

Jamal Smith tests out Stevie Williams’ DC pro model from ~2001. Possibly the best skate clip of the year. “Stevie, don’t fuck me up when you see this.”

The new Sabotage 4 trailer is great. Includes a full Dylan Sourbeer part.

The list of people who look as good as peak-era Rob Welsh on a skateboard is in the single digits. Also, since skateboarders love rappers from the nineties so much that we’re still editing to songs off The Sun Rises in the East fifteen years after Static 1 came out, you guys might be interested to learn that a lot of those rappers are still making music in 2015!

The Iron Claw crew opened up a new shop in Bushwick called Rollgate Skates, which buys, sells and trades skate gear. 867 Broadway in Bushwick, by Broadway-Myrtle J.

Bust Crew has been posting some chill IG clips of their trip to New York. Just when you thought there were no new ways to skate the Chinatown manual pad

Dave Mayhew still rips. “The whiteboys be like totally.”

The 2014 Thrasher Skater of the Year on not having an Instagram.

“In terms of visibility and reach, the Thrasher part gives the skater the prime-time spot, and to have one of these nowadays is almost like being a contestant on America’s Got Talent that made it to the next round. Everyone gets to see your part for that day, but next week there’s a whole other round of contestants to replace you.” SMLTalk with a funny one about the most awfully titled Thrasher parts. “The Raybourn Identity” is insane, though we called something “Djosh Unchained” before, so…

Sidewalk has a pretty in-depth and candid interview with Austyn Gillette about life since suffering a double knee injury a year ago.

New Jersey handrail skating circa 1999 oh yeah.

R.I.P. to the Pigeon Shit Double-Set on 40th and Broadway. It lead a terrible life.

Here are the TWO winners of the Jason Byoun remix contest. Considering both of them incited equal amounts of laughter, it wasn’t fair to just let one win. Check your emails. Make sure to watch the first one through the end :)

Quote of the Week: “Fetty Wap is like Willie Nelson.” — Corey Rubin

New Future drops on Friday.

Nothing Links the Same

September 23rd, 2013 | 5:05 am | Daily News | 9 Comments

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The 2013 edition of Frozen in Carbonite’s always great song of the summer + best video parts of the summer wrap up is now live. It tackles important topics like Mark Appleyard’s longevity, French Montana’s lack of figurative language, and Javier Sarmiento’s fashion choices. Notable omissions to the songs include “Versace,” “No New Friends,” “Type of Way,” “Fine China,” “Get Lucky” (“the Lone Ranger of summer songs” i.e. force fed garbage), and “I Hit It First,” the S.O.T.S. that sadly never was. You can check the 2012 edition here and the 2011 one here.

Joseph Delgado has a solid three-minute video checkout on the Transworld site. The Flushing extension tricks are awesome. (How has “Party and Bullshit” been used for like five skate parts, but nobody thought to use the Lord Finesse version?)

Download Black Dave’s new mixtape, Black Bart.

It has been on the horizon for quite some time, but it looks like the Astor Place renovation is close to becoming an unfortunate reality :(

A few summers ago, there was a kid who would always be at Lenox Ledges trying no comply impossible to frontside 5050s. Never saw him land it (or lock in), but this guy might have him beat either way.

Some dudes put together a historic mini documentary about Milano Centrale, the most famous skate spot in Italy. If given the choice right now, would you rather go to Milan or Prague for a ledge skating trip?

Thrasher uploaded some raw footage of Wade Speyer, Phil Shao and others skating around Manhattan with Bici, Gangemi and the Keefe brothers in the mid-nineties.

Mountain Dew seems committed to monopolizing the skateboard-related #listicle game, and taking a bit of Complex’s marketshare along with it. They have a new one that breaks down the history of Girl and Chocolate in a convenient form for those intimidated by seeing multiple paragraphs on the same page.

Speaking of #listicles, here’s one that makes the case for New Jersey contributing more to skateboarding than any other non-Californian state. Dave Filchak’s name is oddly missing from it though.

Check out volume four of Billy Rohan’s bro cam series, “Illumignarly.”

Database Volume 2 is a cool, largely Jersey City-based mini video.

If you’re pro, you should pro skate this thing before its gone.

QS Sports Desk: Can’t wait to watch D. Rose play again this season.

Quote of the Week:You sold your Xbox for weed.”

Thanks to everyone who linked our End of Summer clip: Recordings of Boardings, Grey Skate Mag, Monster Skate Mag, Caught in the Crossfire, NY Skateboarding, Skate Everyday, The Palamino Club, and anyone else. Also big thanks to everyone in the YouTube comments who informed us that Rich Homie Quan is “not real hip-hop.” We’ll re-edit it to KRS-One or something.

Book Review: Thrasher Epic Spots: The Places You Must Skate Before You Die

April 11th, 2008 | 3:46 pm | Features & Interviews | 6 Comments

Thrasher released a book that runs down the 200+ places you need to skate at before you die, or before your knees give out. Or before you have kids and move to Long Island. In honor of proving that we have actually stepped inside of a bookstore in the past fifty years, I wrote up a brief review of it, explaining how Thrasher’s publishing department broke my heart with their laziness.

Handycam Snacks in the making.. New clip in the making..

*I use the word “read” lightly here. I am aware that the majority of skateboarders have not made it past the fourth grade and are generally incapable of reading, so I would never dream of writing about a book that had a whole bunch of small squiggly lines and words and shit in it.

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The other day, I was having one of those rare real-life conversations about skateboarding — the type of conversation that usually only exists within the confines of the Slap message board, where people are capable of debating who has the best wallie or no comply with a straight face. But granted that street skateboarding has existed for about twenty years at this point, and set certain precedents, made certain cities synonymous with skateboarding to many people born after 1980, and above all, given all of us an immeasurable amount of stories about what we have seen growing up skating our favorite spot, it seems appropriate to make a book solely about spots. Not as mere footnotes in a biography (which seems the most common way skateboarding winds up on a bookshelf), but a biography about certain spots themselves.