An Interview With Antosh Cimoszko

August 3rd, 2016 | 9:52 am | Features & Interviews | 2 Comments

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Photo by Antosh

Throughout the 2000s, it seemed like the majority of Canadian skateboard media making it over the country’s southern border was from Vancouver. British Columbia was the most common lens through which we observed Canada’s often superior breed of skateboarder. Ironically, as Canada became a shining beacon of culture, #views, sorrys and glory challenges for Americans throughout the 2010s, Vancouver took a backseat to the country’s eastern cities.

Antosh’s videos and the extended family behind the elusive Clubgear umbrella have been one of our main portals into the Vancouver skate scene as the east has taken the spotlight. The spots from Baby Steps might be capped, but the spirit remains strong.

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Where are you from and how did you get into skateboarding?

I’m from a town called Tsawwassen that’s 45 minutes outside of Vancouver. There’s downtown Vancouver and there’s greater Vancouver, which can be almost two hours out. I started skating with a few of my friends around grade three, doing airs off a piece of plywood on some bricks, skating a flatbar and whatever else in my friends driveway. A couple of years ago, I moved downtown and started filming way more, and not leaving downtown as much.

Would you venture out to the city when you lived in Tsawwassen?

I’d go downtown when I was 12 or 13. I remember the first time we went, this homeless lady came running towards us yelling and asking if she wanted us to see her masturbate. Downtown Vancouver used to be a bit more recognized in bigger skate videos, like all the Girl dudes would come up and skate it a lot before everything got capped. Once those spots started getting harder to find, people started skating differently.

It feels like when I was growing up, the focus on Canadian skateboarding was always in Vancouver. In the past few years, it feels like it moved towards Toronto and Montreal. Did that actually happen or am I making it up?

Vancouver definitely seemed like more of a hub for skating a while back. I’m not sure if it had to do with everything getting capped or people realizing there were more spots in Toronto and Montreal, but honestly, Vancouver doesn’t have spots. You just have to skate whatever. It’s hard to find a ledge in Vancouver. If one pops up, it’s there for a week, and then it gets capped. Things get built here in a way that understands people are going to skate on them, so they make it harder.

There used to be a larger crew here, but it feels like everyone moved to different areas these past few years. A lot of dudes are from Calgary, and move to Vancouver because it’s pretty close, but eventually shift out east. Montreal was always the place to move to but more people are moving to Toronto now, too.

Filet Mignon With a Flip Phone

January 11th, 2016 | 9:28 am | Daily News | 6 Comments

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Good friend of the website, longtime QS music supervisor, coin-er of the term “skate video house,” and writer of the last part in the QS book, recently published his first novel, None of the Bad Ones. It’s about partying, #badrelationships, skating at Tompkins and meeting up with girls you texted off a Blackberry ~five or six years ago. It’s a fun and nostalgic read. Use promo code “snackmancometh” on his website, ESFBooks.com, to get 30% off. QS interview about the book here.

Ahh the old “Zoo York Media Group” logo… New Kevin Tierney Zoo part is now online, with some fashion-forward griptape, white rappers, and chill cut-ins from E.S.T.. Been wondering who those wallride marks on Grand and Crosby were from ;)

To remedy the fact that there hasn’t been a full Brian Anderson part in long time, Village Psychic put together a rad three-minute remix of his past four or five years worth of video appearances. Shout out to Billy McFeely circa 2009.

This isn’t actually a new Conor Prunty part, but a new Conor Prunty part is dropping on QS this April two thousand and sixteen. Buy stock while you can :)

QS’ New Output-based #skatevideohouse Desk: Vice’s electronic music site took to task skating’s recent infatuation with house music. Dudes just wanna dance bro.

Canadians were unmentioned in the article entirely, which is unfortunate considering their apt handling of such music supervision decisions in the past. Here’s a new one from Antosh and all the dudes from the “Heat” video this past fall.

Drones in Westchester. New one featuring Caddo, Watermelons et al via Armand.

Everything in this twenty-five minute Byrdgang video — from the spots, to the tricks, to the picture quality, to the fact that it’s named after sub-sect of lower tier peak-era Dipset affiliates — reminded me of early-to-mid-2000s, post-Metrospective skateboard website montages in the best way possible. Smiles the whole way through :)

A minute of Ishod footage at the new indoor Nike park in Brooklyn.

Related: The [far different] state of skateparks on the east coast, circa 1998-2000.

As if filming a video exclusively in London wasn’t hard enough, they decided to do it with a ten-pound camera from three decades ago. Mike O’Meally with some photos and words on the upcoming Palace video.

Relevant Today: Skateboarding’s Beloved Soundtracks — David Bowie.

New Cell Jawn clip featuring purportedly some of Love Park’s last days.

Thanks to NY Skateboarding for the full flip-through of the QS book in 15 seconds.

If you watch only one skate video today… Stereo uploaded a clean, full version of A Visual Sound online. One of the most #influential vids to ever exist, especially with regard to a lot of what’s going on in skating today.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Damian Lillard got on the same juice cleanse as Steph I guess. Seventeen points in three minutes.

Quote of the Week: “Whoa. Somebody made our beds.” — Max Palmer re: hotels

Londoners: Slam is throwing a party for the DGK + QS stuff on Thursday :)

Clubgear in New York

September 16th, 2015 | 4:26 am | Daily News | 9 Comments

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Add Clubgear to the list of northern imprints truly seizing the current #moment that Canada is enjoying. (If that Future + Drake mixtape is real, then it will really push Canada’s #moment to newfound heights — though everyone knows that should’ve been a Future + Meek Mill mixtape until the dude decided to capsize his career. Still “Jump Out the Face” > “Where Ya At” x1000 regardless.)

Just a few weeks after dropping “Spots” and tapping into the zeitgeist of skating’s current infatuation with vocal-less house and 5050 tech, “Heat” went up on the TWS site late yesterday. It’s not as good as the top-three-of-its-decade Michael Mann movie that bears the same name (also subject of a recent Alltimers board), but what is?

Our editorial department has eased up on coverage of “Summer Trip To New York” montages in recent years (too overwhelming), but it’s nice when one inspires you to take a closer look at shit you otherwise only skate past every day. These dudes barely made it above 14th Street, and the only Brooklyn spot they touched is the first one you see after you get off the bridge. Instead, they ripped around seldom-skated Tribeca spots, underutilized Battery Park bumps, the temporarily sorta-skateable north side of Zuccotti (the last line’s gotta be a 2015 reader’s choice “Line of the Year” contender), and [the other] Three Up Three Down to do the weirdest trick that could possibly be done there. It turned out great and looking nothing like it’s genre counterparts from the past three months :)

Also TWS: it’s sick that you are doing cool stuff these days but your video player is :(

Review: Baby Steps DVD

July 30th, 2006 | 3:55 am | Features & Interviews | No Comments

As far as I’m concerned, this is the most bullshit-free video ever made. Are there stupid flashy intros with people getting drunk and falling a lot with dramatic music playing? No. Is there a strobelight, techno music hippie shit editing with fifty-six cuts so that you see the same trick at three different speeds from four different angles? Nope. Are there a bunch of Modest Mouse and Built To Spill songs to scratch your balls to while you watch the skating? Sorry, homeboy. All these wonderful facts perfectly illustrate that all Canadians, with the exception of RDS a.k.a Shark Face Killah crew, don’t play that homo-thug shit. Baby Steps puts it down for people who want to see real, creative skating, without all the hoo-ha special effects and MTV editing that seems to make its way into this small skateboarding multimedia world of ours.