The August Slump

August 19th, 2013 | 5:02 am | Daily News | 3 Comments

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Photo by Emilio Cuilan

August is always slow. Having three Monday Links posts on the front page isn’t really a good look though, so hopefully stuff starts happening soon :(

Seattle is taking a step in the right direction with regard to more progressive thought than “skaters = skateparks.” Except the thought is a bit better than the execution, because the “skateable sculpture” they built looks absurd and not a good way (it’s designed by a snowboarder…and Torey Pudwill.) Unsurprisingly, even when not making full-fledged skate plazas, the Germans are ahead of the curve with the whole multi-functional skateable sculpture thing.

Skate Spot Porn: Architizer rounds up some works of modernist architecture that happen to be unintentionally perfect for skateboarding.

Get weird with the Juicy Elbows “Summer Trip to New York” montage. Here’s last year’s edition in case you missed it. And if you didn’t know by now, there’s a Venice curb and flat bar at the Fat Kid Spot now.

Watch Raffie Gordon’s part and Karim Callender and Alejandro Batista’s shared part from Belief Skate Shop’s Ever Upward video. Anyone who does a trick at the two-second bust plaza outside of the F train on 42nd Street deserves a pat on the back.

Skaters aren’t the only ones obssessed with the VHS format. Is it safe to say that unlike straight-to-VHS B-movies from the eighties, most skate videos initially released on VHS that are worth saving have already been preserved on new mediums?

Speaking of formats, here is this week’s edition in our search for the new VX1000.

J Kwon / Radio Korea is singlehandedly bringing a nineties plaza vibe back to L.A. skating, a la the USC, Santa Monica Courthouse, or L.A. County days.

This Carlos Iqui guy is keeping the switch push alive.

Brian Anderson skates the B.Q.E. spot and talks about his new shoe, which has been getting some heavy praise from the older, “I only skate in one shoe”-stickler crowd.

A new old NJ Scum clip.

Someone (not Ian Reid) uploaded Ian Reid’s Video to YouTube.

R.I.P. to the Instagram sensation Bushwick Bump.

*BONUS* QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: The NBA season is two-and-a-half months away, so here’s White Chocolate with a bounce pass to alley oop in a Taiwanese exhibition game from this summer. FYI: Derrick Rose returns in a season opener against the Heat, and the Knicks’ second game is in Chicago. Also, the Knicks play the Thunder at MSG on Christmas (their last meeting was a good time.)

Quote of the Week: “I hate hearing people drive by blasting that ‘Ain’t Worried About Nothing’ song when I’m worrying about landing a trick.” — Lurker Lou

Our statistics reveal that the past six months have coincided with a 30% rise in traffic from Brooklyn visitors. Does this mean we need to reformat, relocate and cut back on the Lovely Day jokes?

TWOMANJI: The 2012 Skate Video From 1998 (?)

August 21st, 2012 | 3:33 pm | Daily News | 11 Comments

VHS may currently be the most reliable form of time travel available to humans (at least as far as skate videos are concerned.) TWOMANJI is a video by Kurt Havens that claims to originate from 1998, but looks like 1988, as it has more in common with the Skate NYC videos that surfaced online last spring (see here or here) than anything actually released in 1998. The spots tend to indicate 2012, or at least 2004, since records state that white people did not begin skateboarding in Brooklyn prior to the first daring caucasian explorer followed up on his Pratt acceptance letter around that date. (Much speculation surrounds this theory.) Many fear that we will soon live in a world where skateboard plagiarists begin filming new tricks at spots in the VHS format in an effort to convolute skateboard history and A.B.D. timelines. Government intervention within this largely unregulated form of time travel seems inevitable.

The video features various Flipmode affiliates, and even a 5-minute Bronze section midway with extras from the past several Sidlauskas productions. A good watch, even if many mysteries surrounding TWOMANJI‘s origins remain.

Side A:
I. Billy McFeely ft. Don Gonyon: 0:01 – 3:25
II. Bill Pierce: 3:26 – 5:53
III. Friends: 5:54 – 9:42
IV. Rene Perez/Richard Quintero: 9:43 – 11:09
V. A.J. Nagy/ Robert Sunshine (ft. James Buchman, Jimmy Pakidis, JP Blair, and Jersey Dave): 11:10 -15:15
VI. Curt Havens ft. Joseph Amsel: 15:16 – 17:41

Side B:
VII. Bronze Hardware co. commercial [chopped and screwed by Peter Sidlauskas]: 17:42 – 25:34
VIII: Pat Murray ft. Don Gonyon, Shawn Powers, and Peter Sidlauskas: 25:35 – 28:58
IX: Paulgar on Houston Street: 28:59 – 29:13
X: Nick Ricciardi: 29:14 – 32:43
XI: Credits: 32:44 – 35:09

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The Events That Defined New York City Skateboarding in 2011: 10-6

December 28th, 2011 | 12:52 pm | Features & Interviews | 20 Comments

2011 ends in less that four days. Wow. Previous installments of the countdown: #25-21, #20-16, #15-11. Final installment goes online December 31.

10. Lucas Puig Re-Legitimizes the Noseslide

The northeast may be the last place on earth that does not fully buy into the ballet of flip-in-flip-outs synonymous with the modern day noseslide. We were delighted to see Lucas Puig, one of European skateboarding’s most agreeable technicians, be the one to bring back a completely glitter-less version of one. Puig’s re-induction of the noseslide into acceptable territory for line choreographers has already been felt in videos since his Transworld spotlight, most notably via Stefan Janoski in The SB Chronicles.

Note: Whether or not this trick is acceptable for those under the age of 25 (i.e. those who have not been skating long enough to remember when the noseslide was an acceptable ledge trick) is a controversial subject.

A Look Back at EST Video Magazine

October 22nd, 2010 | 1:18 pm | Time Capsule | 22 Comments

Zoo York's E.S.T. Video Magazine - Issues 1 thru 4"

As hard as it is to believe, nine or ten years ago, an endless stream of New York skate footage available for public consumption did not exist. There was Metrospective, which for all its merits, was updated irregularly. But you’d still sit there on your 56k modem and wait for a minute-long clip to slowly load, because you weren’t likely to catch much footage of any local spots in the latest 411 or Digital video. There were also the four Zoo videos (we’re talking up to around 2001, 2002 here), the INFMS video, Static, 5Boro’s 511, that Blackout video with the New York montage, but definitely nothing like the overload that comes with the autofill results when you type “nyc skateb…” on YouTube’s search bar.

But seeing “pros” (translation: dudes in skate videos) skate your local spots (outside of the Banks and Newport) matters a lot when you’re a kid. And was probably a lot more of an event back then than it is now. Everyone in my little circa-2000 skate crew was psyched when Pappalardo did a nollie heelflip into a sheet of plywood set down the six at Hoboken Ledges in his Photosynthesis part. Not because it was an amazing trick, after all, it was a 16mm artsy cut-in, but a small piece of history of the spot to hold onto, and especially relevant if your local spots weren’t any of the trademarks of the era (again, the Banks and Newport.)

That’s probably the reason why issues of EST were something to look forward to every year when a lot of us were growing up. For the time, it was a great idea. A video magazine in the vein of 411, Logic, or Digital, but with montages segregated by regions on the east coast, and supplementary feature materials. Basically, an eastern vehicle to give career boosts to up-and-comers in the same way a “Wheels of Fortune” segment would for some under-the-radar schoolyard kid out in the Valley. (Not that east coasters never received 411 segments, but they were more of an exception to the rule than the overall norm.)