My Favorite Skater Got A 5S With The Screen Cracked

July 24th, 2017 | 1:55 pm | Daily News | 2 Comments

R.I.P. Shorty’s, a place that showed the world the positive power of skateboarders adopting a forgotten corner of the world, and being left the hell alone in it. QS is hardly a transition skating-based enterprise, but there was something magical about each and every visit we took out there, even if it barely involved skateboarding on some days. Grateful to have been a part of it in some tiny way. Thanks to Andrew and all of the boys, and best of luck on the next chapter.

The Orchard boys have some nice items on eBay to support the Roll For Rob fundraiser.

It has been a slow news week out there. Links to Instagram clips: 1) The front noseslide on a foot-and-a-half high ledge heard around the world. 2) The double heelflip in Spiridons currently reverberating around the world. 3) Jake.

“You wanted a skate shoe that you and Sheffey could go to the club in.” “That’s the goal, yeah.” A lot of guys who started brands give interviews about starting brands, but Sal Barbier is a guy who you should listen to if you want to hear a guy give insight on starting brands. Thanks for the shout out man ♥

I’ve heard friends who don’t skate anymore and barely follow skateboarding say Jamie Foy is their favorite skater. Can’t knock that one. He’s got a couple New York clips in this Jenkem video of a recent Diamond trip.

“Does US sports apparel manufacturer New Balance and its ‘Tricolor’ executive production team deserve credit and reciprocal shoe-purchasing decisions for coaxing forth the most complete PJ Ladd video section since the Iraq war’s onset?” — Boil the Ocean re: the rumored-to-be PJ Ladd part in the upcoming New Balance video.

We let Crazy T take over the QS IG story last Thursday, and couldn’t let the fun fade into oblivion after 24 hours. Still watch the Eminem video five times a day.

Hockey has a 30-second commercial to commemorate Ben Kadow turning pro.

So glad to see friends from Vine shredding New York on other video sharing platforms.

Thanks to everyone who supported the QS For Street Machine project. Some stuff still left on the webstore. Anyone who ordered over the weekend should be getting a shipping confirmation in the next 24-48 hours :)

Quote of the Week: “Lil’ Uzi is rap Blink 182.” — Pryce Holmes

Slllllloooooowwwwwww week out there guys ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

If There’s Hell Below We’re All Gonna Go

November 7th, 2016 | 5:03 am | Daily News | 2 Comments

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Thank you to everyone who bought something from the webstore. The response was stronger than expected and we’re still catching up on orders. If you don’t see tracking in your e-mail by ~Wednesday, then you can start sending those “where is my stuff” emails. Until then, we’re still getting caught up with the last of them. If you’re a small, there are some items left + a lot of the hat styles are still in stock.

These made me laugh, idc.

An interview with one of the T.F’s native sons, Yaje Popson via Cafe Creme.

“Young Mitchell why you trapping so hard?” Fresh off the Nik Stain vid, someone created a great remix of my second favorite Wilson brother, Mitch from Philly.

Damn, back in my day, skate video titles had TWO words. Fully Flared, Menik Mati, Yeah Right… ANYWAY, Drama is the new kinda full-length (15 min) from Harry Bergenfield, Evan Pacheco and the youth, filmed mostly in the city but with a decent bit of Jersey footage. Been fun to watch these get better and better. Everyone obviously starts out with their influences and eventually matures into something unique if they keep at it. Shout out to the boy Ingmar.

To each his own, but the fact that people are making dedicated tribute videos to the “Brownsville Banks” A.K.A. the Beef Patty Banks (or wait, should we have been calling them the Space Heater Banks this entire time?) goes to show how sad the quality of [low bust] spots in this city has become. Cool video though.

New iPhone via video Genesis Evans with some cool varial flips.

Fuck Dime. Fuck them. Let’s just keep it going like we used to. Hehehehehe.” — Josh Kalis. DGK x Dirty Dime Kids coming soon.

Chill fall New York montage via Victor Garland and some NC boys.

Kingpin came through and dropped a #listicle of 29 memorable skateboard Vines, many of which we spaced on for our dedicated #RIPVine post. Completely forgot about the dude ollieing into the bank, falling and knocking the kid over.

In case you only caught the nollie flip into the Roosevelt Island monument via last week’s #QSTOP10, Walker Ryan’s new Thunder part has a bunch of New York clips.

The LurkNYC squad took a trip up to Montreal.

Jenkem interviewed the original brand manager behind Ghetto Child wheels about relaunching the brand in 2016, and the heyday of Muska selling 10,000 boards a month. It also reminded me of Child of the Ghetto, which then reminded me of this 2012 New York Magazine profile of G. Dep, which is so, so dark.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Have a feeling that Lillard is gonna become the new people’s fav shooting PG this season with everyone hating GSW etc…

Quote of the Week: “The last thing you want to be is sponsored.” — Bob LaSalle

I think pretty decent advice on dealing with the next ~48 hours is listening to a bunch of Curtis Mayfield and trying not to think about it. (Except when you vote, you should definitely think when you do that.)

‘LOL OMG that bag is so cute, give it to me’ — A Tribute to Skateboard Vine

November 3rd, 2016 | 3:09 pm | Features & Interviews | 6 Comments

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Last week, Twitter announced that it will be shutting down Vine.

Vine, much like Twitter itself, was never huge with skaters. It was, however, the low-key link that caused a sizable chunk of skateboarding posted online to move from YouTube to Instagram. Vine was the original easy-share video platform, and had it not posed a threat to a once photos-only Instagram in 2013, the fate of the slappy front nose 270 out would be far different.

The majority of skateboard Vines were unremarkable. Six-seconds was too short to share an average line or manual trick. It was far better suited for showcasing the brilliance of teenagers, snowballing dance crazes, and coining slang that has become commonplace far outside of its original context. A few people excelled at skateboard Vine — the Bust Crew / Richmond dudes, Peter Sidlauskas, Pat Stiner was always good at archiving bits of nostalgia — but it was never a ubiquitous part of every skateboarder’s life much the way Instagram videos are.

Lurker Lou once dubbed Vine “the wild west of social media.” It had no rules; easy-share videos were still a new concept in 2013 and part of the fun was watching everyone figure it out. People did so in different ways. Vine was the original breeding place for the visual vocabullary that makes up the beloved Dime Instagram videos of today. Other people took bits from the greater Vine ecosystem and remixed them into skateboarding, e.g. throwing a “boy if you don’t!” after Dave Bachinsky’s El Toro downplay. It was also the best place to receive a barrage of highlights from any video part that dropped earlier in the day, or somewhere to clown skateboarding in a playful tone that barely exists on Instagram, where everyone is promoting something.

Nobody was trying to get sponsored off Vine, which made it a special place to share skateboarding, and more importantly, laugh at it.

Below is a compilation of some favorites, which are all [sometimes loosely] skateboard related. Fuck you, I don’t want no ravioli.

And yeah, I couldn’t resist including “This is how I enter my house” even though it has nothing to do with skateboarding.

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2014 New York Skateboarding Year in Review: 25-21

December 3rd, 2014 | 2:20 pm | Features & Interviews | 13 Comments

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(The list series formerly known as “The Events That Defined New York Skateboarding in 20__”)

If you started reading our award-winning skateboard website in 2014, we should inform you that every December, we turn the mundane into the fantastic by counting down the moments that shaped skateboarding in this fine city throughout the past twelve months. They are listed in rough order of importance, depending on how you define the word “important.” A fun way to reminisce for those who were there, and a way to get informed for those who were not. Enjoy ;)

Previously…2013: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6, 5-1 / 2012: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6, 5-1 / 2011: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6, 5-1 / 2010: 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6, 5-1 / 2000s: 100-91, 90-81, 80-71, 70-61, 60-51, 50-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11, 10-2, #1.

25. The Grease Banks

We begin our year-end countdown with where we began last year: skate deterrents. Where would we be if not for those who try to stop us?

We’re accustomed to having buckets of water poured on us by people who live above diamond-plate skate spots, or eggs thrown at us by kids out of project windows. Hell, in Barcelona, we saw someone throw bleach from a window on a drunk crowd of skateboarders outside a bar. But this fall, after becoming an accidental neighbor with Chinatown’s latest bank spot, a restaurant poured kitchen grease all over the obstacle of interest, which — short of maybe smearing shit all over a spot — is the most hateful skate deterrent of all time, especially in less-detectable low light.

The Week in Noseslides (GIF Edition)

April 18th, 2014 | 1:59 pm | Daily News | 6 Comments

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Appreciating noseslides is 50% of the reason that this website exists. Though it may be the “building block of modern skateboarding,” this does not mean that the trick could solely be built upon by scholars of The Storm (see 360 flip noseslide nollie heelflip out on heavily waxed ledge or Luan’s ender in Cronicles 2.) The current level of skateboarding may lead you to believe that a flip in and out need to be performed to justify use of a noseslide, but this is a total misconception.

From Chad Muska’s top ten noseslide contender (first try!) to routine Quartersnacks clip appearances, two consecutive noseslides is nothing out of the ordinary for us. However, if noseslides are 50% of the reason for this site’s existence, unnecessary turnarounds that would make Ricky Oyola cringe make up at least 7-10% of our coverage radar. Please consult Koichiro Uehara’s Lenz II part to see these two things converging together wonderfully:

The skater above does not look Asian, therefore it seems safe to assume it is not Koichiro Uehara, but one of his Magenta affiliates. We cannot determine which one though, as they are all quick-footed and wear Adidas. Any assistance in properly commending this young man for bringing the consecutive noseslide line together with the unnecessary turnaround would be appreciated. It’s Leo Valls.

IN OTHER NEWS: the transition from full-length videos to the instant gratification of daily web clips has been widely spoken of. BUT DID YOU KNOW…that this narrative is already out of date?