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?

The 2013 New York Skateboarding Year in Review: 10-6

December 27th, 2013 | 12:12 pm | Features & Interviews | 6 Comments

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Hope everyone had a good Christmas. Let’s get this thing done with.

Previously: #s 25-21, #s 20-16, #s 15-11, The Year in T.F. Obstacles

10. Skating Over Black Hubba Becomes a “Thing”

2013 was filled with benchmark moments that emphasized just how fast skateboarding is progressing: Ishod’s versatility among three parts, Nigel Hudsons’ superhumanness, Westgate’s aversion to physics, and Mark Suciu’s career-worth-of-footage-in-12-months productivity. In New York, life moves a bit faster, but as a result, skating progresses, much, much slower. Everything is five years behind if you want to be generous, ten if you want to be a dick about it.

Our moment came on a smaller level. Filming on Black Hubba has seemed kinda silly ever since Riley Hawk saw it fit to do, like, a bluntslide varial flip down it. Good skateboarders had officially run out of tricks to do there — except now people are good enough to skate over it. Olson kickflipped over it three years ago, but things ramped up this year with a front three, a nollie back 180, a backside flip, and two switch flips.