Signed to the T.F.

October 21st, 2013 | 12:20 pm | Daily News | 13 Comments

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Yaje Popson surfing at Battery Park — Photo by Andrew James Peters

Ishod Wair continues to makes amends with skateboard fans everywhere for not filming more lines in his Real part. His new Four Star part is practically all Philly lines for four straight minutes. And to think he still has another part due out this year.

Washington Heights is about to be home to the largest skatepark in New York. If you have an Instagram account, you’ve likely seen photos of it via friends who have snuck in. Oh, and the Daily News article about it is without question worse than the most cringe-inducing thing the Times has written about skateboarding over the years. “The park, which will be ready by the fall…to give local sk8terboys something to do beyond annoying their neighbors.” Fuck off. (Yes, a hundred-year-old newspaper printed the word “sk8terboys.”)

Derm (who is responsible for one of the better NY/NJ parts of the year) spent the summer in Portland and came back with this mini part for Politic.

The Fancy Lad crew just shattered the record for most insane spot selection in a “Summer Trip to New York” montage with their latest clip. Even Daewon might turn down the opportunity to skate a bunch of cardboard boxes wrapped in twine…

Want more summertime montage entertainment? The French Converse team takes a trip to New York.

Forrest Edwards furthers his role as a skateboarding’s greatest troll by spewing comedic gold in the latest Weekend Buzz episode. Part 1, part 2.

Billy Rohan’s fifth installment of bro cam insanity is now live. Video nerds everywhere will be pleased to know that the next volume will be available both in HD *and* SD.

More fast skateboarding at cool-looking spots by way of Pittsburgh.

Though it’s tough to imagine it ever making beyond the internet speculation mill, Ripped Laces imagines just exactly what a Jordan Brand line of skates shoes would look like. Watermelons been on that wave.

Only had a chance to skim through the Banquet mini video, but it has fourteen minutes of New York skating, Ron Artest does the intro, and someone skates to the outro from what is secretly the best Jay-Z album.

A New York/Washington D.C. montage borrowed the namesake from one of Gucci’s first mixtapes and even incorporated one of its songs.

Florida: Still crap.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: One of inevitably many Derrick Rose plays.

Quote of the Week: “If you’re from San Diego and not on Sk8Mafia, you’re an asshole.” — Riza

Guys, any remnants of summer are totally fleeting.

From the Cell Block to the Skate Spot

September 16th, 2013 | 5:57 am | Daily News | 10 Comments

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Shawn Powers for Dior Homme S/S ’14. Photo by Peter Sutherland.

We cut a few prices on some remaining QS gear in anticipation of fall items.

Much like Riff Raff is the undisputed king of Vine (sooo spring 2013, right?), Lucas Puig is perhaps the only Instagram user making good use of the app’s video function. He put together a brief “Best Of” video of his straight-to-Instagram tricks. Also, why exactly didn’t he skate to “I Can’t Wait” in Bon Voyage?

There’s a new minimal, manual-friendly skate park in Bushwick, similar to the one that popped up in Park Slope two years back. More of these please.

Though they are less “minimal,” Templeton from Mostly Skateboarding put together a cool #listicle of the most innovative skateparks on earth for Complex.

Yaje Popson came back from Brazil and is still really good at skateboarding.

One of Yaje’s friends, Luke Clerkin, has a fun midtown night session clip online, too. It can easily get frustrating, but its still tough to think of a spot more fun than a good night in midtown. (P.S. The ground is fixed at that wallride on 65th Street.)

Billy McFeely has a quick interview and a few tricks over on the Transworld site.

Added Lurker Lou giving a tour of “The Tree” at Con Ed Banks and his Williamsburg Monument spot check from Faux One One to each respective spot page.

Deep Dish is a new video out of Chicago with a New York section as its opener.

Some stuff that has been online for a bit (i.e. content that is ~five days old): Jake Johnson came back to the city and destroyed everything in thirty seconds, Alex Olson skated New York for a bit and then went to Iceland to exfoliate, Huf put out the obligatory “Summer Trip to NY” clip with some lesser seen spots (fakie boardslide down Black Hubba is nuts), and Chris Nieratko ran down the history of New York’s first skateboard company for ESPN.

The New York Times had some skate-related content in the past week: an article on preserving the first skatepark ever built in New York (and still the only public vert ramp in the city, right?), and a site feature on some of Allen Ying’s photos.

“Free Gucci Mane” shirts never go out of style.

Quote of the Week: “Sick, now there are babies crying. This is like eating in a hospital.” — Josh Velez on eating in Golden Krust

Boil the Ocean claims Quartersnacks is the skate industry’s Traps N Trunks. And here we were thinking we were its Purple Diary :(

The Place Beyond the T.F.

April 15th, 2013 | 5:26 am | Daily News | 4 Comments

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Tity Boy S.V.U. 2 Chainz and Detective Benson are dating.

A few new QS tees are coming out this week.

Check the outtakes from Lurker Lou’s Williamsburg Monument spot check, one of the highlights of the new Iron Claw video, Faux One One.

Magenta parodies are like a “thing” now, huh? “Shmagenta Welcomes Jacque Lally” comes one month after Dimestore’s entry. Great music supervision. #trendwatch2013

ICYMIHopps’ spring commercial is great, just like everything else associated with that company. Not mad at T.F. West night lines either.

Tape is a new video from the crew that made Be Pretty, edited to nineties late night rap radio freestyles as a homage to a certain Zoo York video. One would hope that a sequel set to Clue freestyles has been discussed.

Here’s the Yaje Popson and friends section from the Mama’s Boys video.

Two teasers for upcoming New York-based videos: CCTV by Nick vonWerssowetz (LurkNYC) and Tengu by Colin Read (Mandible Claw.)

Kevin Tierney put together a Tompkins montage from the short-lived Labor box era. (Wait, is four weeks not really “short-lived” in T.F. time?)

Some background info on 43 Magazine and the now-notorious subway ollie photo.

Even Bon Appetit magazine knows that the $3.50 bodega egg and cheese sandwich is one of the best things about New York. How every other city fails miserably at this simple recipe continues to be a mystery.

“Backstreet Atlas,” the short film about two guys skating from Boston to New York, is premiering at the Jane Hotel on Thursday, April 18 at 8 P.M. Flyer here. Teaser here.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Durant hasn’t been on here all year, so why not?

Quote of the Week: “Daft Punk making an album with no samples is like Stevie Williams filming a transition part.” — Roctakon

Due to popular demand, Trife Look of the Week might become a regular part of Monday links, especially once the season ends for the QS Sports Desk in a month-and-a-half. We had a clear-cut winner this week

‘What About Them Cracks Paulie?’ — Dece Vid Extras

March 19th, 2013 | 7:04 pm | Daily News | 13 Comments

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The homepage is in full aggregator mode today, so here’s another way to waste fifteen minutes amidst some late-winter blues. Though the industry standard name for video extras in the post-DVD era is “B-sides,” Rob Harris decided to flaunt his retained knowledge of SAT words and their Latin origins with Dece Addendum, a fifteen-minute raw footage reel of throwaway, slams, goofs and Yaje Popson footage from Dece Vid.

The first person to re-edit it to Travis Porter or Future wins a six-pack of Kronenbourg and half a sandwich from Parm. Re-watch the original video if you need to waste another twenty minutes. Some non-aggregated content should be in the works shortly.

An Interview With Yaje Popson

March 8th, 2013 | 7:14 am | Features & Interviews | 31 Comments

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Photo by Brian Kelley

There is no question that Yaje is one of the most talented New York skaters to emerge in recent years. Except after gaining momentum with a multi-page Skateboarder interview, some solid video parts and flow from one of the best companies around, he disappeared. Both from Tompkins and from skate media altogether. Well, we caught up with Yaje over Skype (an in-person interview wasn’t exactly possible) to talk about where he’s been and what he’s been up to. Thanks to Emilio Cuilan, Brian Kelley and Luke Clerkin for your help.

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Where are you right now?

I’m chilling in my beautiful apartment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. It’s the third largest city in Brazil. I was born here and moved to New York when I was three, so it’s good to get in touch with your homeland. I moved back in the winter of 2011. Autumn and I left at the same time. No Autumn Bowl, no Autumn Skateshop, what’s the point?

Any other reasons for the move besides Autumn closing?

I initially came out to help heal a knee injury, but I stayed because we have a much better quality of life out here. My family lived in that one little shitty apartment [in New York], so this is luxury.

Is where you are a beach city like Rio?

No, but I have a house on the beach in Espírito Santo and one more house in the jungle.