‘Bout to Leave the Crib With a Couple of My Pirates

August 18th, 2014 | 5:03 am | Daily News | 4 Comments

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Been slow around here, but things should be picking up soon

Switch bigspin heelflip down the L.E.S. Park double-set.

Gigliotti made a new clip. It has Ted, Olson, etc. in it.

Jahmal Williams has a video interview with Japan’s Far East Skate Network about Static 4, along with some indoor park footage afterwards. “I’d rather see Jahmal do a 5050″ is the new “I’d rather see Gino push” for the rest of 2014.

ICYMI and also on the topic of Static 4, Chris Nieratko interviewed Josh Stewart for a 17 Things You Didn’t Know About Static 4 feature on Vice, and Live Skateboard Media has yet another interview with Josh, which tackles a lot of unchartered topics from his recent interviews, e.g. music re-usage boundaries in skate videos.

Needless to say, this isn’t the Bobby Shmurda clip everyone has been expecting.

If you started skating around the height of Shorty’s reign as the coolest skateboard company around, you no doubt looked up to Sammy Baptista on account of his #youngestofdacamp status. Well, while we wait for O’Dell to (hopefully) complete the Muska and/or Shorty’s Epicly Later’d, the “My Name Is” series caught up with Sammy to look back on his skate career. (The dude still rips btw.)

#musicthatdoesntmatch, except we’re not really ones to talk

It has only been ~two years since the skateboard internet embraced #listicle #culture, and writers have already run out of ideas.

Speaking of ideas and #listicles, here are ten skateboard “innovations” that never caught on. [Turns out the entire concept and research behind it was from a series Vert is Dead did this past spring, so consult their posts.] What about Ollie Pop Bubble Gum, Spoonfish Board Locks, Dooks shock pads, bearing “rims,” and Aircraft Skateboards?

People are skating the early-2000s classic little kid spot, Central Park “Hubba” again! (At least in the new video blog from the Beef Patty dudes.)

Trash cans are the new picnic tables.

Simple formula: Edit your skate clip to Migos and it will get posted on this website.

This piece on deriving life lessons from Thug Motivation 101 is a little cheesy, but its heart is in the right place.

Quote of the Week: “I don’t understand why people don’t fuck with Yahoo.” — Peter Sidlauskas

A two-hour DJ Mustard mix might help you forget that the summer is actually over :(

100 Euros on Dumplings & Champagne

July 28th, 2014 | 8:55 am | Daily News | 14 Comments

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“Once upon a time I used to grind all night, with that residue that was iPod white.” Happy belated Thug Motivation 101 Day to everyone. Let’s get it.

Congratulations to everyone who was involved with this: Skateboarding at the Santa Monica Courthouse is now legal. A colossal step forward with how skateboarding is treated in America altogether. Small Banks restoration next? :)

Despite having literally no interest in the Life Extension video whatsoever, the running commentary at SMLTalk piqued the Quartersnacks Office’s interest. (Susan Sarandon is still sorta hot for 60+ btw.) And good thing it did. Pat Pasquale AKA Sinner’s part is INCREDIBLE. We’re talking Josh Kasper in The Storm meets Guy in Mouse meets 2001: A Space Odyssey meets Total Recall. It’s amazing.

Well that was quick: new Supreme mini video with all the “cherry” kids on the way. Sean Pablo also discusses it briefly in his new Vice interview.

The Skate Jawn four-year anniversary clip is a good time.

Speaking of good times, we have a frontrunner for 2014′s “feel good” part of the year. Cult favorite of apparently Kenny Anderson and anyone who grew up on Baker videos, Scott Kane stepped away from handrails and filmed a really fun comeback part.

Four-minute slideshow of the Palace crew in L.A. over on the TWS site.

Bill Strobeck posted up some Jake Johnson alternate angles / regular motion versions of tricks from the Mind Field days on his Instagram.

Now that the Beef Patty dudes are attending venues with bottle service, Video Blogs have occasionally morphed into HD “Instagram Direct” videos. Here’s the latest.

Boil the Ocean sorta talks about remaining pockets of shock value in skating.

Frontside 5050 back 180 out the ledge over ten at Grant’s Tomb and other good stuff in this dude John Shanahan’s part. That cellar door bank between the Citibike racks by EJ’s house is also way sketchier than footage could ever do it justice.

New clip from the Juicy Elbows crew. (#Trendwatch: “Sexual Healing” covers.)

Grinding curbs is not that extreme compared to rails.”

Quote of the Week: “If you fuck up on building a skatepark, you suck for life. I don’t care if you win a Golden Globe afterwards.” — Francesco, C.E.O. of Quartersnacks’ Scandinavian Branch

From the trunk of the rental to the Greyhound bus

God Bless America, Never Been to Colombia

September 5th, 2013 | 5:06 pm | Daily News | 4 Comments

young jeezy the recession

Though not the holiest of QS holidays that July 26th is, this week marked half-a-decade since the release of Young Jeezy’s The Recession, the record that more or less soundtracked the lead-up to Barack Obama’s election (and also predicted it two months ahead of time #natesilverofthestreets.)

Unbeknownst to much of the American public, Young Jeezy was the President of the United States from 2004 to 2008. The Recession was his going away gift to America, and a passing of the torch to a more visible and official black president.

It was also his last *great* record, as he has since been more comfortable making uncharacteristic loverman raps and Bay Area-inspired club homicides (although he does make an occasional foray back into politics.) Following a summer of bank failures and mixtapes marred by awful drops, The Recession gave us more of a reason to feel hope than the to-be-elected president did. The social content implied by the title flew out the door by the time he said “I want a new Bentley, my auntie need a kidney,” but nobody wanted to hear Jeezy get on some Immortal Technique nonsense anyway. There was a pinch of desperation to his standard demands that you get off the couch and sell coke. It added to the urgency of America’s plight at that point in time, even if it required appropriation into legal avenues. Michael Phelps got it as he swam to record numbers of goal medals, so everyone else had no excuse.

If you could re-score the events of late-2008 all over again, there really was no better record to play alongside intangible promises of “hope” than The Recession. “Put On” sounded like the end of the world, despite the fact that it addressed topics unrelated to the actual recession. Soon after, we found it necessary to restructure Jake Johnson’s Mind Field part, which emerged from the 2008 debris as the first great video part of the Obama presidency, alongside a more timely tune. (Sure, that “My Girls” song probably meant something to you if you wore sweaters with holes in them to Lit Wednesdays in 2009, but remains utterly meaningless around these parts.)

Here are some other people that get it (yes, that includes Sheckler):

100% of the Popular Vote: Dennis Busenitz

November 6th, 2012 | 8:00 am | Daily News | 5 Comments

Returning to a theory from a month-old post, renown dog-lover Dennis Busenitz is the leading candidate for unanimous approval from the otherwise polarized skateboard electorate. As the previous generation of skateboarders with a 100% favorable public opinion rating like Mike Carroll and Gino Iannucci enter their twilight years, Busenitz’s name is becoming the first one summoned when diminishing the accomplishments of sometimes inferior, but often younger skateboarders. For example, “I’d rather watch Busenitz skate a curb than this kid do flip-in-flip-out tricks.”

Busenitz already has a trademark top YouTube fan comment, which typically expresses sympathies for his filmer having to keep up with his speed. Only time will tell if he reaches the level of “I’d rather watch Busenitz go grocery shopping than ____,” something currently reserved only for Gino. This new Brick Harbor clip shows him approaching that direction as he pays homage to skateboarding’s most beloved grocery shopper by doing his nollie cab switch back tail Mouse maneuver some 400 miles north of USC.

Be sure to get out and vote today, especially all of you in swing states. “Don’t boo, vote.” We recommend silencing the music and cueing up the Snowman’s 2008 election-predicting anthem, conveniently embedded below.

First of the Month Front Shoves

October 1st, 2012 | 10:46 am | Daily News | 11 Comments

Aaron Szott — Front Shove in front of Stuyvesant Grocery (R.I.P.) The photo is stolen from the latest batch of random Jonathan Mehring photos over on the Skateboarder site.

In today’s hyper-opinionated skateboard climate, there will always be someone there to say negative things about any skater, besides like, Mike Carroll. Busenitz is probably the only guy alongside Carroll on the unanimous positive opinion list. Is “I’d rather watch Busenitz skate a curb” the new “I’d rather watch Gino push?”

Frozen in Carbonite has the definitive guide to the skate parts and songs of summer 2012. In all seriousness, it’s the best piece of pop culture and skateboard writing of the year. ANYWAY, it would be great if there was some sort of alternate universe where Alien Workshop stopped taking itself so seriously long enough to do something absurd and awesome like edit a video to Drake.

There’s already another skate company with a triangular logo and a fondness for VHS aesthetics? Also, new Brian Brown footage is always welcome.

Two years later, you can finally skate all the stairs on the west side of FedEx sequentially again! Da construction is over. They added a (not-too-low) new ledge after the three stair. Photo here.

You’re not going pro (this is what pros do now), but if you’re dead-set on working in skateboarding, Jenkem broke down how people get into the skate industry. They also have a new interview with Danny Renaud.

Some Australians enlisted Quim Cardona to help with their New York P.R. problems.

Can you believe that single women who recently moved to New York for art college-attending purposes have the nerve to ask where all the heterosexual men are?

Luis Tolentino moonlights as an amateur scooter-er at the Maloof Park. “When I die, bury me inside the scooter store.”

The Jeezy and Officer Ross beef fired up this weekend. BET Awards = Source Awards of the new generation, but you already knew that. “I created my lane. No one can ever run my lane because it’s mine. I’m the Michael Jackson of my lane. And you know nobody was as great as Michael. I love Prince but he’s not Michael.” #Snow.

Quote of the Week: “I hollered at this thick rubbery girl today.” — The G Man


P.S. If you’re a Seinfeld nerd, this is great.