QS1 Behind the Boards: Chapman Skateboards

November 14th, 2014 | 4:40 am | Features & Interviews | 17 Comments

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Chapman has been producing skateboards for over two decades. This makes them the longest-standing northeastern skateboard company, in addition to one of the few remaining places where you can produce a deck that comes with a “Made in the U.S.A.” emblem. Their Deer Park, NY headquarters doubles as something of an east coast skateboard museum. Everything from the first Zoo decks, Supreme artist series boards that resell for thousands of dollars, to one-offs that were never mass-produced line their walls. If someone started a skate company on the east coast these past twenty years, they probably dealt with Chapman.

We asked Gregg Chapman, one of the company’s founders, to take us on a tour through the building, and share the stories behind a select few of his favorite boards.

The Brandon Westgate New York Remix

March 28th, 2014 | 11:17 am | Video Re-Edits | 5 Comments

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Photo by Sean Cronan

The added bonus of watching Westgate barge through the second most populated city in North America versus, say, some desolate residential San Francisco street, is that you can literally see people rushing to get out of his way. Hard to think of a dude (besides Z obvs) who has ripped New York spots as much as Westgate has for the past half-decade, so here is a remix of all his semi-recent New York-set footage. Footage pulled from State of Mind (you video nerds should already know we couldn’t care less about stretching VX footage), his Real Street part, True East, and King of New York. Filmed by R.B. Umali.

We already went the full nonsensical #musicsupervision route by editing his Stay Gold part to 2011’s Song of the Year, so this edition opted for more conservative rap roots. But yeah, it was tough to not just scrap everything and start editing to “Peek A Boo” or something…They investigating like the Blues Clues, btw.

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Also, every person who ever visits New York for skateboard-related reasons should be required to stop by this spot and observe how utterly insane this is:

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Have a good weekend. It’ll be rainy, but at least it’s warm. R.I.P. Pichilin.

Kevin Tierney: The Mad Bodied Edit

October 18th, 2013 | 3:37 am | Video Re-Edits | 3 Comments

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Late night Friday updates are turning more into a #thing. This one is for all the people out there getting mad bodied. Switch front shoves forever ♥♥♥

We chopped up Kevin Tierney’s Outdated part and his past three years’ worth of Zoo York footage alongside French (via one of very few notable Washington D.C. rap singles) and Mary J. The Mary part was mostly to pay tribute to the fact that two of the best instances of music supervision in skateboarding — Shiloh Greathouse in Trilogy and R.B. Umali’s believed-to-be lost post-9/11 montage that appeared on Conform.tv — were edited to her music. (If you have that R.B. montage on your computer, e-mail it over and we’ll send you a care package.) Otherwise, Kevin is mad nineties, so we kept the necessary vibez in tact. Shit is mad brolick. Oh, and check his Solo Jazz part for newer footage.

Alternate YouTube link here.

Previously: Kevin Tierney in the new Skateboard Mag

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#TeamSweatpants

August 12th, 2013 | 12:20 pm | Daily News | 8 Comments

Germany doing cool things with skateboarding is becoming a common theme on QS.

The FTC Book blog has been posting snippets / mini-interviews with various people in the lead up to the book’s release this fall. Huf on his song in Penal Code 100A, Aaron Meza on filming for Finally…

A clip of the Palace and Polar jam in Leeds this past weekend, featuring Danny Brady, Pontus Alv, Benny Fairfax, and…Shawn Powers.

An interview with Manolo, the guy who painstakingly re-dubs sounds and researches the depths of skate video history for all those “Best of” tribute mixtape clips.

Iron Claw Skates with a disco-tuned Daniel Stone in New York mini-part and a trip to Baltimore. The fact that people are editing 4:3 iPhone fisheye footage alongside VX1 clips furthers the equivalency theory. Also, VX1000s are just stupid.

In anticipation of his first work of erotic skate fiction, Roctakon started a Tumblr for his musings. RT if you want to read so the publishers know…

Elijah Cole’s standalone part in Cathode, in which he does a 10/10 hardflip on flat.

Some historic reading for your afternoon: The story of Nimbus skates, the New York company that existed between Shut and Zoo York, and Zoo co-founder, Eli Gesner on skateboarding in New York in the eighties and nineties for Dazed Digital’s 1993 series. (Though this is the far better Gesner-written article on the same subject.)

This was uploaded in 2010, but has been re-making the rounds on Tumblr for the past week: Skateboarding in Brooklyn, circa 1989.

The second teaser for Colin Read’s video, Tengu, which will be premiering later this month.

Spot Updates: 1) The final remodeled version of Bubble Banks = Two two-up-two-down manual pads, and some wooden benches that are going to get knobbed, but that you could still ollie over. 2) One of the few spots in lower Manhattan that you had a chance of not getting kicked out of is, in the best case scenario, not going to be skateable for a long time.

Quote of the Week
Inquisitive Gentleman: “How are you doing?”
Torey Goodall: “Good. Pretty bad.”

Weird, 2:16 P.M. is also the best time to show up at the T.F.

The Only Zoo York 20-Year Anniversary Video You Need

May 31st, 2013 | 5:23 am | Time Capsule | No Comments

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“What’s in the future for Zoo York? Airplanes? Asteroids?”

Over the past several weeks, Zoo has been releasing videos to celebrate the company’s twenty-year anniversary. Beyond an admittedly sorta sick return to Astor Place since a decade-and-a-half hiatus, a recent episode featured the team visiting the Chapman warehouse, where a lot of their board production has taken place. Considering there isn’t a gallery to browse through early Zoo graphics available online anywhere, it’s a fun trip back to simpler times to when a two-color graphic board was considered an anomaly.

And thus, your average mid-twenties to mid-thirties skateboarder is inevitably left with 411 “Industry” YouTubes as a vehicle to reminisce on old companies’ primes (e.g. this isn’t the first time in the past month where an “Industry” section has provided the exemplary five-minute glimpse of a company we were once in love with.) Who would have thought that the “expanding” promises uttered twenty years ago would amount to such a far-off result? Either way, try and find someone who doesn’t have this section on their shortlist of 411 favorites.

Previously: The Zoo York Institute of Design, Eli Gesner on skateboarding in New York, 1997