Yesterday, TWS uploaded a longform “Summer Trip to N.Y.” clip from Spain’s Villians Conspiracy brand. It features Ruben Spelta, Juan Virues, and an even more charged up Zach Panebianco than the one who recently appeared in Sabotage 5, skating around New York and Philly with an #aesthetic that is reminiscent of the seminal early offering from The Triangle™, “Gangbanging At Ground Zero.”
In it, Panebianco (right?) ollies a familiar looking gap at the 145th Street A train station.
This got the [admittedly small] Skate Twitter community talking…
Guys…aren’t we asking the wrong questions? Did Elvis invent rock ‘n roll? C’mon.
We’ve been through this — M.N.M.F.T.B. is the first person to ollie a New York City subway platform.
In an era of “fake news” and an eschewing from the truth, we as skateboarders who pride ourselves in stubborn nerdery cannot allow this Floridian falsehood about who was first to spread any further. The 43 Magazine and Transworld politico-media complex is still ruthlessly pumping out these “alternative facts” years later — like Fox News convincing millions of Americans to act against their own self interests — but you, as devoted QS readers, know better.
And you know what? It is time to tell the world.
Just because there there wasn’t a highly reblogged .gif, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen first.
Just because it didn’t headline a refined piece from The New York Times, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen first.
Just because it wasn’t in a skate magazine that Vice told you “is what a skate magazine should look like,” doesn’t mean it didn’t happen first.
Mike was there first. His filmer stood in the tracks. He ollied, he cleared it, and he rolled away. Today, the most amazing skateboard feats are filmed on phones and tossed onto Instagram — is it not intolerant to write Mike out of history simply because his achievement was filmed on a first generation T-Mobile Sidekick? We are better than this, and tolerance of all forms is the route we take from here.
His name is Mike, and he’s from the fucking Bronx ♥
UPDATE — Upon further observation, even more is not sitting right.
If the lamestream skateboard media is so quick to disparage a Villains Conspiracist for re-doing a Floridian‘s seminal ollie which wasn’t even the first of its type…then why was it not equally up in arms about that same Villians Conspiracist re-doing an Arizonian’s ollie which was in fact the first of its kind? Why is Florida being afforded its own, re-written version of otherwise unshakeable skateboard history? Why is it all, “have fun, it’s just skateboarding!” until it is time to defend a Floridian?
This is bigger than a subway ollie. This is bigger than a spirit quest. This is bigger than M.N.M.F.T.B.
We will be back with further information as the investigation unfolds.