Chapstick Season

The obstacle purge at T.F. West rebounded quick!

With Hollywood hobbled by the pandemic, Jawn Gardner came through with the life-affirming motion picture event that we needed as we head towards the holidays ♥

Zooted” is a New York video by Stephán Lewis with appearances from Brandon Scott, Jiro Platt, Yaje Popson and a bunch of other people you’ll recognize from skating around downtown.

The Village Psychic dudes spend the lockdown months creating Village Archive, an early stab at a Wikipedia or an IMDB of skateboard footwear. (Man, have skaters been responsible for designing some awful shoes.) Kinda inspired to think up some ideas similar to this one now…

Andrew Murrell wrote an insightful piece on how the YouTube algorithm works against the type of skateboard videos that any of us are interested in seeing.

A nice Upstate New York edit by Tristan Mershon, which the YouTube algorithm probably isn’t going to tell you about — so, you’re welcome everybody ;) it’s what we’re here for.

Angel and the Papi Brand dudes out of The Bronx chopped up a bunch of their footage to some Coltrane.

Free has a great interview with longtime QS-favorite, Youness Amrani, about how European pros pretty much no longer even need to travel to the U.S, among a great number of graver topics afflicting our species in 2020.

Leo Valls spoke to Solo about helping Bordeaux become a more skate-friendly city through allotted skate-friendly times in public plazas, skateable sculptures, multi-use spaces, and generally the type of shit we suck at facilitating here at home. Can’t wait to visit! …oh, wait :(

The Palomino recommends Zach’s book of photos, Baker Photos for Solo‘s “Tips” series. It’s available from …The Palomino. (Or Zach’s Big Cartel if you’re in the U.S.)

Photographer Pete Thompson has an interview on the Slam City Skates blog, and another with Tokyo’s VHS Mag on the occasion of his ’93 Til book.

More of a ~vibe~ than an edit, but there’s a bit of skating from some familiar faces in Genesis Evans’ new music video, uploaded to the iconic foghornleghornn YouTube channel.

“It is an interesting time in the shove-it industry. As skateboarders push out the walls to make things freer, fairer, less strictly hierarchical and more open, it is clear that the shove-it has benefited.”

Imagine time-traveling to tell some guy viewing Alien Workshop’s Memory Screen for the first time in 1992, that in 2020 — out of the 168 hours on MTV in a seven-day week, 113 of them would feature Rob Dyrdek commenting on people getting kicked in the nuts.

Quote of the Week: “I go surfing on Sundays fellas.” — FedEx Security Guard Trying To Relate To Skateboarders He’s Kicking Out

Science says today is the last day of summer, so please enjoy it by giving “Surf Party” another whirl and reliving the memories.


  1. Rob Dyrdek is MTV’s highest paid employee/producer/anything ever. Skaters started the concept of “reality TV” — aka just keeping the cameras rolling. CKY did this for skate footage with a robust collection of B reel stunt clips, and commercialized into Jackass fame (only competitor at the time was America’s Funniest Home Videos). Rob and Big rose to commercial stardom from a similar progression via skate channels. The only thing worth filming outside of skating is sex, and Ray J landed the infamous trick which cemented the Kardashian media dynasty and changed television (and subsequently social media) forever. A sea change of film tech unseen since the days Jean Luc Goddard

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