The Oral History of ‘The Wire Spot’ A.K.A. Marlo’s Hangout

📝 Intro + Interviews by Frozen in Carbonite

If you ask me, shit just hasn’t been the same since Home Box Office brought us all together every Sunday night at 9 P.M.

Finding spots in movies and television has long been a quantum-level subdivision of skate nerdery, from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (that black marble ledge on the east side of Manhattan) to The Godfather (Courthouse Drop) to Michael Mann’s Heat (DTLA Arco Rails area.) On an October 10, 2006 episode of The Wire, viewers caught a glimpse of a location known as Marlo’s hangout (Season 4, Episode 5) — a bleak concrete expanse with an array of banks, ledges, and bank-to ledges. It seemed insane that A) such a place existed, and B) one of the flagship programs of the “Golden Age of Television” used it as a key location.

As the legend of The Wire grew, so did that of the “The Wire Spot,” popping up in a slew of 2010s videos – primarily of the east coast variety. It seemed dope that an infamous locale in Wire lore became a destination spot, not only for locals, but for visiting pros.

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Five Favorite Parts with Ryuhei Kitazume

🔑 Intro & Interview by Farran Golding
📝 Photo by Changsu

Ryuhei Kitazumi had one of the coolest looking and sounding video parts of last year in Tightbooth’s LENZ III. His style and approach were born out of the black marble of the Japanese seaside plaza, Sega Mae, where the local Chatty Chatty crew set a precedent he keenly studied and would lead to finding kindred spirits all around the world.

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Five Favorite Parts With Vitória Mendonça

📷 Photo by Greg Navarro
📝 Interview by Farran Golding

If you have been reading QS for some time, you’ve no doubt heard us echo the sentiment that your friends are your favorite skaters six million times — probably even in an intro to an old Five Favorite Parts. Vitória’s list is emblematic of that principle. All of our superheroes need that layer of humanity, yaknow? ;)

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