Zach Baker’s 420 2020 Part

Photo by Dan Z.

QS has long-prided itself as a home for the talents of skateboarding’s blue collar class: those working heroes who sell the boards, pack the boxes, and manage the personalities to keep the skateboard industry machine going. With those gears now grinding at — maybe not a halt — but definitely in a recovery-mode version of their regular pace, it is a good time to thank our tiny industry-equivalent of essential workers. How else would skateboarding’s elites get icy white wheels to do quarantined tre flips on top of glass tables if not for the brave souls who mail them?

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An Emblematic Document of Our Socially Distant Times: ‘COVIDEO-19’

It is the oldest joke ever told — older than the one about martinis and boobs, or the one about American healthcare.

“How many skateboarders does it take to screw in a lightbulb?”

Ha ha ha! “One to do it, one to film it, and another ten to say ‘Yeahhh!'” Ha ha ha!

But what about during a global pandemic? Suddenly, in the era of social distancing, those ten friends plus filmer cease to be C.D.C-compliant.

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A Video For The Social Distancing Era: Carhartt WIP Social Remix

We all agree that conversations about Instagram are an egregious insult to our short time on earth. Yet, we cannot help ourselves. How do we crack the algorithm? How do we attain #maximum #exposure? How do we make a million dollars doing not that much, or at least get a follow-back from @emrata to give us a reason for getting up in the morning?

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Rios Crew — Viktor Turcsik’s Toló 2 Part

We first became aware of Budapest’s Rios Crew around the time they released Toló. Here were these skaters in a country with the population of New York City, producing something that looked nothing like any Euro scene we had encountered at the time — almost if they were partitioned off from that current moment in 2014, and only had a dubbed VHS mix of Quim Cardona parts as a reference of skateboarding in the outside world.

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