Web Premiere — Daniel Kim’s Stop Fakin’ 3 Part

February 6th, 2018 | 1:02 pm | Video & Remixes | 2 Comments

“A few years ago, Daniel started showing up to Pulaski without his board, just to stare into the sun for hours on end. After a few months of this, he announced Stingwater.” — Smalls

After the release of Belly of the Beast, Allan Danze retired from skateboard filmmaking (because he was beginning to GRoE: Getting Ready tO Evolve.)

After the release of Spirit Quest, Colin Read retired from skateboard filmmaking (because, you probably suspected, he was beginning to GRoE.)

And as you may also already know, Stop Fakin’ 3 will be Smalls’ final video.

He is about to GRoE into a new chapter of life. Daniel was merely a brief spiritual guide on this vast journey.

GRoE-th is not for everybody. Daniel will be the first to tell you that people will misconstrue you GRoEing into convenient categories that their brains can easily process. Here is his four-limbed part from Stop Fakin’ 3, for all of those ready to evolve. You can purchase the Stop Fakin’ trilogy here.

It stings the face.

Related: Daniel Kim’s 2016 Q.S.S.O.T.Y. Interview

Web Premiere — John Francomacaro’s ‘N.Y. Archive’ Part

January 30th, 2018 | 10:14 am | Video & Remixes | 3 Comments

Photo by Colin Sussingham

“In between getting busted on KTV’s (R.I.P.) rooftop, punching a taxi cab driver right in the face for disrespecting his woman, and auditioning for lead roles in action-thriller films, Franco found a way to put together a very speshal™ video part in John Valenti’s new offering, N.Y. Archive. Almost three years in the making, the groewth within this timeline is apparent. All of Franco’s outfits are sick. The looks range from a troubled and misguided low-ranking Italian mobster, to a successful businessman and father who works on Wall Street — his statements become more powerful with each clip.” — Vert God A.K.A. Daniel Kim

N.Y. Archive is a new video from John Valenti, whose last full length was 2015’s Local Express. The video should be available soon, but until then, here’s Franco’s section, and Transworld has you covered for the ender part.

Previously: Franco’s part in BSA’s Whole Bitch video

Too Much Convo For 24 Hours — Best of 2017

December 22nd, 2017 | 12:06 pm | Video & Remixes | 7 Comments

Having been around long enough to recall the days of the internet not being a legitimate place for skate footage, a smaller, albeit less dramatic shift has been happening. Cue up Pontus Alv pontificating *wink* about the quality of footage merely being thrown on Instagram: “I don’t know if they were showing off or something. Maybe it’s part of a new marketing philosophy that we don’t understand.”

Pulling out the Real Camera™ is a grand gesture in 2017. The level of shit people are ready to throw out there for Instagram has made taking out the R.C™ almost disruptive when people are just having fun. Point three iPhones at it and it’s fine, but the tone of the session changes when it becomes “oh, let me set up the camera.”

“Nah man, I’m just having fun…not saving this for anything.”

2017 saw less R.C™ usage than any previous year. We used it on trips, we used it for night sessions we were able to get a crew out for, and yeah, sometimes we did end up using it instead of an iPhone for something that only took three tries.

It was a fucking amazing year for skateboarding and friends, in this city and beyond. DJ Mustard’s longest-ever streak of a song in a QS “Best of” is officially broken, but you-know-who is now on a two-year one. And you know damn well this would be edited to “Unforgettable” — it’s any human I’ve had a conversation with in 2017’s favorite song of the year — if only we hadn’t used it in April’s Mexico edit.

Sadly, there’s no Andre Page footage in this, as he specialized in 40-second lines this past year, but here’s a good consolation.

Saving the bad news for last: there’s no Christmas clip this year. Between injuries and traveling, fall skating in the city wasn’t as abundant in the decade-plus past. Gonna make a New Year’s resolution of bringing the R.C™ out more, so hopefully we’re back in the swing of our favorite annual tradition by this time next year.

We’ll be back on Tuesday, December 26th. Love you all, Merry Christmas ♥

Unforgettable: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

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Thankful For John

November 22nd, 2017 | 10:35 am | Video & Remixes | 3 Comments

Photo by Max Hull

Last year, on the eve of America’s day of thanks, we paid tribute to our dear friend Keith Denley. We realized that this day of gratefulness is not about what parts Keith didn’t film after years of claims, but about friends.

As the year comes to a close, it is important to celebrate those who keep us smiling with their skateboarding and their laughs. This year, we would like to commemorate John Choi, a man kept sane only by the boys and hucking.

Like most things in skateboarding, footage falls short of communicating John’s total brilliance. You have to be there to see him huck, fall in six different ways that would make any other human break their board and go home, land it perfectly, and then decide he might as well try a switch varial flip down a ten stair because he’s already rolling switch on the rollaway and it just so happens to be fifteen feet away.

A few winters ago, at a time of night focused on decadent beverages rather than skateboarding, John found himself with a dilemma: he needed to get home. Uninterested in a $25 Uber, disgusted with the thought of dealing with a late-night J train, and realizing Max Hull was headed the same way, only on a bike, John came up with a solution.

“I’ll just run with you over the bridge,” he told him. We laughed and forgot, knowing that no sane human was going to run to Bed-Stuy at 2 A.M. in the winter.

The next morning, a text arrived. “Did you watch Max Hull’s Insta story?”

On it, was John, diligently jogging uphill behind Max’s bike, under the icy red beams of a February Williamsburg Bridge.

Thanks John. We love you ♥

Edited by Jesse Alba. Filmed by Johnny Wilson, Aaron Chilen, Max Hull, Sean Dahlberg and Jesse Alba.

Previously: Thankful For Keith

Cyrus Nike + 917 Parts B-Sides Mix

October 25th, 2017 | 6:04 am | Video & Remixes | 1 Comment

Looks like it has turned into a proverbial Cyrus week ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

With video blogs running scarce in 2017 (promise to stop talking about those come next year…it’s time for me to move on with new loves), and Logan retiring at 26, these should cover a decent batch of B-sides from both the 917 video and his new Nike part ♥ Also includes a couple greatest hits from random Johnny and SB edits.

Filmed by… Johnny Wilson and Logan Lara. Paid for by these sketchy $4 hats from Cyrus’ Korean sponsor.