Can’t Believe The Olympic Committee Rejected Our Proposed Uniforms…

Today, Nike revealed the uniforms for what will be skateboarding’s first foray in the Olympics. It is with great sadness we inform you that they did not select Quartersnacks’ designs, instead opting for the Parra uniforms.

No longer bound by a non-disclosure agreement, we are able to share our rejected ideas with the world. In designing our proposed uniforms, we leaned heavily on skateboarding’s sartorial heritage — the outfits that adorned our most beloved “street athletes” as they were fighting for a place in the sporting world during the past 30-plus years. If you’ve been with us a long time, you may remember one of our Pulitzer Prize-winning piece on “The 30 Phattest Outfits in Skate Video History: 1992-2012.” This research naturally steered our inspiration.

We will be the first ones to admit that our My-First-Time-In-Photoshop renderings probably did us little favor with the International Olympic Committee, but we have long prided ourselves on storytelling, not our technical prowess.

Unfortunately, that was not enough.

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About MACBA But Were Afraid To Ask — An Interview with @macbalife

Intro & Interview by Frozen in Carbonite
Illustrations by Charles Rivard

Way back when in the #90s, pay phones functioned as communication hubs for the Great American Skate Plaza. At my old local, Shafer Court, you could call the pay phone and, nine times out of ten, a gentleman would answer “Shafer Court — as if it were a place of business! — and tell you if anyone was skating, who was skating, and such. The pay phone across the street from Pulaski and the one (if I recall correctly) by the Embarcadero Carl’s Jr. — same shit. These phones, working in conjunction with pagers, served as communication nodes for the culture.

Of course, as cellular phone technology evolved, this quaint element of skateboarding fell by the wayside. That is, until the advent of Instagram. Specifically, skaters started using this mad futuristic technology to A) document their scene, and B) provide skate nerds the world over with access to a culture that they would have otherwise envisioned solely in the Theatre of the Mind.

@Macbalife is one of the leaders in this field (at press time: 292k followers). We sat down with its creator to gain some insight into one of the most notorious spots on Planet Earth.

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Board’s In The Ocean, G!

Cafe Pick Me Up

Mega relevant to a certain segment of our readers and anyone who has appeared in a B.S.A. Boys video: the northern zone of McCarren Park adjacent to the bathrooms, known to many as “The Couch,” is slated to be renovated into a restaurant next year.

Marcus Pulvermacher made a fourteen-minute edit from summer 2019 that includes a ton of bro cam clips of Genny and Caleb. Fun vibe to start a 55-degree Monday in February…

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What Is ‘Poetic Collective?’ — An Interview With Tom Botwid

Intro & Interview by Adam Abada
Photos by Tom Botwid

What “is” skateboarding? A seven-ply piece of maple? Thirty-three inches of length and no more? “Not a crime?”

Just as skateboarding often eludes definition — existing in a purgatory between physical expression and existential thought — poetry uses language to access a similar type of feeling and add something new to our shared experience.

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