Shit Skateboarders Say

Sweet Waste in the world’s greatest tee shirt, and Lil’ Wayne dressed like a 12-year-old girl who just used her $100 Hot Topic gift card from Christmas at the Monmouth Mall. The Wayne coverage on QS has come full circle.

Akira Mowatt’s company, After Midnight New York, just dropped a team montage. The illustrious Geo Moya has the intro honors, so it’s a must-watch.

Portland, Maine isn’t exactly the first (or fifth…or tenth…) city you think of when it comes to skateboarding in the northeast. ’96 Mentality is a new mini-video out of Portland that gives a glimpse into their scene. It’s super well-edited, and the tricks and vibe give it a nineties feel, even though it’s all HD.

Here is the final throwaway clip from the PFP2 video, based out of that region just north of New York City and sponsored by 2nd Nature. You can watch the full first video here. P.S. “Get It On Tonite” is the far superior Montell Jordan single.

It’s sick that outer-borough (Brooklyn) kids can make a ten-minute video, all filmed in New York, but with barely any recognizable spots in it. Just goes to show you how big this city is. Watch the Slime video here. Also, this means the turnaround on someone skating to song off Rich Forever was what, one week?

Want to re-live Tompkins circa 2004? Watch this Super-8 reel. Some of it might look familiar because it was used in Lurkers 2.

Taji, Leo, Billy Rohan, and No Pants Day. Surprising that it has taken this long for someone to skate that fountain gap in front of the 42nd Street Library.

I think it’s my most ignorant music video yet.” — Black Dave.

Rob Harris shares his of-the-moment jams on the DQM site. Travie, 2Chainz, Future, and a bunch of other stuff we’ve never heard of (Elvis?) is on there.

There’s not much to say about the Mark Suciu part that hasn’t already been said. (It’s scary that switch backside noseblunts down handrails just get quickly tossed in the middle of parts nowadays though.) Frozen in Carbonite makes an interesting observation though — Is everyone going to forget about it in two days? Is that really the shelf-life of a web video part these days? Do people still talk about the Dylan Reider Gravis part, the Lucas Puig TWS video, or the Torey Pudwill part from the summer?

Quote of the Week: “Autumn is fucking closed and assholes are taking pictures on iPads, the future sucks.” — Francesco Pini, Chief Officer of QS International’s Italian and Scandinavian Branches


Ok, time to watch the Knicks fall behind by thirty points in the first half, and then switch the channel to the Memphis/Chicago game. Stay warm out there. Later.

Money on the Floor, Lighters on the Dresser

Billy McFeely – Frontside Bluntside – Photo by Brian Kelley

BLACK DONALD TRUMP will be performing at TBD Lounge tonight for a 40 Oz. Van party. Located at 15 Gold Street in the Financial District. It says 9 to 4 on the flyer, so who knows when Dave is actually supposed to go on. Flyer here.

Speaking of Dave (and rap): him, Taji, and Leo are all in some Russian rap video.

Two weeks late, but in case you missed it, Boil the Ocean offers some interesting commentary on the increasingly popular VHS revisionist trend (i.e. “Why can’t VHS be the new Super-8?”) apparent in many of today’s skate videos produced by people over 21. Some of these projects are cool, but this is the sort of thing that quickly becomes annoying once too many people jump on the bandwagon.

PFP2: See You Lazer is a local-based video featuring some 2nd Nature affiliates. Teaser here. It has a few painful-looking slams, so you may not want to watch if you’re about to leave the house to skate…

Here’s a Philly, D.C., and Baltimore based digi cam clip, which includes key scenes from Paid in Full, key tracks from Supreme Clientele, and key points of Roscoe “Imma Sip Moscato” Dash’s underrated influence in youth culture. They rock QS tees, so there’s another plus.

Solid interview with QS-bro-homie-4-life, Christian Banks. It’s not at all about skateboarding, but a good read for anyone that enjoys making music.

Spot Updates: 1) Not a popular spot, but the two up-and-over walls across from Columbus Circle that Shawn Powers skates at the start of this clip had their run ups re-paved. It’s a cool looking spot that mellows out late at night, so you should film some stuff on it. 2) Ziegfeld, still over-doing it, seven months after disaster struck. 3) This may be late, since the drunken Jane-to-Le Bain stroll is not as popular as it was this time last year, but the mega curb between the two (that Dan Zvereff somehow nollie back 180 heel nosegrinded in a line), is gone.

Holmes & Co. in Jersey City is currently selling the greatest tee shirt of all time for $15. Quantities are limited. Photo by Jason Lecras.

Quote of the Week: [In reference to the aforementioned shirt] “Who is that? Wait…is that Rick Howard? And who’s he with, a lesbian?” — Fred Gall

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Liv on Sundays, King of Diamonds Monday

Quartersnacks is the only skateboard media institution that goes to King of Diamonds and gets haircuts at 4:30 in the morning. How could anyone be content with the boring stagnation otherwise running rampant throughout the industry?

Monday links on a Wednesday…

Quick fall clip featuring a lot of hills, Leo Gutman, some wallies, and two edits of the same footage: White people music edit and backpack rap edit.

A few months ago, Matthew Mooney abandoned his dreams of professional skateboarder superstardom and Googled who the oldest player to be drafted into the NBA was, quickly reignited his childhood passion for basketball, and changed his career path. Our good friend Joe Cups made a short documentary about Mooney’s streetball skills, called “Mooneyball.” Now if only the NBA actually still paid players…

Nollie bigger spins with lime green wheels in this throwaway clip from some 2nd Nature affiliates. These dudes have spots.

If you’re into being smart and stuff, Raphael Zarka, author of On a Day With No Waves: A Chronicle of Skateboarding will be giving a lecture in SoHo on November 10 called “The Geometry of Skateboarding” at 6 P.M. More information here, and it is free with a reservation.

Black Dave – Smokin’ Dat Green (Audio) BLACK DONALD TRUMP LEAK!! SMOKERS

(Late) Spot News: Grant’s Tomb is kind of a bust now, Morningside School is blocked off for construction, and that stupid NYU up-ledge has been de-knobbed for the 8th time.

Events This Week: 43 Magazine Launch party tomorrow (October 27) at 41 Grand Street from 6 to 11. KCDC is having a Halloween party on Saturday. 2nd Nature is having one on Saturday too.

If you’re running low on Halloween costume ideas, this one is sure to be a guaranteed hit with the ladies.

Quote of the Week
Observant Gentleman: “Every time I have Swiss bearings, it seems like everyone else’s are better than mine.”
Isak Buan: “Yeah, it’s sort of like having a girlfriend.”

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2nd Nature’s “Eclectic” Video: Now Online

2nd Nature uploaded their complete full length video, Eclectic, on Vimeo. The video features several Quartersnacks favorites that have been championed on here since the original Watermelon video (the first and last video to premiere via a projector on a Lower East Side handball court back in 2006) including Watermelon Alex, Jose Pereyra, Lil’ Chris, Brian Brown, and a handful of others. And it’s certainly great to still see Burton Smith ripping on a skateboard. Lil’ Chris is in the early running for being Quartersnacks’ 2011 Skater of the Year. But who knows how this year will turn out? You know, with a new Busenitz part, Ishod Wair’s debut, a *potential* Jake Johnson comeback, and Dylan Rieder’s consistent handsomeness all upon us…

It’s amazing that in such (perhaps the most?) an anti-car city, actually having access to one significantly expands your options in terms of how many skate spots are at your disposal. Much of this video is filmed a few dozen miles outside of the city, yet the 2nd Nature dudes are pretty much the only ones you ever really see with footage at a few key locations. (The same could be said for your token Jersey video, and the respective crew/region it covers.) So many people skateboard in 2011, yet people are able to maintain small niches of crew-oriented spots just a few miles outside of one of the biggest cities for skateboarding in the entire world, and that’s definitely a great thing.

Thanks to Armand, Doug, and everyone else at 2nd Nature for producing this video and uploading it online. Check out 2nd Nature’s site and follow the shop on Twitter.

Monday Links: Chauncey Billups Edition

Last week was a bit slow, as a lot of attention was given to basketball, which has been way more interesting than skateboarding in the past few weeks, especially if this is the sort of thing you have been waiting for since middle school. In further tangential bits, Dylan got robbed for best leading actor, and Chris Bosh was seriously overlooked for best supporting actor. Avatar starring Halle Berry was pretty sick too.

Quantities on tees and cruisers are fairly low at this point, so if you were planning on buying either one, now would be the time to do it. Thanks to everyone who purchased something for their support of the site.

One of the main exceptions to the recent superiority of interesting-ness that eastern basketball has taken against eastern skateboarding, is the increased visibility of Mike Maldonado and Kevin Taylor. Axion has a tour clip up that features both of them with some considerable screentime. Thrasher also has a quick Q&A section up with Maldonado and Phelps, discussing the early history of the Love gap, his ollie over the wall off the bench at the Philadelphia Federal Building in Welcome to Hell, and the key difference between east and west skateboarding: “There’s no, ‘I’m gonna warm up on this six and then go hit the twelve.’ No, you’re going straight to the twelve.” Considering this website abides by a “If you can’t ollie up it, don’t ollie down it” creed, we wouldn’t know anything about that.

Taji put together another post for the Converse blog, this time centering around the world renown Tompkins Square Park, and its rich history. “Q: So what’s the story behind your crew, the Dunions? A: It’s kind of dying out as time passes. They sort of split up between sorta-hood smoker kids and the non-hood skate rats.”

Rob started putting together Diamond Days clips again, and for those fortunate enough to afford exotic girlfriends in tropical climates, the latest installment sheds some light on the conditions everyone in New York has had to endure throughout these past three months. Winter seems like it is on the way out though.

You Will Soon published an open letter to the people of Converse Skateboarding, demanding some answers on a question we have all been asking ourselves…Why the hell is Joey Pepper still on flow for them? Put that guy on the team already, damn. They also touch a nerve with Anthony Pappalardo’s endlessly devout fanbase when they allude to his mode of Marbury-isms that we have discussed in the past as well. *Waiting for half of Long Island / Slap to promise a four-minute tour de force part in the Chocolate video…which will probably be out when Cory Kennedy is in his mid-to-late twenties.*

A quick teaser for the upcoming full-length from Alex Duke’s Wizard Skull skateboards.

Here’s the San Francisco installment from 2nd Nature’s California trip.

Howard Glover posted another installment from his Pre-2k video. This time, it’s a shared part between Rodney Torres, Mike Wright, and Quartersnacks’ favorite, Geo “TOMA!” Moya. Features plenty pairs of Osiris Peter Smolik pro shoes, in addition to footage from what was previously the biggest health hazard to New York City skateboarding, the Chinatown Shit Hubba.

Quote of the Week:What is anxiety? I think only girls get that.” — Matthew Mooney

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