QS has long-prided itself as a homefor the talentsof 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?
If you came on here searching for a part by a noted New Rochelle skateboarder that has been promised to drop on 4/20 — it’s being worked on. And no, it has nothing to do with the holiday in which companies release hemp-themed collaborations.
In the meantime, please enjoy this nine-year-old video of Billy Rohan going to a pro-weed rally at Tompkins with a megaphone that has a “legalize” sticker on it, to inform protesters that marijuana makes your breath smell like a bong. It ranks as one of the top three achievements ever to take place at Tompkins Square Park, right along with Mike Wright making it to the final round of the 2003 éS Game of S.K.A.T.E. without flipping his board a single time (fakie 540 shuv-its fam), and Slicky Boy leaving his V-card on one of the green benches. I know it by heart and it still makes me laugh.