#TRENDWATCH2019: The Road To A Post-ABD Society

On one of the days that we were in Vancouver earlier this month, we met up at that famous brick bank spot seen in countless Canadian videos. (It is one of the few recognizable downtown Van spots that is not knobbed.) Each straggler running from the fear of the night before would show up to the spot, and share the same observation:

“Wow, Leon’s trick was fucking crazy.”

At the top of the bank is a small fountain that separates it from a wall made out of a bagillion tiny rocks. In Vans’ Courtesy video from February, Leon Chapdelaine wallrid it in justifiable slow motion.

Eventually, one of latest arrivals to the sesh had to burst our bubble: “Riley Boland already did that years ago.” It was even on a Color magazine cover. He indy-grabbed while doing it, but yeah, that wall has been rid.

Nobody changed their opinion. Leon’s trick was fucking crazy.

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Top Back ‘Til the Summer’s Done Links

Shout out to Wavy Mike & the rest of the crew for making our summer video possible.

Trailer for Black Dave’s upcoming music video, “Black Donald Trump.” B.D. > Every other skateboard rapper.

You’ve probably seen this kid Tyshawn Jones at 12th Street before. He’s Twelve-years-old and rips. Best of all, his entire “throwaway part” is filmed on the streets of Manhattan, with no skateparks in sight, which is amazing considering some kids don’t know the difference between filming in plazas/parks v.s. street spots these days. Someone tell Theotis to send him a box. Wait, that might be kinda hard…

Here’s a brief introductory promo video for Lurker Lou and Tyler Mate’s new board company, Iron Claw Skates.

Thanks to Lowcard Mag for coming out and covering the Quartersnacks anniversary party this past Thursday. They posted up some photos here. The seven-year anniversary will be at the Boom Boom Room and nobody’s getting in.

You’ve probably seen it already, but here’s a video of the Pittsburgh homies and some other people shredding around New York and the rest of the northeast.

Bill Pierce with a few lines on some cutty terrain in this new Nature Hardware commercial.

QS commentator “stoops” recently stated that he prefers Shawn Powers’ brand of nighttime street ripping to that of Anthony Pappalardo (which offended Pappalardo’s legion of legacy defenders.) Not sure why the internet is so fond of comparing everything, but we’re on Shawn’s side.

Check out the latest issue of Already Been Done if you have yet to do so. They have a great interview up with Allen Ying regarding his upstart magazine project, 43. While on the topic of online magazines, the digital version of the Philly-based Skate Jawn ‘zine is now online as well.

Oh, by the way, you guys were just celebrating the fall, right?:

Quote of the Week:
Doorman at the Zoo Office: “Where you been E.J.? Haven’t seen you for a while.”
E.J: “I was traveling all over, Rome, Barcelona, Berlin…”
Doorman at the Zoo Office: “Damn, you know where I really wanna go? Los Angeles.”

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Vintage New York via Manolo’s Tapes

By some act of inadvertent telepathy, Manolo put together a New York montage for Already Been Done, sourced from the same material as yesterday’s Quim Cardona Revisited re-edit. Two re-edits in twenty-four hours from a hard-to-come-by DVD series is the best you’re going to do at this point. That is, if DVDs even matter in 2011.

Since The Chrome Ball Incident is skateboarding’s deepest archival institution of printed material, Manolo Tapes would inevitably be the video equivalent. The edit includes some non-Revisited bits peppered throughout the section, but most importantly, it has perhaps the only outfit in the history of northeastern nineties skateboarding to supersede the sacredness of camo pants: Navy blue Adidas swooshy pants with the three stripes down the side, complete with matching shoes, and topped off with a U.S.A. tank top worn over a tee shirt. See here. If the word “swag” didn’t barge 145 MPH into a rapid death these past few months, now would be an applicable time to use it. But then again, it’s only a Forbes cover away from the ubiquity expected of “crunk” and “bling bling.” (“Goin’ ham‘” isn’t far away either — there’s a good chance you will see “Goldman Sachs Goes Ham With Bonuses” on the cover of a paper in December.) Anyway, the outfit is intense. Few people, even in the nineties, have stepped in front of a camera and been able to do justice to such a kit, so the line’s inclusion in the video is commendable.

Already Been Done also has a bunch of new content up, including a new Dave Carnie piece. (Related: Forgot to link up this Carnie interview from a few weeks ago as well.)

Print is Dead, Yo!

Yes, we’ll mention this two posts in a row. But it’s the winter (there’s no snow at 12th & A, so it might look okay, but it still actually is winter), and having content worth mentioning two posts in a row is definitely a good thing, as the only skate-related pursuits people seem to be involved in right now is watching the MIA Skateshop video, and watching the Flipmode video. Unless you’re one of those ten people at 12th & A.

The mobile-device-targeted web magazine, Already Been Done has put its second issue online. The content of the magazine seems to adopt a lot of the better things that the internet has going for itself — the Manolo mixtapes and the always detail-rich Chrome Ball Incident interviews — and mix them up with features of the past, mostly Big Brother-esque ones, e.g. the tie-in with the adult entertainment industry, and the visible resurgence of Gary the Cat. Combine that with some wholly new features, like R.B. Umali’s camera gadget video reviews (in this issue it’s for the GoPro Hero, which we also messed around with a few months ago and would definitely co-sign R.B’s recommendation), plus a format meant to be experienced in the most clutter-free way possible, and you definitely have a step in the right direction for skate publications today.

There’s an iPhone app for this thing, so if you have one of those, or when Verizon achieves world peace by offering service for them and you purchase one, go to alreadybeendone.com/app, click that box with the arrow on it at the bottom of your mobile Safari window, and choose “Add to Home Screen.” You can obviously do that with any website, but doing it here will override the Safari controls at the bottom of every window, thus giving you a more full-screen experience, which is better for large vertical skate photos. I don’t think it’s in the actual App Store yet, so this way is your best bet.