It was in Miami earlier this year that we first heard the phrase “coronavirus.” This was a January trip celebrating the impending birth of Pryce’s first child, so skateboarding was limited to “checking out the skatepark,” with priority otherwise placed on sitting around doing nothing all day, and hearing someone play “The Box” every four seconds, all night.
A couple things happened on earth between then and now.
“In a sense, Jeff Grosso’s contributions to the world aren’t singular but part of an entire point of view — one that could reflect how ridiculous life is while also hugging what he viewed as important tightly in secret. That’s an art. The ability to make things like skateboarding that feel so disposable yet life-changing — tricks that last seconds, yet feel immortal.” — A Loveletter to Jeff Grosso.
“I kind of wonder how I had so much nerve to do some of those graphics.” This is nine months old, but shout to Palomino for just linking it — an hour-long interview with Mark McKee that gives insight into the wild west era of skateboard graphics.
Given the QS office’s loveaffair with the city of Copenhagen, we decided to link up with our friends at Street Machine to promote the romance in skateboarding ♥ Quartersnacks for Street Machine ♥ will be available this Friday, July 21 at Street Machine (duhhh), Civilist, Slam City Skates, Arrow & Beast, Ben-G, Lockwood and Labor. Also available on the QS webstore at midnight on Friday, E.S.T.
Rest in Peace, Cup and Saucer, which will serve its last bacon, egg and cheese today. Thank you for giving us a comfortable place to eat breakfast in the winter while everyone else is late to meet up. You will be missed.
Nobody skated the Banks in the years leading up to them closing, because like, they sucked. Seven years passed. People got really good at skateboarding. And now everyone skates at theBanks again ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
LurkNYC posted eight minutes of raw John Shanahan footage. Does anyone remember which part he skates off the rock and over the wooden bench a few hundred feet south of Three Up Three Down? Can’t find the footage.
With tensions between the U.S. and Russia running high these days, let’s lighten the mood with some links from behind the former Iron Curtain! 1 — Hungary) Eastern Europe’s Most Productive Crew, the Rios boys, come through with a new one entitled “Visít.” 2 — Abkhazia) The guys at Absurd Skateboards have an uncanny ability at skating spots that look like they’re locations from a creepy horror movie. Their trip to the partially-recognized nation of Abkhazia is no different, although the mood lightens after the first song. 3 — Mother Russia herself)What Youth has a video essay / interview with Tolia Titaev about the Russian skate scene.
“Why is that shop called Andrew?”
“The three biggest things to ever happen to Miami are cocaine, Lebron James, and Hurricane Andrew.” — Roctakon
Past the days of peak-era Josh Stewart videos and Trick Daddy’s ownership of the coveted www.thug.com domain name, it’s felt like much coverage of Miami’s skate scene has come via trip edits from outsiders. And even then, winter getaways to Miami have decreased as trips to San Juan took up winter media marketshare.
Andrew, a new shop in downtown Miami that opened up this past weekend, just released their inaugural video offering, “Landfall.” It focuses on the current generation of locals from a city that can sometimes feel underrepresented when pitted against its colder east coast counterparts. Filmed in sun-baked VX that has felt synonymous with Miami footage since the Static days, it sprinkles the city’s remaining classic spots between cutty bits of crust that visitors would otherwise easily overlook.
Features Rezza Honarvar, Khari Macintosh, Elijah Garcia, Justin Stout and Elijah Odom.