Last month of 2020. Pour yourself a drink.
Let’s get this show on the road ♥
Last Year: The 2019 Year in Review
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.
Scan stolen from Chromeball, obvs.
“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.
This is so cute. Shout out to any pro that’s ever sent a handwritten letter.
Contagiously good-vibed human and skater, Jawn Gardner, has a new part over on Thrasher, in addition to a part in the newly uploaded Creature video at the 18:10 mark.
Gino Iannucci asks “Who’s going around skating in a $400 sweater?” in his Monster Children feature about restarting Poets as a brand. I gotta introduce him to Troy, though I think his shit is a good bit over $400 ;)
Real re-issued some old Huf boards and has a bit of a feature on him over on their site + clean versions of all his parts. Slam City Skates also interviewed him about Ari Marcopolis’ iconic Metropolitan ad photography. (We talked to Huf about some of his favorite snaps back in 2015 in the event you need even more Huf content hehe.)
“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.
Only like 10 people are gonna know what this means, but this feels like a 2018 SuchAGood clip.
Solo interviewed perennial #QSTOP10 fave and Milano Centrale MVP, Ruben Spelta on the occasion of their “THREEE” videos. Thanks for the shout out bro ♥
Huck has posted some iffy articles about skateboarding in the past, but this one about a Bristol D.I.Y. spot and the general rise of skater-made spaces is an a-ok quick read.
Interesting time capsule: a “lost” Alex Olson interview from 2012.
Boil the Ocean on “a mile-long backside tailslide and, perhaps in tribute to Dan Pageau’s freshly funded legacy, a switchstance trip down the fearsome El Toro.”
A lot of smiles in this jazzy nu-age Miami edit from the Andrew Skateshop crew.
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Lebron James what the fuck omg.
Quote of the Week: “Remember when you showed up to Johnny Wilson’s house and forced him to watch a Pat Laflamme part?” — Zach Baker to ET
Rest in peace Bankroll Fresh, get well soon Ricky Ross, everybody else please take good care of yourselves, and skateboard and laugh with your friends as much as you possibly can yaknow ♥
“I remember when dinner depended on my fishing rod” is one of the greatest things a rapper has ever said.
Given the QS office’s love affair 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 the Banks again ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Another promo for Bailar II at… dude you guessed it, the Brooklyn Banks.
“Robbie Gangemi unfollowed me on Instagram because I posted some flat earth shit.” The Bunt’s season may be over, but The Nine Club has a funny interview with one of skateboarding’s greatest storytellers, Vinny Ponte.
Antonio Durao with a Prodigy tribute at appropriately the best skate spot in Queens.
The always enjoyable 99 Percent Invisible podcast runs through the origin of the kidney-shaped pool, and how it came to give birth to early forms of skateboarding.
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.
File the new Sour Instagram remix / full-length video as one of those unifying moments that got brought up by skateboarders from all walks of life this past weekend.
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.
Marseilles seems like a good time, albeit a bit violent.
Quote of the Week: “Sex minutes are like dog years.” — Chuck MVP
Logan claims that the 917 video is dropping on September 17th.