“I wwaaaallkk arrrroounnnd the mooooon…fuck everybody…”
List season might be over, but we feel compelled to share a portion of our analytics with our readers, along with any newcomers who may have missed some of the more popular content from earlier last year.
Mostly, it’s to prove a point to the jerk hating on our ’round-the-clock coverage of Lil’ Wayne’s ascent to skateboard superstardom. Three of the top 15 posts from last year have to do with Lil’ Wayne. Now, if we were a more opportunistic internet enterprise, and sought to turn our hits into more millions and ad-buys from beer companies, Arby’s, etc., all we would have to do is post more about Lil’ Wayne. It’d be so simple. Just look at the two photos above. One originates from Crailtap’s Instagram, and could easily turn into 600 words of analysis, ~25,000 pageviews, and a five-minute average user engagement level. The other…has him wearing lime green moon boots in the video for “The Motto.” We could spin a skateboarding-to-snowboarding-to-space-exploration angle on it or chronicle how Wayne is biting off the Black Ninja’s trademark lime green gear without paying proper homage, and probably crash the site due to traffic overloads as a result. We could then barter that traffic into selling an ad to Hennessy for another million dollars, and spend the remainder of the year in Miami popping bottles and doing nothing.
Luckily, we keep our Wayne coverage at a tasteful level, only dwelling on the most important occurrences. Just be aware that millions are being left on the table by doing so. We’re sitting on a goldmine, but we keep it “core,” bro. Without further ado, the 15 most popular Quartersnacks posts of 2011 (the ones pertinent to Lil’ Wayne are denoted with an asterisk.)
1. An Interview With Jake Johnson
2. BREAKING NEWS: Lil’ Wayne “Over” Skateboarding?*
3. The Future of Camouflage Fashion: Camo Pants, Skateboarding & 2011* (“The Future of Sweatpants Fashion” coming soon?)
4. A Comprehensive Guide to Rap Video Skate Parts
5. Video Review: Not Another Transworld Video
6. Video Review: Since Day One
7. The Mad Real Slap One in a Million: New York
8. “It may look like a skatepark, but you can’t skate here” (Seaport coverage was almost as exhaustive as Wayne coverage.)
9. TOSQ-1001: Intro to Tompkins Square Park (Glad people read this. For their sake.)
10. Yaje Popson in the August/September 2011 Skateboarder
11. Skate Spot Porn: Barcelona Edition
12. The Events That Defined New York Skateboarding in 2011
13. We all knew this day would eventually come…
14. Who’s going to be first to get footage in a Juicy J ‘We Trippy Mane’ shirt?
15. Lil Wayne Has Been Skateboarding Since [at least] 1998*
“We never had a job, but we sittin’ on a mil.” — Juicy J
2011 is over in five hours. Here are the final five. Have fun tonight everyone.
Previous installments: #25-21, #20-16, #15-11, #10-6, The Best Video Part(s) of 2011, The Year in Rap.
5. The Rise of 12th & A Rap
As 12th & A’s stronghold on New York City skateboarding waned, it began to rise as an epicenter for New York City skateboard *rap*. With artists like ASAP Rocky, Odd Future, and Krayshawn getting deals off YouTube videos, the young skaters of 12th & A drew inspiration from their D.I.Y. attitude, and set out to make a name for themselves in perhaps the only professional world more overpopulated than pro skateboarding. Slicky Boy remixed white people’s favorite Ice Cube song and has been promising a mixtape all year. The Stoned Rollers took Lex Luger out of the trap and the strip clubs, and brought his trademark thump to the skate spot. And Black Dave, perhaps 12th & A rap’s greatest success story, is one-for-two with making it onto WorldStar with his videos.
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2011 ends in less that four days. Wow. Previous installments of the countdown: #25-21, #20-16, #15-11. Final installment goes online December 31.
10. Lucas Puig Re-Legitimizes the Noseslide
The northeast may be the last place on earth that does not fully buy into the ballet of flip-in-flip-outs synonymous with the modern day noseslide. We were delighted to see Lucas Puig, one of European skateboarding’s most agreeable technicians, be the one to bring back a completely glitter-less version of one. Puig’s re-induction of the noseslide into acceptable territory for line choreographers has already been felt in videos since his Transworld spotlight, most notably via Stefan Janoski in The SB Chronicles.
Note: Whether or not this trick is acceptable for those under the age of 25 (i.e. those who have not been skating long enough to remember when the noseslide was an acceptable ledge trick) is a controversial subject.
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This week’s installment. Going to finish out the remainder of the list next week. Previous editions: #25-21, #20-16.
15. Luis Tolentino Skates on High Things
Though Aldrin Garcia may have set the new highest ollie record in 2011, Luis went his own route and created an alternate, more conceptual category: Highest Average Obstacle in a Skate Part. The average height of every object he skates on or over in his Everywhere We Go Part is estimated to be 40 inches, shattering any previous records (likely held by Darren Harper and Brandon Westgate) by at least half-a-foot. This new record has lead to a variety of bizarre theories from YouTube comments, most notably that Luis has a black person in each leg.
He also started off his part with a trick at a Waffle House, so that’s always a plus.
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Back on it, sorry for the delay. Previous installment: #25-21
20. Blackberry solidifies its status as a “core” video device for skateboard videographers
2011 saw the largest wave of Blackberry-to-iPhone conversions from New Yorkers to date. Even those who swore by physical keyboards eventually crumbled in their stance, and purchased history’s most advanced piece of glass, allowing the iPhone to be seen on at least five out of every seven Tompkins benches by the end of the year. Though progress on smartphones is more rapid than on actual skateboard-filming-devices, this dynamic shift in technological preferences cast the Blackberry into the same core device category dominated by the VX1000. Blackberry loyalists (snobs?) like Paulgar, and other T-Mobile customers have continued to burn the torch for what has become the cellphone equivalent of skateboarding’s favorite “standard definition” camera, by continuing to release core-targeted Blackberry montages to combat the staleness of most iPhone edits.
And if “VHS is the new Super-8,” what is the Sidekick in this equation?
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