If you did not spend at least ninety percent of your free moments contained within this last weekend outdoors, you truly blew it. These are the last days of perfectly magical weather, so enjoy every potential morsel of it while it lasts, because sixty-two degree evenings (probably) aren’t coming back for another six months.
You’ve definitely seen Shaggy around Astor and Union Square for many years, he is a very distinctive character. He’s one of those dudes who has been around forever, and was responsible for some posters at the Banks that upset Ryan Hickey, Mike Hernandez, and others back in the nineties (apparently, there is no photographic documentation of these posters.) He wrote this quick article for Blackbook Magazine about working in the mailroom at Hearst Magazines, and moonlighting as a prominent Union Square skateboard personality. Also, last month, The New York Times did a profile on him and his life-long hobby of writing letters to the editors of various magazines (you may have caught them in Slap back when it was still in print.)
Jimmy Marketti put together this footage reel that covers the past few years. It has no order to it whatsoever, just a random batch of footage. Features Rob Campbell, Taji, Black Dave, and others.
There’s a gorgeous new marble ledge spot on 29th Street. Two backside for regular ledges extending past handicap ramps, two frontside for regular ledges extending way out over sets of three stairs. It’s not in front of a security window, but it will be. And no, this isn’t blowing anything up, because it’ll be a bust by the end of the week, if it isn’t already. Go have fun while you can.
Rob Harris interview via TheseVideoDays.
Here’s a quick edit from the Vans space out in Greenpoint. There is no real reason to go there until the temperature drops a solid twenty degrees. It’s too early to succumb to watching indoor footage, but go for it if you want to check the space out. The song jams though.
“Queens Finest” video via Steve Marino. This premiered back at the Queens Museum of Art event before the Maloof Money Cup back in June. Great montage, even though rap instrumental parts aren’t the best of looks. Play the original song with the lyrics over it and you’ll be good. “…while I be sippin’ gin straight in a plastic cup…”
Quote of the Week: “Do you want to buy a Darkstar helmet for $15? It’s $150 online, you can check.” – Bleeker Street Junkie