B.C.C.B.G.Ps: Boot Camp Click Background Props. Photo by Brendan Carroll.
Never saw this before: The story behind the famous photo of Gonz at Alcatraz. If “music is fifty-percent of the video part,” then the spot is fifty-percent of the photo.
R.I.P. Drop-In Skatepark. Thanks for the memories.
As a follow-up to Friday’s William Phan post, here are two random GoPro clips found floating around on Vimeo. Nothing too exciting, but some display of the aforementioned flip trick abilities. Re-edit eventually?
Noted Park Slope rib spot, Pork Slope, put together a cruiser video with In4mation. Go skate the nearby pop-over ledge, and then enjoy some ribs and a beer.
Three Up Three Down (the New York version) is the chillest.
An incredible story about battling to skateboard in Buffalo and battling brain cancer.
Boil the Ocean continues with the common “skate industry = high school” analogy to explain how the ex-Blueprint rider offshoot and the actual Blueprint 2.0 reboot is like a broken up couple showing up to prom with new dates. Or something.
In light of Google Video’s demise, Peter re-uploaded Flipmode 3: The First Flipmode Video to YouTube. Enjoy a wonderful look back at the finest NY-based little kid video of its time, and the second best film of 2006. Free Billy Lynch.
Wait, so Mike Carroll and Lee Smith wear all the clothes at DQM before they get put on the rack? Weird.
Spot Updates: 1) Thanks to some awful asphalt work on behalf of the Parks Department, the entire T.F. is now covered in small pebbles due to one crack they filled in. It does however, now have a metal-less wallie box. 2) The city approved the construction of an AIDS memorial on the triangle at 7th Avenue and 12th Street / where the St. Vincent’s Bank is. Get your tricks in while you can. At least they’re not turning the triangle into a Duane Reade or another all-glass high-rise…
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Dirk’s game winner against the Bulls. Can you guys please make the playoffs instead of the Lakers? Thanks.
Quote of the Week: “Yo this dude is dressed like he just saw Fight Club.” — T-Bird
This Vine thing seems like a lot of work, but we’re on there now.
In recent years, camo pants have stood as a self-aware, “throwback” foray into the days when skating was “good.” Peruse the comments section of any YouTube page for a skate part released in 1993 through 1998, and you will encounter endless older individuals claiming that this was an era when “skating was good” or that the feats at hand were “real skateboarding.” Something unique to the fashions displayed within these “real” and “good” videos, is the presence of camouflage pants, a garment that has been outmoded in the past decade, as factory brand chinos and plain old Levi’s (and occasionally more expensive, yet still similar denim counterparts) have become the go-to for skate pants. Girls aren’t really into dudes in camo pants (unless they are engaged to someone in the Armed Forces), and liberal society tends to frown upon you for stepping into Whole Foods to hit the buffet after skating while wearing fashion fatigues at the time of an unpopular war.
Yet in the modern day, skaters have been known to forfeit whatever social acceptance comes with not wearing camo pants, in addition to many potential glances from the opposite sex, solely so they could “keep it real,” insofar as the definition of “real” is derived from the aforementioned YouTube pages.
A similar phenomenon exists within the YouTube-ized world of 1990s rap music, particularly east coast rap music. “Yo Nas was 18 when Illmatic came out, Soulja Boy is 18 and stupid!” “Yo this is when rap talked about real shit, not that Gucci Mane shit on the radio today!” Look at the “real” videos for the “real” songs where these comments appear. What do you see? That’s right, camo pants.
In tracing the path by which camo pants are found on the legs of skaters in 2011, a safe assumption would be that they are a means to channel skateboard heroes of the 1990s, who were in turn, channeling their rapping heroes of the 1990s, as seen in Black Moon and Smif-N-Wessun videos. “Dat real hip-hop” -> “Dat real skateboarding.” Up until now, the occasional modern revitalization of camo has been kept within the constraints of “real.”
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