In Memoriam — The Oral History of the Twin Towers in Skate Photos, Part 2

Intro + Interviews by Adam Abada
Collage by Requiem For A Screen

It is fitting that there are maybe the most skate photos of the Twin Towers featuring Keith Hufnagel and Harold Hunter: two of the greatest representatives of New York skateboarding.

Revisiting our series from two years ago, here are five more stories behind images of the Twin Towers in skateboarding, including many of Harold and Keith.

Looking into the stories behind them, I learned how essential they were to the fabric of so much of the skateboarding that has come out of the five boroughs. In memoriam photos of the Towers turn into stories about people and eras who shared some form of dual history with them, and in turn, ourselves. They remind us that if anything can be learned from difficult loss, it’s to always make the most of the time given to us. And that can be turned into hope and happiness, at least for a short time.

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Still having a tough time coming to terms with YG’s Flameboy tattoo. Apparently he tried to skate at one point in time? Anyway, who else has been catching themselves mumbling “You know I buy you that Chanel, right?”

Reynolds.

The Supreme video, “cherry,” will be available on DVD this Thursday, March 20th. iTunes March 27th. Blue Is the Warmest Color is available on Netflix instant right now.

Yet another “New York Times” raw footage reel from the LurkNYC crew. It’s chill that they skate around with an Oriris G-Bag. Wish we had one :(

Pittsburgh’s Scumco and Sons has a new montage out. Philly Santosuosso has a good bit of New York footage in it. His tricks on the concrete nipple at the park across from Joe’s Pizza are tight. Also features Zach Funk and Lucas Erlebach.

Everyone please welcome Buzzfeed to the list of insitutions writing about New York skateboarding. (Do we make a truer-to-life, R-rated version of their #listicle?)

Charlie Samuels tells the story behind the lil’ Harold Hunter Times Square wallie photo that Supreme utilized for their Comme des Garcons collaboration. However, Buzzfeed is right, this might be the best Harold Hunter photo.

Always nice to see Jeff Pang on a skateboard. No Keith Nut though?

The bowl-to-bank ollie at House of Vans is at the end of this clip. Wow.

Taji put together a “Winter Thaw” clip for Acapulco Gold. More Leo Gutman sightings.

Jordan Hoffart did the most insane kickflip ever (Smolik was probably hyped on it) and Ben Raybourn did a natural loop.

A QS reader made a Soundcloud playlist of songs from our videos. It looks even more like a Friday night Hot 97 mix show playlist than previously expected. He found a nice edit of the Leon Ware song from our only California clip ever.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Yeah, Blazers-Warriors shouldn’t be nationally televised or anything…(*Fingers crossed for Clippers-Warriors first round series*)

Quote of the Week: “You just have to treat being friends with Pryce like dating a hot chick.” — Torey Goodall

R.I.P. Speaker Knockerz. “Rico looked down, had to check his phone, Pedro came out, bang, Rico’s gone…'”