#TRENDWATCH2014: Bailed Flat Tricks

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While skateboard video makers are fighting for the remaining morsels of our attention spans, a new #trend is elongating video parts for unclear reasons. Over the past few months, prominent videos have began to include footage of obviously talented skateboarders not landing flip tricks mid-part. And these aren’t slams or epic bails a la Andrew Reynolds’ sneaky Aldo campaign. No, they’re basic flatground tricks that laypeople primo on each day at the T.F. — the sort of maneuvers that a younger viewer may be lead to believe are only missed when pros participate in a bracket orchestrated by a SoCal warehouse with no natural light.

Say what you will about pro sports and how we’re not like them because “we’re artists, dude,” but at least they show us the missed layups and incomplete passes. Skateboarding’s most commonly digested media form (the skate video…pretty sure those are still more watched than contests) only shows you .5% of the blood, sweat and tears that go into a skate career. This latest trend seems poised to do otherwise, as it reminds us that Jason Dill misses switch varial heels just like we do when playing S.K.A.T.E. against our most white rapper-resembling friends.

In some convoluted way, bailed flat tricks in curated video parts bring us closer to Kevin Durant missing a game-tieing free throw than Gatorade or Sunny D or whatever the old guys on the porch choose to believe is “ruining” skateboarding today ;)

You couldn’t have known what I did for this.” — Future & Every Pro Skateboarder.

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24 For a Clean Shirt

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New tees and a hoody restock now available in the QS webstore. Also available at Supreme New York / Los Angeles, Exit, Humidity, NJ Skateshop, One-Up, Commissary and Seasons this week. Available internationally soon. Support your local skate site.

“Well, if you’ve lived in Brooklyn for fifty years, you just know shit sometimes.” Volume 6 of Lurk NYC’s “New York Times” raw footage logs. Whoever tried the rail at 2:47 definitely didn’t live in Brooklyn for fifty years.

The remix of Grecco’s best part since Baker 2G is really good, as is Mike Anderson’s “surprise full part” at the end of Yellow Van Chronicles.

Kingpin interviewed one of this website’s heroes, Dani Lebron. (Relevant.)

Someone rounded up all of Robbie Gangemi’s footage for a dedicated remix video.

Hypebeast has another interview with Bill Strobeck, in which he reveals the story behind the guy smoking drugs at the Water Street Veteran’s Memorial alongside Anthony Pappalardo’s commentary, among other things.

Muckmouth is starting a multi-part series about what happens to talented, aspiring skaters when they realize a career as a professional skater just isn’t going to happen as a long-term thing. In the first installment, they caught up with Andy Stone, Brian Hoard (!), Malcolm Watson, and a not-talkative Lavar McBride.

A nice tribute to an incredibly underrated skater: 10 Tricks Danny Montoya Did First.

TWS put the spreads from their April 2014 “New Balance in New York” feature online.

The “cherry” crew at House of Vans & NJ Skateshop at House of Vans.

Paul Hintz’s part from the Westchester-based PFP3 video. Are pajamas the final frontier of pant decisions in skateboarding? Is there anything left?

A small blow to the upper tier of many broke skateboarders’ lifestyle: Chipotle will begin raising prices 3-5% this week. Not as big of a deal as when dollar menus became “value menus,” but still an unpleasant development for the underemployed.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Despite an awful shooting slump in Game 1, this is somehow the shot that Jamal Crawford hits.

Quote of the Week: “I heard they got a Wet Willy’s in AC. I gotta check that out…I might do that tomorrow.” — Carl Williams

Honest is really good, BTW. Big Boi or Big Gipp on a “Benz Friendz” remix or something would be cool ;)

Quartersnacks Is For Lovers

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There’s officially a Quartersnacks-themed vanity plate on the streets of Los Angeles. We got Virginia down (#QSisforlovers), now we need the other 49 states. Maybe not Florida though…

Jerry, George and Kramer watch a sponsor me tape.

Dime rounded up a minute of the best flatground tricks ever done in the Dime Flatground Open: Masters Series, though oddly no Kalis or J.B. to be found. The tricks over the Love can and Newport fakie flip go without saying, but always been a fan of Kalis’ turnaround then 360 flip in Stevie’s Reason part (3:18).

You’re going to be seeing a lot of interviews with Bill Strobeck about “cherry” these next few months: Transworld has one and Live Skateboard Media has another one. (ICYMI: Here’s the one we did, though it came out before the video and had to avoid talking about certain things in detail, given our #spoileralert-sensitive culture.) There’s also some speculation on post-“cherry” developments over on Boil the Ocean.

Another LurkNYC “New York Times” throwaway reel.

This could be a cool series: “Skaters in Cars Looking at Spots.” The first edition is with Mike Anderson. The world desperately needs a Fred Gall one.

Kingpin put together a #listicle of ten great “no push” lines. Torey has two really good ones and Jason Spivey deserves some recognition for filming a “no push” part.

Leo Heinert’s intro part for Torro Skateboards is solid. He’s gotten way good over the years, and the kickflip into the knobbed bank at Fort Greene Park is one of the gnarliest things done at a New York spot in recent memory.

Route One Mag has an interview with one of the few Manhattan-born pro skaters.

In honor of its rebirth, the Green Diamond released a 20-minute B-sides reel.

Best #musicsupervision of any “New Yorkers in Puerto Rico” clip thus far.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: J.R. Smith was put on this earth to break the NBA’s “most threes attempted in a game” record, with 22. (He made 10 of them, by the way.) Also very happy the Knicks aren’t making the playoffs, so we can avoid all the 1999 playoff “8th seed, but we have a CHANCE!” montages. This team doesn’t deserve to be in the playoffs, and if you’re rooting for them to make it, you are rooting against the concept of America as a whole, plain and simple.

Quote of the Week: “Yo, you have chest hair, you’re too old to be in a product toss. It’s quiet for you.” — T-Bird

Because man, you deserve it.

Been saying this song would go great for an NBA postseason commercial ever since Pluto came out. Or at least a hell of a lot better than Will.i.am or whatever else they have been using.

An Interview With Alex Olson (From the March 2014 Issue of Thrasher)

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Thrasher put the QS-conducted interview with Alex Olson from their March 2014 issue online. In the event that you don’t want to read the small type on the layout pages, here it is in beautiful, enlargeable text. This was conducted right after New Years, so there are a lot of Supreme video questions (this one informed the Bill interview a bit), and vague questions about his company, which were made less vague in Mackenzie Eisenhour’s interview. It’s clearly a bit out of date (neither the Supreme video nor his company had an official name at the time…), but here it is for the print-averse.

All photos by Jonathan Mehring.

Unrelated but important: The Ultimate #Nineties Skater Bracket is down to the Final Four…Kareem v.s. Henry Sanchez and Jovontae v.s. Matt Reason. Vote here.

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Try and find a young skater that stirs up opinions more than Alex Olson. Abruptly quitting one of the most respected companies ever, bailing on a new one before it even got started, and being cryptic regarding the details of his own venture have a way of doing that. Alex wants to be something more than just happy to be here, which sounds reasonable. Unfortunately, that sometimes gets contorted by people who want to believe he’s either ungrateful or disinterested in skating altogether. After taking a six-month hiatus in New York last year, we had a chance to talk to him about what he’s been up to in light of all the changes.

Why have you been spending so much time in New York? What draws you to the city?

When I was 18, Dill flew me out. It was the first trip I ever took by myself. I met all the people at Supreme, Max Fish, The Hole…I always wanted to move out there but either sponsors wouldn’t let me, I had a girlfriend, or the weather was a concern.

Bill started filming for the Supreme video, and I had just gotten done filming for Pretty Sweet. My girl had also just broken up with me, so I was pretty over everything. I flew out to New York for Go Skate Day this past summer. I was only supposed to stay for two weeks, but I got a place out there and ended up staying six months filming for the video.

Supreme has been around for twenty years, but this is their first skate video. Why’d they finally decide to make one?

Well, they had “A Love Supreme,” which was the artsy 16mm video Thomas Campbell made in 1995. It used to be really hard to find but now it’s on YouTube. For this one, I think they realized there had such an eclectic group of people around Bill [Strobeck] and it would be a good thing for them to do. Once Dill and Mark Gonzales both said they’d film for it, Bill had a green light.

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Rest in Peace Pichilin. Photo stolen from Sue Kwon’s book, Street Level. 1994.

“cherry” is now available on iTunes in the best quality there is.

The Tumblr community rounded up .GIFs of all the Courthouse Drop tricks from “cherry,” though they should be watched with “I Don’t Know Dem” playing in the background. No “I got them looks” .GIF either…

Dime tracks the mise-en-scéne similarities between Gershon Mosley’s underappreciated skateboard career and “cherry.” Or something.

Tino Razo low-key had some of the coolest tricks in “cherry,” so here is his and Matt Terwilliger’s part from the original Lurkers video (2002).

Mudo Zine interviewed Aaron Herrington, who just turned pro for Polar.

Outside of Pepe Martinez’s switch heelflip frontside noseslide and Kyle James’ entire oeuvre, is switch nose manual fakie 360 flip out the best trick ever done in Timbs?

Some outtakes from the Beef Patty crew’s Puerto Rico montage, and some other outtakes of them skating around the city. More front of Union footage!

OMG, a “Winter Trip to New York” clip?!?! Is dudes reviewing their Tinder matches going to become a standard “lifestyle footage” inclusion for 2014 skate clips?

New Jenkins Log clip featuring Zered, Eli, Jordan Trahan, etc.

A teaser for See Ya Around, the new video by Waylon Bone, a teaser for OD Wavy, the new video from The Man Who Films, and the full version of Corrupted Communications 2, the new video from Grace Skate Co.

The Heights park looks like it’s finished and already covered in horrible graffiti.

A topic relevant to the interests of this website: The best rap songs of 2004, compiled ten years late, as the internet was not nearly as listicle-ified a decade ago. No debate about the #1. Tip seems more concerned with reality TV these days, but at least he can lay claim to recording not not the best rap song of the past ten years.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Even though he had already been in the league for a minute, ever since the 2011 playoffs when Chris Paul singlehandedly beat the Lakers twice, he’s held a special place in my heart. Out of all the dream players that idiot Knicks fans think they’re on the verge of signing, he’s the only one that really hurts. Anyway, yeah, him v.s. the Rockets on Saturday.

Quote of the Week:

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The Palace L.A. trip looks like it is going well…

The Green Diamond went from a once-relevant institution to a non-existent one. R.I.P.