5. The State of the T.F. Report [Sponsored by Soundcloud]
Those around for the post-9/11 flatbar years would find the modern T.F. virtually unrecognizable. Anyone with a functioning brain opts to meet at a skatepark rather than a place where they are forced to have an interaction with a paralegal holding a permit. This year, we were shocked to learn that while we may have a dedicated place to willingly cage ourselves into under the Manhattan Bridge, Soundcloud rappers are still looking for a home. In 2016, they found a nest at our onetime East Village meeting place, and have kept the (sometimes literal) fire of Tompkins debauchery lit in an era when we demand that our day consist of something more than skating a piece of plywood or a discarded Christmas tree.
The concept of a “skate blog” is close to non-existent in 2016. Solointerviewed Dan Watson, the mind behind YouWillSoon, a notorious skate industry gossip repository that made him a certain canteen manager’s arch nemesis from roughly 2004-2008. “But I think what most people really ignored about the blog is that I think skateboarding is fucking awesome. I think skateboarding is so good. I feel like people think that skateboarding in the Olympics or Street League or something can somehow ruin skateboarding or that it’ll somehow dilute the coolness of skateboarding down to the point where it’s not going to be cool anymore. But that’s not going to happen.”
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Skateboarders really think of everything. Little kid tricks began to pervade trick selections back in ~2013, then gained legitimacy in pro circles, and now, marginal NBA players are taking underhanded free throws. DeAndre Jordan takes his first underhanded free throw when, April?
On this last Monday Links post of the year, I’d just like to say thank you everyone for being along for the ride in 2016 and for all of your support. Besides a bit of an update slump at the start of summer, this has probably been the best year ever on this website for content, creativity and productivity (ok, fine, we blew it on the Christmas clip.) Hope to keep it going for many chill years to come.
Adam Zhu’s part from Emilio Cuilan’s DANY video is the next to go live. (Genesis Evans’ section went live two weeks ago.) Filmed and edited by E.J throughout the second half of 2015 and the first half of 2016 :) The DANY video is still available over on the DANY store. Support local businesses yaknow.
“I didn’t know I was beast until I varial flipped a trash can.” — Genesis Evans
E.J. started to post bits and pieces of the DANY video over on his Vimeo page. You could still purchase hard copies of the video over at The Dany Store as well. Or if you want to get weird, we also saw it for sale at a barber shop in Japan, so…
Genny’s part is the first to go live, and it’s every bit as beast as sports analysts thought it would be when he was rolling away from the aforementioned varial flip. This video was what ushered in the wave of people skating the bad ledge at Houston Park again (also the inspiration for this post from March), so its chill to see this generation still keeping up with Anthony Correa’s business practices from Mixtape by placing a mid-line can on the pathway.
Sometimes you’re just filming your homie in the East Village and you gotta stop and say hi to your grandma walking by. Below is a video of nearly twenty minutes of outtakes from Emilio Cuilan’s DANY video, featuring Shawn Powers, Adam Zhu, Jason Byoun, Yaje Popson, Genesis Evans and some fire Chris Mango Millic footage.
Hard to really understate how proud of everyone involved in this project the QS office is. Obvs we are a media enterprise that specializes in [often justifiably] complaining about how difficult it is to be productive on a skateboard in New York. This cast of native New Yorkers (save Jason, who is from the superior state of New Jersey) managed to pull off a rad full length video filmed entirely within this city of ungodly distraction. Purchase a copy of the video via thedanystore.com. Copies arriving in Japan shortly, btw.