The Events That Defined New York City Skateboarding in 2012: 15-11


Previously: #s 25-21, 20-16. Have a good weekend.

15. The Average Completion-of-Construction-to-Knobbing Time Frame For New Skate Spots Reaches an Unprecedented Low

New York continues to have issues with underreported hate crimes. For the first time ever, the under-construction spots that we have been eyeing for months have begun coming with pre-installed knobs (cue up Rob Welsh’s Free Your Mind intro.) Consult the too-good-to-be-true “Late Show Ledges” on Broadway, and even bad spots like those marble blocks across from the Hilton on Sixth or those shitty wooden ledges at the hospital by the Banks for examples, all of which got knobbed within a month of blockades coming down.

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TRENDWATCH 2012: $1,000 Griptape

Notable dreamboat pro skateboarder and recent refugee of Quiksilver downsizing, Alex Olson, is the first name attached to two French fashion houses’ testing-of-waters in the griptape market. This past weekend, Olson leaked several shots of team edition griptape from both Chanel and LVMH subsidiary, Céline on Instagram. He has reportedly been receiving boxes from both companies, so details as to which brand he will sign under remain foggy, though one of the photos did state “Chanel grip is better than the Céline grip,” making it safe to assume Chanel is offering the better contract and/or a superior product. Interestingly enough, Mike Carroll left a comment saying “Need” under the Chanel shot, leading industry insiders to believe that Carroll and Olson will soon be announced as Chanel’s first two teamriders. One would hope that the addition of a native French rider (Puig? J.B?) is not far away.

Chanel’s grip is expected to retail for around ~$1,000 at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Supreme, and flagship Chanel locations worldwide. No word on Céline’s price point, though most assume it will be in a similar range. Naturally, one of the photos included a comment from someone who has no idea what a “hipster” is asking, “Now there’s griptape hipsters?” Pabst and Chanel don’t mix, bro. Get your caricatures straight.

Up Next: Le Snack de Quarté pour Dior Homme & Maison Matt Mooney Margiela.

TRENDWATCH 2012: The T.F. Summer Trend Report

Four months into 2012 and we can already determine which status symbols will dominate this summer at the T.F. The photo above is a routine slice of modern T.F. life, encompassing all of the styles relevant to a summer 2012 stint at Tompkins Square Park. Here are the five most heavily trending developments.

1) Camo: For the second year in a row, the consumer-base for camo continues to expand. Earlier this year, it was predicted that sweatpants would overtake camo’s New York-based marketshare, but their ascent has been slow to say the least. On the other hand, camo experienced nearly threefold growth. Discussions of whether or not camo “has gone too far” are rising, but not more rapidly than the adoption of new patterns and new customers (there are three different swatches in the picture above.)

2) Palace Shirts: With Autumn limited to an online operation (Autumn had dominated the graphic t-shirt market at the T.F. for the past 10 years), the London-based brand found itself a niche in an environment where the blank white tee is otherwise king. Though the triangle tee was sought after by insiders last summer, the brand’s expansion and thus a wider availability has made it one of 2012’s must-haves, even for those who are typically weary of the graphic t-shirt.

3) Cargoes: One of the more memorable door-guy moments in recent history was Big Rob from Lit denying someone by telling him, “Between the cargo pants and the laptop bag, it’s not happening tonight.” That was in 2008, when Lit was still somewhat relevant. Now that it is no longer relevant, perhaps it switched places with the previously frowned upon cargo pockets, which have crept their way back into relevancy and wardrobe rotations among the T.F. faithful.

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“What the hell is this Phat Stylez thing about?” has been a common question on Instagram these past several weeks.

One of our key editorial departments, the QS Fashion Desk, recently moved out of our main office and took it to the streets. Teaming up with a team of passionate fashion bloggers led by Sweet Waste and Jack Sabback, they have been covering the world of sweatpants, camo, vintage skate gear (with a particular emphasis on skate brands that catered to white dudes who like rap and big asses), anything Galen has ever worn, 1990s rap record label merchandise, and everything that wouldn’t file under your generic Nike/Polo/Supreme Tumblr* ran by some 19-year-old with 3K posts on the Hypebeast forum. PHATSTYLEZ is not concerned with any of that — think of it as a Sartorialist for skateboarders who listen to too much Young Jeezy, but with no tweed, cobblestone streets, or any of that garbage.

*Though we have been adamant about Tumblr being pure shit for quite some time, The Fashion Desk was never the most web-saavy department at Quartersnacks (only the most fashionable.) Therefore, it was necessary to employ the most remedial content management system known to mankind.

It’s still in an infancy stage (“The movement is picking up steam…it’s getting streetwear followers”), but pretty soon, it will be an endless stream of the phattest stylez imaginable. So without further ado, skateboarding’s first (probably, right?) fashion blog — PHATSTYLEZ.NET.

Can you tell the difference between a Portland dock worker or lumberjack and a skater?

The dock worker obviously lacks the mall grab, striped Gap shirt, Clive backpack, anime haircut, and bulky headphones blasting Euro-trash techno and/or underground science rap to have a real resemblance to today’s average skateboarder.

A Guardian article entitled “The Fall and Rise of Skateboard Chic” has been making the rounds on Twitter over the past few days. It doesn’t offer much in terms of things you don’t already know, and is written by and for people who do not actually skate. Its main highlights have to do with referring to Alex Olson and Dylan Rieder as “teen pin-ups,” and pointing out (what we’ll assume isn’t common knowledge?) that Volcom has the same parent company as Gucci. And honestly, all other skateboard fashion news ceased to matter once this headline broke.

However, being the fashionable enterprise that we are, we found various insane and far-fetched points of interests throughout the comments (i.e. “But ‘skate culture’ is the most priveleged, bourgie scene I was aware of growing up.” …where did you grow up?) Ed Templeton (or a convincing impostor) made a point about how it is difficult to tell the difference between a lumberjack or Lil’ Wayne and a skateboarder today, because “the styles have mixed completely.” With all due respect, we must disagree, especially when looking through the lens of our modern, post-flannel society. (Roctakon’s anti-flannel stance from 2009 is getting closer to reality as the years go by.) To prove our point, we called upon the services of Google Image Search to illustrate just how off Templeton’s assertion is.

If you look at Weiss six years ago, and you look at a lumberjack, you would think that maybe Templeton has a point. Then you realize, to be considered a “skateboarder,” you need to skate for more than ten hours a year, and Weiss does not even come close. Therefore, lumberjack = Weiss = skateboarder is faulty by default, since Weiss doesn’t actually skate.

Lil’ Wayne might actually be the closest of these comparisons, considering he has been a pro skateboarder since 1998. He has also probably skated more in 2011 than Weiss has from 2005 to 2011.

On Another Note…since skateboarding is more and more post-flannel, how many years until we are decidedly post-highwaters? Keep in mind that Waka Flocka may have added an additional four years to the highwaters’ life-span.