Coda Skateboards ‘Slappy Hour’ Promo

Coda has a short new video out. Ten minute video, seven minute bonus/credits section. A bit lighter on the memorable New York location scouting than their last video was, but it’s still going to send a handful of spot sharks onto message boards with screenshots and requests for directions. (Actually, does anyone even use message boards anymore?) Only full parts are from Conor Fay and Jerry Mraz, but there are plenty of features, including Pat Smith and Loose Trucks Max. At least 50% of Jerry Mraz’s part looks like it was filmed in the middle of the projects. If you know of a bank spot in the middle of some buildings, it’s probably in here. He also does a middle of the street 360 shove, 360 flip immediately after combo that Carroll did in another middle of the street masterwork. It’s one of the best two trick flatground sequences that exists for line choreographers today.

Added bonus: No annoying soundtrack. Chuck Berry, Lynyrd Skynyrd. There’s no Nelly, but not exactly anything you can complain about. Be sure to stop by Coda to check out what they have going on. Have a good weekend.

“Bad Grammar Overload”

Photo by Jordan Zuppa

Yesterday, the fortune of Ohio athletics took a turn for the better, so we felt compelled to share some skateboarding from QS-favorite, and Ohio-bred athlete, Loose Trucks Max. The part is a bonus section to accompany a crew video entitled Whassamattayou (presumably a nod to the endlessly quotable “Trilogy of ErrorSimpsons episode, but perhaps that phrase has some greater non-sensical meaning.) As explained here, the actual video is thirty minutes of footage filmed on a digi-cam, and the creator was adamant about excluding footage filmed on the a three-chip Mini DV camcorder, which is a device that may have had some prominence within civilization some ten years ago. The tricks filmed with a “real” camera were reserved for this bonus part featuring difficult wallies, “BAM 2” footage, and Gino homages. Limiting a thirty-minute video to digi-cam footage while calling a part filmed on a VX a “bonus” is a good look, at least as far as this website and its neglect of proper documentation techniques is concerned.

If you’re interested in the whole video, you can watch it here. It’s definitely a “by the homies, for the homies” sort of outing, but check it out. They have some Kool Keith and Bill Withers in there.

2nd Nature’s “Eclectic” Video: Now Online

2nd Nature uploaded their complete full length video, Eclectic, on Vimeo. The video features several Quartersnacks favorites that have been championed on here since the original Watermelon video (the first and last video to premiere via a projector on a Lower East Side handball court back in 2006) including Watermelon Alex, Jose Pereyra, Lil’ Chris, Brian Brown, and a handful of others. And it’s certainly great to still see Burton Smith ripping on a skateboard. Lil’ Chris is in the early running for being Quartersnacks’ 2011 Skater of the Year. But who knows how this year will turn out? You know, with a new Busenitz part, Ishod Wair’s debut, a *potential* Jake Johnson comeback, and Dylan Rieder’s consistent handsomeness all upon us…

It’s amazing that in such (perhaps the most?) an anti-car city, actually having access to one significantly expands your options in terms of how many skate spots are at your disposal. Much of this video is filmed a few dozen miles outside of the city, yet the 2nd Nature dudes are pretty much the only ones you ever really see with footage at a few key locations. (The same could be said for your token Jersey video, and the respective crew/region it covers.) So many people skateboard in 2011, yet people are able to maintain small niches of crew-oriented spots just a few miles outside of one of the biggest cities for skateboarding in the entire world, and that’s definitely a great thing.

Thanks to Armand, Doug, and everyone else at 2nd Nature for producing this video and uploading it online. Check out 2nd Nature’s site and follow the shop on Twitter.

INFMS: All fifteen minutes of it

Infamous Skateboards’ fifteen-minute video has avoided a one-part internet revival for quite some time. It has occasionally been chopped up on YouTube, but most of the music is usually stripped away thanks to WMG’s notoriety for clinging to an outdated business model. I *think* this was released around 1999 or 2000 (there’s no date in the credits), a few years before Infamous folded altogether. Puleo’s part gets all the YouTube accolades (and has been on there for probably as long as YouTube has existed), but there are some other solid portions throughout the video’s concise duration, including Nikhil Thayer’s demonstrations of how to properly perform flip tricks, Moya skating in Peter Smolik’s pro model, some young Ian Reid footage, a few bits of Jahmal Williams, some pre-Logic 6 footage of Andy Bautista, and a really sick throwaway montage set to John Lee Hooker after the credits that’s as long as the actual video. Not to mention a glimpse at the less friendly days of Pyramid Ledge security guards. (“You dreadhead muhfucker!!!”) Infamous always had pretty nice, subdued art direction that didn’t shove “East coast, yo!” down your throat and still maintained an identity, so with a to-the-point video like this, it would’ve been sick to see where it could’ve went if it was around for a few more years.

It’s kind of crazy that this and 511 are the only videos from New York based hard goods companies (besides the Zoo videos) to exist from this period. But not as crazy as Funkmaster Flex doing voiceovers for Rawkus commercials at the end of skate videos.

Have a good weekend.

A Flipmode video to end the year off…

Photo by Brian Kelley

By some strange stroke of fate, Peter has concocted a video project to aid us through the first half of winter, and tallied up 2010 as the third straight year in a row of making some of the finest local multimedia available. Longer than Sognar, but shorter than Trife, Caviar has parts from Bill Piece, Pedro Garboza, and others that were largely missed from the preceding project, in addition to keeping the crew’s traditional roster (McFeely, Shawn Powers, Kevin, etc.) This may be the second time this year that Flipmode has fallen victim to video pirates, as this video seems to have been ripped from a video cassette that was originally a collage of taped evangelical daytime TV shows, Larry Johnson’s four-point play, and scenes from New Jack City. The locations in the video only fuel the fact that there are still tons of spots left in New York, all you have to do is look harder, or employ San Franciscan approaches to hillside spot discovery before you start complaining about how everything is gone. It has been a really good year for local videos.

(The video offers some ominous hints at the Billy Lynch disappearance mystery, but no clear solutions. What is it with Long Island and the perpetual vanishing of its skateboard-riding residents?)

Features Rob Gonyon, Shawn Powers, Pedro Garboza, Kevin Tierney, Bill Pierce, Luis Tolentino, Patrick Murray, Joseph Delgado, Danny Falla, Jamel Marshall, Dylan James, Mike Burch, Amadeus Estrada, Xavier Veal, Derick Ziemkiewicz, Phil Rodriguez, and Billy McFeely.

Part 2 embedded below.

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