E.J. added some new lifestyle-ish photos to his portfolio site, Tomorrow’s New Happiness. Covers various points of interest: the T.F., M2M, Supreme, Black Donald Trump, the fact that “Lil” Andre is taller than all of us now, and how Tru Religion jackets are going to get big in skateboarding after that 2 Chainz tape drops tomorrow and changes everyone’s perspective on life.
As you probably heard, November is a wrap for the NBA. The most spoiled professional sports league in the world has robbed us of a Knicks v.s. Heat season opener at the Garden, which would have been on Wednesday. Our friends Adam Abada and Gabe Tennen printed some “Lockout Wall Street, Occupy the NBA” tees and are selling them for $15 to cover medical bills after Gabe’s recent ankle surgery. Hopefully, the slogan turns true, so Melo could stop playing pick-up games in Williamsburg, and drop his membership to the Under 40 Jewish League.
Never knew Frank Gerwer kickflipped the double-set at the Garden, like, fifteen years ago. Dude’s a legend.
The Times ran a brief article about Allen Ying’s 43 Magazine, with a slideshow of some sick photos. This one of Brian Delatorre switch olling the rail-to-bank on 33rd Street is a real standout. (To non-New Yorkers: That spot is literally a three-second bust.)
Happy Halloween. 4th Annual Naysayer Halloween Clip, Halloween-themed post on The Chrome Ball with old ads inspired by horror movies, etc., and an artsy Opening Ceremony Halloween skate clip. Below is our Halloween clip from four years ago (time flies.) We should have kept doing these in subsequent years, but we didn’t. The 2008 one was, uh, lazy.
Autumn has a re-stock of “NYC Man” Bart Simpson tee designed by Jerry Hsu.
Jason Lecras is having a photography show at Holmes & Co. this Saturday, November 5, from 7 to 9 P.M. Jason is one of the best people I’m fortunate enough to know, the greatest skateboarder from Long Island not named Frank or Gino (maybe), and a talented photographer. You can check out some of his work here.
This video, and everyone involved with it, set western civilization back fifty years.
Quote of the Week: Shawn Powers sends some pretty odd “Are you skating?” texts in the morning.
Quartersnacks is the only skateboard media institution that goes to King of Diamonds and gets haircuts at 4:30 in the morning. How could anyone be content with the boring stagnation otherwise running rampant throughout the industry?
Monday links on a Wednesday…
A few months ago, Matthew Mooney abandoned his dreams of professional skateboarder superstardom and Googled who the oldest player to be drafted into the NBA was, quickly reignited his childhood passion for basketball, and changed his career path. Our good friend Joe Cups made a short documentary about Mooney’s streetball skills, called “Mooneyball.” Now if only the NBA actually still paid players…
Nollie bigger spins with lime green wheels in this throwaway clip from some 2nd Nature affiliates. These dudes have spots.
If you’re into being smart and stuff, Raphael Zarka, author of On a Day With No Waves: A Chronicle of Skateboarding will be giving a lecture in SoHo on November 10 called “The Geometry of Skateboarding” at 6 P.M. More information here, and it is free with a reservation.
If you’re running low on Halloween costume ideas, this one is sure to be a guaranteed hit with the ladies.
Quote of the Week
Observant Gentleman: “Every time I have Swiss bearings, it seems like everyone else’s are better than mine.”
Isak Buan: “Yeah, it’s sort of like having a girlfriend.”
Slow update week. It happens.
But for anyone over the age of five, the impending weekend has nothing to do with skateboarding. Aside from maybe treating it as an occasional means of transport from point-A to point-B. Real updates involving real things shall return next week, in November, when the highs begin to slowly crawl down from the life-affirming seventy degrees we have been blessed with this past week.
The clip below was filmed on Halloween in 2007, when the site was in the midst of a creative high-point, and Gigliotti was still a bro (and renter of one of the finest conversation halls in all of Lower Manhattan.) It was a completely spur of the moment thing, and the sort of occurrence that is not possible in 2010 without meticulous planning, coinciding with the alignment of all the stars affecting motivation levels in New York City. Either way, it’s probably one of the best things to ever be on this website. Features Pryce Holmes, Isak Buan, Mike Gigliotti, Dario Phillips.
QS10312008. This is really a shameful display of Halloween antics, but I figure it is better than nothing. Hopefully we’ll have everything together by next year. This thing is so shameful that it excludes the snackman trademark to avoid any direct association. Plus, it is not even worthy of quicktime file. There’s some actual skateboarding at the end that kind of sucks.
Upon doing some Youtube research of spots in Trenton, I quickly learned that it is the only city bad enough where the majority of your results have to do with ten year olds throwing rocks and trying to rob you at the spot, and crackheads insisting that they have a better grasp of life than you do.
48 Blocks posted an interview with J Strickland, the person who is singlehandedly responsible for the ever-so-popular scumbag-image marketing in skateboarding today. If you read one skateboarding related interview this year, this should be the one. Features plenty of insight into the the industry and a lot of L.A. hate.
Also stolen from 48 Blocks: The Akira Footage Collective. Go to that round ledge on 57th Street just to see how high it is.
Quote of the Week: [While “I Got Your Money” is playing]
Isak Buan: “I hate this song. Watch, they’re probably going to fucking play ‘Juicy’ next.”
[2 minutes later]
DJ Speakers: “Yeah, this album is dedicated to all the teachers that told me I’d never amount to nothing..“