That’s A Crazy One


Imagery from New York skateboarding’s most romanticized decade is finite. The city spent half of the nineties without an industry, so all the existing artifacts have been reblogged, reposted and #TBT-ed a million times — Zoo, Kids, Ari Marcopoulos’ Metropolitan ads, a couple early 411 or Transworld montages, and then it runs scarce.

What does remain is people’s private collections (e.g. you may remember the homemade SkateNYC videos that made their way online back in 2011.) High and Mel Stones are two girls who grew up alongside many of the names you’d immediately associate with that era of skateboarding in New York, touting a camera from their respective school photography programs along with them. After posting outtakes on their Instagram over the past year, they are releasing a book of personal photographs from those years to celebrate the lifelong friendships they created in that time. We asked Mel to caption some of those images. The book can be purchased on, and all proceeds will be donated to the photo department at Lincoln High School in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.

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48 Blocks recently posted this clip of Steven Cales and Ivan Perez skating around downtown in either 1995, 1996, one of those years, which seems like it was filmed for either a French television show, or a documentary of some sort — I can’t tell. Either way, it’s a good watch, even with the foreign narration (which I’m sure was full of nonsense about skateboarding that you already know). There’s a bit of footage on the little Banks and a touching moment when they walk into a shop and you can hear “Incarcerated Scarfaces” playing in the background, presumably right around the time when it came out. The clip is off of Deadline’s Youtube page, which also includes the legendary whiter teeth commercial with Harold Hunter, among other things.

If you have not already seen Luis’ clip on the Berrics website, watch it here. Somebody give that man a New Yorker of the Year plaque. Here are his tricks from Flipmode 4 just because.

The re-edit made it through a full page of analysis on behalf of the internet’s most intelligent and insightful group of individuals without a single negative comment. That is certainly a record.

The brick bank on 70th Street and First Avenue, in front of the senior home, was recently skate-proofed via the removal of random bricks, leaving the bank full of holes for your wheels to get caught in. It is a shame, considering the Upper East Side only has about six or seven spots to begin with.

I’m starting to notice something about all these questions I’m being axed. They’re really heartfelt.
And I appreciate that.