It has been really rad seeing so many skaters from different crews and generations out at the protests, so Jenkem put together a helpful guide on how to safely attend one. And a lot of people have been asking about where to go for info on meeting points: follow @justiceforgeorgenyc on Instagram, as they have a round-up of all protests and related events available the night before. Special shout to all the skate family out there distributing supply packs, you know who you are ♥
Max Palmer, Andrew Wilson, Chris Millic and Nolan Benfield went to skate Cuba this past winter. Sean Dahlberg made the video, and Colin Sussingham took da photos.
Chocolate is better than Girl in yet another enjoyable Bobshirt interview, this time with Scott Johnston. Includes Ty Evans’ full raw footage from S.J. trying the 180 switch crook on the J. Kwon gap-to-ledge from Carroll’s Modus part, A.K.A. The Greatest Trick Ever Done™, in addition to the story behind the sequence and clip.
Rappers aren’t known for getting particularly well thought-out tattoos, but we’re still having a tough time coming to terms with YG’s Flameboy tattoo. Apparently he tried to skate at one point in time? Anyway, who else has been catching themselves mumbling “You know I buy you that Chanel, right?”
Pittsburgh’s Scumco and Sons has a new montage out. Philly Santosuosso has a good bit of New York footage in it. His tricks on the concrete nipple at the park across from Joe’s Pizza are tight. Also features Zach Funk and Lucas Erlebach.
Perhaps the only point in Alex Olson’s recent interview that did not polarize skateboarding’s sea of opinion, was his belief that nobody cares how hard tricks are anymore. We’ve all said “he’s good, but who cares” or written someone off as “a robot” before, so what do professional skateboarders have left to aspire to?
The line has long been the backbone of street skating. Skateboarder even published a print #listicle in the mid-2000s showcasing the best lines of all time. Appropriately enough, the latest entry belonged to P.J. Ladd, because his debut part was when progression really took off, and the “Everyone is Good” movement began to accelerate our numbness to incredible skateboarding.
“But what about style?” Sure, Ray Barbee looked amazing when only doing slappies and no complys, in a way that legions of art students have failed to replicate. Even Carroll’s library line — quite possibly the best thing ever done on a skateboard — wouldn’t be the same if it was performed by some midwesterner visiting San Francisco. Style plays a role, but remember when people would say things like “He’s so smooth?” None of that matters when everyone in a major skate video is “smooth.” Stylistic hallmarks have become less palpable because everyone skates and everyone is good. Everything was the same #drakevoice :(
A wise man once said “I don’t care how ‘good’ a video part is, all I care about is how cool it makes the skater look.” This list features the most timeless lines that were made so by the skater’s ability to make himself look cool, and not just “good.” They will stand out a decade down the line, even when each trick in a Micky Papa part is a go-to for fifty Stoner Park locals.
After the internet’s collective failure in digitizing the much revered Big Brother “Black Issue,” we are checking off our annual scanner-based post requirement. Sunday is Chinese New Year (we’re also in the midst of Linsanity’s one-year anniversary), and what better way to celebrate than by remembering notable skaters of Asian descent, circa 1998. (A note to commenters who are particularly sensitive to race issues on QS: We are aware that all Asian races do not celebrate Chinese New Year.)
“The Yellow Issue” was over forty pages of interviews and photos with “yellow skaters” — many of whom were New Yorkers (Jeff Pang, Danny Supa, Paul Leung, Sean Kelling, Ray Wong, etc.) The interviews were administered in a typically absurd Big Brother fashion, in that they focussed on questions regarding penis size, being good at math, being bad at driving, turning red while drinking alcohol, and Bruce Lee v.s. Jackie Chan. Below is the bulk of the issue, sans ads and some sections interviewing vert skaters. Even scanners have a vert button.
Happy Year of the Snake to all the Chinese skaters out there and best of luck with this blizzard to everyone else.