Dress It Up & Go To NASA

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Still some #TFReport tees and other stuff left in the webstore.

As expected, Hjalte’s new part has some great noseslides in it.

Don’t smoke weed.”

On that same note, Boil the Ocean offered up some observations on the era of the “functional Baker Boy” — with some alarming data on the sole still-drinking Piss Drunx member and his sober former colleagues. (Basically, drinking is great for skating. )

Jim Hodgson put together a ten-minute outtakes reel from In Absentia, in which Bobby Puleo apologizes to the city of Secaucus.

Life is Goodie is online in full.

Genesis has some fire footage in this new summer montage.

The best boardslider working today, Jesus Fernandez, takes you around Barcelona, a place where Universitat is described as having “pretty good marble.”

Our friends at Chapman Skateboards were on CNBC’s Made in America show about preserving their history of domestic skateboard production. (Always love reading the comments when those sort of outlets cover skateboarding: “Personally I think NASCAR or Bowling are better sports to teach children life’s lessons.”)

Dime already did the necessary research into the best flatground tricks ever done, but Ride took a pass at list-isizing skateboarding’s greatest flatground moments, though a William Phan omission is inexcusable.

SMLTalk on Ronnie Creager’s occasionally under-appreciated career.

The whole doing ollies onto cars thing has turned into one big game of who’s going to get shot first. The Ferrari dealership is on Park and 55th Street, btw.

Village Psychic profiles Scumco, Mother, Send Help and Iron Claw on what it’s like to run a small skateboard brand in 2015.

Supreme v.s. Chanel, circa 1995.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: I think Steph used up all his luck on this yesterday.

Quote of the Week: “I gotta rewatch some Jackass.” — Keith From Nike

If you are fire with the Final Cut timelines, be sure to enter to Jason Byoun re-edit contest to win some free QS gear. Deadline is June 30th.

Back in the Office…

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On the bandwagon since 2013 :)

Had a rough past week for site updates. Just spent a lot of time trying to figure life out, yaknow? (No, not returning to the dark days of 2006-2009 where it was updated three times a month — the modern news cycle couldn’t handle that, r u crazy?)

New teamrider on Mother Collective.

Nieratko interviewed Peter Sidlauskas over on Vice.

What a week for wheel company videos! If the future of skate videos isn’t in a Shorty’s Guilty VHS tape or fifteen-second IG edits, maybe sub-two minute wheel company videos could be a guiding light? Jordan Trahan for Autobahn with the non-IG angle of 2014’s 360 Flip of the Year / leading practitioner of boardslide-tech, Jesus Fernandez, with a quick part for Bones Wheels (sidebar: I was recently informed of a weird sect that swears by Bones over Spitfires…is this real?) / Michael “Top 3 Person to See Skate in Real Life” Mackrodt with a part for a potentially unsubtle drug front.

Lurker Lou came through with a wear test for the Osiris D3. Apparently, it’s not much different than skating a foamposite.

Tyler, the Tufty has the opener in the D.C-based “Alley Bar 9.”

New iPhone edit via Rob Gonyon with a bunch of the Bronze guys, and one of the highlights off Barter 6.

A half-minute of J-John the Don footage from the Krooked Korea trip.

This video got e-mailed to us more that pretty much any other video ever throughout the past week. It’s good for a few laughs.

There are a lot of new things to skate in Milan, beyond just the train station.

Brief Ray Barbee sighting, who also probably earned the loudest cheer of the night at the Propeller premiere, just off an intro appearance.

Oh wow, another Colombia skate clip with a missed #musicsupervision opportunity.

They made one of those “oral histories” about Redman’s Cribs episode. “The reason I was on the floor was because the couch — you know how it is when you’re sleeping on a leather couch and it gets all hot? When it’s too hot to sleep on the couch, I just go right to the floor. It’s a cooler situation.”

If you borrowed money to go to school, and need a reason to cry and/or begin planning on how to fake your own death, have fun reading this.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Steph beat James Harden MVP voting. Fingers crossed for a Clippers-Warriors Western Conference Finals.

Quote of the Week:

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Still some items left in the webstore btw ;)

The Quietly Incredible Year For Euro Skaters Over 30

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Aging pro skaters don’t owe anything to anyone (except maybe their sponsors), but that doesn’t stop us from constructing narratives for their decreases in visibility. Following Pretty Sweet, there was practically as much conversation about those who didn’t have enough footage and why, as there was about those who did.

Enter any message board post regarding Dill and AVE’s upcoming venture, and it’ll be dominated by speculation about how much they have in the tank. Skate nerds love being in the seventh round of a game of telephone, and using that hearsay to explain why so-and-so could only film a few 5050s and cool ollies for a part. We’re sensitive about our old favorites, mostly because we forget that skaters, like other humans, get burnt out and can’t do the same things in their thirties.

While assuaging the decline of the old guard through the skateboard-internet gossip machine, it has been easy for us, as world-revolves-around-us Americans, to forget about the Euros. Even with Lucas Puig’s American approval rating through the roof, we take for granted that there is an entire European class of older low impact legends still killing it — with little need for excuses or a fan-made script to their “soon-to-be exit.” But we also forget that Rodrigo TX is sorta the best skater alive because he’s not American, so we’re generally just assholes.

Below are the four guys who you could make the best case for as the European Mount Rushmore (oxy moron, obvs) of low impact skateboarding. They’re doing a hell of a lot better than some of the guys we’re on message boards making up stories for. American #nineties affiliations are mandatory for consideration and are most evident through the great L.A. County video.

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Forgotten Skate Videos: L.A. County (2000)

During last month’s trip to Los Angeles, the few moments not spent arguing with cab drivers were used to debate topics relevant to any 60% beer / 40% skateboarding getaway. A discussion of forgotten L.A. skate videos came up (hence the LaLa Land inclusion in our Out of Office reply), causing us to remember Listen, Land Pirates, A New Horizon and L.A. County, the best of the bunch.

L.A. County was released during a transition from the classic white tee and chino schoolyard videos (see: World, Girl) to Phase One of the “everyone is good” era that began in issues of Logic, and peaked with In Bloom and Street Cinema. This shift would have been a lot smoother if The Storm never came out, and dudes didn’t spend three years thinking they had to nollie heelflip out of everything.

To the distant observer, the L.A. in this video had an actual *street* skating scene. USC was still around, they skated random shit on sidewalks (something that has been regaining popularity in recent history), and got enough time at the D.W.P. benches to make it look like a plaza spot — not a “let’s hope we get more than two minutes to skate here” Hail Mary mission. With blockbuster skate videos still around the corner, southern California-based projects had yet to resemble six-month highlight reels from the same five handrail spots.

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W.T.T.B: Watch the Tompkins Bench

“New York is a hellhole, and you know how I feel about hellholes.” — Homer Simpson

Frozen in Carbonite on hypothetical “Song of the Summer” / “Video Part of the Summer” combinations. Surprisingly, that Katy Perry song hasn’t received much burn in New York. Or we’re just not hitting da club enough. Kelly’s getting the month early S.O.T.S. vote, but slow jams might actually be disqualified from that category altogether. (We cannot vote for anything involving Rick Ross or Drake.)

New part from Javier Sarmiento and Jesus Fernandez. It may not be up there with this certified masterpiece (described by Charles Lamb as a guide to all the right tricks to do in street skateboarding), but any new footage from that duo is always welcome.

The Japan-based Lafayette crew visited New York a while back and put together these two clips. Cameos from Rob Campbell, Joseph Delgado, and Akira, wearing a neon-tinged contender for skate outfit of the year.

An interview with the infamous Shaggy. Be sure to pick up issue #8 of Handjob Sk8 Zine next time you cruise by Union. He’ll be there.

They’re building an amazing new plaza on Roosevelt Island. Fantasize now, cry when it opens. Just like the Seaport.

After the Snackman logo was snubbed in Complex‘s list of the 50 greatest skate logos, it was a pleasure to see the homies at Transworld sporting our renown emblem in their latest “Back Cover Breakdown” video.

Loose Trucks Max footage, intoxicated quarterpipe-to-fire sessions, standout tracks from Juicy J’s Rubberband Business 2 (Mixtape of the Summer?), and anything else you may need to get psyched for the last month of summer:

Spot Updates: 1 – The St. John’s Hospital Banks on Queens Boulevard have been blocked off for construction (thanks to Tracy for the tip.) 2 – They decided that the Grace Ledge was too good of a skate spot, so they threw it back under construction. 3 – A spot that many little kids held dear to their hearts, the Water Street “S” Gap, has been torn down. Taji is reportedly putting together a 20-minute retrospective for VBS. Fifteen years later, Huf’s ollie up 360 flip in the Mixtape credits is still the best trick to go down on it.

Quote of the Week:I was at Ruth’s Chris in Midtown, and some lady got into an argument with them because she couldn’t put an $80 steak on her EBT card.” — Spring Street’s Second-in-Command, Fat Billy

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