Today, we’re honored to present John Gardner’s part to you. It’s no secret that we are huge fans of everything John does — and have gone into depth about how his contiguously fun brand of skateboarding is best left defined as “some John Gardner shit,” rather than trying to put the Lego-like concoctions he creates and the tricks he strings together on them into clunky words. His latest is no different. Marone, indeed.
📷 Photo by Joel Meinholz
“I hate to lean on this clichéd-ass targeted-ad-ass assertion, but skateboarding is a global support system.” Zach Baker wrote a trip article about an Alltimers trip to Medellín for Thrasher. The video + Joel Meinholz’s photography from it are all included 🇨🇴 Somebody bring Tom Knox to that first plaza.
Known goat, Jawn Gardner, empties and shreds an abandoned pool in Bridgewater, NJ that was built during the Eisenhower administration, and skated as far back as the mid-80s — while giving us a nice history lesson in the process 🐐
The best skaters are often the ones whose skateboarding defies the rigid linguistics of trick names.
Like, are you going to say John Gardner backside 5-0’d a Philly step into a rail and then tucked into a keyhole to get out — or did a back smith on the CBS ledge, immediately changed direction so he could ollie up one short ledge, over another, onto a platform and down a surprise police barricade? Or maybe it is easier to point at the spot and say he “did some John Gardner shit.”
(“Some Max Palmer shit,” and of course, “some Daewon shit” are other common ones at the QS office.)
John is one of those skaters doing what cannot easily be explained, and him being a Bob Burnquist fan makes perfect sense.
Photo by Greg Navarro
It is impossible to overstate what a joy it is to watch John Gardner’s “Shoutout Earth” raw files. From the close calls, to the spot selection, to his general ability to use his superpowers to do the type of shit that only Jawn Gardner could do — raw files get dropped out of a literal waterfall these days, but this one is a special watch ❤️ (John’s QS interview from 2017 is still a favorite.)
Andrew Reynolds spoke to Village Psychic about the politics of having a signature trick.
Via Pat Stiener
Wait, so Ben Chadourne was Skater of the Year all along? Knew it! Sorry, Keith (and Mark.)
They began demolition on the East River Park Amphitheater last week :( Alligator Ledge is blocked off, but you know, it’s Alligator Ledge 🐊
Something …not good seems to be afoot at Blue Park.
A wild ender on Pyramid Ledges, Tribeca street crossing lines, and newfound FedEx choreography in Jasper Stieve’s incredible new “Visitors” part for Picture Show. Thought it was gonna be the Dua Lipa version of that song for half a sec 😝