The Events That Defined New York City Skateboarding in 2012: 25-21

The first installment of our yearly wrap-up series.

25. New York: Home of the Worst D.I.Y. Spot Ever Made

The New York D.I.Y. scene kicked off roughly ten years ago with the Greenpoint Volcano and has been growing ever since. Bondo barricades and Quikrete creations are sprouting up everywhere; the Swedish engineering at the B.Q.E. Lot and the Jersey City foundation stand as shining examples of more elaborate pursuits. However, the spot depicted above is perhaps the first obstacle (skater-made or not) to be so bad that even New York skateboarders, a group that absolutely *adores* shit spots, would disqualify as one. Most alarmingly, this appears to be part of a larger trend of horrendous and unnecessary concrete work in the city.

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#EVERYBODYSKATES: Celebrities on Skateboards Power Rankings

I Do This #kickflip #TRAPGOD 10/17/2012

No one is sure how the #EVERYBODYSKATES movement started. The most common theory is that a young publicist observed just how “cool” skateboarding was making Lil’ Wayne look, and began recommending the “hobby” to one of his unfortunate clients. From there, it spread like wildfire, with nobody stopping to consider that it actually made all of these impressionable young rich bored celebrities look awful. (Imagine if a 30-year-old Wayne got into basketball instead of skating — his videos at skateparks would be the equivalent of watching him go 1-for-10 on lay-ups for two minutes. But somehow, if you’re a celebrity, being bad at skateboarding is still videoworthy.) As long as #EVERYBODYSKATES remains trending, we will be issuing reports on how well various celebz are pulling off their newfound love for skateboarding. Below is the fall edition.

1. Gucci Mane

They say that “hindsight is 20/20,” and as we come to terms with the terrible Gucci Mane for Rick Ross and 2 Chainz trade, a series of apologetic gestures to Radric Davis seem appropriate. The first should be taking his word that this “kickflip” in his barren kitchen was landed. (What’s with these fat, drug-cooking rappers having such empty kitchens?) Gucci’s entrance into skating would put him in the ranks of other beloved heavyset skateboarders like Fred Gall and Jabari Pendleton, and possibly pique the interest of fellow wild-face-tattoo-having personality, Antwuan Dixon, into sharing a comeback part.

It would also appear that LRG is his first sponsor. Rodrigo TX, Chico Brenes and Gucci Mane on the same team? Sounds great.

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Nothing Like It

Raw & uncut. Beanie Sigel at the L.E.S. / Manhattan Bridge Skatepark. Photo by Black Dave.

FYI: Supreme has Snackman cruisers and Lamborghinis (designed by Pryce Holmes and Will Carpio) available for $50 + tax. Available online soon eventually.

Another FYI: Get your entries in for our stupid line contest by the end of the week (due by the end of the day, Friday), and win a Girl/Indy/Spitfire complete, Nikes, Oakleys and 4-Star gear. The stupider, the better.

Here’s a standalone YouTube link to the Bronze / Flipmode section from TWOMANJI in all its 360p glory. In our initial post, we neglected to commend TWOMANJI on its usage of two classic Styles P songs (“Holiday” and “Nobody Believes Me“), so lets take some time out to do that now.

The Chrome Ball Incident interviewed Jeff Pang about being a New York-based pro skater in the 80s and early-90s. “I think in Harold’s mind he thought that the letter was somehow delivered to it’s destination through a wormhole, not knowing that a postman comes by every day to pick up the mail and brings it to the post office.”

Anyone looking for a job? There’s a chill opening in Midtown.

Animal NY did an interview with “two dudes who skated from Boston to New York.”

Here’s a throwaway reel from the crew behind the “Gravity Hammers” from several weeks ago. Been saying this forever, but skateboarders really like Big L.

After getting sidetracked on Twitter about the ten-year anniversary of Lord Willin’ and how there are barely any decent Clipse songs in skate videos, this Dan Murphy part from YOUGOTTAGETTHAT edited to “Popular Demand” (the only great song from the last Clipse album) came to mind. There’s also this 2006 SevenFiveSeven.org clip edited to a “Mr. Me Too” and Outkast “Chonkyfire” blend.

Lil’ Wayne says he doesn’t like New York (Whew. No TrukFit demos at the L.E.S. park!), and a New York senator demands that he apologize. This is what New York politicians worry about nowadays — apologies from Lil’ Wayne and banning big sodas.

Check out T-Bird’s music video cameo debut. Add this to the list of Mooney and Ty in an Ashlee Simpson video, Tierney, B.D. and Mooney in a N.E.R.D. video, and Weiss in a Timberlake video. We big in the music video extras world.

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R.I.P. Neil Armstrong

God Forgives, The T.F. Don’t

Called it. Remember that “joke” post about $1,000 griptape last month? Guessing what’s next isn’t a tough call. P.S. Our trend forecasting and consultation services are available for a hefty retainer fee.

The Bronze 56K DVD (which includes the other three Flipmode videos) is now available at DQM for those who are afraid the government watches their every move, and are hesitant to enter financial information online. The DVD is not the extensive box set we had envisioned for New York’s greatest skate video franchise, but even as a bare bones release, it is a must-own. Hopefully, sometime before the DVD completely dies off, we’ll have a 6-disc Criterion Collection release with director’s commentaries, “Where are they now?” featurettes for Why Man Why and Billy Lynch, Flipmode 3, I Woke Up Dead, and the believed-to-be-lost first video all included.

If you’re over 21, have an internet connection, and ride a skateboard, there’s a 98% you’ll see any Gino-related thing within 12 hours of it going online. If not, watch his DQM welcome video. Wow on the music supervision.

Vice has a cool retrospective on early-nineties skate ‘zines.

Quim Cardona gives you a tour of the oft-neglected Newark, NJ skate scene. (“Daytime’s the shit out here in the bricks, boy. I love it. But when nighttime come…”)

This “Lil’ Wayne is into skateboarding” thing doesn’t look like it’s ending anytime soon. Hey Wayne, unless you’re Mike Carroll filming for Fully Flared or something, 30 isn’t the best time to begin focussing on skateboarding. Stick to what you’re good at what you used to be good at. (Also: Will the grand opening of the skatepark Wayne is building in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward look anything like the “Pop That” video?)

Here’s some extra crisp-looking footage from New York and Philly via the crew that brought you the video named Video.

Josh Kalis talks about how pills suck and other things.

New Krispy Du-Rag clip to keep them waves tight. Features Luis Tolentino skating the Maloof Park like it’s a street spot.

A few weeks ago, it was skateboarding in Uganda. This week, here are some photos of the skate scene in Afghanistan. Skateboarding is super chill.

A pre-trip video interview with our two friends who are skateboarding from Boston to New York right now. (Follow via @backstreetatlas on Instagram & Twitter.)

Nevermind, a video by Paul Young featuring yet another Jersey Dave part, is premiering later this month. Flyer here, teaser for the video here.

Quote of the Week: “Hamburger featuring cheese.” — Black Dave ordering lunch


Brooklyn is gross.

Skateboarding, Rap Videos & Suspension of Disbelief

We grew up in an era where we’d watch two guys get on a plane, get chased out of Teterboro, NJ by a of fleet of Mercedes Benzes, only to crash land in Lybia after Wyclef (their pilot) jumps out of the plane (NOTE: They take the WESTERN route to Libya from New Jersey…), but are then rescued by a bunch of rap-loving Arabs in Hummers, and brought to a party where they save J. Lo from being poisoned by their pilot (again, their pilot is Wyclef), and get showered with gold coins as a reward, which they ignore because they’re too busy dancing in white linen suits.

Everyone who saw that in 1997 thought, “I guess…it COULD happen.” Master P rolling onto a basketball court in a gold tank? “Sure…maybe, right?” Lil’ Scrappy’s Training Day remake? That probably happened somewhere. We’ll buy the plot of the “Been Around the World” video six times over before buying the shit Lil’ Wayne is selling in the “Pop That” video. Below are the five most egregious departures from reality in French Montana’s latest Ciroc commercial and/or music video featuring Wayne, some fat guy, and a Canadian child star who smokes a hookah.

1. Nobody has ever kickflipped into a pool at a party filled with hot Spanish girls shooting water guns, and not received a “This whiteboy crazy” reaction. Like, these broads are seriously cheering this dude on. Only white girls would do that shit. If that.

2. There has never been a party that contained at least one skateboard, where the guy:girl ratio was 5:900 like it is in this video. As soon as someone brings a skateboard to a party, the ratio becomes 8:1 at the very best. Dudes would start talking about draining the pool or something…

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