Deep Dive — Mason Silva on Jake Johnson Spots

Skateboarding — like anything else that has been around long enough to earn a mythology — is full of references, nods, winks and homages. In an effort to shine a light on some of these bits of lore that are often left unknown to anybody outside a skater’s inner-circle or saved for a career-spanning interview, Farran Golding began digging on some talking points that piqued his interest.

The first arrived almost serendipitously, as an aside to his convo with Mason Silva for our “Five Favorite Parts” segment, which took place two months after Mason rode his multi-part year into a S.O.T.Y. trophy — apparently with Jake Johnson Mind Field spots on the brain.

The goal of these pieces will be not so much as a commentary track or a raw files, but an expanded version of what otherwise often only appears onscreen for a few seconds.

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Switch Bone Tail

Photo via DREWWWWWW

Destroyed skater jeans. Pre-order now. $1,290. And here we were fretting about having raised the price of QS tees by $2 ☺️

“Forced into the wilderness for years first by cords, then by Dickies, Carharts and assorted chinos, jeans now are the stuff of kingdom-making and eternal glory.” And on that very same note, Boil the Oceans offers some analysis on how jeans have climbed to become the north star of the skateboard industry.

Leo Heinert + crew blitzed Black Hubba and threw a big contest on it a week ago. Flipping into a crook on that thing is nuts.

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Five Favorite Parts With Mason Silva

Interview by Farran Golding
Collage by Requiem For A Screen
Original Photography by Gabe Morford & Mason Silva

Some people’s influences are tucked in their jacket pockets (thinking of Gino’s mini ramp-heavy “Five Favorite Parts” outing), while others wear their influences on their sleeves. The lineage of 2020’s S.O.T.Y. is traceable through the generations that came before him, but it is especially endearing to hear him talk through it so direct — right down to the longstanding spot aspirations spouting from this series’ most-oft-discussed part ;)

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The Best Skate Videos & Parts of 2020 — QS Readers Poll Results

Illustration by Cosme Studio
Ballot Tally Assist by 4Ply Magazine

One of the biggest cliches is discussing just *how much* skate content there is. Everything is available at once, and keeping track of it for one viewing — let alone multiple — is hard.

Last year’s decade poll aimed at a snapshot of skateboarding in a ten-year span, as it grew exponentially into the content waterfall it is today. It was very fun to do, but perhaps easier in that with ten years to reflect on, it was apparent what loomed large over tricks, styles and trends. We brought it back for a single year to try and form a canon at a time when so much of the conversation is geared around things moving too fast for a consensus.

Yes, you’ll notice an inherent recency bias here, and year-end content is obviously an imperfect art — the poll closed on December 4, which is before John’s Vid and Third Shift came out online, two projects that definitely would’ve ranked if eligible. (Honestly, John’s Vid might’ve ended up being #1 or #2 given the readership of this website.)

So here it is. No commentary for the full-lengths this round. Full-length skate videos capture a zeitgeist, and sometimes, it takes a while for those effects to truly make themselves known.

Shout out to all the writer friends from the internet who helped with write-ups, and extra major shout out to the team at 4Ply Magazine for the help on tallying the ballots.

And if you’re joining us, this ranking was voted on by QS readers during the first week of December, with voting ending on the 4th.

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