The Road Changes A Man

Jahmal Williams by Pep Kim for issue #21 of Vague Skate Mag. The Jahmal cover article isn’t online, but the issue is on sale now.

ICYMI: A Flushing grate N.B.D. that’s been speculated for years on end, a Lego piece between the two rails at the Williamsburg Bridge monument, and a wild one at Grant’s Tomb in Frankie Spears’ all-New York outing of X-Games Real Street.

From flatbars in the driveway to bringing the town its first skate shop: Jake Johnson is opening up IQ Skateshop in his hometown of State College, Pennsylvania ♥

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Short Ends

Rest In Peace Brendan Leddy. Some of you might remember Brendan as having the first part in the Long Island video, Short Ends, which premiered alongside Static 3 in 2007, and also featured the first-ever parts from Jake Johnson and Luke Malaney. Brendan would go on to join the Air Force and he became an engineer after serving. He will be buried with a Silver Star. Tell your friends you love them ❤️

From summer trips to Hudson Valley swimming holes to building igloos at Tompkins, Kei Tsuruta’s “Donut Pub Mix” video is a 14-minute iPhone edit that features a lot of what was going on the periphery of them filming for Homies 2.

Not much info on this one, but “Last Straw” is a really sick New York winter edit that ramps up an octave in the last minute or so. That Euro gap to uphill landing kickflip is *wild*.

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Sea Change

Photo by Marcel Veldman

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 ♥

The Black List is a continually updated list of active black-owned skateboard companies, and links on how to support each one, curated by Patrick Kigongo (ColonelKSpeaks for all the Twitter people.) The Mostly Skateboarding dudes got Kigongo on their podcast this week, and Anthony Pappalardo the Writer also got some words from him on the origins of the project.

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Let Your People Wear Your T-Shirts

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Photo via Baptiste

Our webstore has relaunched with new summer items. New tees, Snackman tanks, a tote bag for your girl, and a Golden State Warriors colorway of the basketball shorts if you missed them on the first go-around. The guys at Alltimers also have some chill new hats available in their shop today.

Bronze + Palace drops Friday :)

Alex Olson from Bianca Chandon doing a cool regular stance three hundred and sixty degree kickflip where his body doesn’t turn and Ishod Wair from New Jersey doing a cool switch stance three hundred and sixty degree kickflip where his body does turn.

Welcome Leeds interviewed Jordan Trahan, another prolific 360 flipper.

The Mostly Skate pod has a tale about Lenny Kirk’s dumpster fall from Memory Screen and his subsequent discovery of religion. “Thank God he never killed anybody.”

Marty Murawski remains in the lead for 2015’s “Noseslider of the Year” award, though Hjalte allegedly has a new part on the way, so all of that may change soon…

Vice has a mini doc feature about the boom of skateboard-based travel in China. How ironic is it that a communist country is the most popular place for skate companies to travel and get footage worry-free? (Also related.)

Everyone talks about the frontside flips and hardflips, but SMLTalk opted to break down Mike Carroll’s five best backside smith grinds. The one down the rail in Pretty Sweet might be one of the most memorable tricks in that entire video, along with the last Cory Kennedy line and Milan grate back 180 nosegrind shuv.

How skateboard distribution companies operate.

Puerto Rico is still trending in June.

Boil the Ocean on skate companies’ indifference to tenured riders leaving for more fruitful sponsorship opportunities. Skate companies are sort of like the Knicks.

Here’s a compilation of all (most?) of the tricks done down the Love Gap, though when people are doing shit like this on Hollywood High, quantifying ABDs may be useless.

Diamond Days #81.

Soft Apples Volume 2,” a quick all-New York mini video.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Iman Thug and J.R. Smith are in the NBA Finals. #L #O #L @ the New York Knicks’ poor ass life. Forgot who said it, but “Hoping for a Knicks decision to go well is like hoping that the sun won’t set that day.” Here’s a 2011-2012 reel of J.R. and Iman’s best plays to “Hard in the Paint.”

Quote of the Week:

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Listen to ‘Lito. One of the few rappers who feels like a real human. No offense to the rappers who don’t feel like real humans, you guys are cool too. Just need a break sometimes. Also, wtf is it with rappers and that Route 94 song?

The Einstein of Swishy Pants

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The Quartersnacks web store is now open. If you are in Japan, Argument Skateshop sells the stuff online, which could save you quite a bit on shipping. Also available from Black Sheep, Commissary, Exit, Homebase, Labor, NJ, Orchard, Seasons, Supreme N.Y. + L.A. & Uprise. Support your local skate site :)

TWS put Zered’s Outliers part online, in addition to an accompanying interview.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Peter Smolik * But Were Afraid to Ask.” Can’t say a proper skate part from this year has been able to incite as much joy as this interview with Smolik and Brandon Turner. They talk about everything: Shorty’s, strippers, the G-Bag, the Sag-No-Drag system, the peak era of “rock star skateboarders.” Picking the overall best quote is next to impossible, but “Give me a snow camo Navigator or I ain’t gonna fuck with you” might be the frontrunner.

Eli Reed v.s. the latest incarnation of Houston Street construction. Wouldn’t be mad at a whole part of this. Really: what are New York skaters going to do for spots when there’s no more construction on Houston Street? Or is that always a stupid question because we all know Houston will always be under construction?

Village Psychic did some research on a skate deck’s relative immunity to inflation.

Yaje has been living in California for a bit now, and yes he still has all his powers.

Nieratko interviewed J. Strickland, principal mastermind behind Baker Bootleg and other things that shaped the direction of skateboarding throughout the 2000s.

Bronze in San Francisco, the photo edition, and Bronze in San Francisco, the video edition. Speaking of Bronze — they’re influential.

In light of the recent shade thrown towards the Birdman (not Brian Williams) by way of an Australian vert skater documentary, SMLTalk went and compiled the non-board flipping skate icon’s greatest achievements.

Here’s a quick Q & A with Q.S.S.O.T.D., Lucas Puig. Also found this recent-ish Ray Barbee interview on that site, though can’t get an exact post date. He’s a “cherry” fan.

There are some hot moves in this new, random Red Bull New York montage.

Mostly Skateboarding continues its podcast series. The new one’s with Donny Barley.

No idea what the new Boil the Ocean post is talking about. Give it a try?

More desaturated Dutch skateboarding in the latest POP clip. P.S. QS gear should be making its way to shops in The Netherlands this week ;)

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week [turn on the audio]:

Quote of the Week: “I just saw you skateboarding down Grand Street with a bunch of children.” — A Girl

Fetty Wap comes through with his third good song!