Skateboarding’s two most handsome socialites have put their differences aside, and are collaborating on a one-of-a-kind “Nightlife Beef” t-shirt for an eBay charity auction, referencing a dark time when tensions still ran high. Proceeds go to purchasing plane tickets and accommodations for underprivileged socialite skateboarders otherwise unable to make it to this year’s Fall Fashion Week, so they could frolic with models, test their namedropping skills at doors, possibly pick up a cocaine habit, and sell their skateboard to pay for brunch. The description reads: “Alex Olson / Dylan Rieder ‘nightlife beef’ shirt. size large. unworn.” Also worth noting is that this charity auction is being conducted by former rabies victim / condom factory worker / Battery Park Russian hat salesman turned auctioneer, Bob Sacamano (now evidently based out of Rochester.)
Unidentifiable QS member caught at a rendezvous in front of the Strip Club Ledge with a short young lady, proceeding a wild night at Westway. In other socialite gossip, Quartersnacks might have the highest volume of OK Cupid members on its roster compared to any other skate crew. Guess which three and win a date with Matt Mooney.
We’ve been away for the better half of two weeks (no Monday links last week), so some of these may not be so new to those that have spent the past two weeks on the internet…
Missing Persons is a sick little New York based video, with a jazzy retro vibe and some solid local skating. Originally only released on VHS, but now available on YouTube in full. You already know that there is nothing held in a higher regard than night footage within the Quartersnacks Book of Aesthetic Guidelines, so give it a whirl before you leave the house for a late session.
Paulgar recently dropped a seven minute digi-cam clip featuring Brian Delatorre, Ted Barrow, and others.
Steve Nash skates to the ball courts in Battery Park every morning to practice his shot. Those sound like real wheels too, not soft cruiser wheels. Can we please figure out a way for this dude to finish his career off in New York? Or better yet, a (non-Miami) team with an actual chance to win a title in the next three years? No other NBA vet deserves a ring more.
The Washington Mutual / Grand and Graham spot in Williamsburg is done for. The bank installed rails in front of the two inclines. They saved a wall in a parking lot from getting black marks on it…what a great use of money. Spotted via Hella Trill.
Transition skater mastermind, Corey Rubin half skating, half modeling tee shirts at the new bank sculpture over at Bowery Stadium.
An interview with one of Queens’ finest skateboarders, Joseph Delgado, discussing Queens nostalgia, sidewalks, and the infamous Remedy video.
Santa Cruz hopped on the oddly-shaped cruiser wave, and put out a set of Simpsons character cruiser boards. Just wait until Nexus of the Universe (Quartersnacks’ Seinfeld-themed skateboard company) releases an introductory Todd Gack pro model. Lomez, Brody, and Bob Sacamano pro models out in the fall.
“Stevie Wonder” > “Otis”
Quote of the Week: “Andy Warhol is wack, all he did was take shit and color correct it.” — E.J.
With about six hours left in 2010, here is the final set of five. Happy New Year, and thanks again to everyone who helped out spreading the word and contributing to Quartersnacks this past year. See you in 2011. #25-21, #20-16, #15-11, #10-6. So, like, what are you guys doing tonight?
5. Billy Rohan goes to Iraq
In a career that has been defined by insanity, Billy’s most absurd feat came not at a time when he was actually “crazy,” but when offered the chance to go to Iraq for the purpose of skateboarding. While there aren’t too many places that white people like Kenny Reed haven’t gone to with the intention of skateboarding, Billy one-upped the entire travel game this past summer by looking for spots in Saddam’s Palace. Leading travel consultants have since began booking tickets to Mogadishu (do planes go there?) in hopes of reviving the seemingly dead “white dude who likes to travel to places that you wouldn’t expect to find spots in but you find two or three and spend the rest of the time experimenting with exotic prostitutes” gimmick.
Quartersnacks has been an established advocate of handsome socialite skateboarders for quite some time, as evidenced by our constant coverage of Dylan Reider, and other, less prominent, but still notable personalities. We recently spent some time to conversing with the second most handsome skateboarder, who has taken up extended (but temporary) residence in the distraction capital of the world these past few years. Aside from the obvious nightlife beef issues, we discuss important details like being billed second next to his competition, dealing with distractions, and being known as “Alex Olson the skater” to people who don’t exactly skateboard.
To get the pressing question on everyone’s mind out of the way, can you please explain your nightlife beef with Dylan Reider?
That’s Bill [Strobeck] running his mouth. There was never “nightlife beef.” There was one night where we went out — I remember the night — this guy will walk up to the place and there will be three girls, that’ll definitely be like “Hey Dylan! What’s going on? How are you?” And I’ll be standing right next to him, like “Oh. What’s up.”
So why did it take him three minutes to explain it?
Because Bill doesn’t have any good stories.
He needs to talk about something, you know?
So they were probably just making shit up, like you know how in biopics they embellish everything?
Well, it’s like one of those stories where it wasn’t really a story, but if you add some stuff to it, it’ll maybe become a story.
Seeing as how you are often billed as the other, young handsome skateboarder, have you taken you taken any steps to make yourself more fabulous in light of Dylan Reider’s recent skyrocketing in popularity?
Uhh…start skating harder, I guess? Actually, no. He wins.
So you’re just outright admitting defeat?
I can’t top him, he’s too handsome and too good at skating. I’ll settle for second best.
I remember one occasion when I was with you and some other people at a bar, and some dude tried to hit on you by using your Fully Flared part as his pick-up material, is this sort of thing frequent with you?
I have definitely got hit on a couple other times, they’ll say, “You’re Alex Olson the skater, right?” I remember sitting down by myself at my friend’s restaurant, having dinner, and it was empty with plenty of seats. This guy sat down next to me and asked if he could buy me a drink. I was literally about to leave, and said “No, thanks though.” He said, “Well, you’re Alex Olson the skater, keep doing what you’re doing.” And it was real awkward and weird, because this dude definitely did not skateboard.
How do you think they know about you?
I have no idea.
Do you think there’s a cult of gay dudes who hunt down cute skaters?
No, but I’m sure that’s a “look” though. There are definitely gay dudes that are like, “What kind of guys do you like?” “Skater boys.” And I fall into that category.
Why have you been spending so much time in New York these past few years?
All my friends that I grew up with went to college out here. I actually do like skateboarding out here more than in LA. I like pushing, I don’t like driving. There are more things to do. The quality of life is better for a younger person.
Do you actually manage to get things done out here, skating-wise?
Sometimes. There is only like, one photographer, and since everyone has now switched over to using HD cameras, there is only one filmer. So it’s kind of hard to get these people to film you, or you’re just not close with them or whatever. Bill still only films on a VX. I definitely skate more when people are in town though.