Is It #Racist to Insinuate a ‘Ray Barbee Vibe’ About Ishod’s New Thrasher Cover? – A Special Report


Mainstream news outlets have been making colossal “all black people look the same” blunders as of late, and it seems that oversensitivity to such mistakes has permeated into the skateboard media. #Racial controversy has made it to the pages of this website before, when those unacquainted with the mechanics of describing a spot as “white” were offended by the Bubble Banks being crowned “the whitest skate spot in New York.”

Upon commending Ishod Wair’s new Thrasher cover yesterday, we extended the compliment by drawing a comparison to likely the coolest skateboarder to ever live and greatest practitioner of the maneuver Ishod is doing. Of course, he is black, thus drawing the ire of those unwilling to spot similarities beyond color. But really, who else are we supposed to bring up when discussing great no complys? Some white dude in brown chinos and slip-ons who dates a girl in a band? That’s actually offensive. That hypothetical dude is white and lame (“It’s a fucking law of nature“), and cannot be utilized in complimenting a stylish black guy.



To illustrate that there are in fact similarities between these practitioners of the no comply beyond skin tone, we went into Frozen in Carbonite mode and constructed a venn diagram. Stop trying to squeeze controversy out of every sentence, guys!

Ishod venn diagram

On a lighter note, this is up there with Nate Jones’ Real to Reel section as one of the best “feel good” video parts ever. Watch it five times.

“I just wish I wore exactly what Ray Barbee wore in the Public Domain video every day. In fact, I should have just dressed like Ray full stop, he looked so sick. Ray should definitely have been on Transworld‘s most influential skaters of all time list, not me.” — Jason Dill

So Cold as Siberiaaaaa-a-a

qs riri wall boards

The #1 and #2 most relevant wall boards of all-time. Photo by Pad Dowd.

“What’s the whitest trick in skateboarding?” “Snowboarding.”

Domestics Clothing is now being distributed in the U.K. by the crew at Wayward Gallery. They have a new promo out featuring Torey Goodall, Fred Gall, Quim Cardona and others. T has a sick 180 switch crook ender in some Light Ass Denim™, so you know he’s getting money. (See also: Ishod in Chronicles 2.)

Billy Rohan on Harold Hunter’s Mixtape part. “At least I went pro, you only went flow.”

It seems like the next generation of skate videos is going to be pretty Tumblr, huh?

Speaking of Tumblr: some (photographic) highlights from Olson’s Thrasher interview.

Another five-minute round of leftovers from the Spam video.

No complys are officially trending in New Jersey.

Honestly, the the image of Three Up Three Down and the idea of girls jogging past it in 70-degree weather is the only thing keeping the Quartersnacks office going right now. Until then, here’s video blog #205 from Johnny Wilson and friends.

Kingpin magazine has given in to the #listicle-ized / ad dollar maximizing direction of the internet, and offered a list that is relevant to the interests of this website: The Top Ten Euro Tech Parts. Though we’re partial to Enrique Lorenzo’s L.A. County part as his best offering (#musicsupervision, among other things), the list notably points us in the direction of his under-appreciated Logic part.

Another new Bolts 4-5-6 clip with Chris Lingat.

The Berrics spent last week putting out New York-related content, which will all be of varying interest to you.

How appropriate is it that Brian Wenning’s Lockdown Skateboards is the only enterprise still releasing footage from Staten Island’s ABC ledges? Also, did they get sandblasted or something? They look newer than they did in 2003.

The PFP3 video is premiering at the 2nd Nature Skatepark on Saturday. Promo here.

Non skate-related link alert! If you’re one of those people that complains about rap and uses annoying phrases like “the state of hip-hop,” NPR (yeah, seriously…) recently released two interviews — one with Bun B and the other with Starlito and Don Trip — that are more interesting than any conception of an “interview with a rapper” has the right to be (i.e. they go far beyond typical rapper interview “get this money”-isms.) Listen to them and shut up. Thanks.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Carmelo’s 62. Please, everybody, don’t let this fool you into thinking this team is elevating anywhere beyond a first-round playoff out (with a losing record) this year, or any other year as long as Dolan owns them.

Quote of the Week (cannot remember who this interaction was between, sorry.)
“I met your ex’s new man the other night.”
“Yeah, he has a great backside tailslide.”

Having a tough time figuring out what stance Bieber is