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The Quartersnacks webstore is now open with fall gear. Support your local skate site. Also Available from Supreme New York & LA, Labor, Seasons, Exit, Black Sheep and NJ Skateshop. Available from Commissary and Humidity later this week. Available from Lost Art later this week for Euro web orders. Available from Argument Skateshop for Japanese web orders. More shops soon.

Kevin is the best.

Slicky Boy featuring Black Dave – “Within the L.E.S.” He loves where he’s from. “If it was ’97, Slicky Boy would probably have records on the indie wall at Fat Beats.”

An *official*, Theories-sanctioned upload of one of 2014’s best parts: Aaron Herrington is Static IV. Buy the video on DVD if you have yet to do so here.

Ride Channel’s best series is back: Skate London with Nick Jensen.

Speaking of London, Southbank has been saved. The space is being preserved for use of skateboarders and “urban arts.” Between this and legalization at the Santa Monica Courthouse, 2014 saw big steps towards rational solutions for keeping skateboarders in the public spaces they spend more time in than any other occupants. Attn cities: The “Skateboarders = skateparks” way of thinking isn’t cutting it anymore.

Cons’ Lockwood bench in Williamsburg is bound to be the most #trending spot on the fall i.e. you’ve already seen it 500x too many on the ‘Gram.

There’s a new, ten-minute video from the Beerics crew. (Spam was their last one.)

It might be the worst basketball court in the world, but it looks like a fun skate spot.

Don’t you see the ‘No Skateboarding’ sign?”

The Top Five Crailtap Top Fives. Also, What did Chief Keef ever do to the SMLTalk staff? He wrote the most important song of our time, guys.

Between all the now-indistinguishable tail-flip combos to go down on the 111th and 7th ledge, a hurricane grind was a nice change of pace for the spot.

If the Endless Bummer video left you needing another PWBC dose, they dropped this bro cam clip last week.

Norway seems like a good time.

Condolences to all poverty-line skateboarders. PBR is getting sold to the Russians.

Quote of the Week: “I hope all of us get laid tonight, deadass.” — The Homie Patrick A.K.A. Sketch Sketch

Don’t tell ’em.

An Interview With Eirik Traavik, Editor of Dank Magazine

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We spoke with Eirik Traavik, editor-in-chief of Dank magazine, an awesome bi-annual mag based out of Oslo, Norway. Dank is one of the most all-around unique skate publications we have come across — it’s closer to something you would see on the rack at McNally Jackson for $25 than a crumpled up Thrasher at your local shop. Eirik talks about the idea of a “grown up” skate magazine, independently running a print operation in the iPhone and Hella Clips era, and the future of mags in general.

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What is the skate scene in Norway like? What mags do you guys read up there?

The skate scene in Norway is small and relatively fragmented. You have multiple cliques in every city, and smaller scenes in the countryside. Parks are popping up everywhere, so it seems like more and more kids are getting into skating. You can only skate street for about six months a year, so Norwegian skateboarding has traditionally been presented in parts of mags also devoted to snowboarding and/or surfing. When it comes to print, people are generally into Thrasher and The Skateboard Mag. You’ll occasionally see copies of Transworld. Print seems to be losing ground a bit, I guess most kids are more into instant gratification through Hella Clips and Skatevideosite.

Most countries in Europe have their own mags. I think the geographically closest influential magazine is Fluff from Holland. Scandinavia doesn’t have many interesting print publications. I usually pay attention to Grey, Anzeige, Kingpin and Soma.

A lot of print publications are folding or becoming online only. The magazines that do remain have big websites to back them up. You guys are four issues into Dank and don’t have much of an internet presence. What made you want to start a magazine when all signs seem pointed against printed skate mags?

The decision was based on nostalgia and personal preference when it comes to presentation of skateboarding, especially photography. We’ve all grown up with physical formats, and would hate to see good mags disappear completely. Dank is an argument in favor of slowing the pace down a bit. I can only speak for myself, but I feel completely numbed by the constant online flow of footage, ads, photos and montages. It doesn’t sink in. I think print offers an opportunity to really let photos and interviews sink in. Whenever I’m on Slap and come across something interesting, I’ll usually be looking at it with at least five other tabs open. Dank doesn’t have a big internet presence, true, but it is a product of the internet. It’s a printed mag that takes the consequences of the proliferation of quicker media outlets into consideration. We don’t run stories that are shorter than four pages, we come out only twice a year, and the materials are chosen to make the mag feel more like a book.

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