The old proverb goes something like, “Yeah, now well, the thing about the old days is… they the old days.”
Yet for all the handwringing that gets done about things changing and spots disappearing, there sure are a lot of remaining markers of the old days for nostalgia exercises. Take for instance “ROADRAGE,” the new edit from John Shanahan’s Pangea Jeans imprint, filmed on the same camera they probably filmed Real’s Non Fiction video on in 1996. In it, you’ll find the Battery Park three-stair that Gino nollie back heeled in The Chocolate Tour (with a Las Nueve Vidas De Paco-looking nollie backside flip floating down it.) The Greenwich Street windowsill ledges where Harold Hunter did the sweaty backside heelflip at! Tricks at the upper portion of Pyramid Ledges! The L.A. Department of Water and Power Building! The past is — at a bare minimum — thriving.
What’s a random soundbyte from a skate video that you and/or your friends have an allegiance to?
For a decent part of the QS office, it’s the “N.Y. kid!” that Mike Wright drops after backside 180ing off a ledge attached to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and into E. 51st Street from 2001’s E.S.T. 2 — immortalized here in a 16-year-old YouTube upload. I think Thando said it after landing a switch back heel down a three stair in an edit from a while back. (Pretty sure that soundbyte was in a Bronze edit too?)
Seeing John Shanahan nollie 180 that very same gap — which honestly maybe hasn’t appeared in a video for 20 years — right in front of a cop’s face sent that very same echo through the mind. That ledge, that angle, that Armani Exchange across the street… iconic.
“I realized so many stories or moments that I’ve lived don’t have photos to accompany them. I wasn’t equipped, equipment-wise or mentally, to decide, ‘This moment is a photo,’ and I need to go out of my way to get it no matter what people think.” The Slam City Skates blog has an interview with French photographer, Benjamin Deberdt, about coming to New York to shoot photos of Keenan, Huf and the Cardona brothers in the nineties. (He shot the above Huf photo.)
Added Vu Skateshop’s “Lyric” video — filmed entirely at the Lyric Monument in Baltimore — to the QS One-Spot Part Map.
Hopps x Quartersnacks items will be available on the QS webstore this Wednesday, October 6 at 11 A.M. E.S.T. Available at your local shop now ♥ Might be another something special dropping this week too ;)
It’s unreal how much footage John Shanahan gets. He’s got a new part out for Pangea Jeans. Heavy on the night footy, heavy on the midtown marble. Ender is nuts.
Love this new feature: Skate Jawn gives somebody a hundred-dollar bill and follows them around to see how they spend it. The first episode is with Ty Beall.