Guardian Angels — An Interview With John Petras

Intro & Interview by Adam Abada
Photos by Bradley Culebro & John Petras

At their best, skate videos use their subjects – namely, the skaters and the spots they skate – to blend the narratives of place and character into a cohesive whole. When this happens, you get a special product that recalls the intangible things we love about skating. John Petras‘ new Pittsburgh video, Celine, does just that.

In the height differential of a high-to-low ledge on a crusty Pittsburgh hill, I can sense the city-wide spot survey that led to this one’s constant reuse. In the high-contrast, black-and-orange-lit night footage at the Museum of Natural History, I can nearly see the frayed edges of a Toyota Yaris’ cloth seats and smell the stale spliff smoke from the half-day commute on I-80. The interim vignettes – gentle hugging of friends in quiet moments and the repeated handing off of a flower – drew me into the skaters’ world in unexpected ways. John Petras seems to have pulled off the difficult trick of imbuing Celine with a personal voice and a representative view of a city.

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In The Crib Watching Larry King Live

A late night pandemic savior. Photo by Zach Baker.

Though it’s far from the most #trending skate spot these days, a plan for the renovation and expansion of Union Square was unveiled last week. Just give us a couple République-style planters in the back, don’t kick us out of them, and the city can keep the next two skateparks they were gonna build. Thanks!

Good vibes in this one: “Vlog #1” via Josh Paynter, featuring all winter footy around the city. Footage can never do justice to that backside noseblunt at the L.I.C. D.I.Y. — that one was wild. Bed frame and subway clips are a hoot too :)

We’re living in a high-flying golden age of Instagram compilations on YouTube: Brandon Scott A.K.A. NevaSkimp, Sage Elsesser + Kevin Bilyeu, all just this past week.

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QS x Savage x Fenty

Sign + share the petition to keep synthetic turf off the Tompkins flat.

Not a ton of New York news this past week…

4 Cities, 100 Nuggets” is a mini video featuring some Canadian dudes (…I think?) doing a two-week road trip through North Carolina, Philly, New York, and Boston. That back noseblunt bigspin at Baldi really came out of left field + good to see people coming up victorious over the speed bumps at the recently-knobbed plaza on 110th and 8th (which is sure to be utilized by absolutely nobody now, considering it’s in the middle of the street, with no shade, and across from a 840-acre park full of trees…)

Thoroughly enjoyed this… a lot: Kris Brown in the Philadelphia-based, A Regular Ass Video by DJ Traceman.

“It’s not a boot-camp for the Olympics.” “No, it’s a boot-camp for life.” Given the stature of its alumni, you likely know of its existence, but you probably don’t know much about the skateboarding high school in Mälmo, Sweden. Skateism has a full interview about Bryggeriet, and how’s its not exactly what you would expect.

Brian Delaney and a few others skate some Boston classics in a collab clip between Grand and Orchard Skate Shop. (Is that the first time somebody has backside 360 kickflipped a trashcan on flat?)

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Signed to the T.F.

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Yaje Popson surfing at Battery Park — Photo by Andrew James Peters

Ishod Wair continues to makes amends with skateboard fans everywhere for not filming more lines in his Real part. His new Four Star part is practically all Philly lines for four straight minutes. And to think he still has another part due out this year.

Washington Heights is about to be home to the largest skatepark in New York. If you have an Instagram account, you’ve likely seen photos of it via friends who have snuck in. Oh, and the Daily News article about it is without question worse than the most cringe-inducing thing the Times has written about skateboarding over the years. “The park, which will be ready by the fall…to give local sk8terboys something to do beyond annoying their neighbors.” Fuck off. (Yes, a hundred-year-old newspaper printed the word “sk8terboys.”)

Derm (who is responsible for one of the better NY/NJ parts of the year) spent the summer in Portland and came back with this mini part for Politic.

The Fancy Lad crew just shattered the record for most insane spot selection in a “Summer Trip to New York” montage with their latest clip. Even Daewon might turn down the opportunity to skate a bunch of cardboard boxes wrapped in twine…

Want more summertime montage entertainment? The French Converse team takes a trip to New York.

Forrest Edwards furthers his role as a skateboarding’s greatest troll by spewing comedic gold in the latest Weekend Buzz episode. Part 1, part 2.

Billy Rohan’s fifth installment of bro cam insanity is now live. Video nerds everywhere will be pleased to know that the next volume will be available both in HD *and* SD.

More fast skateboarding at cool-looking spots by way of Pittsburgh.

Though it’s tough to imagine it ever making beyond the internet speculation mill, Ripped Laces imagines just exactly what a Jordan Brand line of skates shoes would look like. Watermelons been on that wave.

Only had a chance to skim through the Banquet mini video, but it has fourteen minutes of New York skating, Ron Artest does the intro, and someone skates to the outro from what is secretly the best Jay-Z album.

A New York/Washington D.C. montage borrowed the namesake from one of Gucci’s first mixtapes and even incorporated one of its songs.

Florida: Still crap.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: One of inevitably many Derrick Rose plays.

Quote of the Week: “If you’re from San Diego and not on Sk8Mafia, you’re an asshole.” — Riza

Guys, any remnants of summer are totally fleeting.

25 & Boomin’

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Max Palmer A.K.A. Loose Trucks Max — Bar Ollie via The Local Weather

The no comply into slide game is getting mad real, huh?

Chief Keith, one of the QS office’s favorite skateboarders, now rides for Hopps.

Quim Cardona reveals that he was originally supposed to play Telly in Kids, and then skates around Brooklyn and Manhattan in this “Asphalt NYC” clip.

Gino, Kenny, Koston, Stefan and Zered doing skateboard tricks in New York for fifty-four seconds. Gino even pushes in it!

The Alex Olson picnic table .GIF round-up.

Two of these things are skateable. Get on it, IBM.

Take a trip back to New Jersey and Philadelphia in 2005-2008, and realize just how long Brian Wenning’s impact on fashion in the region hung around for.

Some of the sickest-looking skateboarding continues to come out of Pittsburgh.

Is house music in bro cam clips featuring mostly skaters who are 25+ going to turn into a “thing?” and the new Diamond Days clip might technically be more #street than the one that was supposed to be their return to the streets, provided we are still treating Fat Kid Spot as a #street spot.

Snack Skateboards (no affiliation obvs) comes through with one of the better “Summer Trip to NYC” web clips to come out this year.

Boil the Ocean makes the case for the frontside noseslide being the most “picture-esque” of slide tricks, via a recent example by Brian Clarke. Though not a slide, we’re partial to the frontside noseslide’s cousin, the backside 180 nosegrind.

Kukunochi Corp. has some scans of a Swedish magazine article about Polar’s 2012 trip to New York. Lots of cool photos, though no English translation.

Sigh: Part Two.

QS Sports Desk Headline of the Week: Iman Thug shaved his flattop off. End of an era. (Does anyone else have a horrible feeling that Dolan is going to force some moronic trade that involves Iman this season?)

[Anonymous] Quote of the Week:
“Yo ____, can I borrow $5?”
“I’m an illegal immigrant with no job. I’m the last person in this car you should be asking for money.”

Thanks to everyone who linked up the Brad Cromer remix. Have a good week.