Monday Links: Chauncey Billups Edition

Last week was a bit slow, as a lot of attention was given to basketball, which has been way more interesting than skateboarding in the past few weeks, especially if this is the sort of thing you have been waiting for since middle school. In further tangential bits, Dylan got robbed for best leading actor, and Chris Bosh was seriously overlooked for best supporting actor. Avatar starring Halle Berry was pretty sick too.

Quantities on tees and cruisers are fairly low at this point, so if you were planning on buying either one, now would be the time to do it. Thanks to everyone who purchased something for their support of the site.

One of the main exceptions to the recent superiority of interesting-ness that eastern basketball has taken against eastern skateboarding, is the increased visibility of Mike Maldonado and Kevin Taylor. Axion has a tour clip up that features both of them with some considerable screentime. Thrasher also has a quick Q&A section up with Maldonado and Phelps, discussing the early history of the Love gap, his ollie over the wall off the bench at the Philadelphia Federal Building in Welcome to Hell, and the key difference between east and west skateboarding: “There’s no, ‘I’m gonna warm up on this six and then go hit the twelve.’ No, you’re going straight to the twelve.” Considering this website abides by a “If you can’t ollie up it, don’t ollie down it” creed, we wouldn’t know anything about that.

Taji put together another post for the Converse blog, this time centering around the world renown Tompkins Square Park, and its rich history. “Q: So what’s the story behind your crew, the Dunions? A: It’s kind of dying out as time passes. They sort of split up between sorta-hood smoker kids and the non-hood skate rats.”

Rob started putting together Diamond Days clips again, and for those fortunate enough to afford exotic girlfriends in tropical climates, the latest installment sheds some light on the conditions everyone in New York has had to endure throughout these past three months. Winter seems like it is on the way out though.

You Will Soon published an open letter to the people of Converse Skateboarding, demanding some answers on a question we have all been asking ourselves…Why the hell is Joey Pepper still on flow for them? Put that guy on the team already, damn. They also touch a nerve with Anthony Pappalardo’s endlessly devout fanbase when they allude to his mode of Marbury-isms that we have discussed in the past as well. *Waiting for half of Long Island / Slap to promise a four-minute tour de force part in the Chocolate video…which will probably be out when Cory Kennedy is in his mid-to-late twenties.*

A quick teaser for the upcoming full-length from Alex Duke’s Wizard Skull skateboards.

Here’s the San Francisco installment from 2nd Nature’s California trip.

Howard Glover posted another installment from his Pre-2k video. This time, it’s a shared part between Rodney Torres, Mike Wright, and Quartersnacks’ favorite, Geo “TOMA!” Moya. Features plenty pairs of Osiris Peter Smolik pro shoes, in addition to footage from what was previously the biggest health hazard to New York City skateboarding, the Chinatown Shit Hubba.

Quote of the Week:What is anxiety? I think only girls get that.” — Matthew Mooney

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End of the Month / Seasonal Depression Links

This forecast is absolute murder. The ghost of winter 2010-2011 is definitely going to leave many reminders in our springtime recovery efforts, as well.

Japanese MTV ran a New York sightseeing bit on Supreme back in 1996. It’s a time warp into what skating seems to have looked like fifteen years ago: World Industries boards still up on the wall, a copy of Mouse in the video display, bulky-ass skate shoes, Triple Five Soul being down Lafayette Street (That actually lasted much longer than 1996, but unless you were trying to keep swooshy cargo pants or army green bucket hats with stash pockets alive, that probably had little bearing on your existence), and Nas in his Raekwon-envying, confused, chipped tooth era.

Assuming you’re like most people who skateboard and check Crailtap regularly, you have already seen this. In case you missed it, the latest Mini DV Drawer features the B-roll version of Mike Carroll’s masterwork of a downtown Los Angeles line from Fully Flared. I wonder what the original fakie flip inclusive rendition was, before it got switched to the switch frontside 180 / backside flip combo.

Although this website has never really been on some naïve message board nonsense by dwelling too hard (or at all) on skateboarding’s duo of most visible representatives (aside from occasionally complimenting Ryan on his New York based skate tricks)… Sheckler and Dyrdek are really fucking these kids up by endorsing something called “Bill My Parents.”

Some late-90s New Jersey footage from Robert Brink over at Already Been Done. It’s an over four-year-old upload, but it’s new to me. Features some raw Tim O’Connor and Pancho Moler footage, plus shots of the beloved Hoboken Ledges.

The Chrome Ball Crack Rock Incident presents the Hubba Hideout photo collective.

A token Norwegian has done his best in channeling one of the more difficult endeavors in Southern California schoolyard bank skating, by skating the parallel six-stair rails at the brick section of Columbia from the actual incline. Well done.

There are some new ledges in Boston, they look beveled, but the good ground would probably make up for that. Hopefully the snow covering the northeast right now thaws out by July.

Howard Glover has uploaded the Brooklyn section of his Pre-2K video onto Vimeo. Half of the four minutes is set at the best spot to ever reside on Kings County soil. Billy Rohan insists that the Parks Department stores all of the marble they remove from renovations in some warehouse, i.e. it never simply gets thrown out. We should write up a letter telling them to keep their skate parks, and just install a few skate friendly plazas throughout the city with already-skated-on marble.

They have security guards watching that stupid wall on Bowery & Houston now. Art game is intense, bro.

Quote of the Week:Tanqueray is like drinking a Christmas.” — Ben Nazario

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Fakeass Hurricane, yo!

“You’re posting DGK ads now? How does this tie in? Is this the CORPORATE TAKEOVER? Are you getting checks from Kayo?!” No, it’s just that this guy is up there with Steve Nash and John Stockton as one of the finest white athletes of the modern era.

Friday links…

“The National Hurricane Center is now predicting that Earl, which went from a Category 4 hurricane with wind speeds of 145 mph to a Category 2 storm with winds of 105 mph Thursday, will likely be a Category 1 hurricane with winds in the 80-mph range by the time it passes Long Island late Friday about 150 miles to the east.” Basically, we’re good.

The Pre-2k DVD is available at Supreme, Boundless in Brooklyn, Poets in Long Island, FTC, and 2189 in Erie, PA. The final runtime clocks in at around an hour. QS review of the video here.

Nike posted a clip from Berlin that involves King Youness demonstrating that doing a 5-0 360 flip out for him is sort of like doing a backside tailslide for anyone else equipped with a lesser degree of skill.

48 Blocks did an interview with Steven Cales. The Chrome Ball Incident did an interview with Jason Dill. Those two sites account for a sizable portion of the skateboard-related multimedia world worth checking on a daily basis, so you should have already read them by now.

Some Billy Waldman outtakes from long, long time ago. New York used to have a lot of good bank spots.

A fourteen-year-old kickflip front boarded the Amsterdam Rail. But age doesn’t really matter anymore.

Taj Cam 12th and A episode featuring Jason Dill and 50 fighting.

The ledges at the 101 Park Avenue building on 40th Street and Park Avenue, most importantly used for the exterior shots of Kruger Industrial Smoothing, are no longer skateable, due to the building installing planters on top of all the lower level ledges. It was never the best spot, but it was the closest thing midtown had to California-style stadium ledges. Minus the whole grinding part.

The Terminator Rail has scaffolding all around it, making it temporarily unskateable. Hopefully, this has no bearing on your lifestyle whatsoever, but a heads up nonetheless if your life involves taking people around to handrails.

Why doesn’t anyone skate this ledge on 46th Street? It seems like someone should have done an ollie over to lipslide or a nosegrind through the keyhole by now. The ground isn’t the best, but it is wholly workable. There are some things to wallie on the other side too. You don’t get kicked out that quick either.

If you miss the glory days of New York rap, when Maino wasn’t the only close thing to rapper getting burn from this city, this 74-minute Roc-a-fella mix spanning from 1998 to 2004 is worth a download.

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Drunk-before-3 Links

Billy Rohan has been posting even more photos from Iraq over on his blog, that include visits to Saddam’s Palace, a Blackhawk ride, Miami handrail replicas, and a tour of the Iraqi 12th & A.

KCDC made a video featuring Danny Falla, Rob Gonyon, Bill Pierce, Derek Ziemkiewicz, Black Dave, Corey Rubin, and Shawn Powers. You can watch the artistically inclined trailer here.

Official Pre-2k release date is July 10, 2010, not June 25th. Review here.

Although no more lame than the “I Love Haters” graphic that can be seen on everyone from leading Pharell impersonators to Jersey Shore castmember siblings, something about DGK’s latest endeavor, “I Love Biters,” doesn’t quite sound right.

Stay Stackin’ is a Jersey-based website that has been putting out pretty great video clips for a minute, but the latest one is particularly impressive, part due to the wonderful soundtrack choice, and partially because it features a Hartford tailslide that Marquez got murdered on two years ago. That spot (the ledge to bank that is in there on several occasions) is one of the greatest examples of video footage not doing justice to a spot that seems to pervade an overwhelming amount of spots in the Northeast.

Cam, Juelz, and Jimmy are making music together again. Nobody cares that much, due to the fact that all parts of the Diplomat equation not named Cameron kinda suck now, but if you do care…

How to Get Out of Jury Duty — Kanye West Edition

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Video Review: Pre-2k

Howard Glover’s Pre-2k is a time capsule in the same vein as R.B. Umali’s Revisited series and the San Francisco Greatest Misses compilation, in that it accumulates footage that was left out of video parts and montages throughout the nineties, just before the internet carved out a channel for funneling unused footage to the world so companies could keep keep kids happy and the Slap Message Boards in sweaty, intellectually-stimulating debates regarding outfits and posture.

That’s not to say that Pre-2k is some extended B-grade footage reel, in fact, one of the overall highlights of the video altogether is that it manages to unearth many tricks we had simply heard about or seen photos of over the years, but never actually knew where the footage wound up. Mike Wright’s switch frontside flip into the Courthouse Drop is one of those tricks that everyone always assumed was never landed, back in the era when there were fewer standards (at least in New York) on running photos of failed tricks. But yeah, it’s in there, in all its glory. Brian Anderson’s kickflip back tail bigspin on the Flushing extension from flat is another heard-of-but-never-seen standout entry as well.

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