“I went from being a kid skating on my block to hanging out with all the best skaters in New York City because I learned how to do a frontside 360 boneless.” A friend once had a story about how their book club took a razor to The Powerbroker and sliced it up into three books to make it more reasonable of a read. This isn’t that dramatic, but a blog interview that takes over two hours to read is a lot for most people in the era of byte-sized #content — but we’re *SO* happy that people are putting detailed, rich content on the internet that requires a commitment! Isn’t that what it’s for?! The Slam City Skates blog’s interview with Eli Gesner about skateboarding + graffiti in New York in the 80s, night clubs in the early 90s, the beginnings of Shut + Zoo York, etc. is like a little history book :)
Hat tip to PLA Skate in Folsom, CA for the chic spread ♥
Our webstore is now live with new fall QS gear. Thank you for the support :)
In case you crawled under a rock in the early hours of Thursday morning and are just joining us… Supreme released Candyland, a new full-length video in honor of their new S.F. shop. Spent the weekend thinking what exactly to write about it, but it feels like a certain switch inward heel is the perfect writers prompt. #staytuned.
Reda and R.B. put together a video profile of The Bronx’s Public Housing Skate Team.
Collage by Requiem For A Screen
This past year, nobody else incited as many smiles and reminders of the glorious escapism that skateboarding provides. Thank you Jamal Smith, 2017’s Q.S.S.O.T.Y., for inspiring us to enjoy the world on a skateboard. Sadly, we can’t fly you to Canary Islands like Thrasher can (…not yet), but just wanted to say thanks :)
Iron Claw’s new 11-min video, Not Not a Video, is now online. Shout out Colombia.
Even as an institution that often gets chastised for Rihanna songs in skate clips and bad filming, we gotta chime in here: wtf is with the choppy frame-rate, wtf is up with the darkass clips, and wtf is up with that Morrissey song in Antonio’s new Berrics part? The skating though…is absolutely F U C K E D.
Oddly enjoyed this way more than expected, probably because they skate a bunch of weird shit that nobody bothers with, e.g. they got two clips at the Gristedes on 96th Street — a Weed Maps “Summer Trip to New York” clip with Jaws, Tommy Sandoval and Boo Johnson. I think we ran into Jaws at a rave when he was filming this.
…aaannndddd Village Psychic made a “Best of 2017” mix of the year’s ACTUAL S.O.T.Y., regardless of what the yellow t-shirts may have told you.
“Belgrade is the best city I’ve ever been to in my life.” The Rios Crew continues to inspire skateboard travel dreams far outside the conventional Euro destinations with each new clip. “Dunja,” their latest, hits Serbia’s capital, Montenegro and Croatia.
“Platano” is the new montage from our friends down at Andrew Skate Shop in Miami.
Jason Lee’s Video Days part was a starting point for a $3.6 billion crossroad.
Vol. 4 of Elkin raw files. You think Thrasher is gonna give us a Louie “West End” one?
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: It’ll never not be funny that Kyrie was just like “nah, I don’t wanna play with this dude anymore.” He lost yesterday, but this was sick.
Quote of the Week: “You should just make Q.S.S.O.T.Y. ‘The Max Palmer Award.'” — John Choi
Official 2017 end credits song ♥
“He does pretty hard tricks.” — Javier Sarmiento re: Jesus Fernandez. Part early Epicly Later’d, part “Day in the Life,” and all people just fanning out on what a great human — let alone skater — he is, Free Skate Mag‘s three part Jesus documentary is the positive force we need in all of our lives right now.
Public Housing Skate Team has a new nine-minute edit up, which includes a Jason Byoun part at the end.
Somehow missed this one when it first came out, but Heavenly is a sixteen-minute video of mostly Texas (?) dudes skating mostly New York spots. They lowkey went in on that Water Street rail-to-rock that Connor lipslid, and switch backside flip manual at the Brooklyn Tompkins park is insane.
“You didn’t want to do outdated tricks, you wanted to stay up because the tide was moving. As much as skateboarders, critics, journalists, or whoever is recording the timeline of skateboarding want to say that there are no rules, there always has been a wave. And you’re either in the front of the wave or behind the wave.” Bobby Puleo on a simple question for Village Psychic: “How do you feel about wallies?”
Oh yeah, Lamborghinis pull up into L.E.S. Park all the time.
A select few elevate flatground frontside 180s into art.
Spot Updates — 1) The bump on Howard and Crosby (~the old Vespa bump) had a rail put in its center. Someone got it. 2) Though it has been an off-and-on bust for the past several years, given all the beef over monuments in the U.S. right now, the cops have fully barricaded the ledges off at Columbus Circle.
August is a historically slow time for the skateboard internet, as it is for Hollywood, so let’s lighten the mood with some non-skate related links! — 1) And you thought the Chinatown fashion was crazy. These bootleg American t-shirts in Asia are insane. 2) Frankly, I’m sick of the Takeoff slander as well. 3) “It is possible to make a difference in the world without yelling.” A high school senior with some timely words for the NYT.
Quote of the Week: “Every skater is responsible for bringing their own wax.” — EJ
No, I haven’t listened to 4:44.
No idea what you’re doing inside right now, but ANYWAY…
E.J. uploaded Shawn Powers’ DANY video part to his Vimeo page. You can still buy a hard copy of the video over on theDANYstore.com. Public Housing Skate Team also released an eerie eight-minute Powers part yesterday.
The Bunt is back! Somehow figured this would take at least until 2017. The first episode of the third season is with varial flip master and Jersey legend, Tim O’Connor.
Happy 25th anniversary to the first-ever backside noseblunt sequence ♥
Boil the Ocean began its countdown of 2016’s best video parts. You already know Daniel’s Spirit Quest part made the cut. Speaking of which…
The concept of a “skate blog” is close to non-existent in
2016. Solo interviewed Dan Watson, the mind behind YouWillSoon, a notorious skate industry gossip repository that made him a certain canteen manager’s arch nemesis from roughly 2004-2008. “But I think what most people really ignored about the blog is that I think skateboarding is fucking awesome. I think skateboarding is so good. I feel like people think that skateboarding in the Olympics or Street League or something can somehow ruin skateboarding or that it’ll somehow dilute the coolness of skateboarding down to the point where it’s not going to be cool anymore. But that’s not going to happen.”
This clip is heavy on the fancy angles and lifestyle footage, but new Leo Gutman footage is new Leo Gutman footage. Assuming every spot you don’t know in this clip is out on Staten Island prob.
Russian Bob put together a sick end of the year clip with a switch front crook on the rock “ledge” next to Labor, a bunch of chill Ron Deily lines, and Eli’s switch noseslide on Forsyth that we had to fire our titles guy over this past Friday.
Non-Instagram Ruben Spelta footage + Madrid marble is a good time.
Chill best of clip from Washington Heights’ Mira Conyo squad that features a cat trying to boss up on a pitbull and the year’s most heavily-skated bondo bank-to-ledge.
iPhone video from Joey Digital w/ a bunch of B.A. cruiser footage.
Freddy and Quim made it to Maine and now I want a lobster roll.
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Skateboarders really think of everything. Little kid tricks began to pervade trick selections back in ~2013, then gained legitimacy in pro circles, and now, marginal NBA players are taking underhanded free throws. DeAndre Jordan takes his first underhanded free throw when, April?
Quote of the Week:
On this last Monday Links post of the year, I’d just like to say thank you everyone for being along for the ride in 2016 and for all of your support. Besides a bit of an update slump at the start of summer, this has probably been the best year ever on this website for content, creativity and productivity (ok, fine, we blew it on the Christmas clip.) Hope to keep it going for many chill years to come.
Out of everything, I feel like the interviews really took a turn for the better this year, which was one of the main things causing the aforementioned slump. Revisit some faves if you missed them: Ben Chadourne, Dave Caddo, Sinner, Zered Bassett, Jamal Smith, Antosh Cimoszko, J. Scott Handsdown.
Also shout out to Zach Baker for writing the best thing that has been on QS in years.
Thanks again ♥