You Cannot Be Serious: Gino Pushing

Click to Enlarge. Times Square doesn’t look that cool anymore, does it?

There is a great new Nike commercial that features “Gino pushing.” Ending a skateboarding commercial off in Times Square, or even acknowledging Times Square in anything skate-related comes off corny and touristy 99.9% of the time. Times Square has a lot to do with New York, but absolutely nothing to do with New York skateboarding — even your typical “Summer Trip to NY!” montage knows to avoid it.

BUT, if you want to have Gino Iannucci fit into a lineage of James Dean circa 1955 (the photo was taken several months before he died), and a 1980s John McEnroe Nike ad campaign referencing the original Dean photograph, that would apply to the .1% space available for exceptions. It’s like the skateboard-equivalent of the final scene in Boogie Nights where Mark Wahlberg is doing an impression of Robert De Niro doing an impression of Marlon Brando. Or something.

The *Real* KONY

What’s with this sudden spike of interest in King of New York? Does the guy responsible for the Total Recall remake with Colin Farrell have a vendetta against all great movies from 1990, and is he considering a King of New York remake next, with Jake Gyllen Halal in Christopher Walken’s role, and Terry Kennedy in his big-screen debut instead of Laurence Fishburne? What does this have to do with anything? Linsanity is over (clearly), so we’re running on empty…

Jake Johnson followed through on his idea of a small town, “grassroots” skateboard tour. Though you’d only know about Map Masquerade if you check the Slap forum (hence us being three weeks late on it), him and several others have driven from San Francisco to Vegas to Albuquerque to Austin, and are currently in New Orleans, not doing demos or signings, but simply “skating with a group of [local] skaters in the way they skate.” They’ve been hiding product in every city on the list, and you can follow the tour on A Sense of Direction.org (it also has a list of Instagram accounts associated with it, which give clues as to where product is hidden.)

The first three web edits from the Map Masquerade tour: San Francisco (“When I think San Francisco skateboarding, I think KRS-One”), Las Vegas, Albuquerque.

Two-minute Stephan Martinez raw footage tape. Some of it was in Goin’ Ham, some of it is new. “That boy good.”

Slappy noseslides are totally chill. Noseslide shove-its should take their place on any “Tricks You Should Never Do” list.

Jake Johnson and Shaun Gregorie session the famed Gold Rail in Washington, D.C.

False alarm, guys. Lil’ Wayne is still very much concerned with skateboarding in 2012, as he can be seen hugging his skateboard, and claiming “Baby, I’m a thrasher” throughout his feature in the new Mystikal video. Whew!

This is what ledges look like before they get put in front of office buildings and we wax them up. (Spoiler: They look like rocks.)

Quote of the Week
Pad: “We should do a Costa Rica trip.”
Roctakon: “You’ve been watching too many Green Diamond videos.”

Speaking of which, there’s a new Green Diamond Costa Rica clip.


Science might say otherwise, but it is officially spring now.

WHAT’S REALLY GOOD WITH A FLIPMODE BOX SET?

Though we have recently celebrated a high volume (two) of skate video birthdays, and even promised to avoid such festivities in the near future, it wouldn’t be right if we did not acknowledge five years since the release of Flipmode 3: The First Flipmode Video (plus the website that followed.) Flipmode 3 came out in the summer of 2006, just before the skateboard league’s cut-off for “little kid skate video” status. The proceeding videos do not qualify, as Trife was released after they had all reached voting age, and Caviar is an obvious post-drinking-age production. These logistics render it the finest New York little kid skate production ever, and the starting-point to Peter’s four-video contention for “Third Best Living Filmmaker,” after Martin Scorsese and Jay Strickland. 2006 was a tough year to get noticed in cinema, but Flipmode came out on top, even trumping Academy favorite, Killa Season.

Really though, what’s good with the Flipmode box set? That and a Real box set might be the only things left to keep the DVD a relevant media format. We need commentaries, remastered prints, bonus features, and a Billy Lynch documentary that tackles the impalpable nature of Long Island based skateboard careers.

FREE LIL’ BOOSIE. FREE MAX B. FREE BILLY LYNCH. REMEMBER TRACY MCGRADY? NOT REALLY? ME EITHER.

Keep Reading »

Anyone counting overlaps between Martin Scorsese films and spots in QS clips?

The Complex website has a brilliant feature up today on “then & now” comparisons of varying locations used throughout Martin Scorsese films. (The Scouting NY guy actually did this in much greater detail a few years ago, but specifically for Taxi Driver.) The section for After Hours (the film whose poster was used for our headliner image in the SoHo clip post) reveals a prominent overlap between its filming locations, and Quartersnacks’ filming locations by way of Howard and Crosby Streets. Hopefully, forty years from now, someone puts together a similar “then & now” compilation for Quartersnacks clip locations.

There’s Always Next Year

We kept wishing 1999 would show up. 2010-2011 was a good building block of a season. The future doesn’t look as dim as we’ve grown to expect it.

Let’s get the most important news out of the way: Soulja Boy is set to remake Juice, the 1992 film starring Tupac and Omar Epps. Somewhere deep in his subconscious, Giglotti’s hip-hop side is screaming blasphemy. Cam’ron is said to have a role in the ambitious remake, but his track record with completing motion pictures is somewhat iffy. In other words, what happened to Cousin Bang?

Ladies and gentlemen, here is Theodore Barrow skating Stoner Park.

Haven’t skated Jersey City in quite some time, so perhaps this is a bit late, but there’s a new medium-sized gap right next to that building on Second Street and the Hudson River with all the [knobbed] step-up ledges.

You have no doubt seen Ty Evans’ video with a pair of twelve-year-old twins being better at skateboarding than the entire tri-state area if it were combined into one person, but something about it screams for a “Grove Street Party” re-edit. Perhaps even some Pastor Troy.

A friend is casting for a full-length film he is doing, which happens to require people who can actually skateboard for their roles. Go here for more info on the film, and a breakdown of the available roles. It’s the sort of thing that probably requires acting abilities, unlike most skateboarder “castings” in New York. Basically, not like that “All the girls standing in line for the bathroom” video shoot, when they told you to “dress like a skater…wear a flannel,” and it ended early because someone got stabbed.

Not sure who put this together, but it’s a straight-foward 23 minutes of (mostly) New York skating, with no annoying songs, and many Flipmode favorites. Should be enough to get you through the early part of the week.

Here’s the Mandible Claw New York section / intro from the crew’s new video. If people start treating that ledge through the keyhole at Saint Vincent’s as an actual spot, we will reach a new, even more absurd height in terms of “what’s considered a ‘spot'” in New York.

Never really been into Skate Talk, but here’s a compilation of the Antwuan Dixon, “fresh out of jail” episode. Subject matter and slang editorials make it interesting.

Quote of the Week:That dude’s rat tail is really making me want to party.” — T-Bird

+++ Follow Quartersnacks on Twitter
+++ Become a Fan of Quartersnacks on Facebook