It’s 2019 and Lucas Puig is dropping parts still 40% filmed at the Venice curbs. There are lines in “BLESSED” that consist of a trick up a curb and a wallride from the sidewalk. So why doesn’t Natas — the guy who invented wallies and wallrides on straight up vertical walls (Gonz’s words, not mine…) — continue to evade top billing alongside Mark Gonzales in the “really old videos that younger people still like”-convo? (Natas has never been mentioned in a 5FP. And anybody who has been skating since the eighties is obvs exempt here.)
Even when we posted that video of Tufty doing his best variation of a Natas spin, a handful ofthe responses were still “I didn’t know this trick was possible outside of a video game.” At a time when we can watch the techest possible ledge combo on our feed, process it for 1.2 seconds, and keep scrolling, that’s truly saying a lot about a trick that was first done thirty years ago.
Some of this comes down to canonization, or the stuff you’re told to like. A friend once observed that saying Gonz in Video Days is your favorite video part is like saying Citizen Kane is your favorite movie. Like sure, I guess, ok yeah, everyone can dig a bit deeper, and a Natas part isn’t even deep.
All that to say this: I think Zach was feeling elevated, listening to Future, and watching some old favorites this past summer when he realized that for whatever reason, the woozy 120 BPM title track to 56 Nights goes really well with the extra slow-mo and film look of Natas’ Streets on Fire part. While procrastinating on another edit job, I tried to throw it together.
When Bobby’s QS part dropped back in 2014, there was a background current about how “Bobby and Migos doesn’t make sense” (no doubt from guys who pester teenagers’ montage music selections on YouTube.) Somehow, he exists in people’s minds as this Kool Keith evangelist, due to his obvs great Right Foot Forward song.
The joke is on them though — because when I originally asked him about what song he wanted to skate to for it, he told me Wiz Khalifa’s then-buzzing, “We Dem Boyz.”
No, this remix isn’t to retreat back on him skating to 2014’s Song of the Summer contender. We even resisted the more literal route of editing it to something from 2017’s most underrated album, which just so happens to be from the DMV area (kinda ABD, tho we used the most obvious song off it.) Nah, this one is for another lesser known side of Bob. We dedicate this QS remix to Bobby Worrest: Ladies Man ♥
We’re two months out from awards season, and skateboarding’s drift from YouTube montages to minute-long Instagram clips renders each year’s I.G.S.O.T.Y. race more contentious than the last. Spencer Hamilton, who has spent the better part of the year rehabbing from a back injury, doing waist-high kickflip back tails, and promoting better posture to us all (actually typing this post more upright than usual out of respect), is an early frontrunner for top honors.
Edited by IG-mix genius and Eggs Mayor, Dutchmaster Delaney. Filmed by the Dime boys and Grand Collection. Graphics by Dana Ericson.
After Gino, there’s a contested debate about who has been as unflinching in their career-long dedication to never putting out a single piece of #badfootage. Our vote goes to French style-god, J.B. Gillet. Since overlooking the weird French rap in Rodney V.S. Daewon II to observe the brilliance of his futuristic trick selection, to the dude easily earning a top three distinction of favored parts among the QS office in the mid 00s, and all the way down to a late period that trumps any of his SoCal contemporaries (we already tackled Europeans’ ability to crap on all similarly-aged Americans re: the “people just want to see you skate”-maxim three years ago), J.B. has held a special place in our hearts.
Here’s a quick remix of his best footage from Bon Voyage and onward — based on a concept expanded from a two-month old Vine. Thanks for everything man.
If J.B’s Freedom Fries part doesn’t convince you to maybe not film your boy doing a crooked grind nollie flip at L.E.S, probably nothing will :(