There are tried-and-true tales of crust synonymous with New Jersey, Philly, Ohio and the greater midwest — but for some reason, as the eastern seaboard begins transitioning into seafood shacks and Ivy League schools, a lot of that narrative gets lost, despite the fact that spots in places like Connecticut are every bit as rugged as those of its crustaceous neighbors. “Your Big Cheesecake” is a 14-minute video out of Connecticut by Dave Sullivan that is well-worth your time, and full of spots that you haven’t grown tired of seeing ♥ It really ramps up a few octaves at the end …that nollie at Trinity in particular, wow.
Photo via the tumbleweeds. Tumblr in 2019 is like that one ledge spot that was popping five years ago. Everyone used to meet there, get clips there, get stuck there. Now it’s chunked up, the bevel got as round as Blubba, and it sorta just sits there. Maybe a group of guys in their 30s will skate it for 20 minutes before they go to the bar. Maybe a pair of kids in #curated thrift store finds visiting from out of town will film each other do two-trick lines for their trip edit on it. The solitary man who shows up after work once every two weeks to ensure that he hasn’t lost his back tails is always a fixture. But sometimes, all three of those end up there together, and it’s fun — not fun like the old days, but enough to remind you that they existed ;)
NBC visited Tompkins to speak with Zhu and Yaje about how much that square of asphalt means to the community. Please sign the petition to preserve Tompkins Square courts as an asphalt space, if you have yet to do so.
The Canal boys have a new video coming out this fall :)
Medium has an awesome feature with Justin Bohl, a guy who has been the go-to tour guide for skate teams visiting Detroit over the past eight years. He put together a twenty-minute video entitled Mint, which features a bunch of behind the scenes footage of all the traveling skaters who have come through the city as it became sought-after skate trip destination in the 2010s.
“Ultra” from Chris Burt is up there with the Bos brothers’ “Wide Open” for 2019’s best videos outside of the Thrasher/Insta content spiral. It’s a Minnesota video with three parts, mostly filmed in the suburbs, yet somehow feels all the right ways different than a lot of the other stuff you’ve watched this past week. Ender part from Frog’s Pat Gallaher.
The New York Times has a quick profile of Alexis Sablone.
Photo via Max Hull
With it being high season for trips out to Rockaway (back up to 92 degrees tomorrow…) that include a pitstop at the charmingly bad beach 90th skatepark, it is worth pointing out that the park just got a bunch of new ramps. Unclear as to whether it is better now or before. Hopefully, before the world ends, both the bowl and mini ramp there will get replaced with cement versions of the exact same thing.
Last week, Louis Vuitton became the second company in 2018 to reveal that it um, was “inspired by” the Osiris D3. The people need a documentary about Osiris.
Gangcorp threw a BBQ and best trick contest at L.E.S. Park on July 4th. Here’s the recap video.
“Best of all, skateboarding’s independent streak means it fosters a healthily rebellious worldview — no small accomplishment as our society drifts toward bland authoritarianism. To be sure, there is money to be made in ignoring this drift, in remaining beholden to libertarian corporatism.” Hanson O’Haver’s “A Crime and a Pastime” piece looks at the underbelly of the skateboard business and its eerie house-of-cards-isms.
New London clip from the POP boys. That nosegrind revert / 3x flat tricks / switch nosegrind revert line reminds me of something that would’ve been in an old 411.
Another volume of Elkin raw tapes, this time with Dre and Josh cameos ♥
Frankie Spears is the first person to get a clip on that new-ish Battery Park double-set.
Some Canadians offer up one of the first entries to what will no doubt be an eventful “Summer Trip to New York” clip season. What % of people appearing in S.T.T.N.Y. clips do you think end up moving here? Thirty five? Eighty?
The rail is back in front of the ledge over the six at FedEx.
Quote of the Week: “Party footage only counts in nightvision.” — Pryce Holmes
Would embed something from Beast Mode 2, but this about covered it.
Our spring line of QS merch will be available via our webstore on Wednesday at midnight E.S.T. (so, technically, Tuesday night). Arriving at U.S. shops now. Arriving Europe, Japan, Canada, globally this week. Check our stockists page. The jackets are fire this season, and the shorts are the best thing we’ve ever made :)
Hey, it was a good run ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
“Skateboarding went down some pretty crazy roads at this time but your trick selection escaped unscathed. I can’t find a single photo of you doing anything embarrassing of the early 90’s variety.” Let’s start this week off on a positive note, with this heartwarming Scott Johnston interview over on Chromeball.
Jenkem rolled around downtown thirty deep with Gang Corp.
…aanndd Gang Corp has a new five-minute video from their headquarters up today.
Twenty seconds of new Jahmal Williams footage is better than zero seconds of new Jahmal Williams footage ♥
“From The Ground Up” is a short video from some Bronx-based youths. Fun to see yet another generation of kids shred the Courthouse, plus the ender line at Fredrick Douglass Circle in front of the cops’ faces was so sick.
LurkNYC makes its routine return to the Rick Owens store for volume twenty-five of its “New York Times” outtakes series.
The Elkin raw tapes are still coming through. Leo’s front board 270 behind Supreme is still fire. And it’s so funny how dated footage from even 2013 looks now.
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“Talking about partying, I heard that you earned the title ‘King of Copenhagen’ because of your party skills.” “It’s a heavy title that belongs to Rune Glifberg.” Solo skate mag interviewed Call Me 917 rider, Hugo Boserup.
Excited to revisit this (haven’t watched any of them besides the Love Park episode in over ten years) — someone uploaded ALL of the ON Video segments over on YouTube. Maybe rip the ones you want to watch, because this is liable to get deleted like a lot of 411VM uploads once the archive got acquired.
Village Psychic takes a look back on the seminal DC Shoes Super Tour.
The Sternum Trucks Instagram has been going off lately.
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: NBA Champion, Nick Young.
Quote of the Week
Inquisitive Gentleman: “How did you get a black eye?”
Roctakon: “So, I was letting Trippie Redd DJ…”
The S.J. interview sent me on a Hiero wromhole (yes, I know he’s never skated to a Hiero song), but all the nineties S.F. talk etc. got it going…
…but but but the weather has me back on the QS office’s summer anthem for the past three summers, about to be four.
Travel Tip: An Airbnb for seven dudes with one bathroom in Mexico is a bad idea.
Contrary to Instagram reports over the past week-and-a-half, the Banks are not *technically* open. A full section of the fence was down, and the DOT security booths were gone, but that section has since been put back up. Cops are still kicking people out (no tickets…yet), and claiming the space will soon re-open (also remember it was only supposed to be closed off until 2014, so, you know…) TWS caught up with R.B. Umali for a full status report, and a bit of new footage.
A bunch of Euro links for this Monday Links post…
Who would have thought that one of QS’ highest affinities for a non-New York skate crew would be out in Italy? Five-minute montage from the Milano Centrale boys, including #musicsupervision via Strap from Travis Porter, experimental pants supervision, and minimal tricks on objects over two feet in height.
A quick new one from Hjalte and the Blobbys.
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Always get a lil’ smile out of “Summer Trip to New York” edits that put the effort into skating midtown and SoHo, which seem to be antiquated routes in the L.E.S. + outer-borough dominant mindset of the past several years. The New York section in “Double Egg & Cheese” (begins at the 7 minute mark) is a fun watch.
They’re building a new skatepark at Van Courtlandt Park on 240th and Broadway. Also, it looks like they’re starting construction on the skatepark at Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem, with a projected March 2018 completion date.
Behind the scenes of Yaje’s Columbus Park polejam 5050 TWS cover.
Tennyson put together another 411 comp, this time for S.J. and Sean Mullendore.
Pete Spooner uploaded the New York montage from Insano.
A bit of new Anthony Correa footage in what is apparently a “VX Mode” on one of those Panasonic cameras.
Our bud Gianluca’s podcast “Skate Muzik” has a new episode with Jeff Pang.
Paul Coots started uploading single parts from BSA’s Whole Bitch video.
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Who the hell would want to get a get a drink alongside somebody whose favorite basketball player is James Harden? Russ for MVP. Uninterested in any other arguments. Bye.
Quote of the Week:
File Under: When sports fans start sounding like skaters.