“The Grand Central of the jet age.” Photo via Paul Young.
Happy New Year. Last week was a wash. Not much happened, nor did a lot of #hot #new #content appear on the skateboard internet. If you want to catch up on stuff you missed in 2014, beyond the standard year-end sources, check Slam City Skates’ list of favorite parts from British skateboarders of note or your “favourite” European skateboarder’s “favourites” from the year.
Discovering how fun and unrefined Hungarian skateboarding looks was one of our “favourite” developments of 2014, so here’s the new one from Budapest’s Rios Crew.
This is cool, but where’s the footage of the Trahan Washington Square kickflip?
ConEd Banks seems like a horrible place to spend prolonged time at during a summer (or fall) trip to New York. Three Up Three Down is a great place for a nap though.
Sean Malto, on the struggle of only being romantically admired by 15-year-old girls.
Ripped Laces’ annual list of the year’s best skate shoes. No Supreme Foams?
Even though you’d wind end up sharing it with a bunch recently divorced, “skating past a mid-life crisis” art directors, they should build one of these in Central Park.
Like most things, uptown is a lot more fun in the summertime. Cool kickflip, btw.
Unswayed by the fact that no storied skate company has ever come back from the dead to come close to its glory days, Alien Workshop announced yesterday that it will be joining Habitat under the Tum Yeto umbrella. Seagullllllssssss…
Rob Mathieson may be the quietest British person I know. Here’s a video of him skating around Boston and New York for Krooked’s U.K. division.
The crew behind the Tuesday vid got the urge to re-do the entire video, rendering it Tuesday-free as an attempt to distance itself from that day’s popularity spurt.
Has Bieber been channeling The Muska all along?
A compendium of the tricks that have gone down the Clipper Ledge, likely 2014’s “Spot of the Year,” in .gif form. Clipper #listicles r mad hot yo.
“I watched that movie The Notebook. You ever watch that?” — Mike Tyson
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Nick Young is the frontrunner for the Sports Desk’s S.O.T.Y. Also, people on Twitter are already calling this the dunk of the year.
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If you’re curious as to where we were at before this year (or bored…yeah, you’re probably bored), here are the first posts from 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Here is the second installment of Ian’s largely unseen behind-the-scenes photos from the early 2000s. Once again, the interview was done by our friend Ted Barrow, and all the photos are Ian’s. Maybe a part three down the line, who knows?
You can check out Ian’s current work on TheClermont.Tumblr.com. If you missed it, the first installment from August can be found here. And for all you office job people, there’s a photo towards the end that might be NSFW. Not really sure how that stuff works, but consider this a warning. Big thanks to Ted and Ian.
This looks like the optimism of youth…
This is like the no money, the un-jaded, the still hungry on the skate tip, Jereme Rogers and Brian Wenning in cahoots at a skatespot. You can tell they’re having a good time: Brian is fascinated by Jereme’s GIRL chain, and um, nice watch with designer jewelry, TSA shirt…
Oh yeah, there’s no graffiti…I mean no tattoos on any of ‘em. Definitely transitional. If you’re reading this — you know about the transition. You know what they’ve become. Still two of my favorites on a lot of levels, but you know what they’ve become. This is what they were. There’s proof, because I lived it. This is who they were.
One of many steps to who they became…
Yeah, baby steps.
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Monday links on a Tuesday. “Put the motor in the rear, hit the gas and disappear.”
Torey Goodall continues to make the case for being the best skater besides Mike Carroll and maybe Jake Johnson, while emerging as an underdog threat to Lucas Puig’s “Low Impact Skater of the Year” three-peat.
Black Dave Presents: The Selfie Ollie.
Some dudes from Metro Skateshop really stepped up the custom shaped cruiser game by affixing trucks to an Apple keyboard.
Richie Rizzo’s part in the NJ-based Nevermind video drives home the point about how good quickly-edited skateboarding looks. Pretty hard to get hyped off the crawling pace of something like this, despite absolutely insane tricks. (Dude deserves a “Nights Moves”-esque treatment like Cory Kennedy got.)
Some more Finnish dudes with a lifestyle-y “Trip to New York” clip to Miles’ “So What.” (Related: Finland’s previous entry to the 2013 summer trip to New York cycle.)
James Nickerson at Copley Square in the latest Bolts 4-5-6 clip.
A cameo from an occasional QS commenter in the new Lurk NYC montage. Skating on spots created by Houston Street construction remains a popular development for summer 2013 footage.
Saw this part on Hella Trill and thought it was pretty cool. “We don’t sleep, we just grind like skateboarders.” Are doubles with BMX riders the next frontier for New York’s cellar door skaters?
Wow, someone really missed the mark with casting a believable skatepark lurker girl for Japanese Elle.
Spot Updates: The north side of Bellevue Park on 27th Street has been closed off by a fence for reconstruction. Guess they want to renovate it for the crackheads shitting on the walls. As a result, the frontside for regular handicap ramp rail and two-stair manual pad are no longer skateable.
Fourteen years after when they should have drafted him (instead opting for the eventual victim of the best dunk of all-time, who would never play an NBA game…), the Knicks have signed Ron Artest.
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We are working on clearing most web orders today and tomorrow. You should receive a shipping confirmation if you haven’t already in the next 24-48 hours to the e-mail address you used for purchase. Thanks for the support.
As skateboarding finds itself deeper in “everyone is good” territory, those at professional levels will begin to find ways of distinguishing themselves from the pack. Some will use flair, some will use fashion (see above), and others will take notes from the rapper handbook and do tricks with expensive jewelry, electronics (remember when rappers bragged about T-Mobile Sidekicks?), etc. in their hands. And since cameras are one of the the few expensive items skateboarders care to own, they are the easiest to relate. “So-and-so did a trick with $3,000 worth of electronics in his hand” is the new “So-and-so did a trick in a sick outfit.”
One last homie cam clip from a session at the Shenzhen Children’s Museum, best known to the western world as “that spot in China with the insane banks.” Towards the end, there’s another spot thrown in there for contrast, just so you know there are garbage spots out there that would fit well in New York. Features Omar Salazar, Justin Brock, Sean Malto, Theotis Beasley, Daryl Angel, Mark Whiteley, Alex Olson, Paul Rodriguez and Eric Koston.
Previously: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3.
Alternate YouTube Link: “That was fire. Holla at ya boy.”
Have a good weekend.
Chinese beer companies are getting into griptape, too.
Nike just dropped a commercial they shot on this China trip back in February. Despite the joyous end result of the team having fun via point-of-view angles, industry rumors first projected a much darker production. The initial pitch was believed to be skate version of the Prodigy “Smack My Bitch Up” video, where you witness a night through the eyes of a mysterious SB teamrider, as he indulges in debauchery that exceeds the worst of every degenerate Baker pro wrapped into one. The original Prodigy video had a twist in which it revealed its protagonist to be a woman, so the skate edition intended to shock viewers when they realize they have been watching notable midwestern sweetheart, Sean Malto, all along. The company decided to opt for a less risqué approach, and thus the G-rated production you see today. (That was probably never an actual rumor, but it’d be sick if it was.)
Volume three of the bro cam below. Just goes to show that you can never be too far from the T.F. to skate a police barricade off a ledge, and then proceed to do four flip tricks on flat for the remainder of the line. Features Theotis Beasley and Sean Malto.
Previously: Volume 1, Volume 2.
Alternate YouTube Link: “PLUTO…”