It’s a wrap. Thanks everyone. See you in 2019 ♥
No idea who shot this photo (it comes from the creditless abyss known as Tumblr) the photo was taken by Andrej Tur, but it is amazing. Tony Montgomery, a long time ago. Also: watch this.
Nobody should have any issues with this year’s skater of the year selection — unless your issue is that Pat Pasquale got robbed, in which case, you have a valid point, and should go vote for his Theatrix part as the best part of the year over on the TWS site.
Jerry Mraz is a true American hero who has contributed to skateboarding in this city in many ways. Credit to Jenkem for shining a light on his untold story.
An interview with Antoine Asselin, Real teamrider and one of the main minds behind modern skateboarding’s greatest thinktank.
Found this really interesting: How the business of clearing music rights for skate videos works. (Though I personally would’ve asked how the hell Plan B cleared Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” for Torey Pudwill’s part, since she worked on the clearance for True. Clearing a Stones song for a skate video seems almost as impressive as a 20-foot-long back noseblunt pop-out.)
Wow @ the 5050 transfer (3:10) at Love Park in this “Lawrence of Gnarabia” edit. Never really see anyone skate that ledge. Shout out Peter O’Toole.
The Broadway Bump was one of the funnest midtown spots ever (Keenan Choc Tour opener), though by today’s standards, it’d barely be considered a spot for most kids.
Lottery Boiz II, a new NY-based video from some guys who really like Chief Keef.
Sick line at Chase — not at the three-up-five-down — in this Coda crew clip.
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Need to embed this.
The QS Sports Desk is an anti-Lakers establishment #2011mavs4ever, but wow Nick Young is perfect (even though he stole the opening bit to his interview from Kosmo Kramer.) Kobe will probably strangle him by the end of the season.
Quote of the Week:
Thanks to anyone who purchased something from the webstore last week. We should be caught up with shipping out orders today, or Tuesday at the absolute latest.
Congratulations to Ishod Wair on being the first Thrasher Skater of the Year from New Jersey. (Side Note: Is Fred Gall just going to eventually get a “Lifetime Achievement Award” to make up for past wrongs a la Kubrick, Hitchcock, etc. never winning a Best Director Oscar?) There are always politics behind S.O.T.Y. (“You think you’re so clever for figuring that one out?”), but Ishod is a prime choice to strike a balance between what the kids like, and what the old nerds have left to still be hyped on in pro skateboarding. In other words, his appeal spans multiple generations. Going to go ahead and say his Sabotage 3 remix part is still his best part, and probably the best part of 2013, mostly because he looks best when he’s doing lines. We’re also partial to rap parts.
If you missed the web premiere of SB Chronicles 2, there is a 7 P.M. screening at Village East Cinema tomorrow (12th Street and 2nd Avenue.) Doors open at 6:45. The theater is small, so it is on a first come, first served basis. Flyer here. P.S. They’re going to play the QS “Best of 2013” clip before the video ;)
The new eight-minute Politic Skateboards promo, People’s Temple, is now online. Dave Caddo is the king of doing lines across an entire skate spot. A three-trick line at Con Ed Banks is nuts, given the ground there.
Our friend Mike Gigliotti put together a Vimeo bro cam clip of dudes having fun ‘n stuff. It includes a Miles Marquez part edited to Taylor Swift.
Detroit may have filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history this year, but at least skateboarding there looks pretty fun.
Yet another video blog segment from the Beef Patty squad.
This Casey Foley guy no complys over and down the three block on 135th Street.
A Brooklyn spot that nobody really skated is a wrap.
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Shumpert’s dunk was cool, Monta Ellis’ game winner was cool, but can we please get Nick Young on a team with J.R. Smith to form an irrational confidence super team? Watching the decisions they make would be more fun than watching any Knicks game from this season.
Quote of the Week: “Who would’ve thought there’d be a black American president before a black
guy on Anti-Hero Skater of the Year?” — Guy Riza
This Mandela poster retrospective the Times posted is awesome, by the way.