Ever since we saw the original Zoo York crew sessioned the descending ramp connecting the A, C, & E to the L at 14th Street in the Mixtape credits, skating inside subway stations seemed like a lot of fun. (Perhaps even more fun than it actually was.) Then, Indoor Ten came around, and people started hucking themselves down that, risking a $100 summons, a board confiscation, and potentially getting your ass kicked by an angry Times Square cop stuck in a precinct with little to no action throughout the year, with Easter probably being the main exception. Subway skating hasn’t excelled much since, at least until this new clip for Slap by Colin Read, featuring Piro Sierra, Kenji Nakahira, Ryan Barlow, and Connor Kammerer. The fact that they left without a summons or a baton to the head is absolutely incredible.
Whether or not this will end up with 100K+ views like many of the other infamous MTA moments to make it on the internet this year remains to be seen, but it’s the best skate clip to go online in a long time.
Nostalgic for Slap Magazine‘s defunct printed form, QS reader Clayton Jones threw together a would-be cover for a November 2011 issue, featuring the Slap-esque photography and words in the new Jerry Mraz interview. It’s inspired by the July 1997 black-and-white Fred Gall cover, and a loving ode to skateboarding’s second favorite magazine no longer with us. (Big Brother being in first place, Slap is very a close second.) Though physical magazines and videos are experiencing similar paths of deprecation at the hands of a younger generation these days, there’s no reason we shouldn’t continue to simulate their existence on the internet…the very same place responsible for their demise. Yes, it’s complicated. And ironic. Thanks to Clayton for sending this over.
July 1st, 2011 · 1:23 pmComments Off on ‘Cappadonna kicked everyone out of the studio except me…’
“…I had the goods on me.”
Part 2 deals with Real’s Mike Cardona ad, pre-Ecko-acquisition Zoo York, the creation of Organika, Fred Gall and one of the more memorable contest stories in recent history, and acknowledgement of Shawn Powers’ and Taji’s talents on a skateboard.
“Yo Quim, come take my place [at Maloof], they’ll never know. you have long hair and a beard just like me. You can be my stunt double.” — Fred Gall
“I love that whole Tokyo lifestyle. Just like, waking up at 3, 4 P.M. Going out skating at like 9, making it home at three, four in the morning.”