When we are entrenched in a moment — a space where the skateboard media machine feels entirely focused on one full-length, one seminal part, one finicky faux pas — it feels like Nyjah Huston is just frozen in time, midway down a quadruple kink rail, just waiting for our conversation about Gustav’s foot placement to quiet down before he can resume grinding down the remaining nine kinks.
We are long past the days of skateboarding’s progression standing still until the next VHS tape comes out. Time waits for no man — and a bunch of Swedes holed up in Barcelona listening to MF Doom are no exception.
We explored the possibility of trying to stuff this eventful week into ten slots, but no — way too much shit went on. If it were any other week, this noseslide would be a clear #1 (yeah, we watch Globe parts in the office…)
Had to pay respect to Sour for creating 2019’s first video that felt like a “moment.” Anybody who skates has had at least half-a-dozen conversations about it in the past week, both online and in real life. We tried to focus on some of the less obvious and re-posted tricks for this, but had to make #1 the video ender because, like, how many fucking street loops are out there? And who’s gonna collab with NY Ramp Co. on one for Tompkins?
10) Barney Page 9) Martin Sandberg 8) Nisse Ingemarson 7) Filly 6) Albert Nyberg 5) Josef Scott Jatta 4) Gustav Tonnesen 3) Vincent Huhta 2) Oscar Candon 1) Simon Isaksson — All via Sour Skateboards’ Sour Solution II video [link]
Doubtful that anybody hasn’t watched it through at least once by now — Sour Solution II is fucking insane. Their first video was nuts, but they entered some new dimension of spots and sorcery with this one. Also, this video makes the whole “Barcelona footage is boring”-thing that people have been saying as of late just seem stupid. Then again, these ten guys are maybe the only ten guys who can skate the spots they skate ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
“Play – Part 2” is an iPhone video by Mateo deJesus featuring Marcello + a few of the Canal dudes, and really makes you happy to remember there’s this thing called summer that happens eventually. Can’t remember the last time anyone had footage from 3030 Park since they half-remodeled it either.
Late to mention here, and it is more symbolic than anything, but Enid’s will be closing down at the end of March. It was the final North Brooklyn Barmuda Triangle institution still standing (Enid’s x No Name x Matchless), which aborted many day-after skate sessions before they even got started throughout the late-2000s and early-2010s. Its throne is now drunkenly held by the Bushwick Barmuda Triangle consisting of Carmelo’s x Birdy’s x Three Diamond Door. Shout out to that time Pryce and Waste held an Enid’s Christmas raffle with a chance to win a TV, and Marty won because he spent more on drinks than the TV itself costs ♥
Given the QS office’s loveaffair with the city of Copenhagen, we decided to link up with our friends at Street Machine to promote the romance in skateboarding ♥ Quartersnacks for Street Machine ♥ will be available this Friday, July 21 at Street Machine (duhhh), Civilist, Slam City Skates, Arrow & Beast, Ben-G, Lockwood and Labor. Also available on the QS webstore at midnight on Friday, E.S.T.
Rest in Peace, Cup and Saucer, which will serve its last bacon, egg and cheese today. Thank you for giving us a comfortable place to eat breakfast in the winter while everyone else is late to meet up. You will be missed.
Nobody skated the Banks in the years leading up to them closing, because like, they sucked. Seven years passed. People got really good at skateboarding. And now everyone skates at theBanks again ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
LurkNYC posted eight minutes of raw John Shanahan footage. Does anyone remember which part he skates off the rock and over the wooden bench a few hundred feet south of Three Up Three Down? Can’t find the footage.
With tensions between the U.S. and Russia running high these days, let’s lighten the mood with some links from behind the former Iron Curtain! 1 — Hungary) Eastern Europe’s Most Productive Crew, the Rios boys, come through with a new one entitled “Visít.” 2 — Abkhazia) The guys at Absurd Skateboards have an uncanny ability at skating spots that look like they’re locations from a creepy horror movie. Their trip to the partially-recognized nation of Abkhazia is no different, although the mood lightens after the first song. 3 — Mother Russia herself)What Youth has a video essay / interview with Tolia Titaev about the Russian skate scene.
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.
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.
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.