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The week’s best piece of skate content: The New York Times with an illustrated story about Chico Brenes’ journey from asylum seeker fleeing Nicaragua, to pro skater, to the present day in his home country.

“I kind of consider 2000 to 2009-10 the dark ages of skating. It was just like, the filmer and photographer decided what a skater would skate. If you were good, you got shipped out to California and you would skate with people that would be like ‘You need to do this.’ Almost like there were requirements. ‘Do this handrail.'” Spot-finder extraordinaire, Dave Caddo, has an interview with Village Psychic about the rules of skating new spots, blown out spots, and unlocking spots.

Spent a month or three mulling about whether to write something about the three skate movies that came out in 2018 on here. Quite obviously, nothing on that end came to fruition, and this Paris Review piece on Minding the Gap is nine zillion times better than anything I could have written on what is, far and away, the best “skateboard movie” ever made. Get that free Hulu trial if you haven’t seen it yet.

i-D has a long feature commemorating Palace’s ten-year journey from a brand conceived in a dilapidated skate house by Southbank to what it is today: employer of Torey Goodall, Jamal Smith and Tico ♥

Slam City Skates has a long interview about the current status of the Long Live Southbank project, and it being on the cusp of reaching its massive fundraising goal to open up + reconstruct the closed-off portion of the spot.

LANDLINE” is a rad, mostly NJ-based mini video by Matt Hilzenrath.

Brad Cromer has an all New York part (with a couple Jersey clips) commemorating the release of his new Huf pro model.

Unclear if he’s been reading more women authors or not, but Mark Suciu has a bunch of New York clips in his new Thunder part. Pretty sure he’s the first one to get a clip at those year-old, two-second bust ledges by IBM, and that rock ollie in front of Corner Bistro is fucked.

Ciao is the latest all-New York video by Ricardo Napoli. Teaser here.

Here’s the preview for Virgin Blacktop, a documentary about a 1970s skate team based out of Nyack, New York.

Jahmal Williams is the latest guest on the Mission Statement podcast, and Joe Castrucci is the latest on The Bunt.

More post-“BLESSED” content: New Order Mag has a quick “Five Things” interview with Bill.

Stuff You’ve Probably Caught Already: Frog has a team montage over on Thrasher, Eli Reed has a part that is 70% filmed in New York and made this guy’s girlfriend think he died + Franky Villani and Jakes Hayes skate two or three city spots in their Duets section.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Trae Young with the magic trick.

Quote of the Week: “When two skaters have babies, a VX dies.” — Shawn Powers. Congrats to Matt Mooney on the birth of his daughter, and congrats to Derick Z. and his lady as well ♥

Back To School Fashion Heatwave Week

The 2018 Brooklyn Banks. Photo via Bill.

Loved this addition to the recent trend of one-spot montages: “Mecca: A Everson Museum of Art Video” by Lukas Reed, which documents the life of the still-standing Syracuse, NY spot A.K.A. “Love Park if you squint.” Everything from the nostalgic landings in the shoveled out snow piles, to the circa-2002 internet titles/music supervision, to the unexpected Austyn Gillette cameo — the entire video is a fun watch. “Goodwine” is a sick last name.

Jesse Alba put together a montage with some footage he had leftover.

Max Palmer continues to be an honorary Atlantic Drifter via Jacob Harris’ Taipei one-off, “Stuck Inside a Film.”

“Crop Circles” is an amazing post-Love Philly/Pennsylvania/Delaware video that barely even has any Muni footage! Tons of seldom-seen spots, and some great skating from newer names.

Lispenard Street is #trending. Here’s “Mean Streets Volume 12” via LurkNYC. (See also that Cons Brazil clip from a few weeks ago.)

Nik Stain, Kyon Davis, and Casper Brooker skate Southbank together.

Shout out to everyone being themselves. The Bunt’s latest is with Sinner.

Here’s Nate Grzechowiak’s part from the Buffalo-based Jeb video (still a good bit of city footage.)

#TFreport: Kyota made an all-Tompkins montage thanks to all the N.Y. Ramp Co. obstacles + another non-T.F. montage last week.

Canal Wheels put together a quick clip from the long steps portion of Borough Hall to last year’s Sahbabii even though we got new Sahbabii last week :)

Watching Paris footage and not being in Paris is kinda how I imagine people going through relationship shit feel when they listen to Drake. Here’s montage #35 from the POP Trading boys, filmed during the last #PFW.

Boil the Ocean on the future of the whole “skateboarders are the original gentrifiers” thing.

Aquemini turns 20 this month, so here is a spottieottiedopaliscious 4-Star tradeshow promo from 1998.

We’re going to start issuing an annual “Non-Skate Journalism” award on QS each December, and this is the frontrunner: Toronto spent $31 million dollars effectively skate-stopping trash cans, but for raccoons looking to eat garbage — only for the raccoons to conquer the trashcan lock mechanism that was said to be “impossible” for them to open (poor guys don’t have thumbs!) If you — as a skateboarder — can’t relate to this tale of raccoon prosperity in the face of drudging humans trying to keep them from having fun, then you are a heartless coward.

Quote of the Week: “I wouldn’t wish a week in North Hollywood on anyone.” — Jesse Alba

Good luck with the school year ♥

Summer Mondays

Was contemplating taking a four-day weekend and not posting Monday Links until Wednesday, but got enough people in the office to cruise around the internet for a bit. Russ got MVP, Phil got fired and Tyshawn fakie ollied a trash can in front of Supreme since the last Monday Links post, and all of those things feel like they happened a month ago…(Don’t know who took the photo above btw.)

Quick one of Sean Pablo at the Brooklyn Banks.

Omg, Kohlton and a Logan sighting in the same clip. Do we begin a change.org petition for a joint part? New summer iPhone montage from Genny.

There are a bunch of Alltimers boys in the Blue Collar Hardware video, made by the same minds as the Green Apple videos a la secretly some of the most influential videos of the past ten years / the first influence Peter cites in any Bronze-related interview / lol at people in comments calling it a Bronze bite.

Romain Batard uploaded a “Summer Trip to New York” montage with one of the cooler recent lines at Fredrick Douglas Plaza. Also, why does it seem like that spot almost exclusively appears in “_____ Trip to New York” videos?

LurkNYC put together another Hotel Blue montage + another NY Times outtakes clip.

Theories of Atlantis got all urban planner on us and broke down Robert Moses’ circumstantial influence on New York skate spots — though not sure Stuy-Town is really an actual spot for normal humans.

Seems like it has been a big past couple of years for spots resurrecting. Here’s an interview about the effort to restore London’s Southbank undercroft to its original form from pre-2004. (Small Banks helllllooooo.)

You probably caught this one already: Nick Ferro dropped a rad part for Grand Collection. No rapper did anything too cool with that beat and it’s sad :(

All the illicit uploads kept getting deleted, but Yaje’s part from Riddles is now online.

Tennyson came through with yet another 411 remix, this time of Kareem Campbell and Donger. Essential viewing, especially the Kareem demo / contest footage. Wow.

Both of these are heavy on the art and minimal on the tricks, but maybe you’re into that ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ … Krooked in NYC, and a longform “One Night in New York” Cons commercial with Aaron Herrington and Brian Delatorre.

Quote of the Week
Hungry Gentleman: “I’m thinking about going to Lil’ Frankie’s.”
Jesse Alba: “Damn, you have that much cash on you?”

When you wear a Saturdays hoody on your mixtape cover but your shit goes…

Leftovers

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Parts with Josh so amazing.

We’re so lucky to share this planet with dogs.

I _______ in #myalltimers. Alltimers relaunched their website with new holiday goods, a dedicated board wall page, and expect a clip later this week :) Small preview here.

Palomino has QS goods for those in the U.K. or Europe who were unable to snag stuff from the webstore. Includes a handful of items we ourselves are sold out on.

Chris Milic’s Dr. Scarecrow part is incredible. Good bit of New York footage and a barrage of the the most unlikely manuals ever.

Damn, who’s your favorite Bloby? After this new ten-minute mega mix of all their Instagram footage, it has gotten harder to answer that question than ever.

“Kinky Love” is the new VX + steez cam clip from Jesse Alba, which features footage of the legendary Tompkins bank to ledge. R.I.P.

Johnny Wilson and the boys hit up a bunch of concrete parks in Connecticut, and then John Choi skates a large set of stairs on the Trinity campus.

“I’m not sure if it is the fact that they are Nordic, but more the idea that they are more socialist and less capitalist. The UK has monetised the idea of public space, especially in the centres of cities, but the Nordic countries are less like this.” …the story of how a breed of skateable architecture initially began and London, and has since been all but phased out only to have Scandinavian countries carry the torch :(

Bill Strobeck posted a minute clip of a heavy sesh down the Columbus Park rail.

Eli Reed has a new barrier-heavy part over on Jenkem.

Hold up, get too choked up when I think of old stuff.

Dwindle’s official statement on the demise of Cliché. Just as Blueprint introduced a generation of Americans to British skateboarding, Cliché was just as pivotal — along with probably the Flip videos — in bringing greater European skateboarding at large to our side of the Atlantic. Thanks for everything guys.

Haus of Altr: Mint Green is a fun, low-def ten-minute video via the youth. Columbus Park manual made me #lol :)

The state of little kid spots in New York City circa 2005 was really something to behold ♥♥♥ You never truly appreciate anything until it’s gone.

CORRECTION: Despite remarking that the end of days are near due to a rap song appearing in the latest Zero video, we completely spaced on the fact that Chris Cole and Tom Asta skated to Jeezy in Strange World. Sorry Chris, sorry Tom, sorry Jeezy.

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: National treasure Nick Young steals a pass from his. own. teammate and hits the game winner. God bless him.

Quote of the Week: “There’s a hospital really close, but it only has two stars on Yelp.” — Dom Travis

2016 has been a rough year on humanity, but at least we found the 2014 Rich Homie Quan buried in Skooly from Rich Kids’ new solo tape, Gucci got his first #1 record, and we have Future’s personal assistant fan fiction. Shout the fuck out to Do or Die.

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We Been at the Laundromat All Day

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Photo via Alien Eyeball. Been slow around here this past week. Should pick up a bit ;)

Sable is a new 15-minute video by Matt Velez, pretty much filmed all over the east coast with some good bits in New York. Features parts from Josh Wilson, Dick Rizzo and others from the Bronze fam, and a really sick ender part from Mark Humienik.

This four-minute Southbank iPhone compilation with all the PWBC dudes is a good time. Features the world’s best skateboarder. Also gotta re-link the “Sission” vid from 2012 any time the topic of Southbank bro cam edits comes up since it’s the best :)

First new video blog from Johnny Wilson & bros since Sure dropped.

The entire QS office and all known affiliates are really into the new Clubgear clip.

A few good alternate iPhone angles from “Core.”

There are some wild moves in this very #current Spike Lamy part. The Zalfa special from the top of the wall into the mini-bank on 2nd Avenue is insane.

Vice ran a cool feature about how skateboarding blew up in the parts of New Orleans most affected by Hurricane Katrina, and how race-based perceptions re: skating itself began to change as a result.

Someone made a minute-long remix of Rodrigo’s footage from an Adidas Madrid trip when he first got on in 2013. It’s all amazing, but no clue how / why they left the fakie flip out, considering there hasn’t been a better fakie flip done since (7:43 mark)…

SMLTalk interviewed Lurker Lou, who somehow still gets shit for ruining skateboarding.

Bobby Worrest on sketchy Pulaski cops, N.Y. v.s. L.A, etc.

…aaannnddd Village Psychic interviewed Danny Renaud.

Sorta kinda forgot that Alien Workshop “came back.” TWS has a feature online about the AWS’ resurrection and its new team, though they didn’t ask about why the OVO thing fell through or controversial comparisons to Beverly Hills Cop 3.

Some iPhone vids from various crews around the city: Street Urchins 3 & Wheels.

The lil’ homie Bieber is #down for #core #skateboarding.

Quote of the Week:

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Shout out to Tufty for reminding me about “I’m something like a phenomenon, I’ll kidnap your kids with their pajamas on.” Where’s Hell Rell?