The World Trade Center — with its centerpiece, the Twin Towers — opened just a few months before the Knicks won their second championship in 1973, and symbolized a new, modernized era of New York City. As literal twins, the Towers are excellent symbols for the push and pull of capital versus culture which, by the 70s, was really coming to a head in American society. They were the biggest buildings in the world and just one wasn’t even enough.
After the internet’s collective failure in digitizing the much revered Big Brother “Black Issue,” we are checking off our annual scanner-based post requirement. Sunday is Chinese New Year (we’re also in the midst of Linsanity’s one-year anniversary), and what better way to celebrate than by remembering notable skaters of Asian descent, circa 1998. (A note to commenters who are particularly sensitive to race issues on QS: We are aware that all Asian races do not celebrate Chinese New Year.)
“The Yellow Issue” was over forty pages of interviews and photos with “yellow skaters” — many of whom were New Yorkers (Jeff Pang, Danny Supa, Paul Leung, Sean Kelling, Ray Wong, etc.) The interviews were administered in a typically absurd Big Brother fashion, in that they focussed on questions regarding penis size, being good at math, being bad at driving, turning red while drinking alcohol, and Bruce Lee v.s. Jackie Chan. Below is the bulk of the issue, sans ads and some sections interviewing vert skaters. Even scanners have a vert button.
Happy Year of the Snake to all the Chinese skaters out there and best of luck with this blizzard to everyone else.
“I like to keep my skateboarding romantic.” Photo by Rob Harris.
Torey Goodall does a four-trick line with no push in this Slam City Skates “Rat Signal” montage. He also has tricks in a Montreal-based “lost tapes” clip that went up last week. Check out his Quartersnacks / Quiksilver part from earlier this year in case you missed it. Da boy all ova da map. #NPBS
Skateboarders might be lightyears behind rappers in the chain game, but Spencer Fujimoto’s piece of an aerial view of the Love Park fountain is a step in the right direction for skater forays into high-concept jewelry. Where does one commission a diamond-encrusted Paine Webber bench piece?
The Richmond, VA-based Venue Skateboards adds a montage to the 2012 “Summer in New York clip” canon. You didn’t go to New York if you didn’t skate a cellar door. (They did.)
Brian Clarke with an Enid’s diss track at 12th & A, but not really.
Here’s a finalized photo of what Polar Skateboards’ cement gift to New York looks like. Think of it as a huge upgrade from the Graham and Grand bank-to-bank that got blocked off last year. How long it lasts is anyone’s guess.
The Hopps team spent a day in Detroit a while back, and shared some photos from the trip over at Vice. Doesn’t it seem like way more skateboarders are visiting Detroit nowadays?
Well, the employees of a certain Starbucks in the Financial District are certainly going to have a fun time dealing with skateboarders these next couple of weeks.
A Geo Moya cameo would’ve been nice, but you can’t have it all…Luis Tolentino skates around the streets of Flushing, Queens.
Black Dave has added financial advising to his repertoire. Watch him break down the latest developments in Dutch Masters, weave and ashiness commodity markets. There’s also a new interview with him over at the Berrics.
And speaking of the Berrics…Quote of the Week:
Just wait until 56k wins an Oscar.
There are some real psychos hanging by the Tribeca Park / westside waterfront area.