Check the Stats, Check the Racks

Photo by Emilio Cuilan

Normally, at this time of year, all we would have to show for the past three-and-a-half months is a few trips to Below the Bridge, one trip to Drop-In, several nights of pretending to skate at House of Vans, an elaborate Geo Moya blooper reel, and a clinched playoff spot at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Given 2012’s generosity in climate (the party ends for a bit tomorrow, by the way), we actually had a few nights in midtown, several trips to Flushing (one resulting in an E.J. anxiety attack due to being too far from the T.F.), mad footage of the Tompkins cones, and a wasted bottle of champagne. The bottom-half playoff seeding is still the same.

Contributing filmers: Andre Page & Richard Quintero.

Features: Josh Velez, Ritch Swain, Tyler Tufty, Sweet Waste, Andre Page, Billy McFeely, Pad Dowd, Vladimir Kirilenko, Emilio Cuilan, Negative, Brandon Bramhall, Ty Lyons, Brian Kelley, Rodney Sterling, Rob Gonyon, Jack Sabback, Roctakon, Galen DeKemper, Haffa, Carmelo Anthony, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith.

Mooney was locked up while this clip was being filmed, hence his lack of footage.

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if you need something to do tonight — Black Donald Trump live / Palace crew DJing / The Wavy Baby asking you to buy him a drink @ Santos. More info here.

The Week in T.F. Videos

Photo by Emilio Cuilan

Spring is in the air at Tompkins Square Park. The cherry blossoms are blooming, the two cones are down to one, rumors of a soon-to-be camo box are swirling, the empty ice coffee cups are piling up, the Knicks are still fighting to win the Atlantic (fat chance!), Dwight Howard is creeping on Lebron as the NBA’s most hated, and Future’s debut album, Pluto, is claiming an R. Kelly feature.

Fortunately, these events grant more opportunities for camera-owners to capture the magic of spring at the T.F. for those who cannot experience it firsthand. This week, we have an obscure student time travel documentary film, possibly from the late-80s. It’s haunting at how accurately it predicts the future of history’s greatest skate spot and the culture surrounding it (even explaining the infamous T.F. crack.) It’d be safe to assume that the last remaining print was on some worn-out VHS cassette. T.F. historians can now analyze it on YouTube in small increments. If you want something more modern, there’s another raw footage log file featuring a review of Aero Shot breathable energy, Luis Tolentino, Rob Gonyon, Dom Susca, and Shawn Powers making the case for heelflip-only flatground lines.

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The *Real* KONY

What’s with this sudden spike of interest in King of New York? Does the guy responsible for the Total Recall remake with Colin Farrell have a vendetta against all great movies from 1990, and is he considering a King of New York remake next, with Jake Gyllen Halal in Christopher Walken’s role, and Terry Kennedy in his big-screen debut instead of Laurence Fishburne? What does this have to do with anything? Linsanity is over (clearly), so we’re running on empty…

Jake Johnson followed through on his idea of a small town, “grassroots” skateboard tour. Though you’d only know about Map Masquerade if you check the Slap forum (hence us being three weeks late on it), him and several others have driven from San Francisco to Vegas to Albuquerque to Austin, and are currently in New Orleans, not doing demos or signings, but simply “skating with a group of [local] skaters in the way they skate.” They’ve been hiding product in every city on the list, and you can follow the tour on A Sense of (it also has a list of Instagram accounts associated with it, which give clues as to where product is hidden.)

The first three web edits from the Map Masquerade tour: San Francisco (“When I think San Francisco skateboarding, I think KRS-One”), Las Vegas, Albuquerque.

Two-minute Stephan Martinez raw footage tape. Some of it was in Goin’ Ham, some of it is new. “That boy good.”

Slappy noseslides are totally chill. Noseslide shove-its should take their place on any “Tricks You Should Never Do” list.

Jake Johnson and Shaun Gregorie session the famed Gold Rail in Washington, D.C.

False alarm, guys. Lil’ Wayne is still very much concerned with skateboarding in 2012, as he can be seen hugging his skateboard, and claiming “Baby, I’m a thrasher” throughout his feature in the new Mystikal video. Whew!

This is what ledges look like before they get put in front of office buildings and we wax them up. (Spoiler: They look like rocks.)

Quote of the Week
Pad: “We should do a Costa Rica trip.”
Roctakon: “You’ve been watching too many Green Diamond videos.”

Speaking of which, there’s a new Green Diamond Costa Rica clip.

Science might say otherwise, but it is officially spring now.

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It’s going to be seventy-five degrees today. There’s a theory going around that the new Tompkins box is responsible for warmer weather patterns. The Real video is premiering at KCDC and available for purchase as well. It’s very good.

As the iPhone has risen to be one of the more prominent video devices in the world of skateboarding, it seems relevant to post this infographic of all of the rumors (and their respective likelihood) surrounding new features on the iPhone 5. Full 1080p HD video recording, a 8Mpx digital camera, and maybe the potential 64GB model would really be the only things to benefit our cause. But all of that is merely speculation. Meanwhile, whoever dreamt up a 3D display on a cell phone is an idiot.

Josh Stewart re-edited Brian Delatorre’s ender part in the M.I.A. video to a shorter length, and to the sounds of some 70s sounding rock, as opposed to the hysteric Hindu chants in the original. Welcome to M.I.A. came out in late 2010 (all the publications and blogs had already distributed “best of the year” accolades at that point), so it carries over into 2011, thus Dela’s part will definitely be in consideration for one of the finer instances of skateboarding in the past year.

A set of six original Wu-Tang skateboards is on eBay, and it starts at $950 with a $1,400 Buy-It-Now price. No Ghostface board though. When will an enterprising skateboarder pitch the idea for Brick Squad Skateboards to Gucci? Can’t wait to roll through Tompkins and see some kid holding a Wooh Da Kid or OJ Da Juiceman pro model.

Speaking of Wu-Tang, here’s Billy Rohan skating in black leather Wallabees in the new “Diamond Days” clip.

Speaking of Brick Squad, have you seen the “Grove Street Party” video with the talking Fozzie Bear chain yet? Every time there’s one random white guy in the background of a rap video, I hope it’s Sweet Waste.

Adding insult to injury, they even managed to knob the rails at Ziegfeld. Fairly useless, and certainly negligible, but whatever. You can move the planters with two people, by the way. Push them off the steps if you do.

Already Been Done #4 coming on Tuesday, April 12.

Last but not least, rest in peace Sidney Lumet, one of the great New York filmmakers. Serpico, Network, Dog Day Afternoon, etc. are all obvious, but watch Prince of the City if you enjoy New York movies. You need an attention span for it, but it’s definitely one of the best cop films out there.

Quote of the Week:They’re not hoodrats. Look at them. They’re like, Moroccan.” — Matt Mooney

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