In Anticipation of…The Dad Push

chris cole

Skateboarding is in the golden age of fatherly re-appropriation. The uncool tricks that were left behind in our adolescent years have all been the focal point of some resurgence: plain old noseslides, noseslide shoves, varial flips, and even the Union Square raver favorite heelflip body varial made an appearance in L. Puig’s latest novel.

Little kid tricks are being refined and rebranded as “dad tricks” for use by those approaching responsible child-rearing age. We reached adulthood and saw it was scary — there’s too much stress tucked behind the curtain of constant progression, so we reverted to the carefree days of middle school tricks. The problem is that we’re is running out of ugly ducklings to turn into swans. The rack of revivable lowbrow tricks looks like a Goodwill after ten Tumblr girls have come through to thrift.

But what is so “ugly,” so “hideous,” so “wrong,” yet so *new* of a standard that we couldn’t bear to think of it becoming…cool again? The switch mongo push.

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Peruse the YouTube comments of old video parts, and you’ll see undereducated skate etiquette nazis questioning switch mongo in even the classics. Not learning how to push switch is becoming more of a faux pas with each passing day. Twenty years later, Ricky won and switch mongo is becoming extinct. Even pressure flips don’t summon ire quite the same way in 2016.

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Stupid Groundhog


Sick of this snow, man.

NJ Skateshop has a restock of QS beanies. Not many left in the web store, btw.

Muckmouth on the increasingly unfashionable dilemma of switch mongo. Is this a dilemma for people born before 1990? Or is the fact that Kalis, Stevie, Koston, Welsh, Gino and Carroll all push switch mongo enough to make us not think about it?

There’s a sick montage from Pittsburgh’s One Up Skateshop Crew up over on the Thrasher site. Features a mini section from Austin Kanfoush at the end.

Platinum Seagulls examines the frequent use of Mobb Deep’s The Infamous for #musicsupervision in early issues of 411. (Oh, speaking of 411…coming soon.)

Gabriel Rodriguez talks about his five favorite board graphics with Memory Screened, which lets you in on some of the inner-workings behind 101 and Chocolate.

Some Russians uploaded Underworld Element’s Skypager video in full to YouTube.

Eight-minute New York and S.F. log file and some throwaway footage from PFP3.

A seldom seen, artsy shared part from Quim Cardona and Paulo Diaz that appeared in S-One’s 4 Cities video. Insole companies apparently made videos ~15 years ago.


Stan Karbine’s part in $14 the Hard Way is awesome.

Kalis talks J. Kwon, Love comparisons, etc. with King Shit. Honestly, that place looks like utter hell to skate on a Sunday.

Non skate-related link alert! You may remember the only episode of MTV Cribs that mattered from 2001…Well, MTV paid a visit back to Redman’s Staten Island castle in 2014 to see if his cousin is still sleeping on the floor, and to check on the status of his dollar box. Also, he has a Dynex…

QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Despite what he may say, Lance Stephenson looks sorta pissed he didn’t make the All-Star team.

Quote of the Week: “I’m thinking of going to sleep but I also want to skate this bump-to-bar.” — Alexander Mosley

R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman