You Know They Love the Snowman in the White House

Ty only skates transition now. Photo by Emilio Cuilan.

The first column on the 100th floor of 1 World Trade Center goes up today, which for the second time in history, makes it the tallest building in New York City, surpassing the Empire State Building by 21 feet.

E.J. made a lifestyle-y Super 8 clip for all the video art students. Part one of four.

10 Questions with the Black Ninja. If we’re trying to convince kids that the skateboard industry is abundant with jobs, what sort of example are we setting if the Black Ninja doesn’t have a six-figure salary and a head marketing position at a major skateboard conglomerate? The guy writes rap songs just to sell t-shirts.

Zered Bassett video interview on Fred Gall heating up a frozen pizza with a clothing iron, getting held at gunpoint by undercovers for riding mini bikes with Vinnie Ponte, and a variety of other subjects.

Lost Kevin Tierney Flushing footage that was found on a laserdisc and ripped to YouTube. Noseslides, lipslides, etc.

The Hells Angels have beef with Rob Dyrdek. Tell him to stay off East 3rd Street.

Rob Gonyon doing noseblunts in camo pants (a Josh Kalis classic), and Bill Pierce doing melon grabs in this Skateboarder magazine Photo File.

Some guy took a $2,700 set of skateboards and made fancy ultra post-modern shelves out of them.

Happy 10th birthday to Nelly’s “Hot in Here.”

Shawn Powers is the only American you put on your skateboard company, and Torey Goodall is the only Canadian? Sounds good.

Quote of the Week:

Skateboarding websites, Olympic swimmers, ESPN commentators, and the Commander-in-Chief are just a few who have been inspired by the Snowman’s brilliant body of work.


Don’t mention anything about sports if you see me.

Trying to be around like Boston Baked Beans…

Andre Page — Ollie at Paine Webber. Brian Kelley posted up a quick “look back” post on one of the world’s most enthusiastic skateboarders, Andre Page. We filmed a line with that bench ollie this past December in twenty-degree weather (notice the down jacket) at maybe 2 A.M., so B.K’s words about the whole night thing are on point. A small handful of people could ollie that bench…not that many are doing it when the temperature is below freezing. If you ever want to learn how to properly execute a flip trick, or how to ollie well, go to Tompkins, act real creepy, and watch Dre skate. Somehow beating him in S.K.A.T.E. (once) is still one of my finer achievements.

Perennial Quartersnacks favorite, the Black Ninja, dropped a new part. It’s all skatepark footage, and the lime laces remain, but it is still a must watch. The soundtrack takes a bit of a turn, switching between a rock version, and an ominous, slow piano loop rap song. “Nosestall, tailstall, front shove, hell naw! Rippin’ through the nosestall game like a bearclaw.”

Continuing along with those mentioned in our rap video skate part guide…watch the Darren Harper throwaway part. He switch flips the bench at Welfare Banks, and retweets Roctakon.

This isn’t real, but the kid nollie crooked a triple or quadruple kinked hubba in the new Transworld video, so it it really that far fetched?

Skateboarders are known for being a thrifty bunch, but you guys should probably stop taking those $5 Chinatown buses.

Have you heard about the great Kansas City parking block heist? It takes something like this to realize just how absurd skateboarding looks from the outside looking in. (Spotted via Skate & Annoy)

Here is an interview with Quartersnacks’ favorite Canadian skater, Torey Goodall, who is currently hiding out in Norway. Below, is a five-year-old B-roll edit from Baby Steps. He rips, skates to DJ Screw, and best of all, the edit was done by one of skateboarding’s finest auteurs, Rob Butterfield.

Quote of the Week:You know that Jadakiss line, ‘Gangsters don’t die, they get chubby, and move to Miami?’ Well, it’s ‘Hipsters don’t die, they get sober, and move to L.A.‘” — Alex Dymond

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Cash Only Popeye’s

Click to enlarge. The scan is from the extensive Gino Iannucci archive over at the Chrome Ball Incident. The other day, we were talking about how great it’d be if the Javitz Center was still around. New York could definitely use another empty park with a bunch of three-sets, some mellow ledges, and no bust factor.

Some people pointed out a few omissions from last Friday’s rap video skate part post, namely Quim Cardona from Eastern Exposure 3 (which wasn’t an actual part), Joey Suriel from Street Cinema (only an intro, but his choice of rapping over a Beanie Sigel and Rick Rock collaboration is quite admirable), and some obscure Dave Mayhew part mentioned in the comments. However, Dave Mayhew has already accomplished enough in skateboarding by reinventing the way mankind perceived footwear with the D3, and pre-dating Carroll’s popularization of doing impossibles out of things with his Storm part.

Also regarding the aforementioned article, the Black Ninja co-signed his inclusion. He is certainly the best rapper of the bunch, and at this point, probably the only skater who should be rapping to his part (although the bar is pretty high for his next outing.)

Did you know that Chad Fernandez has a twin brother who’s a UFC fighter? (Via Eby)

It’s no secret that the C-Benches are a D-list downtown spot (actually, there are no A-list downtown spots, so maybe that bumps it up to a C-list downtown spot), but on the slim chance that you have been itching to skate there, the whole plaza is under construction for now. It looks like they’re not touching the benches, and only replacing the floor, which would be a good thing. Unless it’s clunkier than the current floor.

Well, this was certainly expected.

Diamond Days #49. Word is that they’re going to do a special GOLD edition for #50 with a big Steve Berra 5050 like 411 did for their 50th edition. Features footage of Corey Rubin AKA Corey from Finland, and a very impressive maneuver on three-up three-down.

Quartersnacks International Links: Butter Goods promo out of Perth, Australia (that low metal ledge spot on perfect ground from Full Flared, etc. looks like the funnest place on earth), and a Familia Skateboards promo from South Africa. Always cool when people from all over the globe shoot over links to such a local, inside-joke-filled New York site.

Quote of the Week:
Yaje: “Does anyone want to buy a set of wheels?
12th & A Lurker: “I’d buy them if they were Rictas.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Rap Video Skate Parts

It seems that whenever Jereme Rogers releases one of his “rap songs,” conventional skateboard media outlets continue to grant him exposure. These videos usually draw the ire of those nostalgic for the Coliseum era, when Jereme was switch flipping stairs to Buena Vista Social Club. Even non-skate related circles have given his frequent masterworks of second hand embarrassment some contemplation. We’re all guilty of (well, not Quartersnacks…not until this post anyway) offering Jereme airtime, instead of ignoring him in hopes that he would simply disappear or get committed. He, like many other inadequate rappers, subscribes to the fallacy that equates having “haters” to success. The only way we could win is by not paying attention.

However, his recent rap videos and audition tapes for a potential sequel to Whiteboyz are not the first instances of skateboarders attempting to mesh themselves with the mystic world of rap music. The following is a (cautionary) guide to the occasional rap video skate part, and why it has typically been a bad idea, long before Jereme Rogers made us wonder if he bumped his head too hard when he fell off the mattress in Wonderful Horrible Life.

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