Remember that scene in Men in Black where Tommy Lee and Big Willie are chilling on a bench in Battery Park, and he’s explaining what we once “knew” of the universe? “1500 years ago, people knew that the earth was the center of the universe. 500 years ago, people knew that the earth was flat…”
Fifteen minutes ago, we were living with absolute certainty that lines on our beloved Three Up Three Down maxed out at three tricks. Dear God were we wrong.
“Stay Young” is the new part from 2013 Q.S.S.O.T.Y. Leo Gutman for Labor Skateshop. Between an impeccable seldom-seen-in-other-New York-vids spot selection (seriously, who the f thinks to skate this thing), the best trick thus far on that full pipe-ish sculpture at Union Square, and some seasonably appropriate gloves footage, is perhaps the biggest development in Three Up Three Down’s six-year existence. Three stairs up one side, three stairs down the other, three tricks [once thought] possible in consecutive order — the spot was once an O.C.D. victim’s dream. Until now, since Leo Gutman altered our perceptions of time and space by stuffing two flatground tricks between the two sets of three.
Four, FOUR tricks at THREE Up THREE Down!
Previously: The Brodies
Told you that trash was #trending.
“Would the take-aways from your story be: find your passion, go to school if it interests you, travel, meet new people, get out of your comfort zone, don’t be scared to move somewhere new, be good to people, and work really hard?”
“I’d say focus on the first and the last two things you just mentioned and everything else will fall into place.” Skateboard Story has an interview with Torey Goodall, one of the five or seven greatest living skateboarders, about turning #good #drunk times into a career at a fashion-forward British skateboard enterprise.
New vid from Jesse Alba and that kid who doesn’t fuck with Trukfit.
This dude switch 5050ed the Hooters rail in the new Waylon Bone edit. Sorta surprised that spot hasn’t been getting more burn in the “Summer Trip to New York” footage cycle considering the actual Hooters has been out of commission for a minute.
Volume 12 of LurkNYC’s “New York York Times” throwaway series went live this past weekend. Some people really really hate skateboarding yaknow?
We’re still adamantly anti-good skateboarders at Three Up Three Down but still sorta excited to see what Lucas came back with. Him and Hjalte get the pass.
Carroll’s quick Questionable, Virtual Reality, Goldfish and Finally run is the skate version of Nayvadius’ Monster, Beastmode, 56 Nights and DS2 run.
“Jönnek” is the new one from the finest former Soviet bloc country-based skate crew working today. They’re basically the MPC™ of eastern Europe.
Hey he got a new phone.
…and that Gramercy T.F. is the new hot spot for phone edits.
Free Skate Mag caught up with Luy Pa Sin, an icon of mid-2000s European ledge skating and varial flips. Includes a retrospective edit too :)
Officially (?) the first skate clip to utilize WATTBA #musicsupervision.
“No profession is as closely identified with food as police work is with doughnuts.”
Quote of the Week: “That kid scoots like a Polar skater.” — Keith Denley
This week marks one year since the release of Tha Tour, which is still on whole-way-through-at-least-3x-a-week-status over at the QS office. Birdman can go to hell for ruining what was momentarily the greatest thing to happen to rap groups since who even knows? Since We Got It For Cheap 2 dropped? Guys pls work out your differences and bring back “the best duo since Outkast“© thx.
…and Torey Pudwill hasn’t been in town, we checked his Instagram.
Let us reiterate: Three Up Three Down is not about being good at skateboarding.
Much like lower-and-middle income New Yorkers are being priced out of Manhattan, more able-bodied skateboarders are ousting us from plebeian Manhattan street spots. The rich are never content just having a little bit — they want it all. Dylan Reider was the trailblazer for legitimizing Three Up Three Down after years of professional skateboarder indifference, but his one-percenter cronies were soon to follow. This quite obviously included some would-be 2014 Danny Gonzales. Go back to Cali dude.
LEAVE OUR SPOTS ALONE! There are enough places to be good at skateboarding in New York City, but not nearly as many if you’re not particularly great at it. Just because the Courthouse Drop is unskateable, doesn’t mean you have to wax our beloved two-and-a-half stair. Three Up Three Down is where Mouse-era Ben Sanchez would film a part if he were teleported to New York in the 2010s, not where the Grizzly team should be poised to film half of their 2014 “Summer Trip to New York” clip.
With Southbank saved, it’s time we, as common folk, initiate a new campaign — C.A.P.S. (Commoners Against Professional Skateboarders.) Consult the video below and observe just how much chiller all those lines look than some stupid twenty-foot-long backside lipslide to tailslide.
What’s next, Bryan Hermans brings a picnic table to Virtual Reality Bump?
There’s a difference between pioneering something and popularizing it. You could be the first one to do it, but not necessarily the one that gets everyone else to do it.
Skateboarders are rolling out to Berlin in desaturated droves — just *hoping* that their fashion senses get rejuvenated by the second week of September. (Who knows, maybe some sick nips step into the frame on a lifestyle shot if they’re lucky?) Except German excursions aren’t the first act of destination popularization that Dylan Reider is responsible for in 2014. His “cherry” part got good skateboarders to begin skating Three Up Three Down, a longtime favorite spot of the Quartersnacks office.
Nevermind that his line which legitimized Three Up in professional skateboarding’s collective consciousness began with an Andre Page ABD from 2011, or that Dre was the first person to ever prop up the grate to the bike rack, or even that Roctakon filmed a line there while wearing, like, $500 Dior jeans. It’s pioneerization (no, that’s not a word) v.s. popularization all over again. Dylan Reider is capable of influencing skateboarding’s zeitgeist in a way that we are not.
HOWEVER, as longtime fans of Three Up Three Down (and the beautiful people who jog past it ♥♥♥♥♥), we ARE qualified to speak on HOW it is skated. Three Up Three Down in not about fashion runway renditions of kickflip nose manuals, or being quick enough to stuff a trick between the two sets. It is the premier “If you can’t ollie up it, don’t ollie down it”-spot. It is not about showing off.
We give people from Florida a hard time*, but credit must be given when it is due. Jimmy Lannon now officially holds the title for the best line done at Three Up Three Down by a professional skateboarder. Switch manual. Switch varial flip on flat. End.
(Labor has Static IV DVDs by the way.)
*It’s been a tough week to maintain Florida-related biases, especially after also being forced to admit that a Floridian had the best footage in Enron. Shouldn’t take long for Florida to fall back down again though: look no further.
Ryan Hickey at the Bubble Banks (R.I.P) #nonewspots — Photo by Ryan Gee
“Take the subway? The J train? Where the fuck am I gonna go on the J train?”
Here’s a “new” old Dobbin Block clip. Dave Caddo does some sick stuff and Tufty has the best outfit in it. (Previously: Useless Times, A Quick One.)
Hey, how about a non fancy camera / regular motion Pretty Sweet remix video? Because these normal shots of Carroll’s tricks are great.
New Lurk NYC clip with a lot of noseslides (#NYNoseslides) and an overted crisis involving being hit by a delivery guy’s bike chain.
The Man Who Films put together a cool montage for Mood NYC, shot between New York and Providence. The visual effects and nondescript hip-hop instrumental loop make it feel like something that would’ve been at the end of an E.S.T. issue.
Richard Quintero edited a New York montage for Transworld as part of their “NYC Rising” series. It features every skater who lives in New York or has visited here in the past year. Good to see Houston Bump tricks making a comeback.
Chicago’s Uprise Skate Shop has a new video coming out entitled Downtown Wig Wam. We’ve talked about music supervision in Uprise videos before, and the jazzy black and white vibe of the trailer looks promising.
“Spot Rape,” a song about Bobby Puleo. “A set of stairs to a cellar door, you goddamn right, Bobby been here before.”
Well this certainly looks dangerous.
2nd Nature now has a location in Bushwick, Brooklyn, in a shared space with Post Bike Shop. Maybe that’s a place you could take the J train to?
Watch Joey Boullianne’s part in Nevermind and get emotional, and then watch the video’s friends section and collect interest off of extortions to settle your score.
Who the hell does this dude think he is to go the wrong way at Three Up Three Down?
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Tony Parker’s buzzer beater that made no sense.
Quote of the Week: “My rule for talking to girls in Philly is to never talk to a chick who’s taller than me, because if she’s taller than me, she’s a man.” — Andre Page
The investigation begins: Who moved the most recent Tompkins rail to the pedestrian path of the Williamsburg Bridge? And please don’t let it be because of some moronic, artsy photo…