There is obviously no shortage of reminders in the media today about taking care of our mental health. What exactly that means — especially for those of us who grew up in environments where those conversations were foreign altogether — can be hard to grasp.
Torey Goodall is someone that any longtime QS reader needs no introduction to; he’s been a staple even before his name was lifted into the QS part rafters with the “Quiksilver” part that featured Club LIV, robots, hor d’oeuvres and martinis. In this new piece for the Ben Raemers Foundation, he talks about how a life spent immersed in skating can change so quickly when that obsession, hobby, culture, love, etc. is taken away via a major injury — and how he, like so many others at that same crossroad, found himself in an unhealthy cycle scrambling to channel energy elsewhere. Torey found boxing as an outlet, and takes us through a quick run of that journey.
Zach + Dutchy. Photo by Bosco.
“Which drew a bigger audience of U.S. skaters, the Olympics or the Dipset/Lox Verzuz?” (Actually got the answer to this.) Boil the Ocean tackles the Olympics. (Free also has some Olympics coverage, for those interested.)
Jan Maarten Sneep has firmly ascended to that top-tier list of skate video auteurs who incite an immediate click whenever something new drops. The latest montage for Vans’ Dutch team is full of yell-at-the-screen-creative skateboarding, and contains the meticulous editing that comes with all Sneep productions.
Photo via Jersey Dave
Thanks to everyone who grabbed something from the webstore over the weekend. Holiday QS goods should have made their way to most U.S. shops by now. Arriving in Canada + Japan this week. Europe + everywhere else next week. Thank you for the support during these shaky times ♥
If you missed it in July, now would be a good time to read Farran’s #longform Slam City interview with Tom Knox about …lines.
“It is like Tom Knox is doing missionary work, faithfully showing that London is skateable. He ardently skates his home surroundings, teaching us, like a prophet finding a spring of water in the desert.” — Everyday Hybridity re: the spots in Tom Knox’s “Atlantic Drift” part.
Thrasher posted the interview with Leo, Cher and Stephen about Glue Skateboards online.
“That person next to you — whatever thing wrong you might have with them, it might be big or small — let that shit go. It doesn’t matter.” ♥♥♥
Long distance relationships are never easy, and to help soothe the heartache, Jesse Alba made a full surprise Nolan Benfield part with cameos from Cyrus ‘n them.
The full, 38-minute NY/NJ-based Sportsmanshit video is now live via Skate Jawn. A lot of “totally forgot about that spot”-reactions watching this one. Very fun, the whole way through :)
Summer QS stuff available in all of our domestic, Euro, Japan + Korea accounts now. (Eastern Canada has it, western Canada should be getting everything this week.) Our webstore goes live today at 11 A.M. Eastern Standard Time.
“Bills 3 Late Fee” is the new video from Angel Foseca and the crew up in The Bronx. Always a pleasure watching these videos that look and feel way different than so much of the other stuff coming out of the city.
If your heart doesn’t melt watching this… well, I don’t even know — Diego Meek (Dr. Scarecrow, et al.) put together a six-minute mini-doc about Skate After School, a program serving eight low-income elementary schools. “I painted it myself!” If you want a PSA about skateboarding at its purest and absolute best, this is it.
Naquan uploaded the 34-minute master file of Black Business b-sides.
Tompkins Square Park native son, Yaje Popson, is is the latest guest on the “Mission Statement” podcast.