Happy New Year! 🍾 Here are the remaining bits of any year-end stuff you may have missed + all else from the fake week between Christmas and New Years. P.S. Found some boxes of the QS x Classic Grip Snackman grip in the warehouse and added ’em to the webstore.
“Going to the Noguchi Museum to sit in the garden before I try a trick.” If you wondered how Trung Nguyen got to be …well, Trung Nguyen, the answer is sitting in a zen garden before trying to get the clip — as evidenced by Skate Jawn‘s latest “$100 Chill” episode, which features the last filming day for Late Nite Stars’ O video.
“Xavier, what does ‘rap game Bob Burnquist’ mean?” “It means I’m the rap game Bob Burnquist.” Our friend Greg Navarro hung out with Xaviersobased for a wholesome day in the life video that gives insight into his music and origins. “Skater boys always got motion, man.”
The Skate Muzik podcast’s latest year-end episode covers the best #musicsupervision moments heard throughout 2023’s skate videos.
O is the latest in Texas skateboard technology being unleashed on New York skate spots by Late Nite Stars and Chase Walker. While STILL felt like more of a party video with a few formal parts waiting at the end, O is all business and confidently carries its nearly 40-minute runtime. Often, when a crew video gets that long its a mixed bag, but not always!
And certainly not today!
🧢 Classic QS arch caps available in the webstore 🧢
Congrats to Aaron Loreth on going pro for Limosine Skateboards ❤️ Aaron has a new part by Benny Maglinao out. As an added bonus, Farran Golding chopped up the audio of Trung Nguyen talking about Aaron’s 917 #2 section over the original part via Trung’s Five Favorite Parts installment.
Hugh O’Hare + some of the Travel Skateshop heads have a New Jersey-based montage out featuring a bunch gentleman who are exceptionally talented at manuals 📍
EC Melodi has a new one out entitled “Break Your Legs,” featuring favs like Akobi Williams, Coles Bailey, Myles Underwood, and more. Also includes maybe the most insane minute of slams in recent memory towards the middle.
Photo by Ryan Mettz 📷
Regardless of how extensively an interview is prepared for, the finest moments often drift into conversation unplanned and on a tangent.
The backstory to Trung Nguyen’s darkslide – which closed his part in Chase Walker’s RESPECTFULLY just over a year ago – may seem like an obvious topic to probe. However, it only came about after discussing a string of gear choices as rare as the trick itself.
Speaking to Trung for his Five Favorite Parts, talk of Brent Atchley led to talk of Chromeball Dunks and “the special Element board” which he took griptape-side down around the curved flatbar at Marcus Garvey Park, scored by Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn.”
Asked for the run down, Trung recounted the year-in-the-making story of the darkslide with an uninterrupted enthusiasm that recalled A.V.E. discussing the Green Bench. Here’s how the most memorable enders in recent years came to be.
Interview by Farran Golding
On the tail-end of his recovery from an injury, we spoke to Trung about Asian representation in skate videos, “2010 tricks,” Gwen Stefani, and the skatepark that Aaron Loreth made famous ;)