Simple Magic compiled a list (with excerpts!) of 2023’s best skateboard writing, including Mr. Munzenrider’s QS story about skate shop tees + Mr. Carbonite’s annual Song of the Summer x Part of the Summer study.
“You just got white rice?” Stephan Singh has a sick edit out called “Drop Top Drippy” featuring some deeper spot digging than any ol’ local edit. That firecracker bank thing on Morris Avenue might be the most London-ass spot in all New York. Kickflip was the one.
IMPULSE is an Albany / upstate scene video by Chris Sendzik with parts from Cooper Qua, Jeremiah Gray, Yafay Towles and a great closing section from Nick Persico.
We made this tee in the nascent days of QS merch, commemorating the 2003 blackout, which happened exactly 20 years ago, today. That August 14th, everyone was packed inside Tompkins for one of those classic T.F. sessions where it felt like everyone who mattered was within that fence. It took us about an hour or so to realize the power had gone out. Only two years removed from 9/11, everybody’s mind raced to the worst hypothetical conclusions imaginable. To ease everyone’s anxiety, Billy Rohan reminded us that “Tompkins is actually the safest place in the world right now.” He was right.
Devin Sweat has a name tailor-made for R&B stardom. But instead of singing loverman ballads and waiting for a Drake feature, he has a really sick new part for Labor filmed entirely in New York. Love the elusive City College benches clip.
The brains at Always Do What You Should Do collaborated with Noah on some gear, and released a New York trip edit / Three Up Three Down pilgrimage to celebrate the capsule.
Thanks to everyone who came out last Friday despite the beginning of a truly dreadful weekend of weather ❤️ You’re a real one if you braved it ☔️
Thanks to Vans and Jersey Dave for having us.
🔊 Shout out to LQQK Studio for DJing.
🍔 Thanks to Win Son Bakery for cooking.
🍺 Thanks to Minnows for pouring.
📹 Video filmed and edited by Zoogie.
📸 Photos shot by Jason Lecras.
🏀 Some photos of some friends below.
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Jimmy Quartersnacks was concerned with Tommy being made Meatball making it back to Japan, it was like we were all being made making it back to Japan.” Happy Birthday Meatball (and Rihanna) 💞 QS for Classic Grip available at Japanese shops now ❤️
Fly’n across America 🇺🇸 Ryan Mettz dropped a quick new homie edit with Cyrus, Max, Karim & Franco.
Acai, film rolls and sushi: Skate Jawn‘s latest “$100 Chill” feature is with Naquan Rollings and perfectly encapsulates a low-stakes winter skate day in New York.
Also for Skate Jawn: Zach Moeller got on his Bourdain shit and wrote a guide on how to hit Europe for two with absolutely zero plan.
“Hey Troy, so how much shit do you usually get for having such pretty eyes?” Heckride interviewed Troy Gipson.
QS x The World’s Best Griptape™ is a good home for your Christmas $ ❤️
For a more curated best of 2022 run-down than our crowd-sourced one, Boil the Ocean is in the midst of its annual top ten list of the year’s finest video parts. Jahmir ✅, Elijah ✅ and Diego ✅.
Simple Magic ran down a list of the year’s best skateboard writing. Shout out for the nod on Frozen in Carbonite’s griptape piece from June, and Ian Browning’s L.E.S. Park profile from August.
The Skate Muzik podcast also dropped its year-in-review podcast running through notable #musicsupervision selections from the past 12 months of skate videos. Shout out to the Louke Man song from the Limosine edit.