The August Slump

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Photo by Emilio Cuilan

August is always slow. Having three Monday Links posts on the front page isn’t really a good look though, so hopefully stuff starts happening soon :(

Seattle is taking a step in the right direction with regard to more progressive thought than “skaters = skateparks.” Except the thought is a bit better than the execution, because the “skateable sculpture” they built looks absurd and not a good way (it’s designed by a snowboarder…and Torey Pudwill.) Unsurprisingly, even when not making full-fledged skate plazas, the Germans are ahead of the curve with the whole multi-functional skateable sculpture thing.

Skate Spot Porn: Architizer rounds up some works of modernist architecture that happen to be unintentionally perfect for skateboarding.

Get weird with the Juicy Elbows “Summer Trip to New York” montage. Here’s last year’s edition in case you missed it. And if you didn’t know by now, there’s a Venice curb and flat bar at the Fat Kid Spot now.

Watch Raffie Gordon’s part and Karim Callender and Alejandro Batista’s shared part from Belief Skate Shop’s Ever Upward video. Anyone who does a trick at the two-second bust plaza outside of the F train on 42nd Street deserves a pat on the back.

Skaters aren’t the only ones obssessed with the VHS format. Is it safe to say that unlike straight-to-VHS B-movies from the eighties, most skate videos initially released on VHS that are worth saving have already been preserved on new mediums?

Speaking of formats, here is this week’s edition in our search for the new VX1000.

J Kwon / Radio Korea is singlehandedly bringing a nineties plaza vibe back to L.A. skating, a la the USC, Santa Monica Courthouse, or L.A. County days.

This Carlos Iqui guy is keeping the switch push alive.

Brian Anderson skates the B.Q.E. spot and talks about his new shoe, which has been getting some heavy praise from the older, “I only skate in one shoe”-stickler crowd.

A new old NJ Scum clip.

Someone (not Ian Reid) uploaded Ian Reid’s Video to YouTube.

R.I.P. to the Instagram sensation Bushwick Bump.

*BONUS* QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: The NBA season is two-and-a-half months away, so here’s White Chocolate with a bounce pass to alley oop in a Taiwanese exhibition game from this summer. FYI: Derrick Rose returns in a season opener against the Heat, and the Knicks’ second game is in Chicago. Also, the Knicks play the Thunder at MSG on Christmas (their last meeting was a good time.)

Quote of the Week: “I hate hearing people drive by blasting that ‘Ain’t Worried About Nothing’ song when I’m worrying about landing a trick.” — Lurker Lou

Our statistics reveal that the past six months have coincided with a 30% rise in traffic from Brooklyn visitors. Does this mean we need to reformat, relocate and cut back on the Lovely Day jokes?

TWOMANJI: The 2012 Skate Video From 1998 (?)

VHS may currently be the most reliable form of time travel available to humans (at least as far as skate videos are concerned.) TWOMANJI is a video by Kurt Havens that claims to originate from 1998, but looks like 1988, as it has more in common with the Skate NYC videos that surfaced online last spring (see here or here) than anything actually released in 1998. The spots tend to indicate 2012, or at least 2004, since records state that white people did not begin skateboarding in Brooklyn prior to the first daring caucasian explorer followed up on his Pratt acceptance letter around that date. (Much speculation surrounds this theory.) Many fear that we will soon live in a world where skateboard plagiarists begin filming new tricks at spots in the VHS format in an effort to convolute skateboard history and A.B.D. timelines. Government intervention within this largely unregulated form of time travel seems inevitable.

The video features various Flipmode affiliates, and even a 5-minute Bronze section midway with extras from the past several Sidlauskas productions. A good watch, even if many mysteries surrounding TWOMANJI‘s origins remain.

Side A:
I. Billy McFeely ft. Don Gonyon: 0:01 – 3:25
II. Bill Pierce: 3:26 – 5:53
III. Friends: 5:54 – 9:42
IV. Rene Perez/Richard Quintero: 9:43 – 11:09
V. A.J. Nagy/ Robert Sunshine (ft. James Buchman, Jimmy Pakidis, JP Blair, and Jersey Dave): 11:10 -15:15
VI. Curt Havens ft. Joseph Amsel: 15:16 – 17:41

Side B:
VII. Bronze Hardware co. commercial [chopped and screwed by Peter Sidlauskas]: 17:42 – 25:34
VIII: Pat Murray ft. Don Gonyon, Shawn Powers, and Peter Sidlauskas: 25:35 – 28:58
IX: Paulgar on Houston Street: 28:59 – 29:13
X: Nick Ricciardi: 29:14 – 32:43
XI: Credits: 32:44 – 35:09

The Events That Defined New York City Skateboarding in 2011: 10-6

2011 ends in less that four days. Wow. Previous installments of the countdown: #25-21, #20-16, #15-11. Final installment goes online December 31.

10. Lucas Puig Re-Legitimizes the Noseslide

The northeast may be the last place on earth that does not fully buy into the ballet of flip-in-flip-outs synonymous with the modern day noseslide. We were delighted to see Lucas Puig, one of European skateboarding’s most agreeable technicians, be the one to bring back a completely glitter-less version of one. Puig’s re-induction of the noseslide into acceptable territory for line choreographers has already been felt in videos since his Transworld spotlight, most notably via Stefan Janoski in The SB Chronicles.

Note: Whether or not this trick is acceptable for those under the age of 25 (i.e. those who have not been skating long enough to remember when the noseslide was an acceptable ledge trick) is a controversial subject.

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