It was a great year for skateboarding — especially in New York, but also beyond — despite being especially rough on humans otherwise. Let’s get this one rolling :)
Spring QS merch is trickling into shops in the U.S. Available now at Supreme New York & Los Angeles, Labor, NJ, Alumni [Nyack], 510, Andrew [Miami], Atlas, Civil, DSM, Emage, Home, Humidity, Orchard, Pitcrew, Seasons and Uprise. Available in Japan now. Available in Europe, Korea and Canada next week. Available online next Monday, May 8th, at midnight E.S.T. Thx 4 the ♥
Congrats to Cyrus on his first magazine cover. Gonna party extra hard for the first cover he gets with his name actually spelled right ;)
Walker Ryan has low-key (mid-key?) spent the past few years doing some of the best tricks on the staple New York spots. Old Friends put together this five-minute A.B.D. edit of all his city footage. Respect to filming the World Trade out ledge from the Burger King window, and to the fact that the security guard standing at the bottom of the bank is basically a part of the Roosevelt Island spot, no matter the clip.
Quim Cardona and friends in the montage from Politic’s First Division video.
This video is dreadful, but Chris Pfanner does a beast line from the rail to the double bump-to-bars in the projects on Madison Street.
Drew Connors dropped a promo for Bailar II, featuring Shredmaster Keith advocating for the resurgence of the Polish Park ledges on McGuiness — A.K.A. Derick Ziemkiewicz Park. You can watch the first Bailar video here.
Genny uploaded his first iPhone video of the spring to a David Banner classic.
The last part of Making It Happen is online, via Patrick Vidal and some monstrous pop.
Jonathan Rentschler has a sick-looking new 176-page book coming out that documents the final three years of Love Park.
Haven’t had a chance to listen yet, but the latest Bunt episode is with Ryan Gallant.
Russian Bob and Reda put together this retrospective on New York skateboarding’s first videographer, R.B. Umali. Happy 40th R.B. (Rewatch his “Shoot All Skaters” episodes from a few years ago because they’re bomb.)
Boil the Ocean re: Chromeball Interview #100 with Danny Way.
Enjoyed this edit from London’s proverbial T.F., Gillett Square (“Crackba” is a sick nickname), which was outside of Torey’s first apartment in London :) Memories, man!
So do we buy tickets to Prague orrrrrr……?
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: I hate Paul Pierce, but respect the fuck out of Paul Pierce, and now that he’s out of the league as of yesterday, I don’t hate Paul Pierce. Godspeed to one of the great NBA villains.
Quote of the Week: “Would you rather go to jail for one year by yourself, or go to jail for ten years with gang?” — J Boy
Endless Shrimp is back!
Thank you to everyone who bought something from the webstore. The response was stronger than expected and we’re still catching up on orders. If you don’t see tracking in your e-mail by ~Wednesday, then you can start sending those “where is my stuff” emails. Until then, we’re still getting caught up with the last of them. If you’re a small, there are some items left + a lot of the hat styles are still in stock.
An interview with one of the T.F’s native sons, Yaje Popson via Cafe Creme.
“Young Mitchell why you trapping so hard?” Fresh off the Nik Stain vid, someone created a great remix of my second favorite Wilson brother, Mitch from Philly.
Damn, back in my day, skate video titles had TWO words. Fully Flared, Menik Mati, Yeah Right… ANYWAY, Drama is the new kinda full-length (15 min) from Harry Bergenfield, Evan Pacheco and the youth, filmed mostly in the city but with a decent bit of Jersey footage. Been fun to watch these get better and better. Everyone obviously starts out with their influences and eventually matures into something unique if they keep at it. Shout out to the boy Ingmar.
To each his own, but the fact that people are making dedicated tribute videos to the “Brownsville Banks” A.K.A. the Beef Patty Banks (or wait, should we have been calling them the Space Heater Banks this entire time?) goes to show how sad the quality of [low bust] spots in this city has become. Cool video though.
New iPhone via video Genesis Evans with some cool varial flips.
“Fuck Dime. Fuck them. Let’s just keep it going like we used to. Hehehehehe.” — Josh Kalis. DGK x Dirty Dime Kids coming soon.
Chill fall New York montage via Victor Garland and some NC boys.
Kingpin came through and dropped a #listicle of 29 memorable skateboard Vines, many of which we spaced on for our dedicated #RIPVine post. Completely forgot about the dude ollieing into the bank, falling and knocking the kid over.
The LurkNYC squad took a trip up to Montreal.
Jenkem interviewed the original brand manager behind Ghetto Child wheels about relaunching the brand in 2016, and the heyday of Muska selling 10,000 boards a month. It also reminded me of Child of the Ghetto, which then reminded me of this 2012 New York Magazine profile of G. Dep, which is so, so dark.
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Have a feeling that Lillard is gonna become the new people’s fav shooting PG this season with everyone hating GSW etc…
Quote of the Week: “The last thing you want to be is sponsored.” — Bob LaSalle
I think pretty decent advice on dealing with the next ~48 hours is listening to a bunch of Curtis Mayfield and trying not to think about it. (Except when you vote, you should definitely think when you do that.)
Been slow around here, but things should be picking up soon…
Gigliotti made a new clip. It has Ted, Olson, etc. in it.
Jahmal Williams has a video interview with Japan’s Far East Skate Network about Static 4, along with some indoor park footage afterwards. “I’d rather see Jahmal do a 5050” is the new “I’d rather see Gino push” for the rest of 2014.
ICYMI and also on the topic of Static 4, Chris Nieratko interviewed Josh Stewart for a 17 Things You Didn’t Know About Static 4 feature on Vice, and Live Skateboard Media has yet another interview with Josh, which tackles a lot of unchartered topics from his recent interviews, e.g. music re-usage boundaries in skate videos.
Needless to say, this isn’t the Bobby Shmurda clip everyone has been expecting.
If you started skating around the height of Shorty’s reign as the coolest skateboard company around, you no doubt looked up to Sammy Baptista on account of his #youngestofdacamp status. Well, while we wait for O’Dell to (hopefully) complete the Muska and/or Shorty’s Epicly Later’d, the “My Name Is” series caught up with Sammy to look back on his skate career. (The dude still rips btw.)
It has only been ~two years since the skateboard internet embraced #listicle #culture, and writers have already run out of ideas.
Speaking of ideas and #listicles,
here are ten skateboard “innovations” that never caught on. [Turns out the entire concept and research behind it was from a series Vert is Dead did this past spring, so consult their posts.] What about Ollie Pop Bubble Gum, Spoonfish Board Locks, Dooks shock pads, bearing “rims,” and Aircraft Skateboards?
Simple formula: Edit your skate clip to Migos and it will get posted on this website.
This piece on deriving life lessons from Thug Motivation 101 is a little cheesy, but its heart is in the right place.
Quote of the Week: “I don’t understand why people don’t fuck with Yahoo.” — Peter Sidlauskas
Robbie Gangemi via @zered1’s Instagram
R.I.P. to the best T.F. box in years. It barely even lasted a week. The pre softball permit culture of the T.F. was its golden age. Imagine if the next generation of Americans has more skateboarders than baseball players, and they kick out the softball players with skateboard permits? That’ll be funny.
The editor behind Dog, the greatest remix compilation skate video ever, put together an hour-long compilation of Girl/Chocolate/Four Star tour footage, entitled Super International Tour Zone. Thanks again, you should own a share of the company.
Boil the Ocean rounded up all recent Pappalardo sightings, which mostly stem from his friends’ Instagram accounts. There seems to be a recurring theme of tricks on motor vehicles and 5050s.
Transworld offers a rap remix of Walker Ryan’s New York-heavy Perpetual Motion part, which is bound to put a smile on any backpacker’s face. Speaking of Pappalardo, Ryan’s trick on the manny pad-to-bank at Grant’s Tomb is nuts.
Matt Militano’s part in the \m/ video is great. The line at J Kwon is quite impressive and the hurricane grind shove-it out at Lenox Ledges is pretty chill too. (Lurker Lou is such a dick, man.) You can check the video’s intro here and buy the full thing here. UPDATE: They just uploaded the whole video on YouTube.
Did Adidas generate a year’s worth of content from its summer 2012 New York trip? NY Skateboarding compiled scans of New York-related content in this month’s crop of skate mags, and yes, there are more Adidas New York photos.
Spot Updates: The parks department knocked chunks out of every ledge on the pier next to the Tribeca park, as an effort to ruin them before we got the chance to or something.
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Game 7! The only horse we have left in this race is a Heat loss, though the NBA is probably sweating bullets over viewer projections for a Pacers-Spurs finals. Don’t be surprised if there are a few questionable, Miami-favoring calls tonight in the event of a close game…As for an actual “play,” the moment when Tim Duncan discovered he had arms was cool.
Godspeed, Jason Kidd. He retired from pro basketball today.
Quote of the Week:
If you missed the PWBC revival that went live this weekend, check the post below this one. Don’t make me remember stuff.