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“Once upon a time I used to grind all night, with that residue that was iPod white.” Happy belated Thug Motivation 101 Day to everyone. Let’s get it.

Congratulations to everyone who was involved with this: Skateboarding at the Santa Monica Courthouse is now legal. A colossal step forward with how skateboarding is treated in America altogether. Small Banks restoration next? :)

Despite having literally no interest in the Life Extension video whatsoever, the running commentary at SMLTalk piqued the Quartersnacks Office’s interest. (Susan Sarandon is still sorta hot for 60+ btw.) And good thing it did. Pat Pasquale AKA Sinner’s part is INCREDIBLE. We’re talking Josh Kasper in The Storm meets Guy in Mouse meets 2001: A Space Odyssey meets Total Recall. It’s amazing.

Well that was quick: new Supreme mini video with all the “cherry” kids on the way. Sean Pablo also discusses it briefly in his new Vice interview.

The Skate Jawn four-year anniversary clip is a good time.

Speaking of good times, we have a frontrunner for 2014’s “feel good” part of the year. Cult favorite of apparently Kenny Anderson and anyone who grew up on Baker videos, Scott Kane stepped away from handrails and filmed a really fun comeback part.

Four-minute slideshow of the Palace crew in L.A. over on the TWS site.

Bill Strobeck posted up some Jake Johnson alternate angles / regular motion versions of tricks from the Mind Field days on his Instagram.

Now that the Beef Patty dudes are attending venues with bottle service, Video Blogs have occasionally morphed into HD “Instagram Direct” videos. Here’s the latest.

Boil the Ocean sorta talks about remaining pockets of shock value in skating.

Frontside 5050 back 180 out the ledge over ten at Grant’s Tomb and other good stuff in this dude John Shanahan’s part. That cellar door bank between the Citibike racks by EJ’s house is also way sketchier than footage could ever do it justice.

New clip from the Juicy Elbows crew. (#Trendwatch: “Sexual Healing” covers.)

Grinding curbs is not that extreme compared to rails.”

Quote of the Week: “If you fuck up on building a skatepark, you suck for life. I don’t care if you win a Golden Globe afterwards.” — Francesco, C.E.O. of Quartersnacks’ Scandinavian Branch

From the trunk of the rental to the Greyhound bus

God Bless America, Never Been to Colombia

young jeezy the recession

Though not the holiest of QS holidays that July 26th is, this week marked half-a-decade since the release of Young Jeezy’s The Recession, the record that more or less soundtracked the lead-up to Barack Obama’s election (and also predicted it two months ahead of time #natesilverofthestreets.)

Unbeknownst to much of the American public, Young Jeezy was the President of the United States from 2004 to 2008. The Recession was his going away gift to America, and a passing of the torch to a more visible and official black president.

It was also his last *great* record, as he has since been more comfortable making uncharacteristic loverman raps and Bay Area-inspired club homicides (although he does make an occasional foray back into politics.) Following a summer of bank failures and mixtapes marred by awful drops, The Recession gave us more of a reason to feel hope than the to-be-elected president did. The social content implied by the title flew out the door by the time he said “I want a new Bentley, my auntie need a kidney,” but nobody wanted to hear Jeezy get on some Immortal Technique nonsense anyway. There was a pinch of desperation to his standard demands that you get off the couch and sell coke. It added to the urgency of America’s plight at that point in time, even if it required appropriation into legal avenues. Michael Phelps got it as he swam to record numbers of goal medals, so everyone else had no excuse.

If you could re-score the events of late-2008 all over again, there really was no better record to play alongside intangible promises of “hope” than The Recession. “Put On” sounded like the end of the world, despite the fact that it addressed topics unrelated to the actual recession. Soon after, we found it necessary to restructure Jake Johnson’s Mind Field part, which emerged from the 2008 debris as the first great video part of the Obama presidency, alongside a more timely tune. (Sure, that “My Girls” song probably meant something to you if you wore sweaters with holes in them to Lit Wednesdays in 2009, but remains utterly meaningless around these parts.)

Here are some other people that get it (yes, that includes Sheckler):

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100% of the Popular Vote: Dennis Busenitz

Returning to a theory from a month-old post, renown dog-lover Dennis Busenitz is the leading candidate for unanimous approval from the otherwise polarized skateboard electorate. As the previous generation of skateboarders with a 100% favorable public opinion rating like Mike Carroll and Gino Iannucci enter their twilight years, Busenitz’s name is becoming the first one summoned when diminishing the accomplishments of sometimes inferior, but often younger skateboarders. For example, “I’d rather watch Busenitz skate a curb than this kid do flip-in-flip-out tricks.”

Busenitz already has a trademark top YouTube fan comment, which typically expresses sympathies for his filmer having to keep up with his speed. Only time will tell if he reaches the level of “I’d rather watch Busenitz go grocery shopping than ____,” something currently reserved only for Gino. This new Brick Harbor clip shows him approaching that direction as he pays homage to skateboarding’s most beloved grocery shopper by doing his nollie cab switch back tail Mouse maneuver some 400 miles north of USC.

Be sure to get out and vote today, especially all of you in swing states. “Don’t boo, vote.” We recommend silencing the music and cueing up the Snowman’s 2008 election-predicting anthem, conveniently embedded below.

You Know They Love the Snowman in the White House

Ty only skates transition now. Photo by Emilio Cuilan.

The first column on the 100th floor of 1 World Trade Center goes up today, which for the second time in history, makes it the tallest building in New York City, surpassing the Empire State Building by 21 feet.

E.J. made a lifestyle-y Super 8 clip for all the video art students. Part one of four.

10 Questions with the Black Ninja. If we’re trying to convince kids that the skateboard industry is abundant with jobs, what sort of example are we setting if the Black Ninja doesn’t have a six-figure salary and a head marketing position at a major skateboard conglomerate? The guy writes rap songs just to sell t-shirts.

Zered Bassett video interview on Fred Gall heating up a frozen pizza with a clothing iron, getting held at gunpoint by undercovers for riding mini bikes with Vinnie Ponte, and a variety of other subjects.

Lost Kevin Tierney Flushing footage that was found on a laserdisc and ripped to YouTube. Noseslides, lipslides, etc.

The Hells Angels have beef with Rob Dyrdek. Tell him to stay off East 3rd Street.

Rob Gonyon doing noseblunts in camo pants (a Josh Kalis classic), and Bill Pierce doing melon grabs in this Skateboarder magazine Photo File.

Some guy took a $2,700 set of skateboards and made fancy ultra post-modern shelves out of them.

Happy 10th birthday to Nelly’s “Hot in Here.”

Shawn Powers is the only American you put on your skateboard company, and Torey Goodall is the only Canadian? Sounds good.

Quote of the Week:

Skateboarding websites, Olympic swimmers, ESPN commentators, and the Commander-in-Chief are just a few who have been inspired by the Snowman’s brilliant body of work.


Don’t mention anything about sports if you see me.

4 Young Jeezy Albums > 4 Years of College

It’s chill that Jeezy chose to cash out at the best slice spot in Manhattan, out of all places.

Given the tremendous momentum of the #phatstylez movement, the QS Fashion Desk will slowly be streamlined into a dedicated Phat Stylez website. Until that happens, you can browse recent happenings in the world of Phat Stylez through the movement’s Instagram tag.

A bunch of Swedes took a trip to New York in 1998, and uploaded the 15-year-old video of their journey online. Features a backside flip over the Trump Tower six rail from the illustrious Geo Moya, mad Rhythm cargo pants (#phatstylez?), and too many reasons to tear up over long-gone spots. Shout to the Broadway Bump.

Skateboarders are essential for our cities — From a lecture by Iain Borden, the director of architectural history and theory, delivered at University College London.”

“Kelly Green Wave Rider” is an iPhone clip featuring Zered Bassett, Joey Pepper, Sweet Waste, Gangsta Boo, and a modern rendition of Mark Morrison’s 1996 masterpiece.

With a few more Jordan-inspired skate shoes coming out these days, which skate shoe company is going to be the first to re-imagine the Ewing 33 Hi?

The Grove Street PATH station in Jersey City seems pretty trife these days. This same thing probably happened 10 times over this past weekend after that awful St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Tyga Held At Gunpoint In Canada & Forced To Dance To ‘Rack City?’” Already the news headline of the year. But it kept getting better: “It was funny to see Tyga dancing with his doggie bag under his arm. While Tyga was dancing he said ‘Oh my god, what’s going on.'”

Four years ago, Dobbin Block, New York’s most notorious skate house, uploaded a trailer for their upcoming video project. Many assumed its production had been marred by alcohol and other familiar trappings of New York. We feared it would never be released. Well, several inside sources revealed that the finished product is upon us, and set for release this month. Revisit the original Useless Times trailer below.

Future’s “Gone To The Moon” = Nina Simone cover? Sick.

Previously: Dobbin Block 2011 Flip Cam, “New footage” edit from 2006, Dobbin does Flushing, Dobbin 2010 4th of July.

Quote of the Week:


It’s going to be 60 on Wednesday, and 65 on Thursday. Quit your job, cut school, etc.