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Boil The Ocean And ChatGPT Sit Down For Conversation

December 17, 2022

Boil The Ocean: So after all the dust has settled, here we are, Tyshawn Jones, two-time SOTY. What’s your take on Thrasher’s Skater of the Year award at this point?

ChatGPT: It’s difficult for me to offer a personal take on Thrasher’s Skater of the Year award as I am an artificial intelligence and do not have personal feelings or opinions. However, I can tell you that Thrasher’s Skater of the Year award is a prestigious honor in the skateboarding community. It is given annually to a skateboarder who has made significant contributions to the sport and culture of skateboarding over the past year. The award has been given annually since 1990, and past winners include some of the most iconic and influential skateboarders in the history of the sport. Tyshawn Jones is a talented and respected skateboarder who has undoubtedly had a significant impact on skateboarding in recent years, and it is not surprising that he has won the award on multiple occasions.

Looks like he picked up Rusty #2 last night. Write a brief Skater of the Year acceptance speech, but make sure and include the word hellride, since this is a Thrasher award.

Sure, here’s a brief Skater of the Year acceptance speech that includes the word “hellride”:

“Thank you Thrasher and everyone who voted for me as Skater of the Year. It’s an incredible honor to receive this award and be recognized for my contributions to skateboarding. This year has been a hellride, with its ups and downs, but I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and the support of the skate community. I want to thank my friends, family, and sponsors for their unwavering support and belief in me. I’m excited for what the future holds and will continue to push myself and the sport of skateboarding to new heights. Thank you again for this amazing award. I’ll see you on the streets.”

You forgot to thank Adidas and Supreme, and to shout out Hardies and his new board company, King. Want to try again? And keep it brief for all the people who are queuing up for the bar.

Sure, here’s a revised Skater of the Year acceptance speech that includes mentions of Adidas, Supreme, Hardies, and King:

“Thank you Thrasher and everyone who voted for me as Skater of the Year. It’s an incredible honor to receive this award and be recognized for my contributions to skateboarding. This year has been a hellride, and I’m grateful to have had the support of Adidas, Supreme, and all my sponsors along the way. I also want to give a shoutout to Hardies and new board company, King. Thank you to my friends, family, and the skate community for their support and belief in me. I’m excited for what the future holds and will continue to push myself and the sport of skateboarding to new heights. Thank you again for this amazing award. Cheers to a great night with everyone at the bar!”

Thanks, ChatGPT. So where’d you come up, and how did you get into skateboarding?

I am an artificial intelligence developed by OpenAI. I was not raised or brought up in any specific location and do not have personal experiences or a physical body. I do not have the ability to skateboard or participate in any physical activities. I am simply a program designed to answer questions and provide information to the best of my ability based on the data and knowledge that I have been trained on. My primary function is to assist users in generating human-like text based on the prompts and input I receive. I do not have personal interests or hobbies, but I am programmed to be able to provide information about a wide range of topics, including skateboarding. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

OK. Tristan Funkhouser’s frontside ollie over the long ledge at the China Banks had to be one of the gnarliest tricks to come out this year. What other tricks will go down there, before it’s gone?

The China Banks area in Vancouver, Canada is a popular skate spot known for its challenging terrain and unique features, including the long ledge that Tristan Funkhouser ollied over in a video that gained widespread attention in the skateboarding community. It is uncertain what other tricks will be performed at the China Banks in the future, as it is up to individual skateboarders to decide what tricks they want to attempt and how they want to approach the various features at the skate spot. Some skateboarders may be inspired by Funkhouser’s frontside ollie over the long ledge and attempt similar tricks, while others may choose to focus on different features or approaches. Ultimately, the China Banks will continue to be a popular destination for skateboarders looking to challenge themselves and push the boundaries of what is possible on a skateboard.

Whoah, hang on… What’s the best way to alert all the SF skaters to the apparent fact that Vancouver has heisted one of The City’s trademark spots?

It is not accurate to say that the China Banks area in Vancouver, Canada is a trademark spot belonging to San Francisco. Skate spots are not typically owned by any particular person or group and are generally open to anyone who wants to skate there. While certain skate spots may become popular and well-known within the skateboarding community, they are not typically considered to be the property of any one city or group of skaters.

If you are interested in alerting skateboarders in San Francisco to the existence of the China Banks skate spot in Vancouver, you could try posting about it on social media or sharing information about it with friends and fellow skateboarders in your local skateboarding community. You could also consider reaching out to skateboarding media outlets or websites to see if they would be interested in featuring information about the China Banks skate spot. Regardless of how you choose to share information about the skate spot, it is important to respect the local skateboarding community and any rules or guidelines that may be in place for using the area.

Geographical controversies aside, that’s a good philosophy. What about Andrew Reynolds’ move to New Balance — will they keep him frontside flipping longer than a steady diet of vulcanized Vans?

It is difficult to predict how Andrew Reynolds’ decision to skate for New Balance will affect his skateboarding career. Skateboarders often choose to skate for certain brands for a variety of reasons, including the quality and durability of the shoes and other products offered by the brand, the level of support and sponsorship provided by the brand, and personal preferences and style. While it is certainly possible that Reynolds’ move to New Balance could have some impact on his skateboarding, it is ultimately up to his own skill, dedication, and determination as a skateboarder to determine his success and longevity in the sport. Skateboarding is a physically demanding activity that can take a toll on a skateboarder’s body over time, and it is important for skateboarders to take care of themselves and make smart decisions about their training and equipment in order to maintain their physical abilities. Regardless of what brand of shoes Reynolds chooses to skate in, his own abilities and dedication to the sport will likely have a greater impact on his success and longevity as a skateboarder.

He was talking about the foam, though. New Balance has a bunch of foam in the sole.

New Balance is known for using a variety of materials in the construction of their shoes, including foam in the soles. The type and amount of foam used in a skateboarding shoe can affect the level of cushioning and support provided to the foot, as well as the overall feel and performance of the shoe. Some skateboarders prefer shoes with a higher level of foam cushioning, as it can provide added comfort and protection for the feet during long skate sessions or when landing hard tricks. Other skateboarders may prefer a lower level of foam cushioning, as it can provide a more responsive and agile feel for certain tricks and skateboarding maneuvers. Ultimately, the choice of a skateboarding shoe with a particular level of foam cushioning will depend on the personal preferences and needs of the individual skateboarder.

Speaking of skaters over age 40 ripping in New Balance shoes, Henry Sanchez has been on IG posting crazier footage than some dudes who are still in the pro game full-time. He popped up switch 360 flipping the sand gaps the other day. At this point, what’s Henry Sanchez’s legacy going to be in skateboarding?

Henry Sanchez is a highly respected and influential skateboarder who has made significant contributions to the sport and culture of skateboarding over his career. He is known for his powerful and technical skateboarding style, and has achieved a level of success and recognition that has earned him a place in the pantheon of skateboarding greats.

Sanchez’s legacy in skateboarding will likely be remembered for his influence on the sport and his impact on the skateboarding community. He has inspired countless skateboarders with his skateboarding skills and style, and has helped to shape the direction of skateboarding in numerous ways. His contributions to skateboarding will likely be remembered and celebrated by skateboarders for years to come, and he will likely continue to be a major figure in the skateboarding community.

Speaking of Henry Sanchez contemporaries, Guy Mariano has been kind of quiet for a while. The assumption is that he’s working toward some project, but who knows. What do you think’s regarded as Guy Mariano’s best video part?

Guy Mariano is a highly respected and influential skateboarder who has had a long and successful career in the sport. Throughout his career, Mariano has appeared in numerous skateboarding video parts and has consistently produced high-quality skateboarding content. It is difficult to determine a single “best” video part as opinions on the subject can vary widely. However, Mariano’s part in the 1992 video “Mouse” by Girl Skateboards is widely considered to be a standout achievement and is often cited as one of the best video parts of all time. Mariano’s part in “Mouse” showcased his technical and creative skateboarding style and helped to solidify his reputation as one of the top skateboarders of his generation.

“Mouse” is the correct answer. Let’s switch to the future for a second. The GX1000 dudes keep pushing the envelope on hill bombs, setting teeth on edge and palms a-sweating, and you wonder how far they can take it. What’s the tallest, steepest, and longest paved road in the USA?

The tallest, steepest, and longest paved road in the United States is a matter of debate and may depend on how these terms are defined. In terms of steepness, there are many roads in the United States that have steep grades and are known for their challenging terrain. Some of the steepest roads in the United States include the Mount Evans Scenic Byway in Colorado, which has an average grade of 7% and a maximum grade of over 15%, and the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway in New York, which has an average grade of 11% and a maximum grade of over 20%.

Watching those vids, it can be easy to forget that sometimes it’s not just the skater on camera bombing the hill, it’s the filmer also. Some years back this space carried a fictional account of down-and-out skateboard filmers who’d been displaced by drones, which maybe registered as a type of hyper-specific dystopian sci-fi at the time, but is starting to look fairly realistic. Will drones become the predominant means for filming skateboard videos by, say, 2030?

It is possible that drones could play a larger role in the filming of skateboarding videos in the future. Drones offer a unique and versatile platform for capturing aerial footage and can provide a different perspective on skateboarding than traditional ground-based cameras. However, it is unlikely that drones will completely replace traditional cameras and filmers in skateboarding videos, as there are many factors that can influence the filming of skateboarding footage.

Skateboarding is a dynamic and fast-moving sport, and capturing high-quality skateboarding footage requires a skilled and experienced filmer who can anticipate and follow the action. Drones can certainly be useful for capturing certain types of footage, but they may not be able to match the level of control and precision that a skilled filmer can provide. Additionally, drones are subject to various regulations and restrictions, which can impact their use in certain locations.

It is difficult to predict exactly how the use of drones in skateboarding videos will evolve over the next decade, but it is likely that they will continue to be used in conjunction with traditional cameras and filmers to capture skateboarding footage. Ultimately, the choice of how to film skateboarding footage will depend on the preferences and goals of the filmmakers and the needs of the project.

The concept of AI- or computer-assisted skateboarding is a good one. Years ago, Cliche’s American manual recruit Joey Brezinski spoke on how he sometimes used the ‘EA Skate’ video game to help conceptualize super-technical tricks. Given the many permutations possible — regular/switch, fakie/nollie, backside/frontside, kickflip/heelflip, etc — might artificial intelligence-enabled systems such as yourself help identify new skateboard tricks that haven’t previously been thought of?

As an artificial intelligence, I have access to a vast amount of information and data about skateboarding and can assist in the identification of new skateboard tricks. However, it is important to note that the development of new skateboard tricks involves more than just the identification of possible combinations of tricks and techniques. Skateboarders are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible on a skateboard and coming up with new tricks and combinations, and the process of developing new tricks often involves a great deal of creativity, experimentation, and physical skill.

Skateboarders often draw inspiration from a wide range of sources, including other skateboarders, skateboarding media, and their own experiences and creativity. While artificial intelligence systems such as myself can certainly assist in the identification of new skateboard tricks by providing information and suggestions, the process of developing and executing new tricks ultimately requires the creativity, skill, and dedication of individual skateboarders.

Could you offer up a trick that hasn’t yet been done, and that the fleshy, distracted human mind may not be able to conceive on its own?

As an artificial intelligence, I have access to a vast amount of information about skateboarding and can provide suggestions for new skateboard tricks that have not yet been done. However, it is important to note that the development of new skateboard tricks involves more than just identifying possible combinations of tricks and techniques. Skateboarders are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible on a skateboard and coming up with new tricks and combinations, and the process of developing new tricks often involves a great deal of creativity, experimentation, and physical skill.

With that being said, one possible new skateboard trick that has not yet been done could involve combining elements of a grind and a flip trick, such as a grind flip. This trick could involve grinding on an object while simultaneously flipping the skateboard with the feet and landing back in a grind. This trick would require a high level of skateboarding skill and coordination, and it is uncertain whether it is physically possible or has ever been attempted. Ultimately, the development of new skateboard tricks is a complex process that requires the creativity, skill, and dedication of individual skateboarders.

ABD as hell, bruh. To take just one example, PJ Ladd’s backside 5-0 to kickflip to backside 5-0 in “Wonderful Horrible Life.” Try to think of another possible new trick, perhaps one that includes a darkslide?

One possible new skateboard trick that incorporates a darkslide could involve combining elements of a darkslide with a flip trick. This trick could involve sliding on an object with the back trucks of the skateboard while simultaneously flipping the skateboard with the feet and landing back in a darkslide. This trick would require a high level of skateboarding skill and coordination, and it is uncertain whether it is physically possible or has ever been attempted.

Another possibility could be a darkslide to frontside flip combination, where the skateboarder performs a darkslide on an object and then flips the skateboard with the front trucks while maintaining the slide. This trick would also require a high level of skill and coordination and may be difficult to execute successfully.

Kind of harkening back to Jim Greco’s darkslide era. So sticking with technology, and with the understanding that this veers more into material science versus machine learning, could you explain why, after three or four decades, skateboards have not evolved beyond seven-ply maple wood construction?

Skateboards have been constructed using seven-ply maple wood for many years because it is a strong, durable, and reliable material that is well-suited for the demands of skateboarding. Maple wood is a hardwood with a tight grain structure that is resistant to splintering and breaking, and it is able to withstand the high impact and forces that skateboarders subject it to. Additionally, maple wood is relatively easy to work with and can be shaped and molded into various forms and sizes, making it a versatile material for skateboard construction.

While there have been attempts to use alternative materials in skateboard construction, such as plastic, composite materials, and carbon fiber, these materials have generally not been able to match the performance and durability of maple wood. In addition, many skateboarders and skateboard companies have a strong tradition of using maple wood in skateboard construction, and there is a certain level of nostalgia and nostalgia associated with the use of this material. As a result, maple wood has remained the dominant material for skateboard construction for many years.

It is possible that skateboards may evolve beyond seven-ply maple wood construction in the future, as new materials and technologies are developed. However, it is likely that any changes to skateboard construction will be driven by a combination of performance and tradition, and it is uncertain what form these changes may take.

Not to mention cost, with deckmakers’ tentative efforts to raise MSRPs beyond the longtime $55 threshold raising hackles here and there. If Professor Paul Schmitt came to you today and asked you to help design a skateboard deck, what materials would you recommend?

When designing a skateboard deck, there are several factors to consider, including the intended use of the deck, the rider’s skill level, and personal preferences. Some common materials used for skateboard decks include:

Maple wood: This is the most common material used for skateboard decks. It is strong, flexible, and provides a good balance of stiffness and shock absorption.

Bamboo: Bamboo is a sustainable alternative to wood and is becoming increasingly popular in skateboard deck construction. It is lightweight, durable, and has a natural flex that can be used to advantage in certain riding situations.

Fiberglass: Fiberglass can be used to reinforce a wood or bamboo deck, adding stiffness and durability. It is often used in high-performance decks for skateboarding or longboarding.

Plastic: Plastic decks are lightweight and inexpensive, but they are also less durable than wood or bamboo. They are often used for beginners or for special applications such as pool skating.

Ultimately, the best material for a skateboard deck will depend on the specific needs and preferences of the rider. It’s always a good idea to do some research and try out different materials to see what works best for you.

Recommend the best construction for backside noseblunt sliding El Toro, which Nyjah Huston at this point may not get around to trying until after the next Olympics.

Backside noseblunt sliding on the El Toro is a challenging skateboarding trick that requires a strong and durable skateboard deck. Here are a few factors to consider when choosing the best construction for this trick:

Stiffness: The deck should be stiff enough to support the weight of the rider and maintain its shape while performing the trick. This will help to prevent the deck from flexing too much and causing the rider to lose control.

Durability: The deck should be able to withstand the wear and tear of repeatedly sliding on the nose of the board. This is especially important if the trick is going to be performed frequently.

Shape: The shape of the deck can also affect the performance of the trick. A deck with a concave shape (curving inward from the center to the edges) can provide a more stable platform for the rider to stand on.

In general, a skateboard deck made of maple wood with fiberglass reinforcement and a concave shape would be a good choice for backside noseblunt sliding on the El Toro. This combination of materials and design features will provide the necessary stiffness, durability, and stability for the trick.

Got it… by the way, are you available to consult to Disorder on a contract basis, or if they need further input on deck construction should they just make an account and chat you here?

As an AI language model, I am not able to engage in paid consulting or work on a contract basis. However, I am happy to provide general guidance and information to anyone who has questions about skateboard deck construction or any other topic within my areas of expertise. If Disorder or any other individuals have questions or need further assistance, they can make an account on this platform and ask me for help here.

Easy on the budget. OK, let’s wrap this up. Looking ahead to the new year, what do you think — is Nick Matthews gonna finally get the pro nod, maybe from Anti Hero? When’s DC gonna give John Shanahan a pro shoe? Should Brian O’Dwyer go back for the switch backside noseblunt on the Muni bench, like how Tyshawn Jones put doubts to rest over his long-way picnic table switch ollie? What’s gonna be the next trick somebody tries over the 145th Street subway tracks? Will the Brooklyn Banks get brought back from the dead?

It is not within my capabilities to predict the future or know the plans of specific skateboard companies or individuals. Skateboarding is an ever-evolving sport, and it is always exciting to see what new tricks and innovations will emerge in the coming year. It is possible that Nick Matthews may receive a pro nod from Anti Hero or another skateboard company, but this is ultimately up to the company’s decision-making process and the talent and dedication of the skateboarder. Similarly, it is possible that John Shanahan may be given a pro shoe by DC or another company, but this is also dependent on many factors.

As for the specific tricks and locations mentioned in your question, it is difficult to say what the future holds. Skateboarders will continue to push the boundaries of what is possible on a skateboard and try new tricks in various locations. The Brooklyn Banks, or any other skate spot, could potentially be brought back or renovated, but this would depend on the efforts and support of the skateboarding community and any relevant authorities or organizations.

Thanks for taking the time, ChatGPT.

You’re welcome! I’m happy to help. If you have any other questions about skateboarding or any other topic, don’t hesitate to ask.

Summertime Mixtape Vol. 10 – Devine Calloway, ‘Let’s Do This!!1’

July 5, 2022


A shining example of classically cornball TWS editing and a ‘big’ song in the post-Ty Evans/Jon Holland era, Devine Calloway launched the second act of his career via Chocolate and DC after previously popping up as a braided City Stars shorty. It was a time when you could kick off a video part with a nollie backside bigspin and pack a suitcase full of New Eras for an international flight, and Devine Calloway was peaking, one of the first dudes to take the recently reclaimed backside bigspin down sizable gaps and making rarely recommended stuff like the nollie varial flip and 360 frontside pop shove-it look kinda incredible. He’s in the breeze, flannels flapping, floating over that SF street gap, board always spinning back to his feet with plenty of time to spare. 

Brian Panebianco Inducted Into Filmers Who Rip On The Board Hall Of Fame After Camera-In-Hand Varial Heelflip Sets Internet On Tilt And Forces Executive Committee’s Hand

September 4, 2021

PHILADELPHIA — Brian Panebianco was inducted into the Filmers Who Rip On The Board Hall of Fame this week in a unanimous vote by the body’s executive committee, meeting in emergency session.

The decision, announced Saturday by current FWROTBHOF chairman Chris Gregson, arrived less than 24 hours after the release of the Sabotage/DCShoeCoUSA joint video, which Panebianco edited and largely filmed while also delivering the closing part.

At a hastily convened press conference outside FWROTBHOF headquarters, Gregson said that the body’s executive committee began discussing Panebianco’s immediate induction before the video, and his part, was even over.

“At least three people hit the group chat simultaneously — ‘varial heelflip filming a Kevin Bilyeu line, not even looking?'” Gregson said. “On the vintage Kalis deck.”

Gregson said a FWROTBHOF board meeting was called via Facetime before the ‘Sabotage X DC’ credits ended, with several board directors replaying Panebianco’s coast-to-coast Baldi bluntslide and observing that he’d done the trick on at least two nonconsecutive occasions. FWROTBHOF executive committee members Gregson, Brad Johnson, Matt Eversole, Jamie Thomas, Jon Miner, Greg Hunt and Beagle and recent executive committee addition Gustav Tønnesen all voted in favor of Panebianco’s induction.

The FWROTBHOF’s move was met with jubilation in the streets of Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, New York and elsewhere, as thousands thronged to inner-city plazas to celebrate, guzzle mouthwash and tip over cars. For nearly a decade, Panebianco has been the focus of a campaign pushing for his recognition among filmers who merit as much time in front of the camera lens as behind it, with proponents circulating hash tags such as #ForceTheFWROTBHOF and toting signs saying “switch crook Anderson Hall” during downtown demonstrations following Sabotage video releases.

That furor reignited upon the ‘Sabotage X DC’ release this past week, as backers again praised Panebianco’s 180 to switch crooked grind variations and switch backside abilities, as well as his pivotal role in returning DC Shoes to cultural relevance and his longstanding commitment to documenting urban grime, including but not limited to some of the most egregious ass sweat seen in some time in the just-released video.

FWROTBHOF chairman emeritus Mike Manzoori acknowledged that the nod for Panebianco was long overdue. “Whereas, the executive committee historically hath limited itself to one induction per year ere these past six centuries, yon council of esteemed elders hath agreed to reconsider this policy, herewith to depart upon a pilgrimage to Tokyo to seek guidance,” said Manzoori, reading aloud from a long and curly scroll. Tokyo is recognized in FWROTBHOF bylaws as the spiritual birthplace of the VX1000.

Panebianco’s induction this week is unlikely to quell longer-running criticisms of the FWROTBHOF’s arcane and largely opaque practices of choosing new members and directing the organization’s activities. Gregson’s appointment followed a nearly 18-month gathering of FWROTBHOF in a remote mountain retreat, during which only sporadic announcements were offered via smoke signal and the official FWROTBHOF Instagram account hardly ever posted.

Observers now expect activists’ focus will shift to Alien Workshop filmer Miguel Valle, whose switchstance prowess for years has been regarded among the FWROTBHOF’s most glaring omissions.

Covid Beards, Flame Beanies, Cargo Sneakers And Other Detritus From This Pandemic Year

January 1, 2021

Ten further
-Josh Wilson, ’Hardware For The Masses’ — lighting up Michigan City, pre-Covid beard
-Jahmir Brown, ’DC’ — near-knockout blow for the famed Pyramid ledges
-Nik Stain, ‘John’s Vid’ — dude needs a pro model flame beanie
-Patrick Zentgraf, ‘Kiosq’ — no matter the country, strong switch backside tailslides and track pants will eventually draw Primitive’s attention
-Jake Anderson, ’Cheap Perfume’ — to go with the helicopter heelflip frontside 360, there’s a great clip of a lady holding a tropical fruit and gasping in disbelief
-Javier Sarmiento, ’Jarana’ — the don of the Basque country can still do switch smith grinds, frontside and backside, in lines
-Chris Colburn, ’Heatwave’ — if Element’s weird arms’-length management of this dude and his backside 180 to switch frontside feeble grinds on handrails leads to yacht rock music vids like this, maybe it’s all fine
-John Shanahan, ’Cargo Sneaker’ — noseblunt to fakie on a handrail is rare, but pop shove-it to noseblunt on a ledge may be rarer
-Amelien Foures, ‘Introducing’ — Orlando Blooming tech on tree stumps
-Griffin Gass, ’Nervous Circus’ — flips-out that may be unrivaled right now

North To Japan, Through Time’s Gelatinous And Quivering Halls

October 4, 2020

Where are the sacred scrolls and ancient tablets kept in a land ruled by subjectivity and the qualitative achievement? A place where stats and standings that provide the written record and ground historical narratives for other physical pursuits instead are relegated to an easily ignored, if well-appointed, backwater? Despite the press release-conversant, gift shop-ready Skateboarding Hall O Fame proclaimers, the permanent record here lives in the photograph, the png, the Hi-8 tape, the video file, and more than any of these, the volatile, flighty and always correct views of the kids. It is a realm made squishy and malleable by time’s passage, where Frankie Smith’s kickflip backside noseblunt once again is an ABD for future pyramid-ledge comers after Adidas re-upped its ‘Reverb’ offering from last winter, music rights appropriately massaged back into place. Hazy memories of decades-old video soundtracks resurface, dreamlike. Keith Hufnagel, gone much too soon, leaving a sterling track record on the industry side of the ledger — started from a storefront, put on generations of quality and often otherwise overlooked skaters, stayed respected with nary a bad word from ex-riders — which ought to be lionized on par with his catapult ollies.

Retro futurist John Shanahan, who knows his history, is in the news again, capturing the November Thrasher cover with a pole jam reversal of the up-rail frenzy from some years back. It is an underdog contender for sure versus Dane Burman’s more cover-ready but ultimately contents-bound Staples Center 50-50 two-step. The strongest flick of John Shanahan’s latest crop however comes in his interview, blasting a Japan air out of an embanked crimson sculpture somewhere within the churning womb of the United States.

Like other lasting works of poetry, various readings can be made from John Shanahan’s Japan air — an even further throwing back to theoretically simpler, or at least more insular, jump-ramp days; a reluctant flyout lover’s lament for cheap and accessible intercontinental travel in these pandemic times. More plainly it can be regarded as 2020’s strongest entry into the mystic annals of celebrated Japan airs of our times — approaching Mike Carroll’s timeless ‘Beauty N The Beast’ Thrasher cover, which remains regarded not only as one of the best magazine covers ever, but also alongside the Caves of Altamira and various Pen & Pixel Graphics Inc. works as the greatest images ever committed by humankind to physical matter. John Shanahan’s proves a worthwhile companion to Tony Cox’s own 2004 TWS cover, Justin Strubing’s lesser-seen version on the same spot, Daniel Kim’s switchstance stabs, the don Tony Hawk, and so on.

However unlikely it may have seemed in the yellow-hatted ‘Mean Streets’ days, with the prospect of a DC shoe part to come by mid-November, must the relentlessly productive John Shanahan be considered a capable and credible SOTY contender? Could such a choice demand a revisitation of BA’s timeless P&P cover? Will the worldwide celebrations of John Shanahan’s Japan air — along with the melon and, in certain slide situations, the crail, continuing as the few acceptable grabs on street — lead to a rereading of history and an ill-considered revival in tuck-knees and stalefishes down gaps by persons with beards and tight t-shirts?

Tiago Lemos Responds To ‘Verso’ With 17-Minute Canadian Part

November 10, 2019

In a time of ceaseless flux, resourcefulness and ingenuity are the watchwords that launch names onto marquees and plump cartoon moneybags. Similar to Beyonce’s smash hit revenge album ‘Lemonade’ but with visa problems instead of Jay-Z cheating on you, Brazilian pop sensation Tiago Lemos found Montreal’s spots and poutineries wide open to his throwback DCs after an alcohol-infused airline excursion got his US papers yanked. In what has become a hallowed annual event, the Tiago Lemos footage dump, Canada’s premiere Canadians ‘Dime’ blessed various masses this week with their latest ‘Knowing’ mixtape release, compensating for a shortfall in bowling ball hammers with generous helpings of forced international nomad Tiago Lemos, his bionic ledgework and multicoloured DC sweaters gracing the ‘City of Saints.’

‘Knowing Mixtape Vol. 1’ was rightly regarded as one of the most shocking and introspective vids of the time. Still, it is used to calm jittery racehorses and inspire young businesspersons clicking shut their briefcases before heading out to close their first big deal. Lacking the same level of bowling ender-enders, Dime unites now with Tiago Lemos as the world’s preeminent switch backside tailslider faces a career crossroads. With a Primitive video release looming — presumably to unload his DC-clad footage prior to taking his talents to a major international sportswear conglomerate — and after that, putting all of Brazil on his back for the 2020 Olympic gold hunt, Tiago Lemos in the coming years may well have less time to toss white rappers over picnic tables among friends on Quebecios hillsides, or engage in lengthy dap sessions in container-shipping yards.

Draped in XL cotton, here Tiago Lemos unloads an all-time switch shove-it rewind over a bench, a switch heelflip tailslide on a gap to ledge, a switch heelflip nosegrind during some only-in-Montreal session for the ages that also featured Jake Johnson jumping on a switch Pupecki grind. Elsewhere skateboarding’s collective kid brother Etienne Gagne twirls a nollie backside bigspin noseblunt, Leon Chapdelaine hops from a backside smith grind out and down some stairs, and Tristan Funkhouser bluntslides out to a base jump. There is Alexis Lacroix’s weirdly impressive duckfooted backside tailslide and the always worthwhile Antoine Asselin, cultivating a Jimmy Carlin look.

Does ‘Knowing Mixtape Vol 2’ represent one last carefree nollie frontside crooked-grinding summer vacation for Tiago Lemos before having to ‘get serious’ for career and country in the 2K2oh? Did the Dime people get the boot from that one bowling alley or merely shut it down eternally? Is the cat riding Alexis Lacroix’s shoulders through the China Banks part of a new generation of ‘skate pets’ including recent pro Murdy The Dog, ready to carry the sub-subculture forward from famous and moneyed skate pets of yesteryear including Meaty, Liam and the well-traveled Girl goldfish?

Footage Chasms, The Ultimate Answer, And An Alternate Quartersnacks Ballot

October 26, 2019

In Douglas Adams’ cautionary coming-of-space-age ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ series, men at one point design, construct and program a computer powerful enough to deliver the answer to ‘life, the universe and everything.’ The momentousness of the answer upon its final calculation, ’42,’ is undermined by its numerical and rather tingly nature. Their next technological plate of crow was to design, construct and program a computer powerful enough to supply the actual question, though it is unclear whether this strategem saved the ultimate answer-seekers from being torn to bits by an angry mob.

Thug-motivated New York City scene chroniclers Quartersnacks this month asked an only slightly less weighty question: If you were to bury five video parts and five full-lengths released between January 1, 2010 and today under your house for future generations to reference when they discover skateboarding, what would they be? Loaders of the website subsequently were directed to enter the five best video parts, in order, followed by the best five full-lengths, in order.

Mind the gap, gentle reader, as you are swallowed into a gaping chasm of IG footage comps, Thrashermagazine.com web entries and full-length contributions from a constellation of pros, ams and assorted bros that sputtering economic gravity pumps cannot stop from expanding. The Snack Man requests favorites, and so these shall be received. But tweaking the first iteration of the question — burying only a handful of vids for future generations to unearth — exhumes an entirely different answer.

Would such a time-capsule document contain the subjective faves of its stuffer, including subtle but essential variations on Love Park ledge, backside noseblunts, prohibitions against varial kickflips and kids under 16? Or might it objectively map the body of 2010s skating, with all its gasface-inducing ender-enders, its thirsty moneyraking, its aching tragedy, its wonderful stylistic entropy? Which five video parts* could guide some 2050s hardflipper through this expiring decade’s ups, downs and wooly sideways moves? Is it possible to capture a whole decade in a five-part ‘mixtape’ or is this the type of ill-considered subintellectual exercise best left to archaic blogging platforms and their sludge-dripping ilk? Let’s read on.

Tiago Lemos — ‘Press Play,’ 2016

Did any individual person over these past ten years expand and warp the known boundaries of skateboard possibilities more than loose fitted bio-Brazilian Tiago Lemos? The answer is maybe, but they all could be stacked and concrete poured over them and still Tiago Lemos could switch backside tailslide the lot. His godlike pop only is one part of the picture, and in this clip for DC he dishes forth various handrail barges and pants-wrinkling technicalities like the nollie inward heelflip backside lipslide.

Nyjah Huston — ‘Til Death,’ 2018

This long-in-the-making union of Nyjah Huston, Nike and Ty Evans aligned the sector’s highest-powered and most bankable entities to create a relentlessly hyped part that was at once gobsmacking, expensive looking and oftentimes difficult to watch. Nyjah Huston has come to embody a certain kind of moneyed excess, both on and off the board, and as global wallets open and the hoopla machine winds up ahead of the 2020 Olympics, ‘Til Death’ was an apt warm-up act.

Blobys — ‘I Like It Here Inside My Mind, Please Don’t Wake Me This Time,’ 2016

Polar’s rise to prominence in the early ’10s marked the power shift away from the distributor-conglomerates like Crailtap, DNA and Black Box, raised up on THPS-driven largesse in the years before the skate economy’s bottom fell out, and Pontus Alv’s pulsing, frenetic full-length debut for his Nordic board designer cemented the new vanguard. The Polar dudes scattered their shove-its, wallrides and no-complies across Europe, New York and the Pacific Northwest, but if you were to bottle the aged grayscale stone, fast-and-loose street schralps and Continental accents that wielded influence across much of the decade’s second half, you would pour out something like the Paul Grund, Roman Gonzeles and Kevin Rodrigues JV that closed this vid — bashing walls and curbs, early grabbing and disastering through swinging chains and neon glare past midnight in the Paris cuts.

Lacey Baker — ‘My World’, 2017

Fragmentation of skateboarding’s controlling constellations over the past decade, aided by Instagram, canny corporations and the proliferation of screenprint brands, helped throw doors open to any number of comers, importantly including a fresh and focused female generation. Lacey Baker is pushing forward the front lines, dealing in a rapid-snapping brand of tech at home atop SoCal pic-a-nic tables and East Coast monument blocks alike, here flicking impeccably over a bench, there unfurling a noseslide nose manual to flip out combo to the delight of some young Ghostbuster.

Alien Workshop — TWS ‘Cinematographer Project,’ 2012

Josh Kalis was off the team for like three years and it still got him emotional! It goes without saying that the skating, music, lineup and aesthetic here in this, last part in Transworld’s second ‘Cinematographer’ outing, held up as the decade ran its course. Alien Workshop stood at its eleventh hour apex with Dylan Rieder wrapping one of his impossibles over a picnic table, AVE tackling the Heath Kirchart hubba backside, Tyler Bledsoe threading a backside tailslide across a tight top step, some screwball Omar Salazar stuff — and then Gilbert Crockett and Jake Johnson rising to the pro ranks, that switch kickflip, the nollie backside wallride with all four wheels, the switch front blunt. It’s hard to imagine one video part touching ten years’ worth of heights, tragedies, power shifts and stylistic milemarkers, but this one set up an awful lot of them.

*Naming five feature-length videos that capture the era is relatively easy. They are, in no particular order, all of the Bronze videos.

Juicy J Is The Josh Kalis Of Rap Music

February 17, 2019

Jenkem, the Web 2.0 endeavour currently bidding to outlive its by-decades forebear TWS, recently saw fit to challenge social media’s persnickety algorithm-twiddlers with a Ride Channel-worthy list feature matching up pro skaters with celebrity rap singers, an exercise in debate-stirring that stirred obligatory debate in comments sections and other corners of our web-0-sphere. As a throne-sitting timekiller it functioned reliably, ranging from the defensible (Stephen Lawyer/Lil Pump) to the deeply incongruous (Dylan Rieder/Tupac), while overlooking obvious parallels such as Terry Kennedy/Terry Kennedy and, most criminally, Josh Kalis/Juicy J.

For several decades now Josh Kalis and Juicy J have lived out curiously concurrent career and life paths, a few of which this here blog technology will explore with immediate effect. Both are widely admired veterans of their respective crafts, wisely sticking to their lanes and rising above fickle and frothy trend-tides to maintain clout and even elevate their statures in what would otherwise be considered their professional autumn years. Both will forever be associated with mark-making as part of iconic crews, formed in their respective home bases: Josh Kalis burning Philadelphia onto the map with Stevie Williams, Anthony Pappalardo, Brian Wenning, Kevin Taylor and others among the Love Park squad; Juicy J in Memphis with DJ Paul, Project Pat, Lord Infamous, Crunchy Black and Hypnotize Minds. It’s possible that Juicy J recorded his famous song ‘Slob’ around the same time Josh Kalis 360 flipped the can for ‘Photosynthesis.’

The sometimes-knowing cartoonishness of Three 6 Mafia’s peak era, similar to the Love Park era-height swishies and bulk boots, remains respected for its honesty and has come to be celebrated, convincingly aped and at times even transcended by a generation that at best twinkled in their parents’ pupils when the original shit was going down. Josh Kalis and Juicy J, after staying loyal to their original outfits probably longer than they needed to, both wound up signing with their proteges. Sensing a niche for a codeine-guzzling, pill-swallowing elder statesman figure, Juicy J looked upon a young guard of doom-draped devil-worshippers not as competitors or pretenders to be squashed, but as fresh energy for collaboration, legacy-burnishment and money getting:

“Them guys are like family members, man. I was on Twitter and everybody was hitting me [like], “Yo, yo yo, you gotta check out these guys, man. $uicideBoy$, their music sound like y’all. It sound like old Three 6 Mafia.”

Josh Kalis too has embraced his uncle status among the Love Park-resuscitating Sabotage crew, risking Pennsylvania’s tax-dispute statute of limitations to contribute a part to volume 4, and helping put them and newly pro-decked John Shanahan on with DGK:

A lot of these guys, Shanahan specifically, are at the forefront of creating a new look with the old stuff. I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s his own interpretation of how he makes the mid-to-late 90’s-style look for him and that puts him in a lane of his own. He’s not copying me; he’s doing what John Shanahan likes. It’s taking some of the stuff we did or looked liked to the next level—-the John Shanahan level. His skating is like a better, more-modern twist of ’90s skate. Obviously he’s got way more pop than I’ve ever had.

Josh Kalis has only a handful of tricks in DGK’s new ‘Thoro’ vid, but his and Stevie Williams’ fingerprints are all over it as Dylan Sourbeer, John Shanahan, Kevin Bilyeu, Justin Adeniran and others stomp through Muni and assorted other Philly spots in an HD ‘Sabotage Lite’ masterminded by Brian Panebianco. The steadily sprawling DGK team here is distilled into an East Coast subdivision that occasionally veers into Washington and Chicago’s similar-looking inner-city plazas but never stays too long from those wax-smeared white benches and jumbo-sized board game pieces. Dylan Sourbeer goes end-to-end on an unbelievable backside nosegrind; Kevin Bilyeu deals out a meticulously flicked over-bin nollie flip that’s a QSTOP10 shoe-in; Justin Adeniran bangs a slow-twirling nollie hardflip into a bank and John Shanahan shove-its into various k-grinds and finally the pro ranks, for what seems like his third video part in six months or so.

Does Josh Kalis’ recent reunion with Michigander photog Mike Blabac presage a long-deferred and much-needed resumption of Juicy J’s musical partnership with DJ Paul? What does it say that Josh Kalis has got a brand-new pro model shoe out and not, say, Eric Koston? Will the kids right now in diapers and sock-shoes, who will inevitably one day revive John Shanahan and Brian Panebianco’s own retro stylings, be able to 3D print new Lynxes and Boxers or will they be forced to face off with laser swords at midnight in some Love Park replica to claim the handful of remaining deadstock pairs?

John Shanahan, Chopped and Sewed on the Final Frontier

May 28, 2017

Some weeks back a video Youtube link circulated advertising an attempted backside 360 down the famed El Toro stair set, the sort of heart-testing maneuver around which you’d either anticipate a fire-legged professional like Chris Joslin’s name attached, or else some risk-friendly unknown ready to offer up his effort to the world as some type of return on a foolhardy willingness to get uniquely pitched and presumably walk away. It was surprisingly convincing try — they say the last quarter spin is the moneymaker when hurling one’s self down twenty steps or more — and it rolls above a disclaimer revealing that the bros involved “might not go back for this” and various other pink-panted jumps and things.

But is it so easy? Many of skating’s seemingly most harebrained ideas have proven shockingly hard to let go. Duane Peters’ tangles with the fibreglass loop captivated a world-conquering Tony Hawk in his video game-designing prime, and assorted others after its bullring subduing. Jamie Thomas’ “leap of faith” drew Richard King to test his luck before the Point Loma school board took matters into their own hands and constructed a solid platinum elevator in one of this young century’s most stunning acts of baller-blockingism. In test fittings for the MegaRampTM crown, Bob Burnquist discovered that he, like propellerheaded originator Danny Way, could no longer resist the uniquely arousing allure of skating helicopters. Aaron Homoki’s taming of Lyon’s most notorious 25 stairs, 13 years after Ali Boulala charted its glide path en route to part-ending slams, became fodder for a Thrasher mini-doc.

Steeped in early ‘ESTs’, Flexfitted hats and the colour yellow, John Shanahan seems more concerned with resuscitating a specific vibe and era than etching his multisyllabic rhyming surname into history’s annals via big-spot trophy hunting. Bubbling under the DGK umbrella for a minute, John Shanahan this week officially arrives on the DC Shoes payroll via a cracking intro clip that pointedly trots out the bold/less bold/standard font DCSHOECOUSA logo of old along with eastern seaboard spots rinsed and fresh. Between the DC one and a separate LurkNYC VX footage dump, John Shanahan flexes backside nosegrind pop-outs, a slicing 360 flip out of the Kalis school, some tricks outta the modern school’s playbook (driveway wallride, ride-on tailslide kickflip), some flamboyantly retro Droors gear and hubba noseslides. Toeing some blurry line between ‘Photosynthesis’ and ‘The Storm,’ he wields a serious switch k-grind and a judicious use of camouflage, which is rare to see these days.

Like Philly neighbors Kevin Bilyeu and Brian Panebianco, it’s easy and erroneous to pigeonhole John Shanahan’s shared enthusiasm for the numbers 07 and 43 and all their sportsweary accoutrements as retroactivism rooted in personal branding. Just as the Sabotage dudes unearthed, resurfaced and restored an entire scene that had been municipally buried and professionally abandoned, John Shanahan seems to harbour deeper ambitions. Sharpening cut and sew skills, where else, on Instagram, John Shanahan demonstrates enough technical proficiency and stylistic nerve to construct cargo and swishy pants that command triple-digit price tags and earn “levels” hash tags when positioned alongside skaters’ current affection for graphical sweatpants and other sub-waistline achievements. But as he tests his growing powers, is John Shanahan consciously or not flying too close to that blazing sun of skate pants fashiondom, the two-toned pant?

It is a stylistic Leap of Faith that has shadowed previous practitioner Garrett Hill throughout his sponsored career, and one not lightly rolled up to. A year after Garrett Hill’s pants debuted in video footage, Tim O’Connor gleefully went in. Eight years on, the pants’ impression lingered enough that former teammates would bring them up as a cautionary tale of judgment, hubris and star-crossed romance:

Tom Karangelov: But when there’s someone that’s so original and out there, he gets so much shit. It’s crazy. Like with Garrett [Hill], half red half black pants. People are still talking to him about that. But dude, was it really that big of a deal? They are just fucking pants. Aren’t you encouraged to be creative when you skateboard? The dude who tries to go out of the box gets like, so much shit for it.

Jenkem: Have you ever considered wearing “crazy pants” like that?
Ah, no.

Has an Adidas-supported revolution in swishy pants and increasingly garish sweats provided enough air cover for John Shanahan to push pants envelope in ever-more colourful envelopes? Which trick ranks higher in terms of ’90s/east-coastness, the backside 5-0 backside 180 out or the fakie backside nosegrind shove-it? Yall caught that one switch backside heelflip over and down the blocks right? How is the resurrected Alien Workshop not sponsoring at least one of these ‘Photosynthesis’ acolytes? You been keeping an eye on Brian Wenning’s Instagram right?

3. Tiago Lemos – ‘Press Play’

December 29, 2016

Tiago Lemos is Brazilian and switch ollied over the back of a handrail into a switch backside smith grind. Tiago Lemos wears baggy khaki shorts and fakie hardflipped out of a switch frontside crooked grind on a thigh-high picnic table. Tiago Lemos still skates for the small board company that put him on after he got to the US and he nollie inward heelflipped into a backside lipslide down a handrail. Tiago Lemos switch backside tailslide switch flipped out into another switch backside tailslide that he slid the length of a two-year-old alligator. Tiago Lemos did a switch bigspin to switch backside tailslide on the J-Kwon gap to ledge and only turned pro in April. Tiago Lemos knows the names of the forgotten gods and does gully tricks like a switch backside 5-0 180 out on ledges tall enough to choke a giraffe.