Thursday, July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Kingdom week might be asking a bit much, but I'm OK with posting one of their ads.
Chris Gentry and his wife Ricca started Kingdom in 1996. Chris had been pro for Vision and a few other assorted post-Vision companies during the rough years for vert skaters in the early 1990s. I'm making an educated guess that since Chris competed in the early X-Games, he earned enough from that to begin Kingdom. The brand was famous for their outer space themed ads that featured Chris and Ricca floating free from the bonds of gravity. Ricca was often wearing an outfit straight out of Barbarella. The team also included George Nagai, Jason Womack, and Wayne Patrick.
The photos are by Chris Ortiz.
Transworld - October 1996 Volume 14 Number 10
Monday, July 28, 2014
Vanishing average of .667.
Chris is from New Hampshire and had a bunch of tricks in Real's Seeing Double and Recipe For Disaster videos.
Darrell turned pro for Real and then switched to Element. He kind of slipped out of the spotlight over the last few years, occasionally resurfacing with an interview or sequence here or there.
Peter has been on a steady diet of spot destruction for Real over the years.
Vert Is Dead will be back on Wednesday or Thursday. I went to Buffalo for a two day noise fest so I didn't have the time to scan any new stuff in over the weekend.
Thrasher - May 2002 Volume 22 Number 5
Friday, July 25, 2014
Hardflip to fakie. The late 1990s.
Danny was on a serious spot wrecking spree in the mid to late 1990s. He was doing big tricks like a kickflip melon grab down Wallenberg and different tricks like a one wheel nose manual at Pier 7. He turned pro for Stereo and eventually quit. He rode for Chapman and a few other smaller companies. Injuries were what ultimately ended his pro skateboarding career.
Slap - March 1998 Volume 7 Number 3
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
So long and thanks for all the shoes that were on sale.
The catalogs from the former California Cheap Skates have been a mailbox staple as long as I've been skateboarding. Around about 1992 or 1993, the company shortened their name to CCS. Now if you live in an area that has a real skateboard shop, then there wasn't much of a point to shopping at CCS. However back in the 1990s when skateboarding was much less visible and there weren't as many shops, particularly in small town USA, you were stuck going the mail order route to get new gear. A few times a year, you would get a new catalog of board porn to drool over. As the years passed and skateboarding grew, CCS was acquired by Foot Locker in 2008. The catalogs kept coming, but they were more focused on lifestyle brands that usually left me scratching my head. Earlier this summer, CCS was shut down and you can now get skateboard gear from Eastbay. Yeah, right, like that's going to happen.
Top to bottom, left to right:
1. Drake Jones, Pepe Martinez
2. Brian Childers, John Reeves
3. Scott Johnston, Andy Roy
4. Jeremy Klein, Josh Beagle