Friday, May 27, 2016

Jake Johnson #3.

Hitting the wall.

One of my friends who moved away was in town about a month ago. We were talking skateboarding and trying to figure out what current pros we liked. We both drew a blank. You keep up with the latest online clips and those are mostly pretty good because everybody rips these days, but it's sort of hard to pick favorites. Everything goes by so fast and there is too much to keep track of. After giving it some thought, I'm a fan of what Jake is doing with the big no complies, the wallrides, and the overall switch savagery.

Have a good holiday on Monday if you get the day off. Vert Is Dead will be back on Monday, June 6th. I need a break. Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments, too.

The photo is by Zach Malfa-Kowalski.

Transworld - October 2011 Volume 29 Number 10

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Alex Olson #3.

Deep house trax.

Thrasher - July 2006 Volume 26 Number 7

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Daewon Song #4.

One second, 28 frames, one double flip.

Daewon is riding a Blind Racing Team deck.

Thrasher - June 1992 Volume 12 Number 6

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Marc Johnson #10.

Limitless by design.

Didn't Marc quit Emerica for Lakai on the sly as well? I think he was always a fan of Adidas so it probably does make sense to take an offer they make.

It's more than a little sad skateboarding is slowly creeping towards two choices for footwear and it won't be Vans or Airwalk. I really don't want to wear shoes with a swoosh or three stripes on them. One of the things that appealed to me about skateboarding was that it was different and you didn't have to be a jock. Jeff Grosso and John Lucero touched on this in their recent Weekend Buzz interview. Skateboarding was for the characters that didn't necessarily fit in and not the quote unquote cool kids. However, the growth of skateboarding has changed that over the years. That's not necessarily bad, just not necessarily a one hundred percent good thing either. I guess you are always going to lose a little something from one generation to the next. Maybe thanks to the internet the next batch will keep up with the history now that it is increasingly easier to do so.

Big Brother - July 1999 Number 50

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mike Carroll #16.

Another Mike Carroll power move.

The big news of the last week was that Marc Johnson now rides for Adidas. He abruptly quit Lakai to the displeasure of Mike so he got the boot from Chocolate via an interview on Jenkem. Mike's side of the story is that he knew Marc was leaving for the brand with three stripes, but was expecting a fair warning. Marc denied he was leaving and then the next day it was announced during the premiere of the new Adidas video, "Away Days", that MJ was on the team. This is understandably a major bummer given the amount of footwear Lakai had in production with Marc's name on it and Carroll reacted accordingly. Kind of like when Tod Swank kicked Dan Drehobl off Foundation in an ad.

Transworld - December 1999 Volume 17 Number 12

Friday, May 20, 2016

Dan Drehobl #20.

Vert Is Dead turns eight years old today. Thanks to everybody for all the support over the years.

Dan is my favorite pro. I've got a pair of his Vox pro model I wear in the basement (AKA The Vert Is Dead archives) at my parents.

The photos are by Ed Dominick.

Thrasher - October 2006 Volume 26 Number 10

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Darren Navarrette #8.

Hesh Overlord.

Congrats to Darren on winning the Masters Division at the recent Vans Pool Party contest.

Anybody get kicked off their board sponsor via the internet during my break?

The photos are by Ed Dominick.

Thrasher - August 2006 Volume 26 Number 8