Thursday, May 28, 2020
Twenty years gone.
The late Curtis Hsiang catches the edge of a plywood extension at Jim Thiebaud's ramp. Curtis was from the San Francisco area and was friends with the Anti-Hero and Real squads. He made some art and would occasionally write articles for Thrasher and Slap. It was always cool when a photo of him would pop up in the mags. This is maybe my all time favorite skateboarding photo.
Slap - April 2000 Volume 9 Number 4
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Michal is from Warsaw, Poland. He has ridden for Polar and 5Boro. His video parts have been some of my favorites over the last few years. I don't know too much about him, I am just a fan of how he skates.
The photo is by Kuba Baczkowski and is from the booklet for the Neverwhere DVD that was released in 2018.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
"Trust the person who tells a thousand stories one time, but beware of the person who tells one story a thousand times."
Sage wisdom from Skip.
Here's a couple of recent Black Label stickers. I always like John Lucero's art.
The photo is by O.
For the quote: Transworld - April 1995 Volume 13 Number 4
Thrasher - February 1990 Volume 10 Number 2
Monday, May 25, 2020
The college either scored some signs from 1998 for dirt cheap or they have a premonition that rollerblading is going to make a big comeback in the second half of 2020.
I’m going to wrap up the awkward anniversary month this week with a couple things I haven’t posted here before. I’ve got a request lined up to start June and a batch of mid 1990s stuff on tap for the weeks ahead.
Friday, May 22, 2020
The strongest of the strange.
Jocko Weyland of Elk 'zine and occasional Thrasher writing fame sent me a copy of Pontus Alv's video The Strongest of the Strange in 2005. It quickly became a favorite of mine with its tasteful mix of skateboarding and art. All the European spots looked great and the tunes mostly agree with my preferred jams. I like the vid as whole, but Javier and Oli have the two sections I always revisit.
For his part, Javier flows some effortless lines around a few skateparks. He also hits up a couple bank spots out in the streets while Kim Gordon sings about dessert. Javier is from Spain and rode for Cliché. Oli's part is mostly street with a little park and ramp action. There's a street grab, some handrails, fastplants, and cruising around to the sweet sounds of New Order. I honestly don't know all that much about him other than he works or worked for Sole Tech.
I think I like both their parts because they are both somewhat obscure rippers who are clearly comfortable with doing their own thing and aren't overly worried about the popular styles of the day. They each have that vague intangible quality where they look proper on a skateboard. That same notion can be applied to the full video as well. After a few years, Pontus would start Polar Skateboards. The company is clearly based upon the foundation of ideas he developed while making The Strongest of the Strange and skateboarding is better off because of it.
Diego Bucchieri took Javier's photo.
Javier: Transworld - August 2009 Volume 27 Number 8
Oli: Thrasher - June 1997 Volume 17 Number 6
Thursday, May 21, 2020
What a long strange trip it has been.
Vert Is Dead hits the 12 year mark as of today. Thanks for all the support.
This is one of my favorite pictures of Julien. He had been on Underworld Element before finally joining up with the Real squad. Two years later he would be heading up a new company out of DLX called Anti-Hero. The Salman Agah stripes board also happens to be one of my favorite graphics.
Thrasher - September 1993 Volume 13 Number 9