Friday, June 24, 2016

Pontus Alv #4.


Thrasher - September 1996 Volume 16 Number 9

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Moses Itkonen #3.

We can work it out.

Joosef "Moses" Itkonen is from Vancouver, British Columbia. He was sponsored by Real prior to riding for Mad Circle. He would later ride for Platinum and Powell. Moses got free shoes from DC and Duffs. Of note is that he had input in designing a synthetic shoe for DC in the mid 1990s. Moses is vegan and DC made a sneaker that agreed with his lifestyle. He skates street and ramps very well.

The new issue of the Skateboard Mag is pretty good. It's still a little short on the words, but I'll read blurbs about the exact setup other skateboarders ride all day. They even featured a couple of women in the look at the new wave of skaters. Plus there's a picture of Jeremy Klein doing an ollie over a shopping cart.

Thrasher - August 1996 Volume 16 Number 8

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Karl Watson #2.

Public Image Limited.

Karl is from San Francisco, California. He rode for Think and Profile back in the glory days of EMB before switching to Mad Circle. After the Circle closed, Karl was on Expedition One and started his own section of the company called Organika. He's the champ of doing smooth manual and switch tricks to odd reverts out with a smile on his face. His part in LRG's "Give Me My Money Chico" video from 2010 is cool.

Go Skateboarding Day? More like a handful of moping teens on BMX bikes at the skatepark. I guess all the shredding went down before I got my tired ass to the park later in the evening.

Mike Blabac took the picture.

Thrasher - November 1996 Volume 16 Number 11

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Scott Johnston #3.


Scott's from Washington, DC. He rode for Think prior to joining the Mad Circle. He would ride for Chocolate after the MC ended in 1999 and retired from the pro ranks with the company in 2007. For footwear, he's been sponsored by DC Shoes and Lakai. Scott moved behind the scenes at Lakai to work as a designer. He somewhat recently left Lakai for Adidas. He used to wear the brand with three stripes rather often in the 1990s before he was on DC so it must be pretty cool to get to be a part of their team now.

The photo is by Mike Blabac.

Thrasher - December 1996 Volume 16 Number 12

Monday, June 20, 2016

Justin Girard #4.

Getting Mad for the week.

Justin Girard was pro for the New Deal when the company branched out in 1993 with the creation of Mad Circle. Justin was the primary creative force for the new brand. Mad Circle had a clean and crisp image, definitely falling on the fresh side of the old hesh/fresh meter. In compiling this week's worth of scans, I think I like the layout of their ads, just maybe not the content to an extent. It seems a little too big sports brand in direction.

This is an awesome photo of a backside ollie. That's such a good looking trick.

Thrasher - June 1996 Volume 16 Number 6

Friday, June 17, 2016

Skateboarders Driving Cars.

Reoccurring theme.

I've been compiling scans for this idea for a bit and the new Hockey ad motivated me to put this brief feature together. I know I probably missed a few variations on this, but that's fine. Work has been far too hectic lately and my brain is toast. With all the time spent driving around from spot to spot, it's only natural that skateboarders arrive at variations on the same image. Of course, Neil did it first and the best with his drawing of Eric Nash.

I guess this means Andrew Allen now rides for Hockey after he left Ant-Hero. In other small board brand news, Austyn Gillette is now pro for WKND. And I still really like Polar boards.

Andrew Allen: Thrasher - July 2016 Volume 37 Number 7

Edward Devera: Thrasher - August 1995 Volume 15 Number 8

Doug Saenz & Karma Tsocheff: Thrasher - August 1995 Volume 15 Number 8

The Neil Blender G & S graphic is from 1988.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Remy Stratton #11.

"It’s not like you hang up your last complete and never look back. Plus, that sounds funny to say or hear — it’s total jock talk. I still skate all the time: we have a sick park here at Volcom, I have strange skate dreams, love to slap curbs, hack a backyard, roll a park, pad up once in awhile. Sometimes I’m stiff and snagged; sometimes things work out okay."

Holy stokes, it was good to see an interview with Remy in the July issue of Thrasher.

For the quote: Thrasher - July 2016 Volume 37 Number 7

Thrasher - September 1996 Volume 16 Number 9