Thursday, May 5, 2016

James Hardy #2.

Basically a rerun.

I already did a James Hardy post for the Patriot II last year, but wanted to get my favorite shoe from Fallen on here again. And once again the shoe has a questionable colorway in the ad. Anyway, you can't beat a solid cupsole with a well padded upper in fewer colors. I think I had about four or five pairs. They lasted forever and were comfortable. I was really disappointed when Fallen discontinued the model. The replacement version was called the Patriot III and the pair I had never broke in correctly. I think this was something Jamie Thomas alluded to in the interview about the demise of Fallen. They had quality control problems with the factory and changing the production lines. I straight up tossed the IIIs in the trash after about a month and fixed my last pair of IIs up with duct tape.

Nose grind though the knobs. That is gnarly.

Joey Shigeo took the picture.

Thrasher - December 2010 Volume 30 Number 12

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Billy Marks #3.

Close, but no cigar.

I had three pairs of Billy's Bandit model, which is somewhat similar to the Revolver except it had a cupsole. Supposedly there is an ad with Billy featuring that shoe, but I couldn't find it all. I did find an ad with James Hardy showing the Bandit, but I already had a scan with him for the week so I passed on that one. The Bandit had a different type of sole that was a little thinner and didn't last a super long time. The upper was fairly well built, which is why I kept buying them. I still have one pair left that I wear when I have to go outside in the rain and mud.

It appears Polar did not run print ads in the Skateboard Mag from 2011 to 2014. Maybe it was Skateboarder?

Dave Chami snaped the sequence.

Slap - July 2008 Volume 17 Number 7

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Chris Cole #4.

The Ripper.

Former Fallen sales rep and pro skateboarder Jason Rothmeyer hooked me up with a pair of these in black a few years ago. It was the first time I skated vulcanized shoes in ages. They worked out pretty good, but once the soles went, it was over. The red shoes make a nice visual contrast to the black and white photo.

Does anybody remember if Polar ran print ads in the Skateboard Mag three or four years ago? I think I recall this, but couldn't find anything when I started looking last night. I didn't check back too far yet and it appears Polar was started in 2011.

The photo is by Joey Shigeo.

Thrasher - January 2007 Volume 27 Number 1

Monday, May 2, 2016

Jamie Thomas #6.

Rise with the Fallen.

This week Vert Is Dead takes a quick look back Fallen Footwear. Jamie Thomas started the company in 2003 when he left Circa. It was originally backed by DC Shoes. DC was in the process of being sold at some point a year or two later, but Jamie kept Fallen independent and was not included in the acquisition. He operated the brand out of his Black Box Distribution. There was a lot of team overlap with riders from Zero, but they also sponsored guys with other board sponsors. Over the years Fallen gave shoes to Chris Cole, Josh Harmony, Tony Cervantes, Brian "Slash" Hanson, Tommy Sandoval, Billy Marks, Tom Asta, Gilbert Crockett, and more.

The company had a pretty good run, but unfortunately due to declining sales caused by big athletic footwear companies, Jamie put an end to Fallen as of this April. All the kids at the local skateboard park wore Fallen back in the mid 2000s. I sort of wasn't into their shoes at that time, but I decided to try a pair instead of being a grumpy old guy about things. I wound up liking them so I stuck with Fallen for quite a few years. Mainly they were making solid cupsoles with a decent amount of padding on the upper, which is what I prefer in my skate shoes. It's a bummer to see the company go.

I got my copy of Pontus Alv's "I like it here inside my mind, don't wake me this time" on Saturday. That's how you make a skateboard video.

The photos are by Daniel Harold Sturt.

Tattoo: Thrasher - November 2003 Volume 23 Number 11

Give Up: Thrasher - December 2003 Volume 23 Number 12

Friday, April 29, 2016

Josh Harmony.

Taking it to the brink of disaster.

Thrasher - November 2005 Volume 25 Number 11

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ethan Fowler #13.

Not too shabby for a guy with a bad back.

Ethan tweaks the crap out of Mark and Tony's stalefish.

Thrasher - November 2006 Volume 26 Number 11

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Leo Romero #3.


RVCA published a large format magazine called ANP Quarterly for a few years. ANP was short for Artist Network Program. The mag featured interviews, stories, and portfolios for a variety of artists, musicians, and other creative folks. It was a pretty neat read that must have cost a fortune to print. The editors were Aaron Rose, Ed Templeton, and Brendon Fowler. They did eventually offer a subscription. I managed to get issues six to ten from the first volume and everything from volume two. It was published on a quarterly basis, but got off schedule after a few years so a new copy would show up somewhat randomly. I don't think I renewed my subscription and the magazine still kept coming. I thought it was done when Ed left to ride for Eswic, but there was an issue from 2013 that was probably the end.

Thrasher - March 2006 Volume 26 Number 3