Friday, May 22, 2015

Tommy Guerrero #5.

Rocket surgeon.

Congrats on hitting the thirty year mark as a pro.

Vert Is Dead will be back on Tuesday. Enjoy the holiday.

The picture is by Luke Ogden.

Transworld - January 1992 Volume 10 Number 1

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hugh "Bod" Boyle #5.

Made in England.

The Toxic Death Sentence makes an ollie into a backside ollie at the last possible second.

Vert Is Dead turns seven years old today.

Thanks for all the support over the years.

Transworld - March 1992 Volume 10 Number 3

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Kevin Staab #4.


You might have to be Canadian to get that.

Anyway, following my brief aside on 1990s indie rock from north of the border, Shine was Kevin Staab's company in the post Sims years. Former Vision pro Joe Johnson also came along for the ride. Damon Byrd was on the team, too. Shine did not last very long in the fickle days of big pants and small wheels. The ad says backside ollie to revert, but from the sequence it sure looks like a straight up backside 360 to me. Kevin is a champ at backside ollies on vert.

The photos are by Emerich Hlava.

Transworld - April 1992 Volume 10 Number 4

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Jason Lee #6.

What's Barbecue Man?

This ad would have been from when the Gonz was over riding for Blind. Jason would leave soon enough to start Blue and then Stereo.

Transworld - January 1992 Volume 10 Number 1

Monday, May 18, 2015

Christian Hosoi #3.


Since Christian didn't appear at all any of the Milk ads last week, I figured I had to post something with him for today. I'm not sure on this, but I don't think he was ever in an advertisement for Milk. Oddly enough a graphic Mark Gonzales drew for him is still available on Hosoi Skateboards.

Transworld - February 1992 Volume 10 Number 2

Friday, May 15, 2015

Yoshi Obayashi.

Inspiring G-Mos.

Christian Hosoi and Ron Chatman both left Milk after not being on the team for very long. Christian rode for Focus and Ron teamed up with Mark Gonzales for ATM Click. Milk kept on going for a few more years. I believe the company changed distributers because of a slight name change to go with a new address. I was trying to figure out who was backing them, but couldn't match up the address with anybody else. The second round of team riders included Anthony Carney, Ian Hatley, Yoski Obayashi, Dave Griffin, Melvin Reynolds, and Danny Highfill. They even kept a board in circulation for Todd Congelliere.

Yoshi was sponsored by Milk. He also rode for Z-Products. He did a lot of unusual one foot and late flip type tricks. When the A-Team had their riders do a trick for a contest, Gershon Mosley picked a move done by Yoshi. The contest featured sequence ads of A-Team riders doing a difficult trick and it was up to people to send in video footage of themselves doing the same trick. Nobody successfully duplicated the move Gershon picked, which was a weird half casper type of thing.

Note: I neglected to mention that Ethan Fowler and Travis Kolt rode for the initial version of Milk.

Transworld - November 1993 Volume 11 Number 11

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Rob Gangemi #2.


Rob rode for Milk before getting on Zoo York. He was also on Puma. His part in Zoo York's Mixtape was full of big 50-50s off flat and huge ollies along with a few late 90s hardflips. I've noticed the kids these days have figured out how to properly flip their hardflips. Rob started his own company called Vehicle in the late 1990s or early 2000s.

The photo is by Ben Gibber. I'm fairly certain on the first name, but feel free to correct me.

Transworld - April 1993 Volume 11 Number 4