Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Louis Carleton.




Shedding some light on the Small Room.

Louis was the owner. He had previously worked at Eppic Skateboards, an early sponsor of guys like Kris Markovich, Sal Barbier, Bryan Pennington, Ross Pope, and Tony Buyalos. It's interesting to note his take on developing a team and not having pro models. Acme and Channel One were doing the same thing around this time as well. It makes sense financially and will prevent a company from exceeding their means from the get go.

Skate Warehouse was a mail order company out of San Luis Obispo, California. They published a black and purple paper on newsprint at least once. I have the first issue and have no idea if they printed any others.

Skate Warehouse - The Daily Grind Winter 90/91 - Volume 1 Number 1

Monday, August 22, 2016

Brennan Lux.



Send Whatever.

Vert Is Dead takes a look back at the Small Room for the week.

The company was started by Louis Carlton in 1990. It lasted until 1993 or so. They caught the attention of many of people by running black and white quarter page ads in Thrasher that were arty and 'zine like in design. The text looked to have been cut and pasted at odd angles and the photos appeared to have been run through a photocopier a couple of times. Small Room was based out of San Luis Obispo, California. I think they had a local connection with California Cheap Skates because their products were always featured in CCS catalogs, who were also out of SLO. This had to have helped out immensely with sales in the pre-internet age. I never had one of their boards, but I liked the ads and from what I've read online, the decks were of a solid quality. The team included a number of riders that went on to turn pro for other companies.

Thrasher - January 1992 Volume 12 Number 1

Friday, August 19, 2016

Israel Forbes #5.



Gettin' Hectic.

Israel is from Santa Cruz, California. He was sponsored by the second version of Sims when the company was distributed by NHS in 1991. Izzy would then switch over to SMA and finally Santa Cruz. Once he outgrew the early 1990s odd flip tricks, he developed a solid style with a lot of big ollies, 50-50s, and feeble grinds. It looks like he's effortlessly cruising around and catching some air.

We're going to the Small Room next week.

The photo is by Thomas Campbell.

Transworld - December 1995 Volume 13 Number 12

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Quy Nguyen.



Hand of Doom.

Quy is from Costa Mesa, California. He rode for Acme, Color, and Prime over the years. TSA and Vans also gave him clothes and shoes for skateboard stunts. He specialized in well done technical flip tricks. Quy had parts in 20 Shot Sequence from World Industries in 1994 and the Color video from 1993.

Transworld - December 1995 Volume 13 Number 12

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Jason Rogers #3.



Check the technique.

A vert dog takes down the famous San Diego double set switch.

Niko Achtipes snapped the sequence.

Transworld - October 1993 Volume 11 Number 10

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Gershon Mosley #3.



Benihana to fakie in a small room.

After riding for Santa Cruz, Gershon left for Grind King. GK started making boards at the time after starting out as a hardware and truck company. Eric Dressen was even on the team. G-Mos would switch to Powell in 1994.

We've been getting some much needed rain so I haven't been rolling around too much the last few days. A break is kind of a good thing. Although one nearby town just reopened their skatepark. The place isn't too great and you had to wear helmet, but it appears they got rid of that requirement. I'm curious to check it out again. The village also did the chip and seal treatment to my street, which kills any chance of skateboarding for a couple minutes on days I'm worn out. It sucks because my road was so nice and smooth and now it is buried under a layer of aggregate held in place with asphalt. I think the crap goes away eventually. I've been trying to think of what other roads have been sealed recently and seeing what condition they are in after some time has passed. Summertime blues.

Sean Dolinsky took the photo.

Transworld - May 1993 Volume 11 Number 5

Monday, August 15, 2016

Matt Field #3.



Quick and easy humor.

Matt takes a kickflip backside 5-0 down the now defunct Hubba Hideout.

Thrasher - December 1993 Volume 13 Number 12