Friday, December 2, 2016

Paul Sharpe #4.



Little Respect.

Big ollies & nollies.

I got everything ready for Old School December to start on Monday. It's going to be a mix of stuff from 1989 and 1991 with a bit of an emphasis on Powell Peralta.

Slap - August 2000 Volume 9 Number 8

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Jerry Hsu #5.



Outer Accelerator.

Jerry's first full video part was in Montage, the NC Board Shop video from 1996. He's had a good couple decades since and recently had a part for Emerica's Made 2. Is there a DVD of that yet? I feel that would be a good one for the collection.

I voted for Dennis Busenitz in the SOTY poll. I don't think he'll win, but whatever.

Slap - July 2000 Volume 9 Number 7

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Gideon Choi #3.



Invisible Pedestrian.

The new Vans video. Kyle Walker for SOTY?

Slap - March 2000 Volume 9 Number 3

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Gershon Mosley #4.



Crazy Maze.

I watched a bunch of old video parts from G-Mos this morning. The guy was a machine back in the 1990s. It was cool to see the progression from one part to the next with the tricks getting bigger and more consistent. Gershon's switch game was on point, too. I forgot he was also a mini ramp champ capable of blasting some big flip tricks, with or without a grab, on transitions.

Bon voyage, Cliché. I'll put together a look back on the company in the new year.

Slap - February 2000 Volume 9 Number 2

Monday, November 28, 2016

James Craig.



Small.

James is from Fullerton, California. He rode for Society Skateboards before riding and turning pro for Blind. He is currently running SML Wheels with Austyn Gillette.

NC Boardshop is a skateshop in Los Gatos, California. They have been around for about thirty years. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, they were advertising a bit and had a very respectable pro team.

It rained from Wednesday night until possibly early Sunday morning so my Thanksgiving holiday was a damp one. Work shut down early on Wednesday so I got to skateboard for about an hour. I was watching a clunker of a Jaguars/Bills game on Sunday and decided to check out the park at half time. It was a good idea since it was warm and the wind mysteriously died out rather quickly after I got there.

Slap - December 1999 Volume 8 Number 12

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Quim Cardona #5.



Blues Explosion.

Quim blasts an ollie on orange wheels. I always like how orange wheels look. Lately I've been riding nothing but white wheels as the stack of used Spitfires by my door will attest. I did have some colored ones in the 1980s and 90s. Orange and light blue are about the best colors. Light green and yellow are OK. I've never been a fan of red or black wheels. I've noticed that some of the kids are riding four different color wheels these days, which seems like it would be a little distracting, but whatever works for ya.

Vert Is Dead will be back on Monday, November 28 with a look at the NC Clothing team. Have a good Thanksgiving and weekend.

Thrasher - November 1996 Volume 16 Number 11

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Justin Bokma.



Platinum.

Justin was from Toronto, Canada. Over the years he was sponsored by G & S, Change, Premier, and Platinum. He had the cover of Transworld with a backside lipslide at Hubba Hideout in March of 1996. Justin was killed by a gunshot in July while attempting to diffuse a fight that had broken out at the club he was a doorman for. Rest in peace.

The photo is by Pete Thompson.

Transworld - April 1996 Volume 14 Number 4