Friday, February 12, 2016

Random Stickers.







This is a somewhat haphazard sampling of stickers that I liked the design of that I found while going through my collection. This is the last time I post any old stickers because it was a hassle to sort through the shoebox I keep them in. They are now all organized and properly layered so as to not get bent. I ain't touching 'em again.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Skateboard 'Zines.







I will often write for 'zines that get reviewed in Thrasher. I've been slipping on that as of late and the fact a lot of people don't include an address doesn't help overcome my occasional laziness. Here's a few stickers that I was stoked on having:

Cold Ones was made by Andy from San Jose. The couple of issues I have were from about 2004. It featured lots of skateboarding, beer, and some punk rock CD reviews. Basically, that's everything a good skateboard 'zine should have.

Skate & Annoy started off as a print 'zine and then took to the internet as a great website. It's run by Kilwag up in Portland, Oregon. This sticker is from a paper issue I have that very much resembles the current website in terms of content. It included an interview with the Godoy brothers, an installment of Neil's eBay Watch, obscure skateboard related stuff, and lots of photos. There were also music and video reviews.

Pool Dust is the long running project of Wez Lundry. Wez is a writer for Thrasher and does the 'Zine Thing column as well as music articles. He's got a Ph.D in Political Science from Arizona State. He used to be sponsored by Alva back in the day.

The crappy E.T. and Your Dumb are by Michael Sieben. Your Dumb is brilliant. I think I got these when I ordered the full set of his Programed From India 'zine.

A couple of notes: I did find a Real catalog and the J.T. Aultz cat sticker is his first pro graphic. It's from 2004. I'm planning on using next week to look back at New Deal's Seven Year Glitch video, clips of which have been popping on Thrasher's website recently. Spooky.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Expired Companies.





Here for a good time, not a long time.

After leaving Powell for a second time, Mike Vallely ran Transit Skateboards in 1998. I have a bunch of their stickers and all follow a public transportation style graphic theme. They all look pretty good.

Vita was a footwear company that Natas Kaupas did in the late in 1990s and early 2000s. The team included Jason Dill, Max Schaaf, Kenny Hughes, Reese Frobes, and Gideon Choi.

Speed Metal Bearings were created out of the Element camp in the late 1990s. I think at some point the brand was handled by Destructo Trucks, but eventually faded away within the last three years or so. These are the only bearings I've ridden since the company started. My last Speed Metals finally died this past summer so I upgraded to a set of Bronson Speed Co. bearings.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Crailtap Family.







Here's a smattering of stickers from Girl:

Crailtap is the Girl and Chocolate website that was started in the very late 1990s. It was intended as an online magazine, but as the web evolved, it turned into a blog with daily updates. Tha Tap is still going today with updates from your favorite Girl employees.

Ruby Republic was a clothing line for women. I don't think they are still making anything. I want to say Brad Staba might have had a board for them somehow.

I miss when companies made stickers for pro riders. It's probably not practical these days with such a fast turn around on graphics. It is a nice touch when it happens, such as Brandon Biebel's name expressed in pictures.

I just think this Chocolate logo looks neat.

Finally, there is a sticker for Chomp On This, the Pac-Man themed photographer video from 2002. It featured parts from master lensmen Ryan Gee, Giovanni Reda, Ako Jefferson, Atiba Jefferson, Lee Dupont, Ty Evans, and Gabe Morford. There were also montages of top pros and amateurs, along with full parts from Eric Koston, Brandon Biebel, and Jamie Thomas.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Real Professional Stickers.






Rolling forever.

I had a snow day from work back in January and decided to sort through my shoe box full of stickers. I picked out a bunch of goodies to do a week's worth of adhesives.

Real made stickers for pro graphics in the early to mid 2000s. The robot was the graphic for Dennis Busenitz's first pro model. The Keith Hufnagel pop art explosion and Busenitz's robot are both from the fall of 2002. I couldn't find a catalog that had the J.T. Aultz cat, but I'm guessing it was from a couple years later. It was probably also J.T.'s first graphic. I believe the kickflip over the construction barrier logo is from the late 1990s.

Here's an old school bonus of Jim Thiebaud's Cop Kisser top graphic from 1992:

Friday, February 5, 2016

Julien Stranger #19.



Head Vagrant.

I was watching old video parts from Julien today and he had a mean backside 360 ollie in the SMA years. He was also doing some great combo tricks on curbs and blasting big airs at Burnside.

Thrasher - November 2011 Volume 31 Number 11

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Nestor Judkins #2.



The Midnight Special.

Nestor was born in Palo Alto and grew up in Los Gatos, California. His mom is from Spain so they visited there often when he was younger. He was an am for Santa Cruz before joining up with enjoi. He turned pro for the Panda in 2011. His sponsors include RVCA, Krux, Adidas, and Pig Wheels. He's into photography for a hobby. The rumor is he keeps his bolts so loose on his trucks that he super glues the kingpin nut in place so it doesn't fall off. Nestor has the first part in Tilt Mode Army's Bonus Round video from 2009 and delivers a smooth batch of skateboard tricks. He's got a good style and does more switch stuff than I realized. I watched most of Bonus Round again last night. That's a fun video.

Transworld - June 2011 Volume 29 Number 6