Friday, December 28, 2018

Mike Archimedes & Phil Esbenshade.

Night & Day.

I figure the best way to close out the year is with a couple of slightly more obscure rippers. The same old rehashing of the well known gets stale after a while. There's always more variety than what is remembered the most. Phil E. was pro for Skull and became a lawyer. Arco was recently granted a guest pro model by his bros at Anti-Hero on their spinoff Jalopi Skate Co.

I rode a fair amount of Speed Wheels back then. I like the pair of videos they released, Speed Freaks and Risk It. As I've gotten older, I appreciate the absurd number of team riders they managed to fit in both. It helps with generating content for here. The funny thing is that I've never had a board made by Santa Cruz. I have picked up a few of their reissue t-shirts and I think Bronson are awesome bearings.

Vert Is Dead will be back on Monday, January 21st.

I'm taking a little longer winter break than normal due to how the holidays worked out this year. With Christmas starting in November and an early Thanksgiving, it was a tad disorienting dealing with the calendar. At any rate, I'll be back with the daily updates for 2019.

If you have been paying close attention to my comments or emailed me, you might have picked up on my vibe about switching to a weekly format and being slightly over doing this. Realistically, the material worth scanning is starting to get thin.

I have come up with a few ideas for next year that I'm excited about, including Emerica, Circa, Strange Notes, and more. There's a couple skateparks I want to do stories on, too. I'll also have a list of my favorite stuff from 2018. I spaced out on compiling that this month. Thanks for the support.

Mark Waters took Phil's photo and Tobin Yelland took Arco's photo.

Thrasher - September 1990 Volume 10 Number 9

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Ray Barbee #6.

The Ragdoll.

After preferring Thunders early on, I've ridden nothing but Ventures for roughly the last 25 years or so.

To fill out the month of December, I picked an ad from each of the truck companies of the day - Indy, Tracker, Venture, and Thunder. I completely forgot about Gullwing. Oops. Next year.

There's a cool interview with Thomas Morgan up at the Chrome Ball Incident.

Thrasher - January 1990 Volume 10 Number 1

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Chris Cook #2.

The vibe about skating rocks.

I always rode Thunders back in the late 80s and early 90s. I liked the little lizards and daggers on the baseplates.

It's worth noting the Alva version of Rip Grip on Cooksie's board.

Thrasher - January 1989 Volume 9 Number 1

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Sartorius Catalog Fall/Winter 1991.

Merry Christmas!

We used to order from Sartorius back in the day since they were based in Connecticut and we lived in New York. I think a friend must have noticed where they were located and wrote for a catalog. The first catalog was this huge two sided one-sheet in black and white. I still have it, but it's roughly the size of eight pieces of paper so I've never attempted to scan it. They had a very good selection from all the big companies and the quicker delivery time was an added bonus.

This is their catalog from late 1991. I believe the skater on the cover is John Duff, an am who rode for New Deal and Tracker. You get a good sampling of where skateboarding was at in that time period. There's a mix of older and newer companies for deck choices. The shoe choices are either Airwalk or Vans. I threw in the clothing to round things out. I didn't bother scanning the two page spread of text only for wheels, trucks, and bearings.


Monday, December 24, 2018

Noah Salasnek #2.

Always remember those who have left us too soon.

The photo is by Luke Ogden and the illustration is by Kevin Clark.

Thrasher - December 1988 Volume 8 Number 12

Friday, December 21, 2018

Brian Frostad #2.

"Here's the bucket that was used to bail the pool. Here's the pool. There's Brian Frostad. Brian Frostad Flakes. There he goes. Watch him grind. The pool's wet." - Sam Cunningham

Brian is from Danville, California. He was sponsored by Blockhead and had the opening part in Splendid Eye Torture. He had a shared part with Sam where they skated some pools, too. Brian had a solid mix of street tricks, including handrails, long slappys, a cleanly caught kickflip, and some carve action at the China Banks. This ditch wall ride was in his section, but he was wearing different clothes in the video. He also rode for Thunder Trucks.

Bryce Kanights was the photographer.

This is from the 1990 Thrasher calendar.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Blockhead Catalog 1989.

This is the 1989 Blockhead catalog. It ran in black and white in the mags, but if you wrote in, you got a color one-sheet. I imagine you got a sticker with this, too. The graphics look so vibrant against the wood grain. I had the Mark Partain back then and I picked up a Tragicomic reissue recently. I like the Sam Cunningham large with symmetrical reptile graphic. And of course there is the classic Nothing Is Cool t-shirt.