Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Chico Brenes #3.

OG Chocolate.

Chico has been with Chocolate since the company was started. He's the only original rider still left on the team. World Industries sponsored him before Girl decided they needed a sister brand and offered Cheeks a seat in the van. All those smooth nollie heelflips have served him well.

I got Colin Read's Spirit Quest DVD yesterday. I watched about half of it last night. It's rather lengthy, but supposedly it's Colin's last video so he wanted to make it all inclusive. I was interested in checking out Spirit Quest out after reading about the vid in Transworld. The video has lots of NYC street skateboarding and reminds me of Zoo York's Peep This and Mixtape.

Thrasher - November 1997 Volume 17 Number 11

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mike York #3.

So nobody knows the name of the song from his part?

Mike opens up the Chocolate section of Mouse. He does a lot of technical street lines on an assortment of ledges and school yards out in California. There are many 360s flips, crooked grinds, and backside tailslides. He turned pro after the video.

Thrasher - April 1997 Volume 17 Number 4

Friday, October 21, 2016

Rudy Johnson #6.

Time is tight.

Rudy had a few tricks in a shared part with Jovontae Turner and Tim Gavin in Mouse. He did some 180 to grind variations while wearing some early DC Shoes. His son Diego is a skateboarder and recently shared a clip with dad for Royal Trucks.

Jenkem's Welcome To Hell week is way better than the one I did here. Josh Stewart's tour footage of Jamie Thomas attacking the streets is intense.

Thrasher - August 1996 Volume 16 Number 8

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Tim Gavin #5.

One and done.

The Gav's only trick in Mouse was a 50-50 on an access ramp handrail. The photo was used for a DVS ad announcing his pro shoe. He basically retired from the professional ranks at this time and moved over to the industry side of the business.

The photo is by Lance Mountain.

Transworld - February 1996 Volume 14 Number 2

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Jovontae Turner #4.

1. 1964 Volvo (black)
2. 1960 Volkswagen Bug (ragtop - green/white)
3. 1988 Volkswagen Fox
4. 1972 Datsun 510 (yellow)
5. 1959 Volkswagen Karman Ghia (blue)
6. 1961 Volkswagen Bug (Sal Barbier's old ride - blue)
7. 1963 Volkswagen Bug (convertible - red)
8. 1986 Volkswagen Jetta (blue)
9. 1971 Datsun 510 (Bryce Kanight's old ride - gold)
10. 1972 Chevy K5 Blazer (primer yellow)
11. 1986 Ford Mustang 5.0 (convertible - grey)
12. 1972 Toyota Corolla (mango)
13. 1972 Toyota Corolla (primer grey)
14. 1957 Volkswagen Karman Ghia (red/white)
15. 1989 Honda Civic (white)
16. 1968 Chevrolet Cutlass (convertible - yellow)
17. 1959 Volkswagen Bug (white)
18. 1974 Datsun 510 (black)
19. 1990 Honda CRX (silver)
20. 1968 Cougar (gold)
21. 1984 Volkswagen Cabriolet (red/black)
22. 1984 Volkswagen GTI (white)
23. 1984 Volkswagen GTI (ragtop - silver/white)
24. 1985 Volkswagen GTI (white/black)
25. 1985 Mazda RX7 (grey/black)
26. 1986 BMW 325 (green)
27. 1986 BMW 535 (cinnamon)
28. 1974 Porsche 914 (green)
29. 1967 Volkswagen Fastback (primer yellow)
30. 1961 Volkswagen Notchback (primer grey)
31. 1972 BMW 2002 (red)
32. 1973 BMW 2002 (white)
33. 1974 Toyota Corolla (Kareem Campbell's old ride - primer grey)
34. 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit (gold)
35. 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle (white)
36. 1984 Mazda RX7 (blue)

For the cars: Thrasher - October 1995 Volume 15 Number 10

Transworld - June 1995 Volume 13 Number 6

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sean Sheffey #5.

Sheffey's part in Mouse has him blasting big ollies and cruising around doing lines. He throws down a lot of switch kickflips and 50-50s. His ender is an over the top 50-50 down a handrail, a trick that has become a staple of the top pros and ams in the current skateboard world.

Big props to Transworld for doing an entire issue focusing on women skateboarders. Let's hope this wasn't a one time thing and they continue to have at least a little bit of coverage of non-dudes each month.

Paul "Skin" Phillips took the photo.

Transworld - April 1996 Volume 14 Number 4

Monday, October 17, 2016

Jeron Wilson #4.

Mouse turns twenty this year so I figured I'd better do something to honor a classic skateboard flick. This was the third video from the Girl and Chocolate camp and was their most polished effort by far. Whereas Goldfish felt pieced together to promote a new company and Las Nueve Vidas De Paco was a try at blending a spaghetti western with a skateboard video, Mouse upped the production values a lot. There were skits, but since Spike Jonze was now an accomplished music video director, they looked a lot better and even incorporated special effects. The skateboarding is top notch stuff and Mouse serves to document the technical side of street skating that was going on from 1995-96. The soundtrack was mostly hip hop, oldies, and funky classics. A lot of the parts were on the short side compared to what goes into skateboard vids today because there weren't second angles, slow motion, lifestyle shots, and mandatory high fives back then. Or there weren't as many of them. Efficiency can be a good thing.

J Dubs opens the video lots of ledge tech and cleanly caught flips. He even hits up a couple of handrails. Jeron turned pro shortly after Mouse was released. He had previously ridden for Real and Blind.

Transworld - July 1996 Volume 14 Number 7