Friday, May 25, 2018

Skateboard Mask.

It wards off evil spirits.

I’m always down to give away old decks to people who need a board. The guy I gave this one to was a ripper and he broke it flying off a ramp. He showed up a week or two later at the skatepark and gave me this sculpture he made out of the board.

Vert Is Dead will be back on Tuesday, May 29th. Enjoy the weekend.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Mike Rafter.

"This is more like your average street creature."

Mike is from Sacramento, California. He rode for Arsenal before switching to Creature. He was also sponsored by Shaft, Voice, and later, Santa Cruz. His favorite movie is Evil Dead. Some of his favorite skaters include Cairo Foster, Ron Whaley, Brian Anderson, and Jeff Toland. Mike was into painting, too.

I always put one sticker on my board by the back truck. I'm not personally into covering a deck with stickers, but it's good to have a minimal amount of decoration. I had been using the Eswic shield logo from Jimmy Arrighi's now folded clothing company since I had a ton of them. I decided I had to change to a currently active entity and thought about what companies I liked. I always enjoy Creature videos so I ordered up a 25 pack of their small logo stickers so I'm all set.

I have the t-shirt of the skull with the horns in this ad. I got to the skateshop and my friend who was working told me they had pulled the plug on Creature so he saved me the shirt. I'll wear it occasionally for Halloween or other random days. It's held up pretty good over the years, not that it gets worn too often.

The photo is by Lance Dalgart.

For the quote and information: Big Brother - February 1999 Issue 45

Big Brother - December 1998 Issue 43

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mike Manzoori #4.

No groove.

Mike transitioned from being pro to making videos. He recently completed Album, the new video from Etnies. I need to check that out at some point.

Gullwing is running a solid team in this ad.

Slap - November 1998 Volume 7 Number 11

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ben Liversedge #5.

The real number of the beast is 50-50.

(Read that in a Mark Gonzales style voice.)

Slap - August 1998 Volume 7 Number 8

Monday, May 21, 2018

Dan Drehobl & Darren Navarrette.

Dan and Darren blasting some airs during the Emerica days.

Vert Is Dead hits the decade mark today so I figured I'd do a double shot of two of my all time favorites.

Thanks for all the support over the last ten years. It's a little hard to believe this thing has been going on since 2008. It also seems like those years went by rather quickly. Enjoy the ride.

Dan: Big Brother - May 1998 Issue 36

Darren: Big Brother - April 1998 Issue 35

Friday, May 18, 2018

Skateboard Stack.

Digital photo

I thought I'd switch it up and do something different today. This is a section of the stack of old boards by the door at my apartment. The sunlight hits the spot nicely in the winter.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Ben Horton #2.

Creepy crawly pole jam.

Big Brother - April 1998 Issue 35