Friday, July 29, 2016
Zaturdays are all right.
Paul was pro for Entity, Birdhouse, and Far East. He used to be a writer for the Skateboard Mag and now works for the Skate Park of Tampa. Every week he does a Saturday column that explores a bit of skateboard history or culture.
The photo is by Pete Thompson.
Transworld - June 1994 Volume 12 Number 6
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Goodtimes Intelligence Agency.
Peter dropped a new part for Spitfire Wheels this past weekend. Sparky rips up a bunch of pools and vert ramps to sounds made by noted horror movie director John Carpenter. Also of vertical terrain note, is Erick Winkowski's Right Side Up part for Santa Cruz. When I first saw an ad for him, I was slightly surprised he was riding a Jeff Kendall board from before he was born. It turns out the old 10" x 30" decks are his vehicle of choice and he logs some heavy maneuvers on the big planks with no nose. Erick also takes down a few rails and big ollies in addition to his mastery of inverts.
Thrasher - August 1996 Volume 16 Number 8
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
"When I first got sponsored there was no pressure, skating was all for fun. Then all of a sudden you start getting photos in magazines, you skate around people, and you feel like people really expect something from you - whether it's the people you ride for or people watching you. At that time, for the first time ever, something came in between me and my skateboard. It used to be skating was it, me, and my board were one. For the the first time, that was gone. It's kind of awkward, but you can use that to your advantage. I really just started to appreciate what I had. I was really stoked to have pictures in magazines and be meeting all these new people and starting to travel - it pushed me a lot. I started taking skating a lot more seriously, which I do now more than ever. So this has changed the approach, but the same feeling is still there. Like when I'm skating down a hill or with my friends, 'cause that's really what it's all about - that feeling."
This is the 2000th post on Vert Is Dead. Other than the anniversary each May, I kind of gave up tracking the numbers until I noticed the counter was getting close to the Y2K mark and figured I'd better take note.
Greg's doing a frontside ollie to tail in the ad. The trick was in Stereo's Tincan Folflore video from 1996. He is from Ann Arbor, Michigan and moved to San Francisco in the early 1990s. Greg rode for Real and then made the in house switch to Stereo. He retired from the pro ranks in the late 1990s and started filming videos. His vita includes the DC Video, Alien Workshop's Mind Field, and Propeller by Vans. The guy put out a couple of classic parts for Stereo. I like his style and approach to skateboarding.
For the quote: Transworld - March 1998 Volume 16 Number 3
Thrasher - July 1996 Volume 16 Number 7
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
Pepe was from Washington DC. He rode for Element and later split to start Capital with Andy Stone in the mid 1990s. Sadly, Pepe passed away in 2003 from a brain aneurysm.
The sequence is by Pete Thompson and the portrait is by Schubie.
Transworld - August 1994 Volume 12 Number 8