Monday, January 15, 2018
Polar recently did a collaboration with Dear, Skating. Dear, Skating is the project of Chris Lipomi that celebrates skateboarding's past. The results were some boards and shirts with art by Ron Chatman that is similar to the drawings in this ad for Milk. The batch of goods turned out pretty neat. I got the team board with the stripes for Christmas. I always wanted a deck with only horizontal stripes for graphics and I finally got one.
I still haven't gone skateboarding this year. We're stuck with winter. Not that it has been particularly bad, it just seems to snow enough on my days off that a trip to an indoor park isn't possible. Things might finally warm up enough for next weekend. I think a bit of an offseason has been a good break to rest my tired old bones and joints.
I'm going with early 1990s stuff for the next month or so. I'm working on writing a couple of spot stories, too.
Thrasher - December 1992 Volume 12 Number 12
Friday, December 29, 2017
"When I skate, I push around, and look down at my shoes. If my shoes don't look right, I get bummed and can't skate. Sometimes if I try to get all artsy fartsy and get some killer design on my skateboard, I just can't skate it. I'll take it apart and give it to somebody. Or I'll have a totally good board and I'll sticker it all up perfect. I'm just into that, you know? It's the only thing I do, I skateboard, so putting my skateboard together is like putting my house together. I just put my stickers on and go, "OK, that looks killer." I just go down the line of my sponsors. "OK, cool. This is rad." I put the grip tape on right, slant it just perfect, everything's looking killer, and then I'll get the paint pens out. I'll ride it for a day and I'll be stoked on my set up, and then I'll draw some stupid looking thing that blows it all, and I have to give it away."
Matt talks about the madness. I'm the same way with grip tape art. Sometimes I would draw stuff, but I would always end up hating it so I stopped. It's been the same grip job for ages now - two pieces with a thin line in front of the back truck. Ideally none of the top graphic is showing, but sometimes a little bit slips in. I think it makes the skateboard look fast.
This poster was on the wall of my bedroom for a bit. I think I even took it with me to college for my freshman year.
A few things I dug about skateboarding in 2017:
1. Ryan Lay's part in Welcome's Fetish video
2. Nikola Racan's Solsticij video
3. The Pass~Port section in Transworld's The Cinematographer Project: World View
4. Ben Gore's part in Transworld's Riddles In Mathematics
5. Nora Vasconcellos' part in Welcome's Fetish video
6. Raven Tershy in Lakai's The Flare
7. Gilbertt Crockett in Venue's Gospel video
8. Lizzie Armanto turning pro for Birdhouse
I got skateboarding 257 times in 2017. Some of those were long sessions at the park, other times it was 15 minutes on my lunch break or pushing around in the street, and a couple of times it was a few ollies and a 43 on the front porch. February was mild so that was nice. I had this goal of no double digit days off this year and I was successful, although it got dicey at the end. Hence the porch skating. The winter is here now and I'm not sure when I'll get to roll next. I'm hoping it clears up enough to hit up an indoor park next weekend, but that might be asking a lot.
Vert Is Dead is going on winter hibernation until Monday, January 15th. Have a safe and happy calendar change.
Daniel Harold Strut was the photographer.
For the quote: Transworld - August 1990 Volume 8 Number 8
This is from a 1991 Transworld Poster book.
Thursday, December 28, 2017
For those wondering, my town did not get the five feet of snow that Erie, Pennsylvania is now buried under. We're sitting on a wind blown eight inches or so of snow. The roads are clear, but daily highs are only in the teens. I'm about 45 minutes northeast of Erie, which is just enough to make a difference with the weather, particularly with lake effect snow storms. Lake effect often dumps a lot of snow in a small area while avoiding other places that are nearby. Needless to say, I'm not going to the mall in Erie any time soon.
Transworld - September 1990 Volume 8 Number 9
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
"Remy's neighborhood consists of only six different styles of houses. Each house is basically the same, except some face different directions. For added spice: Beaver Cleaver could definitely live on Remy's street. It's most likely that kids from Remy's neighborhood grew up pretty ordinary, coming from one of the six housing styles. The surprising thing about Remy is that he is far from ordinary. He lives in the garage, and lives to skateboard. He is accompanied by his wide variety of music, a vintage motorcycle, strange clothes, and a broken rifle with a flower peering out of the barrel. The people that planned out Remy's neighborhood probably never imagined that a kid with so much character, confidence, and style would emerge." - Max Schaaf
Remy was born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia and then his family moved to the Los Alamitos area of Southern California. He used to play soccer as a kid, but quit once he got to high school to stick with skateboarding. Remy was briefly sponsored by Blockhead, Skull Skates, and Madrid before getting on G & S. He turned pro for the Ampersand and then left for Acme, Jim Gray's new company, in 1991. He gradually faded from the pro side of things and moved over to the industry side of things to work at Volcom. Remy still works at Volcom and his name pops up every so often in the mags or online.
For the quote: Transworld - February 1995 Volume 13 Number 2
Transworld - December 1991 Volume 9 Number 12
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Rob is from Vancouver, British Columbia. He was sponsored by G & S before leaving for Real. After a short stint on Real, he was pro for World Industries for the duration of the 1990s and early 2000s. His part in 1993's The Real Video features nearly all airs that have been flipped into plus a few McTwists set to the tune of Marky Mark's "Good Vibrations". Oddly enough a day or two after I scanned this ad, it was announced that Real is reissuing Sluggo's first pro model.
Thrasher - October 1991 Volume 11 Number 10
Monday, December 25, 2017
I got a Steve Saiz deck for Christmas in 1989. The recent Powell Peralta reissue reminded me of how much I liked that board. Steve had been on the team as an am for a bit and after a couple video parts, they finally turned him pro. He skated a mix of street, mini, and vert. The one I got was white, and although I'm not big on white as a board color, it made sense for this graphic because it has a lot of detail. I had blue Powell rails and white Thunder trucks. I took three or four of the Bones stickers that looked like warning labels for flammable material and put them across the top over the Ripper. The rest of the board was covered with grip. I think I had some A-1 Meats Sex Cells on it first and soon swapped those out for T-Bones to keep it all Powell.
I'd been skateboarding for a little over two years at this point so I was starting to figure out tricks better and feel more comfortable on board. This setup felt really good and I remember learning new stuff on it. I don't remember exactly what all we were doing for tricks back then, but it would have been boardslides and 50-50s on curbs. There were launch ramps and quarter pipes, too.
One of our friends had a mom who was the office manager for this mail order seed company with a large warehouse. The warehouse was right next door to his house. Shortly after this particular Christmas, a couple of us went over to his place on a cold Saturday night. His mom was out for the evening with her friends and he somehow snagged the key for the warehouse. We got in a nice little session with a launch ramp and maybe some boards to ollie over. It was winter so this was bonus time skateboarding. I think we were back in the house safely before she got home, but a light in the warehouse was left on or something. It could have just been a mother's intuition for all I remember. She knew what happened and he got a darn good lecture about how he shouldn't have done that. The rest of us didn't get in trouble, but we never skated the warehouse again.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays. Make sure you got permission before you barge at will. Or at least remember to turn the lights off on the way out.
Transworld - October 1989 Volume 7 Number 6