Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jason Lee #7.

Metal Circus.

There used to be a skateboard shop in my town. It was open from probably about 1989 until 1993 or 94 when a fire wiped out half the block it was on. The family that owned it had a sports store, but devoted a good chunk of the shop to skateboards and clothing. I'm sure that their son had a little input on carrying skate gear because he sort of skated. I want to say he was more into snowboarding. In thinking back about the place, they probably did pretty well with business from skateboarding. Enough people were skating and I don't think we were really doing all that much mail order. They had a decent selection and carried Powell Peralta, Santa Cruz, Vision, Blockhead, Airwalk, and more. Since they were selling Vision products, they also carried other companies that were distributed by them like Sims and Lucero. I had a ton of shirts from both brands. Although I don't think they ever had the boards. Anyway, they did carry Blue and possibly TV. I had a Chris Pastras slick that I bought there. I believe a friend had a TV deck, but I'm not positive where he got the board from. The Dune was chunky and heavy compared to the Mike Carroll slick I had been riding previously.

Congratulations to Brian Anderson. May nothing but happiness come your way.

The new Supreme clip is cool. Alex Olson has some good tricks and B.A. shreds Phillie. I always liked that Kim Carnes song and it was cool to it used with something that wasn't lame.

Taking the day off from work yesterday was a good idea. I got skateboarding for a while in the morning while it was sunny and warm. It looks like off and on rain for the next four days.

Transworld - November 1992 Volume 10 Number 11

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Kareem Campbell #4.

Seven Shot Sequence.

Kareem takes flight down a triple set, but doesn't stick the landing due to deck breakage upon impact. Everybody knows boards break, it just seems a little odd to use that in an ad. At least they had some fun with it.

Vert Is Dead will be back on Thursday.

Transworld - September 1992 Volume 10 Number 9

Monday, September 26, 2016


Low Fidelity.

Blue was started in 1992 by Jason Lee, Chris Pastras, and Kareem Campbell. All three had been riding for Blind or World Industries and wanted to do something different that was more grown up than the edgy material Steve Rocco was selling. Blue was the precursor to Stereo, with some of the graphics being inspired by jazz culture. The company didn't last long before Chris and Jason started Stereo with Deluxe in 1993 and Kareem went back to World Industries.

This is going to be four day week of Vert Is Dead. I'm using some vacation time on Wednesday. I'll probably be taking a few more mid-week days off in the next couple months because I need a break from work.

The next two features I'll be putting together will be on Welcome To Hell and Mouse, since both are 20 years old now.

Dune & Kareem: Transworld - July 1992 Volume 10 Number 7

Life after skateboarding: Transworld - August 1992 Volume 10 Number 8

Friday, September 23, 2016

Mark Heintzman #5.

Pop shove-it late flip.

Everybody was trying to impress each other with how small their wheels were and how edgy they could be with naming products or coming up with graphics in the early 1990s. I'm thinking naming your wheels HIV is failed attempt in the branding department. The owners of G & S were on the conservative side so this one was a little surprising to see.

A-1 Meats did a similar ad in September 1991 that showed their small wheels. They didn't include any skateboarding to spice it up a bit.

Skateboarding somehow worked out last night. I've had a head cold the last few days and wasn't expecting much, but the weather was so perfect I made myself go to the park. I stayed until the lights shut off and did well enough for me. It felt good being out in the fresh air. I'm doing freelance photography for the paper tonight and won't be able to skate so that was my motivation for battling the germs. I'm a little glad nobody was there because I had a box of tissues and a bottle of Gatorade with me.

Things are getting Blue for next week.

Grant Brittain photographed the sequence.

Transworld - June 1992 Volume 10 Number 6

Thursday, September 22, 2016

John May.

Fifteen minutes.

I got nothing on this guy. I don't think he's Shannon's brother, although he might be. He's got a good frontside flip.

Jamie Mosberg took the sequence. I think it might even be film, but I forgot to double check when I scanned this.

Transworld - March 1993 Volume 11 Number 3

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Shannon May.

Red Vans Hightops.

Shannon was pro for G & S. He was also sponsored by A-1 Meats for wheels. I don't know much about him or what his deal was or if he even had a deal. I watched clips from the G & S videos Winona Riders and Stun the other day. The guy was doing some big ollies and generally blasting over street obstacles so he gets the Vert Is Dead seal of approval.

The photo is by somebody with a camera by the name of T-Bough.

Transworld - May 1992 Volume 10 Number 5

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Matt Beach #2.

Korner Groove.

Matt is from Portland, Oregon. He has ridden for G & S, Birdhouse, The Firm, and Skate Mental over the years. He has a tendency to disappear from the spotlight, but keep up with his skateboarding at the same time.

G & S had a similar ad of Kris Markovich doing a backside grab to fakie in May of 1991.

I went skateboarding 161 times in 2015. I hit 161 for 2016 last night. The mild winter we had helped out a lot in February and March. I think 200 is possible for the year since there are 102 days left. As long as it stays mellow and dry for October and winter doesn't get here early, this seems doable.

Transworld - January 1992 Volume 10 Number 1