Thursday, July 2, 2015
One Zero One.
You always got something groundbreaking with a photo from Daniel Harold Strut. Spike Jonze, too. It was usually the hottest pros doing a crazy trick you'd never seen before and it looked really cool. This had to have been one of the first documented backside noseblunts on something other than a curb since the photo was taken in 1991.
Does anybody know where the term mall grab came from? It seems like Michael Burnett has popularized it in recent years. The question was raised in the comments the other day and I don't really have an answer.
I can vaguely remember discussing how to hold your board back in the day and I think we knew not to hold on to it by the trucks. I recall in 1997 or 1998 grabbing my board by the truck by accident and getting a sliver of metal in my finger. I've made it a point to never touch my trucks ever since.
Vert Is Dead will be back on Monday with one more week of early 1990s stuff. Have a good holiday and be careful around the fireworks.
The photo is by Daniel Harold Sturt.
Thrasher - January 1992 Volume 12 Number 1
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
"This is Markus. You do not know him now, but you will someday."
How many times has that line been used to introduce somebody in a skateboard video in the years since Hokus Pokus?
Mark got really tech for 1989 in H-Street's Hokus Pokus and kept on rolling with that approach. He turned pro for Planet Earth. Along with his friend Ocean Howell, Mark was at the forefront of helping to evolve technical switch skateboarding in the early 1990s. He gradually disappeared in the later half of the 1990s.
Miki Vuckovich took the photo and Ocean Howell filmed the video sequence.
Transworld - December 1993 Volume 11 Number 12
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The Birdman flips his board.
With the recent release of the film All This Mayhem, my Ben and Tas Pappas post has been getting a lot of traffic. I have not seen the video, but I've been reading about the aftermath from the 900. Tas has made the claim that Tony pulled some strings to keep him out of the best trick contest on ESPN in 1999. Skateboarding journalism stepped up and interviewed many of the people involved in the event to get all the facts straight about this particular contest. It does not appear that there was any sort of conspiracy by Tony to keep Tas off ESPN. But then again, the conspiracy theorists would like you to believe that.
Given my track record of not watching movies, I doubt I will ever watch All This Mayhem. Plus it's made by Vice and after the shenanigans they pulled to kick Death By Audio out so they could have a fancy new office, I'm over all things Vice.
Sorry, Australia. Don't hate me.
Steve Sherman snapped the photo sequence.
Thrasher - October 1993 Volume 13 Number 10
Monday, June 29, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
June Cate's friend takes a backside tailslide down a handrail.
I sort of feel Jason was under appreciated for what he was doing back in the day. He was one of the first to take tricks like backside lipslides to handrails. I watched a couple of June's video parts last week and Jason had a few tricks. Everything he did was so solid and done with more pop than most. His approach to skateboarding foreshadowed what is going on today with guys like Brandon Westgate.
Transworld - November 1992 Volume 10 Number 11
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Jahmal had the last part in Josh Stewart's recent Static V video. He is running Hopps Skateboards currently after riding for several different companies over the years.
Skateboarding's fascination with running photos small perplexes me at times. There's a few ads I won't scan in because the pictures are just so tiny. I understand that sometimes there isn't room to run a photo larger or if a picture has a few flaws then a smaller size makes sense. This ad is dynamic, but it's hard to tell what's going on.
Transworld - December 1992 Volume 10 Number 12