Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Along with Josh Kalis and Lennie Kirk, Fred helped keep the Workshop legit in the mid 1990s when some of their other pros were falling off due to injuries, partying or being in bands. His part in Time Code is brutal and he crushes everything in his path while the Black Sabbath plays. He's also been in the spotlight for a very long time, ever since he was a little kid in a Tracker ad.
For as much as people ripped on the Phillie guys for doing wallrides and pole jams that supposedly regressed skateboarding, they also did a lot of tech and switch stuff, not to mention placing an emphasis on rolling fast again. The Philadelphia scene helped end the doldrums of the small wheel/crazy tech era by bringing style back. It's better to do fewer tricks with control and confidence than flinging around a bunch of crazy flippers that don't look all that good.
Jeremy Traub took the photo.
Note: I believe Jeremy is his first name. Usually if an ad lists just a last name, chances are good the photographer has photos elsewhere in the mag. I checked the masthead, but Traub was not listed. I haven't had time to investigate further. If this is incorrect, let me know and I'll make the necessary change.
Thrasher - October 1994 Volume 14 Number 10