Thursday, November 20, 2008
Some of the older guys in my town were pissed off when skateboards started to evolve into the precursor of the popsicle shape that we take for granted today. This was in 1990 and 1991 before things got worse or better, depending on your point of view. They hated freestyle and double tails. It didn't take a rocket scientist to see that skateboarding was changing and having a nose the same as the tail on a board was much more functional. Of course some of the early attempts at having a symmetrical board were nasty. Vision tried and there was a Powell Tony Hawk that resembled a barn door. Or an uncut Naked blank. Does anybody else remember Naked? Their whole deal was that you could order an uncut blank and make your own shape. It made for an ideal shop class project. Too bad the idea sounds better on paper than in reality. When one of my friend's tried it out, the end result sucked. Of course he wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed and a high school shop isn't going to have all the fancy tools that a woodshop geared toward the production of skateboards is going to have.
Transworld - February 1990 Volume 8 Number 2