Thursday, November 20, 2008

Double Dip.



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

6 comments:

AE said...

out of the early generation blank boards, i liked stick-it-sticks best. the natas rip-off shape was my favorite.

Anonymous said...

awesome site. can you post some reese simpson pics? thanks. -jason

justin said...

I don't know if I completely remember Stick - it sticks. I'll be flipping through old Thrashers and Transworlds all day on Sunday and keep an eye out for the company.

Reese is somebody I want to have on. I'll see what I find this weekend.

Skateboard Videos for the Bored said...

I remember the Naked decks. My brother bought one, and we were lucky enough to have my dad's shop to cut it in. It turned out pretty well as far as I remember.

Dishtank DJ said...

I totally remember the Naked decks. I bought one from my local skate shop growing up in Omaha, Nebraska. I got out my Dad's Jigsaw and borrowed a friends Hosoi Hammerhead deck and traced it onto my blank...it was totally a shop project trying to get those truck holes drilled in the right place and then sanding the edges and laquering the thing up...after all was said and done, I had made myself a wobble deck...when you sat the deck down on the ground, only 2 diagonal wheels would touch the ground...f'ing hilarious! :)

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kilwag said...

I used to ride Naked boards for a while in the late, late 80's. I tried the uncut thing once, made some monstrosity, but then switched to one of their blank shapes. They had blank bottoms and a small one color screen on top. They were good boards.