Monday, July 13, 2009


Nicotine was a wheel company owned by Mike Agnew and backed by Intensity Mailorder under the banner of East Coast Urethane. They would soon expand to include Capital Skateboards, which Martinez and Stone would leave Element to ride for. Later on down the line, ECU would expand to include First Division Wheels and Silverstar.

The late Pepe Martinez with the very much still alive Chris Hall and Andy Stone are in the photo. Chris Hall was great at doing technical street tricks and really took the manual to new places in the early New Deal videos. Pepe and Andy helped make the DC scene stand out in the mid 1990s and carried on what was started by Sean Sheffey, Brian Tucci and Hall.

Thrasher - March 1995 Volume 15 Number 3

1 comment:

Keith said...

Pepe was definitely one of my favourites. RIP. I was heavily backing Capital when it was around for what? 2-3 years? Capital product wasn't easy to find in Canada's capital.