Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Chris Miller #4.
Chris rode for Gullwing. He caused a big stink back in the day when he was photographed riding another company's trucks. Something like that seems kind of trivial today, although the message boards do need topics to talk about. Gullwings were very easy to identify, unlike these days when pros ride Ventures or Indy's instead of whatever brand they are supposed to be using.
In the late 1990s Chris started Mercury Trucks with help from Jamie Thomas. The brand didn't last too long. The friends that I know rode them weren't very happy with how they worked. I'm not sure if that was just because it was the first model and they were still working the kinks out or if they flat out weren't good trucks to begin with. The Jamie Thomas fans bought them so they could have the exact same setup as the Chief: Pig Wheels, Mercury Trucks, Zero deck and those kind of ugly Emerica Jamie Thomas shoes. Anyway, there was an interview with Chris a couple of years ago, possibly in the Skateboard Mag or a TWS Buyer's Guide, where he said he had a box of Mercury trucks left and still rode them. I thought it was cool that he kept using them even long after the company didn't exist.
The picture is by Spike Jonze.
Thrasher - July 1989 Volume 9 Number 7