Friday, December 11, 2009

Powell Peralta vs. Blind #2.

The response from Blind was to make a series of boards that were silly rip offs of famous Powell Peralta graphics. The upside down logo is a nice touch, too.

I wonder what the creative split behind this idea was between Mark and Steve Rocco. This ad was a big deal because it took a direct shot at Powell, who at that time were still one of the leading companies in the industry.

This never occurred to me at the time, but I do wonder what Lance, Ray and Tony were thinking when they saw the ad that made fun of small companies. I can imagine they were used to getting dressed up in silly outfits for various projects and the photo shoot wouldn't have seemed that unusual. Still, I'm sure they had a good idea of what was happening and it probably didn't feel like a good time.

Transworld - July 1991 Volume 9 Number 7


Old School Sammy said...

The last vestages of the time when decks had different shapes---it's sad those days are gone...decks and graphics used to have personalities and differences back in the older days---now everythings a rip-off graphic thrown on a popsicle stick...truly sad...

thad said...

the good old days for sure. i loved those early world ads- they were so funny and exactly what skateboarding needed at the time. i know it all morphed into everyone wearing the same exact clown outfit riding the same soooper dinky white wheels - but my fondest memories of skateboarding culture were from those days.