Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
8/20/1965 - 1/20/2004
Jeff was one of those behind the scene guys who helped shape skateboarding for the better. He was a good example of the all around creativity that grumpy old dudes say is lacking in skateboarding these days. He was in at the start of Deluxe when it was just Thunder and Spitfire before Real was launched. Jeff was an artist and musician. His band, Wonderful Broken Thing, was featured throughout the soundtrack of H-Street's Hocus Pokus video. He did quite a few graphics, too.
Thrasher - March 1990 Volume 10 Number 3
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Salvage was the clothing company done by Zero Two. The idea behind Salvage was to recycle discarded clothes from various institutions. It took thrift store shopping to the next level by giving you the chance to buy shirts from prisons and mental hospitals, if the ads could be believed. I'm fine with buying shirts at thrift stores, but this was just kind of gross.
Zero Two was the vegan shoe company that ran photos of mutilated cows and people wearing Airwalks leaving bloody footprints. Their team had Ed Templeton, Mike Vallely, Brian Lotti and Sean Sheffey. Zero Two didn't last long. I believe they were the backer behind Mike and Ed's short lived Television company. This was before Ed started Toy Machine and Mike went back to Powell.
Thrasher - March 1993 Volume 13 Number 3
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
When the noses on skateboards started getting bigger, a lot of companies made boards that were doubled drilled. This meant that you could have either a 4 1/2" nose with a longer wheelbase for more stability or a 5 1/2" nose for better pop. A street skater would want the longer nose and somebody who skated more ramps would want the bigger wheelbase. The choice of nose size didn't last long and soon noses were the same length or slightly longer than the tail, just as decks are today.
One problem that arose from doing noseslides and crooked grinds was that the front bolts on your trucks would get messed up. The solution was to move the leading bolts back a little so that they wouldn't be subject to all the abuse. I've heard rumors of Ocean Howell drilling new holes in his trucks to prevent this problem. Venture was one of the first, if not the first company to make trucks with a six hole pattern. This allowed you to set up your hardware away from the nose and to noseslide without hassle. The reason for keeping the extra set of holes was because some companies weren't drilling their decks with the new smaller pattern at the time.
I'm not 100% sure on this, but I want to say that Chamley rode for Think.
Thrasher - November 1992 Volume 12 Number 11
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
I've been wanting to get this guy on here for a while and today seems like the right day. Neal rode for Schmitt Stix and stayed with the change to the New Deal. He had a graphic on New Deal that featured part of Superchunk's "No Pocky For Kitty" album cover, which was used with permission from the band.
When the New Deal ditched its pros, he switched to the Black Label. Neal is still going and I think he recently won a vert contest somewhere. The internet was less than useful, but I did find an interview with him from 1998. You can search for that on your own time. I'm not posting a link.
Neal's got a photo show at the Skate Park Of Tampa Snack Bar this weekend during the Tampa Pro.
Bryce Kanights took the picture.
Thrasher - October 1992 Volume 12 Number 10
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This is one of the few guys that made pressure flips look cool. The Japanimation graphic at the top of the ad doesn't fit with New Deal's image or Girard's style. Oh, well. It probably seemed like a good idea at the time.
Girard was one of my favorite pros when he was on New Deal. I never got into Mad Circle. I honestly don't know why either because that was a solid company. I finally saw Let The Horns Blow shortly after Mad Circle got the axe and was impressed by the video.
Thrasher - February 1992 Volume 12 Number 2
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Suburban death parties, snowboard freaks and leftovers in the freezer.
The ones where you have to pop, try and hope. In that order.
Ferdinand was an underground ripper. I'm not sure he had much in the way of sponsors or even cared. Obviously he rode for Spitfire and he got up on a rail for an Indy ad.
Suburban Death Parties would be a great band or 'zine name.
For the quotes: Thrasher - July 1992 Volume 12 Number 7
Thrasher - April 1990 Volume 10 Number 4
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Here you go, Keith.
Thanks to Skate & Annoy for reviewing my website.
I watched Dancing In The Dirt on Friday night. I'm still pissed off that video didn't have Matt Hensley in it. There wasn't a whole lot of intelligence available back then as to who would have parts in videos. I bought it on the assumption that Matt would be in it since he was in the A-1 ad every other month. There was even a teaser at the end promising another video in late 1991 with Matt and all the other riders who weren't in Dancing In The Dirt. Anyway, it wasn't that bad. It was kind of low tech filming and editing, but there was a lot of good skateboarding in it. The soundtrack was nearly all of NOFX's "Ribbed" album and their Fleetwood Mac cover. I took a few notes:
1. A young Jason Dill jumps off a building a few times.
2. A lot of guys were riding the Kris Markovich Dogcatcher board from G & S. I wanted one of those, but he switched to 101 and I never got the deck. I found out about the team change when I tried to order the board.
3. Markovich kills it.
4. Thrasher 'zine reviewer Wez Lundry carves around in a full pipe.
5. Kareem Campbell has a part. It happens at two spots - those step up ledges on the side of the road in San Diego (I think) and a gap spot with a long manual pad in the parking lot. He does a backside 360 off the ledges and a lot of lipslides.
6. George Karr looks like Hyde from That 70's Show. Or I guess it would be the other way around since Dancing In The Dirt came first.
7. Kenny Anderson's brother Kyle rips it up.
8. Leigh Peterson gets blown off by a girl when he tells her what they are filming for. She just laughs at him and walks off.
9. Otis Christian does a smooth backside tailslide on a high curb and a nollie kickflip in super slow motion. His middle name is Glen.
10. Ryan Fabry was pretty damn good, like head and shoulders above nearly everybody else in the video. It's easy to see why Plan B wanted him.
The group photo is by Steve Sherman.
Rich Gustus took the J.D. Gibson curb grinder photo.
Transworld - January 1991 Volume 9 Number 1
Friday, March 6, 2009
Since the week started with Rick Howard, I figured it needed to end with the young MC. Normally I grab a few magazines on Sunday and pick out photos to scan in. It usually works out that everything kind of goes together, even if it doesn't feel that way when I'm scanning. This week never came together in my mind. Not that there is anything wrong with what I posted, there isn't much flow or reason to it. Oh, well. I'll try to do better next week.
On the positive side, the weather is starting to improve and the glaciers are receding. I skated the flat bar I won from Transworld in the driveway after work yesterday for a half hour.
Mike got 5th in the 1989 NSA Mini Ramp Finals at Tower Skatepark in Phoenix. Eric Sanderson took 1st, Jason Rogers was in 2nd, Alfonso Rawls was 3rd and Wade Speyer was 4th. He also got 16th in street.
The photos are by Tobin Yelland.
Transworld - September 1990 Volume 8 Number 9
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I thought this ad was neat. A couple of my friends from back around this time actually didn't like Rick. Dumbasses.
Apparently I can't tell the difference between a heelflip and a kickflip anymore.
Steve Sherman shot the Rick Flip
and Grant Brittain took the portrait.
Transworld - September 1991 Volume 9 Number 9