Monday, August 31, 2009
I thought that Molotov was gone, but a Google search proved otherwise.
Molotov is a company run by Andy Schansberg. They were based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have the weird and arty vibe going on, which today seems normal. Molotov didn't have a pro team, but Jahmal Williams did ride for them. Now they just do special limited edition runs of boards.
The skater in the photo is Andy's brother Matt.
Poweredge - October 1991 Issue 36
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
12/28/1973 - 8/22/1998
Never forget Phil Shao.
I'm a day late because I didn't turn on my computer yesterday. It will be back to the late 1980s and early 1990s on Monday. I'm probably going to be doing stuff from that time frame for a while since college starts back up soon and I've been building up a good catalog of new scans.
Slap - August 1997 Volume 6 Number 8
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
I spent a lot of time on Saturday night looking for this specific ad. Jinx rode for Vision. He also did some art department and graphic design stuff for them. He started up Channel One in 1991. I'm not sure what he is doing these days.
Transworld - January 1990 Volume 8 Number 1
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Sacramento local and Sam Cunningham's skate buddy.
Bob Schmelzer was the man behind Circle A. They were a mix of punk rock, street skating and freestyle. Their ads always stood out from what everybody else was doing. I never had any of the boards and the punk rock imagery scared the small town 15 year old me a bit, but I thought they were a neat company.
RIP Andy Kessler.
I don't know too much about him, but from what I've read on the internet, it looks like skateboarding lost another good one.
Thrasher - January 1989 Volume 9 Number 1
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
I watched Splendid Eye Torture the other night. That's an overlooked video with street skating on par with the other big videos of the time. Rick Howard and Sam Cunningham railslide some big rails. It's also heavy on the Fugazi and other Dischord bands for the soundtrack, which is fine by me.
Chad does Small Beating Skateboards these days.
Mark Waters took the photo.
Thrasher - March 1990 Volume 10 Number 3
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Before he was pro for Dogtown, J.J. was an am for Blockhead and feeble grinding a rail twenty years ago. It seemed like Blockhead was trying out new things to make street skating better rather than just doing what everybody else was doing.
El Steam fotos.
Poweredge - July 1989 Volume 2 Number 6
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Another all around ripper. I had his board. If the internet can be believed and in this case I think it can, Mark is still destroying pools. It's good to see that the guys who were pro when I was growing up keep on riding.
Steve Sherman snapped the photo.
Transworld - August 1989 Volume 7 Number 6
Monday, August 3, 2009
It's Blockhead week. The company was started by Dave Bergthold in 1985 and was around until 1994 when it changed to Invisible. There are occasional anniversary reissues of Blockhead products. Thanks to a combination of a ripping team and the unique art of Ron Cameron, the brand has retained a special place in the hearts of old dudes. I think they blended being weird and creative without being too kooky quite well. Once wheels got small and pants got big, Blockhead tried to keep up with what was going on without much luck.
The big three pros were Sam Cunningham, Jim Gray and Mark Partain. Soon a kid named Omar Hassan was given a board with his name on it. Rick Howard also turned pro for Blockhead. Other notables to ride for the team included Steve Berra, Jeremy Wray, Jason Dill, Dan Rogers and Laban Pheidias.
Sam was from Sacramento and was an all around skateboarder - street, vert, mini and pools. These days he works for a college caring for reptiles, something he talked about in the Poweredge interview that this picture is taken from. I'm pretty sure he still skates, too.
The photo is by Christian Kline.
Poweredge - July 1989 Volume 2 Number 6
Saturday, August 1, 2009
10/18/1962 - 8/1/2008
Do you brush your teeth twice a day?
No, I don't.
Once, but it's a damn good brushing. Bleeding gums and the whole bit. When it comes to brushing, if you don't bleed, it ain't clean.
For some reason I've always remembered Ray's quote about brushing his teeth from his pro spotlight interview with Stacy Peralta.
Ray died from cancer a year ago. He was a long time Powell Peralta rider during the heyday of the Bones Brigade. He invented the classic experimental deck that you would see in the videos when pros were testing out new shapes. He was a very stylish and clean skater.
Left: Bones Brigade Intelligence Report - June 1989 Volume 3 Number 1
Right: Bones Brigade Intelligence Report - December 1989 Volume 3 Number 3
For the quote: Transworld - July 1991 Volume 9 Number 7