Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Rob Dyrdek.



Plastic and embroidery.

When Santa Cruz came out with their Everslick plastic bottom boards, all the other companies soon jumped on the bandwagon with mixed results. The layer of plastic made boards pop weird and sometimes added a lot of weight. Plan B slicks seemed to work well and be the most like wood boards. I had a couple, but soon went back to good old plain wood. The wooden skateboard deck is seriously one of those things that falls under the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" category. Plexi-Lam was what Alien called their version. I like the name and logo. I only ever had wood boards from the Workshop and have no idea how well Plexi-Lam worked.

One odd little fashion trend that happened in 1992 was the use of embroidered logos on clothing. All the ads were hyping this for whatever reason. You would end up paying a little more for a t-shirt that had a tiny logo stitched on it that was most likely ripped off from a sports team or gas station. Brilliant. I'm glad things went back to screen printing art on t-shirts quickly.

Transworld - June 1992 Volume 10 Number 6

4 comments:

Keith said...

nice! The Thomas Morgan graphic was the best. Never came in red and white! Dude was the illest.

I never liked slick boards either. Why pay the extra $5-10 so your board would pop weird?

I disagree about Rocco slicks being better. They were just as bad as all the other ones!

Sometimes the shop wouldn't have any good shapes in regular wood so we would have to grab a slick. Some of my friends used to cut the slick part off the end of the nose and the tail so it was just wood. It still didn't feel right.

The embroidered shirt thing really was an odd trend LOL I think I still have a Jason Lee burger embroidered shirt at my folks' place.

freakbeatfuzz said...

Deckcrafters still makes slick boards.
http://deckcrafters-skateboards.com/

Stephen said...

yeah... the world slicks were horrible just like the rest of them. actually, i think santa cruz did it the best with their 'everslick'... but i always preffered plain old seven ply maple too.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of that whole rip-off logo, does anybody remember the company CIA? (not to be confused with Brewce Martin, et al.)

That CIA was about Counterfit (I can't recall what the I and A stood for), but all the logos were rip-offs of chain businesses like 7-11. That was their gimmick, and their boards were a bit cheaper in price. You could buy work shirts with their logo sewn onto them. That company ran their ads in Thrashers probably in the '92 - '93 years.

-- Rikku Markka