Friday, May 28, 2010

Josh Beagle & Ray Barbee.

The OG Beagle and Ray do some tail skidders. Ray's goofy footed so that really is a switch back tail.

I turned 36 earlier this month. I'm all too aware of the fact that I have a finite number of years left to skateboard where I can ollie up on the big ledges for 50-50s and do nollie flips on flat. Therefore I try to skate as much as I can. Whenever I call my friend Paul in Rochester he always says that he hasn't been skating in forever because he has been running a lot. I bug him that he should be skateboarding since he's only a couple months younger than me. Anyway, all this running is being put to a good use. He's going to run in the Buffalo Marathon on Sunday. Good luck, buddy. I still say you should have been skateboarding instead.

The photos are by Chris Ortiz.

Transworld - September 1993 Volume 11 Number 9

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Brad Hayes.

I think this photo is neat.

Brad rode for Acme in the 1990s. He also rode for Lethol in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Dave Swift took the picture.

Transworld - November 1993 Volume 11 Number 11

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Eben Jahnke.

Race was a wheel company done by Think. They weren't afraid to use non-skating ads either from time to time. The team included Eric Ricks, Karma Tsocheff and other assorted Think riders.

Eben was a DC local who rode for Experience at some point.

Thrasher - December 1993 Volume 13 Number 12

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Think #2.

Another example of a Think conceptual ad. I really do like some of these and they made sense in the early 1990s.

Thrasher - August 1993 Volume 13 Number 8

Monday, May 24, 2010

Think #1.

Think were the champs of using visual propaganda that occasionally had little to do with skateboarding in their advertisements. I want to say that they even won a T-Eddy award for most ads without skating at some point.

Thrasher - April 1993 Volume 13 Number 4

Friday, May 21, 2010

Dave Duren.

Vert Is Dead turns two today.

Dave was pro for New Deal and Media in the 1990s. He had a smooth style with lots of clean flip tricks. I watched his part from Children Of The Sun on YouTube yesterday. I also watched 411 #2 and Dave had a lot of footage in that as well.

Thrasher - November 1993 Volume 13 Number 11

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Eddie Mathesen.

Barry "Twist" McGee did a lot of the early art for Mad Circle.

I find it interesting that back when I was in college my art professors didn't really know about all the skateboard artists beyond me telling them how awesome they were. Now one of the art history professors at the college teaches a class on the urban/suburban/street/graffiti/whatever you want to call artists. This is cool, but at the same time, key figures like Ed Templeton, Andy Jenkins, Neil Blender and maybe Mark Gonzales are being left out. That's like talking about the history of the NBA and not mentioning Jerry West. I'm just complaining without any real point. I make my students look at Abstract Expressionism, Dada, Surrealism and Pop. You know, the old arty farty crap.

I know nothing about Eddie. Sucks that your only coverage ever might have been a lousy video grab sequence.

Vert Is Dead turns two tomorrow.

Transworld - August 1993 Volume 11 Number 8

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Justin Regan.

Before he got a special pro shoe on Emerica, Regan was doing backside 180 fakie nose grinds as a sponsored am for Channel One.


Some follow up on ATM & 60/40:

ATM rebranded with Mike Manzoori, Mario Rubalcaba, etc. in May 1994.

There are a couple of ATM ads that look like somebody was trying to rip off the Gonz's art from late 1993/early 1994. I'm not sure if they were, but it doesn't have the authentic Gonz feel. It's entirely possible that Mark drew on or with something that was hard to reproduce. Given that 60/40 would start a couple of months later, this does make things rather suspect.

60/40 started in April 1994.
Based on ads in Transworld, Kools went from June 1994 to November 1994.

Both 60/40 and Kools were backed by Richard Metiver (Union).
Gonz was still on 60/40 as of November 1995.
I haven't checked past that, although he would have switched to Real shortly.

Transworld - July 1993 Volume 11 Number 7

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Video killed the magazine star.

Transworld - August 1993 Volume 11 Number 8

Monday, May 17, 2010


My friend John had an ATM sticker on his car. His dad would not believe that it was a skateboard company and was thoroughly convinced his son stole a sticker from an actual ATM machine.

Thrasher - December 1993 Volume 13 Number 12

Friday, May 14, 2010

Tim Brauch #11.

Prepare for landing.


RIP Arthur Phillips.

At some point in the late 1980s I became friends with Jay and Paul, twin brothers from the next town over, because of skateboarding. We've been friends ever since. Their dad passed away on Wednesday after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. One of the things he was good at was carpentry and he helped them build a bunch of ramps, slider bars and grind boxes in their driveway.

Thrasher - June 1993 Volume 13 Number 6

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Jason Adams #2.

Tim's partner in crime stands tall on a nose slide.

Chris Kardas took the photo.

Thrasher - February 1993 Volume 13 Number 2

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tim Brauch #10.

"It's like something out of that twilighty show about that zone." - Homer Simpson

Those big curb cuts always seemed really gnarly to be doing tricks off. That's what makes them cool. I'm going to call that a double kickflip for the video grab sequence.

Thrasher - October 1993 Volume 13 Number 10

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tim Brauch #9.

"He traveled all over the world, and a lot of times, he was by himself, because his sponsors knew if they just sent Tim, it was more than enough - he was a one-man demo. He didn't like the fact that he had to go places by himself, because he loved to have his friends there with him, but everywhere he went, he was amazing and he made friends. Whenever he came back from somewhere, he'd have two rolls of film, and they were always pictures of people he'd met and hung out with. So anyone who met Tim, cherish and replay those moments in your mind." - Jai Tanju

For the quote: Big Brother - August 1999 Number 51

Transworld - January 1993 Volume 11 Number 1

Monday, May 10, 2010

Jason Adams & Tim Brauch.

“This wasn’t especially inspired by any existing superhero, it just came from me and Tim Brauch drinking together. We came up with the idea together, we were just always together. Lived together, skated every day, same sponsor, traveled, all that shit! It was the best time, salad days I tell ya…

Waking up every morning to take the longboards to 7-11 for coffee and doughnuts, planning skateboard action for the day and, well, getting drunk every night and trying to beat Tim in a wrestling match was always a hoot. He always beat my ass with ease, but every night I kept coming back for more. [If we had actual super powers], mine would be to turn water into beer. And Tim’s would have been to turn beer into weed!” - Jason Adams.

This week is going to be about Tim Brauch and Jason Adams, two pros from San Jose who were friends. Probably just about everybody reading this knows that Tim died eleven years ago from a heart condition. They both rode for SMA in 1993. Tim would switch to Santa Cruz when SMA was ended. Jason would bounce around between Creature, Scarecrow, Sonic, Enjoi and Black Label.

Big thanks to Seb at Memory Screened and Skateboarder for doing the Jason Adams interview that I lifted the quote from.

Thrasher - November 1993 Volume 13 Number 11

Friday, May 7, 2010

Alan Petersen #6.

"180 to backward grind to crooked nosegrind in Fresno, California"

Rather than have one picture with a thousand words, here's one picture that's worth a thousand words.

Vert Is Dead now has 69 followers. Insert a Beavis & Butthead giggle here. Thanks, people.

Beans & The Kid all next week.

The photo is by Miki Vuckovich.

Transworld - May 1993 Volume 11 Number 5

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Corey Chrysler #2.

Corey jumps a big gap at EMB.

Is his name spelled Corey or Cory?

I rode a lot of Consolidated boards and wheels in college. They had a deal where you could order directly from the company and it was a little bit cheaper. I've been trying to remember what boards I had exactly and the list ends up being shorter than I think it should be. I'm trying to figure out what I rode in the summers, too. I know I had a Frankie Hill barbarian, a Karma Tsocheff with the cheerleader, a Karma with an electric guitar, the Andy Roy with directions on how to throw a hand grenade, an Alan Petersen that was red and white with a small logo and an AP with an hour glass on it. I think I had a Daredevil team board with a bunch of the little devil heads on it, too. I know I go through boards faster these days because I have the money, plus with school and winters back then I wasn't skating as much.

Transworld - January 1993 Volume 11 Number 1

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Roger Seliner.

The somewhat obscure Mr. Seliner. Daredevil Wheels was the name Consolidated used for their wheels and bearings.

This has turned into Consolidated Week #2, only without the organization of the first time.

In regards to non-Consolidated issues:

Jake Donnelly and Dan Plunkett are on the am invite list for for the Maloof Money Cup in Flushing Meadows. It's nice to see a couple of Buffalo guys get a shot at a big time event. Maybe one of them can do what the Sabres and Bills fail to do: win something.

(For any Mets' fans out there, their Triple A affiliate Buffalo Bisons are actually winning some games now.)

There's also a guy named Shawn Hale from Joplin, Missouri on the invite list. Having spent some time at Bemo's/BTB back when I was living in Arkansas, there's always going to be soft spot in my heart for anybody from that corner of the Show Me State. I could go for some Pizza By Stout right now.

Transworld - March 1993 Volume 11 Number 3

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Consolidated #4.

Consolidated: The Wordy Company.

I've been swamped with work today.

Transworld - February 1993 Volume 11 Number 2

Monday, May 3, 2010

Karma Tsocheff #3.

This seems about right for a Monday. Sometimes you land the trick, sometimes you don't.

Transworld - April 1993 Volume 11 Number 4