Monday, October 31, 2011

Todd Bratrud.

Happy Halloween.

Todd was an artist at Consolidated and he does the High Five today. He also has done art for Creature. He provides assorted illustrations for the Skateboard Mag, too.

Andrew Hutchison took the pictures.

Thrasher - November 2000 Volume 20 Number 11

Friday, October 28, 2011

Mark Gonzales #10.

A stalefish by Mark Gonzales is a thing of beauty.

Be sure to hit up the Chrome Ball Incident today for an amazing interview with Omar Salazar. Omar does not stop.

Thrasher - November 2000 Volume 20 Number 11

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Anthony Van Engelen #2.

Nostalgic for the Photosynthesis days.

I went skateboarding at the skatepark on Monday night. It was just me, nobody else was around. Good thing I did because we are supposed to be getting a little snow tonight. Nothing that will stick and probably not where I am, but it's in the forecast.

The photo is by Lance Dawes.

Transworld - September 2000 Volume 18 Number 9

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Austin Stephens.

We save you the trouble of counting the stairs.

Austin has been with Toy Machine for a long time now. He was an am back when the team was Ed Templeton, Elissa Steamer, Brian Anderson and Brad Staba. After Elissa, Brian and Brad moved on, he was the last man standing next to Ed. He was on Emerica and now rides for Dekline Footwear. He is also sponsored by RVCA.

Transworld - December 2000 Volume 18 Number 12

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Kanten Russell.

A contemporary of Pat Duffy.

Kanten was one of the main guys in the early 1990s to push the boundaries of big gap and rail skating. He maybe should have been on Plan B, but let's leave that as water under the bridge at this point. Besides if Chris Miller is your boss, than you are pretty much winning at life.

We've been having problems with the internet at work lately, hence the evening update. There's something ironic or maybe mildly amusing about listening to Hüsker Dü's "Divide and Conquer" while the tech guy figures out what is wrong with your system. If they didn't want you to push the reset button, why did they put one on the modem anyway?

Jeff Taylor took the photo.

Transworld - September 2000 Volume 18 Number 9

Monday, October 24, 2011

Ryan Johnson.

Ryan was an all around handrail and pool punisher for the New Deal. He rode for 151 after the Deal went out of business.

Transworld - October 2000 Volume 18 Number 10

Friday, October 21, 2011

Ryan Wilburn #2.

Everybody's down.

Jay Garrette was the photographer.

Slap - July 2000 Volume 9 Number 7

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Marc Johnson & Rodney Mullen.

enjoi was started at the tail end of 2000 after Marc started using words the opposite in meaning of stoked and rad to describe how he felt about riding for the A-Team. Although the A-Team had a very good crew with Rodeny Mullen, Gershon Mosley, Chet Thomas and Dave Mayhew, the graphics and ads were not so hot, to be polite. Mullen and Mayhew were part of the original enjoi team. They were joined by Louie Barletta, Jerry Hsu and eventually Brad Staba. enjoi brought a much needed sense of levity back to skateboarding when everything was either very worried about being fresh or not caring and being hesh. As for the rest of the A-Team, Thomas started Darkstar and G-Mos moved over to Blind.

Transworld - December 2000 Volume 18 Number 12

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Javier Sarmiento.

The smooth Spanish street technician.

He rode for Powell and then the Firm. Javier recently got hooked up with SK8MAFIA and DC's Embassy European program.

Transworld - December 2000 Volume 18 Number 12

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Jason Adams #5.

This spot has always looked difficult to ride to me, but a lot of cool tricks have gone down on it over the years.

Slap - January 2000 Volume 9 Number 1

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dennis Busenitz.

Is it time to start campaigning for S.O.T.Y. yet?

It's cool to see that ams from ten years ago have become some of the top pros going these days.

I watched about five minutes of the vert part of the Mountain Dew contest yesterday afternoon between football games and laundry. Andy MacDonald is still going and it looks like he is getting more air than he used to. Pedro Barros is ridiculous. That's all I saw.

Slap - September 2000 Volume 9 Number 9

Friday, October 14, 2011

Scott Bourne #2.


Slap - April 2000 Volume 9 Number 4

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tom Penny #2.

Tom came to the USA from England and casually destroyed all our spots before vanishing to France. You stopped seeing photos of him in the mags and then, all of sudden, there he is spinning an Indy 540. Some people got it like that.

I was saving this for Friday, but after seeing the Muska at the Chrome Ball Incident, I figured today was the right day.

The photo was by Ashby.

Slap - May 2000 Volume 9 Number 5

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Brian Anderson #3.

B.A. stands tall on a huge backside tailslide.

Has this been online someplace else recently? I looked, but don't think it came up.

Speaking of large tricks, Heath Kirchart does a massive backside 360 ollie over a pyramid in the new issue of Thrasher.

Dave Swift took the picture.

Slap - January 2000 Volume 9 Number 1

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Brian Lotti #3.

I kept flipping by this and figured it needed to be online.

This is an email conversation between Slap editor Mark Whiteley and Niall Neeson. There are some interesting points made here. It's also interesting how much things have changed in the decade since this dialogue. The notions of guest (Gest) boards were relatively unheard of back then, but now it seems hard to imagine skateboarding without them. Skateboarding nostalgia is such a difficult beast to deal with. It's a lot of fun to look back on things through the years, although I'd kind of prefer to think about going skateboarding today after work. The fact that the modern era of skateboarding isn't terribly old compared to something like football or baseball and lacks the well documented history of those activities complicates the matter. Skateboarding is such an of the moment activity that it doesn't always help itself at preserving highlights from the past. The internet obviously changes a lot about Niall and Mark's talk, since now any youngster can watch nearly every video ever made as long as they can remember what us old farts told them to check out.

Congrats to the Chrome Ball Incident for hitting number 700.

Chris Ortiz took the photos.

Slap - December 2000 Volume 9 Number 12

Friday, October 7, 2011

Daniel Haney.

Arkansas represent.

After having a fairly stable team for the first half of the 1990s, Foundation experienced a massive amount of turnover in 1997 when all the pros left. This meant that Daniel Haney, Brad Staba and Jon West were the new team. They were showcased in the handrail heavy video Duty Now For The Future in 1997. There was beef between Staba and Haney so Danrail split for Arcade. Haney was pro for a few years, saved his money and is now living a life of leisure.

Props to the Skate Nazi, your premium online source for all things good about Hawaiian skateboarding.

Slap - November 2000 Volume 9 Number 11

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Danny Garcia.

Switch crooks.

Danny was an am for All City before getting on Habitat. He's been with them ever since. In the footwear department, he has ridden for Vita, Lakai and éS.

RIP Tony Evjenth.

The photo is by Seu Trinh.

Slap - August 2000 Volume 9 Number 8

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

John Cardiel #7.

Cards + Chris Johanson = Classic Anti-Hero.

Thrasher - May 2000 Volume 20 Number 5

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Chris Pastras.

I always like Dune's trick selection. It might not be the biggest or most technical, but everything is done with proper style and grace.

Work's been a little crazy this week.

Thrasher - April 2000 Volume 20 Number 4

Monday, October 3, 2011

Tony Cox.

Sometimes you just gotta let the pictures do the talking.

Dennis McGrath took the photo.

Thrasher - March 2000 Volume 20 Number 3