Friday, November 22, 2013

Tommy Guerrero #4.

Chickens can fly.

Tommy was one of the first to turn pro for street skating way back in the 1980s. He rode for Powell Peralta and then started Real with Jim Thiebaud. He eventually retired from the pro ranks to move behind the scenes, but still pops up in the mags every so often. Tommy ran the classic clothing company Forties. He has put together a successful musical career over years, in addition to managing things at Deluxe.

Real has a new clip where they recreated the famous sequence of Mark Gonzales ollieing over Max Schaaf on a motorcycle. This time around they tapped Jake Donnelly and Ishod Wair for the stunt duty. Jake pulled off the ollie and then landed a kickflip over a speeding Ishod. Good times.

I voted for Colin Provost for SOTY.

I did a little organizing of the Vert Is Dead video archives last night. I wanted to watch Brent Atchley's pro debut video from Element for some reason. I discovered the DVD has a 15 minute Element team video called Elementality Vol. 1 Black and White. It's all in BW and has no music, just the sounds of skateboarding. I wonder where they got that idea from? The vid has mostly shared parts with skateboarding from Jacob Rupp, Tosh Townend, Colt Cannon, and Jeremy Wray. Bam Margera and a young Nyjah Houston have solo parts. Tosh goes beast mode on a few spots and any Jeremy Wray footage is worthwhile.

Vert Is Dead will be back on Monday, December 2. It will be the traditional throw back December to the 1988-1990 era of skateboarding starting with a week of freestyle. I'm going to lurk around the comments on the Chrome Ball Incident to see if I can take care of any random requests that might be floating around there, too. Think Monty Nolder. Have a good Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.

Slap - January 1999 Volume 8 Number 1


Anonymous said...

The Atchley pro part and the the black and white version were avaiable through a free Kingpin magazine dvd, which also featured the european team video "rise up"

Anonymous said...

I used to have the VHS of the Chicago Blowout... 1986, Nolder made the finals and shook the ramp!.. He skated with a timeless style. Really underlooked

Anonymous said...

You should do a week of forgotten element pros.

Anonymous said...

This^^^^. Haha kenny huges where ya at

Justin said...

I chuckled when I saw that request.

Dallas Rockvam post in the works for 2014.

For a company that I don't pay attention to, I noticed Element has actually put together a decent team of young rippers.

(Sorry Dallas if you read this by chance.)

Keith said...

TG. So stylish.

Anonymous said...

does any pro do well after they leave element? whether they leave own their own, or are kicked off.