Friday, August 29, 2014

Danny Montoya.

Listen to the boulevard.

Danny has ridden for Rhythm, Listen, and currently BLVD. He has been sponsored by Duffs and Adio for footwear. Danny and Rob Gonzalez started Listen in the mid 2000s as a small board company. They eventually took the operation to Syndrome Distribution and renamed it BLVD. They are still going today with a team that includes Danny Supa, Rodrigo Peterson, Daniel Lebron, Danny Cerezini, and a few others.

Vert Is Dead will be back on Tuesday. Enjoy that Labor Day holiday if you happen to get it off from work.

Chris Ortiz took the photo and Jose Gomez did the graphic design. Note the mid 1990s trend of crediting the designer for the ad layout.

Transworld - February 1996 Volume 14 Number 2

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Reese Forbes #4.

Commonwealth Stacks.

Reese's part in Nothing But The Truth is one of my favorites.

Remember when you could buy trucks without any graphics printed on them?

Thanks to Street Piracy for the links.

Thrasher - September 1996 Volume 16 Number 9

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stevie Williams.

Hardflippin' for Profile.

Tobin Yelland took the photos.

Thrasher - May 1996 Volume 16 Number 5

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Heath Kirchart #7.

Walked away in silence.

Thrasher - December 1996 Volume 16 Number 12

Monday, August 25, 2014

Steven Cales.

Menacing Monday.

Dimitry Elyashkevich snapped the photo.

Thrasher - June 1996 Volume 16 Number 6

Friday, August 22, 2014

Peter Smolik #2.

SK8MAFIA Kingpin.

1990s tech guy getting gnarly.

Work's been jamming with the back to school rush, hence the briefer than usual captions. I hope we survive. I haven't even had time to watch Jake Donnelly's new part and that came out a week ago. Go Buffalo.

Thrasher - March 1996 Volume 16 Number 3

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Richard Paez #2.

Words from Consolidated.

There's an amazing tribute to Phil Shao by Mark Whiteley at the Chrome Ball Incident.

Thrasher - February 1996 Volume 16 Number 2

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Vinnie Ponte #3.

Go play in traffic.

You know what trend bugs me? Everybody just runs and throws down their boards without a proper push. I get you need to do that sometimes to get gnarly, it just looks awkward at times.

The photo is by Lance Dawes and the graphic design is by Dave Kinsey.

Transworld - November 1996 Volume 14 Number 11

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jason Carney.

Zeus seems fitting for the tricks this guy did.

Jason was on H-Street and turned pro for Planet Earth. He started Maple with Kien Lieu in the mid 1990s. Jason runs Slappy’s Garage skateboard shop in San Diego these days.

Thanks to Quartersnacks for the link.

Ed Dominick took the photo.

Thrasher - April 1996 Volume 16 Number 4

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jay Adams.

Dogtown & Z Boys.

Legendary pro skateboarder Jay Adams passed away on Friday from a heart attack. As part of the Zephyr Skate Shop team, Jay brought a much more aggressive and surf inspired approach to skateboarding. Along with the other Z-Boys, Jay was key in taking skateboarding to pools and vertical terrain. He had his ups and downs over the years, but according to reports had turned things around in recent times.

Thrasher - September 1991 Volume 11 Number 9

Friday, August 15, 2014

Rodney Mullen #6.

If you want to sing out, sing out.

RIP Jay Adams.

Transworld - July 1996 Volume 14 Number 7

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Andrew Reynolds #6.

Battle Commander.

It was cool to see Kevin Long get a trick in the Boss's clip at Steve and Eric's skateboard park.

Transworld - June 1996 Volume 14 Number 6

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ron Chatman #3.

Post World Industries.

I've been meaning to get more Ron posts on here. After turning pro for World, Ron rode for a couple of different companies, including Milk with Christian Hosoi and ATM Click with the Gonz. ATM changed backers and switched to 60/40. Ron stuck around for a bit after Mark left for Real. He has worked as a teacher and is still skateboarding today.

The Chrome Ball Incident just put out a great interview with Todd Congelliere.

Thrasher - November 1996 Volume 16 Number 11

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mike Crum #2.

Texas tech.

Mike is from Texas. He was one of the new vert ams for Vision with Chris Gentry. They both turned pro for that company. After Vision, he rode for Prime and World Industries. He was also on DVS. Mike did a lot of street ticks on vert, such as giant nollies and pop shove-its, both regular and switch. He's got a pretty good ollie, too.

Circuit was a wheel company in the mid to late 1990s by Think. Danny Way, Tom Penny, Caine Gayle, and Daewon Song rode for them.

Thrasher - July 1996 Volume 16 Number 7

Monday, August 11, 2014

Eric Koston #4.

Koston during the Mouse days.

Orion was a company done by Tracker that had all the big names of mid 1990s street skating on the team. The brand was recently resurrected with a team of Clint Peterson, Ryan Decenzo, Pat Duffy, and Kevin Taylor.

Transworld - December 1996 Volume 14 Number 12

Friday, August 8, 2014

Flip Team 1996.

Plymouth Rock.

I guess if your company is from England than a Beatles spoof is a natural thing to do. Flip started out under the name of Death Box. It was founded by Ian Deacon and Jeremy Fox. They changed the name in 1993 and took the team to the USA, where this fabulous four promptly demolished all our spots. It was probably payback for that whole Revolutionary War thing.

Props to Michael Burnett for a Burnout column featuring women skateboarders at the recent Van Doren Invitational bowl contest.

Transworld - May 1996 Volume 14 Number 5

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Chany Jeanguenin.


Chany is from Switzerland. He came to the USA to skateboard in the early 1990s with a hefty bag of tricks and not being able to speak a word of English. Luckily, everything worked out for the best. He initially rode for Real and then switched to Planet Earth and their sister company Rhythm. In the late 1990s, Chany helped start Expedition and that is still going strong these days.

Thanks to The Hundreds for the link.

The photo is by Chris Ortiz and the graphic design is by Jose Gomez.

Transworld - August 1996 Volume 14 Number 8

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bucky Lasek #3.

Remember when skateboarding on TV was a big deal and you had to watch it? Sure doesn't feel that way today. I miss the old contest stories from Thrasher and Big Brother. The Thrasher ones were probably a little better because that was back when they still kept things vague about the partying and hi-jinx. It's nice to know all the details, but at the same time, it's better to leave a little mystery.

I recently saw Bucky and a bunch of other bowl shredders flying around in a televised contest in Maryland. I'm not positive what series it was for, other than it was definitely on NBC. Anyway, getting past my apathy, it's cool to see Bucky beating kids half his age in contests, all those years after the old Powell Peralta videos.

Transworld - September 1996 Volume 14 Number 9

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Mike Manzoori #2.


I picked out some different stuff for the next couple of weeks. There will be a few pros that haven't been on here before. It's mostly going to be 1996 because those mags happen to be at the top of the stacks.

Mike has been in the game a long time now, both as a pro and then as a skateboard video maker. He has ridden for ATM Click, Adrenalin, Etnies, Sheep, Pig Wheels, and a few more.

The photo is by Wig Worland.

Transworld - March 1996 Volume 14 Number 3

Monday, August 4, 2014

Dan Rogers.


Dan rode for Blockhead, Birdhouse, and probably a couple of other companies during his time as pro. He jumped down some big gaps and grinded some big rails back in the day. Dan is from Iowa.

Entity was a board company done by Gullwing. Steve Saiz was the team manager. Riders of note included Donny Barley, Rob Gonzalez, June Cate, Adrian Lopez, Paul Zitzer, and a whole bunch more.

Transworld - April 1996 Volume 14 Number 4

Friday, August 1, 2014

Chet Thomas #2.

Chet on Sptifire, a sight rarer than a Methuselah rookie card.

Thrasher October 1996 Volume 16 Number 10