Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Gilbert Crockett #3.

No more corporate blues.

Mike O'Meally took the picture.

Transworld - July 2010 Volume 28 Number 7

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Elijah Berle.

Permanent 15 year old.

Elijah went from riding for Foundation and Osiris to being pro for Chocolate and Vans.

Thrasher - July 2010 Volume 30 Number 7

Monday, September 28, 2015

Malcolm Watson.

This is a crisp photo with a slightly different composition.

Malcolm is from Los Angeles and specializes in technical skateboard trickery. He has ridden for a few companies over the years, including Shaft Wood, Chapter Seven, and Acme. Malcolm turned pro for Arcade and also rode for World Industries.

Transworld - November 1996 Volume 14 Number 11

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pushead #2.

The Pus-Zone.

This is a Transworld interview with artist Brian "Pushead" Schroeder. I stumbled upon it while looking for other stuff. I didn't remember it from 2002 at all.

Jason Adams is back on the Black Label. That seems about right. Although when I initially read that Jason was back on a former sponsor, I was thinking he went back to enjoi.

I think I have an idea for Halloween week. Costumes. Maybe. Thanks for the suggestions. There will be one more week of clearing off the hard drive before finally making the often teased Skate More feature happen.

The interview and photos are by Grant Brittain.

Transworld - August 2002 Volume 20 Number 8

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thomas Morgan #5.

Race City.

Thomas was the vert am on the Alien Workshop before turning pro for the Sect. He had been riding for G & S. He mixed things up with both street and vert in his part in Memory Screen. For Timecode, Thomas was strictly out in the streets. I've always been a fan of his skating.

Thrasher - October 1992 Volume 12 Number 10

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Marc Johnson #9.

Autumnal equinox.

Jerry Hsu's buddy floats a switch 180 into a bank during the Maple days.

The photo is by J. Mann.

Thrasher - March 1995 Volume 15 Number 3

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Jaya Bonderov #6.

Feeble the distance.

Jaya was an all around shredder on both streets and transition. He helped run Adrenalin and was a capable photographer. Jaya was killed in a car accident in 2012.

Anybody got ideas for Halloween week? I've done Creature, Scarecrow, and Zorlac once already. I also did a week on graphics that used skulls.

Slap - August 1996 Volume 5 Number 8

Monday, September 21, 2015

Rob Welsh #3.

Rob goes uphill for a backside noseblunt slide.

I had at least one pair of these shoes. The Delta was a little odd and sort of plain, but I liked them. They had a good cupsole and a decent amount of padding. I think they did develop weird creases across the toe. I'd like to see skateboarding footwear return to shoes like this instead of the current fascinations with boat shoes and white toe caps.

Ben Colen took the photo.

Thrasher - January 2002 Volume 22 Number 1

Friday, September 18, 2015

Aggro Zone.

Get Aggro.

Aggro Zone was a column by Neil Blender that ran in Transworld a little before I got into skateboarding. This is a return visit to the feature from quite a few years ago now with an intro penned by Kevin Wilkins. You get photos taken by Neil of famous guys like Lance Mountain and Chris Miller, along with lesser known types like Mike Lohrman and Matt Campora. I find it interesting how skate photos used to be more tightly cropped and close up compared to the grand full scenes in many of today's pictures. Neither is necessarily better, just different and a sign of how things change over time. I'm sure there's a thesis project in there if somebody wants to go for it.

Thanks to Ed for the link on the Facebook.

Transworld - December 2003 Volume 21 Number 12

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mike Rusczyk #3.

Rather Ripped.

Mike's originally from Crown Point, Indiana. He bounced around to quite a few places over the years before ending up in Santa Rosa, California in the late 1990s. He started really getting into skateboarding in 1988 while living in the Chicago area. Mike was sponsored by Acme after the team did a demo in Peoria, Illinois at the local park. He would go on to ride for and turn pro for Foundation. He had parts in a few of their videos. I watched his part in Cataclysmic Abyss last night. I had somehow forgotten that video. His section was great, with a lot of wallrides, pop shove-its, and no complies. The Sonic Youth made it even better. It appears he's involved with something called the Office of Fine Art and GOOD Design these days.

Note: This backside lipslide was in Mike's part in Foundation's Art Bars.

Transworld - May 2001 Volume 19 Number 5

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Brandon Biebel #3.

Kick a gallon.

Brandon is from Sacramento, California. He rode for ATM Click and Expedition before settling in at Girl. He had the opening part in Yeah Right and this trick was his ender. Brandon has also been with Lakai since the beginning of the company. It's good to see somebody not slow down as they get older and is still out there switch flipping over picnic tables and dunking basketballs.

I saw on the Canadian news last night that some fancy Hollywood types are making a movie about post-apocalyptic America called Man Down. My first thought was that Tilt Mode did that already. I feel safe in saying their video is always going to be the better of the two.

Transworld - September 2003 Volume 21 Number 9

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Ed Templeton #20.

Ed floats a backside ollie.

The Tempster was on Vans before getting an offer from Sole Technologies to ride for a new shoe company that was going to make vegan friendly footwear. Sheep was around for a couple of years before being put out to pasture. Ed made the in-house move to Emerica and has been wearing their kicks ever since.

It sure is easier to put bearings in new wheels than it is to get them out of the old wheels. Do they still make bearing presses?

Transworld - February 1998 Volume 16 Number 2

Monday, September 14, 2015

Danny Garcia #3.

In the past.

Seu Trinh snapped the sequence.

Transworld - May 2001 Volume 19 Number 5

Friday, September 11, 2015

Natas Kaupas #5.

Patriot's Day.

Thrasher - December 2001 Volume 21 Number 12

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Jim Murphy #3.

Toxic Vert Avenger.

Murf lived in Buffalo, NY before his family moved to New Jersey. He started skateboarding in 1975 in the Garden State. He's ridden for Zorlac, Alva, Shut, and Toxic. Jim is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in economics. He picked Rutgers because Tom Groholski had his ramp in New Brunswick, NJ. In 1997, he started Wounded Knee Skateboards with the late Andy Kessler. They wanted to make shaped boards for people who were riding bowls. I'm not sure if that is still an ongoing project. Murf is also the Skateboard Editor at Juice Magazine.

The photo is by Bill Thomas.

Transworld - January 1992 Volume 10 Number 1

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Pepe Martinez & Andy Stone.

D.C.'s Finest.

Andy rode for 101 and Element. Pepe was sponsored by Element from the beginning. They both turned pro for Element and then left to do their own thing back east in 1995. This gave us Capital Skateboards and Nicotine Wheels. Sadly, Pepe passed away in 2003.

A Reeves took the photos. Any idea on a first name?

Slap - September 1997 Volume 6 Number 9

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Otis "O" Bartholomew.


O is a master lensman. He's also played guitar and sang in Fluf and Olivelawn. Along with Neil Blender and Lance Mountain, O had a part in Powell Peralta's Ban This that featured the trio dorking around on tiny ramps, playing music, and having fun.

I'm cleaning off the hard drive for the next week or two with maybe a couple of new scans so things will be random. I've been burned out on computer life so I'm trying to avoid machines after work as much as possible. The next big project I'm going to undertake will be putting together something on Skate More. Also Rasa Libre and maybe enjoi ads from 2001 if I haven't done those already. I found some good ones while I was searching for Bam stuff.

Transworld - April 1995 Volume 13 Number 4

Friday, September 4, 2015

Bam Margera #5.

Bam owned FDR. I've been there a few times so that makes it more impressive to see his parts and know the terrain he did the tricks on. I'm pretty sure my best trick there ever was a nollie kickflip on the flat.

Around the same time as Bam was making the CKY videos, the Big Brother staff were also making their own videos of similar antics, thanks to the deep pockets of Larry Flynt. Obviously the two groups belonged together and thus the Jackass franchise was born. MTV aired the show and it spawned a movie with several sequels. I watched the TV show some and saw the first movie in the theater because I seldom go to the movies. It was neat to see the folks from Big Brother make the transition from a television in a skateboard shop to the big screen. I mostly lost interest in Jackass after that point and didn't really keep up with all the stuff that they were doing. I know the crew has been through some up and downs over the years to say the least.

I probably also need to mention HIM, Bam's favorite band. They are from Finland and that heartagram is their logo that you see all over the place.

I wanted to spend a week looking at the early years of Bam and focus on the skateboarding that allowed him to go onto making movies and whatnot. There really have not been many posts about him on here or even at the Chrome Ball Incident so I wanted to change that. The Emerica and Lakai Stay Flared tour stopped at his house so there was a recent update in Thrasher about him. That's where the idea for this week came from.

Vert Is Dead will be back on Tuesday, September 8. Enjoy the Labor Day weekend.

Thrasher - October 2003 Volume 23 Number 10

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Bam Margera #4.

Nollie full Cab.

Bam left Toy Machine for Element in 2000. There was a dispute with Tod Swank over royalties from the Landspeed video that ultimately led to his departure. Element was starting to become a big deal so it was the perfect fit for Bam. As an added bonus Giant Distribution also handled 411, which made it much easier for him to get videos produced and distributed. Thanks to all the fame from the telly and movies, Bam is probably one of the top selling pros ever for board sales. He stuck with Element for a long time, although a recent check of their website no longer has him listed on the team.

Element ran this promotion when Bam first got on the team:

Transworld - July 2000 Volume 18 Number 7

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Bam Margera #3.


Bam had to have been one of the first to throw down the switch backside tailslide in the mid 1990s on a regular basis, although this particular one drifts more into Suski grind territory.

Landspeed was a wheel company created by Rob Erickson and distributed by Tod Swank through Tum Yeto. Rob had been doing Wheelie Co. before this new venture. The team was heavy on East Coast talent and featured Donny Barley, Kerry Getz, Kenny Hughes, Mike Maldonado, Brian Seber, and Elissa Steamer. Landspeed started in the summer of 1998 and was only around for about a year.

For only being around such a short time, Landspeed released a single video that would be the launching point for Bam's celebrity outside of skateboarding. The video was called Camp Kill Yourself and was released in early 1999. There was minimal skateboarding from the team. The bulk of the flick was the antics of Bam and his friends having fun doing stupid stuff in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The name was taken from the band Bam's brother Jess played drums in, Camp Kill Yourself. This was later shortened to a more marketable CKY.

Camp Kill Yourself introduced us to the cast of characters in Bam's life that would be staples of his videos and assorted TV shows in the years ahead. This included Chris "Hoofbite" Aspite, Brandon DiCamillo, the late Ryan Dunn, Chris Raab, Art Webb 1986, Rake Yohn, and more. Also in the video were Bam's parents, Phil and April. Those two have to have the patience of saints for dealing with all the hijinx he put them through. I always thought the Landspeed video was a fun watch.

The Landspeed logo:

Ryan Gee was the photographer.

Transworld - September 1998 Volume 16 Number 9

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Bam Margera #2.

Monster Squad.

Bam was added to the Toy Machine team in 1997. I don't think he got a lot of coverage after 1994 riding for Evol until Ed Templeton put him on the Machine. I could be wrong on this. I was searching for an Evol ad, but never found anything. They were in the process of going into footwear and starting Osiris so a teenager from Pennsylvania was probably a low priority. Since Bam's friend Mike Maldonado was already on Toy Machine, that gave him a connection. Their skate buddy Kerry Getz was hooked up at this time, too.

Bam had two parts in 1998's Jump Off A Building. One was him skating street and the other was all footage from FDR in Philadelphia. His skating was a blend of tech tricks and transition shredding with reckless drop-ins and big gaps thrown in for good measure.

The photos are by Ryan Gee.

Transworld - June 1997 Volume 15 Number 6