Thursday, June 30, 2016
Jeremy is from San Diego, California. He rode for Tree Fort. His name came up recently because the Skate Park of Tampa posted his Wheels of Fortune from 411 #19 from 1996. The part has no pushing and only trick to trick editing.
Treefort was a brief mid 1990s company. Other team riders included Alfonso Rawls, Vinnie Ponte, Max Dufour, Jimmy Chadwick, and Danny Supa.
Tripper Dungan is having an art show at the Daniel Rolnik Gallery in Pasadena, California. The show is entitled "Strangecation" and addresses the theme of wanderlust. Dungan has created a vibrant series of paintings of primarily inanimate objects like radios, vegetables, and guitars doing stuff such as walking and riding skateboards. The opening is on July 9 so if you need to check out some art on that day and live in the area, you are all set. I included a link in the comments for more information.
The design is by Dave Kinsey. The photography is by Atiba Jefferson and J. Senesy.
Transworld - March 1996 Volume 14 Number 3
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Keenan was from Harlem, NY. He grew up skateboarding with Keith Hufnagel, Gino Iannucci, and a whole lot of the NYC crew from the early 1990s. Ron Allen sponsored him on the short lived Fun Skateboards. Keenan would later go on to ride for Blind and Chocolate. He did some of the smoothest switch technical street skateboarding ever. Sadly, Keenan passed away fifteen years ago this summer. Bunny hop, son.
Transworld - December 1996 Volume 14 Number 12
Monday, June 27, 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
We can work it out.
Joosef "Moses" Itkonen is from Vancouver, British Columbia. He was sponsored by Real prior to riding for Mad Circle. He would later ride for Platinum and Powell. Moses got free shoes from DC and Duffs. Of note is that he had input in designing a synthetic shoe for DC in the mid 1990s. Moses is vegan and DC made a sneaker that agreed with his lifestyle. He skates street and ramps very well.
The new issue of the Skateboard Mag is pretty good. It's still a little short on the words, but I'll read blurbs about the exact setup other skateboarders ride all day. They even featured a couple of women in the look at the new wave of skaters. Plus there's a picture of Jeremy Klein doing an ollie over a shopping cart.
Thrasher - August 1996 Volume 16 Number 8
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Public Image Limited.
Karl is from San Francisco, California. He rode for Think and Profile back in the glory days of EMB before switching to Mad Circle. After the Circle closed, Karl was on Expedition One and started his own section of the company called Organika. He's the champ of doing smooth manual and switch tricks to odd reverts out with a smile on his face. His part in LRG's "Give Me My Money Chico" video from 2010 is cool.
Go Skateboarding Day? More like a handful of moping teens on BMX bikes at the skatepark. I guess all the shredding went down before I got my tired ass to the park later in the evening.
Mike Blabac took the picture.
Thrasher - November 1996 Volume 16 Number 11
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Scott's from Washington, DC. He rode for Think prior to joining the Mad Circle. He would ride for Chocolate after the MC ended in 1999 and retired from the pro ranks with the company in 2007. For footwear, he's been sponsored by DC Shoes and Lakai. Scott moved behind the scenes at Lakai to work as a designer. He somewhat recently left Lakai for Adidas. He used to wear the brand with three stripes rather often in the 1990s before he was on DC so it must be pretty cool to get to be a part of their team now.
The photo is by Mike Blabac.
Thrasher - December 1996 Volume 16 Number 12
Monday, June 20, 2016
Getting Mad for the week.
Justin Girard was pro for the New Deal when the company branched out in 1993 with the creation of Mad Circle. Justin was the primary creative force for the new brand. Mad Circle had a clean and crisp image, definitely falling on the fresh side of the old hesh/fresh meter. In compiling this week's worth of scans, I think I like the layout of their ads, just maybe not the content to an extent. It seems a little too big sports brand in direction.
This is an awesome photo of a backside ollie. That's such a good looking trick.
Thrasher - June 1996 Volume 16 Number 6
Friday, June 17, 2016
I've been compiling scans for this idea for a bit and the new Hockey ad motivated me to put this brief feature together. I know I probably missed a few variations on this, but that's fine. Work has been far too hectic lately and my brain is toast. With all the time spent driving around from spot to spot, it's only natural that skateboarders arrive at variations on the same image. Of course, Neil did it first and the best with his drawing of Eric Nash.
I guess this means Andrew Allen now rides for Hockey after he left Ant-Hero. In other small board brand news, Austyn Gillette is now pro for WKND. And I still really like Polar boards.
Andrew Allen: Thrasher - July 2016 Volume 37 Number 7
Edward Devera: Thrasher - August 1995 Volume 15 Number 8
Doug Saenz & Karma Tsocheff: Thrasher - August 1995 Volume 15 Number 8
The Neil Blender G & S graphic is from 1988.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
"It’s not like you hang up your last complete and never look back. Plus, that sounds funny to say or hear — it’s total jock talk. I still skate all the time: we have a sick park here at Volcom, I have strange skate dreams, love to slap curbs, hack a backyard, roll a park, pad up once in awhile. Sometimes I’m stiff and snagged; sometimes things work out okay."
Holy stokes, it was good to see an interview with Remy in the July issue of Thrasher.
For the quote: Thrasher - July 2016 Volume 37 Number 7
Thrasher - September 1996 Volume 16 Number 9
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Monday, June 13, 2016
"Each skater should try and do something well and should add something to skateboarding. Every skater should be at their best." - Dune
I'm going back to the 1990s for a bit. Things were better then.
For the quote: Thrasher - October 1993 Volume 13 Number 10
Thrasher - April 1996 Volume 16 Number 4
Friday, June 10, 2016
Thursday, June 9, 2016
"It's getting good, again, man. Skateboarding is ripping. There's new energy, I think, that's kind of a blend of old and new energies. There's a lot of variety now. You don't have to ride a big or small board, you can rage on either one, ya know. It doesn't even matter."
The photo is by Dean Yoshihara.
For the quote: Transworld - April 1995 Volume 13 Number 4
Thrasher - March 1996 Volume 16 Number 3
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
After the entertaining Weekend Buzz with John Lucero and Jeff Grosso aired, all my old Black Label posts started seeing a lot more page views. Gagne and Upson were two of the names mentioned on the show. Jim is from Greenfield, Massachusetts and Tim is from somewhere around about New Haven, Connecticut. Both guys were ams for the Label and John turned them pro some time down the road. Tim would later ride for Anti-Hero and start Hardtimes Mfg. I don't know if Hardtimes is still going, but I liked that company. Jim stuck with the Black Label for his pro career. I'm not exactly sure what he is up to today.
Thrasher - August 1995 Volume 15 Number 8
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Monday, June 6, 2016
Mad Mad World.
John started skateboarding in 1975 with his brother Joey. He's from La Mirada, California. John was sponsored by a number of companies in the early 1980s, including Powell Peralta, G & S, and Zorlac. He turned pro for Veriflex in 1984 and later had boards on Madrid and Schmitt Stix. In 1988, John started Lucero Ltd. Initially he partnered with Steve Rocco, but soon moved over to Santa Cruz and eventually Vision for support. The company went independent in 1990 and became the Black Label. Twenty six years late, the Label is still going.
Thrasher - September 1995 Volume 15 Number 9