Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Mike McGill #3.
Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.
Mr. 540 tests out a new deck. Whenever guys were getting a new shape, Powell Peralta would make prototypes with the experimental sticker on them. This fits with some of the military style imagery the company used, as if it's a test pilot flying an unproven high tech airplane. You could tell from who was riding the experimental decks that a new board was coming out soon or that an am would be turning pro in the near future. I believe Ray Underhill came up with the idea. As far as I know, Powell never sold any of the experimental boards to the public, which made them even cooler. I'm sure you could probably pick one up on the internet these days, but that wouldn't be the same. If there was a reissue, I would probably grab one.
The best little thing about the recent Animal Chin Ramp reunion video was that Mike was wearing a t-shirt for his own shop.
The photos are by Sin Egelja.
Transworld - December 1988 Volume 6 Number 6