Friday, July 29, 2016

Paul Zitzer #2.

Zaturdays are all right.

Paul was pro for Entity, Birdhouse, and Far East. He used to be a writer for the Skateboard Mag and now works for the Skate Park of Tampa. Every week he does a Saturday column that explores a bit of skateboard history or culture.

The photo is by Pete Thompson.

Transworld - June 1994 Volume 12 Number 6

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Peter Hewitt #10.

Goodtimes Intelligence Agency.

Peter dropped a new part for Spitfire Wheels this past weekend. Sparky rips up a bunch of pools and vert ramps to sounds made by noted horror movie director John Carpenter. Also of vertical terrain note, is Erick Winkowski's Right Side Up part for Santa Cruz. When I first saw an ad for him, I was slightly surprised he was riding a Jeff Kendall board from before he was born. It turns out the old 10" x 30" decks are his vehicle of choice and he logs some heavy maneuvers on the big planks with no nose. Erick also takes down a few rails and big ollies in addition to his mastery of inverts.

Thrasher - August 1996 Volume 16 Number 8

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Greg Hunt #4.

"When I first got sponsored there was no pressure, skating was all for fun. Then all of a sudden you start getting photos in magazines, you skate around people, and you feel like people really expect something from you - whether it's the people you ride for or people watching you. At that time, for the first time ever, something came in between me and my skateboard. It used to be skating was it, me, and my board were one. For the the first time, that was gone. It's kind of awkward, but you can use that to your advantage. I really just started to appreciate what I had. I was really stoked to have pictures in magazines and be meeting all these new people and starting to travel - it pushed me a lot. I started taking skating a lot more seriously, which I do now more than ever. So this has changed the approach, but the same feeling is still there. Like when I'm skating down a hill or with my friends, 'cause that's really what it's all about - that feeling."

No. 2000

This is the 2000th post on Vert Is Dead. Other than the anniversary each May, I kind of gave up tracking the numbers until I noticed the counter was getting close to the Y2K mark and figured I'd better take note.

Greg's doing a frontside ollie to tail in the ad. The trick was in Stereo's Tincan Folflore video from 1996. He is from Ann Arbor, Michigan and moved to San Francisco in the early 1990s. Greg rode for Real and then made the in house switch to Stereo. He retired from the pro ranks in the late 1990s and started filming videos. His vita includes the DC Video, Alien Workshop's Mind Field, and Propeller by Vans. The guy put out a couple of classic parts for Stereo. I like his style and approach to skateboarding.

For the quote: Transworld - March 1998 Volume 16 Number 3

Thrasher - July 1996 Volume 16 Number 7

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ocean Howell #4.

Assistant Professor of History and Architectural History.

No. 1999.

Transworld - September 1994 Volume 12 Number 9

Monday, July 25, 2016

Pepe Martinez.


Pepe was from Washington DC. He rode for Element and later split to start Capital with Andy Stone in the mid 1990s. Sadly, Pepe passed away in 2003 from a brain aneurysm.

No. 1998.

The sequence is by Pete Thompson and the portrait is by Schubie.

Transworld - August 1994 Volume 12 Number 8

Friday, July 22, 2016

Alien Workshop Team Graphics #2.

Fine Art Friday.

The sculpture graphics are by Mike Hill and the hand drawn graphics are by Neil Blender.

Transworld - June 1994 Volume 12 Number 6

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sal Barbier #6.

Ahonetwo, Ahonetwo.

The photo is by Paul "Skin" Phillips.

Transworld - July 1994 Volume 12 Number 7

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Jason Carney #3.

Go big or go home.

Look at the pop and catch on that kickflip. I like how Jason is blasting over the filmer.

Vert Is Dead will be back on Thursday. I'm taking tomorrow off.

Grant Brittain took the photo from a safe vantage point. The video is by Danny Mayer.

Transworld - August 1994 Volume 12 Number 8

Monday, July 18, 2016

John Drake #3.

"My first deck was a Fred Smith Loud One. That board ripped. It was a Fred Smith 3, Loud One. Then they had the punk size which was pretty decent."

Fat switch pop shove-it.

John is from West Virginia, but lived all around the midwest - Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. He rode for G & S and Assault before eventually being asked to ride for the Alien Workshop. John was also sponsored by Droors, Venture, Pacific Drive, and Etnies. He had a 23 second part in Footage of him skating curbs. The trick for the ad was his ender in his section in The Dreams of Children. His part in Timecode was cool.

The video is by Dave Swift.

For the quote: Transworld - July 1996 Volume 14 Number 7

Transworld - September 1994 Volume 12 Number 9

Friday, July 15, 2016

Heath Kirchart #9.

No refund.

I always liked the thumbs up photo.

I've been skateboarding a lot lately, but I've been skating like crap. It's kind of a bummer. I was sort of doing OK for me up until this last week. I set up a new board and it was good for a day until I realized my shoes were done. Now I'm breaking in a new pair of kicks so it's going to take a little bit before things feel right. Tricks don't seem possible that I used to be able to do easily. I'm talking simple stuff, too. I know it's more mental than anything plus wear and tear from work. The office has been similar to final exam time at college for the last two months so my brain is fried. Work has calmed down now so I'm finally starting to unwind. I guess this is what happens when you get older.

Thrasher - June 1996 Volume 16 Number 6

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Drake Jones #6.

5ive Style.

Thrasher - March 1996 Volume 16 Number 3

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tim Brauch #16.

"He likes Mudhoney, but doesn't know what Sub Pop is."

The photo is by Lance Dalgart.

For the quote from Mark Waters: Transworld - November 1991 Volume 9 Number 11

Transworld - December 1996 Volume 14 Number 12

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Julien Stranger #20.

Who are some people who've had a predominant influence on the way you skate?

Mickie Reyes and Aaron Murray, Mark Gonzales - he always made me push myself a lot. It's different with every person. With Mickie, it is his attitude towards the terrain, he can see lines no one else does. He always goes fast, combinations, really high energy. Aaron Murray influenced me a lot in pools and the lines he could draw. He's like a master of pools, kind of figuring them out like a puzzle. Mark because he's always been at the forefront, just pushing street skating. He's got rad style.

Julien talks about his influences in an old Transworld interview with Thomas Campbell. I like to get in some of the slightly lesser known names and picked this quote because Julien mentioned Aaron Murray.

Quote: Transworld - March 1992 Volume 10 Number 3

Thrasher - January 1996 Volume 16 Number 1

Monday, July 11, 2016

Thomas Morgan #6.

What about your Honda Civic?

Oh, it's run down. There is probably nothing that isn't wrong with it except for the stereo - the stereo is good and that's it. It's probably been to Ohio and back ten times. It's time for a new one, but I'll only buy a 1985, not one of those new ones. There isn't any class behind the new ones - 1985 was the year. The 1985 is by no means the fastest Civic, but they are the best.

All right, time to fire this thing up again. Thomas is from London, Ontario in Canada. He rode for G & S before becoming part of the Alien Workshop. He was primarily a vert skater, but switched to street in the early 1990s. I dig the Neil Blender art that has been added to the advertisement.

The photo is by Paul "Skin" Phillips.

The quote is from an interview conducted by Dave Swift.

Quote: Transworld - September 1994 Volume 12 Number 9

Thrasher - January 1996 Volume 16 Number 1

Friday, July 1, 2016

Moses Itkonen & Colin McKay.

Happy Canada Day!

Golden State was a wheel company done by Mad Circle, hence the similarities in their ad layout and team riders.

Enjoy the holiday weekend in both the states and north of the border. Vert Is Dead will be back on Monday, July 11th with more mid 1990s stuff. It's summer and work has been brutal the last two months so I need a break.

Thrasher - April 1996 Volume 16 Number 4