Friday, May 26, 2017

Nick Boserio.

Matt Reason, Ricky Oyola, and Sergei Trudnowski have to approve of those wheels.

The photo is by Alex Pires.

Transworld - January 2017 Issue 383

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Stevie Perez.

The Flare.

Stevie is from the North Hills region of Los Angeles, California. Along with Raven Tershy and Elijah Berle, he was one of three new ams on Chocolate in 2011. The trio, plus Cory Kennedy and Vincent Alvarez, were dubbed the Trunk Boyz, a noble title given their fondness for sitting in the back of the van. In retrospect, the name seems a tad silly these days. All five of them have fortunately outgrown that minor marketing misstep and are certified rippers. Stevie has a part in Transworld's recent Riddles in Mathematics video. He's out in the streets of LA, grinding handrails, doing some ollies, and putting together tech lines. His other sponsors are Lakai, Spitfire, and Thunder. Cory Kennedy booked a mariachi band to play his house for Stevie's birthday one year. That apparently did not go over very well with the neighbors.

Thrasher - January 2016 Volume 37 Number 1

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ronnie Sandoval.

Turf Killer.

Ronnie is from San Pedro, California. He grew up skating the Channel Street skatepark. His first sponsor was Transitions Skateshop. Daewon Song was hooking him up with Almost boards back in the day. He later accepted an offer from Mic-E Reyes to ride for Krooked at the age of 14 and has been on the team ever since. He also rides for Vans, Ace Trucks, Spitfire, Doom Sayers, and Transitions Skateshop. Mark Gonzales recently turned him pro at the beginning of 2017. To celebrate the event, they threw Ronnie a surprise pizza party at an archery range. He's into riding and building motorcycles in his spare time.

Thrasher - January 2015 Volume 36 Number 1

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lizzie Armanto.

Totally on fire.

Lizzie is from Santa Monica, California. She recently turned pro for Birdhouse. Her other sponsors are Vans, Independent, Bones, and Brostyle. Lizzie is the first woman to be on the cover of Thrasher since Jaime Reyes in April of 1994. She was also on the cover of Transworld's November 2016 issue. She started skateboarding in 2007 and was a regular at the Cove Skatepark in Santa Monica. A couple of her favorite pros are Pat Ngoho and Jeff Grosso. She shreds vert and transitions.

The photo is by Anthony Acosta.

Transworld - November 2016 Issue 381

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ishod Wair.


Ishod is from Bordentown, New Jersey. His sponsors include Real, Nike, Spitfire, and Thunder. He won Thrasher's Skater of the Year award for 2013. Ishod is mostly a street skater, but lately he has been shredding all manor of transitions. It's cool to see him adapt to new things and switch it up a bit.

Thrasher - April 2015 Volume 36 Number 4

Friday, May 19, 2017

Andrew Brophy.


Andrew is from Margaret River in Australia. He was pro for Cliché until that company called it a day. Thanks to his connections with Mike Carroll and Rick Howard from Fourstar, he was able to land a spot on the Girl roster. He's the first established pro to join Girl since Brian Anderson did so in 2001. His other sponsors include Converse, Tensor Trucks, and Modus Bearings. Andrew runs Wayward Wheels with Benny Fairfax. He can ollie really high. I like his approach to skateboarding.

Vert Is Dead turns nine years old today. Thanks for all the support. Also shout to the Chrome Ball Incident for hitting the nine year mark a month ago.

Thrasher - July 2012 Volume 32 Number 7

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Austyn Gillette #4.

The Game Grid.

Thrasher - August 2016 Volume 37 Number 8

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Callum Paul.

Streets of your town.

PASS~PORT is an Australian company from Brisbane that was founded by Trent Evans. Their team had a featured section in Transworld's latest Cinematographer Project Worldview 2017 video. The extended part is full of street skateboarding in the land down under. PASS~PORT recently partnered with WKND's new distribution company, Hyperion, so you can check out their gear in the states.

Callum is the first guy to turn pro for PASS~PORT. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Botany. He may or may not be internet famous for some silly hi-jinx.

Jason Morey photographed the sequence.

Transworld - May 2016 Issue 375

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Yaje Popson.

Orange Painting Pants.

Yaje is from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He has lived in New York City since he was a little kid. Chocolate was flowing him boards around about 2010. A knee injury at the time caused him to take a break from skateboarding and move back to Brazil to heal up. He used the time to expand his interests outside of skateboarding to include painting, playing the guitar, farming, and yoga. After about three years off, Yaje was ready to roll again. He has since turned pro for the Alien Workshop and gotten sponsored by Adidas. He scored the last part in Transworld's recent Riddles In Mathematics video.

Zach Malfa-Kowalski took the skate photo. Joey Guevara took the chilling photo.

Transwrold - March 2016 Issue 373

Monday, May 15, 2017

Andrew Reynolds #7.

Frontside air attack from the Boss.

Andrew recently left his clothing sponsor of the last decade for RVCA. He had been riding for Krew before launching Altamont in the mid 2000s. I want to say the company was supported by Sole Technologies. They had an arty vibe going and sponsored a number of skaters, artists, and bands. I don't think Altamont ever really caught on as much as it maybe should have. Soft goods can be a tricky business.

I watched Nikola Racan's Solsticij DVD last night. It's an independent skateboard flick out of Croatia that's primarily filmed in the eastern parts of Europe. There are appearances from the Magenta and Isle teams, too. Solsticij has a lot of street lines on some very rough looking streets. There's also a little bit of vert. It reminds me of the old Zoo York videos in a way with gritty street skating that is often done at night. Totally worth checking out. If DVDs are dead, how come I've gotten a bunch of good ones thus far this year?

The photo is by Atiba Jefferson.

Thrasher - June 2012 Volume 32 Number 6

Friday, May 12, 2017

Auby Taylor.

Channeling the spirit of Jeff Phillips.

Auby is from Dallas, Texas. He was riding for Krooked before switching to the Black Label and turning pro. He also rides for Nike, Indy, and Bones Wheels. Auby was quite the street shredder and I'm sure he still is, but all of his recent coverage has been a full blown vert assault. I think it's awesome. His current pro model graphic is a tribute to the Jeff Phillips Breaking Glass art. It also seems he has switched from riding the 1991 style version of the board to the vintage 1980's shape.

Transworld - August 2015 Volume 33 Number 8

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Daniel Vargas.

Judo Air.

Daniel is from Lake Forest, California. He rides for Welcome, Thunder, Spitfire, and Adidas. His part in Welcome's recent Fetish video features a whole lot of transition shredding at a variety of skateparks. I like the fakie pop shove-it tail grab trick he does. They look neat.

The photo is by Shane Cox.

Transworld - May 2016 Issue 375

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ben Gore #2.

Out of the Eye.

Ben has the opening part to Transworld's Riddles in Mathematics video. He puts down some solid backside 50-50s, heelflips, and wallies while skating to one of my favorite songs by Woods. Riddles is a strong video and totally worth checking out if you haven't seen it yet.

State Footwear is a new shoe company run by Kevin Furtado. Kevin used to work at Dekline and decided to start up his own gig after that company came to an end. The team includes Jon Nguyen, Jordan Sanchez, Christian Maalouf, and Kevin Coakley.

RIP Christopher “Big Black” Boykin.

Dave Chami snapped the photos.

Transworld - February 2017 Issue 384

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Dane Brady #2.

Small Wheels.

Dane is from Portland, Oregon. He had the opening part in Polar's I like it here inside my mind, don't wake me this time video from last year. Of note for that part was that Pontus Alv used the song "Alone" by The Cry, which was in H-Street's Hokus Pokus video from 1989 for a European tour montage. It's also worth noting Hokus Pokus was released about five years before Dane was born. That bit of history aside, Dane recently turned pro for Polar. He does a lot of curb and slappy tricks, mixes in some handrails, wallrides, and ollies.

Never forget Tim Brauch.

The photo is by Matt Price.

Transworld - March/April 2017 Issue 385

Monday, May 8, 2017

Kyle Walker.

Oklahoma thunder in Kansas City.

Kyle is from Moore, Oklahoma. He rides for Real, Thunder, Spitfire, Volcom, and Vans. His favorite skateboarder is Andrew Reynolds. Kyle's favorite tunes include a lot of hip hop, Fleetwood Mac, and Slayer. He was first hooked up for sponsorship by Adio, then Emerica, and Zero, but was given a chance to ride for Real and has since turned pro for them. He's allergic to beets. Based on his ability to grind gigantic handrails and ollie massive gaps, Thrasher honored Kyle with their Skater of the Year award for 2016.

It's going to be newer stuff for the rest of the month. I always come up with a list and then in the search process the list gets changed so I just end up picking out whatever. I figure it's a good idea to save some things for the future.

Thrasher - May 2015 Volume 36 Number 5

Friday, May 5, 2017

Chet Childress #6.

Brew Jay.

Chet is from Wilmington, North Carolina. His previous board sponsors include Acme, Creature, 151, and the Black Label. He currently has a board for Heroin. Chet was sponsored by Vans before switching to Nike. He also rides for Indy and OJ Wheels.

The next few weeks will be an assortment of much newer stuff. I usually do a month from five years ago when the new year starts, but I didn't feel like it this time around. I waited for a bit and made up a list of current skaters to focus on.

Thrasher - April 2003 Volume 23 Number 4

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Adam Alfaro.

Building a lighter wheel.

It appears Revolution tried to save a little weight by making the bearings smaller to go with the plastic core. This is a somewhat more practical concept over the mythological one bearing wheel creature that may or may not ever come into being. I never got into the hollow core wheel phase of the early to mid 2000s. It just didn't seem like a good idea to me.

Adam has been pro for the Black Label a long time and still has a spot on the roster, but I haven't seen much coverage from him recently. He has ridden for Duffs, Ipath, Destructo Trucks, and Sessions Clothing over the years.

Simple Shoes is back from the beyond. In addition to selling footwear, they created an illustrated timeline showing the history of skateboard footwear. It features many neat drawings of some of the more memorable sneaker designs from past eras. I added the site to my links under the Simple name.

Thrasher - January 2003 Volume 23 Number 1

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Patrick Melcher.

Poor & Weird.

Patrick is from Rockford, Illinois. He was an am on Black Label and turned pro for them. Later on in the 2000s, he switched to Death Skateboards. Patrick is into scooters and attending moustache conventions. He was also sponsored by Vans and Dekline for shoes, as well as Destructo for trucks. His part in 2003's Black Out features a lot of different types of handrail tricks, a few big drops, and some pole jam variations.

Thrasher - October 2002 Volume 22 Number 10

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Ben Gilley #2.

Speeding Motorcycle.

Thrasher - June 2002 Volume 22 Number 6

Monday, May 1, 2017

Louie Barletta #5.

The wheels keep on spinning.

Revolution was a wheel company done by the Black Label that was around from 2001 to 2003. The team included Adam Alfaro, Jason Adams, Chet Childress, Dan Drehobl, Ben Gilley, Josh Harmony, Jerry Hsu, Jub, Patrick Melcher, Alan Petersen, Ragdoll, and Chris Senn.

Thrasher - December 2001 Volume 21 Number 12

Friday, April 28, 2017

Matt Hensley #9.


I like how Matt always stuck with Gullwing for trucks. This would have been near the end of Plan B and just prior to Matt switching to the Black Label. It's also interesting that he was riding plain blank boards in any coverage he got at the time. He's still got a board out on the Label to this day. Of note is the John Lucero Elephant tattoo on Matt's leg.

Revolution Wheels is the plan for next week.

The photo is by Paul "Skin" Phillips.

Warp - February 1998 Volume 6 Number 6

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jeremy Wray #7.

Backside noseblunt.

This rail has seen a ton of tricks happen. It seems like it would be difficult to get onto because of the column, but that didn't stop anybody.

The photo is by Atiba Jefferson.

Warp - April 1999 Volume 8 Number 1

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Jeremy Klein #4.

Under Pressure.

Jeremy spins a backside 360 ollie as seen on film in Birdhouse's The End from 1998. He shared a part of urban destruction with Heath Kirchart for that flick. The skateboarding holds up as timeless, but the antics with the van and setting stuff on fire has not aged well. Or the Rob Zombie for that matter.

The photo is by Atiba Jefferson.

Warp - April 1999 Volume 8 Number 1

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Anthony Correa #3.

Texas never whispers.

Giovanni Reda snapped the picture on the pavement of NYC.

Warp - February 1999 Volume 7 Number 6

Monday, April 24, 2017

Stacy Lowery #3.

The Program.

For this week I selected a bunch of photos from Warp. Warp was a lifestyle magazine published by Transworld in the 1990s. It had skateboarding, but also included snowboarding, music, and other assorted things that didn't quite fit on the pages of TWS. Most of the regular Transworld staff contributed to Warp.

I noticed yesterday that Dave Swift has an editorial photo in the most recent issue of Thrasher. I'm guessing that means he is completely done with the Skateboard Mag.

RIP Noah Salasnek.

The photo is by Giovanni Reda.

Warp - August 1999 Volume 8 Number 3

Friday, April 21, 2017

Dan Drehobl #21.

"I used to ride for this company out of Maine called Who Skates; the guy who owned it quit skating to rollerblade. He also ran the skatepark. The Who team was pretty sick. We had Matt Pailes, Andy MacDonald, Donny Barley, and these two friends of mine Jamie Hodgdon and Chris Mathews. You probably haven't ever heard of them, but they were sick and still rip."

This drop-in was the ender for Dan's part in Transworld's Free Your Mind video from 2003.

For the quote: Thrasher - October 2001 Volume 21 Number 10

Thrasher - August 2003 Volume 23 Number 8

Thursday, April 20, 2017

JJ Rousseau.

Bon Voyage.

Cliché began in 1997 in Lyon, France. Former New Deal rider Jeremie Daclin was the man behind the operation. The company was primarily focused on Europe, but that gradually expanded to a more global crew over the years. Cliché partnered with Dwindle Distribution in 2009. It was announced in the fall of 2016 that the brand was done.

The photos are by Mike O'Meally and Olivier Chassignole.

Thrasher - January 2002 Volume 22 Number 1

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Keegan Sauder #2.

"I have lots of memories from my dishwasher days. I worked at this place, The Foundation, in Vancouver. I almost lost part of my thumb to a giant can of beans there once. I somehow wedged the tip of my thumb in between the rim and the lid. Also, my bosses were awesome. They would throw these staff parties on an island for a couple days at a time. Once I got lost in the woods at night only 50 feet from the house; alcohol is one helluva drug."

Easy rider.

For the quote: Skateboarder - October 2008 Volume 18 Number 2

Thrasher - July 2003 Volume 23 Number 7

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Jason Adams #12.

The Escape Club.

Skateboarding had a mild wild west fascination in the early 2000s. Six Gun was Jason's branch of the Black Label. Chet Childress was the other pro on the team. The two had a section in the Black Out video from 2003. The company wasn't around for very long. The Kid would soon leave for enjoi and Chet would stay in house at the Black Label.

Thrasher - July 2003 Volume 23 Number 7

Monday, April 17, 2017

Ricky Oyola #8.

Letter to Memphis.

Memphis was a short lived shoe brand from the early 2000s. The name came up on the Slap boards a while ago and I filed it away as something to look for. Granted I didn't look very hard and stumbled upon the ad as I was looking for other stuff. I think Ricky was the only team rider. Thrasher had a pair of the shoes as a prize for a monthly contest. I suppose they look good enough for the well padded cupsoles that were popular around this time. I wonder if the Velocity name was a tip of the hat to Airwalk or a mere coincidence?

Thrasher - April 2003 Volume 23 Number 4

Friday, April 14, 2017

Henry Sanchez #4.

"I like the movie Cowboy Junkie and Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. I also like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and Black Sabbath. Call me hesher, I could care less. As for food, I like Lotti sandwiches, but it's a top secret recipe. Shhhh."

Henry talks about his favorite stuff outside of skateboarding in 1993. It makes sense that Brian Lotti is a talented sandwich artist.

Next week will feature assorted odds and ends from 2002-3.

The photo is by Mike Blabac.

For the quote: Thrasher - June 1993 Volume 13 Number 6

Thrasher - May 1997 Volume 17 Number 5

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Joey Bast #3.

Leaving the planet.

Joey had been riding for Planet Earth and switched over to Fit in 1997. Their team included James Kelch, Henry Sanchez, Maurice Key, and Stevie Williams. I feel some of their ads were operating in the same visual territory that Real was using at the time.

Thrasher - June 1997 Volume 17 Number 6

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Jason Dill #12.

"But I still use the mail, I still buy stamps, I adore newspapers. I don't care how hungover I am, I read the New York Times and the New York Post every day. It's amazing that newspapers still exist, and it's amazing that print photography is still with us. I'm looking at the New York Times and I know that the photos are digital and I'm ripping them out and making postcards out of them and I know I'm contradicting myself. I understand that. I'm a walking, talking, breathing contradiction. Why? Because I'm American, I'm stupid, and I'm human."

C|O was the wheel company backed by Tantrum Distribution. Jovontae Turner, Henry Sanchez, Maurice Key, Stevie Williams, Drake Jones, and Marcus McBride were all on the team. Jason would have been riding for Sal Barbier's 23 around this time.

"You want to get a hold of me, you'll have to get me at home on my landline or catch me after a late-night New York escapade."

I had to throw in the landline quote from Dill's 2009 Transworld interview. It's too good to leave out.

Patrick O'Dell took the photo.

For the quotes: Transworld - April 2009 Volume 27 Number 4

Thrasher - July 1997 Volume 17 Number 7

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pat Washington.

Western Edition.

Civilian was the clothing line out of Tantrum Distribution. The team also included James Kelch, Keenan Milton, Joey Bast, Stevie Williams, Maurice Key, Tim Gavin, and Henry Sanchez.

Pat's from Detroit, Michigan. He was sponsored by Western Edition, FTC, and Simple Shoes. He was also on Clout Skateboards. Pat had a few tricks in each of the assorted FTC shop videos at the variety of spots San Francisco has to offer.

The photos are by Patrick O'Dell.

Thrasher - July 1997 Volume 17 Number 7

Monday, April 10, 2017

James Kelch #2.

The Mayor.

Tantrum Distribution was a short lived mid 1990s entity based in San Francisco. They handled Fit Skateboards, C|O Wheels, and Civilian Clothing. The team included a number of top and rising street skateboarders of the day. Kelch would ride for them after parting ways with Real. Patrick O'Dell took many of the photos for their ads.

The weather has been covering the full range of springtime options and I've been able to get skateboarding nearly every day this month. Some days have required more layers of clothing than others. I set up a new board, too.

I finally finished watching the Indy 30th Anniversary tour video from 2008 this weekend. Sometimes I'm a little slow at doing things. I also really like the new Transworld video, Riddles In Mathematics.

Thrasher - March 1997 Volume 17 Number 3

Friday, March 31, 2017

Mark Gonzales #20.

"You go skateboarding 'cause you're uncomfortable and you need to feel better."

The Gonz kickin' it. I'd been looking for this ad for a while, but couldn't find it. Don't let anybody fool you tomorrow.

Vert Is Dead will be back on Monday, April 10th. It's spring break from this thing. I've got Tantrum Distribution, random stuff from Thrasher (Memphis Shoes), and a few other tidbits lined up for April.

For the quote: Transworld - August 2002 Volume 20 Number 8

Thrasher - September 1997 Volume 17 Number 9

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Keith Hufnagel #10.

"I've always had a skateboard, probably since I was four years old. I used to ride BMX-freestyle with my brother and my friends. We played a lot of street hockey, and we skateboarded, too. But for some reason, when I was about thirteen, I started to skate more than anything else. I was always into sports when I was growing up. I ran track, scuba dived, and did a lot of different stuff. But skateboarding was always there."

Huf is from Manhattan. He grew up skating with Keenan Milton and Gino Iannucci. He was first sponsored by Life, Ron Allen's company that was backed by H-Street. Keith would stick with Ron when he did Fun out of the Deluxe camp. The Fun didn't last and Jim Thiebuad asked him to ride for Real. That was roughly 25 years ago and Huf is still on the team. For footwear, he was sponsored by DC and DVS. Later he would go on to start his self titled shoe brand that seems to be doing pretty well these days.

The lights are now on at the skatepark here. I wasn't expecting that since they weren't on Tuesday. I wound up staying for two hours last night. I didn't really have two hours of skateboarding in me.

For the quote: Transworld - July 1998 Volume 16 Number 7

Thrasher - August 1997 Volume 17 Number 8

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Johnny Fonseca #2.

"I'd have to say that definitely someone like Wade Speyer who goes at anything and everything, who tries to take it to the furthest limit. And Mark Gonzales too, because Mark just has natural ability at skating. I just like stuff like that, like people who could skate pretty much anything instead of restricting themselves to certain things."

Johnny is from Aurora, Illinois and grew up skateboarding in Chicago. He moved out to California in 1994 and later turned pro for Real. Some of his favorite spots are mini-ramps and skateparks. Johnny is fluent in Spanish, too.

For the quote: Thrasher - April 1997 Volume 17 Number 4

Thrasher - July 1997 Volume 17 Number 7

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Quim Cardona #6.

"We study curbs. We look at it from a different perspective. That's what makes it the art of skateboarding. It's our own culture."

This kickflip was in Real's Kicked Out of Everywhere video from 1999.

For the quote: Thrasher - November 1997 Volume 17 Number 11

Thrasher - April 1997 Volume 17 Number 4

Monday, March 27, 2017

Matt Field #4.

"All kinds of big curbs, flatground stuff, and I've been getting into a lot of transitional stuff since I moved to Santa Cruz, I've been pretty stoked on Derby."

Matt is from Edison, New Jersey. He was sponsored by Real and turned pro for them. His part in 2001's Real To Reel is great. He's a champ at doing backside heelflips. When Deluxe expanded in 2003, he ran Rasa Libre. The company was around for a while before coming to an end in 2010 or so. The team included pros Reese Forbes and Nate Jones as well as future pros Omar Salazar and Dylan Rieder. Matt's name is basically synonymous with IPath footwear. He still pops up from time to time and was recently issued a guest model on Killing Floor Skateboards out of Portland, Oregon.

For the quote: Thrasher May 1994 Volume 14 Number 5

Thrasher - February 1997 Volume 17 Number 2

Friday, March 24, 2017

Ethan Fowler #14.

Ethan's Turntable:
1. Belle & Sebastian - The Boy with the Arab Strap
2. The Jesus Lizard - Down
3. X - X
4. Mudhoney - Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
5. The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow

Ethan's Refrigerator:
1. Vanilla soy milk
2. Goat and cambazola cheeses
3. Greens
4. Tofu pate
5. Blueberry preserves

Ethan's Basement:
1. Premier XPK four-piece drum kit
2. Gretsch chrome plated brass snare
3. Silvertone electric guitar
4. Fender Super Strat
5. Fender Duosonic amp
6. Twelve-string hollow body electric guitar
7. Fender Mustang bass
8. Tascam 424 Mark II Porta Studio 9. Cigarette butts
10. Old nine-volt batteries

Ethan's Skateboard:
1. Foundation Ethan Fowler model
2. Pig Wheels (55 mm)
3. Independent Trucks (156)
4. Pig Bearings
5. Pig Skewers Hardware

This is from an interview with Ethan in 1999 that ran in Warp, the lifestyle magazine made by the Transworld folks. Expect a little more from Warp in the near future.

The list was compiled by Rich Russey.

For the list: Warp - April 1999 Volume 8 Number 11

Heckler - Issue #50 Late Fall/Early Winter 2001

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Chris Senn #4.

Roof Bat.

The photo is by Bryce Kanights.

Heckler - Issue #50 Late Fall/Early Winter 2001

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jesse Hotchkiss.

True to Self.

Based on what information I found on the Skate Park of Tampa's database, Jesse rode for 510 Skateshop, Satori Wheels, Upper Playground Clothing, and Silly Pink Bunnies. He had a part in Satori's 2004 video In Search of Roots and Culture. Jesse did a lot of big ollies and a couple handrails. He also had a few tricks in the third FTC video. He's a painter these days.

The photo is by Franklin. Anybody know a first name?

Heckler - Issue #54 May 2002

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Judd Hertzler #3.

House of Pancake.

Judd is originally from Groton, Connecticut and moved out to Sacramento for skateboarding. He was sponsored by Arsenal, Foundation, and the Unbelievers. Vans and Adio gave him some shoes. He won the third Tampa Am contest in 1997. Judd had parts in two Foundation videos - 1999's Nervous Breakdown and 2001's Art Bars Subtitles and Seagulls. He works as an art director and designer currently.

Jeff Landi took the photo.

Heckler - Issue #35 Summer 1999

Monday, March 20, 2017

Antonius "Toad" Dintcho #2.

Blood Wizard 5-0.

After Think ceased distribution of Adrenalin, the company went away for a bit before returning with the backing of Chapman. They had the same principal team of Chris Senn, Jaya Bonderov, Toad, and Mike Manzoori. The ams were Jon Miner and Keegan Sauder. The crew kept it going for a year or two before retiring the brand name once and for all.

It appears we've made it to spring. Maybe the freezing drizzle will stop now. It sure doesn't look like lunch break skateboarding is happening today.

The photo is by Bryce Kanights.

Heckler - May 2002 Issue #54

Friday, March 17, 2017

Jahmal Williams #4.

Hoppin' Fine Art Friday.

The photos are by Ben Colen.

Strength - Volume 3 Number 14 Early Winter 1999

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Jessie Van Roechoudt #3.

"There were one or two other girl skaters I would see occasionally, but they were from other towns, so I didn't skate with them much. I only skated with my friend Dan for the longest time. I lived about 30 minutes from the nearest skate spot, so we would just do flatground tricks in the dirt until I got my driver's license. By the time I was driving I could skate as well as most of the people who were hassling me. Also at that time ('94 or so) vibing people was cool, so I didn't feel I was being given a harder time than anybody else."

It's a Giovanni Reda photo.

For the quote: Slap - February 2001 Volume 10 Number 2

Strength - Volume 3 Number 12 Late Summer 1998

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Danny Supa #3.

Big Apple Switch Champ.

Danny is from the Bronx. He had been riding for Tree Fort up until that company ended in 1996 and then switched to Zoo York. This was the ad that announced that he was pro for Zoo in 1998. Danny was doing a lot of big switch tricks that were showcased in his part in the Mix Tape video. He is currently pro for BLVD and Nike.

Giovanni Reda snapped the photos.

Strength - Volume 3 Number 12 Late Summer 1998