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