Tuesday, November 30, 2021
The Ghost Pilot.
Prior to launching Landspeed, Rob Erickson had a wheel company called the Wheelie Co. He even used basically the same car logo. Brian rode for Wheelie Co. so switching from one to the other made sense.
The Pixies sounded nice with Andrew Allen's skateboarding. Polvo also sounded nice with Corey Glick's skateboarding. Glick for SOTY.
The photo is by Adam Wallacavage.
Transworld - July 1998 Volume 16 Number 7
Monday, November 29, 2021
This is the first ad for Landspeed Wheels. The creative person behind the company was artist Rob Erickson and the wheels were distributed by Tum Yeto. The team was mostly East Coast heads, many of whom also rode for Toy Machine.
Skateboarding was weird for me in November. It dawned on me why things had been out of sync on Thanksgiving. Here's the run down:
Week 1: I set up a new board with new wheels.
Week 2: Tossed old shoes that were done and skated in new shoes that were not very good at all.
Week 3: Went back to an old pair of shoes that had a little life left, but really weren't great.
Week 4: I finally decided to break in a new pair of kicks. Things started to click after about five days. The clock change and less daylight didn't help much either.
Hooray for skateboarding. At least my new wheels are nice.
Transworld - June 1998 Volume 16 Number 6
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
“We all knew how good Jerry was. Jerry was one of us but he was way cooler. That’s part of his personality. His skating is cool; his photography is cool; Jerry is next-level in terms of coolness. That’s why his part shined so bright in Bag of Suck.” - Matt Eversole
The Sci-Fi Fantasy man closed out Bag of Suck with a truly epic two song part. I watched the section again the other night as a refresher on what all Jerry did. There are so many classic and amazing tricks in his part. I really like his switch heelflips. They are so solid. Supposedly he pushed into nearly everything instead of relying on the now standard tow in. That's just way cooler. The tunes properly score the part, too. The Cass McCombs' song is more lively and follows nicely after the Rod Stewart from Louie's part. For as much as I think Sonic Youth is great, I was never into their Carpenters cover when it came out, but the song has the right atmosphere for all the hammers Jerry was dropping.
Here's the original review of the premiere from Thrasher by Greg "Schmitty" Smith:
Hope everybody has a good weekend.
The photo is by Jonathan Mehring. Jerry did a backside Smith on this same rail in Argentina that was used for the cover of the May 2005 issue of Skateboarder. Both tricks are in Bag of Suck.
The review: Thrasher - June 2006 Volume 26 Number 6
Thrasher - June 2005 Volume 25 Number 6
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
“Louie has a reputation with Tiltmode videos of goofing around, but he did take Bag of Suck very seriously, but not in a corny way. It shows in a dedicated kind of way. He treated the part seriously. With how good he is at skating, to see him smash it like that and that he mixed in fun stuff with top-level skating, I was super proud of his video part.” - Jerry Hsu
Louie delivered a charming man's part in Bag of Suck. I don't really care for Rod Stewart, but that song totally works so perfectly. I'll hear it at the grocery store and be completely reminded of Louie's skating. I never realized he lived in Finland for some of the filming. I knew there were plenty of European spots as everybody was crossing the Atlantic for videos. It never occurred to me he skipped out on San Jose for a year.
This enjoi feature came together haphazardly. I had found this ad and the photo of Jason Adams, but didn't know what to do with them. I already had the Jose Rojo ad scanned, too. Once the anniversary article was printed in Thrasher, I decided to roll with it and find the rest of the characters to fill out the story.
For the quote: Thrasher - December 2021 Volume 42 Number 12
Skateboarder - September 2005 Volume 15 Number 1
Monday, November 22, 2021
Jose and Clark were the two ams in Bag of Suck. Jose survived a nasty car accident during the filming of the video. They would both go on to turn pro for enjoi. Jose retired a couple years ago and Clark is out there doing whatever he does. Louie says he is still pro and on the team.
I think we are in the time of the year when the weather gets dicey. Yesterday morning was nice before it turned cold and rainy for the afternoon. I decided to break in a new pair of kicks this weekend and it wasn't overly awkward. How often does that happen?
Congrats to Yukito Aoki on winning the Tampa Am.
Jose got two photos in the same outfit, as he is wearing the same clothes in an ad selling hot dogs from August of 2001. That must have been regarded as a productive day at the enjoi offices. Clark's photo is by Jonathan Mehring.
Big Red: Big Brother - June 2001 Issue 73
Mr. Hassler: Skateboarder - May 2007 Volume 16 Number 9
Friday, November 19, 2021
“I really liked Jason Adams’ part. It’s so sick. It’s so unique and so himself. I was really proud of him. The song, the skating, everything was so right.” - Jerry Hsu
Jason's part in Bag of Suck more than holds up as a classic. You don't tend to think of The Kid as a handrail skater, but he has defeated a bunch of them over the years, especially in the 1990s. This was Jason's second to last trick in Label Kills, the Black Label video from 2001.
The photo is credited to Son Of Sinan. Any guesses on a real name?
For the quote: Thrasher - December 2021 Volume 42 Number 12
Strength - November 2001
Thursday, November 18, 2021
"We’re out skating one day and I asked Cas where he wanted to eat. 'Wienerschnitzel,' he replied without hesitation. So we drove over to Wienerschnitzel and as we walked up to the counter the server was like, 'The usual?' to which Caswell responded, 'You know it, buddy.' I’ve seen Caswell do a lot of gnarly things over the years, but for some reason that seemed like the gnarliest." - Louie Barletta
Cas is the best. I don't think he gets the full appreciation for how talented he is overall. I like fast food so any amusing anecdotes on the topic are always entertaining to me. I sort of wish we had a Wienerschnitzel in New York, but maybe we are better off without one.
Dave Chami photographed the sequence. This trick was in Feed The Need, the Osiris video from 2008.
For Louie's quote: Thrasher - April 2021 Volume 42 Number 4
Thrasher - June 2007 Volume 27 Number 6