Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Peter Ramondetta #6.

"I was in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on another trip with my friends. We were skating some metal skatepark and it was really hot, more than 100 degrees. The ramps were painted a dark color so they were just absorbing the heat. I got knocked out on this bank ramp and slid down the ramp on my face and forearm. Everyone was kinda freaked out, so I laid there knocked out until the paramedics came. The whole time, the hot metal was just cooking my skin. My face burns weren't permanent, luckily, but I still have a gnarly burn scar on my forearm."

Pete recounts a bad experience he had at the Skate Station. The locals dubbed the street course "The Street Course of Death" due to the condition of some of the metal ramps. They were mostly painted a medium shade of blue so that would get toasty in the heat. During my time in Fayetteville, improvements were made to both the outdoor park and indoor mini ramps, which made for a better experience. Time feels really strange these days. I often find myself looking back on stuff I did in the past and asking if I actually did it or am I imagining it? It's like, "Whoa, I lived in Arkansas for 3 1/2 years and have a MFA in Fine Art. Did I really do that? It seems like an eternity ago."

For the quote: Skateboarder - February 2007 Volume 16 Number 6

Transworld - July 2015 Volume 33 Number 7

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Brad Cromer #3.

Krooked Outlier.

Brad has been on HUF for a long time. He scored a couple of pro shoe models and has stuck with them once they shifted to being a clothing only company.

It started raining right after I got warmed up for skateboarding in the driveway last night. I did a couple tricks on my smallest ledge and then called it a day. It firmly counted, although it was on the cheap side for sure. Everything was feeling good, which was the opposite of skating on Sunday morning. Strange how that happens.

Transworld - December 2014 Volume 32 Number 12

Monday, August 15, 2022

Josh Matthews #2.

Round the corner.

Let's fire this up again. I decided to take a look at some assorted HUF Footwear riders. Josh rode for Think/City and Habitat.

Work has been stressfully busy and not in a good way. I have to get a crown on a broken tooth, too. I guess nothing is really all that bad, but I'm kind of worn out by everything at the same time.

Transworld - June 2014 Volume 32 Number 6

Friday, July 29, 2022

Gilbert Crockett #6.

Gilbert grinds a long rail in green. I dug this ad and decided to put together a collection of Alien Workshop scans from 2012.

Vert Is Dead will be back on Monday, August 15th.

I'm worn out and blank on ideas. Enjoy some of the 3400+ previous posts. Feel free to leave content suggestions in the comments. Wish me luck at the dentist, too. Thanks.

The picture is by Eric "Rodent" Cheslak.

Transworld - August 2012 Volume 30 Number 8

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Dylan Rieder #9.

Big sky boardslide.

Who was doing the art at the Workshop towards the end? Was it back to Mike Hill? I know Don Pendleton had left long before 2012, but the graphics stayed in a somewhat similar style. Although Don's designs initially built on what Mike and Neil Blender had established for the company's visual identity so everything is a continuation or an evolution of the original ideas.

The photograph is by Mike O'Meally. The trick was in the Cinematographer Project.

Transworld - July 2012 Volume 30 Number 7

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Omar Salazar & Grant Taylor.

The Cinematographer Project featured the 2012 Alien Workshop team. Benny Maglinao was the primary filmer with an assist from company owners Mike Hill and Chad Bowers. The music was by Icelandic band Apparat Organ Quartet. You get some quality tricks from Jason Dill and Anthony Van Engelen. New am Kevin Terpening had a few neat no comply moves. Donovon Piscopo made his Workshop debut after riding for Zero. The part was probably highlighted by new pros Gilbert Crockett and Jake Johnson.

Omar's ollie off a ledge and into a bank is in the Cinematographer Project. Grant's ollie in an Anti-Hero looking Alien Workshop ad is not.

Grant's photo is by Ryan Flynn.

Omar: Transworld - March 2012 Volume 30 Number 3

GT: Transworld - April 2012 Volume 30 Number 4

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Jake Johnson & Gilbert Crockett.

Ten Years Deep.

Jake and Gilbert turned pro for the Alien Workshop in the spring of 2012. They had the bulk of the closing tricks in the Cinematographer Project part. The photo of them in the window is included in the video. Jake had been an am on the Workshop for a few years and Gilbert switched over from Mystery. They are both presently pro for Quasi.

The photos are by Ryan Allan, Joe Brook, and Zach Malfa-Kowalski.

Transworld - May 2012 Volume 30 Number 5