Monday, November 27, 2023

Justin Strubing #8.


Capt. Strubing skids a frontside bluntslide on one of those plastic jersey barriers. I think he's wearing a pair of the second Marc Johnson model for Emerica. This was probably Justin's second ad on Foundation, after joining the team in May of 2000.

It's yet another week of Foundation just for the adventure of it all. I've got some other stuff scanned and ready, but it would have required more research than I felt like doing this week.

The weather was mostly decent over the holiday weekend. We've been generally mild for November, except for the most ridiculous winds the last week or two. It's rather annoying. The snow appears to have started today.

I decided to put new wheels on my board. I went with some 54s I've been sitting on for too long since I didn't feel like stepping up the set of 56s I have. The 54s felt good the first day, but then were kind of off the second day. My ollies were weird. My board is also creeping up to the end and my shoes might be wearing out, too. Depending on how the snow sticks around, these might be moot points. I think I want to end up using 55s once I clear out my stockpile of wheels.

Transworld - October 2000 Volume 18 Number 10

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

P.J. Ladd #4.

Pulp Reality.

This was probably P.J.'s first bit of major coverage. Notice that he's riding Tensors in the top ad. I wonder if he sent in any videos for the A-Team's trick contest?

I was a tad surprised not much of P.J.'s Element days were online. It's interesting to note that Element teased the Coliseum video in the third ad, which was also his last ad for them. It makes me think the video was intended to be released using the 411 media empire before he split for Flip. It's also worth noting he had the first two ads of 2002 for Element, which makes me think they had bigger plans for him. I guess we'll never know how that alternate timeline would have turned out.

I think it's probably better P.J. Ladd's Wonderful, Horrible, Life was released as more or less an independent shop video than for his part to be added to a Flip video. The success of the Coliseum video also helped launch the careers of Alexis Sablone, Jereme Rogers, and Ryan Gallant so that's another bonus of it being an indie flick.

With my production minutia musings out of the way, P.J. delivered an amazing debut part. I gave it a fresh viewing the other day. I didn't remember that he jumped down some bigger gaps and handrails. I think of him as more of a technical line skater. I really like his assorted shifty flip tricks.

As an added bonus, here is Pat Canale's review of the video:

Have a good holiday weekend!

Learn: Transworld - November 2000 Volume 18 Number 11

Ollie: Thrasher - January 2002 Volume 22 Number 1

Tailslider: Thrasher - February 2002 Volume 22 Number 2

Review: Big Brother - September 2002 Issue 68

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

East Coast Car Update.

The stars & their cars.

When you've got 300 pages to fill, you can do fun stuff like this. Transworld gives us the lowdown on what Bam, Kerry, Ryan, and Josh were driving in the year 2000.

The words are by Shad Lambert and the photos are by Ryan Gee.

Transworld - February 2001 Volume 19 Number 2

Monday, November 20, 2023

Jerry Hsu #12.

With Thrasher's recent contest at San Francisco's famed Clipper ledge, I coincidentally stumbled upon this sequence of Mr. Sci-Fi Fantasy stepping to a Louie Barletta style trick. I did not remember the maneuver at all so I did some internet research. It was in Jerry's part in Subject To Change, the Osiris video from 2003.

The photo sequence is by Pete Thompson.

Transworld - June 2002 Volume 20 Number 6

Friday, November 17, 2023

Scott Palmer & Vaughan Baker.

Double Decker Bus.

Scott is from Hull, England, likes rugby, and can do really good 360 flips. That's all I got from a quick interview with Scott in Skateboarder. His part in Waiting for the World features a lot of flip tricks on the streets of London and a bunch of midsize handrail stunts.

Vaughan is from Worcester, England. He previously rode for the bizarrely named Unabomber Skateboards and was getting shoes from Converse. Vaughan is into art and graphic design. This 360 flip was in First Broadcast, the Blueprint video from 2001. He jumped down some stairs, put together some solid tech lines, and even hit up some old skateparks for that video.

The Stone Roses came up on iTunes shuffle while I was editing this batch of scans. It must have been a sign to do a week of Blueprint. I really should have done more research to fill out the posts, but I ran out of motivation.

Scott's photograph is by Sam Ashley. I imagine Sam took a bunch of the photos for the ads this week.

Palmer: Thrasher - October 2001 Volume 21 Number 10

Baker: Thrasher - January 2002 Volume 22 Number 1

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Colin Kennedy.

Broadcasting First.

Colin is from Glasgow, Scotland. Panic turned him pro and he later shuffled over to Blueprint. He helped push technical street skateboarding in London by figuring out the potential of the ancient architecture that defines the city. Colin had great switch trick mastery during his time as pro. He had some solid ramp skills, too.

Blueprint had maybe an era appropriate graphic design change from a more classical style to an early 2000s emo flavor. It was a mildly peculiar shift.

I took yesterday afternoon off from work to take another trip to the Food Court Skatepark in the McKinley Mall. Nobody was there, probably because it was a sunny 61˚ F (16˚ C) day in November. It was time well spent and I got a better feel for the place. I cruised around doing my dumb little tricks on the ledges and flat bar. There's something really enjoyable about skateboarding in a mall.

Note: This is not the same Colin Kennedy who filmed Skate More, the DVS video.

Thrasher - September 2002 Volume 22 Number 9

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Paul Shier #2.


Paul was immortalized on the December 1997 cover of Sidewalk, then Sidewalk Surfer, doing a crooked grind on a block of ice in a photo by Wig Worland.

Thrasher - July 2002 Volume 22 Number 7