In digitizing a friends video collection, we came across a few dubbed VHS tapes labeled Free Skateboarding #1, Free Skateboarding #2, and Free Skateboarding #4. Sean and I had never heard of Free Skateboarding volume anything, and after watching them quickly realized this project probably never got off [...]
I remember being super hyped on this Return of the Hammerhead article when Thrasher ran it back in their August 1999 issue. The Christian Hosoi Hammerhead was one of the most popular boards of the mid 1980s and was unlike anything else in the marketplace. I bought a used one off a friend for $8, and was [...]
In scanning our magazine collection, we come across a lot of ads which don't make it into our Library for one reason or another. It just isn't possible for us to create a brand page for every company that runs a single page ad. Not to mention the majority of these companies/products are fairly suspect. [...]
I've been a longtime fan of Joey Pepper for his spots and trick selection. Joey is the definition of a pure street skater and will destroy the roughest of spots with ease. Here's a Next(Slap's check-out equivalent) from November 2000, shortly before Aesthetics Ryde or Die Vol. 1 was released. I always [...]
Here's a 1996 Bob Burnquist interview from the Anti-Hero "Bob Gnar" days. The tricks are top notch but the interview itself doesn't offer much outside the fact that Bob turned himself pro at age 14, and that Danny Way has always been his idol. Which got me thinking about the reach a young Danny Way had. [...]
After seeing Justin's Matt Hensley post this morning and then posting this Rowley ad to our Library this afternoon, it got me thinking about the backside 360. We all have those tricks that are so close but we can't quite commit to, and for me the backside 360 is one of those tricks. The problem is that [...]
Had to scan this Stevie Williams interview from Sole Collector Issue 8 since I imagine most people have never seen it. Also me being a huge Stevie fan might've had something to do with it. It's from the mid 2000s, and in it Stevie talks about the Dirty Ghetto Kids, his partnership with Reebok, and a bit [...]
Thought I'd post up this Bend zine #19 from 2001. Andy Jenkins started his Bend zine in the late 80s, and is still tinkering with it today. This issue titled Good Night highlights a few stories, photos & sketches from various Art Dump members including Andy Jenkins, Megan Baltimore, Spike Jonze, Evan [...]
Here's a short Tom Knox interview from Strange Notes Volume #2 Issue #5 from early 2003. Through the late 80s to early 90s, Tom Knox helped create the all-terrain mold, leaving piles of transition and double sided curbs in his wake. In the interview, Tom discusses going back to school, the current state [...]
Today we are deeply saddened as word spread on the passing of Matt Reason. Matt became an East-Coast legend in the mid 1990s with his raw & powerful style and helped cement Philadelphia's place in the skateboard landscape. The cause of death has not yet been disclosed, but Matt will be deeply missed. [...]
I stumbled across a copy of the Monster Children Dumped DVD the other day. The DVD came free inside Monster Children Issue 15 which was guest edited by the Girl/Chocolate Art Dump. The DVD centered around the Art Dump and Girl/Choc related brands, but also included some bonus content from Stussy, Globe, [...]
Back in the early 1990s, street skating progressed at an alarming rate and that was mostly due to people like Henry Sanchez. Henry led an innovative charge which helped change the landscape and paved the way for technical street skating. Unfortunately for Henry though, a few hasty decisions cut his time [...]
I first met Anthony Acosta about 15 years ago when he was an up-and-coming skater and I was a local hack photographer. Since then, Anthony has positioned himself on the other side of the lens and matured into one of skateboarding's premier photographers. So we thought we'd pick his brain a bit on the [...]
The latest Vans Syndicate zine These Days has an interesting interview with Sean Cliver. In it, Sean talks about his favorite graphic, deck nostalgia and even how he was physically threatened over a proposed Blind Ronnie Bertino Fresh Freddy graphic.
Here's a cool little booklet Element put together back in 2003 for Michael Leon's Free and Easy series of decks. Being a longtime fan of Commonwealth Stacks and Michael's art, I received this from a friend back in '03 and flip through it a couple times each year.
The folks at Design & Conquer have a pretty rad bracketed tournament of skate logos running this week. Check it out and vote for your favorite brand logo, it only takes a second. I'm predicting an Independent vs Spitfire finals match-up, but hey, what the hell do I know.
I came across these Jay Thorpe photos while cleaning out some stuff over the holidays. They were on a disc along with this contact sheet in an envelope I must have meant to give to Jay. Sorry homie! So I'm gonna post them here rather than bury em for another decade. Jay Thorpe has one of the smoothest, [...]
Was flipping through a few 2006 Transworld's over the weekend when I came across Check Out's for Nick Trapasso and Pat "Sinner" Pasquale. Now I've been a Nick Trapasso fan since his tie-dyed Toy Machine amateur days, but just recently became a Sinner fan after adding Shake Junt's Chicken Bone Nowison [...]
Here's a Monty Nolder Pro Spot Light interview from Transworld's October 1986 issue. Monty had a fluid style and created one of skateboarding's best looking tricks in the backside smith grind, but never fully received the credit he so richly deserved. Monty also left his mark by, as far as I know, becoming [...]
As graphic grip tape becomes increasingly popular, we thought we'd post this How-To on making grip tape stencils. It seems pretty straightforward and you should already have most of the necessary materials. I wish we had something like this in my day. Back then we took the paint pen approach but at $4 [...]