Justin Goetz Vert Is Dead Interview
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Justin Goetz Vert Is Dead Interview

Posted on June 24th, 2015 by kevin

With Vert Is Dead having recently celebrated it's 7th anniversary, we thought it a good time to fire a few questions over to one of internet's premiere skate historians, Mr. Justin Goetz. Let's start with how you first got introduced to skateboarding and what your local scene was like on the East Coast? [...]

Dave Bergthold Blockhead Interview
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Dave Bergthold Blockhead Interview

Posted on June 19th, 2015 by kevin

Dave Bergthold started Blockhead Skateboards in 1985, and with it's enigmatic feel went on to become one of skateboarding's more revered brands of the late 80s to mid 90s. So we recently caught up with Dave to reminisce over some Blockhead history and his plans for celebrating the brand 30 years later. Thanks [...]

Muska Beatz Promo Video
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Muska Beatz Promo Video

Posted on June 5th, 2015 by kevin

I found a copy of this Muska Beatz promo at a friends house recently, and almost couldn't believe my eyes. Of course, like anyone else with 411VM Issues 56-59 I remember the Muska Beatz CD commercial, but this promo video was news to me. At least with the commercial, we saw Ice-T, Afrika Bambaataa, Biz [...]

Fullerton Union High School Closer Look
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Fullerton Union High School Closer Look

Posted on June 1st, 2015 by kevin

Fullerton Union High School is one of those Orange County schools that's so littered with familiar spots, that some don't realize they're all under the same roof. Through most of the 1990s, the school was an ideal meeting/warm-up spot, in that it had something for everybody and plenty of smooth hallways [...]

Corey Duffel "Trashy" Interview
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Corey Duffel "Trashy" Interview

Posted on April 22nd, 2015 by kevin

I recall first hearing of this Corey Duffel interview back in '01, I almost couldn't believe my ears... Corey Duffel said what? ...about Stevie Williams? The entire skateboard world was in shock. Nobody understood if Corey was a genuine racist, or if he had gone too far in his whole "I don't care" punk/brat [...]

Free Skateboarding Video Magazine
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Free Skateboarding Video Magazine

Posted on April 7th, 2015 by kevin

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 [...]

Return of the Hammerhead
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Return of the Hammerhead

Posted on March 5th, 2015 by kevin

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 [...]

Random Ads Vol. 1
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Random Ads Vol. 1

Posted on February 17th, 2015 by kevin

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. [...]

Joey Pepper 2000 Check Out
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Joey Pepper 2000 Check Out

Posted on February 12th, 2015 by kevin

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 [...]

Bob Burnquist 1996 Transworld Interview
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Bob Burnquist 1996 Transworld Interview

Posted on February 5th, 2015 by kevin

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. [...]

The Backside 360
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The Backside 360

Posted on January 30th, 2015 by kevin

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 [...]

Stevie Williams Sole Collector Interview
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Stevie Williams Sole Collector Interview

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by kevin

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 [...]

Bend Zine #19 Good Night
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Bend Zine #19 Good Night

Posted on January 20th, 2015 by kevin

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 [...]

Tom Knox Strange Notes Interview
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Tom Knox Strange Notes Interview

Posted on November 24th, 2014 by kevin

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 [...]

Matt Reason RIP
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Matt Reason RIP

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 by kevin

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. [...]

Unearthed Daryl Angel Part
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Unearthed Daryl Angel Part

Posted on August 19th, 2014 by kevin

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, [...]

Henry Sanchez Back in the Day
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Henry Sanchez Back in the Day

Posted on May 29th, 2014 by kevin

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 [...]

Anthony Acosta Photographer Interview
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Anthony Acosta Photographer Interview

Posted on April 15th, 2014 by kevin

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 [...]

Seeking Sean Cliver Interview
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Seeking Sean Cliver Interview

Posted on March 25th, 2014 by kevin

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.

Michael Leon Free and Easy
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Michael Leon Free and Easy

Posted on March 11th, 2014 by kevin

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.

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