November 05, 2014

Two Dogtown Originals

Wes Humpston's skate art is, of course, legendary and has a well deserved cult-like status. As skate art goes, I am not certain you can find any more precious relics than the hand-drawn Dogtown boards that were created in the 1970's. Those boards are not only of interest as icons of early skate art, they also have an important place in the history of skateboarding generally being connected with the entire Dogtown and Z-boys narrative. I fear no contradiction in saying that such boards are worthy of being museum pieces, so important are they to the history and narrative of skateboarding and skate culture.

I wanted to share two such Dogtown boards that have recently caught my eye. Both boards incorporate the D.T.S. monogram, the iconic Dogtown cross -- an image which was borrowed from Craig Stecyk apparently -- and the distinctive scripting which has come to characterize the Dogtown boards. They are truly beautiful specimens -- treasures.

If you'd like to read about and see more of Wes' work, both from the 70's and later, I would highly recommend you try to acquire a copy of Bulldog's Art.

November 01, 2014

"Ah, Venice!" Part II (Or: "How Much Skate History Can You Find at One Venice Intersection?")

Check out this great shot from Jim "Red Dog" Muir and Dogtown Skateboards, showing their classic Dogtown style deck ("OG Rider custom fades with a small spoon nose mid eighties style concave") right in the heart of Venice, California. (Take note of the iconic "Venice" hanging that is found over the intersection of Pacific Ave. and Windward.) If you want the deck (and who wouldn't!) head on over to their site.

And if you want a bit more skate history from that intersection, if you were to just look a little to the right of where this photo is taken, you'd see Venice Originals, and if you were to walk just one block to the left, down Pacific Ave. to 17th. Ave, you'd see the site of the famed Natas Kaupas fire hydrant spin.

Here's a snap of it (and feel free to check it out for yourselves):

The fire hydrant in question is visible on the left, and if you look to the right, you might recognize the wall mural of the building which is seen in the background of that spin, as seen in Santa Cruz' Streets on Fire video.