Early 1980's Skate Punk from Oxnard: Agression

Early 1980's Skate Punk from Oxnard: Agression It has been awhile since we have covered off any skate music, so let's remedy that right now.  Agression was originally an Oxnard, California based skate punk band that started up in the early 1980's. Three of their members originally skated for Sims. The cover of …

Impressions of "Made in Venice"

Impressions of "Made in Venice" I was privileged to receive a copy of Made in Venice today. As many will know, Made in Venice is a recently released documentary film which chronicles the rise of the Venice Beach skate-park with a particular focus on the efforts of pro-skateboarder and Venice local, Jesse…

New Board Art: Jason Lee 'Grinch Feast' by Andy Jenkins

New Board Art: Jason Lee 'Grinch Feast' by Andy Jenkins Andy Jenkins was responsible for the art and design of the original Jason Lee 'Grinch' board which needs no introduction here. It is one of the most iconic boards of the 1990's -- and also one of the most collectible today. Interestingly, Jenkins himself consid…

Treasures of the NHS Secret (Skateboard) Archives: Natas Art

Treasures of the NHS Secret (Skateboard) Archives: Natas Art Everyone knows Sean Cliver. Sean was one of the artists who came on board with Powell Peralta in the late 1980's and is responsible for graphics like the Ray Barbee "Rag Doll" and Steve Cabellero's "Ban This" deck -- not to mention numerous othe…

Most Iconic Skateboards of the 1980's?

Most Iconic Skateboards of the 1980's? There have been others who have created lists (always a risky business) of the most iconic skateboards of the 1980's of course, but let's face it, these things are rather subjective -- and I am going to put it out there right from the get-go: my list will be no dif…

The First Ever Zephyr Board Produced?

The First Ever Zephyr Board Produced? The Surfing Heritage and Culture Center in San Clemente, California is presently hosting a "Surf 2 Skate: From Liquid to Asphalt" exhibition. The stated purpose of the exhibition is to "cover the origins of skateboarding to sidewalk surfing and the early sur…

Skate-Punk Culture as Seen in an Epic Topside

Skate-Punk Culture as Seen in an Epic Topside It is not too often that I focus on the topside of a board (though there are surely some great topside graphics out there) but that is precisely what I am going to do today. It really doesn't matter what's beneath (though if you simply must know, it's an Uncle W…

Chlorine: A Pool Skating Documentary

Chlorine: A Pool Skating Documentary Recently, I picked up a copy of Chlorine: A Pool Skating Documentary which was originally released around 2005. I've always had a particular affinity for pool skating because of its roots in skateboarding history -- and because of the greater diversity of what you can d…

Felix Culpa: Vision, Sean Goff, Bernie Tostenson and the Unknown Deck

Felix Culpa: Vision, Sean Goff, Bernie Tostenson and the Unknown Deck One of the things I have said about skate art before -- or if I didn't say it, I certainly meant to -- is that the industry was so prolific art-wise that you can seemingly look at historical board art everyday and still, even after years of doing this, expect to run int…

Thoughts on the Place of Vans in Skate Culture

Thoughts on the Place of Vans in Skate Culture Recently I was contacted by one of the senior editors of the periodical AdWeek . They were doing a story on the history of Vans and wanted an angle on the brand taken from its skateboarding roots. I don't proclaim to be an expert of course, but I know what I know and it&…

Empty Pools

Empty Pools Pool skating is something I've been thinking of a lot for a long while now. For me, it is my holy grail of skateboarding. I'm not suggesting that other forms of skating are somehow second rate -- far from it. The rise of half-pipes and, of course, street skating, co…

A Noble Cause and an Auction for a Rare Spidey De Montrond Personal Rider

A Noble Cause and an Auction for a Rare Spidey De Montrond Personal Rider A rare opportunity to own the personal rider of one of the great Santa Cruz skate legends of the 80's has come up -- and also a concurrent opportunity to support a noble cause in the process. Spidey De Montrond -- who needs no introduction here -- is auctioning off his …

Some Santa Monica Localism: The Rip City Skates Board

Some Santa Monica Localism: The Rip City Skates Board For those of you who are wondering, this site has mainly been active as of late on my Skate Culture Facebook page , so if you into the kind of stuff we have been posting about here, make sure you go over to that page and give it a "like" because otherwise you'r…

The History and Importance of the Vallely Barnyard Deck

The History and Importance of the Vallely Barnyard Deck Head on over to Mike Vallely's Street Plant brand site and read Kyle Duvall's interesting account on 25 Years of the Barnyard . Here's an excerpt: 25 years ago, World Industries released the Mike Vallely Barnyard “double kick” deck. It was the first professionally…

A Short History of Rip City Skates

A Short History of Rip City Skates A great interview with Jim McDowell on the history of Rip City Skates in Santa Monica, California. Jim gets into the origins of the shop, some early competition wars, their collaboration with Wes Humpston and their philosophy of providing high quality pro boards.

Wes Humpston and the Dogtown Skateboards

Wes Humpston and the Dogtown Skateboards Wes Humpston needs no introduction of course. He is the Dogtown skater and artist who was behind so much of what we've come to associate with the Dogtown art of the 1970's. As my refrain always is, there is "o.g." and then there is "O.G.". For m…

Is This the Greatest Grip Art Ever?

Is This the Greatest Grip Art Ever? Okay, I admit it; the title of this post is an exercise in hyperbole, but I do find myself asking that very question -- knowing all the while that there really is no satisfactory answer to it since there is not standard by which to make such a judgement. Grip tape can be a…

Bernie Tostenson Follow-up: Brand X Team Deck Variant

Bernie Tostenson Follow-up: Brand X Team Deck Variant As a follow-up to our last post on the skateboard art of Bernie Tostenson, I wanted to share a little variant on the superb Triple X team deck. Essentially it's the same graphic, but in a different colourway and with the Brand X labelling -- instead of "Triple X.&q…

The Skateboard Art of Bernie Tostenson

The Skateboard Art of Bernie Tostenson S ome of the very best known skateboard artists out there are names like Wes Humpston, Jim and Jimbo Phillips, Sean Cliver, Marc McKee, Andy Jenkins and Ed Templeton -- to name a few. Rightly so of course. These names have contributed a very great deal to the corpus of skat…

Seldom Seen Deck Art: Steve Caballero "Cab Man" Deck Inspired by Ironman

Seldom Seen Deck Art: Steve Caballero "Cab Man" Deck Inspired by Ironman Here is a deck you don't see every day. Steve Caballero's early 1990's "Cab Man" deck from Powell which features, of course, Ironman for the deck art. Image source: "Moloko-plus" on SNB Cab himself notes the rarity of this particular deck and …