Some vintage footage of Rodney Mullen, from the Bones Brigade vault.
Jerry Hsu’s part from the 2000 Maple video, introduced by Jimmy Cao.
Is this photo an incredible piece of history or what? Rodney Mullen skating with Minor Threat sitting on the bench on the right watching him. The photo was taking c. 1982. Not bad, Glen E. Friedman, not bad.
Tim O’Connor introduces Mike Carroll’s part from the Plan B “Questionable” video, which came out 22 years ago. Carroll is a legend.
Dennis Morris and Shepard Fairey currently have an exhibition on called SID: SUPERMAN IS DEAD, which features paintings, prints and photographs of Sid Vicious, along with a life-size replica of a hotel room destroyed by Sid in 1977.
Shepard Fairey’s SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS will be transported back to 1977 Britain beginning 8 pm Friday, December 13 when Fairey and internationally renowned, British photographer Dennis Morris host the opening of SID: Superman Is Dead. The show will feature collaborative paintings, photographs and prints of, and inspired by, Sid Vicious’ tenure as the Sex Pistols’ bassist.
Born John Simon Ritchie, Vicious’ time with the Pistols was as brief as it was chaotic and legendary. Since his death in early 1979 at the age of 21, Sid has been immortalized as a punk rock icon in countless posthumous recordings, films, T-shirts, action figures etc. SID: Superman Is Dead is possibly the ultimate of these tributes, its centerpiece being a recreation of a hotel room trashed by Sid in a fit of intoxication, rage and depression during the infamous S.P.O.T.S. (Sex Pistols On Tour Secretly) tour of 1977, during which the Pistols were forced to play every date under pseudonyms to avoid cancellation.
The SID: Superman Is Dead opening reception will also feature a once in a lifetime live musical homage to Sid in the form of Ritchie Love, an exclusive assemblage of his contemporaries from the original punk rock era. The band is comprised of Sex Pistols guitarist, co-founder and Vicious band mate Steve Jones; Generation X co-founder Billy Idol, who ran with early Pistols support gang the Bromley Contingent; Bow Wow Wow co-founder and early Adam & The Ants guitarist Leigh Gorman; and Blondie co-founder and erstwhile Ramones and Iggy Pop drummer Clem Burke.
“The Sex Pistols changed my life when I discovered them in 1984. Their music alone made my arm hairs stand up, but their image and attitude were just as important and powerful. The member of the Sex Pistols who I was drawn to and most epitomized the punk image for me was Sid Vicious, with his spiked hair, leather jacket, lock necklace, and reckless behavior. At 14 I was mesmerized by Sid and made my first homemade t-shirt of him snarling his lip defiantly. I was rebelling, looking for any way to irritate my parents and, before I knew better, Sid was my Superman. Sid self-destructed young and with punk’s slogans like “No Future” and “Live Fast, Die Young,” Sid was everything the Superman, anti-hero, or cliché of a nihilistic movement called for. Sid didn’t really do much to shape punk music… he only actually played on two songs on Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols. However, Sid’s surly vocals kick ass on C’mon Everybody, Somethin’ Else, and My Way. Sid remains one of punk’s most enduring icons even if he is a classic example of style over substance. I was a sucker for Sid’s image as a teenager, and I still am, even though I see him as less “cool” and more tragic and cautionary these days. I have made many images of Sid over the years, and I thought I had retired him as a subject until Dennis Morris – the photographer of the most intimate and iconic shots of Sid-approached me about a collaboration. Dennis’s archive provided an amazing treasure trove of Sid images to work from in creating the paintings and prints in the “Superman Is Dead” show. I’m so glad I got to do Dennis’s Sid images “My Way”! I can now retire Sid as a subject. I’ve worked with the best, I can skip the rest.” – Shepard Fairey
“Working from the title, S.I.D (Superman is Dead), these photographs sum up/represent the image Sid portrayed of himself to the public. He was hero, villain, fearless, innocent and like a supernova, he shone bright, lived fast, died young. Punk needed a hero, Sid became that hero / anti-hero. The idea for the exhibition came from a mutual admiration and respect of each other’s work (for Shepard and I). When Shepard and I eventually met, the exhibition was born on that first meeting. It had to happen. And a happening it will be!” – Dennis Morris
Yann Gross / Kitintale
2008 – in progress
Photographer Yann Gross started this project of documenting skateboarding in the Kampala area of Uganda, and the first East African skatepark constructed by local kids, in 2008.
“Yann Gross is passionate about skateboarding and always takes his deck on his journeys. During one of his trips to Eastern Africa, he encounters a group of skaters, known for having built the first and only half-pipe in Uganda. Located in Kitintale, in the popular suburbs of Kampala, Gross is immediately seduced by this vernacular infrastructure and the integrative function it plays among the local youth. Given the area’s contingencies, the lack of material in particular, skateboarding becomes a collective sport that produces a whole new range of styles and unprecedented tricks. Having shared its daily life for several months, Gross finally becomes a full-fledged member of the group, to the point he even co-organises the first skateboarding contest in the African Great Lakes region. In parallel to these anecdotes, his insider’s view makes him a privileged analyst of the ways this sport strengthens ties and fosters dreams among this micro-community. Kitintale goes thus beyond mere documentary narratives, trendy clichés or paternalistic discourses and offers both a humanistic and a symmetrical account of contemporary changes in Africa.” – Joel Vacheron
Loveletter to Backyard Vert Ramps
Jeff Grosso and Lance Mountain send some love out to backyard vert ramps.
DRAIN – A DOGBOWL SHORT directed by JAKE JANISSE
This historic 8mm footage of Dogtown’s founding members was captured in the Spring of 1977 by Wayne Babcock. Wayne has never released this footage nor has he shared his vintage Dogtown skateboard collection with the public, but both have been donated exclusively in support of this project.
The Dog Bowl, originally known only to the most hardcore DogTown crew, was located in Northern Santa Monica – The Dogtown crew had their own pool that they could skate in peace. “Dino’s Dog Bowl” was shortened to just “The Dog Bowl.” A teenager with terminal cancer asked his father to drain the family pool on their huge estate overlooking The Brentwood Country Club Golf Course. Some of the most famous photographs in skateboarding were shot at the Dog Bowl. Tony Alva is credited with doing the first front side aerials at the pool in the fall of 1977. It was named “The Dog Bowl” because there were dogs always hanging out at the pool. On any given day over the summer of 1977 most of the entire DogTown crew were at the pool. Some of the best skating sessions EVER took place there.
Footage of Rodney Mullen skating in 1993. Keep in mind that this is 20 years ago.
Dane Burman picks out a classic from the 2005 Zero Skateboards video, New Blood — this is James Brockman.
Look out for Zero Skateboards’ new video Cold War coming soon.
Image credit: Richard E. Aaron/Redferns
RIP Lou Reed
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to legendary Velvet Underground frontman and influential solo songwriter and guitarist, Lou Reed. Reed passed away at 71 years old on 27 October 2013. How he died hasn’t been disclosed yet.
The legend’s solo career started in 1972 in New York City, a year before the Velvet Underground broke up. Most recently, Reed put out Lulu in 2011, did a collaboration with Metallica, made an appearance on the Rave On Buddy Holly compilation in 2011, and did guest spots with Gorillaz in 2010 on their song “Some Kind Of Nature”, with Booker R. Jones in 2011 on his song “The Bronx”, and Metric in 2012 on their song “The Wanderlust”.
Lou Reed’s final photograph, taken by Jean Baptiste Mondino:
Zero’s Dying to Live is still an incredible skate video. Can you believe it came out in 2002?! Chris Cole’s part in it makes today’s Throwback Thursdays. Jamie Thomas introduces it. HAMMERS.
Julien Stranger – “A Reason For Living”
Today’s Throwback Thursdays features Julien Stranger in the 1990 Santa Cruz/SMA video, A Reason for Living. Mike Carroll introduces the part.
A Classic Jamie Thomas part from Thrill of it All. We Love this guy…..
Kind of a combination of Wipeout Wednesdays and Throwback Thursdays, this clip of Mark Gonzales eating it comes from the 1998 Antihero video. John Cardiel makes it, The Gonz tries it, and…
Lakai In Mallorca
A filming mission for Fully Flared in 2004. Featuring Scott Johnston, Marc Johnson, Brandon Biebel, Cairo Foster, Mike Carroll, Rick Howard, Jeff Lenoce, and Kelly Bird.
This beast of a spot has witnessed many battles over the years. French Fred revisits a few of his more memorable sessions.
Pattii McGee, born in 1945, was the first female professional skateboarder. She was also the first Women’s National Skateboard Champion in Santa Monica in 1965. Sponsored by Hobie Skateboards and Vita Pak, she did national tours where they paid her to do demo’s. She was featured on the covers of Life Magazine and Skateboarder Magazine (the fourth issue) in 1965. In 2010 the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) made Patti the first female ever to be inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame.
1998 Footage with Tim Brauch, Chet Childress and Darren Navarette filmed at Revolution Skatepark (UK). In memory of legendary skateboarder, Tim Brauch.
Anyone remember this? Ali Boulala throws himself down 25 stairs. Gnarly.
Behind the French Fred Scenes – Mark Appleyard in Flip Sorry.
For today’s Throwback Thursdays, we thought we’d feature this video from Thrasher’s “Behind the French Fred Scenes” of Mark Appleyard in the 2003 video, Flip Sorry. Crazy how good the level of his skateboarding was, even though it was 10 years ago.
In honour of Women’s Day tomorrow, we thought we would pay homage to women in skateboarding. Ride Channel have put out a documentary on women’s skateboarding and here’s the trailer. Here’s to skateboarding being an all-inclusive, accepting community.
Eric Koston Super Goofer from the olden days of Menikmati. Even back then he was getting pretty tech on ledges. Keep skateboarding fun!
Skateboarding has gone through it’s trends of trickery. Enjoy “Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding – Trends’ in today’s Throwback Thursdays.
Roast beef, crail, late shuvit, saran wrap, hippy jump, etc… In this episode, Grosso discusses some of the highs and lows of the “trends in skateboard trickery”.
Nelson Mandela’s speech after being elected as the first president of the free South Africa.
Happy Birthday Madiba. Have a good one.
For Throwback Thursdays, we found this old video of a day in the life of skateboarder, innovator, and artist Mark Gonzales. Hope you enjoyed being shown around New York by The Gonz as much as we did.
Today’s Throwback Thursdays features a final video edit from the Revolution Festival Mall skatepark, sent in by Dwayne Erasmus.
One of the last edits thrown together in the memory of what once was Revolution Festival Mall Skatepark. To Remember all the good times we all had there, and all the memories we will never forget. Featured skaters in this video include: David “Killer Dave” Woolf, Brendan Dyamond, Tian Van Rensburg, Bevan Richards, Werner Lamprecht, Sam Khumalo, Anthony De Mendonca, Dlamini “Double D” Dlamini, and 20sk8’s own Shuaib Philander
“Before the park started they used to go down there and drink beers. Someone suggested making some tranny and the legend was born. Since 1990 ’til now, Burnside in Portland, OR has stood as a monument to ‘Do It Yourself’ spots everywhere. Take a look back to a simpler time that made the blueprint for all under bridge creations. Burnside then, Burnside now, Burnside forever. Peep the first generation lurkers in action. Mark Scott for President.” –Jake Phelps
For those who don’t know, Burnside Skatepark can be found under the Burnside Bridge in Portland, Oregon, USA. The skatepark was originally built by the skateboard community without permission and eventually the city approved the area as a public skatepark. It has been featured in games like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Grind Session. It was also in Free Willy, the classic 1993 movie, and in the 2007 film Paranoid Park.
Ian Mackaye. Photo: Susie J. Horgan
“Skateboarding is not a hobby. And it is not a sport. Skateboarding is a way of learning how to redefine the world around you. For most people, when they saw a swimming pool, they thought, ‘Let’s take a swim.’ But I thought, ‘Let’s ride it.’ When they saw the curb or a street, they would think about driving on it. I would think about the texture. I slowly developed the ability to look at the world through totally different means.” – Ian MacKaye
For those who don’t know, Ian Mackaye was frontman of hardcore punk bands Minor Threat and Teen Idles, as well as the bands Embrace, Fugazi and The Evens. He is a co-founder of Dischord Records, and is also credited for coining the term “straight edge”.
The Descendents were around before most of you were born, starting in 1978. A lot of people will recognise the iconic ‘Milo’ graphic, but not realise that it is really a band. They were arguably one of the most influential and important punk bands of their time. We are extremely excited for this film, and can’t wait to see it already! Educate yourselves and apply some culture to your music tastes; check out The Descendents…
Full length documentary directed by: Matt Riggle and Deedle LaCour
Unfortunately they haven’t announced when the DVD will be out yet.
Read more about the documentary here: http://www.filmagemovie.com/
Bill Danforth “Young Gun’z” really is a Throwback Thursday-worthy video. Kristian Svitak introduces a video clip from the 1989 Alva video.
Jeff Grosso’s Love Letters to Skateboarding was such a good, nostalgic video that we thought it would be perfect for today’s Throwback Thursdays.
The video was brought to you by Vans OffTheWall.tv, and features tons of unique, old, and lost footage from skateboarding’s archives. Jeff Grosso presents his “Editor’s Choice” of his favourite photos and videos. There will be things you haven’t seen, so watch and enjoy.
The Revolution skatepark at Festival Mall has just been taken down, so we thought that it was only fitting to show this video for today’s Throwback Thursdays.
“We got together on Wednesday night for one last session at the Revolution skatepark at Festival before it closes down. It was such a sick night! Homies skating, having a few beers, nothing better. Also made this track especially for the edit, hope you guys dig it. Peace.” – Adam Woolf
We’ll miss you guys. Make sure to pull in and get some super good deals before the shop closes.
Alan Gelfand performing one of the first Ollies that I ever photographed / Solid Surf skatepark / March 1979
The ‘Ollie’ is arguably the most important trick in skateboarding today. Most of the tricks we do are based on it. We don’t often hear the history behind it though.
Alan Gelfand, born in 1963, started skateboarding in 1974. He used to skate at a park called Skateboard USA, which had over-vert sections, mostly because they were still perfecting ramps and skateparks at that time. It turns out that the imperfect transitions would be pretty important in the development of the ‘Ollie’, or ‘Ollie Pop’, which was its original name. It was while trying a lipslide that Gelfand accidentally missed the coping, and performed the first witnessed aerial without grabbing the board. Scott Goodman, a skateboarder from Hollywood, gave Gelfand his nickname, “Ollie” and named the trick and ‘Ollie Pop’.
Stacey Peralta saw the trick in 1977, and the ‘Ollie Air’ was adopted in 1978, simply called an ‘Ollie’ today. Gelfand was also the first member of the new Powell Peralta team with Stacey Peralta and Ray “Bones” Rodriguez, which later became the infamous Bones Brigade. Incidentally, the team also came to include Rodney Mullen, who helped develop the ‘Ollie’ on flat ground.
Hope you learnt something today kids!
Dogg vs. Lion
For those who have been hiding under a rock, Snoop Lion (ex Snoop Dogg) is coming to South Africa this month. So we thought that we would educate those who don’t know on why Snoop Dogg changed his name to Snoop Lion.
Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., announced his new stage name, Snoop Lion, on July 31, 2012. On a trip to Jamaica to record his new album, Snoop Dogg immersed himself in Jamaican and Rastafarian culture, and was apparently rechristened as Snoop Lion by a Rastafarian priest. He subsequently changed the style of his music to be more reggae-focused. His new album, “Reincarnated”, his latest release, is Snoop’s first reggae album. There are rumours that Snoop claims to be the reincarnation of reggae legend, Bob Marley. Some members of the Rastafarian culture that aren’t too happy about this “conversion” though. What is your opinion?
If you want more information, check out the documentary on Snoop, “Reincarnated”.
Snoop also has a new music video out called “No Guns Allowed”:
We hope you enjoyed the first Throwback Thursdays! In this weekly feature, we’ll be giving you some knowledge from the past, so that we can better appreciate and understand where we are today and where we’re moving towards in the future.