Friday, June 16, 2017
"That kid's good, man." - Rick Howard
Lakai released a tour video called Beware of the Flare in 2002. It was made during a trip around Europe in March and April of that year. The team stopped in England, Germany, France, Spain, and Portugal for demos and street skating. Dan Wolfe, Ty Evans, and Atiba Jefferson handled camera and production duties. The skaters on the trip were Rick Howard, Mike Carroll, Scott Johnston, Anthony Pappalardo, Brandon Biebel, Rob Welsh, and Marc Johnson. JJ Rousseau and Lucas Puig make appearances as well. Jeff Lenoce and Cairo Foster pop up at the end of the video, with Lenoce in Florida and Foster closing the vid with his only trick. It's a nosegrind on the bottom half of a double set handrail so that is just fine.
Beware of the Flare is mostly demo and park skating. There's an MJ cover in it with a backside 5-0 down a big hubba. Carroll and Pops were taken out by injuries so there's not much of them. Rick Howard clocks a lot of on board time as well as Scott Johnston. This might be the most footage Scott has put out in any one place. Rob Welsh rattles off a lot of tricks. Biebel is shredding and this is probably what put him on the path to joining the pro ranks. All and all, it's a good little video.
Vert Is Dead will be back on Monday, July 3rd.
I'm worn out and need a break. Topics for the future include Capital/Washington D.C. and famous bowls. I'd like to put a little something together on the first King of the Road contest, too. Please feel free to leave suggestions in the comments.
Thrasher - December 2000 Volume 20 Number 12
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Rob said in an interview that he only did nose and tail slides because he didn't want to mess up the graphics on his board. This nollie frontside noseslide will take some paint off the front end.
Luke Ogden was the photographer.
Thrasher - October 2000 Volume 20 Number 10
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The reason I decided to look back at the early days of Lakai was because they have a new video in the works. The latest issue of Thrasher has interviews with the current team about the upcoming movie. I'm hoping they release it on DVD because I'm over the internet. It sucks that Creature only made a limited run of discs for their most recent video. (If anybody has one and wants to tape a copy, hit me up.) Anyway, the team these days consists of Mike Carroll, Rick Howard, Rick McCrank, Vincent Alvarez, Raven Tershy, Riley Hawk, Danny Brady, Stevie Perez, Jesus Fernandez, Sebo Walker, Cody Chapman, Yonnie Cruz, Simon Bannerot, Tyler Pacheco, and John Sciano. It's almost a completely different lineup from when Lakai started and then who was in Fully Flared ten years ago. That's to be expected since the company has been around for nearly 18 years. I'm interested in seeing how The Flare turns out. The premier party is tonight so people should be complaining about it on social media by tomorrow morning.
I've never dabbled in collecting any of the Powell Peralta re-issues, but the Nicky Guerrero Mask reprint looks totally awesome.
Atiba Jefferson snapped the photos.
Thrasher - August 2000 Volume 20 Number 8
Monday, June 12, 2017
The Biz vs. The Nuge.
I owned two pairs of Mike's first pro model on Lakai. I had the blue ones that he is wearing in the ad and a light grey pair that was released later on. I really liked the blue version, but the grey ones seemed a bit different.
My job has been super busy this month and I had a bad head cold last week so I've been frazzled as of late. I've also got a couple freelance things I need to get done, too. I might end up taking the rest of June off from this thing after this week of Lakai. I'll see how it goes.
The sequence is by Atiba Jefferson.
Transworld - September 2000 Volume 18 Number 9
Friday, June 9, 2017
Scott had been on DC prior to Lakai. He scored a couple of pro model kicks and then moved behind the scenes to work on designing shoes. He left the company in 2015 for a design position at Adidas.
Next week will be more of the early days of Lakai.
The sequence is by Mike Ballard.
Thrasher - June 2000 Volume 20 Number 6
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Cairo had the first ad with actual skateboard riding for Lakai. Now you've got that in your arsenal for the next night of skate trivia. I think he might have been on Duffs previously, but I'm not positive on that. Lakai gave him a pro model in 2003. Cairo stayed with them until 2011 when he left for Etnies.
Thrasher - April 2000 Volume 20 Number 4
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
It's gotta be the shoes.
There's not much to say about this one. Lakai again ran different versions of the ad in different mags, but they only had two versions. This did run in Thrasher, but it was a duplicate of the Transworld ad.
The photos are by Andy Mueller. Andy is the art director at Lakai. He's also contributed to Girl, Chocolate, and Fourstar. He's got his own little company called the Quiet Life. Andy took the photo of the band Hum in their van for the You'd Prefer an Astronaut CD booklet.
Top: Big Brother - March 2000 Issue #58
Bottom: Transworld - May 2000 Volume 18 Number 5
Monday, June 5, 2017
Beware of the Flare.
For the next two weeks, Vert Is Dead will be taking a look back at the beginnings of Lakai. The company was started by Mike Carroll and Rick Howard at the end of 1999. They had both been riding for DC and decided to launch their own footwear company. Lakai was originally distributed by Podium, who handled DVS Shoes and Matix Clothing. Later on things would be moved over to Girl and Chocolate for distribution. The team in the early days included Cairo Foster, Brandon Biebel, Jeff Lenoce, Anthony Pappalardo, Scott Johnston, and Rob Welsh.
There were three versions of the first ad, with a different version in Thrasher, Transworld, and Big Brother. These all would have hit the newsstand at roughly the same time, depending on when the mags put out their issue for the month.
#1: Thrasher - February 2000 Volume 20 Number 2
#2: Big Brother - February 2000 Issue #57
#3: Transworld - April 2000 Volume 18 Number 4
Friday, June 2, 2017
Fine Art Friday.
Reuben is an artist who has done work for a number of bands, including Russian Circles, Deafheaven, Chelsea Wolfe, Thou, and a whole lot more. He's a musician, too. I might even have a tape he has put out. I listen to a lot of stuff that falls under the vaguely defined sphere that is noise and/or experimental music. I don't usually expect to see the bands I listen to in Thrasher so it was a nice surprise to see Suzy Poling's name in the article. She's an accomplished visual artist who also releases awesome records of otherworldly electronic music under the name Pod Blotz. In other music news, I saw Pharmakon last night. It was a straight up face melter of a gig.
It will be the early days of Lakai on Monday.
The photo is by Jeff Davis.
Thrasher - August 2016 Volume 37 Number 8
Thursday, June 1, 2017
One Eight Youth Squad.
Raney is from San Antonio, Texas. He's pro for Anti-Hero. His other sponsors include Indy, Spitfire, and Vans. His younger brother Rye is a camera guy over at Camp Crailtap. Raney survived a nasty head injury on a trip to Israel in 2015. He's one of those new kids that shreds transition.
Transworld - January 2017 Issue 383
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Riddles in Mathematics.
Transworld's Riddles in Mathematics video is a really good flick. It features full parts from Bobby DeKeyzer, Yaje Popson, Leo Valls, Bobby Worrest, Stevie Perez, and Ben Gore. It was filmed by Chris Thiessen in the USA, France, and probably a few other spots. I intended to give each of the riders in it a day, but I had a tough time finding something for everybody so that didn't happen. Bobby puts in the effort to bang out switch and regular 360 flips, crooked grinds, noseslides, and a hefty switch backside tailslide for an ender. Leo's part is great. I dig the backside nollie shifty on flat he does around the halfway mark of his section.
I just noticed yesterday that I've basically written the same post each day for the month.
Transworld - December 2016 Issue 382
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
The Style Council.
Anybody have any requests? I'm not exactly sure what to scan next. I've got newer stuff left yet to finish out the week and then two weeks of Lakai for June. I also spaced out on Friday. Work wasn't busy in the morning and then we got swamped for the afternoon when I figured out what I wanted to update with.
I put new bearings in my old wheels. My board is now maybe too fast and much quieter. I didn't realize how beat my old bearings were.
Transworld - August 2016 Issue 378
Friday, May 26, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Stevie is from the North Hills region of Los Angeles, California. Along with Raven Tershy and Elijah Berle, he was one of three new ams on Chocolate in 2011. The trio, plus Cory Kennedy and Vincent Alvarez, were dubbed the Trunk Boyz, a noble title given their fondness for sitting in the back of the van. In retrospect, the name seems a tad silly these days. All five of them have fortunately outgrown that minor marketing misstep and are certified rippers. Stevie has a part in Transworld's recent Riddles in Mathematics video. He's out in the streets of LA, grinding handrails, doing some ollies, and putting together tech lines. His other sponsors are Lakai, Spitfire, and Thunder. Cory Kennedy booked a mariachi band to play his house for Stevie's birthday one year. That apparently did not go over very well with the neighbors.
Thrasher - January 2016 Volume 37 Number 1
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Ronnie is from San Pedro, California. He grew up skating the Channel Street skatepark. His first sponsor was Transitions Skateshop. Daewon Song was hooking him up with Almost boards back in the day. He later accepted an offer from Mic-E Reyes to ride for Krooked at the age of 14 and has been on the team ever since. He also rides for Vans, Ace Trucks, Spitfire, Doom Sayers, and Transitions Skateshop. Mark Gonzales recently turned him pro at the beginning of 2017. To celebrate the event, they threw Ronnie a surprise pizza party at an archery range. He's into riding and building motorcycles in his spare time.
Thrasher - January 2015 Volume 36 Number 1
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Totally on fire.
Lizzie is from Santa Monica, California. She recently turned pro for Birdhouse. Her other sponsors are Vans, Independent, Bones, and Brostyle. Lizzie is the first woman to be on the cover of Thrasher since Jaime Reyes in April of 1994. She was also on the cover of Transworld's November 2016 issue. She started skateboarding in 2007 and was a regular at the Cove Skatepark in Santa Monica. A couple of her favorite pros are Pat Ngoho and Jeff Grosso. She shreds vert and transitions.
The photo is by Anthony Acosta.
Transworld - November 2016 Issue 381
Monday, May 22, 2017
Ishod is from Bordentown, New Jersey. His sponsors include Real, Nike, Spitfire, and Thunder. He won Thrasher's Skater of the Year award for 2013. Ishod is mostly a street skater, but lately he has been shredding all manor of transitions. It's cool to see him adapt to new things and switch it up a bit.
Thrasher - April 2015 Volume 36 Number 4
Friday, May 19, 2017
Andrew is from Margaret River in Australia. He was pro for Cliché until that company called it a day. Thanks to his connections with Mike Carroll and Rick Howard from Fourstar, he was able to land a spot on the Girl roster. He's the first established pro to join Girl since Brian Anderson did so in 2001. His other sponsors include Converse, Tensor Trucks, and Modus Bearings. Andrew runs Wayward Wheels with Benny Fairfax. He can ollie really high. I like his approach to skateboarding.
Vert Is Dead turns nine years old today. Thanks for all the support. Also shout to the Chrome Ball Incident for hitting the nine year mark a month ago.
Thrasher - July 2012 Volume 32 Number 7
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Streets of your town.
PASS~PORT is an Australian company from Brisbane that was founded by Trent Evans. Their team had a featured section in Transworld's latest Cinematographer Project Worldview 2017 video. The extended part is full of street skateboarding in the land down under. PASS~PORT recently partnered with WKND's new distribution company, Hyperion, so you can check out their gear in the states.
Callum is the first guy to turn pro for PASS~PORT. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Botany. He may or may not be internet famous for some silly hi-jinx.
Jason Morey photographed the sequence.
Transworld - May 2016 Issue 375
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Orange Painting Pants.
Yaje is from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He has lived in New York City since he was a little kid. Chocolate was flowing him boards around about 2010. A knee injury at the time caused him to take a break from skateboarding and move back to Brazil to heal up. He used the time to expand his interests outside of skateboarding to include painting, playing the guitar, farming, and yoga. After about three years off, Yaje was ready to roll again. He has since turned pro for the Alien Workshop and gotten sponsored by Adidas. He scored the last part in Transworld's recent Riddles In Mathematics video.
Zach Malfa-Kowalski took the skate photo. Joey Guevara took the chilling photo.
Transwrold - March 2016 Issue 373
Monday, May 15, 2017
Frontside air attack from the Boss.
Andrew recently left his clothing sponsor of the last decade for RVCA. He had been riding for Krew before launching Altamont in the mid 2000s. I want to say the company was supported by Sole Technologies. They had an arty vibe going and sponsored a number of skaters, artists, and bands. I don't think Altamont ever really caught on as much as it maybe should have. Soft goods can be a tricky business.
I watched Nikola Racan's Solsticij DVD last night. It's an independent skateboard flick out of Croatia that's primarily filmed in the eastern parts of Europe. There are appearances from the Magenta and Isle teams, too. Solsticij has a lot of street lines on some very rough looking streets. There's also a little bit of vert. It reminds me of the old Zoo York videos in a way with gritty street skating that is often done at night. Totally worth checking out. If DVDs are dead, how come I've gotten a bunch of good ones thus far this year?
The photo is by Atiba Jefferson.
Thrasher - June 2012 Volume 32 Number 6
Friday, May 12, 2017
Channeling the spirit of Jeff Phillips.
Auby is from Dallas, Texas. He was riding for Krooked before switching to the Black Label and turning pro. He also rides for Nike, Indy, and Bones Wheels. Auby was quite the street shredder and I'm sure he still is, but all of his recent coverage has been a full blown vert assault. I think it's awesome. His current pro model graphic is a tribute to the Jeff Phillips Breaking Glass art. It also seems he has switched from riding the 1991 style version of the board to the vintage 1980's shape.
Transworld - August 2015 Volume 33 Number 8
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Daniel is from Lake Forest, California. He rides for Welcome, Thunder, Spitfire, and Adidas. His part in Welcome's recent Fetish video features a whole lot of transition shredding at a variety of skateparks. I like the fakie pop shove-it tail grab trick he does. They look neat.
The photo is by Shane Cox.
Transworld - May 2016 Issue 375
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Out of the Eye.
Ben has the opening part to Transworld's Riddles in Mathematics video. He puts down some solid backside 50-50s, heelflips, and wallies while skating to one of my favorite songs by Woods. Riddles is a strong video and totally worth checking out if you haven't seen it yet.
State Footwear is a new shoe company run by Kevin Furtado. Kevin used to work at Dekline and decided to start up his own gig after that company came to an end. The team includes Jon Nguyen, Jordan Sanchez, Christian Maalouf, and Kevin Coakley.
RIP Christopher “Big Black” Boykin.
Dave Chami snapped the photos.
Transworld - February 2017 Issue 384
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Dane is from Portland, Oregon. He had the opening part in Polar's I like it here inside my mind, don't wake me this time video from last year. Of note for that part was that Pontus Alv used the song "Alone" by The Cry, which was in H-Street's Hokus Pokus video from 1989 for a European tour montage. It's also worth noting Hokus Pokus was released about five years before Dane was born. That bit of history aside, Dane recently turned pro for Polar. He does a lot of curb and slappy tricks, mixes in some handrails, wallrides, and ollies.
Never forget Tim Brauch.
The photo is by Matt Price.
Transworld - March/April 2017 Issue 385
Monday, May 8, 2017
Oklahoma thunder in Kansas City.
Kyle is from Moore, Oklahoma. He rides for Real, Thunder, Spitfire, Volcom, and Vans. His favorite skateboarder is Andrew Reynolds. Kyle's favorite tunes include a lot of hip hop, Fleetwood Mac, and Slayer. He was first hooked up for sponsorship by Adio, then Emerica, and Zero, but was given a chance to ride for Real and has since turned pro for them. He's allergic to beets. Based on his ability to grind gigantic handrails and ollie massive gaps, Thrasher honored Kyle with their Skater of the Year award for 2016.
It's going to be newer stuff for the rest of the month. I always come up with a list and then in the search process the list gets changed so I just end up picking out whatever. I figure it's a good idea to save some things for the future.
Thrasher - May 2015 Volume 36 Number 5
Friday, May 5, 2017
Chet is from Wilmington, North Carolina. His previous board sponsors include Acme, Creature, 151, and the Black Label. He currently has a board for Heroin. Chet was sponsored by Vans before switching to Nike. He also rides for Indy and OJ Wheels.
The next few weeks will be an assortment of much newer stuff. I usually do a month from five years ago when the new year starts, but I didn't feel like it this time around. I waited for a bit and made up a list of current skaters to focus on.
Thrasher - April 2003 Volume 23 Number 4
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Building a lighter wheel.
It appears Revolution tried to save a little weight by making the bearings smaller to go with the plastic core. This is a somewhat more practical concept over the mythological one bearing wheel creature that may or may not ever come into being. I never got into the hollow core wheel phase of the early to mid 2000s. It just didn't seem like a good idea to me.
Adam has been pro for the Black Label a long time and still has a spot on the roster, but I haven't seen much coverage from him recently. He has ridden for Duffs, Ipath, Destructo Trucks, and Sessions Clothing over the years.
Simple Shoes is back from the beyond. In addition to selling footwear, they created an illustrated timeline showing the history of skateboard footwear. It features many neat drawings of some of the more memorable sneaker designs from past eras. I added the site to my links under the Simple name.
Thrasher - January 2003 Volume 23 Number 1
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Poor & Weird.
Patrick is from Rockford, Illinois. He was an am on Black Label and turned pro for them. Later on in the 2000s, he switched to Death Skateboards. Patrick is into scooters and attending moustache conventions. He was also sponsored by Vans and Dekline for shoes, as well as Destructo for trucks. His part in 2003's Black Out features a lot of different types of handrail tricks, a few big drops, and some pole jam variations.
Thrasher - October 2002 Volume 22 Number 10
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017
The wheels keep on spinning.
Revolution was a wheel company done by the Black Label that was around from 2001 to 2003. The team included Adam Alfaro, Jason Adams, Chet Childress, Dan Drehobl, Ben Gilley, Josh Harmony, Jerry Hsu, Jub, Patrick Melcher, Alan Petersen, Ragdoll, and Chris Senn.
Thrasher - December 2001 Volume 21 Number 12
Friday, April 28, 2017
I like how Matt always stuck with Gullwing for trucks. This would have been near the end of Plan B and just prior to Matt switching to the Black Label. It's also interesting that he was riding plain blank boards in any coverage he got at the time. He's still got a board out on the Label to this day. Of note is the John Lucero Elephant tattoo on Matt's leg.
Revolution Wheels is the plan for next week.
The photo is by Paul "Skin" Phillips.
Warp - February 1998 Volume 6 Number 6
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Jeremy spins a backside 360 ollie as seen on film in Birdhouse's The End from 1998. He shared a part of urban destruction with Heath Kirchart for that flick. The skateboarding holds up as timeless, but the antics with the van and setting stuff on fire has not aged well. Or the Rob Zombie for that matter.
The photo is by Atiba Jefferson.
Warp - April 1999 Volume 8 Number 1
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
For this week I selected a bunch of photos from Warp. Warp was a lifestyle magazine published by Transworld in the 1990s. It had skateboarding, but also included snowboarding, music, and other assorted things that didn't quite fit on the pages of TWS. Most of the regular Transworld staff contributed to Warp.
I noticed yesterday that Dave Swift has an editorial photo in the most recent issue of Thrasher. I'm guessing that means he is completely done with the Skateboard Mag.
RIP Noah Salasnek.
The photo is by Giovanni Reda.
Warp - August 1999 Volume 8 Number 3
Friday, April 21, 2017
"I used to ride for this company out of Maine called Who Skates; the guy who owned it quit skating to rollerblade. He also ran the skatepark. The Who team was pretty sick. We had Matt Pailes, Andy MacDonald, Donny Barley, and these two friends of mine Jamie Hodgdon and Chris Mathews. You probably haven't ever heard of them, but they were sick and still rip."
This drop-in was the ender for Dan's part in Transworld's Free Your Mind video from 2003.
For the quote: Thrasher - October 2001 Volume 21 Number 10
Thrasher - August 2003 Volume 23 Number 8
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Cliché began in 1997 in Lyon, France. Former New Deal rider Jeremie Daclin was the man behind the operation. The company was primarily focused on Europe, but that gradually expanded to a more global crew over the years. Cliché partnered with Dwindle Distribution in 2009. It was announced in the fall of 2016 that the brand was done.
The photos are by Mike O'Meally and Olivier Chassignole.
Thrasher - January 2002 Volume 22 Number 1
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
"I have lots of memories from my dishwasher days. I worked at this place, The Foundation, in Vancouver. I almost lost part of my thumb to a giant can of beans there once. I somehow wedged the tip of my thumb in between the rim and the lid. Also, my bosses were awesome. They would throw these staff parties on an island for a couple days at a time. Once I got lost in the woods at night only 50 feet from the house; alcohol is one helluva drug."
For the quote: Skateboarder - October 2008 Volume 18 Number 2
Thrasher - July 2003 Volume 23 Number 7
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The Escape Club.
Skateboarding had a mild wild west fascination in the early 2000s. Six Gun was Jason's branch of the Black Label. Chet Childress was the other pro on the team. The two had a section in the Black Out video from 2003. The company wasn't around for very long. The Kid would soon leave for enjoi and Chet would stay in house at the Black Label.
Thrasher - July 2003 Volume 23 Number 7
Monday, April 17, 2017
Letter to Memphis.
Memphis was a short lived shoe brand from the early 2000s. The name came up on the Slap boards a while ago and I filed it away as something to look for. Granted I didn't look very hard and stumbled upon the ad as I was looking for other stuff. I think Ricky was the only team rider. Thrasher had a pair of the shoes as a prize for a monthly contest. I suppose they look good enough for the well padded cupsoles that were popular around this time. I wonder if the Velocity name was a tip of the hat to Airwalk or a mere coincidence?
Thrasher - April 2003 Volume 23 Number 4
Friday, April 14, 2017
"I like the movie Cowboy Junkie and Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. I also like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and Black Sabbath. Call me hesher, I could care less. As for food, I like Lotti sandwiches, but it's a top secret recipe. Shhhh."
Henry talks about his favorite stuff outside of skateboarding in 1993. It makes sense that Brian Lotti is a talented sandwich artist.
Next week will feature assorted odds and ends from 2002-3.
The photo is by Mike Blabac.
For the quote: Thrasher - June 1993 Volume 13 Number 6
Thrasher - May 1997 Volume 17 Number 5