Skateboard History

Bart Saric Designs 4 “Z-Boys”

In the early 2k(s), the honor was mine to take on the chief designer role for products & branding concerning the “Z-Boys” brand, which incarnated after the then recent releases of the “Z-boy & Dogtown” documentary book and film. I was brought in to handle the graphic designs and assist with the authenticity of its […]

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Lester Kasai Pipe Pasting ASPO Whittier Skate City

Lester Kasai Pipe Pasting at Whittier Skate City

Unsponsored 13 year old me pipe pasting at the ASPO (Association of Skatepark Owners) contest at Skate City Skatepark in 1980. To win you had to paste a sticker the highest in the full pipe in your age division. Interesting and cool… the bottom half of this full pipe was concrete while to top half

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Create an Animated Version of the Toy Machine Logo - Sean Cliver

Create an Animated Version of the Toy Machine Logo – Sean Cliver

Somewhere in the vicinity of 1995/96, Ed Templeton inquired if I would be able to create an animated version of the Toy Machine logo to open their video a la the infamous “Ripper” sequence of the Powell Peralta series. I had a rudimentary knowledge of animation cels, so proceeded to first plan out and ink all of the frames I imagined

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Brad Bowman - Reseda Skatecross

Brad Bowman – aquires his blue Jay Adams Zephyr deck

Part 1 Lou Peralta’s SkaterCross was one of the first skateparks to pioneer vertical skateboarding. There were a few others but his was one of the first three in Southern California. It attracted talent from all over the state in the same manner Carlsbad had done just prior to that.In this photo just after grand

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Steve Alba's lost skateboard

Steve Albas board finds it’s way home, 40 years later!

Nothing like getting back one of your old riders … still complete Mt Baldy set up from @death_cloak So @bunkrock911 met guy who had this board who was friend of Simon Hill from Claremont old skate friend from early days even before Pipeline skatepark .. Simon had a pool in his backyard where he talked his parents into emptying

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Claus Grabke's Thrasher Mag Cover

Claus Grabke’s Thrasher Mag Cover from 1986

My @thrashermag cover from 1986. Thank you @titusdittmann for sending this over, Titus went through a few things and found this. Cover shot by @shane_rouse in Brno, Czech Republic on our “Culture Clash in Czechoslovakia” tour. Fun fact, I broke my wrist the night before, we arrived at the ramp when it was dark and I didn’t know there

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Curt Kimbel - Photo by Lapperzine

The Gatherings – Slalom Races in Gaithersburg Maryland

Here’s another throwback, to the early 00s, when I did something that might have actually made a difference. For several years, I held annual slalom skateboarding events in Gaithersburg. Maryland, which eventually attracted the attention and attendance of much of the slalom skateboarding world. I called them “The Gathering”s. Another reality, in that particular moment,

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1960’s the Hiltons left Skateboarding for Hotels

THIS IS SOME REAL EARLY SKATEBOARDING HISTORY, hope you like reading it! My friend Tara knows Steve Hilton of the famous Hilton family and I asked her to ask Steve if he remembers me and my brother Bruce skating and competing against each other back in the 1960’s! Steve and Davey Hilton were 2 of

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