I’ve bought a lot of skateboard magazines over the years. As I’ve mentioned before; these magazines provided an escape from the rural area that I started skating in — they connected me with so many other likewise people and opened my mind to a lot of culture I might have never seen.
Luckily I still have a few left; although they’re in far from perfect shape as they’d been snipped apart for various scrapbook type projects while in high school
While cleaning up our apartment; I decided to take some photos of the ones I have left. One thing lead to another and I ended up with 100+ photos of about 15 mag’s from 1989-1991.
While flipping through, I was amazed to how some of the photos and spreads were still 100% burned into my memory. Here’s just a couple which really affected me;
These 3 sequences of Ed Templeton skating in California pretty much setup 2 years of me trying to perfect these 3 tricks; resulting in bruised shins (trying impossibles), broken boards (trying impossibles) and plenty of whip-outs (trying backside slides). I eventually got good at all three.
This short profile of Barry Walsh was one of the first times a friends of ours was featured in an international magazine. He eventually got much more coverage and his own pro-model. First guy I saw do a McTwist after trying to learn it for month’s.
This sequence of Matt Hensley (who is now in the band Flogging Molly) doing a Fakie One Footed 360 Ollie was evolutionary at the time. Matt’s style and ridiculous board control was a major influence.
This shot of Hosoi (on the left) symbolizes the end of the flash/rockstar vert skaters of the late 80’s to me. Things started getting a lot less “cali” after this; the East coast started coming up and street skaters started taking over in style and coverage.
This shot of Mer is amazing. We loved this place. I spent so much time here (SK8 Parc II) I’m sure I was standing just out of frame when this was taken. (they misspelled his name – Murphy instead of Mer)
Fish Lips was one of Canada’s first major skateboard companies from the East coast — Skull Skates was the first major from the West coast as far as I know. Perry’s intro letter to the world. I ended up riding a bunch of Fish Lips boards as they were flowed to me.
Santa Cruz’s addition to skating at the time was the transition between rails and no rails. The “everslick” was a board covered in a thin layer of bonded PTEX. It wore off quickly on the nose and tail — far from “everslick” but it worked.
This shot of Ed nosegriding a rail lead to me trying this a couple times. It was beyond belief at the time; and almost impossible. I never really got grinding rails down and it had some heavy consequences on messing this up.