‘Boyhood &Skateboarding’

I do not own the copyright to many of the images and pictures presented in ‘skate pic’s’ and ‘magazines’ sections. They do not have any commercial or financial connection with the ‘Transition Skateboarding Trilogy’. They are not being reproduced and sold for profit. They are the work and property of the skateboard photographers who took them. The images presented here are simply a means to honour and express the history of, and a journey through, skateboarding. Thank you to all those skaters and photographers who created these visual signposts to skateboarding’s history.

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Chapter 1: ‘Plastic Fantastic: ‘Made in Taiwan,’ ‘Turbo II’ and Pacer ‘Scarecrow’ magic; humble origins and misfit, ‘market-board’ beginnings’.

‘Boyhood skateboards’: Banana Board, Turbo II & Pacer Scarecrow. Not Rolls Royce skateboards, but all skateboarders have to start somewhere!

Star Wars as a reflection of ‘divine unconscious shadows’. Late 80’s Pacer ad’s. Gutsy and I find Punk in ‘Noise Annoys’.

Late 1980’s UK skate shops. Full of skate products Gutsy and I had zero cash to buy: it sucks being a young and penniless skateboarder!

Boyhood product lust for sure. Gutsy and I could only dream because we were skint; if only I’d have kept up that paper-round!

Skateboarders captured in magazines inspired Gutsy and I. Dog Town Schroeder ‘Clock & Cross’ mini; first pro boards rule.

Chapter 2: ‘The Superficial Face of Skateboarding in the 1980’s. Identifying the undercurrents: the dominance, over-exposure of, and dwindling enthusiasm for, vertical ramp riding: the inevitable emergence of street skating’.

Dog Town’s influence on skateboarding into the 1980’s. Powell Peralta’s clean-cut presentation and image: Hawk, Mounatin, Cab & Underhill.

The genius Rodney Mullen. Steve Rocco: vert moves in street terrain. Street skating and freestyle in the 1980’s: origins of street skating today

Five of the biggest names in street skateboarding of the 1980’s: Natas Kaupus, Mark Gonzales, Tommy Guerrero, Mike Vallely and Matt Hensley.

A huge swathe of street skaters emerges by the late 1980’s. Ron Chatman, Jim Thiebaud, Colby Carter, Ron Allen and Ray Barbee as examples.

Few vertical riders emerge to replace the senior pro’s late 1980’s: The amazing Colin Mckay, Danny Way, Dominic Kekitch and Reese Simpson.

‘Indie’ skateboard companies emerge with witty advertising and new graphic styles. ‘Change’ & ‘Skateboarding will never be the same’; indeed.

Despite few in number, late 1980’s pro street skaters influence Gutsy and I, (alongside ordinary locals we sought to replicate).

Despite the exceptional talent of vert riders, the dominance, and over-exposure of, vertical ramp riding by the late 1980’s leads to its own decline.

Remember your first US skate mag? It was loaded with amazing products: Gutsy and I could only look and drewl like penniless dogs!

Chapter 3: ‘The Brotherhood of Skateboarding.The Sutton Skaters: skateboarding as a way of life, identity, affirmation, independence, escapism and freedom; the embrace of brotherhood’.

The ‘Ices’ Sutton-on Sea Seafront 1990; the ‘brotherhood of skateboarders’ skate mecca.  Wilf front-side grab off the block and ollies over a bin.

Alex Moul: ruler. Boyhood bedroom walls transformed by skate adverts plastered everywhere over meticulously laid wallpaper! OOPS: sorry mum!

G&S reflect my daily skate to school. VSW still exclusively skate late 80’s. Products and threads galore Gutsy and I oggled behind a desk in class!

1990: The Sutton Skaters show Gutsy and I how skating’s really done. Wilf hits the handrail and a no-comply. Steve launches down 4 up-top. Luke & Chris hittin’ lame ollies at the Beach Bar block (Gutsy giggles on in the background!). View of the bank under the ‘Ices’. Wilf riding the bank up-top as Gutsy watches on, and then nose-picks in style onto and off the benches as Luke bails. Steve hits a bench slide.

Mine and Gutsy’s first Powell Peralta decks: Cab Chinese Dragon & Mcgill Trigger Fish. First Thrasher mag.

Wilf ollying into the overflow. Gutsy practicing bench-slides under the ‘Ices’ summer 1990.

The first skate vid’s we watched: Public Domain, Ban This and Hokus Pokus. Luke on our homemade, sketchy mini-ramp.

Sketchy home-made mini-ramp at Luke’s: Wilf 180 back-side ollie. Steve drops-in at Luke’s house on his quarter pipe.

Jump-ramp exploits under the ‘Ices’. Luke floats a phat grab: Gutsy on take-off to an ollie Airwalk: Wilf floats a huge backside grab. Dave ollies down five in France 1990 during the final year school trip. He should have been with the rest of class but scammed off to skate instead!

Goofing around: Wilf floats a huge one-footed ollie whilst Pob and Gutsy clown around. Wilf’s first VW bug: gateway to hilarious escapades!

Chapter 4: ‘The Breakdown of Brotherhood: The imperceptible advance of street skating, mini-ramp exploits and the bursting of an insular skateboarding bubble.’

The long running and well-established Vision Street Wear & Vans keep at the forefront in skateboarding early 90’s. Airwalk also popular.

The face of street skating early 1991. Powell boards increasingly stained instead of paint. Kryptonic/BBC try ‘slick’ boards pre-Santa Cruz.

The decks I bought & destroyed in 1990: Liberty ‘Monkey Size’, World Industries ‘Devil Pooh’, Santa Cruz ‘Flower Dog’, Powell Peralta ‘Iron Gate’ & Planet Earth ‘Old Man Window’.  World Industries ‘Rubbish Heap’ film: street skaters dominate.

Santa Cruz introduce Ever-Slick to wide acclaim 1990-91: others soon follow. The contentious and subjective issue of trucks: your choice is?

Street skateboarders and vertical ramp riders still co-exist late 1990-1991.  Tony Hawk 540 varial: amazing. Medallion deck that Luke bought.

The ‘Transition’ in skateboarding in film. ‘Propoganda’, ‘Eight’, ‘Useless Wooden Toys’, ‘Not the new H-street vid’ & ‘Video Days’.

Death Box: The best and most sorely missed British skateboard company ever? Many will surely agree? See ‘Spirit of the Blitz’ vid: classic!

New Deal appear in 1990 and become an instant success almost overnight. RAD riders, art direction, videos, products and team. Sorely missed.

First day on the new mini-ramp in Sutton early 1991. Dave, Steve, Wilf, Gutsy, Luke, Chris, Pob & Shavey.

Skating the mini-ramp in the sun: glory days. Steve takes an alternate route and Wilf pops a mini backside grab: Luke watches on.  

Dave slams on the mini-ramp after hanging-up (again). ND ‘Taggers’ galore. First New Deal deck. Bought new for only £25: bargain!

1991-on: increasingly crowded mini-ramp and changes in ‘brotherhood’ dynamics. Wilf hits huge ollies, aspiring skaters Twig & Dean watch on.

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