Sunday, December 30, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The World's A Mess

Jesse "Mess" Martinez proper backside board slide back in the day.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

On the Softer Side

62mm 80a Ty Evans ATF from Bones.

54mm 87a OJ Keyframes, also available in 56mm.

The 55mm 78a OJ III Hot Juice Mini.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Jeff's Best of 2012

1. Localism
Skateboarding may have been born in California but it lives all over the world. 2012 has seen more and more "local" skater-owned companies and small batch workshops popping up everywhere from the East Coast to the Mid-Atlantic. Check out Fickle Boards and What Luck? Skateboards "Mid West x Blue Collar" collaboration to see what I'm talking about, and check out Green Issue, Shipyard Skates, and Coalition Skateboards too.

2. Charity
Skaters are a generous lot. We help one another out when the chips are down and organize events for good causes. Think What Luck? and their "Re-Kruzer" program which saw old used decks being cut down to cruisers which were donated to children's homes, or Tom Sloan's PUSH To End Alzheimer's which, now in its third year, raised over two-thousand dollars for the Alzheimer's Association this year.

3. Winning
I enter every "giveaway" contest I can. Primarily because I'm broke and I have some good luck when it comes to these things. This year alone I managed to win an autographed DOGTOWN deck and a prize package from Portland Oregon's Daddies Board Shop. I'll take it. Thanks to each and every one of you who takes the time to stop by and browse pics and read my ramblings. You guys are the true reward.

Cook Z

Mini Big Kahuna

The Mini Big Kahuna is anything but mini.

Ledge grind captured on a 10 second timer shot.

Salvador Pringle.

Tag surfing.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

85a All Day Redux

It's that time of year again. I rotate a handful of sets of wheels on this board but I always come back to the Rat Bones. Slappy Sunday!

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Barker has always had a killer style. He did a demo here for a local shop when he rode for Planet Earth. He along with Mark Heintzman (G&S) and Mark's friend Joe Davis rode the street set up while Mat Hoffman did a demo on a huge half pipe. It was a good year for Charleston. I picked Barker up at the airport and he skated the curbs in front of my mom's house.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Dogtown For The WIN

So... I woke up from my "old man nap" today to find that I won this autographed Dogtown deck. So grateful, so STOKED.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Slappy Sunday

Couldn't decide which pic to post so it's a two for one Slappy Sunday this week. Shot DIY on 10 second timer.

Skater Socks.

I Don't Always Ride White Wheels

But when I do, they are Powell oval dragons from Marc's Board Shop.

Never Gets Old

Another Sunday on the slab.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Chromoly Truck

The chromoly truck would grind virtually any curb. The grind itself as been described as a "slip grind", that is too say there is little to no resistance. I had a set of G&S Trucks back in 1990 or so and was a big fan of the fact that I could slappy just about any curb in my hometown. For a complete story of the life and fate of the chromoly truck please click here and read "Who Killed The Chromoly Truck?" In the meantime, I've found some San Diego Trucks online for quite a reasonable price, and am considering buying a set. It's either that or I'm going to start riding copers, or grind feelers or whatever you call them.

What Luck? X Fickle Collab Decks MWBC

There were five of these produced by What Luck? and Fickle as part of the MidWest Blue Collar collaboration, each deck with a slightly different graphic. The specs are 9" x 33.75", tapering to 8.5" at the back truck, and a 15" wheelbase with a 7" nose and tail. All I can say is there are 5 lucky skaters out there.

Saturday, October 13, 2012