Sunday, December 8, 2013
that time of year again. It has been a year of personal ups and downs but regardless of what is going on in your life, skateboarding will always be there waiting for you. Thank you all for stopping by and making this thing happen, see you all in 2014.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Mike's part in Rubbish Heap pretty much sealed the deal.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Natas, previously measuring in at 10" x 30", had been re-worked, slimmed, and stretched to a 9.75" by 31.5" plank of street machinery. Minds were blown and skateboarding evolved a little more.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Swank stickers, all hearkening back to a time when a close friend was simply not afraid to sign his letter to Transworld Skateboarding "...President of the Steve Rocco Fan Club."
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Well, there is nothing "new" about the shape anyway. Reminiscent of several H-Street decks produced from 1989 to 1991 namely the Ron Allen, this one measures 10" wide by 31.5" long, with a 6.5" tail and a 6" nose, and a 14.5" wheel base.
The Indy 169s are dwarfed by the 10" width of this deck. The wheel wells add a nice touch, but I like them more for their purpose than their appearance. With a set 1/4" Indy riser and 60mm 95a OJ Street Razors this set-up is ready to roll!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
We skateboarders are a diverse and opinionated lot, each of us with our very own story about how a seven-ply maple plank with four urethane wheels forever changed our lives. Sometimes these stories get collected and shared, and David Thornton's Common Criminals: The Anthology of Stoke is one of those extraordinary collections.
Thornton, a father, executive chef, freelance writer, and skater, compiled the short stories of a dozen skaters with his own anecdotes and narratives. The result of his effort is an interesting and enjoyable medley of skateboarders "talking story" about their favorite pastime. Common Criminals contains adventurous tales of searching for backyard pools, recountings of lifetimes spent on board in pursuit of the stoke, and testimonials of aging lifers who live to skate and skate to live. Thornton and his contributor's stories are unique and are presented in diverse writing styles ranging from stream of consciousness, to memoir, to the informal essay, ensuring the reader something interesting with the beginning of each new tale.
To get a copy in your hands (or on your Kindle) order here and begin reading this book.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
LIFE Skateboards Sean Sheffey circa 1990 - 1991. The fish shaped boards of this particular period often sport a slightly longer nose (approx 5" to 5.5")than their late 1980s predecessors which usually had a nose measuring 3.75" to 4". Boards of this particular period averaged about 31.5" in length and also featured double-drilled front truck mounting holes for dual wheelbase/nose length.
LIFE Skateboards Kien Lieu model. Another prime example of the 1990 - 1991 period with its dual wheelbase/nose length, and the fish shape with subtle to very little flare out in the tail if any at all.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Super stoked on this setup. The SkatePaige Side-G is now riding on Independent 169s after a long time on 149s. While I like the quick response of the 149, but there is nothing like the feel of the Indy 169. Thanks to Skateboarding Is My Lifetime Sport and their extensive research into skateboard trucks, I made a change that was way overdue.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
How much nose is too much nose? I like enough to pop a good no comply shove-it, maybe 4.5 - 5 inches max. I find that most of my current setups have a nose bigger than, if not equal to, the size of the tail, and average about 6.5 inches or more. Board shape, like skateboarding itself,is subjective. Boards with shapes (yes, functional skateboards with shapes, not all boards with shape are "cruisers", cruising is an activity/attitude more than a board type, but I digress), are increasing in popularity and availability as many skaters are realizing that you can do just as much on a shaped deck as you can on a popsicle shape.
Now, back to the nose. The nose of the board has been utilized as long as there has been one on the board, from hang-ten nose wheelies and the Brown Bomber's Samoan Squat to Blender and Grosso's nose stalls to fakie in the mid to late 1980s. I am lucky to have a diverse quiver of boards and am always looking to diversify. My next effort to keep things fresh and interesting will be a setup with a little more tail and a little less nose. Stay tuned.