80s Skateboarding

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80s Skater: Mike McGill

Mike McGill (born 1964) is an American skateboarder who is best known for inventing the trick entitled the “McTwist”, an inverted 540 degree mute grab aerial.



McGill first performed on a wooden half-pipe in Sweden in 1984 and then at the Del Mar Skate Ranch in a concrete bowl when he returned to the US. He was inspired by Fred Blood, who had performed a 540 on roller skates. It was a groundbreaking trick that dominated skateboarding for many years afterwards. Only a handful of pros were able to learn it at the time. The trick was named by teammate Rodney Mullen, and is derived from “Mc” in McGill’s last name combined with Twist, which had already been coined by Lance Mountain and Neil Blender with their invention of the Gay Twist – a Mute grabbed fakie 360 degree aerial. Teammate Tony Hawk, inspired by the McTwist, went on to invent a 720 degree aerial, (essentially a double Gay Twist), and as a homage to McGill, named it the McHawk.


Bones Brigade

McGill was a member of the “Bones Brigade”, an elite team of skateboarders sponsored by Powell Peralta who dominated the sub-culture of professional skateboarding (both in contests and in popularity) for a large part of the 1980s.

McGill appeared with Peralta and other Bones Brigades members during the 2012 promotional screenings of the Peralta-directed Bones Brigade documentary, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography. The documentary premiered at the Sundance film festival and a trailer was released in January 2012.


Post-Bones Brigade

McGill mainly skated vertical, and when street skating began to dominate the industry, McGill turned to the business side of skating. He started his own skateboard company, “Chapter Seven” (which is now defunct), and opened his own skate park. As of 2012, he owns a skate shop in Encinitas, California McGills Skateshop, as well as marketing a line of beginners’ skateboards, safety equipment and portable skate ramps, rails, and Air Speed skate shoes through Wal-Mart.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_McGill

80s Culture: Future Primitive

This is the second of the legendary Bones Brigade Videos – now available on DVD. The first video caught viewers up on what had been going on in the world of skating, and Future Primitive DVD continues the story. Full of some of the top names in skateboarding today (Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Lance Mountain…), the Future Primitive DVD shows how they developed, how they competed, and how they had a great time skating. Whether you’re old school or not, you’ll enjoy this video. 

If you skated in the 80s, you probably don’t need to hear anything more about this. Just the fact that you can now get these Bones Brigade videos on DVD is all the news you need to hear. The Future Primitive DVD menus are well done, though there isn’t much for special features and it would have been great if they would have re-mastered the sound. It’s sharp and irritating at times. But, it certainly sounds better than a VHS tape. And as a DVD you can skip around to different chapters easily, and it should last longer than you’ll be around to care. The main feature is 55 minuets long, released in 1985. The DVD only has one extra feature; a video that showcases all of the Stacey Peralta skate videos. 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Future Primitive or the Bones Brigade Videos, let me catch you up. Back in the 80s, skateboarding was making a comeback, and two guys named Powell and Peralta got together to make a series of skate videos that helped launch skateboarding even higher in the public eye. They assembled a team of incredible skaters – a team whose members were destined to make huge impacts in the sport. The team was called the Bones Brigade, and included Tony Hawk, Rodeny Mullen, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Adrian Demain, Richie Dunlap, Tommy Guerrero, Kevin Harris, Chris Iverson, Mike McGill, Eric Sanderson, Steve Steadham, Ray Underhill, and Per Welinder. The soundtrack is hot, featuring The Faction, The Nudes, The Halibuts, The Rad Boys and Johnny Rad, and more. In fact, Powell even offers the Bones Brigade soundtrack on CD. The Future Primitive DVD is a lot more hodge-podge than the first Bones Brigade video. It shows how the team lives, plays, skates, eats… It’s a fun video, showing the guys having a blast shredding ramps and pools, in competitions and parking lots, bombing downhill – anything. The skating is definitely classic 80s – super stylish and low to the ground. 

And they all just look like they’re having a great time! There’s a part in the first Bones Brigade video where some of the guys are skating on a ramp behind Lance Mountain’s home, with horribly hokey shots of hot girls watching in awe. In the Future Primitive DVD, during a similar segment with guys shredding the half pipe at the Mountain Manner, Mountain, Caballero and Iverson come out dressed as nasty girls, and ooh and ahh at the skaters. It’s hilarious. In a section called “How They Practice”, the guys are gathered around a sink where they play with what’s probably the first tech deck ever built. Near the end of the video the team is skating through New York, goofing off, doing whatever they want. They skate right through crowds of people, but no one gives them any crap. They never get busted up by cops, and loads of people watch them with big smiles on their faces. The 80s were such a less angry time.

If you’re an old school skateboarder, this DVD is something you simply gotta have. If you didn’t skate in the 80s, you’ll still get plenty out of it – the footage of some of today’s top pros, skating in pink shirts in their teens, is plenty cool. Future Primitive isn’t as technical and hard hitting as the skate videos of today, but it’s not supposed to be. Back then, skating was all about looking cool and stylish, and having a great time doing it. The DVD is 55 minuets long, originally released in 1985. Make sure to check out the reviews of the other Bones Brigade DVDs (Video ShowThe Search for Animal Chin, and Basic Training Plus). The soundtrack to the Bones Brigade movies is also available. 

Source: http://skateboard.about.com/od/videosreviews/fr/PowellFuturePri.htm

80s Skater: Steve Caballero

Steve Caballero (born November 8, 1964, San Jose, California) is a professional skateboarder and musician. Caballero is known for the difficult tricks and air variations he invented for vertical skating and for setting the long-standing record for the highest air achieved on a halfpipe. In 1999, Thrasher Magazine named Caballero the “Skater of the Century.”

Caballero was born with scoliosis, a condition which causes a curvature of the spine, although he has stated that the condition “really hasn’t affected me too much.”

Caballero began skating in 1976 at the age of 12 and started his career at age 14. His first sponsor was Campbell Skate Park. In 1979, Caballero entered a national skate contest in Escondido. After finishing fifth place, he was approached by Stacy Peralta who offered him sponsorship with Powell Peralta. He turned pro in 1980 during the Gold Cup series at the Oasis Skatepark, Southern California. By this time, Caballero had invented the ’Caballerial’, a skateboarding trick also known as the fakie 360 ollie.

In 1987, Caballero won both street and vert titles at the World Championships in Munster, Germany. The same year he set the one-time world record for highest air achieved on a half pipe, which was 11 feet. Caballero’s record was beaten by Danny Way in 1997. In 1999 he set another record for the longest board slide on a 44 step handrail.

Caballero is a member of the Bones Brigade, and has appeared in many of their videos, including The Search For Animal Chin. His current sponsors include Powell PeraltaBones BearingsIndependent Truck Company, Autobahn Wheels, Vans Skate Shoes, Skull Candy headphones, Ohana Boardshop and Protec Helmets. His past sponsors included Tracker Trucks, Standard Trucks, Bones Wheels, and Red Dragon Apparel.

During the early 1980s, Caballero featured on the cover of Thrasher Magazine several times. He also features as a character in five of the Tony Hawk video games, from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 to Tony Hawk’s Underground, and as a downloadable skater in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD.

Caballero featured in Stacy Peralta’s 2012 documentary film, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, which chronicles the life stories of members of the Bones Brigade skate team such asTony HawkRodney MullenMike McGillLance Mountain and Tommy Guerrero.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Caballero

Images: Misc. Google

80s Culture: The Search for Animal Chin

The Search for Animal Chin is a Powell Peralta 1987 skateboarding film featuring the Bones Brigade. It is one of the first skateboarding films to have a “plot”.

Tony Hawk 
Steve Caballero 
Mike McGill 
Lance Mountain 
Tommy Guerrero

The Search for Animal Chin is the classic of classics. When Animal Chin, the 62 year old master of skateboarding goes missing, the Bones Brigade (Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill and Lance Mountain) goes on a search for him. The story is simple and fun, and it’s obvious that the team had a lot of fun making it. The video is a must see for anyone who cares about skating - it’s different from the skate videos of today, more low, simple, and fun. Plus, you get piles of extras with the Special Edition.

The Bones Brigade videos are famous in the history of skating. The first Bones Brigade Video set the bar, and the second video showed more of the Bones Brigade’s lives. The Search for Animal Chin DVD is the most famous of them all. Even the band Switchfoot has an album called “The Legend of Chin”. If there’s one classic skate movie you should own, this is it.

The Search for Animal Chin DVD has all the footage first released in 1987, 60 minuets long. The main feature is brilliant - the basic story of Search for Animal Chin DVD is that Won Ton Animal Chin, the greatest skateboarding master in the world, has gone underground because skateboarding has become too commercial, and the Bones Brigade decides to go search for him. The search takes them through California, Hawaii, Mexico and even a concert with Johnny Rad. The acting is campy and cheesy, and everything about the video screams 1980 - it’s awesome!

Animal Chin Bonus Features

The Search for Animal Chin Special Edition DVD is a 2 disk set packed with extras. The first disk has the Search for Animal Chin movie, plus the entire movie again with commentary by Stacey Peralta, Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill and Lance Mountain. The commentary is a lot of fun, and reveals all kinds of stuff - for example, how in the world they came up with the name and character “Animal Chin”. They talk about what it was like to make the movie, the troubles they had getting these young skaters to act, what they loved and hated - if you love classic skating, you’ve got to see it.

The first disk also has all the songs from the Bones Brigade Video Tunes CD, and you can set it up to play one or all of them, with a picture of the CD on the screen. It’s perfect to just have on the background in your home or skate shop.

Disk two has an entire documentary on the history of Powell - Peralta, and the Bones Brigade. Hear from all the guys in this move, plus people likeRodney Mullen and Alan Gelfand (also Bones Brigade members), and piles of other people in the skateboarding industry. It’s wild to hear how Stacey Peralta chose the original team, and how his videos changed skateboarding.

Also on the second disk are some outtakes from the movie, a walk through the Powell-Peralta museum display from ASR, and a special 25 year anniversary tribute to Steve Caballero. You can also watch trailers for other Bones Brigade DVDs.

Basically, you have hours of entertainment here, but it’s powerful stuff - if you are looking for a piece of the old school, want to know more about it, or were skating back then and remember this stuff, this DVD is something you want.

What’s the Skateboarding Like?

While the acting can be cheesy, the skating is smooth, low and most of all fun. The trend today in skate videos seems to be to show raw footage from one skater, trick after trick, set to music. In Animal Chin, you see a group of five friends, all skating from location to location, laughing, and having a great time. There’s a story. It might be a campy story, but it’s there! There’s plenty of great footage, but it’s all set together with a certain relaxed feeling. It’s a great way to make a video.
I had a great time watching it, laughing at the hokey jokes and being blown away by skating that’s still top notch. It’s also wild to see these guys so young, and thinking about how awesome the 80s were. This is a time when skating was being re-defined. Skateboarding was exploding in popularity, and The Search for Animal Chin calls the viewer to remember what skateboarding is all about - fun.

The Search for Animal Chin DVD has a young, alive feeling to it. If you haven’t seen this video, you have to get it. No skate video library would be complete without it - and the Special Edition DVD is worth every penny. Make sure to check out the reviews of the other Bones Brigade DVDs (Video ShowFuture Primitive, and Basic Training Plus). The soundtrack to the Bones Brigade movies is also available.





80s Skater: Rodney Mullen

John Rodney Mullen (born August 17, 1966) is a professional skateboarder, company owner, inventor, and public speaker who practices freestyle and street skateboarding. Mullen has appeared in more than twenty skateboarding videos and has co-authored anautobiography, entitled The Mutt: How to Skateboard and Not Kill Yourself, with writer, Sean Mortimer.



Throughout the 1980s, he invented the majority of skating’s ollie and flip tricks, including the flatground ollie, the kickflip, the heelflip, the 360-flip, and many others. These tricks are now considered an essential part of both modern vert skateboarding and street skateboarding.




As the popularity of freestyle skateboarding declined, Mullen was urged to transform his style to join the street skating trend that was becoming increasingly popular at that time; however, Mullen was very reluctant due to a fear of compromising his integrity, whereby the foundation of his skateboarding would be “sold out”.[8] Such pressure is alluded to in the World Industries video, Rubbish Heap, in which Mullen’s sequence ends with team member, Jeremy Klein, deliberately breaking his freestyle skateboard and then handing him a note from Rocco, accompanied by a street skateboard deck, in which the end of freestyle is declared.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_mullen

Images: Misc. from Google

80s Culture: The Bones Brigade Video Show

The Bones Brigade Video Show was the first real skateboarding video made - and now it’s available on DVD. in the early 80’s, skateboarding was coming out of a dark age. Powell and Peralta teamed up to form the Bones Brigade team with members like Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen. The Bones Brigade Video Show is full of old school skating, and tells the tale of skateboarding’s earlier years.
This movie features everyone – twenty years ago! Most of the video follows Lance Mountain through a day of skating around different skate spots in LA. Lots of old school street skating, low to the ground full of bonelesses, no-complies and slides. Lance hits all kinds of places, like Venice beach, where he watches Per Welinder do some awesome freestyle. The video is clever – Lance stops and looks at a magazine article about Rodney Mullen, and the video fades to Mullen doing his awesome freestyle. Later, Mountain goes into a skate shop and sees a Tony Hawk deck, and the image fades to Tony in the big pool at the Del Mar Skate Ranch, shredding the place much to the delight and amazement of the audience (who seem to be mostly elderly people).And finally, about the technical features of the DVD version.
The DVD is well put together. The DVD only has one extra feature – a cool video starting with super old footage of Stacy Peralta skating from 1972-80 that blends with a background collage of old graphics, boards, and stickers. The background pans by with clips and dates of all the Peralta skate videos sliding by. It’s very cool to watch – Stacey Peralta is a filming genius and an incredible service to skateboarding with his work on these videos.The other sequences include the “Downhill Slide” with Stacey Peralta bombing down a hill to 80’s guitar riffs, a backyard halfpipe session with hilariously cheesy shots of hot girls watching, and “The Amazing Mr. Mullen” pulls out his usual what-the-heck-was-that freestyle. One of the goals of the video was to show new skaters what had been going on during those dark years.
For new skaters today, you get to see what your heroes were doing back when they were your age, and what skateboarding looked like two decades ago. The Bones Brigade Video Show is fun and refreshing. It came out before the punk attitude really took hold, and you can tell that these guys are just having fun. The style of filming is totally different from what we have today – the Bones Brigade videos are all about capturing the action and spirit of the skaters.

Rodney Mullen demonstrating new “streetskating” techniques.

80s Skater: Mark Gonzales

Mark Gonzales (born June 1, 1968), also known as “Gonz” and “The Gonz”, is an American professional skateboarder and artist. He is known in the skateboarding world as a pioneer of modern street skateboarding and was named by the Transworld Skateboarding magazine as the “Most Influential Skateboarder of all Time” in December 2011.


Gonzales was born and and raised in South GateCalifornia, United States (U.S.) and is of Mexican descent.image

Gonzales entered the skateboarding scene at the age of thirteen, with his best friend at the time David Chin, in South Gate, California, U.S. Then, at the age of fifteen, Gonzales adopted a more modern approach to skateboarding in a street context (subsequently dubbed “street skateboarding”). He was featured on the cover of Thrasher magazine’s November 1984 issue riding a board from the Alva company, his board sponsor at the time, while performing a trick known as a “beanplant”.


In the summer of 1986, Gonzales performed an ollie at Embarcadero in San Francisco, U.S. and the area has been known as the “Gonz Gap” since his completion of the trick; the trick also helped to popularize Embarcadero as a location for skateboarders to skateboard. Later that year, Gonzales was the first person to skate handrails and later invented a trick that has been named the “Hippy Jump”. Gonzales was also the first person to ollie the Wallenberg Set, a four-block, nineteen-feet long, four-feet tall gap in California, US.


In reference to the early era of street skateboarding, professional skateboarder Mike Vallely stated in a 2007 interview: “At the time, the best street skaters in the world were Mark Gonzales, Jesse Martinez, Tommy Guerrero, who all three were Mexican kids, and Natas Kaupas, who was a Lithuanian dude that lived at the beach in Santa Monica." In an interview for the adidas website, Gonzales explained in reply to a question about his influence with the Blind company, "I wanted to work with my big brother doing construction—at the time I felt old, but had a young chick.”


In 2006 Gonzales was awarded the Legend Award by Transworld Skateboarding, and the magazine selected him as the most influential skateboarder of all time (followed by Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen) in December 2011.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Gonzales

Pictures:  Misc. Google

Yet another set of great 80s skateboard decks. 

Source: http://www.complex.com/rides/2012/10/the-25-best-skateboard-decks-from-the-80s/Yet another set of great 80s skateboard decks. 

Source: http://www.complex.com/rides/2012/10/the-25-best-skateboard-decks-from-the-80s/Yet another set of great 80s skateboard decks. 

Source: http://www.complex.com/rides/2012/10/the-25-best-skateboard-decks-from-the-80s/Yet another set of great 80s skateboard decks. 

Source: http://www.complex.com/rides/2012/10/the-25-best-skateboard-decks-from-the-80s/

80s Skater: Mike Vallely

Mike Vallely (June 29, 1970), also known as Mike V, is a professional skateboarder. Vallely is also a musician, actor, television personality, stuntmanprofessional wrestler, and FHL hockey player.


Mike Vallely was born in EdisonNew Jersey, United States (US)[1] to Art and Mary Vallely. Vallely is the younger brother of Joe, and an older brother to sister, Amy. Growing up, Vallely played little league baseball, but, in 1984, at age fourteen, Vallely discovered skateboarding and punk music.


Following his interest in punk music, Vallely borrowed a skateboard from a friend and proceeded to dedicate his life to skateboarding. At Christmas in 1984, Vallely’s parents purchased a Sims-brand Jeff Phillips professional signature model skateboard for Vallely. Besides street skating, Vallely also began “vert” skating and often skated at Tom Groholski’s ramp, as well as The Barn Ramp, both of which are located in New Jersey. Vallely also skated the Brooklyn Banks, a well-known skateboarding location under New York's Brooklyn Bridge.


In 1986, Vallely moved with his family to Virginia BeachVirginia, US for a brief period and, while living there, befriended some local skaters. Skating with a local team called “Subculture”, in the Kempsville area of Virginia Beach, Vallely tested his street skills in local contests, as well as on neighborhood quarter-pipe ramps and launch ramps. In the spring of 1986, the Virginia Beach Skate park, Mount Trashmore, hosted a professional vert skateboard contest. Vallely and his friend began skating in the car park, adjacent to the vert ramp, during practice, and drew the attention of professional skateboarder, Neil Blender, from atop the ramp. Lance Mountain and Stacy Peralta, both of Powell Peralta and the Bones Brigade, were also impressed with Vallely. Seeing Vallely skate on a worn board, Mountain provided him with a brand new skateboard. Following the impromptu demo, Peralta offered Vallely an amateur sponsorship deal with Powell-Peralta Skateboards.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Vallely

Pictures: Misc. from Google

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