“After decades of bald skateboards, the research team at loser cruzers have finally developed a hairy solution to this problem. Behold, the weird beard skateboard, with super realistic fake beard hair flowing wild and free. Our team of expert hair farmers hope you will enjoy leaving a trail of hair behind to mark your turf at all the spots you shred.”
Man, the artwork of VCJ and the guys of the Bones Brigade have a special place in my geeky heart. Junior High would not have been the same without them. This autobiography by Stacy Peralta looks like it’s giving ‘em a fitting tribute, too. Screenings times are still rolling in so keep an eye on BonesBrigade.com. In the meantime, they’re making the classic skate film (and I say Film), Animal Chin, available as a free download at animalchin.com. He’s got his own milk carton!
Vernon Courtland Johnson is back on staff at Powell-Peralta and working on new graphics.
Growing up I totally wanted to be him. I even sent him a drawing of what I thought the new McGill graphic could look like. He was so nice that he not only sent me a response (with his trademark ‘VCJ’ stamp) but also included a copy of the yet-to-be-released Caballero design—the one with bats/bones background. I’ve still got it and will share here soon.
VCJ combined the incredible line quality of M.C. Escher with his own uniquely-warped sensibilities to create some of the most classic skateboard graphics of all time. None more parodied (mostly in tribute than jest) than the Ripper.
Here’s some of my favorites from the Rip The Ripper show back in 2009:
“… this beautifully shot film follows the lives of a group of young skateboarders in Afghanistan. Operating against the backdrop of war and bleak prospects, the Skateistan charity project is the world’s first co-educational skateboarding school, where a team of international volunteers work with girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 17, an age group largely untouched by other aid programmes.”
This amazing clip is from Hard Ticket To Hawaii, an 80s film I never new existed until Fang Found This posted another clip, Motorcycle vs Wall + Snake vs Bazooka (below). Anyone have the full flick copy ripped?
A fitting follow-up to their explosive Fully Flared video (below), this flaming “LAKAIROMANIA” vid was created for the annual Transworld contest, Skate and Create. Skate teams are paired up with an art director and video crew for a chance at winning a coveted spot on the mag’s cover.
On the edge of LA’s Chinatown sits the birthplace of the French Dip sandwich, Philippe’s. Or at least, that’s what they say. Go downtown and Cole’s will claim the same thing. I can’t speak for Cole’s, but Philippe’s was a fine sando. [Sorry, no pic. It went down too fast.] For a pre-dipped version, it was surprisingly moist and flavorful without being a sloppy, drowning mess. And they score points for their clientele:
As ecstatic as he looks to put down his dip and take a pic with another, Lance was actually super nice. Hopefully I’ll be able to harass him at the X-Games tomorrow. Stalker alert!