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May 13, 2007 9:56 AM   Subscribe

Stacey Peralta's directing and editing chops date back to the 1980s. His skateboard company Powell-Peralta's legendary Bones Brigade (the dream team of Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Mike McGill, Rodney Mullen and Tommy Guerrero) were dominating professional skateboarding, and Stacey lovingly documented the progress of his team with a series of great Bones Brigade videocassette releases such as the Bones Brigade Video Show (1984), Future Primitive (1985) and The Search for Animal Chin (1987) (all Google Video). Each video is a skateboarding historical signpost, featuring the debuts of Caballerials, McTwists and 720s. Don't miss the soundtrack to the Bones Brigade Video Show, which features great 1980s punk rock such as the Youth Brigade and the Faction (Steve Caballero's band).
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Skateboarding sure got a lot less fun in the 1990s with Jeff Phillips' suicide, Mark "Gator" Rogowski's murder conviction, and Christian Hosoi's drug conviction.
posted by porn in the woods at 9:57 AM on May 13, 2007


Huh, Jeff Phillips. Wow, Blue Ramp memories that haven't been tapped in years.
posted by YoBananaBoy at 10:19 AM on May 13, 2007


I still own all those videos - great stuff then and now. Mullens skating in the Plan B Videos is pretty insane though, and yet to be surpassed - in my opinion anyway.
posted by blaneyphoto at 10:50 AM on May 13, 2007


wow! I can't believe animal chin is on Google Video. This made my day!
posted by jonson at 10:56 AM on May 13, 2007


Rodney Mullen's street skating features the most jaw-dropping extended techniques I've ever seen on flatland, such as boardslides on the grip tape side of the board!
posted by porn in the woods at 11:05 AM on May 13, 2007


"boardslides on the grip tape side of the board!" = Darkslide
posted by blaneyphoto at 11:23 AM on May 13, 2007


Animal Chin had the most impact on my zitty teenaged self. Two summers after Chin debuted the spine ramp concept, I added an 8-foot section of spine to my own 5-foot tall miniramp. Good times for sure!
posted by porn in the woods at 11:48 AM on May 13, 2007


I don't think anyone can beat the flatland skills of Rodney Mullins.
posted by winks007 at 2:15 PM on May 13, 2007


Holy Shit! I knew Mark Rogowski in school. I didn't know anything about his later life.
posted by mike3k at 2:30 PM on May 13, 2007


Holy Shit! I knew Mark Rogowski in school. I didn't know anything about his later life.

The Gator documentary Stoked comes highly recommended, and I look forward to seeing the Christian Hosoi Rising Sun documentary as well.

I fear that for every pro skater who successfully made the transition to adulthood, finding jobs in the industry or in other fields, there's an equally grim tale about a kid in his 20s with a broken-down body, no employment prospects and a mountain of substance abuse demons. Pro skater Jason Jesse reflects on this in Stoked.
posted by porn in the woods at 3:26 PM on May 13, 2007


Here I was wondering what the hell I was going to do this morning while I waited for the delivery guy to show up. Now I know. I'm going to watch Animal Chin. Again. Thanks for these.
posted by markr at 3:30 PM on May 13, 2007


Direct .avi downloads from Google: Bones Brigade Video Show, Future Primitive, Animal Chin
posted by porn in the woods at 3:39 PM on May 13, 2007


Wow, what a great series of flash-backs. Thanks porn in the woods.
posted by snsranch at 5:08 PM on May 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


I went to high school in San Jose, saw the Faction play many times (not a fan, though), and met Stevie Caballero and the O'Brians. Very strange to watch the San Jose scenes in these films and actually recognize a bunch of people, even though as a punk girl I didn't hang out in the skate scene.

Thanks!
posted by oneirodynia at 7:05 PM on May 13, 2007


Great post. Thanks for giving me a day to relive a part of my childhood.
posted by tiger yang at 7:07 PM on May 13, 2007


I don't think anyone can beat the flatland skills of Rodney Mullins.

If anyone can come close, it's a guy named Daewon Song, but it would wind up being Rodney in the end.

To me, the coolest thing about Rodney is that he's still killing it... as I hope to do as i grow older. The man invented the flat-ground ollie for Christ's sake!

He has a great book too... it goes into detail about how he directed his obsessive compulsive behavior towards his skateboard.
posted by grimcity at 8:13 PM on May 13, 2007


in case you missed this
previous
rodney mullen post.
posted by andywolf at 9:06 PM on May 13, 2007


I still have my ticket stub for the Animal Chin premiere.
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 11:29 PM on May 13, 2007


Related: I have to say that Lords of Dogtown was better than I thought it was going to be... and is worth a look if it comes on yer idiot box.
posted by chuckdarwin at 5:25 AM on May 14, 2007


...Lords of Dogtown was better than I thought it was going to be...

Dogtown and Z-Boys really took me back to my 70's youth; I liked both films but the documentary was my favorite. Jay Adams seems to be the prototype of the talented skateboarder who is chewed up and spit out by the system while some of his friends go on to fame and fortune. And no mention of Peralta is complete without his surfing movie, Riding Giants.
posted by TedW at 6:34 AM on May 14, 2007


My first board was a Jeff Phillips, my second was a Hosoi. Great track record!

Actually, honestly, my first board was a Valterra -- the board Marty McFly had in Back to the Future. But then I ditched it for the Phillips.

Thanks for the Animal Chin link -- watched it religiously when I skated and can't wait to see it again.
posted by notmydesk at 7:49 AM on May 14, 2007


I still love watching the Future Primitive footage of Tommy Guerrero skating in SF from 1985. Loose shirt and tremendous style.

Speaking of which, here are some Future Primitive and many other Powell-Peralta tattoos (!)
posted by porn in the woods at 2:51 PM on May 14, 2007


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