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« on: June 30, 2010, 01:42:35 AM »

I got reminded of the infamous "Wheelie Board" while looking at a thread on here and it got me thinking: How many things have been gimmicky or downright kooky in our beloved chosen lifestyle? The waves of popularity during it's various resurgences have also brought with it people trying to make a fast buck and some very funny stuff getting produced along the way. I suppose skeletons could also relate to anything else at all: person, place or thing. So breakout the Schoolhouse Rock ( He was a hairy bear, he was a scary bear ) and name some skeletons in skateboarding's closet.
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2010, 03:17:49 PM »

vision street wear.
streetplants.
vert shirts.
hot pink short shorts.
freestyle.
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2010, 03:50:59 PM »

Decks full of money bumps were gay.
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2010, 03:54:53 PM »

Slingz are gay.
And the jury is still out on this revolutionary new "grip" that may make the ranks of gay as well.
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2010, 04:17:12 PM »

vision street wear.

Definitely! Plus, ghetto gowns and tent size jeans.

Skeletons in the making: shoestring belts(!!!), really tight skinny-fit jeans and overuse of "buttery." Don't worry. We'll all have a laugh about it in 5 years.
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2010, 04:39:17 PM »

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We'll all have a laugh about it in 5 years.
That's what Ive been saying about the whole 'streetwear' trend: Lets see who can make the most gawd awful patterns/colorways shoes and sweatshirts the world has ever seen.
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vision street wear.
streetplants.
vert shirts.
hot pink short shorts.
freestyle.
Vision streetwear was pretty horrid. I never wore the stuff but I did have one pair of Vision black suede low tops that my King Size Hensley used to bash my ankles in on missed 180 flips. Its weird cause Gonz rode for them but I could never get behind Vision, sh*t was in C H U C K's terms, Gay. I was riding either Skull and of course, S.M.A. through most of that stage

It was almost a blessing to be to skinny to walk on my hands through the whole streetplant era. Whenever I think of freestyle I picture some multi patterned/hued guy with the pink short shorts on a 7 x 27 with front and back tailskids holding his board with taped up fingers doing that weird " running" on the tail thing, not a pretty sight.
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Decks full of money bumps were gay.
Hey were money bumps those weird egg shaped things rising up out of the wood near the nose of some boards?

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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2010, 08:36:41 PM »

Money Bumps were any of the weird bulges, notches, whatever that gave the boards in the 80's their individual shape.Some were functional, some took it to the extreme. You could usually tell what someone's setup was just by the shape of the deck. Gave every board some individuality that's been lacking since.

Every "era" has their dark days:

80's = surf shorts, Jimmy Z, Vision Street Wear and anything pink.
90's = tiny wheels, slick decks and giant pants.
00's = men/boys rocking ladies gear, D3's.
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2010, 09:05:22 PM »

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Money Bumps were any of the weird bulges, notches, whatever that gave the boards in the 80's their individual shape.

Oh cool, I never heard that term before! Truth be told, I loved a lot of the money bumps. Well. Maybe not a Walker Nightmare but more like a S.M.A.Jesse Martinez or an Alva Streetfire-- anything that looked like a sword or dagger was my speed back then, I strayed away from the more blunt ones. I really miss that individuality too. I liken the skateboards in the 80's to Muscle Cars from the late 60's to early 70's, nothing else quite compares.
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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2010, 03:07:47 AM »

Money Bumps were any of the weird bulges, notches, whatever that gave the boards in the 80's their individual shape.Some were functional, some took it to the extreme. You could usually tell what someone's setup was just by the shape of the deck. Gave every board some individuality that's been lacking since.

Every "era" has their dark days:

80's = surf shorts, Jimmy Z, Vision Street Wear and anything pink.
90's = tiny wheels, slick decks and giant pants.
00's = men/boys rocking ladies gear, D3's.

No, actually it's skateboarding, the 80's "dark days" . sounds like the Gonz...stoked he made some cash. And the prick Hosoi.... FUCK THEM! They are GAY!    It's fucking SKATEBOARDING!  It's for everyone, who the fuck am I to judge who or who can't  ride the wooden toy and get paid. Jimmy Z, Elwood, Junco, LRG or Vision Street Wear............. Someone please tell me the difference....  I'm happy people have been getting  paid to skateboard for a living.  Most others are just jealous.
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« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2010, 10:07:39 AM »

street plants are sick!  i do a few every time i go skating.
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« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2010, 12:47:55 PM »

streetplants are fun to see once in a while, but there was a time where there would be a gigantic circle of kids standing around holding their skateboards and taking turns walking on their hands. it was like freestyle meets breakdancing or something. dark times.

there was one thing that always struck me as funny about the whole gonz/vision shit wear connection... you'd see photos and shit of gonz wearing cool offbeat shit he had obviously found at a thrift store, and then vision would make their (stupid, ii-fitting, neon crackly) version of it.

i can see the "design meeting" now...

"ok so in this photo, gonz is wearing an old beret, some fatigues, and a button up shirt? call production and make some berets. but lets make them really poofy so kids look like they're wearing a chef's hat, ok?"

"great idea, brad. now, onto the shirt....the one gonz is wearing is too form-fitting to meet our needs, since we need to plaster a giant logo on it..."

"one step ahead of you, chief. we're going to put the top half of the logo on the shirt, and the bottom half of the logo ON THE PANTS!!!!!"

"BRILLIANT!!!! but one side note- from the waist to the knee should be tent sized, to match the shirt. from the knee down, though, it should be very tight, so people notice the shoes."

"of course, brad, we already have some sketches...."

"perfect. call gator to come model it and were ready for summer 1990."

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« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2010, 01:37:01 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2010, 05:30:03 AM »

There was a picture in the paper of me and 5 other guys doing a "hands down wallride".  You know, both hands on the ground, pushing your board straight up the wall.  1987 I believe. 
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« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2010, 06:21:25 AM »

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We'll all have a laugh about it in 5 years.
That's what Ive been saying about the whole 'streetwear' trend: Lets see who can make the most gawd awful patterns/colorways shoes and sweatshirts the world has ever seen.
The pattern thing nowadays is horrible. Barf of logos and doodles all over clothes.
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« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2010, 10:04:16 AM »

Dorfman!
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