Thrasher Mail Drop: 38 Years of Envelope Art


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SOMETIMES TREASURE is hidden in plain sight. Thrasher’s four-decade accumulation of envelope art has been spread out so evenly for so long that the magnitude of this project was not apparent right away. Of course, everyone involved knew there were nuggets of hand-crafted gold scattered through Mail Drop over the years. However, only when this book was being compiled did the staggering bounty of artistic talent, genius and madness become undeniable. There was A LOT of art to choose from. So, we approached it like any snobby curator would do—select the best, edit out the rest. And then, as we gazed at the hundreds of misfit drawings left behind, we said, "Nah, fuck that. Let's put them ALL in." Each envelope sent to the mag is a gift and the weird ones are sometimes the best ones.

This project was a labor of love. Decades of chaotic archiving, missing envelopes, and corrupt digital files meant these jewels were difficult to gather and polish. We painstakingly hunted down lost art and enhanced images made from primitive scan technology. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to give a huge thank you to everyone who has ever sent art to the mag. This book is a way to deliver the stoke right back to you. —Adam Creagan

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For privacy, all envelope return addresses have had minor digital alterations.

MDX8 CHARLES ELLIK  /  Huntington Beach, CA  /  September 1987

MDX21TAYLOR MELL  /  Phoenix, AZ  /  May 1997

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STEVE DELTOD  /  Canada  /  September 1988 


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 JUSTIN  /  Provo, UT  /  November 1994


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 DURHAM  /  Long Beach, CA  /  February 1989

MDX29JAMES D  /  Fort Collins, CO  /  August 1994


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CHARLES ELLIK  /  Huntington Beach, CA  /  June 1988


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 CHERRY BOMBS  /  Whistler, BC, Canada  /  February 1995


MDN91P. ARMSTRONG  /  February 1990

MDN90BRENT MUIR  /  August 1993 

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  1.  J. TRAVOLTA RITTER  /  September 1988

MDX35 KENNETH CANTU  /  Childress, TX  /  October 2003
 

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 BILL BAKER  /  Lynden, WA  /  June 1987


MDX25BRIAN REED  /  Santa Cruz, CA  /  December 1998

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 May 1989


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ORR MENARD  /  Cambria, CA  /  December 1998

MDX12SQWEGI  /  Flint, MI  /  December 1987

MDX13AILIN  /  Redding, CA  /  June 1991

MDX28KASE  /  Portugal  /  Book exclusive

MDX20K. DAVE LUTZ  /  Oxnard, CA  /  November 1995

MDX14SEAN THORTON  /  Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada  /  May 1993

MDX33ALEX PORIAU  /  Crainhem, Belgium  /  August 1997   +   CAMERON EARLE  /  Norco, CA  /  November 2008

MDX18DAMIAN ZUCH  /  Ontario, Canada  /  December 1992
  
MDX32NICK FOZZY  /  St. Louis, MO  /  January 2003 

MDX19ELLIS LANGLITZ  /  Westtown, NY  /  June 1991

MDX20BTONY EASLEY  /  Redwood City, CA  /  August 1993

MDX24CHAD KELCO  /  November 1994

MDX30DAVE GANH  /  Kansas City, MO  /  April 2005

MDX23KRISTOFER HENRY  /  State College, PA  /  November 1997

MDX34NICK 13  /  Upland, CA  /  June 2008

MDX36G.Q. HARRISON  /  Farmington, NM  /  January 2003

MDX37JARED HARRIS  /  Carlisle, IN  /  January 2008

MDX31CHRIS GARDNER  /  Irvine, CA  /  February 1998 

MDX39CASEY LAUZIER  /  Shirley, MA  /  October 2009

MDX40A.L. FILA  /  Long Island, NY  /  April 2000

MDX41STEVE BOSSLER  /  Sheboygan, WI  /  August 2001

MDX42KIRK COCKERILL  /  Punta Gorda, FL  /  September 2006

MDX43CASEY STEWART  /  Anderson, SC  /  January 2007

MDX45ORR MENARD  /  Cambria, CA  /  August 2002

MDX44AUKS  /  Bakersfield, CA  /  April 2009

MDX46JOHN DIMITRALIAS  /  Lockport, IL  /  April 2003

MDX47WES DURHAM  /  Waseca, MN  /  May 2007

MDX48DREAMCATCHER  /  Columbia, MO  /  January 2003

MDX49QUINCY QUIGG  /  Seattle, WA  /  September 2004

MDX52TOTINO  /  Vacaville, CA  /  August 2007

MDX50ANDY SAYLES  /  Oconomowoc, WI  /  September 2001

MDX54NOAH VANSCIVER  /  Lakewood, CO  /  August 2002

MDX53CHRIS THATCHER  /  Minneapolis, MN  /  September 2003

MDX55DIEGO CORRAL  /  Washougal, WA  /  August 2002

MDX56JOEY WILSON  /  Canon City, CO  /  March 2004

MDX57MATT FRENCH  /  Lynden, WA  /  March 2003

MDX58MARCEL  /  São Paulo, Brazil  /  September 2000

MDX59A. PADILLA  /  Joliet, IL  /  February 2004

MDX60JASON GRAHAM  /  Fresno, CA  /  June 2005

MDX61RAY ALLEN HERNANDEZ  /  Florence, AZ  /  February 2001   +   NESTOR JUAREZ  /  Boise, ID  /  April 2018

MDX62CHRIS ESZ  /  Fairfield, OH  /  June 2004

MDX64JAY GRAHAM  /  Troutdale, OR  /  June 2000

MDX67STEVE YEARSLEY  /  Tucson, AZ  /  October, 2005

MDX68J. TRAVERSE  /  Newton, NJ  /  July 2002

MDX65STEAKHOUSE D.  /  Bonneville, WA  /  June 2000

MDX69BRIAN STINSON  /  Tehachapi, CA  /  May 2008

MDX70CONWAY DUBINSKI  /  Austin, TX  /  March 2000

MDX71TARA LAYER  /  Marlin, TX  /  March 2018

MDN93MAX DUNN  /  Altamont, NY  /  July 2002

MDX72KRIS KIRCHNER  /  Represa, CA  /  February 2006

MDX73DAVID VIEYRA  /  Limon, CO  /  July 2004

MDX74KIRK COCKERILL  /  Sneads, FL  /  October 2008

MDX75D-ROCK  /  Vancouver, Canada  /  May 2002

MDX76TARA LAYER  /  Marlin, TX  /  August 2019

MDX77RICHARD  /  Los Angeles, CA  /  December 2012

MDX78JARMARCUS PATTERSON  /  Tabor City, NC  /  September 2018


MDX79RYAN MCALISTER  /  Crescent City, CA  / May 2017

MDX80TRAVIS RICHARDSON  /  Rawlins, WY  /  March 2014

MDN8RYAN SWANSON  /  Tutwiler, MS  /  May 2013

MDX81GUTTERBOY  /  Virginia Beach, VA  /  March 2019

MDX82KIEA / January 2013

MDX83CASSIDY VISER  /  Gatesville, TX  /  November 2012

MDX86ARTURO APODACA  /  Avenal, CA  /  October 2019

MDX84JEFF SALINAS  /  Paradise Valley, AZ  /  May 2010

MDX87RAY ORABUENA  /  Hollister, CA  /  July 2013

MDX85ISABEL BROWN  /  San Francisco, CA  /  December 2016

MDX88DAVID VALENZUELA  /  El Cajon, CA  /  July 2003

MDX89BURT WILKINSON  /  San Diego, CA  /  October 2019
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DAPHNE NAVA  /  New Braunfels, TX  /  December 2019

MDZ91MICHAEL KNAUBER  /  New Port Richey, FL  /  July 2014   +    MAUI / Deer Lodge, MT / January 2019

MDZ93MIKE MAYHEM  /  Ontario, OR  /  January 2016

MDX94LEYLA MENA  /  Harlingen, TX  /  April 2013

MDX95CHRIS MANALANSAN  /  Ft. Leavenworth, KS  /  January 2019

MDX96MICHAEL KNAUBER  /  Homosassa, FL  /  September 2017

MDX97MIKE ENGLEBRIGHT  /  Imperial, CA  /  December 2008

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If this massive feature above seems like we're spoiling the contents of the book, keep in mind what you see is not even 10% of the total number of envelopes included. 

The book also has guest envelopes from such skaters and artists as:
  • Lance Mountain
  • Mark Gonzales
  • Ed Templeton
  • Chad Muska
  • Neil Blender
  • Eric Dressen
  • Andy Howell
  • Stefan Janoski
  • Spanky
  • Neckface
  • Nora Vasconcellos
  • Sean Cliver
  • Marc McKee
  • Brian Anderson
  • Mark Appleyard
  • Kris Markovich
  • Barry McGee
  • Jeremy Fish
  • Sam Hitz
  • Jimbo Philips
  • Mofo
  • Don Pendleton
  • Jeremy Wray
  • Russ Pope
  • Todd Bratrud
  • Michael Sieben
  • LSD Worldpeace
  • Robin Eisenberg
  • Gilbert Crockett
  • Daniel Lutheran
  • Dennis McNett
  • Parra
  • Todd Francis
  • Dolan Stearns
  • Chris Johanson
  • Skinner
  • Jason Adams
  • Sam Flores
  • Emmanuel Guzman
  • Benny Gold
  • Andrew Schoultz
  • James "Barf" Callahan
  • Fos
  • Frank Gerwer
  • Grime
  • Chris Fairbanks
  • Ben Horton
  • Peter Hewitt
  • And many, many more...
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