The Search for Animal Chin (Bones Brigade Video III) is my favorite classic old school skate video that many of us remember from wayyy back in the day and the Chin Ramp was peacocking before it’s time. This brings back the nostalgia of my youth, being possessed to skate and the awesome times I had growing up skateboarding in my hometown and Love Park in Philly (RIP).
Take a trip down memory lane: backyard half-pipes, quarter-pipes blocking traffic to get in a method-air, scabbed knees & elbows, Slime Balls, Tracker Trucks, acid drops, Vision Street Wear, Van’s Half Cab’s, Gleaming The Cube, neon, empty pools, power slides, Ollie Airwalk, Operation Ivy, Bad Religion, boomboxes, angry neighbors, angrier cops, long hair combed to one side, and the endless search for the next place to Sk8.
I’ve had this Springsteen-like urge to discuss my favorite boards from my glory days (when I was considered “cool”-I think)
Vision Skateboards had the most stylish graphics on their decks like Psycho Stick, Agressor and the Gator, while Powell Peralta’s focus was skulls, dragons, and bones. To top it off, Santa Cruz Skateboards had a killer variety of imaginative artwork. One of my favorite stickers I had was the severed hand with a mouth on it.
I didn’t list any of Tony Hawk’s (a.k.a. the living legend) boards simply because he is a given. Does anyone remember Johnny Rad?
Below is a collection of some of my favorite and most memorable ‘old school’, ‘vintage’, ‘retro’ skateboards – some of which have been reissued and you can buy new!