When my family and I were finally able to afford our own house when we moved from LA to Orange County, we moved into a quaint little cul de sac in a quaint little neighborhood. For the first time in our young and naive lives, my brother and I finally had neighbors that were around our age BUT they were all boys. Anyways, that never stopped me from ‘being one of the boys’ and understanding their lingo, why they’re so rough and tough with each other, and most of all…how much they loved skating. Baker, World Industries, Blind, and Alien Workshop, just to name a few, were some of the brands that clothed these boys and graced their decks and footwear with. I myself had two pairs of Etnies for girls (YES, ME!). Mike Carroll, Daewon Song, Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Eric Koston, Chad Muska, and Andrew Reynolds…again just to name a few, were the boys (now men) who became the roll models for people like my brother and his cul de sac skate crew and all of the many skaters out there in the 90’s (Which reminds me how golden the 90’s was = hip-hop, r&b groups, skate, fresh prince, etc.). I went to school with surfers and skaters, while my fave ex-boyfriend is both, so as you can tell, skating and I have an endearing history, with a permanent place in my heart.
Skate culture is WAY different (understatement) nowadays. It’s hard to even say that there is even one TODAY that isn’t reliant on OG skate. Even when I met THE Steven Olson at the Frank151 office, he had a couple things to say about it, plus was surprised I even knew who he was. I was so star struck that 1. I blabbed about skate decks 2. Asked him to sign mine and my friend Cabs’ Frank Chapter 46’s 3. told him I was in love with his son, Alex. Whoops!
The articles above are articles that really hit home for me and pointed out some MAJOR issues and shed light on some good ‘old throwbacks. 1. by Bobby Hundreds 2. Transworld Skateboarding.
Read em’, kick, push, coast.