Last week we got a mention on a/the Vans Blog, written by a guy in their marketing department named Nikki. I assume Nikki is a he? The only other people I can think of with that name spelling are Nikki Sudden and the dude from Mötley Crüe. I’m not sure if the blog is part of the job or what, but one of the things he pointed out as being noteworthy is our 80′s skate zine archive. After getting the heads up, I told the author that
he she had somehow incorrectly identified us as being Texas based, which we aren’t. He She said his her coworkers dug the fact that the zine archives featured actual skate zines instead of music zines. Surely there have to be other archives out there? I got to thinking that it has been a while since I added a new one. So this one goes out to Nikki and the clock punchers at Vans. It’s issue number six of Exotic Pets out of Dallas Texas.
Exotic Pets is short and to the point. Three letter sized sheets photocopied on the front and back, then folded over and stapled for a total of 12 pages. We could never hold ourselves to so few pages after the first couple issues, and as a result they became fatter and more expensive to produce. I can’t figure out who actually made Exotic Pets since the author is identified only as “Me.” Also, the exact date is unknown, but one clue is that on the Dan Wilkes interview page it says Tracker is going to stop making Dan Wilkes’ boards, shirts and stickers. So if anyone (HouseOfNeil) can tell me when that was, we can get a ballpark idea. Dan Wilkes himself pokes around on this site every once and a while. He drops me an email saying he still enjoys it. Then I ask if we can re-interview him, and then I don’t hear from him for three more years.
Check out: Exotic Pets #6
UPDATE: I got it wrong. Nikki wrote back:
…One thing though. Although my affection for Nikki Sudden and Nikki Sixx runs deep…you flubbed that one just as I flubbed Texas. I am on the other team:)
So there you have it. Nikki from the Vans Blog is a gal, or woman. Female, as it were.
UPDATE: Comments have moved to the gallery now.