A web site called Old School Skateboards (This one is in the U.K.) has a bunch of NOS (New, Old Stock) Variflex skateboards from the 80′s for sale. This guy must have raided a warehouse or possibly been an old distributor or something. For about $70 you can buy a complete board with trucks, wheels, copers and a lapper. The only thing missing are the rails. Sure, these are crap skateboards, but they are 20 year old mint condition crap skateboards! The site doesn’t have the large images presented for the public, so I’ve compiled them. Some are pretty funny.
Check it out. Front wheel wells on all these decks, some of them even have them on the back too. Old School Skateboards says these date from ’87 to ’89. I think Variflex made a late push to make a more serious skateboard. These things are selling today for close to the same price they probably sold for when they were made.
First up we have the Wiz, Dead End, Space Junk and Street Lite. It looks like they hired the Nash artist to come up with these graphics. Especially the Dead End. At first I thought the Street Lite was pool lights, then I thought they were actual street lights as seen from below. Then I realized it was a traffic light. Duh. Click to enlarge. My favorite is easily the Space Junk.
Next up is the Air Attack, Beyond Help, Howler, and Wired. I have a vague recollection of the Air Attack, at least that’s how I would picture one of those old 80′s Variflex boards in my head if I had to. It’s funny, because I can rattle off a bunch of specific Nash graphics like Fly Me, Executioner and Kamikazee. I could probably think of a few more if I gave it some time. Variflex boards? I draw a complete blank. The Beyond Help deck looks like a second rate rip off of a Brand-X inspired deck. Click to enlarge.