Check out these two vintage adverts for Zorlac with John Gibson, and Variflex introducing Jeff Grosso to the skateboarding public from Transworld Skateboarding Volume1, #3. Yes, we’re talking about the 3rd ever issue of Transworld. Grosso wouldn’t stay on Vatiflex for very long, and Zorlac must have still been working on their gnarly public image.
A slice of a log with generic trucks and generic skateboard wheels costs $175-$200 from 31 & Change. If you’re keeping track, this is the 5th iteration of natural wood skateboards, including driftwood with a natural kicktail, here on Skate and Annoy, going back to 2011. The first 4 can be found here.
My kid cleaned finished his dinner at Red Robin and showed me this plate with an Elephant jumping over… the visitor center at the Great Wall of China? I recognized it from some solicitation I received from a Chinese skateboard manufacturer. I assumed the Chinese company had made the graphic, but the skateboard is different from the one on the plate. Apparently, this is a thing.
Only in the 70’s (and 50’s, 60’s 80’s and 90’s) could you get away with a line like “Unfortunately, the chick is not included” coupled with a headline like “Your pad or mine?” The black and white photo is from product release news in the 1st issue (1977) of Skateboard Scene. It’s about a new line of safety gear from Syndicate (no relation to the US company) that was an offshoot of the Skuda brand. With a ? of a page product announcement, it’s no surprise that there were also ads for Skuda and Syndicate pads. The dapper fellow on the right is from the Skuda advert. Surprisingly, a 2008 post about a plastic Skuda was one of the first Skuda mentions on the interwebs, and was pretty popular here. It still gets the occasional odd comment. Can you tell I’ve updated the Vintage Skatemag Ad Gallery? I also added a cool, slightly goofy ad from a company called Roncastle, and Wharfdales Skateboard Centre. I never get tired of the centre spelled with “re” at the end. I only wish there was an ad for Ye Olde Skateboard Shoppe. (follow the individual links) After you read/see the product announcement for Skuda’s Syndicate branded knee pads after the jump, check out the new ads in the gallery (follow the individual links.)
This traffic stopping barrier in an alley in downtown Chicago can be raised and lowered. When raised, it’s almost got more of a wall jam or pole jam angle than than a launch ramp. Still, it’s got potential. It would be funny if they had to put skate stoppers on a car stopper.
There’s a giant skateboarder outside of the Body Expanded exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago. MSIC is one of a few museums in the world to have a permanent display from the creators of Body Worlds. I did not enter the exhibit to see if there was more skateboarding action. What was I thinking? I don’t know. The MSIC is so big, we didn’t get to everything in one day.
Does anyone remember this guy from way back in the beginning of the Oregon Skatepark boom? So far back, in fact, that this is a scan of a photograph taken with actual film. I think we only had Newberg (where this was taken,) Ausmville, Lincoln City, and Waldport when this was taken. Of course, Burnside, and the first version of Pier Park. Maybe Brookings too. Was his name Chris? He took an old airport shuttle van and tried to make a go of operating a skatepark tour shuttle service. I don’t think it worked out.