Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Down by the Bay


The Imposters 2nd appearance on BPA comes in the form of their 3rd 7" EP.  Unlike their debut 7", which features a great pool skating action shot, this cover features the 3 band members sitting with their boards (including a Santa Cruz era Duane Peters). The 7" was released in 2011 on Richmond's Headcount Records. Although the cover pales in comparison to their first skate cover, the record itself delivers 3 excellent surf punk tracks.



Saturday, December 13, 2014

California Sports Duck


This duck is a Kinder Surprise and is part of a set of ducks participating in "California sports." You can see what all that entails below, but most seem to be just be associated with warm weather. He's got a derpy eye thing going on, although I don't think that is on purpose.



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Champion


The Champion is a keychain of a monkey riding a board. The board has a battery in it and made the board light up. This feature worked when I first took him out of the package (there was a battery-saving spacer to remove). 24 hours later he no longer worked. 24 hours after that he partially lit up. 24 hours after that he worked no more, which is the state he remains in today. His board says e-Bape, which I have yet to figure out what exactly that is, but they make some other monkey-themed toys.



Saturday, December 6, 2014

Reason of Insanity / El Desmadre


Florida's Reason of Insanity and Texas's El Desmadre released this split 7" EP on the Death Exclamations! label in 2008. Both bands play straight-forward hardcore punk. The cover features a skateboard amid a crowd scene of zombies, sort of like an undead version of What Happens Next? debut 7".

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Troll Doll


Troll Dolls have been around since '59 and have rode multiple waves of popularity. It was only a matter of time before someone nailed one to a skateboard. This guy was made by Russ and although he's riding an early '80s pig I think he might be from the '90s.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

NakNak


NakNaks are stackable, mildly articulable figures made by Hasbro in the early '00s. All the figures were the same shape (although some had small hooks on hands and/or feet) with different images and could be stacked to make towers. There was apparently some kind of game that had overly complicated rules but it seemed that the primary goal was to stack them as high as possible. The Stunt Stackers were a line of NakNaks that came with accessories such as skateboards, rollerblades and snowboards. This skateboard has square wheels so it can be stacked upon and also tiny holes along the rails that fit into the hand hooks. This is not the dude that came with the skateboard but he is the dude that came with this skateboard when I found it.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Latch Key Kids


Everything about this Latch Key Kids 7" reminds me of high school, from the oversized Planet Earth t-shirt and bad hair cut to the small wheels and noseslide marks. This EP came out in 1995 and sounds like they were heavily influenced by Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords bands (a number of bands on both labels appear on the thank you list as well). This is probably something I would've liked at the time and been embarrassed about it now, but thankfully I had not heard this until just recently. As far as skate covers go this is pretty weak - not sure why they didn't just take a picture of this kid actually skating.