Saturday, March 8, 2014
Blank Expression were a mid-'90s punk band from Orlando, FL. The Born to Skate 7" EP was released in 1995 on Bluntpunk Records. As far as I can ascertain it was their only release aside from 2 compilation appearances. The cover features a zombie pulling a nice sized frontside ollie in a crazy-8 pool with pretty tight hips. A Mohican skeleton watches from the side while a 2nd skeleton chills on the far side of the bowl. The music definitely sounds like mid-90s DIY punk and reminds me a lot of music I was discovering at that time as I started going to shows in Baltimore (it even includes a ska punk song).
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
This Weeble is much larger than the ones from the '70s that I played with as a kid. Those smaller ones, although not all that small, were probably lumped in with Fisher Price Little People as choking hazards and removed from American larynxes for a generation. After a couple decade hiatus Weebles returned as non-egg shaped toys. When those failed they returned to the classic egg shape but went about twice as large. This figure came out in 2009 and was paired with a soccer playing boy in the "Sports" 2-pack. Even in egg shape they managed to get elbow pads and a helmet on her (which is pretty odd considering they never fall).
Saturday, March 1, 2014
The Smurfs make their 4th appearance on BPA with this mug featuring Smurfette and 2 unidentified Smurfs. This is Smurfette's 2nd appearance; she has previously appeared in figure form as part of the Surfin' Smurfs set. The mug is from 1990 and was made in France. It appears to be part of a set that includes various other sports. Other previous Smurf appearances include Skateboard Smurf with "Halfpipe" and Roll-Along Smurf.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Wheelbite were a band from Richmond, VA during the late '90s/early '00s. This 7" EP was released in 1999 on Malfunction Records and is their only release (a CD was later released that combines this 7" with some demos). The name Wheelbite implies some obvious skate influence and while there is no actual board on the cover there is a dude biting a wheel. The truck and other wheel are on the back cover and the insert has a drawing of a dude skating. There are 2 skate tracks on here: Duane Peters and Hanover Street.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Kevin was a short-lived mascot for Rainbow Chips Ahoy! (or as they're now known - Chips Ahoy! Candy Blasts). He was introduced around 1990 and lasted a couple years before disappearing. He is cursed with a Midas-like touch except everything he touches turns into rainbows instead of gold. He is seen here in figure form from 1993 riding a skateboard through some clouds. The wheels do not turn but there are small wheels on the bottom that do and incorporate pull-back action.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I found this dude at my brother's house when I was trying (unsuccessfully) to fix his computer. He still gave him to me as payment. He's a pewter figurine who may have had a loop on his head for a necklace at one point but he now dangles from his back leg. He's in a rather awkward double grab position, but who am I to judge how the dead skate?
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Headcount Records is a label out of Richmond, VA run by Bobby at Vinyl Conflict, someone with whom I've had the pleasure of skating as well as driving around Maryland looking for ditches. I've also purchased more than a few records at his store that have or will be featured on BPA. Face the Rail's Fractures EP is a record Bobby gave me last time I was down in Richmond. The cover does not feature any skating but the inner label shows a Headcount Records logo in pool coping blocks with a tailgrab frontside grind.