Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The RC Ripskate is a remote controlled skater made by Matchbox in 1987. My friend picked this up at a yard sale and it no longer had its remote so I do not know if it still works. He's doing a pretty serious squat; I don't think I ever seen anyone skate in such an awkward position. His head and arms are movable but I don't think that is controlled by the remote. The board itself is probably about as tall as he is if he were standing so I guess he's a longboarder. He's fully padded up (including fingerless gloves) and rocking the Flyaway helmet. He's also got a Tracker clown shirt (although he doesn't really have any trucks on his set up). This takes 8 AA batteries and 1 9-volt.
Friday, October 19, 2012
This Spongebob was a General Mills cereal prize in 2011. I assume he is riding goofy and grabbing his tail but he could also be regular and in the middle of a backside layback. Since he is not wearing his air helmet it is safe to assume that Spongebob is looking for some undrained pools.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
This is the first attempt at a Simpsons pinball game. It came out in 1990 and features a number of images of Bart riding his skateboard. In addition to the backglass there are a few images of Bart with board on the playfield as well as a nice side graphic featuring Bart skating with a stack of hotdogs. Bart is shown as both goofy and regular. This is a pretty fun machine although I think the later Simpsons Pinball Party is a little better (which will be featured here at a later date). More info and images can be found at the Internet Pinball Database.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Edit: Picked up the "Super Smurf" version with the leaf shaped deck. It not clear which side should be the nose and tail. Unlike the Roll-Along Smurf, the Super Smurf can be taken off the deck. I didn't notice this guy's unusual stance until looking at the side picture. His back foot is facing backwards similar to how a roller skater rides a bowl.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Dan were an English punk band from late '80s. They weren't known as a skate punk band but while going through their records recently I found two skateboard references. The first is from the inner label on their live LP, Kicking Ass at T.J.'s (Meantime Records 1989). It features a pretty rad cat cruising with his hat flipped up and a brew in his hand. The second is from the insert in their third album, Mother with Child and Bunny! (Workers Playtime 1988). This dude is pulling an invert on a setup that looks like it has femurs for wheels while he thinks about a piece of piss.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
I found this snack while walking down the natural foods aisle in my local grocery store. It's made in Israel, where babies learn to skate while still in diapers. The snacks themselves taste like peanut flavored cheese puffs (which sounds gross but was actually pretty good).
Friday, October 5, 2012
Garfield is seen here rocking the ringer polo and headband in 1981. Unlike his last appearance, this time he opted for the classic cartoon shirt-and-no-pants look. He topped off the look with some knee pads. Judging from his tail position it looks like he is cruising pretty fast.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
For the second pressing of their split 7", Spazz and Charles Bronson swiped a pic of Neil Blender for the cover. He's riding a mini and the board looks like very late '80s or early '90s. The split itself came out in 1995 on 625 Thrashcore and is probably the greatest power violence split out there.