Sunday, December 30, 2012

Skeleton Patch


I'm not quite sure where I picked this up. I think it was at an unusual store in DC that sold African trinkets as well as random old stock items including metal patches. This skeleton appears to riding one of those old Lonnie Toft 8-wheelers and grabbing frontside tuck-knee.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Delicious One


The Delicious One (TDO) is an anthropomorphic hot dog who also happens to be the mascot for the fast food chain Wienerschnitzel. Unfortunately they do not have these on the East coast so this dude had to skate a long way to get here. TDO is seen here in "extreme skateboarder" form from 2003. He is in a pretty radical pose, possibly in the middle of a huge frontside ollie. It's too bad he is on such an oversized board. He has pull back action but I would much rather have had this figure on a more comparable sized deck. The bag that he came in is below.



Monday, December 24, 2012

Domo


This Domo is from 2008 and was sold as a Halloween exclusive at Target. He came in a two pack that also included a breakdancer. Domo is apparently pretty active when he is not chasing kittens.



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Grimace


Grimace is definitely feeling the BPA cruising around with palm tree shorts back in 1992. His oversized board with exhaust pipes is reminiscent of Boo Boo's deck (also a McDonalds toy). Like Boo Boo, Grimace's deck can be revved up but Grimace will pop a wheelie and do a couple 360s before putting his front wheels down and rolling in whatever direction he ends up facing. Grimace is also rocking a helmet and elbow pads, which is a little weird since he is kind of just a continuous mass and doesn't really have a head per se and he definitely does not have elbows.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Clay Wheels


The Clay Wheels are a surf/skate punk band from the mid 90s. They released the above 7" in 1996 (a split with Swedish garage rockers The Odd Numbers on Freak Scene Records). Five years later they released the Born to Barge CD through Black Label Skateboards. The Clay Wheels are no strangers to skate rock and feature Ray Stevens II (formerly of Drunk Injuns and Los Olvidados) on bass and vocals.




Friday, December 14, 2012

Plucky Duck


Plucky Duck is from Tiny Toons and is seen here cruising on a pretty fat deck from 1990. He is riding the same board as Roll-Along Smurf and has a similar stance (riding with the back foot pointed backwards). This seems to be a common stance among anthropomorphic animals. Plucky usually rocks just a white tank top but I guess they felt he needed more to skate so they gave him some shorts (or maybe just painted him wrong).



Monday, December 10, 2012

Lester Fingerboard Keychain


I'm not much of a fan of fingerboards but I had to take a pic of this old Lester Kasai Tracker "Oak Leaf" pro model. It has definitely seen some better days. I picked this up in the late 80s when fingerboards were not as ubiquitous. I think it was originally meant to be a keychain. It has been taped back together with yellowing tape and the top is covered with grip. The wheels were painted green at some point and it looks like the axle has been replaced with a small dowel rod.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Crucial Youth


Crucial Youth's The Power of Positive Thinking (It Could Just Change Your Life) includes the above insert featuring comics, lyrics, a hardcore dictionary and hatemail. It also includes numerous skateboarding references. For those who do not know, Crucial Youth were an over-the-top straightedge band from the NYHC scene of the late 80s (but they were from 'burbs). This release was an odd assortment of album, EP and live tracks including some snippets of a radio interview on WYNU. It was released in 1989 on the London based label Released Emotion Records. The comics below also appear in the insert to Crucial Youth's album, The Posi-Machine (1988 New Red Archives).



Monday, December 3, 2012

Mondo Gecko


I've been watching the 2012 CGI incarnation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and I have to say that it is actually pretty good. Mondo Gecko has yet to show up though. He's seen here in figure form from 1990 along with some sort of motorized board. There is a lot of awesome things going on here: a devilock, a rattail, a half-shirt, and a rollerskate to keep his tail off the ground (I'm not really sure if that last one is really all that awesome). He also seems to have his own symbol: a skull with a crossbone and skateboard which appears on his shirt as well as his grip.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Skate Board Wizard


I collect wizard and skateboard themed belt buckles so this is the rare intersection of 2 worlds. There are no markings on the back but I believe this is probably from the 70s. It's not clear exactly what trick he's doing; I like to think it is a tailblock but I guess it could also be an aerial (although the angle of his back truck makes a tailblock more likely).