Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mean Jeans


The Mean Jeans are a contemporary punk band from Portland, OR playing catchy songs about partying, food, space and slime. They have numerous skateboard references on their records and shirts. Above is a Dirty Donny shirt graphic made for those who helped finance their "Possessed to Party" video (check out the sweet Bebop cameo on the right). This is the 2nd Dirty Donny skate graphic for a shirt (the other is below). Also below is the back of their most recent 7" split (with Big Eyes) and a small graphic from the lyric sheet included in their first album, Are You Serious? (2009 Dirtnap Records). Check out Mean Jeans and Dirty Donny.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Vitamin X


Vitamin X are a thrash band from Amsterdam. Their We Came Here for Fun E.P. was released in 2001 by Underestimated Records for their U.S. Spring Tour. It features a straight edge skeleton pulling an air in front of the Capital Building which has been heavily fortified (most likely due to a skeletonized skate zombie invasion).


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Decker


This smooth-wheeling, high-kicking skateboard champ of the backstreets is named Decker and he is a Bendos. Bendos are a series of bendable figures involved in various activities/sports/vocations.  This guy is pretty bendable although his torso doesn't bend so it is hard to get him into some grabs (stalefish for instance). There are no tabs or magnets connecting his feet to the board so it is hard to keep him on it without some sort of grab. The card below came with him and gives his issue date (1999) as well as his birthday for some reason.

 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Gumby


Gumby is seen here in keychain form from 2002. His keychain (that pierced his head) has been removed. He is in wayback layback position - so much so that the figure will not stand on its own.

Monday, February 18, 2013

L'il Lemon


L'il Lemon is a Life Savers Scented Mini Doll. She is one of four figures created in mini doll form and the only one on a skateboard (the others are Mike E. Mint playing soccer, Sweet Cherry with camera, and Lotta Flavors playing tennis). She is from 1982 and unlike the Strawberry Shortcake PVC figure from the same year, L'il Lemon's scent is long gone.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Frankster


Franksters are anthropomorphic hot dog figures made by Nathan's. This guy is from 1992. He is not quite as rad as the last skateboarding hotdog featured on BPA but he is still a skateboarding hotdog, which is pretty awesome by default. In addition to his enormous shoes he is also rocking a helmet, fingerless gloves and what appears to be sweatbands on his knees but may be knee pads. He is also bendable although there isn't much to bend. There is also a slightly older skateboarding Frankster that has blue accessories.

Edit: I found the blue Frankster:


Monday, February 11, 2013

Gross Negligence


Death rides a skateboard. Gross Negligence is a contemporary punk band out of California. This EP came out in 2009 on Flat Black Records, which has a number of 7"s with skate covers, most of which I have found scrounging through the used bin at Celebrated Summer Records. Check out the first track "Skate the Apocalypse" below.


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Tunes


Tunes is a Fry Bender, which is not a cyborg hybrid of Fry and Bender from Futurama, but a personified french fry from McDonald's. This particular guy is intended for the under 3 crowd. He is from 1989, which explains his deck shape as well as the boombox. 


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Donald Duck


Donald Duck is seen here cruising in standard cartoon figure stance (back foot facing backwards). He usually just hangs out pantless but decided to get a bit more formal for this session with his periwinkle shorts. He's also rockin an old 70s style helmet.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Code of Honor


Code of Honor's debut 7" from 1982 is an excellent example of early skate punk featuring a cover on par with JFA's Blatant Localism EP. They later had the track "I Killed the Dove" from their Beware the Savage Jaw LP (1984) featured during Scott Bourne's part in the Consolidated Skateboards video Is What It Is.



Saturday, February 2, 2013

Complain


Complain were a Japanese thrash band from the early 2000s. They were part of what became known as "bandana thrash" and put out the Make a Mistake 7" EP on 625 Thrashcore in 2002. The EP is pretty raging and someone put the whole thing up so have a listen.