Skateboarding just looked so fresh to me. My family personally couldn’t afford a real skateboard, or even a half-real one, so I stole my friend’s older brother’s board and spray-painted it pink. I still got caught though. A few months later, I traded a buddy my entire G.I. Joe toy collection for a Steadham Sure Grip Intl’. ~ Richard Mulder
Jeff Grosso, 80s, San Leandro (photo credit: J. Grant Brittain)
I shot this photo of Jeff Grosso at the Joe Lopes (RIP) Ramp Jam (in 1984?) in San Leandro, California. Channel Plants have always been my favorite thing to shoot and I love this photo. I slept on the floor of an RV rented by Larry Balma with Garry Skate Davis and Brian Ridgeway. People were stepping on us all night to get to the bathroom. That’s what it was like back in the day when you were starting a brand new magazine. History! ~ J. Grant Brittain
Rodney Mullen with Minor Threat at Kenter Canyon School, early 80’s (photo credit: Glen E. Friedman)
“I’m a person just like you - But I’ve got better things to do - Than sit around and fuck my head - Hang out with the living dead - Snort white shit up my nose - Pass out at the shows - I don’t even think about speed - That’s something I just don’t need - I’ve got the straight Edge” ~ Minor Threat (‘Straight Edge’)
“In 1984, I knew that I wanted to live and breath skateboarding and I knew in order to do so I needed to be in California. Fast forward a year, and in 1985 four days after high school, I found myself at Cincinnati airport boarding a one way plane to Los Angeles. After a week or so in Southern California I landed a job at Tracker Trucks which at the time was one of the top 5 brands. I pressed kingpins into base-plates, packaged copers, and swept floors for $3.35 an hour.” ~ Buddy Carr
Buddy Carr decided to launch his own namesake skateboard brand in 2009, targeting high-end specialty shops in the U.S., as well as internationally in France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Brazil, Spain, the UK, and Australia. Beginning his career in the industry as a team rider for Alva skateboards in the 80s, Carr has watched skateboarding evolve and change over the years, working at brands such as Skate Rags, Dirt Clothing, Tracker Trucks, and Neighborhood Skateboards.