Ok… so some of you already know that my Mr got back into skateboarding about 5 years ago after about 15 years and took to it with more passion I’ve ever seen him have before for something.
During Luke’s re-ignition of his passion for skateboarding… I started getting intrigued and interested in the skate culture, especially that surrounding the old school 80s & early 90s pro skaters. We watched documentaries, read biographies, and slowly just got more and more interested and entertained by the culture of the sport.
And then one day I came across this Tony Alva Inca Blanket new release deck online and just fell in love with the color and design and just had to have it! (It’s just so my style). It’s now hanging in my home office.
So that was the deck that started our little collecting obsession. I think we loved collecting and talking about it all most cause it was something we loved doing together. The Sean Cliver book Disposable became like a bible to us… we poured over the pages of colourful and cool designs talking about the decks, the designs, the companies, the politics and the skaters. (it’s really quite surprising when I think about how intrigued and entertained we were by it all!)
So following is the rest of our little collection we managed to accrue in 2007 & 2008. It’s definitely not top range (couldn’t afford to pay a couple of thousand per deck… yet ;) and we didn’t focus on only certain companies, designers or skaters. All the purchases that I decided on were based pretty much purely on the graphic then on investment . Luke’s decisions were based either on emotional reasons… or investment.
So most of these photo’s below were taken by the previous owners from which we purchased… there were just a few that I searched for on the internet to give an example cause I didnt want to unpack them out of storage and lug them all out for a quick photo shoot – although I will one day.
Some are much more valuable in collectable terms than others.
To give you a quick rundown on terms I’ll use…
NOS = New old stock (in this instance these are decks from the 80s or 90s that have never been ridden and are still classed as being in mint condition, unless otherwise stated)
New Release – These were new releases to the market when we purchased… although today all are no longer available for sale.
Gator Fishlips – NOS (mint)
I completely fell in love with this design. I think it was the sleekness of it and the natural stain with the gorgeous colourway stripes behind a simple and cartooney 7 elevan cup (it reminds me of vector a lot). After I fell for the design… we then found out this was Anthony Rogowski’s (Gator’s) last ever pro deck, before he went to jail for murder. Actually, Gator helped design this deck around the time of the murder. It’s really frightening and quite sad… cause the deck & company really didn’t have a chance. Gator going to jail pretty much sent the new and potentially rising, Fishlips Skate Company down the gurgler.
We were pretty shocked to see later too.. that our first purchase of the Fishlips made the infamous and very entertaining ebay watch list for Aug 2008
So turned out this deck is quite rare .. so much so, that when another in different colourway came up not long after from St Louis, USA, at a fabulous price, we just couldn’t help ourselves!
*Powell Peralta Lance Mountain Family" – NOS (mint)
Bought this mainly because it was at such a great price… and because at the time our son was only 4 and we liked the idea of Lance’s son doing the design for his Dad’s pro model. Turns out again… that our purchase stood out to the writer’s of ebay watch in Sept 2008
Sims Eric Nash Bandito – NOS (mint)
This purchase was completely emotional (later turned investment). Luke saved up when he was just 13 years old to purchase his first ever pro deck. Being a 13 year old… he found himself attracted to the Eric Nash Bandito and purchased it (we have photo’s of him, fresh faced, 13 years old doing pretend airs on his brand spanking new Eric Nash). That original deck of his sadly got ruined over the years by over use by Luke and his family… so he decided he just had to buy a NOS version of his first ever purchase… for sentimental reasons. When we read up on the Eric Nash designs we saw that there was the first Bandito print run that came out briefly and was removed from sale because many people believed the smoke on the deck read F&#k You instead of Eric Nash. It was promptly removed and printed over, with not many of the originals surviving. So to make the purchase more of an investment we decided to go for that one…. which we got in Sept 2008. Again.. this purchase made ebay watch much to the displeasure it seems of the guy that writes it :)
Bod Boyle Santa Cruz – NOS (mint)
This purchase was completely all me… I just really liked the graphic pure and simple for the way the dragons came together to make the face as well as the stained glass effect (My Mum used to be a leadlight teacher and I admire anyone who has the patience and talent to do such an artform). Bought it from Pennsylvania, USA for a good price.
Vision Gator Swirls – NOS near mint
Luke had a thing for the Vision swirls for some reason. They would have to be one of the most famous and well known designs of the 80s… and collector wise… tend to hold their value. He has two of the early old school swirls, a natural and a green. He has a Gator Ank version too (not in red like below… but with a natural background). The first picture below is actually one of the Swirls he bought. He took off the horrid fluro pink protectors & the really crappy wheels & trucks and now has a good collectable deck.
(you’ll notice the graphic below is a little … off… Luke mucked around with it in photoshop one day and saved the changes by mistake.. it was the only image I had of the deck to use here… so just ignore the colouring in part) :)
Jason Lee New Releases 2007/8
One of both my & Luke’s favourite shows is My Name is Earl and I love the film Almost Famous which he plays the lead singer. Many people actually don’t know Jason Lee (who plays Earl) is in fact an amazing pro skater from the early 90s! He was one of the first pro skaters for World Industries and then Blind.
So when I found out there were new release Stereo decks that featured Jason’s own photography I hunted them down (cause I love photography… and because I hadn’t seen decks with photography printed on them at that time). This one is a limited edition 2002 release, signed and numbered by Jason Lee on the top of the deck (no. 89 of 241) It’s a photograph of Los Angeles.. and printed between the photo’s is his own words.
And I bought this full series of photographs that Jason Lee took on road trip. The tree is in Yosemite, the train is in Benicia, California and the other is Highway 58, California. All are in brand new mint condition in shrink and they too will be hanging in my office soon (problem I’m finding is though… two are vertical and one is horizontal… so might have to hang one seperate).
Krooked Guest Deck. Jason Jessee New Release – Art by Gonz
My choice again. I think Jason Jessee is funny & I liked this deck even more too because the design was created by another old school skater, who is also an artist – Mark Gonzales (Gonz). Brand new in shrink, this one was a 2008 limited edition (200 printed) The artwork is based on Jason Jessee’s first Santa Cruz Neptune Deck. Purchased from New York.
Sean Cliver – Set of 2 Supreme Kermit Decks – New Releases
Sean Cliver is the writer of the book I mentioned above. I do think he’s a very talented artist. These were Luke’s choice. He loves em. These came with matching stickers.
Mike Vallelly World Industries Barnyard. New Release
We could never ever afford a legit NOS version of the Barnyard but Luke wanted a representation of this important old school deck. It’s a Cease & Desist 2008 new release re-issue.
It’s an important and famous deck because famous freestyler, Rodney Mullen left Powell Peralta to start up his own skate company called World Industries with his best friend and fellow pro skater, Steve Rocco.
One of the most popular skaters at the time, Mike Vallely took a big gamble to leave the huge, well established and famous, Powell to become World Industries first pro skater.
And this deck’s shape was designed by Mullen who is not only a legendary skater but a bit of a genius. He uses physics to work out the amazing tricks he can do. He designed the double kick deck shape which had never been seen before and the Barnyard was the first product ever to be released in this new shape by World Industries. This deck revolutionised the skateboarding world.
We have a few other more recent releases but I didn’t want list em cause I’ve already rambled on forever!
So that’s the highlights of our collection (was alot of fun to do together… but also good to know that it’s an investment). And now that the sequal to Sean Cliver’s Collectors book is now out.. Luke and I are getting a little worried we may not be able to help ourselves from buying more! :) But it will have to be an amazing deal to suck us in or a very special deck… because we’re running out of storage space and bank account space for em :)