Posts from the “Historical Documents” Category

Documentation

Posted on February 3, 2016

This may be the final post of this blog.   A number of different people have encouraged me to keep it going but, while I am not ruling out that possibility, I always envisioned this blog as a finite project. It was to be a personal history of the two phases of my skateboarding, as a teenager and as an adult. It has reached its conclusion, save for one final thing, which is contemporary video.   What follows are a series of clips spanning the last two and half years. I’ve attempted to represent what my skating actually looks like. I’ve resisted the urge to re-film things because, who am I kidding, I’m not good and never will be good. I am skating in…

Middle School Photos

Posted on March 18, 2015

Since my next post will be about quitting skateboarding, I thought now would be the appropriate time to give the people what they want, that is, a big dump of old photos from roughly 1986-1988.  The image quality varies pretty greatly, sorry.

1986 everybody.

1986 everybody.

Team P.E.B.

Team P.E.B.

Suburban street skating, i.e. jumping off a wall into a driveway.

Your author doing some suburban street skating, ie. jumping off a wall into a banked driveway.

Me boardsliding a picnic table at the old Lutherville.

Me sliding a picnic table bench at the old Lutherville.

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Ed, launch ramp backside air in front of a dramatic sunset.

 

Ed sliding a curb.

Ed sliding a curb.

Brian ollieing off of Jeff B's launch ramp.

Brian ollieing out of Jeff B’s launch ramp.

Brian airing off some skinny ledge.  Look at that Rob Roskopp.

Brian airing off some skinny ledge. Look at that Rob Roskopp.

Brian, night skating.

Brian, night skating.

Ed and Brian watching a street contest.

Ed and Brian watching a street contest.

Jeff B getting super extended off his launch ramp.

Jeff B getting super extended off his launch ramp.

Jeff B at Lutherville when the metal ramps were brand new.  I don't know if this was just super tweaked or a 180.

Jeff B at Lutherville when the metal ramps were brand new. I don’t know if this was just super tweaked or a 180.

Someone I don't know with a nosepick on the box at Lutherville.

Someone I don’t know with a nosepick on the box at Lutherville.

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Some random with a bent knee Christ thing at a contest during the height of the launch ramp era.

Closed gas stations.  The natural habitat of the suburban skater.

Closed gas stations. The natural habitat of the suburban skater.

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An unknown with a FS wall ride transfer at a contest in Ocean City, MD.

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More random shots of people I don’t know. Some guy with a nice FS 5-0 at the old Ocean Bowl vert ramp.

Kids at the Ocean Bowl.  I don't think this was a make.

Kids at the Ocean Bowl. I don’t think this was a make.

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Paul Wisniewski with a layback grind to tail on the steep bank at the Save Lutherville contest.

 

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Paul Wisniewski with a FS rock on the Lutherville mini. Texture courtesy of beginners B&W photography experimentation.

Don’t Panic

Posted on February 25, 2015

Below is the video that I’ve excerpted parts of for previous posts in its entirety. When we actually recorded this video is unclear. It was either the summer of 1990 or 1991. I have been saying that it was filmed in 1991, the summer before my senior year, but I am now beginning to suspect that it may have been filmed the previous summer, when I was sixteen. I say that because there is a brief bit, around forty-six minutes in, where we are skating Dookie Ramp 2.0 without a masonite layer, just raw plywood.  That would have been just after Jeff R built the ramp in 1990.  That and rails, I think we’d stopped using rails by 1991, but that is just speculation.…

16 Minutes in Front of Brian’s House in 1987

Posted on August 13, 2014

As was discussed in Team P.E.B. here we are skating a launch ramp.  It starts with Jeff and Brian.  I join them next followed by Eddie.  Note the sick Minor Threat, Descendents and Dead Kennedys soundtrack.   There are some portrait shots at the very end if you want to see faces.

  

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