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Skateboard History from UK Vintage Magazine

The Wall: social networking and user-created content from 1991

Skateboard classified adverts from 1991From an age before e-Bay, Myspace and Facebook… Here we have social networking and user-created content, 1991 style.
The Wall was a far from perfect market-place, notorious for inflated ideas of what a worn-out deck might be worth. It was also one part of the magazine where the voice of the readers could be heard. It was far easier to send in an entry for the Wall than to write a letter and risk having some silly editorial comment tacked on to the end of it. A fair bit of slagging off went on in here, and the readers could use far stronger language than we allowed within the editorial content, but we had relatively few problems. Numbers and addresses have been blanked now.


OLD WORD MONKEY are looking for more team members. Stickers, Ts and loads more stuff. Write to O.W.M, ***, Portsmouth, Widley, Hants, PO7 5BY
MY NAME IS EVA MARSDEN I’m a girl skater. Everyone I skate with is a boy, for instance I skate with Andre, Theo, Lewis, Bobby Andrew and Vini. So come on, girls, get skating. And could Sarah Edwards get in touch with me. She skates but I don’t know where she lives any more because I lost her address when she moved from the Herne Hill Posse. And can I say hello to Rhyme, Rhythm, Rasta and Trusty.
HOWYA GALWAY English skater on holls in July would like 2 hear from skaters in Galway City to hook up with and blast the streets. RSVP: Ade, *** Road, Bath, Avon, BA1 3HG, England. Thanks.
HI TO THE HERNE BAY SKATE POSSE and Hi to Jon, Bake, Wes, T Den C who can’t Ollie.
HI TO ALL TEAM CRIME Bayley, Hazy, Matt, Ross, Willy, Paul and me!
HI TO HALLY, BURGER, Graham and the rest of the Far Grange Posse…..? PS: Yo to Brooky, Jamie, Greg and all the Brighouse Posse.
GIZZA COUPLE OF DIAGRAMS on street tricks including melanchollie and Ollie kick-flips because I’m crap and want to know new stuff. Neil Thompson, 0525 **** (Beds)
HI TO KEVIN P Keep skating and pull off a frontside handrail or I’ll break down. From P Collins
YO TO THE CLACTON SKATERS especially Paul, James, Mark, Bod and keep skating Marshall from Russell C. PS: Neil, please give up
HI TO ALL THE SEDGEFIELD AND STOCKTON SKATERS, Stod, Hully, Ruly, Tim and Andy from Tim E. And Hi to Anth B. Well rad.
YO TO ALL ARBROATH SK8ERS also say Yo to Paul, James, Kevin and Stuart from FLYMO.
ELLO TO THE BRIGHOUSE POSSE, to Jamie, Greg, Roger, Me, Smith, Sinead O’Connor and to Todd the Grommet. Bye, Brook.
HELLO MILES, LIND Jules and Butty. Rage every day. From Wing.
AY UP CHRIS COOPER! The handrails at U.E.A are in need of grinding. Yo to John, Andy and Dave. Say Hi to Hull for me. Love, Lizzy XX.
SKATE RAD TO ALL MY SKATE CONTACTS OUT THERE Yo! to Ian, Nish and McLean out there who form the I.N.M from Dave.
THIS IS ZED SAYING HELLO to Mike, Bugs (get off your fat arse and skate!), Gory (giz’ your Hensley!), Tom (keep on noodling), Gibby, Craig, Beechy (New Deal suck! H Street rule!) PS Boxy and Tom, stop taking the piss, you clueless bastards! PPS Hey, Macc Council, please: we need a mini!
SK8 BOY NICK S: HOW’S ABOUT POPPING ONE FOR THE CAMERA!?! Maybe one day you’ll pop that 180° kickflip & not bust your butt! Norwich ain’t kicking, but we are!
I’M A SKATE MAD, BRIGHTON BASED LASS, wanting male skater pen-pal. Any part of the country + over 20s please. Write to Ginge, ****, Brighton, BN2 4JE
HI TO ALL HARTLEPOOL SKATERS, especially Skelly, Squid, Wonka, Pete, Squeek. See you when you’ve read this.
YO TO ALL DEGBOROUGH SKATERS INCLUDING Rob, Chris, Chapman, Wolfie and all the Team Piglet supporters. Hi to Lesley my girl, and it’s about time you had your wicked way with someone, Jenner!
STEVE M: ONE DAY I WILL SHOW YOU how to Ollie road cones etc. From Craig B
YO! TO SKATERS IN BUCKFASTLEIGH and Buckfast. Paul, keep up those Airwalks and Simon stop grometting and get a decent deck. Toby Hopper
COULD YOU PLEASE SEND ME SOME DIAGRAMS as I can’t do many tricks yet. Write to Shaun Parr, *****, Threlkeld, Keswick, Cumbria.
TO NOJ THE GUY WHO CAN’T OLLIE PS What’s happened to the scene in Coatbridge? Ricie Man.
SKATE LONG SO YOUR WILLIE GROWS LONG Come to Pete’s skate park! Tubz, lose some weight; Tex, get a haircut; Barney, have a shave. Hello Tony Hawk from Tubz and the Dunbar skate crew. Love, Egor. XXX
TO DEAN, THE KING OF THE FRENCH OLLIE: keep trying. From the Minge SK8 Posse, Buckingham. Good luck.
YO TO ALL THE SKATERS IN THE BUXTON AREA especially James King and John Taylor from John Turton.
BIKE AND SKATE — TEAM GEGS MERSEYSIDE + NORTHERN ENGLAND For once you can believe the hype. (Feedback was interesting; stickers were appreciated… but no name or address? Give us a call, or write in with more information, please. Tim)
HELP A BORED SKATER! Send any decent diagrams of street tricks — one-footed Ollies, kick-flips, all types of Ollies or anything like that. Send to Ian Martin, *****, Kettering, NORTHANTS, NN14 1JZ.
PEN-PAL WANTED Boy or sexy girl into skateboarding, snowboarding and 808 state. Guaranteed reply, photo if poss. Aged 11-16. *****, London SW15 2UL. PS Saddam is a bum!!!
HI HELSTON SKATERS Sean, Kirien, Leon, Peter!, Patrick, keep skating down there. Stay cool, Mark Bish, Shrewsbury.
HI TO RODDEY MAIRS! Please stop messing and get skating. I would love to see you back on your wheels in Portrush, so get back on your board, Roddy — love your hair!!!
YO TO BREND, Gareth and Ed Morely + all the 1st year crew and you lot in Stamford. Good-day to Edward Jones. ‘Adios Amigos’ Wilbur. PS I lurve Karen Ticehurst
HI TO ALL MY PALS, Francy Wee, Ste the dwarf and fat Guy Glinny (lurgy). You all smell like Nerk’s sweaty knee gasket, love Grant XXX! PS: Does anyone want to buy a Yamaha Portasound Keyboard for £40 ono? *****
GARETH MARKS you fat sprog, your deck is for skating, not carrying, so try standing on it… you round pie.
YO! I’VE JUST STARTED SKATING and would hyper appreciate any diagrams on tricks, preferably street. Cheers! S.P.T. *****, Shrewsbury, SY2 5QJ
COULD SOME OF YOU OUT THERE Please send me some diagrams and explain how to do some street tricks. I’m bored doing the same things all the time. Thanks. Please write to: Maureen Oliver, *****, Lanarkshire, Scotland.


I THINK THERE SHOULD BE MORE decks for sale in the Wall. Chris Stott *****
DO YOU WANT A GOOD DEAL? I’m the guy for you. I have a BBC Monty Nolder — good nick and no delams. Will swap for ‘Real’ Tommy Guerrero. I will also pay. Daf Eds: **** (North Wales)
ANY DOUBLE KICKTAIL DECK Don’t mind about graphics or condition. Must be cheap. Contact Matt on *****. Must be West Midlands
HAS ANYONE GOT AN OLD-STYLE SCHMITT STIX Steve Douglas for sale? The bottle graphic one. In good nick. For about £25. Scotty: ***** (Narberth)
I WISH TO BUY A GOOD DEATH BOX DECK with a big tail and quite a big nose. I wish to pay 30-40 quid. Mark Peck*****, Upper Stoke Holy Cross, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 8RQ.
ANY RAMP, not too thrashed, not too big in the Bath area. Contact Duncan Pearson *****
REAL OR DEATH BOX ROCKER WANTED must be in good condition with no delams and full tail. Will pay up to £30. Nik Oxley ***** (Nottingham)
I WOULD LIKE STICKERS AND POSTERS or addresses where I can send off for them. Graham Wooton, *****, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, TO15 2NT
WANTED: DEATH BOX ‘WARPED KETTLE’ OR TEAPOT (!?!) sweatshirt, also knackered Happy Mondays T Shirt pleeease + Charterhouse EPs. Good cash paid Whoaaa! Paul Ward ***** (Romford)
SWAP ALVA MURF Brand new, used once, for Death Box Rocker Hydrant or Natas. Must have grip in pretty good condition. Phone Barry Forbes****** (Aberdeen)


FAB CONDITION FULL SET-UP CIRCLE F with Indy trucks, Powell Street wheels = Fab, brill condition. £70. PoorHouse R Windsor, good condition = £30 and Guerrero, also good condition = £50. Everything brilliant condition. Also good Sega with over ten brilliant games = £100 or separate. Kit McKay ***** (E Molesey)
BLOCKHEAD MARK PARTAIN, Tracker trucks, Big Thing wheels, SW bearings. Not bad nick. Phone Ben, after 4pm. **** (Chingford)
COULD YOU PLEASE BUY MY plain board because I need some dosh. It has no delams, no picture, it will do for a beginner, so buy it please. **** and ask for Gray. (Taunton). Thanks.
WANT A FREE HOLIDAY? So do I. Why not buy my Sims Staab, slightly thrashed. Good tail. £15. Phone Paul on **** (Cheshire)
RAD SET-UP — BUY MY POWELL RAY BARBIE with Raider trucks, NSKs and Toxic Waste. All in vgc. Just £45 ono. Parts also sold separately. Ian Soo: ***** (Cheltenham)
POWELL PERALTA STEVE SAIZ 2 months old but a bit thrashed. Tail is a bit delammed. £8. Jamie Kirk ***** (St Monans)
H STREET MATT HENSLEY Ventures, Cell Block rails, risers and Santa Cruz factory seconds. £55 ono. Phone 041 885 ***** and ask for John (Renfrew).
VANS RED FLY SIZE 12 (As new?) Really good 4 sk8ing, but I suppose U know that. £20. Also please send me info on how to pull off any street tricks. Any info ‘ul’ du. Ta!. Mog: 0332 *** (6pm-8pm) (Derby)
H STREET MATT HENSLEY for sale. Very good condition. Or swap for Real deck eg Henry Sanchez, Tommy Guerrero. Daniel Bently: 0604 7**** (Duston)
PLEASE BUY MY H-STREET RON ALLEN 89 Model. 2 small delams in tail, but pretty good condition. Cell Block rails. £33. 081 ****, ask for Tony (Woodford Green).
FOR SALE, ALVA STREET SKINS a bit worn, good for street and just for you: a set of NMB rubber sealed. £20. I also need some Gullwing Shadows: will pay £10. Toby Jones: 0372 **** (Frome).
COMPLETE SET-UP VALLELY MINI-BOARD Thunder trucks, Santa Cruz wheels and NSK bearings, hardly used and all for £70 — you pay postage. Phone 041 956 ***** and ask for Martin.
POWELL T BONES FOR SALE £15 or swap for SMA Vallely decks, no delams. Phone Ben on (0376) **** in Braintree area.
LSD FOR SALE! ALLEN MIDGETT LSD, black Hard Times, NMB bearings and shitty trucks. No graphics on deck, nose slightly cut, board a bit frashed. Pacer rails 35 quid. Fone Dan after 5 on 0480 ***** (Huntingdon). Also an old thrashed Chris Miller and very, very frashed old Santa Cruz Eric Dren with Cell Block riser! Independant base plate and one Venture. Each deck a tenner.
BUY MY WORLD INDUSTRIES RON CHATMAN fully griptaped and hardly thrashed. Black G&S trucks, blue Nude Eeel wheels with NMB bearings. Everything you need for £60. Also 1 pair of silver Street Shadows only used twice. £10. Phone Tony on 061 ***** (Worsley)
DEATH BOX PETE DOSSETT (1st Model) not thrashed (except graphics). Tracker 6 track ground. Powell wheels new. NMB bearings new. £40-50. Phone James on 0722 **** 4.00-5.00 school days.
BRAND NEW STEVE SAIZ + hardly used Indy 159s + Rat Bones + new NSKs + Schmitt rails + Bridgebolts. Fully gripped only £60! Phone Martyn (0302) ***** after 4pm
POWELL CABALLERO (OLD STYLE, WITH BATS) brand new Ventures, unslid Hosoi rails, Teamriders, Shut grip (fully taped), some scratches, but no delams. Fantastic nick (no bearings) hence £65 (half cost price). Tel Halifax (0422) **** and ask for Matthew.
JESSIE MARTINEZ LIMITED EDITION grey Gullwing trucks and H Street rails, griptape and wheels. Very good condition. £40, Daniel Coburn 0992 **** (Waltham Cross).
RAD DEAL: DEATH BOX WURZEL BOARD £15 ono, good nick. T Bone wheels £8 ono. Indy trucks, separate £4 each, together £6.50. Bearings: NMB £2.50 a set. Santa Cruz Cell Block rails £2.50. Elbow and knee pads £8 or whole set for £40. If interested phone (0425) ***** and ask for John.
OK SO IT’S A BIT OUT OF DATE… But it’s never, repeat, never, been used, never touched the concrete: Sims Full Buzz deck, Venture trucks (blue) and Vision 92a shredder wheels. Yours for 70 squid. Phone Paul on 081 *****
RAD DEAL: SANTA CRUZ JASON JESSEE deck, good nick £15.50 ono. Wheels: Santa Cruz Speedwheels £8.00; bearings £2.00 ono; Santa Cruz Cell Block rails £2.50. Hardly used 1 time. Variflex truck £2.50. 1 Indy truck £5.50, again: hardly used. Or whole lot for £35.50 Phone John 0425 *****
KRYPTONIC 70mm DOWNHILL WHEELS for sale £45 ono. Anyone interested, phone (0347) 82426 after 6pm and ask for Donald.
HALF-PIPE FOR SALE Ring Tor on 0453 *****. (Amberley, Stroud)
SKATE VIDEOS Useless Wooden Toys £10, Death Box £10, Attack £5, Street Skating with Rob and Natas (ideal for learners) £6. All originals in perfect condition. Phone Mark 0834 811290 after 6pm (Wales)
POWELL PERALTA TONY HAWK FOR SALE Good condition, white tracker trucks, white Schmitt Stix rails and black G Bones all for £70. Quick sale needed. Phone 075 2 ***** (Cawsand, near Plymouth). All in good condition.


BOOGIE BOARD FOR SALE worth £50, sell for £30. The colour is a yellow top with coloured shapes on and a blue hard bottom. It also has a leash. Tel (0823) 279365 and ask for Kev! (Taunton).
TAMIYA SUPER SABRE RADIO CONTROLLED CAR good condition. Quick and slow chargers included. One 7.2V battery etc. Cost £160, sell for £85. Adrian S 0253 720335 (St Annes on Sea).
BAUER ROLLER BOOTS SIZE 8 Excellent condition. Laser Pro wheels, Variflex plates. £55 ono. Tel: 0492 530953 Ask for Jonny.
ATARI LYNX GAME: Someone buy my Blue Lightning game for Atari Lynx. Good graphs. £20. Ring 044 282 6574, ask for Nick. (Tring)
BOOGIE BOARD FOR SALE made out of compressed foam. Also has a safety strap attached and has two fins. It is pink and 3.5 feet by 1.5 feet and about two inches thick. Cost £40, sell for £25 or nearest offer. 0823 and ask for Adrian.
SCALEXTRICS FOR SALE over £550 worth for only £350. Will sell separately. Also: Wanted — Vision Double Kick, will pay good price. Call Keith on 0243 *****
NINTENDO GAME BOY UP FOR GRABS at a very measly 100 quid. 3 games included and four rechargeable batteries and charger only one month old!! What a dope offer! Fone Beni on 0742 ***** after 6pm
YO! PLEASE BUY MY AMSTRAD CPC 464 with joystick, monitor and about 40 games, good condition. Tel: 0827 *****, ask for Lee (Tamworth)


‘MY INDIES WEIGH A TON’ MAGAZINE” Issue 4 out now. 25p cash + sae to M.I.W.A.T., *****, Chadwick End, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 0DB.

RALEIGH BMX v good condition, bought for £120, sell for £65. Contact Adrian (0253) *****
MONGOOSE STYLIST + 2 SKYWAYS needs hubs. Bargain at £90 ono. Roy: 0787 *****
HARO SPORT 1988/9 Excellent condition as it has hardly any use due to loss of interest. 48 spoke wheels, Bulldog brakes, Giro. £300. Jamie Repath 0621 ***** (Heybridge, Essex)


2 responses to “The Wall: social networking and user-created content from 1991”

  1. Some of those decks are worth good money nowadays, even used ones -Powells, H-Streets, SMA, if only – ££££££££££££££.
    Tony T

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