Eric Dressen, Tommy Guerrero, Jeff Hedges: Munster 1988

Jeff Hedges, Tommy Guerrero, Eric Dressen: Munster 1988Oh dear. Back in the days before desktop publishing you did not know what things would look like until you got the magazines back from the printers. Unless you could afford proofs, which we could not. So the yellow tint behind some of this worked OK, but the magenta one makes it impossible to read the text. Such was life back then.

The sidebar at the bottom is about an incident I had long forgotten. On the day of the finals neither Christian Hosoi nor Eric Dressen showed up. Both were still asleep. Somehow someone woke up Hosoi and got him to the hall. Eric Dressen slept on. There were murmurs that this was because Hosoi was considered the bigger ‘star’ by the organisers and the feelings came to head with a bit of a fight at the post-contest party.

Issue 67 September 1988 timlb 08 Jan 2009 2 Comments

Munster Mash. Europe’s Biggest Skate Comp (1988, that is)

Caballero, Dressen, Gonzales and Guerrero, Munster 1988What an amazing issue this was. So much stuff all happening in one month. This was the seventh Munster World Cup and Europe had never seen anything on this scale in the eighties. It would rate as pretty big even by today’s standards. And the quality of the skating would also stand the test of time, I think.

All the pictures in this opening spread were by Dobie.

Skating in Europe’s going mad. No doubt about it. Every year the competition at Munster in Germany gets bigger but this, the seventh one, was even better than everyone had expected.

It started out as purely European competition, but gradually more and more Americans joined in. This year there were dozens of them. The Munster World Cup was a world class event: the first real one since the Vancouver Worlds a couple of years back.

Issue 67 September 1988 timlb 15 Dec 2008 2 Comments

R.a.D Magazine Stickers and Billy’s of Cambridge Advert

R.a.D Magazine Stickers For Sale

  • Sick Colours!
  • Melt Your Eyeballs!
  • Bright and Sticky!

I hope Billy’s will forgive me if I dwell on the R.a.D Magazine sticker advert this time. This one honours the designer of the logo, and master of the spanked-up Xerox art, Nick Philip. That’s Nick’s face squashed on the photo-copier montaged in with the R.a.d logo.

After working on R.a.d Nick moved to California, where he has been involved in many wonderful things over the years. Right now he’s back with his roots, applying his special vision to clothing: in this case astonishing T shirts where the design covers the whole shirt.

Those who remember some of the early Anarchic Adjustment shirts, which covered your chest in so much plastic ink that they felt like a bullet-proof vest, will be reassured to know that these use a new sublimation print system which allows the broad canvas without making the shirt feel like it’s made out of sailcloth.

Issue 67 September 1988 timlb 01 Dec 2008 No Comments

Rude remarks about where to skate in Birmingham

Where to skateboard in England, Wales and Ireland (1988)I love the caption on the picture here: “Birmingham Wheels’ Finest”. The endless fear of being rude about any skate spot, on the grounds that it might be all the local skaters had, meant that most of the time the Where? guide was painfully neutral. Not so the contributors. “Take a broom” says the comment about the old council skatepark in South Ockenden (which can still be read in the Knowhere version of this guide, even though the park is long gone.

Issue 67 September 1988 timlb 16 Nov 2008 No Comments

Guide to UK skateboard spots, as they were in 1988

Where to skateboard in Britain, 1988 styleThis is the one part of R.a.D Magazine which lives on as more than just a memory. It moved on line in 1994 and can still be found at although the content is very different now.

I see from the introduction that we introduced a new rating system with this issue of the magazine. There’s a wistful tone to the observation that few people would expect to travel more than 10 or 20 miles to skate, and that no ditch could ever rate 5 stars. In the old days (the old days then) some of us used to travel from one end of the country to another in order skate something like Monk’s Ditch. Or, more to the point, to skate with other people at Monk’s Ditch.

What would the skaters of 1988 have made of the situation 20 years later? What would the skaters of 1980 have made of it? I think only the skaters of 1978 would have dared imagine a world of mini-parks all over the place and mega parks dotting the land. We got what we longed for. How does it feel?

Issue 67 September 1988 timlb 01 Nov 2008 2 Comments

Vallely on Vert, Mountain in ‘Birmingham’ and Guerrero Where?

Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrro, Mike Vallely: Latimer Road, London 1988The curse of captioning strikes again. That doesn’t look like Birmingham to me. But maybe my eyesight is failing!
This page marks the end of the monster coverage of the Powell Tour of 1988. Looking back on it, I think we went over the top: there’s 11 pages of it. That was huge amount in the days when the magazine was only 56 pages thick. But we were into this kind of thing. It was exciting. It was an event in the days before there were any stadium-type skate events in Britain.
It also involved getting out on the road and sharing in the atmosphere at a whole load of different places. That was very much more a R.a.D mag type of thing than any big centralised competition.

Issue 67 September 1988 timlb 03 Oct 2008 7 Comments

Mike Vallely R.a.D T Shirt and Pig City Skate Shop Adverts

Pig City Shop at the Level and Mike Vallely in R.a.D shirtThe shot of Mike Vallely at the South Bank skating in a R.a.D shirt certainly catches the eye… Those T shirts were completely over the top.
But the PC’s Skate shop advert is significant too. I think there was some fuss over the use of the ‘Pig City’ name in this context, but it’s a very dim memory. What’s nice now is to look back at these pictures of Mark Collins, Justin Ashby, Andy Binns and John Mitchell. Brighton was and is a very special place.

Issue 67 September 1988 timlb 13 Sep 2008 6 Comments

Steve Caballero, Southsea Skatepark, 1988

Steve Caballero, Southsea Skatepark 1988The words on this page are about the rain that plagued the Latimer Road demo, but the pictures are of blue sky and sun over Southsea Skatepark as Steve Caballero makes excellent use of the tombstone on the ramp. Photo by Paul Sunman — who took time out from Slam City to act as the driver and coordinator for the whole tour.

Issue 67 September 1988 timlb 08 Sep 2008 1 Comment

Zorlac Mark and Barry Abrook Advert

Zorlac Skateboards Advert: Mark and Barry Abrook 1988Two of my favourite skaters grin out at us from this Zorlac advert.
Mark and Barry Abrook were at the heart of British skateboarding right back to the Andover days. In fact, I think that should be “Thruxton Days”, but that was before my time. They go right back.
This advert was to promote their joint (I think) signature model “Limey Bastards from Hell”. Someone let me know, please: have I got that right?

Issue 67 September 1988 timlb 31 Aug 2008 4 Comments

Powell skate tour, Southsea and Romford, 1988

Lance Mountain, Southsea Skatepark 1988Oh dear: I never could bring myself to cut down the words. So here we have a page almost solid with text. It’s all here: references to Lance Mountain’s South London connections (his grandmother and skating at the Mad Dog Bowl with Seth Parker), sly digs at request for “professional” bank tricks, and endless trick lists.
There’s no way I’m going to type all that for the second time round. Sorry.
I believed these tours were hugely important at the time and so we gave them vast amounts of space. Times have changed now and skating is in a different world where such things no longer stand out as exceptional.

Issue 67 September 1988 timlb 23 Aug 2008 No Comments

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