Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The Search for Animal Chin...

Everyone's so hot on the 80's these days. Well let me tell you something about the 80's, my friend. In the 80's, I used to shred. I was a freaking thrasher, man. I freaking ruled, OK.

Okay, actually. I was a whiny little poser who wore wanna-be skate rags, had way-too-expensive gear, and whose only real encounter with road rash led to an almost absolute abandonment of the sport (which, for me, was more of a hobby, but whatever -- pre-bar-mitzvah pischers are usually just concerned with being "cool," right? That, and getting to 2nd base). Check out the right, where me & my pal Joe not only sport some wicked Powell Peralta gear, but (I don't know if you notice) I've got Tony Hawk's first commercial deck (which I traded to this kid Brian for my brand-new Steve Caballero street deck, which was freaking huuuuuge, but which had much better trucks, wheels + bearings).

Anyhoo... oh wait, there's me thrashing again! Damn, I rocked! And that's not even a shot of my wicked street-ramp and half-pipe action! So anyway, why am I bringing up my history as the baddest-ass shred-monkey ever on four polyurethane wheels? I thought you'd never ask!

Bones Brigade III: The Search for Animal Chin (see photos above) has recently been released on Special Edition DVD. For anyone who doesn't know, this video (to quote the distributor's website) "is the most famous skate video in the history of skateboarding. Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Mike McGill and Tommy Guerrero search for the missing master, Animal Chin, who has gone underground because the sport is getting too commercial. Filmed at the peak of the Bones Brigade era in 1986/7 by Stacy Peralta, the original and still the premier skate video maker in the world."

The DVD also includes a brand spankin' new Making-Of documentary (reflecting on the skateboarding world of 20 years ago), deleted scenes, commentary tracks, and other DVD fun-ness. Being how I myself am in the business of making DVDs, and recently completed a full-length feature DVD for sportskool (a Video-On-Demand provider) featuring the old-school skate stylings of Mike Vallely (who actually cameos in Animal Chin), I found it completely appropriate to mention this release at this time.

I do find it a bit ironic that Animal Chin is supposedly all about anti-commercialization of the skateboarding industry, yet the company that made it was TOTALLY about commercializing the sport -- look at all of the bells-and-whistles and merchandise that they still, to this day, hawk to the newbies! No one uses rails, tailbones, nosebones, risers, or any of that outdated paraphernalia these days!

Whateva, it's still classic. And its release nicely, and quite strategically, coincides with... this holiday season! How very, very interesting!!! Hmmmm.....


At 8:04 AM, November 17, 2005, Anonymous youknowwho said...

Aah, the memories. Aren't you glad that I insisted on taking all of those photos of you in your youth (under your sometime protest) so that now, as an adult, you can use them on your blog?

At 9:15 AM, November 17, 2005, Blogger MC Aryeh said...

Great to see pics of Jerry the younger. But where are the ollie and fakie pics?

At 10:24 AM, November 17, 2005, Blogger Chazarmaveth said...

those are at the bottom of a locked filing cabinet with a sign on it, saying "beware of the leopard." actually, they're mostly nonexistant, with one or two real ones sitting in a photo album at "youknowwho"'s house in suburban central Florida. perhaps i will update this post if "youknowwho" somehow spontaneously decides to scan + send them to me.

At 11:07 PM, December 18, 2005, Anonymous Hank Magitz said...

That video was fun... Now check out my, er, cousin's story "Cunin's Big Breakfast" at and let me know how to pass the message in a bottle along to a wider kehilla, baby.


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