While shooting a generic NYC photo I heard a skateboard rumble through the avenue. I waited and clicked the shutter as the skater breezed through frame. Only after did I realize I had just caught the Muska in his natural habitat.
Posted August 24th, 2011 by He Was Meeting Jamie At Brooklyn Banks for a Rail Reunion
The Best of Skate Fate is now available in a hard cover edition. It looks and feels so solid! Order a copy right now at:
Note: The inside pages of this book are printed on non-glossy, cream colored (off white) paper.
Thanks to everyone who has already ordered a soft cover book.
Unleashed upon the skateboarding world from 1981 to 1991, Skate Fate was the first and longest-running homemade, photocopied skate zine. Published by GSD and jam-packed with hilarious interviews, corrosive articles, breath-snatching photography, vibrant artwork, twisted cartoons, clever ads (both real and fake) and the latest news, quotes and slang, it was all spontaneously laid out with ultra-vivid graphic design then urgently slammed into the mailboxes of fellow enthused skaters and zine makers all over the United States.
Just in time for the 30th anniversary, GSD unveils The Best of Skate Fate, a mega-thick, 320-page, stark black-and-white book bursting with the most crucial content culled from the pages of nearly all 76 issues of this legendary zine. It's delivered to you fresh from the pre-computer era, when pens, pencils, paper, glue, tape, triangles and T-squares were the tools of the trade. Scanned directly from the original master layouts, it all looks better than ever!
Exclusive full-length interviews delve into the minds of skateboarding icons Neil Blender, Steve Caballero, Steve Claar, Bill Danforth, Claus Grabke, Jeff Grosso, Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi, Marty Jimenez, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Corey O'Brien and Gavin O'Brien, Chris Miller, Stacy Peralta, Rob Roskopp, Billy Ruff, Skate Rat, John Smythe (Craig Stecyk), Kevin Staab and Tod Swank.
Articles like "Xerox Scuzz" and "A Sketchy History of Skate Fate" explore the 1980s skate zine phenomenon in detail, while Neil Blender's cartoons featuring Mark Coonson and friends will leave you paralyzed by laugh attacks. Galleries of Skate Fate covers, logos, hand-drawn ads, a Skate Fate collector's guide and so much more wrap it all up. Now is the perfect time to crack open The Best of Skate Fate--a vital, surreal window into the most creative era skateboarding has ever known.
Follow the crew as we creep across America in the Tum Yeto van and Murphy's shitty ass Cadillac. Post your comments, post up your spot books and we will try our best to roll through and skate with you on our way out to the Washington DC Maloof Cup.
Toy Machine Bloodsucking Skateboard Company and Pro Skateboarder Nick Trapasso have parted ways in an amicable fashion. That means it was mellow. No giant fight took place or anything. So sorry for the relatively boring press release. We thanked each other over the phone. He thanked us for hooking him up and turning him pro, and I thanked him for his continued ripping, getting covers, and winning contests. It will be sad to see such a great talent go. Toy Machine wishes him luck in his future endeavors. We are looking forward to our own future with newly anointed pro Collin Provost joining the gang.
I personally enjoy seeing friends and partners during the trade shows. ASR is gone. Agenda and the Black Box, Crossroads show happened this last week. Agenda in Huntington Beach and Crossroads was behind Black Box warehouse in Vista. We were lucky to have Ed and Deanna Templeton show up at Agenda and do some custom art for our customers. That was awesome. Anyways, here is my boring photo blog. I know you would rather see the team riders ripping it up or drinking beer. Not this time. Sorry for being a dick. TS
The Tum Yeto booth at Agenda. Dekline featured on left and Toy Machine on right. Big push for new Toy Machine prebook program starting now.