Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

  • Rodney Mullen
  • Mike Mcgill
  • Tommy Guerrero
  • Tony Hawk
  • Steve Caballero
  • Lance Mountain

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I am Jack's complete lack of surprise... for the best amenities ever. Thank you @wlosangeles
I am Jack's complete lack of surprise... for the best amenities ever.
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The deck on the left I made in high school wood class before I got my own model back in 1979, the used deck on the right is one of my riders from 1980 when I first got on the @bonesbrigade .
The deck on the left I made in high school wood class before I got my own model back in 1979, the used deck on the right is one of my riders from 1980 when I first got on the @bonesbrigade .
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My old @bonesbrigade teammates
My old @bonesbrigade teammates
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Short lived "hard to find" 90's Caballero skate decks by Powell Peralta skateboards @powellperalta
Short lived "hard to find" 90's Caballero skate decks by Powell Peralta skateboards @powellperalta
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A couple rare - one off misprints- cab dragon decks from the mid 80's.
A couple rare - one off misprints- cab dragon decks from the mid 80's.
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My love for British motorcycles... BSA cab MC skate decks by @powellperalta
My love for British motorcycles... BSA cab MC skate decks by @powellperalta
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Original bonite Powell Peralta skate decks
Original bonite Powell Peralta skate decks
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Name the model on my model?
Name the model on my model?
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The "coupe de cab" deck by Powell Skateboards came out in 4 different versions years ago, which one did you own or did you collect them all?
The "coupe de cab" deck  by Powell Skateboards came out in 4 different versions years ago, which one did you own or did you collect them all?
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Stopped by Rip City in Santa Monica today to say hi and to retrieve an old Zephyr board of mine they've had hanging in their mighty shop
Stopped by Rip City in Santa Monica today to say hi and to retrieve an old Zephyr board of mine they've had hanging in their mighty shop
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One thing I'm gonna miss about Campbell is our morning bike rides to Starbucks to get venti green tea soy latte from @wettapoo
One thing I'm gonna miss about Campbell is our morning bike rides to Starbucks to get venti green tea soy latte from @wettapoo

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Bones Brigade:
An Autobiography

In 1978, a mechanical engineer who had developed new skateboard products teamed up with one of the most popular skaters of the era. George Powell and Stacy Peralta created Powell Peralta and immediately began retooling how skateboard products were made and marketed.

George, who had started developing products in his garage and kitchen oven, went on to invent innovative equipment such as double radial Bones wheels, named for their unique whiteness, and trend setting skateboard decks. Stacy recruited the skaters and handled marketing along with his longtime creative cohort Craig Stecyk III. Rejecting the expected action shot marketing, they used their young team to create esoteric images conveying the culture's sarcasm and disenfranchised dark humor. While spitballing about his stable of skaters, Stacy commented that he never wanted to call them a "team," a label that invited all kinds of jock baggage. Craig shrugged and simply said, "Bones Brigade."

Powell Peralta reinterpreted a military motif, warping it with pioneering skateboard graphics more suited to biker gang tats than decks. As great a skater as Stacy was, his scouting skills surpassed any celebrated onboard skills. By 1984, Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero and Mike McGill compiled the most competitively dominant skateboard team in history. On top of winning large, cheap plastic trophies, Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen—two 13-year-olds initially ridiculed by their peers—created new ways to skate and pioneered modern technical skating.

Disgruntled at the way the skate mags played favorites, Stacy weaponized consumer VCRs by directing The Bones Brigade Video Show in 1983. The low-budget amateur skateboard video was the first of its kind and sold a surprising 30,000 copies (including Betamax!).

At the time, skating needed all the help it could get. The 1970s "fad" that swept the country after the invention of the urethane wheel had deflated embarrassingly by 1981. Remaining participants' social status ranked below the chess club. Powell Peralta averaged an anemic 500 monthly board sales and Tony Hawk once received a royalty check for 85¢. To increase brand awareness and grow skateboarding, Stacy produced and created a new Bones Brigade video every year, showcasing his crew's varied personalities and invented maneuvers. The videos routinely featured riders crawling out of sewers, skating abandoned pools and back alleys, bombing desolate hills—essentially shredded an apocalyptic world hidden to most non-skaters.

By the mid-'80s...

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      Testimonials

      “I love this film what those guys did for skateboarding is so amazing , they truly changed the sport and the industry is better because of those guys .stacy truly cared for those kids and he has such a big heart .rodney mullen part was the most amazing thing ive ever seen on film .thank you for makin...”

      — DAN THOMPSON

      “I loved watching this film; it was inspiring and interesting to see how everything came about, and to watch the creative sparks ignite in each skater. It's a well put together documentary and fun to watch. Pure awesomeness.”

      — Jendria

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