Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

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

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George Powell - Documentary Short
George Powell is one of the very few skateboard builders in the world today who still manufactures many of his products in America under one roof just as he has always done Read More
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WIRED - Rodney Mullen

WIRED - Rodney Mullen

January 28, 2015

Wired posted a very interesting article on Rodney Mullen. Read More
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Stacy talks Bones Brigade Video Show
Sean Mortimer spoke with Stacy Peralta about how he changed skateboarding by way of the videocassette Read More
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VIDEOLA - FROM THE VAULT

VIDEOLA - FROM THE VAULT

November 18, 2014

Footage The Vault Read More
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Tony Hawk 2014 - Perched

Tony Hawk 2014 - Perched

October 28, 2014

Tony Hawk just came out with a 2014 video part and it will blow your mind. Read More

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steviecab
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Yup before Nike even cared about skateboarding... We rocked them Jordan's in 1986 yo
Yup before Nike even cared about skateboarding... We rocked them Jordan's in 1986 yo
tonyhawk
@tonyhawk
Thank you @inocenteart! It was a pleasure meeting your family today. You are truly inspirational and I am proud to have this custom piece.
Thank you @inocenteart! It was a pleasure meeting your family today. You are truly inspirational and I am proud to have this custom piece.
steviecab
@steviecab
Great to hang out with my beautiful daughter @thekaylacab at Fremont skatepark today❤️
Great to hang out with my beautiful daughter @thekaylacab at Fremont skatepark today❤️
steviecab
@steviecab
Just visited an old friend while visiting San Jose. In 1997 I dropped this motorcycle off at a British MC shop to get some engine work done in it... Over 17 years and it's still not finished yet
Just visited an old friend while visiting San Jose. In 1997 I dropped this motorcycle off at a British MC shop to get some engine work done in it... Over 17 years and it's still not finished yet
tommyguerrero
@tommyguerrero
Wreckasto day!! #recordstoreday Only 250 of these 45's were made-2 tracks from my album #NOMANSLAND - these were only sold at a couple shows and have never been available in shops or online... Until today! You can find these at the legendary @groovemerchantsf 687 haight st SF. Limited amount available. You might even be able to get it signed..wink wink..go on out and support your local record store! Support the mom n pop shops! Support indie artists! Support my back w a brace!
Wreckasto day!! #recordstoreday
Only 250 of these 45's were made-2 tracks from my album #NOMANSLAND - these were only sold at a couple shows and have never been available in shops or online... Until today!
You can find these at the legendary @groovemerchantsf 687 haight st SF. Limited amount available.
You might even be able to get it signed..wink wink..go on out and support your local record store! Support the mom n pop shops!
Support indie artists!
Support my back w a brace!
tonyhawk
@tonyhawk
Stoked to see Steve Buscemi crowd surfing last night.
Stoked to see Steve Buscemi crowd surfing last night.
tonyhawk
@tonyhawk
TNT
TNT
tonyhawk
@tonyhawk
These guitars are for those about to rock.
These guitars are for those about to rock.
steviecab
@steviecab
Watching #agentorange play tonight at the Ritz in downtown San Jose. The new club is amazing and the sound is great
Watching #agentorange play tonight at the Ritz in downtown San Jose. The new club is amazing and the sound is great
steviecab
@steviecab
Stopped by the Hotrod shop in Campbell to check up on my '35 Ford and see how far they have gotten on it, saying another month before it's finished and ready to leave the shop . Can't wait to cruise down to North County soon to her new home.
Stopped by the Hotrod shop in Campbell to check up on my '35 Ford and see how far they have gotten on it, saying another month before it's finished and ready to leave the shop . Can't wait to cruise down to North County soon to her new home.
tonyhawk
@tonyhawk
These guys have 200 couches.
These guys have 200 couches.
steviecab
@steviecab
Just picked up this new Stump Jumper FSR Comp Carbon 29" #mountainbike from @iamspecialized - thank you @like_the_wheel for the amazing deal and hook ups. Looking forward to putting this on the trail soon
Just picked up this new Stump Jumper FSR Comp Carbon 29" #mountainbike from @iamspecialized - thank you @like_the_wheel for the amazing deal and hook ups. Looking forward to putting this on the trail soon

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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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    Film Festival Poster

    Bones Brigade Vault Item - Film Festival Poster

    These 16" X 20" posters were made for the Sundance and Santa Barbara Film Festivals. Made before we settled on the final artwork for the film. We stopped using them once the Bones Brigade : An Autobiography film posters were printed.

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      “I loved the film. It captured the vibe that made sk8ing so fun.”

      — todd “todd napier” napier

      “I just want to say it's a great documentary! I started skating in the 80's and these guys we're some of my favorite riders. I'll admit I did shed a tear. I had no idea what everyone went through. Being a young rider you never got to see what happened behind the scenes. You did a great job and I reco...”

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