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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Thanks to @grossosucks for unearthing this Andrecht photo from DMSR days. I'm guessing 1981 considering the board shape & Full-Tec #vans #rector #madrats #gardengloves
Thanks to @grossosucks for unearthing this Andrecht photo from DMSR days. I'm guessing 1981 considering the board shape & Full-Tec
#vans #rector #madrats #gardengloves
steviecab
@steviecab
Awesome day at #chuckwallavalleyraceway today
Awesome day at #chuckwallavalleyraceway today
steviecab
@steviecab
Out here at #chuckwallavalleyraceway riding road bikes with the guys from @incubusofficial - @djkilmore and @vatoben who are also skateboarding fans as well. Super cool, Ben told me he rides my old school signature deck. Can't wait to see them play live someday
Out here at #chuckwallavalleyraceway riding road bikes with the guys from @incubusofficial - @djkilmore and @vatoben who are also skateboarding fans as well. Super cool, Ben told me he rides my old school signature deck. Can't wait to see them play live someday
steviecab
@steviecab
This @ktmusa RC 390 is a blast on this road race track here in #chuckwallavalleyraceway .... So much fun. @gopro footy to follow soon
This @ktmusa RC 390 is a blast on this road race track here in #chuckwallavalleyraceway .... So much fun. @gopro footy to follow soon
tonyhawk
@tonyhawk
An oral history of Animal Chin featuring all the main goofballs and our stories about making it: Stacy, Cab, Lance, Mike, Tommy & me; now on @ridechannel (link in bio). This is a pic of the Chin rap, taped to the Caddy dash so that we could recite the lyrics while still looking towards the road. #notacannibal #stillsearching
An oral history of Animal Chin featuring all the main goofballs and our stories about making it: Stacy, Cab, Lance, Mike, Tommy & me; now on @ridechannel (link in bio).
This is a pic of the Chin rap, taped to the Caddy dash so that we could recite the lyrics while still looking towards the road. #notacannibal #stillsearching
tommyguerrero
@tommyguerrero
Today!!! BS with TG ! Live! send in a question and get a half baked answer! This will be the first test episode so be prepared for a dumptruck of dumb!-we'll work out the kinks as we go yo! I think monk said "there are no mistakes,it's what you follow it with". (or something to that extent.) many thnx! @claudinegossett pic #skateboardingsaves
Today!!! BS with TG ! Live! send in a question and get a half baked answer! This will be the first test episode so be prepared for a dumptruck of dumb!-we'll work out the kinks as we go yo! I think monk said "there are no mistakes,it's what you follow it with". (or something to that extent.) many thnx! @claudinegossett pic
#skateboardingsaves
steviecab
@steviecab
Look what showed up today at track day at #chuckwallavalleyraceway ... The new @ktmusa RC390 ... Looking foward to taking this bike out on the track for a few hot laps
Look what showed up today at track day at #chuckwallavalleyraceway ... The new @ktmusa RC390 ... Looking foward to taking this bike out on the track for a few hot laps
steviecab
@steviecab
Racing road bikes on this track today #chuckwallavalleyraceway - 2015. Courtesy of and thanks to @heaththechief from @alpinestars on a Yamaha R3.
Racing road bikes on this track today #chuckwallavalleyraceway - 2015. Courtesy of and thanks to @heaththechief from @alpinestars on a Yamaha R3.
steviecab
@steviecab
I woke up at 3:30am to get the amazing opportunity to ride motorcycles on the famous #chuckwallavalleyraceway courtesy of @heaththechief from @alpinestars ... Stoked to finally do this for my very first time✊
I woke up at 3:30am to get the amazing opportunity to ride motorcycles on the famous #chuckwallavalleyraceway courtesy of @heaththechief from @alpinestars ... Stoked to finally do this for my very first time✊
tonyhawk
@tonyhawk
Sayonara Japan, thanks for being weird & wonderful. Special thanks to #bluebottlecoffee staff for the hospitality, to @ripzinger for being the ultimate tour guide, and to @thedeadpigeon for this sweet art.
Sayonara Japan, thanks for being weird & wonderful. Special thanks to #bluebottlecoffee staff for the hospitality, to @ripzinger for being the ultimate tour guide, and to @thedeadpigeon for this sweet art.
tonyhawk
@tonyhawk
Bionic man: @aaronjawshomoki
Bionic man: @aaronjawshomoki
steviecab
@steviecab
@tha_crippla - Nolan Munroe going big today on our mountain bike ride in Calavera Hills
@tha_crippla - Nolan Munroe going big today on our mountain bike ride in Calavera Hills

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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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    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 love this documentary. Seeing the how Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen and Lance Mountain overcome their struggles inspire me to push forward and continue on pursuing my dreams and goals as a graphic artist.”

      — Kevin McCree

      “I must say when I was I kid in the 80s me and other skater friends sat and watched the search for animal chin probably 1000 time and I must say every time was awesome . that movie was what we were all about, skating gave us all a place were we didn't seem to fit other places. thank you to everyone t...”

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