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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Great fun night tonight cooking w/ chef Andrew @_bachelier_  @urbankitchen it was a very close battle against @steviecab  and Chef Stephen @crustworthy,Just happy to make the Podium,ha
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Ok, it's going down here at the Carlsbad Hilton... Let the Cook off begin
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This is why Spencer is not allowed to sleep in our bedroom at night. The dude is a loud sleeper
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Teaching the kids at a young age how to manage their finances, playing Monopoly
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Hitting up an early morning MTB ride with @bhow72 today at Calavera Hills ... Stoked to finally take this @iamspecialized #stumpjumper 29" and see what she can do
Hitting up an early morning MTB ride with @bhow72 today at Calavera Hills ... Stoked to finally take this @iamspecialized #stumpjumper 29" and see what she can do
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Many years ago I had an idea and it turned out to be a good one. While we were still riding mini- cubics in the early 80's I walked into the Powell Peralta factory where house and found an old box of freestyle wheels that were on a shelf and weren't selling that well, I decided to put them on my vert board and started riding them. After I told Stacy how rad they were and I wanted to keep riding them, these old wheels became a new ones and after a logo change, these wheels became ... Rat Bones! Sometimes ya just gotta go with a gut feeling and roll with it ( pun intended) #ratbones #ratboneswheels @lancemountain @powellperalta
Many years ago I had an idea and it turned out to be a good one. While we were still riding mini- cubics in the early 80's I walked into the Powell Peralta factory where house and found an old box of freestyle wheels that were on a shelf and weren't selling that well, I decided to put them on my vert board and started riding them. After I told Stacy how rad they were and I wanted to keep riding them, these old wheels became a new ones and after a logo change, these wheels became ... Rat Bones! Sometimes ya just gotta go with a gut feeling and roll with it ( pun intended) #ratbones #ratboneswheels @lancemountain @powellperalta
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1980 - mid Elguerial - Winchester Open Pro- Am skate contest - Photo by Erik Takaoka. This was before I turned pro and skated this contest as an amateur and got 2nd place at my local park behind @eddieelguera .
1980 - mid Elguerial - Winchester Open Pro- Am skate contest - Photo by Erik Takaoka. This was before I turned pro and skated this contest as an amateur and got 2nd place at my local park behind @eddieelguera .
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Just saw a pretty hilarious movie with these two and enjoyed it very much, two thumbs up

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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 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...”

      — Chris Adams

      “Amazing. The movie premiered in Dallas on Oct. 24th of 2012, my 38th birthday, my fiance asked what I wanted to do that night and I told her I wanted to go see the movie. I wore my "Have You Seen Him" shirt and just could not sit still in my seat.After the movie she and I went for a pint or two an...”

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