Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

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

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About The Movie

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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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Two DVD combo set

Combo Edition DVD
  • Contains the 2012 release, Bones Brigade : An Autobiography and the 2013 release, Bonus Brigade.
  • 286 minutes total time

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Bones Brigade Skate Deck Reissues

Guerrero Series 1 Skateboard Complete Black- 9.6 x 29.13

Bones Brigade Guerrero Series 1 Skateboard Complete Black- 9.6 x 29.13

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

About the Guerrero Dagger Artwork:

In 1986, based loosely on a car hood decoration, Kevin Ancell created a V-8 "Dagger" for Tommy with a border of chrome and roses, wrapping the rails of the deck for a lowrider feel. Tommy's deck was successful, and so for his second model, this concept was updated by Vernon Courtlandt johnson (VCJ) to the more widely known version of the Flaming Hot Rod Dagger reproduced here. Tommy's pro model became widely popular as street skating took off, displacing vert skating altogether in the late 80s.

Artwork by VCJ

  • Screened top and bottom graphics, applied with heat and pressure.
  • Seven plies of US hard rock maple- Only the best of the best that is available.
  • Old hole pattern.
  • Made in our US factory.

Perfect for riding, gift-giving, collecting and displaying. 

Complete includes: BB Blem deck, Indy 169 Trucks, Bones REDS Bearings, Mini Logo Grip, Hardware and Risers, and Powell-Peralta wheels

McGill Series 1 Skateboard Complete Red- 10 x 30.125

Bones Brigade McGill Series 1 Skateboard Complete Red- 10 x 30.125

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

About the Skull & Snake Artwork:

Just as Mike McGill was perfecting the 540 McTwist in the summer of 1984 at Swedish summer camp, V.C.J. was working on a new deck graphic for him. Since the "Skull & Bones" theme was proving to be popular, that was the direction chosen for McGill's new deck. Mike's input was to add the snake and lightning bolts since there is an abundance of both in his home state of Florida. McGill's Skull & Snake is truly a classic skateboard icon. 

Originally Released: 1984

Artwork by: Vernon Courtlandt Johnson

  • Screened top and bottom graphics, applied with heat and pressure.
  • Seven plies of US hard rock maple- Only the best of the best that is available.
  • Old hole pattern.
  • Made in our US factory.

Perfect for riding, gift-giving, collecting and displaying. 

Complete includes: BB Blem deck, Indy 169 Trucks, Bones REDS Bearings, Mini Logo Grip, Hardware and Risers, and Powell-Peralta wheels

Mountain Series 1 Skateboard Complete Green- 10 X 30.75

Bones Brigade Mountain Series 1 Skateboard Complete Green- 10 X 30.75

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

About the Mountain Future Primitive Artwork:

As Powell-Peralta began to develop a deck graphic for Lance, he was offered a VCJ skull & knee bone-based theme playing off the other skull and dragon inspired Brigade decks, but he wanted something different. Company artist, Vernon Courtlandt Johnson (VCJ), was also working on concepts of cave painting figures for the second Brigade video Future Primitive, and Lance asked to go in this direction instead, which explains where his outlier graphic came from.

Artwork by VCJ

  • Screened top and bottom graphics, applied with heat and pressure.
  • Seven plies of US hard rock maple- Only the best of the best that is available.
  • Old hole pattern.
  • Made in our US factory.

Perfect for riding, gift-giving, collecting and displaying. 

Complete includes: BB Blem deck, Indy 169 Trucks, Bones REDS Bearings, Mini Logo Grip, Hardware and Risers, and Powell-Peralta wheels

Mountain Series 10 Skateboard Complete RED- 10 X 30.75

Bones Brigade Mountain Series 10 Skateboard Complete RED- 10 X 30.75

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

About the Mountain Future Primitive Artwork:

As Powell-Peralta began to develop a deck graphic for Lance, he was offered a VCJ skull & knee bone-based theme playing off the other skull and dragon inspired Brigade decks, but he wanted something different. Company artist, Vernon Courtlandt Johnson (VCJ), was also working on concepts of cave painting figures for the second Brigade video Future Primitive, and Lance asked to go in this direction instead, which explains where his outlier graphic came from.

Artwork by VCJ

  • Screened top and bottom graphics, applied with heat and pressure.
  • Seven plies of US hard rock maple- Only the best of the best that is available.
  • Old hole pattern.
  • Made in our US factory.

Perfect for riding, gift-giving, collecting and displaying. 

Complete includes: BB Blem deck, Indy 169 Trucks, Bones REDS Bearings, Mini Logo Grip, Hardware and Risers, and Powell-Peralta wheels

McGill Series 10 Skateboard Complete Blue - 10 x 30.43

Bones Brigade McGill Series 10 Skateboard Complete Blue - 10 x 30.43

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

About the Skull & Snake Artwork:

Just as Mike McGill was perfecting the 540 McTwist in the summer of 1984 at Swedish summer camp, V.C.J. was working on a new deck graphic for him. Since the "Skull & Bones" theme was proving to be popular, that was the direction chosen for McGill's new deck. Mike's input was to add the snake and lightning bolts since there is an abundance of both in his home state of Florida. McGill's Skull & Snake is truly a classic skateboard icon. 

Originally Released: 1984

Artwork by: Vernon Courtlandt Johnson

  • Screened top and bottom graphics, applied with heat and pressure.
  • Seven plies of US hard rock maple- Only the best of the best that is available.
  • Old hole pattern.
  • Made in our US factory.

Perfect for riding, gift-giving, collecting and displaying. 

Complete includes: BB Blem deck, Indy 169 Trucks, Bones REDS Bearings, Mini Logo Grip, Hardware and Risers, and Powell-Peralta wheels

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    Testimonials

    “I grew up watching and idolizing these guys. The Search For Animal Chin is still the movie I have watched more times than any other movie including normal mainstream movies. We lived skateboarding and I cant wait to see this movie!

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    Thanks for sharing Darren.”

    — darren dudeck

    “I loved every second of tRodneygraphy. they were ( and still are) my idols. to see that they were just like me made it all more powerful for me.
    great job Stacy for finally putting it out. I loved the way it was distributed as well.
    Tony, Cab, Tommy, Mike, Rodney, and Lance are st...”

    — Jeremy Stanford

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