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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Bones Brigade Merchandise

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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

Bones Brigade® Tony Hawk Silver Hawk Complete Skateboard - 9.56 x 29.63

Bones Brigade® Tony Hawk Silver Hawk Complete Skateboard - 9.56 x 29.63

The original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • 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.
  • Wheel wells when called for.
  • Old hole pattern.
  • Made in our US factory.

Produced to celebrate the release of Stacy Peralta's new film "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". 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 Mini Cubics 64mm wheels

Wheel color can change from Black, Blue or White.

Bones Brigade® Mike McGill Green Jet Fighter Complete Skateboard - 10.28 x 30.25

Bones Brigade® Mike McGill Green Jet Fighter Complete Skateboard - 10.28 x 30.25

The original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • 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.
  • Wheel wells when called for.
  • Old hole pattern.
  • Made in our US factory.

Produced to celebrate the release of Stacy Peralta's new film "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". 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 Mini Cubics 64mm wheels

Wheel color can vary from Green, Black, or White.

Bones Brigade® Caballero Dragon Blue Complete Skateboard - 10 x 29.75

Bones Brigade® Caballero Dragon Blue Complete Skateboard - 10 x 29.75

Details

  • 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.
  • Wheel wells when called for.
  • Old hole pattern.
  • Made in our US factory.

Produced to celebrate the release of Stacy Peralta's film "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". Perfect for riding, gift-giving, collecting and displaying.

Comes with Bones Brigade Cab Blem Deck Blue, Independent 169 Trucks, White Rat Bones 60mm wheels, Bones REDS bearings, and ML Grip tape, hardware and risers.

Bones Brigade® Hawk Series 4 Complete Skateboard Black - 10 x 30.05

Bones Brigade® Hawk Series 4 Complete Skateboard Black - 10 x 30.05

The original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • 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.
  • Wheel wells when called for.
  • Old hole pattern.
  • Made in our US factory.

Produced to celebrate the release of Stacy Peralta's film "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". Perfect for riding, gift-giving, collecting and displaying.

Complete includes: Bones Brigade Hawk Series 4 Cosmetic Blem Deck, Indy 169 Trucks, Bones REDS Bearings, Mini Logo Grip, Hardware and Risers, and PP Mini Cubics white wheels.

Bones Brigade® Orange Caballero Skateboard Complete - 10 x 29.130

Bones Brigade® Orange Caballero Skateboard Complete - 10 x 29.130

Details

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • 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.

Produced to celebrate the release of Stacy Peralta's film "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". 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 PP Rat Bones wheels

Bones Brigade® Black Mullen Complete Skateboard - 7.4 x 27.625

Bones Brigade® Black Mullen Complete Skateboard - 7.4 x 27.625

The original shape and graphic from the 80's.

  • 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.

Produced to celebrate the release of Stacy Peralta's film "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". Perfect for riding, gift-giving, collecting and displaying.

Complete Includes: BB Blem Deck, Indy 109 Trucks, Bones REDS Bearings, Mini Logo Grip, Hardware and risers, and Rollerbones 57mm 98a wheels.

Bones Brigade® Red McGill Complete Skateboard - 10 x 30.125

Bones Brigade® Red McGill Complete Skateboard - 10 x 30.125

  • 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.

Produced to celebrate the release of Stacy Peralta's film "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". Perfect for riding, gift-giving, collecting and displaying.

Complete Includes: BB Deck, Indy 169 Trucks, Bones REDS Bearings, Mini Logo Grip, Hardware and risers, and PP Mini Cubic Wheels Black.

Bones Briagde® Guerrero Flaming Dagger Complete Skateboard Black - 9.6 x 29.18

Bones Briagde® Guerrero Flaming Dagger Complete Skateboard Black - 9.6 x 29.18

The original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • 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.
  • Wheel wells when called for.
  • Old hole pattern.
  • Made in our US factory.

Produced to celebrate the release of Stacy Peralta's film "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". 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 PP Mini Cubics wheels

Bones Brigade® Rodney Mullen 11th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Natural - 7.4 x 27.625

Bones Brigade® Rodney Mullen 11th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Natural - 7.4 x 27.625

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • Eleventh Series
  • 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

Produced to celebrate the Bones Brigade, and Stacy Peralta's film "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". Perfect for riding, gift-giving, collecting and displaying.

Up to 500 of this colorway may be offered.

Public release March 25, 2019.

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Bones Brigade® Lance Mountain 11th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Natural - 10 x 30.75

Bones Brigade® Lance Mountain 11th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Natural - 10 x 30.75

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • Eleventh Series
  • 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

Produced to celebrate the Bones Brigade, and Stacy Peralta's film "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". Perfect for riding, gift-giving, collecting and displaying.

Up to 1,250 of this colorway may be offered.

Public release March 25, 2019.

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Bones Brigade® Mike McGill 11th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Natural - 9.94 x 30.43

Bones Brigade® Mike McGill 11th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Natural - 9.94 x 30.43

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • Eleventh Series
  • 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

Produced to celebrate the Bones Brigade, and Stacy Peralta's film "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". Perfect for riding, gift-giving, collecting and displaying.

Up to 2,000 of this colorway may be offered.

Public release March 25, 2019.

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Bones Brigade® Tony Hawk 11th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Natural - 10.41 x 30.28

Bones Brigade® Tony Hawk 11th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Natural - 10.41 x 30.28

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • Eleventh Series
  • 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

Produced to celebrate the Bones Brigade, and Stacy Peralta's film "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". Perfect for riding, gift-giving, collecting and displaying.

Up to 2,500 of this colorway may be offered.

Public release March 25, 2019.

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Bones Brigade® Tommy Guerrero 11th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Natural - 9.6 x 29.18

Bones Brigade® Tommy Guerrero 11th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Natural - 9.6 x 29.18

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • Eleventh Series
  • 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

Produced to celebrate the Bones Brigade, and Stacy Peralta's film "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". Perfect for riding, gift-giving, collecting and displaying.

Up to 1,000 of this colorway may be offered.

Public release March 25, 2019.

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Bones Brigade® Steve Caballero 11th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Natural - 10.47 x 30.94

Bones Brigade® Steve Caballero 11th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Natural - 10.47 x 30.94

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • Eleventh Series
  • 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

Produced to celebrate the Bones Brigade, and Stacy Peralta's film "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". Perfect for riding, gift-giving, collecting and displaying.

Up to 2,000 of this colorway may be offered.

Public release March 25, 2019.

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Bones Brigade® Lance Mountain 5th Series Complete Skateboard Orange - 10 x 30.75

Bones Brigade® Lance Mountain 5th Series Complete Skateboard Orange - 10 x 30.75

The original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • 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.
  • Wheel wells when called for.
  • Old hole pattern.
  • Made in our US factory.

Produced to celebrate the release of Stacy Peralta's new film "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". 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 Rat Bones 60mm white wheels

Bones Brigade® Lance Mountain FP Complete Skateboard Purple - 10 x 30.75

Bones Brigade® Lance Mountain FP Complete Skateboard Purple - 10 x 30.75

The original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • 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.
  • Wheel wells when called for.
  • Old hole pattern.
  • Made in our US factory.

Produced to celebrate the release of Stacy Peralta's new film "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". 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 G Bones 60mm wheels

Wheels may vary in color from Black, White, or Blue.

Bones Brigade® Blue Guerrero Complete Skateboard - 9.6 x 29.130

Bones Brigade® Blue Guerrero Complete Skateboard - 9.6 x 29.130

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • Seventh Series
  • 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.

Produced to celebrate the release of Stacy Peralta's film "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". Perfect for riding, gift-giving, collecting and displaying. Up to 1,000 of this colorway may be offered.

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

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    Testimonials

    “From 9 kids to a hole country following the Bones Brigade.
    I remember the 1st time my friend Juan came back from the US with a video ( Beta or VHS cant remember ) and 9 of us we sit down on the floor and for the 1st time in our life we looked up to some one, and that some one was across the country...”

    — Dante “Gonzo” Gallegos

    “I just saw your movie in Toronto (for the Hot Docs festival), and it was AWESOME. I can't claim to be a skateboarder or a fan of it- but i went with a friend who loves it and this movie made me fall in love with the whole skateboarding culture!

    thanks for making it! Hope it does well!”

    — Iva

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