Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

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

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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

Pre Order Bones Brigade® Rodney Mullen 12th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Silver - 7.4 x 27.625

Pre Order Bones Brigade® Rodney Mullen 12th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Silver - 7.4  x 27.625

Pre-order policy: Please place pre-order items on separate orders from regular in stock items. Ship dates are our best estimate and are subject to change. Pre sale starts shipping June 15.

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • Twelfth 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 June 15, 2020

More info in this BLOG post.

Pre Order Bones Brigade® Lance Mountain 12th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Silver - 10 x 30.75

Pre Order Bones Brigade® Lance Mountain 12th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Silver - 10 x 30.75

Pre-order policy: Please place pre-order items on separate orders from regular in stock items. Ship dates are our best estimate and are subject to change. Pre sale starts shipping on June 15.

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • Twelfth 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 June 15, 2020

More info in this BLOG post.

Pre Order Bones Brigade® Mike McGill 12th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Silver - 9.94 x 30.43

Pre Order Bones Brigade® Mike McGill 12th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Silver - 9.94 x 30.43

Pre-order policy: Please place pre-order items on separate orders from regular in stock items. Ship dates are our best estimate and are subject to change. Pre sale starts shipping June 15.

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • Twelfth 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 June 15, 2020

More info in this BLOG post.

Pre Order Bones Brigade® Tony Hawk 12th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Silver - 10.41 x 30.28

Pre Order Bones Brigade® Tony Hawk 12th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Silver - 10.41 x 30.28

Pre-order policy: Please place pre-order items on separate orders from regular in stock items. Ship dates are our best estimate and are subject to change. Pre sale shipping starts June 15.

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • Twelfth 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 3,500 of this colorway may be offered.

Public release June 15, 2020

More info in this BLOG post.

Pre Order Bones Brigade® Tommy Guerrero 12th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Silver - 9.6 x 29.18

Pre Order Bones Brigade® Tommy Guerrero 12th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Silver - 9.6 x 29.18

Pre-order policy: Please place pre-order items on separate orders from regular in stock items. Ship dates are our best estimate and are subject to change. Pre Sale shipping starts June 15.

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • Twelfth 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 June 15, 2020

More info in this BLOG post.

Pre Order Bones Brigade® Steve Caballero 12th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Silver- 10.47 x 30.94

Pre Order Bones Brigade® Steve Caballero 12th Series Reissue Skateboard Deck Silver- 10.47 x 30.94

Pre-order policy: Please place pre-order items on separate orders from regular in stock items. Ship dates are our best estimate and are subject to change. Ship date starts June 15.

Original shape and graphic from the 1980's.

  • Twelfth 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 June 15, 2020

More info in this BLOG post.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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

Hawk Series 10 Skateboard Complete White 10.45 x 31.25

Bones Brigade Hawk Series 10 Skateboard Complete White 10.45 x 31.25

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.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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

Guerrero Series1 Skateboard Complete Black- 9.6 x 29.13

Bones Brigade Guerrero Series1 Skateboard Complete Black- 9.6 x 29.13

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.

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

    “Bones Brigade: An Autobiography can be described in several ways. Best documentary ever made, revealing, great for skaters and those who enjoy watching documentaries, informing, occasionally entertaining, and of course there's some great skating. Every second of this documentary had me staring at my...”

    — Justin DeVoe

    “From mid 80's The Bones Brigade played a big part of growth and development of Skateboarding in South Africa. The stoke lives on and Chin is alive and well! If you ever in the hood - come sk8 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/722609227816516/”

    — Eben Combrinck

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