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It's hard to know where to start. I think I started the BB doc a few years ago but must have never finished it, as I did last night from my new digs here in Nashville TN.

As a Nor Cal kid growing up with a single mom in the late 70's and 80's, BMX and Skateboarding were as integral to my life as peanut butter and jelly. And probably just as nourishing.

I know you hear it a million times but Lance, Tony, Tommy, Mike, Steve, and Stacy - those videos and the community that was presented to us was more important that you can even imagine. We all know that the magazines were a big deal as far as new tricks (speaking equally of BMX and sk8ing), skater bios, of course parts and ordering, and locations to ride. But the videos - esp. those first four I think, were as a part of our lives as Johnny Carson being part of so many living rooms every night in America.

We started almost every day of the summer by watching 1/2 hour of at least one of those first three. We knew every Guerrero ollie of Future Primitive, we knew the off-screen slams of the downhill sessions, we laughed and loved Lance's Ramp jams, and of course we re-enacted all of the cheesy lines in Chin all the time. Esp. being native to San Francisco we felt let in on the secret a bit, knowing the spots you found in the city and the shadow of Chin against the backdrop of China Town.

And it wasn't just "choose which member you resonate with" - though that was part of it. Looking back now I think it provided a sort of 'sandbox' situation, watching the Bones Brigade videos develop, and watching the gang also get better, and travel and fall down and laugh and enjoy this new burgeoning sport, gave (at least me), something the magazines couldn't. It was a testing zone. A trial run. And of course it was all about community.

When we found some wood and built our own first flyway ramp and rolled it down to the school and started launching, we felt like we were right there - even though we weren't nearly as good - we were having fun and just enjoying the pureness of a sport like skateboarding. When all you need is this board, and you can get all over town and practice and learn and do it all on your own. When my bike got stolen I even did my paper route for an entire month - on my beat up Rat Bones.

A bit long winded but I had to say thanks after finishing that doc. Thanks for the hard work you put into the videos as well as the work each of you put into your craft. It's a noble thing to perfect something - maybe even moreso because of how elegant and pure an activity skating is.

It absolutely, 100% mattered to so many of us kids.

I'm a documentary filmmaker now and those Bones Brigade videos were the only intro I had to grabbing a camera and going for it.

I was at a random Christmas party a couple years ago in the valley and ran into the interviewer from the Animal Chin opening scene and it brought me right back - we laughed and chatted about Chin and Sk8ing and cheesy movie lines.

Well done everyone, and again Thank You.

Alden Olmsted
30 Bikes, The Story of Homestead Bicycles

— Alden Olmsted, Homestead Bicycles

I am so glad I stumbled upon this site when I was running some random searches of skateboarders I followed when I was a kid. I still have my PP Tony Hawk board in my garage, and I'm 46. I probably watched "Future Primitive" 100 times as a kid. Everyone in the Bones Brigade past was a hero of mine, and it was one of the best times in my childhood. Thanks for helping me remember some great times.

— Brian

In 1984 as I struggled in high school to find a niche in which I fit, I discovered that skateboarding was 'popular'. But there was only one skateshop called 'Underground Skates' in Huntsville, Alabama and I never could find it. Little did I know of the history of skateboarding in this little town.

One day I saw a Nash Executioner available at Sam's Club when shopping with my dad. After begging for quite a bit, I got my first board in orange and my brother's was green. We quickly learned that skateboarding was really tough and that we learned to ride 'goofy footed'. It didn't matter though as skating around gave us something to do and was quick transportation. We lived at a small motel and it was a very fast way to get around the property compared to walking. As my family continued growing in the hotel industry, the skateboard was our go to for getting around fast.

I skated my way to class in college and still have my Nash board. At some point at a hotel lobby in Milwaukee a skate tour team was my board and wanted pictures of it. I had modified it a bit with t-bolts on the nose guard and rails as they originally used wood screws and did some other hardware mods to keep the truck screws from going into the deck. I changed out the stock cushions and cap in the trucks with Tracker ones and added a coper after researching if it would fit properly. Changed out the wheels to Slimeballs and have always messed around with different sets of bearings. I recently added some washers to act as 'hubcaps' for the bearings to keep out road grime--made my cleaning ritual easier. I was the board with Pledge regularly and clean out the bearing faces with q-tips and toothpicks. My board still rolls and I've still got spare parts in a box including 2 sets of new nash trucks with the wheels and bearings. I think I'll have this board with me until I'm gone.

There was a video game called Skate or Die on the Commodore 64 that allowed me and my brother to do the things would couldn't do in real life. And my brother and I spent hours on that half pipe, spinning and flowing tricks the way we dreamed about in real life. We idolized the pros just as everyone else did--but I never really knew why. I never knew why I felt like a part of the skating culture without truly fitting in there and not really being able to skate (I can't even ollie).

Until I saw this documentary about guys just a little older than me, who faced a lot of the same trials and tribulations as I did, and were extremely talented as I am, and where that journey took them. And even though I can't skate like they can, I can relate to the lives they unfold in the film as if these were my brothers from another mother. The sense of defeat, the sense of wanting to belong, the sense of knowing you need to do what you were born to do--and the art in all of it. I love this film and it just solidifies why in my heart I always understood skaters and skating even when I can't really skate.

— Samir “Samir” D, Huntsville Car Scene.com

#BONES for life....This took me right back to the 80's. Site is easy to navigate & awesome selection of authentic old skool PowellPeralta products. As a new Dad and former Sk8boarder this puts a smile on my face to see what you guys have done. Sebby will be rockin' BonesBrigade tshirts very soon #Sk8orDie #DugFresh

— Doug

Just to let you know you guys changed my life as a kid to enjoy skating and surfing. So glad for all you have done for us. Its been 30 some years watching the team go through all kinds of stuff and change the world! Thang you again for all you have done!

— Bryan Copeland

Can't wait to see what you guys come up with for Animal Chin's 30th anniversary!

— Kevin

I finally got around to watching this movie last night.
It was great to hear people I looked up to when I was a kid (I was in the prime demographic during the mid-late 80s) talk about their life and experiences in such an open and candid way. I didn't realise half the stuff these guys went through back in the day, but they did reaffirm to me skateboarding is a great culture to grow up with, be influenced by and be a part of.
It was great to be inspired again (besides the still-sick skating) by comments, ideas and personalities. I've taken a lot away from this movie, it was more than just a trip down memory lane for me.
Thank you.

— Matt “emphor” Davey

I went to a screening in old Montreal . Got to meet : TH , RM , TG , MM , RB , just to name a few ! I hadn't ridden a Sk8 in almost 20 years . Inspired me , reminded me how much I loved skating ! Got back into it . Been 3 years and 50+lbs less . I love to skate ! 100% SKATER ! live to ride , ride to live ! Thanks Bones Brigade for bringing me back ! SK8 forever

— Jaymie “Beebs” Bibok

I attended high school in the mid to late 80s. I never skated, but I liked the boys who did. I lived in the country, so never got to hang around the neighborhood much to see the skaters doing their thing... but I remember that the Bones Brigade was everywhere. Boys carrying their boards at school, the stickers, the t-shirts they wore, Thrasher magazines being read in class or at lunch... it was a thing and it was rad.

The boy I liked was a skater, and his favorite BB member was Lance Mountain. He wore Lance's t-shirt all the time and doodled the graphics from Lance's board on my notebook (I still have it, 29 years later). Once we started dating, we often drove the 90 minutes to go hang out in San Francisco at his aunt's apartment, and he skated all over - I marveled at how fast he'd skate down the street, no pads, no nothing, braving the corners and the cars. I was so impressed.

This has become one of my favorite documentaries - it brought me right back to those 80s high school days, where things seemed more innocent and fun. Thank you, Stacy and crew, for such an enjoyable, nostalgic, fascinating, and uplifting film.

— Kerrie

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

I absolutely love the documentary. Even though I'm not a big skate boarder, I get captivated just watching these amazing things that's the kids do. I was a kid of the 80's and I remember just watching my brother and his friends skateboard. I watched for hours. Watching this just brings back all those memories. The only thing I want to know is, " when's the movie"? This would make one hella of movie. To tell the tell of these six amazing athletes, would be mind blowing. If this does happen to cross Stacy, all I have to say is,"please think about it". Loved it, thanks.
Gena Long

— Gena “G” Long

Listening to the emotion and passion of my childhood idols is almost as life changing as when I first saw them skate. Now as an adult, to know these different personalities are so like myself gives all us lost children a sense of belonging. These embodiments of our dreams, adorning the walls of our youth, are the family we longed for but never met. This movie is Thanksgiving dinner with the childhood friends you lost touch with, but always remained in your heart. Trading the stories of their journeys, and how skateboarding will always be home, they put to words the love that unites us all.

— Edward “Double-d” Day, none

Watching this brought back many fond memories, it's hard to believe looking at these guys now that it was so long ago, it seems like yesterday. Watching "The Bones Brigade "videos stirs emotions and feelings from a time past that I sometimes wish I could live again. Seeing Hawk and Hosoi shredding and so many great skaters at the Torquay "ramp riot ' in 1987 was insane.

Skater for life

— Rod “Rodders” Waterhouse

If you're wondering whether you know enough about skateboarding to watch this film, you do. This is a film about skateboarding but it's also much more. It's about creativity, competition, and the drive to excel. It's about a group of extraordinary individuals, and they're very inspiring. Rodney Mullen especially is just magnetic on the screen, I can't take my eyes off of him. I think at this point I've seen this more than any other documentary film, and I enjoy it still every viewing.

It's not a bad idea to see Dogtown and Z-Boys first for some context, but you could definitely enjoy this film without it.

— Rich

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!


Thanks for sharing Darren.

— darren dudeck

I remember my first board, my cousin who about 10 yrs older than me and professional skater, got me a Tony Hawk Firefly for my 13th birthday. That day he taught me how to skate in the alley behind my house. Less than a year later I busted the nose off the board trying to ollie up on to a median and metro station. I'll never forget that first board and how devastated I was when I trashed it. Took me another year to save up and by another board - a Rob Roskopp with the giant eyeball on it. I grew up the brigade and can't wait to teach my kid to skate in day. Thanks for the memories and the inspiration!

— Brendan “digibomb” Sera-Shriar, Brendan & Brendan

I did not grow up during the time when the bones brigade was big, or anything like that... I can honestly say though that watching this and hearing about how mullen views skateboarding has made me respect him and the rest of the brigade as well, heck I mostly do freestyle because of mullen! This doc is absolutely great and essential for anyone who is a fan of skateboarding to watch...

— Storm

the bones brigade pushed me to do better vert tricks they are awesome

— glenn “glenn caseley” caseley

I remember when i first started skating in east vancouver in the early to mid eighties, iam 42 yrs young today nov 15 2013, i loved skating and the feeling of the ride on street and in the bowls in east van and north van, and with jaks halfpipe ramp they had in the yard, lol man i also was able to meet and see the team when expo 86 came to vancouver and all the guys went skating at the bowls!! awesome man!!! keep on keeping on yo !!!

— ken “rezman” smith, isets

I just re-lived my childhood ! Stacy, the movie was awesome!

I was 15 in '85 and rode a Mike McGill board - so heavy! Good memories of learning ollies and kickflips from future primitive. Skating was salvation from utter boredom and Animal Chin changed everything. Loved this experience, now if I could only be 15 again. xo

— J

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