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The Disposable Skateboard Bible Hardcover – July 24, 2009
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This may put me on both sides of the wrong age too old to today's generation and too young to the skaters of the 80s but as a seven-year-old runt in 1987, I would travel down to Milwaukee's Turf Skatepark with my mom and my older brother, Than, and split time watching him do scratcher grinds in the ice-slick deep bowl or slamming around a joystick while attempting to out-run bees in the video game 720º;. All I did was kneeboard then, but I liked the smell of the Turf lobby and would spend a good deal of time admiring the fluorescent wheels, board graphics - namely, the Tony Hawk Powell-Peralta Bird Skull graphic - or the griptape art (Even the pre-cut Nash circular saw grip design seemed awesome to me at the time).
When I finally started skateboarding in 1995, the first mid nineties memory that comes to mind is the girl who modeled for Teabag clothing. She was gorgeous in a way reserved only for a boy on the verge of pubescence and she graced the pages of Big Brother magazine, where Sean Cliver worked.
I didn't take much notice at the time, but when Sean Cliver wrote Disposable: A History of Skateboard Art in 2005, it brought a lot of my memories back, not just from the perfect storm that was Big Brother, but of those years at the Turf all those memories that each wheel, board graphic or piece of torn griptape held. Now, I am not and probably never will be a skateboard collector, but his most recent follow-up book, The Disposable Skateboard Bible broadens the years of nostalgia and is an amazing read for anyone who holds their greatest memories in the very thing they have spent their life destroying. It's out now and is available through Gingko Press or Amazon.com . --ESPN.com
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-tHE STORY OF SKATING IN THE BPSW era CAN-NOT BE TOLD WITHOUT Seand Cliver and Marc McKee....
-oh yeah- "BPSW"- "Big Pants, Small Wheels" lol 1991-1996 the xxx t SHIRTS KILLED A AWESOME STYLE!
--This book will take you down memory lane.
-You will see decks form youre favorite skaters that you DIDN'T KNOW EXISTED.
-I DIDNT KNOW Kareem Cambell had soo many decks for World industries before "Menace"
-I didn't know H-Street had sooo many Cool decks. I only saw the top 10..
---This book is awesome..
----I discovered this book when I was researching info on the GREAT BOOK HISTORY OF ":SKATEBOARD SHOES":.
---Skateboarding decks & products GET WAAAAAY TO MUCH ATTENTION IN THIS BOOK!!! Why Sean>?? 80's & 90's skaters don't care about 2x4 skateboard decks..45% of this book is dedicated to the boring PRE-POWELL PERALTA side of skating..I am old. 40 years old! I skated form 1986-1993. My whooooole teenage years from 11-19-ish. The earliest decks that have any interest graphicly or shape are Alva or Dogtown in early 80's..it makes no sense why Sean Cliver who is like my "brother from another mother",,who was/is my ultimate favorite part of MY SKATE HISTORY.
--Despite the boring skate decks..the only other negative I have is my last deck form my teenage years is missing..It was a BigBird Alva..
---Im buying Marc McKee's next...Sean if you BUT SOME REMOTE RETARDED CHANCEread this= thank you..I wish I could be early 90's forever.
When I started skateboarding it was in 1986, and at the height of popularity in my area. Every shop was covered with neon deck designs and day glo plastic parts for sale. I don't remember many (if any) wheels that were natural colored white, everything was bright and loud. Every company stood out, there was no mistake for a Vision board or a G&S, you could even tell the difference from the shapes alone.
I never actually had a board from these years, my parents bought me a generic board while my friends all had the skate shop specials. So all I could do is read the Transworld and Thrasher magazines at the super market.
Years later, I wanted to buy a reissue board and while searching around I knew there was a few favorites that were missing. The reissue market is mostly Santa Cruz and Powell, with some other brands like a few Vision. After finding this book from reading Concrete Wave, I was amazed at the amount of skateboards I remember and the ones that I didn't.
The book is produced on a nice thick cover and each page is very thick, also there is a bit of distressed look to the pages. Each deck is photographed very clearly, and the range of graphics is amazing, I had no ideas there were so many colors to some of the decks or alternate graphics.
I think the part that really surprised me was how I could remember so many of the boards and who had them. It also kinda of made me realize that how technical skating has gotten really left behind the unique shapes that defined some of the boards. I just recently bought my first longboard and find it's more fun as their shapes and design are fun since it's different from each other.
In closing, if you have any interest in skating history or just interested in the graphics, or even wanting to create your own custom skateboard, this is a great resource. The book covers from the beginning of skateboarding, to about 2007.
BTW my favorite skateboard?
The Schmitt Stick John Lucreo from 1987.
The dude knows really knows how to design and fully understands the over all radness of skateboard graphics, which is evident by this book.
Now for the book. It's the best coffee table book you can buy if you skate, used to skate, or like rad skateboard graphics and skateboard history. 368 pages of decks and insight from the 70's through the 90s. It's basically like the history of the skateboard.
The quality of the book is top shelf style. Hard bound with a ribbon for saving pages. Printing is really high quality. You can tell that he spent a lot of time on every single page of this book to make sure it was perfect. Each page is fully designed from top to bottom. You won't see a white page with just pictures and words, because he's designed the background of the pages as well with a patina you might see in a really old book.
I'm in the graphic t shirt design industry and this book contains pretty much everything that has inspired me to get to where I am today. It's really refreshing to see a book as well written and designed as this, by someone that I can really relate to.
Bottom line. Get this book. I would have paid twice the price for it.