Skateboarding in the 80sPosted by Ty
I missed out on the 80′s skateboarding boom, in fact I started skating when it was at it’s absolute lowest point in the early 90′s, I’m a bit special like that. Skating was so cool in the 80′s, everything about it was sub zero, the clothes, the boards, the attitude; it was the preferred mode of transport for rebellious youth all over the world and I wish I had been there for that.
I feel like a lot of younger skaters aren’t really in touch with the old skool through no fault of their own, all they’ve ever known is skateboarding as a popular sport (even though we are still treated like dirt by most councils and ‘authority figures’). So here I offer up a couple of Hollywood gems from back in the day and a shed load of classic decks…
1) Gleaming the Cube. What a film! This has everything, action, guns, skating, rebellion and Christian Slater back when he was the coolest dude on the planet. If you haven’t seen this film then I suggest you find it on DVD asap (it’s in Swansea library, not sure about others), watch it before you go skating then rip! A few years ago I borrowed the video projector from work and made my girlfriend watch it projected 6 feet wide, she thought it was terrible but it was actually awesome.
2) Thrashin’. Another 80′s skateboard movie but a bit more of a cheese fest, well worth tracking down but I’ll always be a Gleaming the Cube man!
3) 80s Skateboards. Skateboards will NEVER be this good again, yeah we’ve got some cool graphics now and flashy technology and lightweight parts but just look at these things. The shape, the colours, the rails, they are off the chain! I’ve never owned a genuine proper 80′s skateboard, just a Turbo 2 for my 7th birthday in ’88, which was the equivalent of a £20 complete today, it had a Native American with a machine gun on the bottom, it was sweet. ‘Retro’ skateboards are making a big comeback at present with loads of companies putting out their old boards again so now is the time to pick one up and shred the ramp. The image below is from here, there are loooooads more killer boards there so have a look.
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