Between drawing pictures on t-shirts, and fighting with Ben over who gets to play their iTunes at work, I try to keep the blog updated at least once a day. Most the time, the blogs fly under the radar amidst slight fanfare, but every so often, the occasional love-letter and/or hate-mail finds its way through. Earlier this morning, I posted the piece on the early ’90s CCS skate catalogs, in hopes of reminding us all how we got here, and explaining to the younger generations that ‘street’ isn’t limited to novelty hoodies and patent-leather sneaks. Apparently, it did much more than that. Of the 3 years we’ve had the website running, that blog sparked more of a response than anything I’ve ever written. And that includes Ray’s video-blog of Scotty snorting a line of wasabi-and-salsa in Vegas.
I got so many responses, I figured it would only be fair to post a few excerpts here, to give some of you the opportunity to reminisce out loud..
Thanks so much for the post about early 90s skate culture. I was a Dallas, Texas skate rat which meant the most exposure we got to pros was Josh Kalis (in his car thieving days), and Jon Comer. The only park in the area was Eisenbergs, owned by the rollerblader Arlo Eisenberg’s family. The most exposure I would get to the core culture was through CCS catalogs and copies of Transworld they had at the library. CCS catalogs were contraband…skating was cool for about 6 months, but the kids it really stuck with were the stoners so everyone assumed you were too if you had a board. I’d smuggle a catalog ito class and try to decipher everything that was going on in that impossibly cool place on the west coast. I think about that era a lot. It’s mixed up in being an early teenager, but it still seemed so pure and beautiful. There are a lot of images burned into my brain: the Tom Penny sunset bluntslide cover photo on Transworld. Mark Gonzalez doing a coffin through traffic. But yea, anyway, thanks for giving the kids a history lesson. Streetwear can be so cyclical, they should at least know who they’re biting.
What up guy.
Your post today about CCS and skate culture in the 90′s was a very fun read. I used too carry a ccs catalog in my backpack daily, and flip through it countless times during class, lunch, assemblies, etc.. And I used to have hella etnies! Raps, scams, intercity’s 1 and 2. and size 38 pants !! whoa! I would get in trouble at school DAILY for my pants being huge.
Thanks for bringing me back.
bless you for the post on ccs. memories just came flooding back.
I wish it was possible to comment back on your blogs. I remember those ccs catalog days before I even knew what the internet was. I would pick up whatever skate mag was out at the time in canada (thrasher, big brother, transworld were the big 3) and just being excited on the new stuff that california had. More so the decks than clothes. I fell out of skateboarding when I broke my ankle and it’s amazing how the size of wheels and decks had changed in a 3 year period. I couldn’t find a deck size 7.25 unless I went to kids decks and nobody makes any wheels smaller then 50mm. I’m sure things are way more accessable in california but in ontario, we’re still behind.
and my personal favorite…
To the attention of Bobby Hundreds….
Yo, whuts good man…So I just got the fuck in, early night…Was chekin email etc…Seen all the new hundreds tees listed on DG, n I was like word, jus go to the website, its been a sec.
Well, I just ended up reading your blog, about back in the day being a teenager in the 90s and skate fashion, n how some of these clowns really dnt understand where alot of this shit comes from,,, n man, honestly fa real…thanks, you took it back…Damn, old ass cheapskates catalogs…I literally remember every one of those pictures, n the gear most importantly. I remember every moment of being what 13 in 93, glancing over those catalogs night after night, rockin sum baggy as fuct or blind jeans, sum navy blue sals…Damn, where has the time gone…Its good to know some people can still go back to that time…Shit, Im from Jersey man, I live right outside the city, 10 to 15 from Manhattan to be exact…n all that shit its krazy, cause like you were talking about how we really so closely related to but not in that era, except the fact that now everything in good ol Rome cost a whole lot more n is extremely commercialized….I miss being one of the few kids, who stuck out cause of that shit, or fuck ate shit cause of that shit, but jus ran wit it, n had sum damn good times doin it….skain, bein drunk in oversized baggys, wit chain wallets, flannels…ha.lol.lol………..
Now shits jus so exploited, its fuckn ridic,,,fa real, I mean I love tha whole street wear culture, n the whole movement n the fact there are sum real talented kats out there doin their thing, but we need to step it up more…I mean, ya mentioned the swoosh, I AM SO SICK OF FUKIN NIKES, AND THIS REGERGATATED(is that how u spell that, prob not) nonsense thats out….How long are we going to keep retroing the same ol kicks over and over in sum new color scheme…Yo, these days my nikes stay in the damn boxes stacked sky high in the closet, and Im findin myself wearing, chuck tayls or sumthin….Im jus like damn, if all these companies are really takin things over and have got all these corporates fuken with them, then why the hell is there no evolution…Fuck this retro shit,,, although I gota say that whole etnies or simple idea would be dope, but, one prob brotha, cause we used to rock our denims so bagy Im not sure how right sum of this kicks would look considering how we rock jeans these days….I mean dnt get it twisted, shit you own n run a clothing company, I know u know wus up, but skate shoes, jus dnt look right with denims these days,,, there too fuckn bulky, unless of course their sb’s…but right now Im on sum fuk nike shit…..fa real….They fucked up….
Anyway, Ive just gone on n on, rambled prob due to sum cron, but…Your article was on point, I had to respond, cause it was a nice refreshing blast to my past that was not really even that long ago, but yet the end of last century….
Will see whuts next, hopefully this all over print kraze doesnt last as long as this dunk kraze, the shits given me a headache, either way, I know I keep it current yet, me, n rite all at the same time…
So to plan B, old blind videos, Skatin in Philly, DC, brooklyn banks…..venice…to rodney mullin, huf, wheres pepe martinez??????????? Agah???? n when vans old schools were the 36s……punk rock/hip hop, sk8tn, growin up in the 90s
Im comin out to LA at the end of this month, shits been like 5 years kant wait to peep alot of the new spots, that too will be a refreshing escape from new york, but,……….whutev……………..
good luck wit your company n keep doin your thang..
- C.F. BUCK
..now ain’t that the truth.