We asked our friend Jim Gray, one of the best to ever do it, to write us a few milestones of his rebel brand in the ’90s, Acme Skateboards. Brush up on your history of the original industry outlier who stayed steadfast to his values and pushed against the corporate skateboarding status quo.
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Jim Gray still goin’ strong in 2015. Photo by Lorrie Palmos.
“We made statements, showed products, and laughed at ourselves and everyone else.”
This is 1994 in our Acme Warehouse mini ramp. This was just typical of another day at Acme.
Acme Builds its own factory. We made 10,000 boards in the first 6 months and 10,000 in the next 6 weeks. We had 24 presses and could press about 96 boards an hour or approximately 768 boards in an 8 hour shift.
I was the only pro skater to ever build a major manufacturing plant. Most of my competitors were marketing companies that never built a thing. We were very proud as our goal was never to be a marketing company, but a true skateboard manufacturer, and we had finally achieved that.
Here’s a video that was a preview for a full length video we did in 1997. It was called Hakkuh.
We did many videos over the years. What was usually different with ours than many others at the time is we showed all types of skating from street to bowls, ditches, pools, etc… that was just not done in 1997. At the time, it was only cool to show street skating, but we weren’t having any of that BS, we were a skateboard company and supported all types of skating.
The Taylor Dykema Skate Factory Auction in 2006.
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