slapstik skateboards mission statement

Slapstik Skateboards arose from a series of drawings called 101 Alternate Uses for the Human Body. Slapstik's graphics were originally composed of violent acts centered on floating pastel backgrounds. As time went on, short stories and ramblings related to the drawings began to fill the backgrounds leading to more words than pictures, ultimately ending the 30 deck run. The success of Slapstik suspended the company's scheduled end in 2006, and resulted in Slapstik of the Living Dead. SSLD's concept was to recreate the original Slapstik series with a George Romero living dead twist, which ran from 2006 to 2009. The Living Dead series was soon followed by the fairy tales and fables of Mother Goose and the Brothers Grimm which illustrated classic fables and tales in a modern setting. In 2010, Slapstik returned to the pastel back drops and absurd visuals started in 2001, with animals engaging in foolish human acts in a series simply called Animals. The mission of Slapstik Skateboards is very simple. We will make fun of you.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

something.....

....most people will never forget is the first time seeing skateboarding as something more than butt-boarding down a hill. my mom rented for me, from the local video store in Gray, GA, a bike video and this skate vid for the weekend. i was real into bikes. not any good at 'em cause i was too little to get it off the ground. but, i remember putting this in and was like "what the fuck?!" only in 9 year old terms. granted, looking back it's cheesy as hell but this will always hold a spot in my memory. the thing has a "plot" i suppose and it goes like: this dude is skating to school, skates through the halls, looks at skate mags in class, gets called to the principal's office, LEAVES school to go skate and comes back like 3 hours later to a pissed principal. and while he's looking through the mag, different skate sections start. and the music was just unreal to my little country boy/ACDC mind. who is TSOL? what the fuck kinda music is that? look at that big ass concrete ramp! dude lit his board on fire and skates that ramp?! that dudes got the craziest hair ever! how are they making it jump? how do you do this? i wanna skateboard! i ditched the bike videos from there on out and rented Shackle Me Not and Public Domain, along with Summer Sessions every weekend. and a few months later when i convinced mom and dad to get me a board, that shit was lit up and hasn't burned out yet........
....something always gets the ball rolling......

1 comment:

  1. Summer Sessions was also one of my favorite videos in the 80s and I would rent it multiple times per summer in Nags Head NC. I still love TSOL's Revenge and Change Today because of it. I think it is the only old school video I have not found in recent years. My first actual modern skate vid (of the time) was Future Primitive right after it came out. Blew me away.

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