Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

  • Rodney Mullen
  • Mike Mcgill
  • Tommy Guerrero
  • Tony Hawk
  • Steve Caballero
  • Lance Mountain

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Bones Brigade:
An Autobiography

In 1978, a mechanical engineer who had developed new skateboard products teamed up with one of the most popular skaters of the era. George Powell and Stacy Peralta created Powell Peralta and immediately began retooling how skateboard products were made and marketed.

George, who had started developing products in his garage and kitchen oven, went on to invent innovative equipment such as double radial Bones wheels, named for their unique whiteness, and trend setting skateboard decks. Stacy recruited the skaters and handled marketing along with his longtime creative cohort Craig Stecyk III. Rejecting the expected action shot marketing, they used their young team to create esoteric images conveying the culture's sarcasm and disenfranchised dark humor. While spitballing about his stable of skaters, Stacy commented that he never wanted to call them a "team," a label that invited all kinds of jock baggage. Craig shrugged and simply said, "Bones Brigade."

Powell Peralta reinterpreted a military motif, warping it with pioneering skateboard graphics more suited to biker gang tats than decks. As great a skater as Stacy was, his scouting skills surpassed any celebrated onboard skills. By 1984, Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero and Mike McGill compiled the most competitively dominant skateboard team in history. On top of winning large, cheap plastic trophies, Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen—two 13-year-olds initially ridiculed by their peers—created new ways to skate and pioneered modern technical skating.

Disgruntled at the way the skate mags played favorites, Stacy weaponized consumer VCRs by directing The Bones Brigade Video Show in 1983. The low-budget amateur skateboard video was the first of its kind and sold a surprising 30,000 copies (including Betamax!).

At the time, skating needed all the help it could get. The 1970s "fad" that swept the country after the invention of the urethane wheel had deflated embarrassingly by 1981. Remaining participants' social status ranked below the chess club. Powell Peralta averaged an anemic 500 monthly board sales and Tony Hawk once received a royalty check for 85¢. To increase brand awareness and grow skateboarding, Stacy produced and created a new Bones Brigade video every year, showcasing his crew's varied personalities and invented maneuvers. The videos routinely featured riders crawling out of sewers, skating abandoned pools and back alleys, bombing desolate hills—essentially shredded an apocalyptic world hidden to most non-skaters.

By the mid-'80s...

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    Bones Brigade® Shadowbox Mike McGill BLEM Skateboard Deck Signed by McGill

    Bones Brigade® Shadowbox Mike McGill BLEM Skateboard Deck Signed by McGill

    BLEM, eighth colorway McGill Bones Brigade deck signed by Mike mounted in a shadowbox. Only 16 will be offered at this time. Deck mounted to wood block by two flathead screws, block mounted to velour backing by two truss screws.

    $100.00 of every sale of each signed BLEM deck mounted in a shadowbox will go to the Tony Hawk Foundation to help build public skateparks in underprivileged neighborhoods.

    Bones Brigade BLEM deck

    • Cosmetic defects include, but are not limited to minor scratching, paint chipping, tape marks, fingerprints, paint smudges, etc
    • Each deck was manufactured in the same way as their first quality counterpart
    • Each deck has a minor cosmetic defect and could not be offered as first quality
    • Decks are clearly stamped BLEM between truck holes

    Some feel that a BLEM deck could have more collectible value than it's first quality version. Much like a mis-stamped coin, stamp or other mis-marked collectible since less of them are being made available.

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      Testimonials

      “This movie was the story of a bunch of guys that basically fueled my desire to skate. In fact, I still skate to this day. Great film and it even brought me to tears at times.”

      — Kevin Crowley

      “Listening to the emotion and passion of my childhood idols is almost as life changing as when I first saw them skate. Now as an adult, to know these different personalities are so like myself gives all us lost children a sense of belonging. These embodiments of our dreams, adorning the walls of our ...”

      — Edward “Double-d” Day

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