I'm resisting the urge to reference "Brave Captain" as I'm sure Natas has to be quite sick of being called that for the last 20 years... although I'm betting its still only a runner-up to the Prince of Darkness on Mr. Kaupas' list of pet peeves.
For my friends and I in the late '80s, Natas was always THE guy. I must've seen these two "Fire" parts (not to mention Sick Boys and Speed Freaks) a thousand times... why else would we have bought those videos? Ffej?
Of course, we all loved Gonz too, but Vision always seemed too busy pimping out Gator and a bunch of berets back then. For all we knew, Natas could ollie a house, had that ill/weird haircut with the strands in the back, and not once did he ever have to share an ad with Diane and Primo... all of which served to give him a definite advantage.
Any questions, direct them here.
And I don't know how much Jim Phillips had to do with these Speed Wheels ads, but that whole campaign is just so incredible in a 1987-boogers-and-neon kind of way. I always end up stopping and staring at them when I'm flipping through these old mags. Props to Girl for flipping that OJ II logo... not sure how many people under the age of 30 got it (kinda like this post), but I loved it.