Everybody has that one older dude around the way when you're growing up that's super good and you swear that he could be pro. Well John Drake was that dude for us back in the day and he actually did go pro. While others can just refer to him as Rob's pre-Big Black roommate, those who actually saw him skate know him as one of the most underrated pros of the 90s. Holmes was no joke.
Don Pendleton is also from around my way and jumped aboard the Alien mothership along with John back in the day, going on to pump out their graphics for damn near a decade. Don has always been a super nice/talented dude and I'm glad to see him doing his thing. Bob K recently hooked up a documentary about Don and it looks pretty amazing. Hard to believe that guy used to do my griptape.