1.14.2010

chrome ball incident #408: god made dirt











Decided to have a little fun tonight and post one of the 90's more compelling skaters, the mayor James Kelch.

Influential in his own right... dude had personality and charm almost as big as his ollies. Respect.

Big up to DQM and German Nieves.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tail grab over the fire hydrant, I remember that ad. Looking at the board, I forgot how long ago it was. I never associate him with rails and riser pads.

Backside tail on the big ledge at Embarco. Sick!

Anonymous said...

There's only one DIRT.

Giles said...

real had such a sick lineup at that point.

E.Ricks said...

Im always a fan of a skatboarder whos not afraid to put in some work and get his hands dirty...
A true regulator....

Whats up Chops?? Good post..Well deserved...

Keith said...

Never seen that interview before. Thrasher?

I was there when he focused the windshield LOL

That board he had... I think it was his first along with the kid in the field slick... the one Real just re-released with the flowers... great graphic!

lucien cockerham said...

Might be the coolest pro ever.

Anonymous said...

glad they re released that hippy flower deck. that live free or die ad is hard. love kelch. good lookin'

JT said...

"James is the raddest"

Q: Who is DQM and why the 'big up' to him & and German Nieves? Just wondering what the connection is...

chops said...

UPDATE: Changed the wording around on this one a little as it originally sounded slightly condescending towards James.

Purely unintentional. Apologies and mucho respect to Big Dirt...

what's up, ricks? thanks homie.

keith, yeah that's thrasher. love that wheatfield graphic as well.

JT, no real connection to james. DQM (Dave's Quality Meat) and German are just friends of the site.

evilonelive said...

Big Dirty! Will always keep it REAL.

Anonymous said...

"Tail grab over the fire hydrant, I remember that ad."

What a lot of people don't know is that that was actually a one footed nose bonk tail grab.

ray said...

late 93 popped by embarco one evening to drop off some shoes for a friend. kelch offered me a board for a reasonable price (10 bucks, IIRC). it was neither cracked, jacked or shitty

just wanted to balance out the stories of people getting ripped off

cheers james, you're a gent.

Anonymous said...

James is one of the most real and genuine people I have ever met, as well as one of (if not) the funniest.

Even when he was at his lowest, James never tried to bullshit me or take advantage. Can't say enough about him. We moved to the city in the hay day of EMB and were taken in by some of the crew, while some remained douche bags.

As for the post above, only a handful of the kids were jackers and full on hoodlums, but that was enough for the rep to grow. Don't get me wrong, James would knock you the F out if you crossed the line, but not just to knock you out.

His part in the Real video is one of my all time favs. Best part was he called me from Ohio on his birthday to tell me he was starting the killing spree... HA.