6.23.2011

#656: the choice is yours









one of chrome ball's largest oversights until now....

las vegas representative and street fighter 2 enthusiast, mr. rick jaramillo.

I honestly lost track of this dude a bit after he went over to P.E., but these two Blockhead parts have always been personal faves.

Howard shirts, Black Sheep and Lyrics to Go... always makes me feel so warm and fuzzy.

this one was inspired by a YWS post from earlier this week. thanks dan.

and thanks to all those out there that still support this thing.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

What happened to mr Jaramillo? Switch feelbe, way back. That's trendy now :D

stephen said...

Yeah... Forgot how good this dude was. That last block
Lead seq was sick.

stephen said...

Blockhead...

Leiv said...

Would've liked to have seen that sequence of him doing a nollie-inward heel to manual (or was nollie front heel to switch manual?) down a pinic table set up on some stairs. Transworld circa95-96

Skately said...

Great post, Rick J killed it. Skated with him a few months back and he's still got most every flip trick on lock. Been working on an interview with him which will hopefully be done in the coming weeks.

Coals to Newcastle said...

I remember tripping on the switch frontside 180 to front foot kickflip down the stairs at the time...

Speaking of which, the short- sleeve plaid button- up shirt seemed pretty common in the early 90s. I wondered about that. My theory: Mike V had an interview in Transworld once, with a photo spread of an ollie to fakie on a mini ramp, in a short sleeve plaid shirt... and started that look.

Mohak said...

Tribe Called Quest, Black Sheep and a De La Soul reference. Seems like this dude was a Native Tongues fan.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the shout you guys! It's nice to hear people liked my skating. Rick Jaramillo

edskates said...

this was the 1st time i heard of rick, was in blockhead recycled rubbish... enjoy
http://youtu.be/bJbhSH82mDI

Keith said...

I never noticed a video part of his until Debbie does Blockhead... probably too busy studying Video Days and Questionable. Back then, I did like that Black Sheep part though. I thought he had a smooth style.

What video is that "Rick - G.T." from?

Blockhead video grab sequence is brutal. Not necessarily the trick but the general screen grab format. What a terrible few years that was for magazines.

Loo Ganida said...

Nice!
That square rail in the second to last photo always looked so fun to skate!

Jeff said...

All I know is that Rick J was a total prick back in Vegas, during the early 90's. Food4Less manual pad was the spot and Rick would totally blow you off unless you were "sponsored," like he was.

bugs said...

sometimes i think this blog should be called 'the golden age of wiggerdom'. only joking. :)

good to see Blockhead get some love. how's about a Laban post?

Lucas said...

I've always liked Rick J., too. Good style. And nice video grabs.

chops said...

Thanks guys.

Leiv, next time.

Thanks Skately, can't wait to read that interview!

Coals, Mike V really started rocking those early on but Rick J's look more like the classic Rick Howard variety. Have a few of those myself.

Stoked you stopped by, Rick J! Thanks man.

Thanks Ed.

Keith, that part is from the one right after Debbie. Can't remember the name but the case was pink with a she-devil on it.

Yeah Bugs, Laban sounds like a good idea.

Thanks everyone.

Skately said...

Keith, that part is from Girl Trouble.

Kenny said...

I woke up and had a text from a friend of mine to check out this post and that I'd be hyped. Sure enough... one of my favorites. I recently did a short film using some friends that have inspired me throughout my life. Rick J was in my top 5. It's amazing to see you acknowledge him and read these comments. Thanks for posting this.

chops said...

Thanks Kenny! Glad you dug it.

Stoked on this:
http://youtu.be/8HDz_-mxxak

Bif Allen said...

Ha-Ha!
Great post Chops.
I first heard of Rick J from watching 411vm Issue 24. I had just had surgery and I couldn't skate, so one of the guys at Let It Ride (my local skate shop at the time) gave me the video to keep me hyped on skating till I was better.
Anyway... I watched that video over 100 times (I'm not kidding) and Rick J's Wheels of Fortune was always the highlight of the video.
On a side note. My buddy Steve and I use to prank call random people will the intro to his Wheels of Fortune. "Hi. My name is Rick Jaramillo. People call me Rick J, I don't know why. I ride for Planet Earth... I'd like to thank my Grandmother, that's it."
To this day, I still don't know why we thought it so damn funny.
Thanks again for another great post, Chops.