3.13.2012

chrome ball incident #762: now you're mine












"Koston was just such a talent. He could do anything. We'd be skating somewhere and you could ask him to do something. Anything.  Like do a half impossible then knock it back... something that was so hard that it was actually funny. But he’d do it. It was really crazy." -Natas

in all seriousness, i'm pretty sure i sessioned that harsh rail up top in the mid-90s.

special thanks to the mighty healthy, roger skateboards, epicly later'd and skateboarder magazine.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do you remember what you did on the rail. Good to see some classic Koston. Anyone want to comment on a lot of the photos koston gets for ads etc today look like shots that would have been interpreted as him clowning back in the day.

- jspark

KIRK said...

How rad are the bgp's in that switch smith on the Chinatown rail? Caesar Singh, then Jerry Fowler, Rick Jaramillo, Ty Evans, and Matt Schnurr.

Anonymous said...

Hall of famer. No one has delivered more top notch footage than eric. No days off. Can't help but be hyped on all he's done for the last 20+ years.

Anonymous said...

Classic Froston! I would have liked to see the gap to lipslide on the Kansas City spot, remember anyone?!. I guess it was an Es ad back in the 2000's...but there are so many Froston ads to begin with...HOF for sure! Peace. Kayoto

Anonymous said...

Anyone want to comment on a lot of the photos koston gets for ads etc today look like shots that would have been interpreted as him clowning back in the day.

Wrong. That indy ad (bs 180 fakie 5.0) is the complete opposite of clowning.

Keith said...

bs nollie heel over the wall at the banks is amazing.

He's had a long memorable run. 101 days were nuts!

Anonymous said...

The harsh rail photo and the noseslide transfer have shoes I would wear today

Anonymous said...

Nice to be reminded that Koston once was a real street skater rolling in the dirt! Although i can understand that he'd rather wants to make some money nowadays...

Dig it, as before said, it is always good to see classicc koston!

The Chez said...

My doppelganger! Seriously, I should have gotten a picture with him at Back to the Bay contest in 95. Instead I likely creeped him out in the parking lot.

ELantto said...

WAS A STREET SKATER? Have fun eating those words after the Girl video drops. As far as I'm concerned Koston can do whatever the fuck he wants, including skating an indoor park. Dues were paid when most of these internet geniuses were still counting there 411 vids. Great reminder of who has been running the streets before there was a Chief or a Boss.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, the indy ad is sick. I am refering to the jersey barrier and pool stuff I have seen in the last few years. I still think it's sick it's just different. It's cause koston would clown on that sort of stuff in the past I thought the question was worth asking.

-jsparks

Anonymous said...

that Corhorts in the skateboard mag is sick

Anonymous said...

90's Koston > Current Koston

Nathan said...

Anonymous who posted 90's Koston > Current Koston.
Current Koston is turning 38 next month. Give credit were credit is due. Current Koston is still better on a skateboard than 95% of the population of the planet earth.

Anonymous said...

I feel like these comparisons between 90's Koston & Current Koston are a result of how social media has somewhat taken something away from skateboarding.

Back in the 90's, all of us looked up to the pro's who were consistently getting coverage in magazines and anticipating their video footage with each new ad. After each month, an anticipation of their next ad could easily keep you up at night and the days of talking endlessly with friends about said ad could result in a debate filled with blows or unity with a long session to follow. It's all you had as a skateboarder until the video dropped. And even then, you'd replay it over a period of 2 years until the next video was released. With all of these factors in consideration, it kept us loyal, patient and loving skateboarding. Even more, it kept these pro's at an unreachable distance where you could only appreciate their skating and not even have a clue as to who they were as a person.
They were practically Gods.

Nowadays, due to the fact that the internet is the purest form of instant gratification, pros like Koston are at the push of a button. Following him on twitter could be detrimental to your childhood memory of him. He's not necessarily the poster boy for this but is a good example of how to lose interest in someone who you use to want to dress like. Because skateboarders today are at an arms reach, I've found myself losing interest in former staples in my life such as magazines. Not to long ago, it was an "important" necessity but now, I don't even bother looking into magazines because I unfortunately know everything there is to know about a pro. Truthfully, this is my fault. I can't help but stay up to date with skateboarding media but have done essential steps in making sure to keep skating at a distance so I don't risk hating it or getting sick of it.

All and all, 90's Koston is better than current Koston because he wasn't such a personality, he let his skating do all the talking, not his twitter feed.

-AJ

Anonymous said...

Do you have the "Koston for President" Girl ad that came out around '96? It might have been in his SOTY Thrasher. Used to have that on my bedroom wall. Would love to see that again.