4.19.2012

chrome ball incident anniversary #4: fuck a theme

after four years of scanning shit, here are a few of my faves.





















































































thank you skateboarding.

53 comments:

QUINN AVERY DAVIS said...

Somehow the best post ever. It couldn't be without a contextual past. So many of my favorites, and others I just had around or remember. All great.

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Ho ly sh it... everything in this post... Chops you earned another shoe...Looking at you skater ran shoe brands...

Jeff Thorburn said...

oh man. wow. thank you for this and the past four years. your work is really appreciated. we are lucky to have you.

Dave said...

Can't say enough about what you do, chops. Entertaining the masses with heaps of nostalgia. Thank you for your hard work and diligence.

Brendan said...

The greatest skateboarding related blog in the universe.

You fucking rule.

Skate Nazi said...

So many rad photos over the years discovered and re-discovered on your blog, it really is a gold mine and nobody does it better.

Also extremely stoked that two of the pics in this post were shot in Hawaii and are of two of the raddest dudes to ever lace 'em up.

MAHALO for four years of access to your crates, keep up the stellar work.

Lari Jaakkola said...

I've been following this blog since the beginning. Nearly every day. I'm ashamed I've never left a comment. Thanks for the amazing work you've done! Easily one of the best sites and this has made so many bad and good days better and inspirational! Being young(23) I've missed some of the most amazing stuff in magazines but lucky for us this site exists. Epic thanks from Finland!

levon said...

Great, great stuff as always. Especially the nude bowl pic. So rad.

Chrome Ball Super Fan said...

Fuck. So much good stuff.

Thanks.

dr said...

great post, thanks so much for this, so many of my favs in there... brings back memories of receiving a mag in the post and being hyped on what was laid inside... the hensley frontside ollie is the star! don't know if it's just me but seems skate photography has lost it's sole a bit...

Anonymous said...

man, what can i say after this...
thanks, as all say, best blog about skateboarding by far.
i come almost every day me too.
the last mariano shoot (with the broken board) always been one of my all time fav...
thanks from france man, you're the worldwide skateboarding fan blog.

channelzeroprose said...

CBI killing it again and again. I had that Miller at Upland poster next my bed until it went yellow from age...

F.F.L. zine said...

Thank you for 4 years of pure pleasure!!!
Fantastic interviews, guest posts and forgotten mindblowing pictures.
CBI turned out to be the place to jumb into the time machine. We wish you all the best and hope that you keep up doing this thing for alot longer then another 4 years.
As a little present we figured out the truth about the Jordan Richter story, when they have been watching Video days with him and his part was edited out, if it really happened or not. The answer is given here by the man himself:

http://fflzine.blogspot.de/2012/04/jordan-richter-interview-pt-1.html

Thanks for all your support with scans and mentioning us.

Your friends across the ocean

Anonymous said...

so good.

Paul said...

Best site!Period! Thank you for the work and time that you put into this site!You made my(and many others)day on a almost daily routine!

Joon said...

I'm never getting off this time machine.
Excellent post.

dj twit said...

a stack of skate gems. nice one

justin said...

Congrats. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Chops,

Your blog is my first stop of the day, everyday. I started skating in 8th grade (2001) and have read almost all the mags since. Some of the pics that came out before I got into skating still hype me so much, especially the mid/late 90s stuff. They're mysterious , with little text, and a p.o box for contact info. They give me the same feeling as when I realize I'm skating by myself in a parking lot at midnight, in the winter, with nobody around, and that that fact couldn't make me happier. Keep up the good work.

-Andy in Boston

Dan Moynihan said...

Thank you. Gives me inspiration to keep skating!

K said...

Chops, once again you're reminding me of my old bedroom wall. Thanks for the memories, G.

BTW today's my 30th. I took off work and I'm off to the skatepark. Gotta do it grown man style though, wake up eat my yogurt and granola, take my vitamins, stretch and remember to not try anything to wild. No more pounding soda and chips!

The 33King Network said...

outstanding!

Skately said...

Great, great stuff! Congrats on your 4th year, hope you never stop!

Anonymous said...

A simple thank you for doing this.

The Chez said...

Chops, I appreciate the hours digging through the crates and then scanning and then cleaning and then arranging and then posting and then.......well, you get the idea.
Congrats on four years. Has it taken you to places you didn't think it would?

Royce said...

=)

Anonymous said...

Long time lurker, first time poster...just wanted to give props, thanks & gratitude to the Chrome Ball Incident.

Thank you from one skate nerd to another,

kelvinmercerlookalike

ben colen said...

Awesome post.

kk said...

Just perfect - keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Great post. Gives me the same vibes as that Dysfunctional book that came out many years ago (nude bowl, Miller at Upland, HUF cups & jugs, etc) Photos that really capture why I skate. Fuck yes.

First site I look at everyday. When you go on a break I remember the date you'll be back. Keep

A few years ago I fucked up my back really bad. It now hurts to even push most days, but I when it doesn't feel super messed up I get to go roll around the local parks. This site helps keep the fire burning. Thank you Chops.

Loo Ganida said...

THANK YOU, CHOPS!

Anonymous said...

It's not nostalgia because this shit lives forever.

r. dahl said...

golden.... every single one. manymany thanks. this site makes my life better.

dflip said...

As I was scrolling though I didn't look at the scroll bar, I didn't want it to stop and It didn't for a while! Awesome and Thanks You!

chops said...

Thanks so much for the support, fellas. It truly means a lot and definitely keeps this thing going.

Thanks FFL, Skately and Vert Is Dead.

Happy Birthday K! No more chips for you, old man.

Big up Plug One and Andy in Boston.

Thanks everybody. A lot of longtime commenters and a few new ones in here today. Very cool.

And yes, Chez, I would've never dreamed the opportunties that this blog would present. I'm very fortunate and I can never thank you guys enough for making this stuff possible.

Alex Chiltsov said...

April 19th is my birthday, and its been an honor and a pleasure to share this day, I always check out the chrome and it always adds to my birthday and reminds me why I skated all these years and still do.

Thanks for everything

welch said...

fuck yeah, chops. fuck. yeah.

whitepk said...

Best selection of skate photos ever. These would make a perfect book - like an updated 'Dysfunctional'.

Thanks.

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AFRO-base said...

Really, it has been such a journey and I love to see it just keep on unraveling. Keep on rolling

Derek said...

I guess I'm showing my old age in that I vividly remember just about each and every of these images. What glorious days. Pat Brennan RIP.

fg said...

Massive thanks for this fantastic post and the blog in general.

From Switzerland with love.

Fran├žois

hog said...

Thank You! You picked a ton of my favorite photos!
Rad

Magaldi said...

that spitfire add is one of the BEST evah

scott said...

chops, cant thank you enough for all the enjoyment you bring to me and to skateboarding in general. your hard work is much appreciated.
scott

Dr. Manfoot said...

Too fucking amazing, makes me feel old and proud at the same time

Keith said...

wow. epic long post E! Amazing selection.

The Gonz fake hand gets me every time. lol

Thanks for doing what you do. Highly appreciated.

You should have a paypal donation button on the main page.

Greg said...

That Miller shot is one of the greatest skate photos ever...

mikebythesun said...

Awesome selection. And congrats for reaching another milestone. And thanks for doing this and reminding us everyday of what skateboarding means to us.

Pep said...

Amazing work!
Thanks so much, it's great to see many of these photos again after sooo long...reminders of my bedroom walls and the days I spent staring at photos in the mags!
Big thanks from Canada.

Jeff said...

So many good memories from this post... I love the save the curb woman picture, so many stupid people in the world!

Anonymous said...

Love the jpg tag you gave the Spitfire ad, I have searched for nearly 8 years and now I have also finally found it. Pennys catch as everyone looks elsewhere, the best Transworld cover ever, etc etc.

Amazing post with so many memories and too many of these pages are in those shoe boxes somewhere in my garage.

Thank you! all the way from a pathetic island named New Zealand


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